Wedding Destinations in VermontWords by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Paige Hiller
A wedding in Vermont conjures up ideas of quaint inns, rolling green hills, warm apple cider and falling autumn leaves. This stunning U.S. destination offers the aforementioned setting in abundance, and you’d be surprised at the diversity of venues and talented vendors in the area.
Paige Hiller, founder of Vermont Wedding Style (a website devoted to easing the stress of planning by delivering a network of talented wedding vendors), provided some insight on planning your wedding in Vermont and the best places to say “I do” in the area. “Lots of places read well on a website, but we take any surprises out of the planning,” says Paige. “We’ve been to every venue and know them backwards and forwards. We also know how to meet the needs of the destination bride based on her wedding style. With our vetted list of people we know provide great service and talent, a wedding in Vermont can be stress-free and easy for the destination bride.”
Paige’s Top 10 Picks:
1. President Coolidge Homestead
The President Coolidge Homestead is one of Vermont’s hidden gems. Imagine being able to rent an entire New England village. This charming locale, surrounded by open fields and set within the Green Mountains of Vermont, is the perfect backdrop for a wedding celebration.
2. Southern Vermont Arts Center
This historic 1917 Georgian Revival mansion is perched on 407 pristine acres on the slopes of Mount Equinox, offering stunning views for a truly romantic wedding. Its diversity with three different backdrops creates a unique setting including the botanical gardens for a memorable ceremony, The Yester House - a historic home turned art gallery complete with a grand staircase - or tour the extensive collections and dance the night away in the Arkell Pavilion, a restored historic barn.
3. The Pond Pavilion at The Equinox
This pond-side pavilion offers beautiful wooden architectural details and awe-inspiring views of the Equinox Pond and Green Mountains. It is a magnificent setting with ample outdoor space for a dramatic mountain, pond-side ceremony and cocktail reception.
4. Mountain Top Inn and Resort
The perfect choice for a destination wedding spring, summer, fall or winter. Imagine a lake-side wedding with cocktails on the beach in the summer, or a mountain-top ceremony with a horse-drawn sleigh taking you to one of the stunning chalets for dinner in the winter.
5. The Kedron Valley Inn
With an idyllic location in the picturesque Vermont countryside, the Kedron Valley Inn provides you with the perfect quintessential New England wedding experience. Enjoy an informal barbecue by the pond for your rehearsal dinner; take a horse and carriage to the South Chapel for your wedding ceremony, followed by a delicious dinner in the dining room of the inn.
6. Grand Isle Lake House
Reminiscent of another era, the Grand Isle Lake House offers an unparalleled lakeshore setting for weddings. The sweeping views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains from the grand wrap-around porch provide an impressive backdrop for a destination wedding.
7. The Inn at Mountain View Farm
The Inn at Mountain View Farm offers an extraordinary destination for weddings and civil unions. Discover the splendor of Vermont, perched on the crest of a spectacular ridge line and surrounded by beautiful pastoral views on this historic farm estate.
8. The Pitcher Inn
Weddings at The Pitcher Inn are a perfect blend of sophistication and country elegance paired with extraordinary food and wine. Set in the village of Warren, Vermont and nestled in the Green Mountains, the inn takes on the feel of a comfortable country home you and your family will love.
9. The West Monitor Barn
Located in Richmond, Vermont, the West Monitor Barn is a unique, rustic wedding venue with all proceeds going towards funding Vermont Youth Conservation Corps programs. The magnificent post-and-beam interior is spacious and cozy, elegant and charming.
10. Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Hildene is located in the scenic Vermont village of Manchester. The grounds offer breathtaking views of the valley, the mountains to the east and west and the exquisite formal gardens provide the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding.
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