The Wishmaker House Bed and Breakfast, Winery and Wine Bar in downtown Bellville has been a hospitality hotspot since opening its doors in 2013; in two years of business the Wishmaker House has racked up recognition from villagers and visitors alike, and has even been inducted into the Richland County Tourism Hall of Fame.
“We were inspired to open the Wishmaker House by our travels to and experiences with staying in bed and breakfasts over the years,” said co-owner Cassie Swisher. “We tried to take the best of those experiences and bring them to the Wishmaker House in order to create a relaxing and enjoyable retreat for our guests.”
The Bellville bed and breakfast launched its business the weekend of the first NASCAR race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course stated Swisher. The increased visitors to Bellville brought by the race proved to be a good time to begin their venture and the owners have not looked back.
After a successful year of providing guests with a quaint lodging experience, the Wishmaker team decided to tackle another portion of the travel industry, expanding into a full-service winery and wine bar in the spring of 2014.
“We make 13 varieties of wine,” said Swisher. “Currently, the grapes in our wine have come from the Lake Erie region of Ohio or New York. Most of our wines are semi-sweet to sweet, but we just introduced a Pinot Grigio, which is a dry white and we are working on a Malbec, which is a dry red. It should be available sometime next year, if all goes well.”
Their wines don unconventional names like Harvest Moon and Midnight Rendezvous scenes conjured by the wine’s taste.
In addition to wine and lodging, the Wishmaker House provides guests with a full-scale seasonally rotating menu that currently features summer options such as the lobster roll or the Miss Piggy flatbread. The menu changes every three months and typically feautres a weekly special.
The Wishmaker House also frequently hosts musical guests on their outdoor patio section as part of their ongoing summer concert series. Britt Reed is slated perform next, on Aug. 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“In operating the bed and breakfast and winery, we hope to bring more travellers and therefore more business to Bellville,” said Swisher. “We also hope to provide local people with a nice, relaxing place to go.”
Their hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. For information on live music, events and weekly specials patrons can check their website at www.wishmakerhouse.com or visit the Wishmaker House at 116 Main Street in downtown Bellville.