It’s a toss-up as to who was more excited when Charlynn McBee was hired as the Castle’s new Tour Director: Charlynn or her six children. “Mom’s working at a Castle? Cool! Do you think she’ll get to meet the king and queen? Will she wear a fancy dress to work?” Her children, who range in age from 14-2, were filled with questions. After Charlynn explained what she’d be doing, one child said, “You’ll make a great Tour Director, Mom. You’re really good at talking with people.”
While Charlynn is a great conversationalist, her responsibilities as Tour Director cover a wider range than that. She’s responsible for managing the Tour Department, which includes staffing, marketing, and overseeing the Castle’s historic guided and self-guided tours. Charlynn’s young family makes her a natural when it comes to promoting family friendly attractions such as Castle Farms. A graduate of Indiana Tech University, Charlynn also has an extensive background in event planning. Hundreds of people enjoyed themselves at last year’s Harvest Festival, as well as the Prince and Princess Story Times held at Castle Farms.
Charlynn’s enthusiasm for the Castle is contagious. She loves chatting about the Castle with anyone and everyone: individuals, young families, tour operators, private groups, and people who’ve never visited. Charlynn thinks everyone should spend at least a few hours at Castle Farms, and she loves inviting people to come out and explore what the Castle has to offer. “I never had a true appreciation for history,” she said, “until I came to the Castle. Its rich history has deepened my appreciation for the past.”
What does Charlynn recommend to people thinking of paying a visit to Castle Farms? “Our gardens are spectacular!” And with more than eighteen separate gardens to choose from, even Charlynn has trouble choosing a favorite. Her children have their special spots at the Castle too. The Castle’s Model Railroad (largest in Michigan) is a big hit with her entire family, and her kids love feeding the huge rainbow trout that hang out in the Reflection Pond. And when it comes to magical escapes, there’s no better place than the Enchanted Forest. With whimsical bridges, plus gnomes and fairies peeking out from between the trees and bushes, you never know what might be in store… perhaps even a Mossy Moose!
Charlynn often tells people, “Your adventure awaits you at Castle Farms.” As for Charlynn? She’s living the adventure of her life… at Castle Farms!