Goderich, Ontario, Canada – June 20, 2014 – Two of Huron County’s most noteworthy institutions – the celebrated Benmiller Inn and Spa and the renowned Blyth Festival – are both celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.
For this large country inn; Benmiller Inn, celebrates 40 years since Peter and Joanne Ivey first recognized their vision of converting an old woollen mill into a beautiful inn.
It took two years of renovations to convert the 1877 limestone mill into a welcoming hotel for guests. Over the next few decades the Inn would continue to grow, adding a pool and several buildings: the Rivermill Building, Mill House, Gledhill House and Sharpe’s Retreat.
On August 21, 2011 the Benmiller Inn & Spa was damaged in the F3 tornado that swept through Goderich. Undeterred, the Inn renovated, repaired and upgraded its buildings.
Over the last four decades the Benmiller Inn and Spa has amassed an impressive array of awards, including receiving the CAA Four Diamond award for accommodations 18 years in a row and the CAA Four Diamond award for dining for 10 consecutive years. The Inn was also recently recognized by the world’s largest travel website, receiving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
To celebrate, the Inn is offering special travel packages for July in partnership with the Blyth Festival which is celebrating its 40th season this year.
The Blyth Centre for the Arts, including the Blyth Festival, was founded in 1975. The goal for the Festival was to produce professional repertory theatre reflecting the culture and concerns of the people of southwestern Ontario and beyond.
With few scripts that reflected southwestern Ontario, the Festival began creating their own. For a time, the Festival was the only summer theatre producing original Canadian plays and one of the very few, if not the only, 500-seat theatre in Canada producing Canadian plays exclusively.
Now the Blyth Centre for the Arts is a vital hub of Canadian culture, supporting the Blyth Festival Art Gallery, Blyth Festival Orchestra and the Blyth Festival Singers.
The slate of plays for the Festival’s 40th season include Kitchen Radio, Stag and Doe, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Radio :30, St. Anne’s Reel and Out of this World.