Newly opened Enchanted Castle features unique lodging and dining experience

As visitors and guests enter the lobby, they are greeted by a large fireplace, with tall backed throne-like chairs and knights guarding the realm.

Photos by Kevin Schaefer
A pair of trusty steeds are parked in the front of the Enchanted Castle at the newly remodeled former Regent Public School at the south end of The Enchanted Highway in southwestern North Dakota.

Posted Nov. 1, 2012

Joyce Hinrichs

The Herald

As visitors and guests enter the lobby, they are greeted by a large fireplace, with tall backed throne-like chairs and knights guarding the realm. You are immediately drawn in by the deep colors of royalty, warm gentle purples, mauves and grapes, accented by heavy black/brown wood works and carvings.

As they walk down the halls, yet, more knights greet them. Stepping into the new “Medieval” lounge with its stone walls, leather booths and large bar a person is now absorbed into, no, “Enchanted” by the atmosphere of past days of kingdoms and lords and ladies.

I, being very visual, can just imagine, on a cold wintery night, stepping in for a warm “tankard” of deep red wine, steaming up in my face as I take my first seep. It is there, it is all there. I, then return to reality and meet with the man who worked this dream into possibility I am told, one Richard L. Ruth, from Idaho. Ruth tells me that he came looking for work, not especially in the oil fields, but had heard that there was “all kinds of work, here in North Dakota”. Friends Mark and Tracy Overton had moved to Regent already and let him know they had found a house and he should come out. Ruth previous work experience was in construction, stucco and all other handyman jobs. The attached pictures tell the rest of the story. I end with a most appropriate statement by the King himself (because, I just cannot resist), “King Arthur: Don’t let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment / That was known as Camelot!

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