10 Inns to Celebrate Love and Marriage
When it comes to choosing the perfect venue for your wedding, we can’t think of a more romantic setting than a bed and breakfast. Many offer wedding planning services that include preparing the ceremony space, catering, and arranging all of the details for your reception – from tables and chair to linens, flowers, and your wedding cake – so all you have to concentrate on is the moment you and your loved one say “I do”. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate ceremony on the beach, an elegant event at a boutique inn, or a beautiful ceremony in the unsurpassed natural beauty of the outdoors, these ten bed and breakfasts will help make your wedding an unforgettable affair.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
This historic bed and breakfast located on Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina offers a unique waterfront oasis with breathtaking views of Charleston Harbor. Featured as one of Southern Living Magazine’s “Best Places to Stay in Charleston,” each cottage includes two bedrooms, approximately 1400 square feet of beautifully appointed living space, and French doors that lead onto a private screened porch equipped with a Pawley’s Island hammock for napping in the afternoon and rocking chairs for watching the sun set behind the horizon in the evening. The master bedroom features a king-sized four-posted bed and an ensuite bathroom with a jetted bathtub. The living rooms have cathedral ceilings, seasonal gas fireplaces, and a wall of windows that allow for sprawling views of the water, while the fully equipped kitchen includes full-size appliances for those wishing to prepare private meals. All guests have access to the rejuvenating spa, outdoor swimming pool, and the Adirondack chairs that dot the private harborfront beach, making The Cottages the ideal spot for your next romantic getaway or for your destination wedding. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a something a little larger,
the bed and breakfast has two event spaces overlooking the harbor to accommodate your needs. One of the inn’s three preferred caterers will prepare the food for your reception, offering a variety of dining options from elegantly served seated dinners and theme buffets to a smorgasbord of traditional Lowcountry dishes.
New Orleans, LA
Located only 11 blocks from the famous French Quarter in New Orleans, this beautifully restored bed and breakfast is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, included in the French National Order of Arts and Letters, and is the only home or studio of Edgar Degas, master of the French Impressionist movement, that is open to the public. Reproductions of the paintings he created while living in the home adorn the walls and add a touch of authenticity to the estate. The nine guest rooms, include two larger two-bedroom suites with kitchens, are named for members of the Musson-Degas family and are designed to reflect each of their individual characters. With its romantic elegance, the showpiece of the house is the Estelle Suite, luxuriously decorated with magnificent draperies, a cut-crystal chandelier, and a four-post king-sized bed and equipped with a bathroom featuring a classic Victorian claw-foot bathtub. As a recipient of the 2013 and 2014 “Best of Weddings” Award from TheKnot.com, the inn is available for a multitude of wedding-related events, including engagement parties, bridal showers, and candlelight rehearsal dinners, while the property’s unique history and the staff’s thoughtful attention to detail make this bed and breakfast a wedding and reception venue like no other. Let the professional wedding consultants assist you as you plan your traditional New Orleans-style courtyard wedding ceremony or more intimate ceremony conducted indoors in the grand parlors, and as you prepare for your big day, allow one of our highly knowledgeable tour guides lead your guests for a historical walk around the city. Conclude your memorable wedding weekend with a farewell champagne brunch featuring a buffet of traditional French Creole dishes.
With a history extending back more than 130 years, this stunning bed and breakfast in the heart of Natchez’s garden district was built in the early 1800s, served as a young ladies’ boarding school in the early 1840s, and is now nestled on beautifully maintained grounds within walking distance of the Mississippi River. The three elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites feature king- or queen-sized beds, private bathrooms, and picturesque views of the extensive lawns and gardens. Look for exquisite details such as the walls in the Drake Room hand-stenciled by innkeeper and renowned artist Esther Carpenter, 11-foot ceilings in the Carpenter Suite, and the luxurious ensuite bathroom with a fireplace, white marble and tile shower, and claw-foot soaking bathtub in the Kellogg Room. The inn can accommodate wedding ceremonies involving as few as 50 guests to as many as 500 underneath the shade of the property’s stately oak trees and offers complete wedding packages that include the house and grounds, food and beverages, and linens and china. They’ll customize a reception menu to your taste, whether you want a simple assortment of hors d’oeuvres or a grand buffet including a full bar and your choice of two appetizers, two entrees, two side dishes, and two pasta dishes. The staff can also provide names of qualified photography, flower, music, cake, salon, and restaurant vendors to help make your big day as stress-free as possible.
This historic bed and breakfast tucked away on the slopes of Mount Hualalai on the western shore of the tropical Island of Hawai`i is located in the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt on an extensive 30-acre plantation-style estate overlooking the Kona Coast. Featuring six elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, this inn offers a romantic setting brimming with Hawaiian hospitality as well as intimate accommodations highlighted by custom furnishings, king- or queen-sized beds dressed in plush bedding and linens, and sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Wake up to the soothing scent of local flora wafting in through your windows as you sip your estate-grown Kona coffee and enjoy plates piled high with fresh tropical fruit. The peaceful tranquility of this Polynesian retreat makes it the ideal place to celebrate your wedding and to begin your journey as a married couple. As you make final preparations for your big day, your wedding guests can pamper themselves at the on-site spa, sip wine in the rooftop gazebo, or take a dip in the mosaic-tiled pool. Those looking to explore the area can visit the many shops, galleries, and eateries of the nearby historic Holualoa Village or take advantage of the close proximity to the beaches, world-class golfing facilities, and hiking trails. Rent the Malulani Open-Air Pavilion and allow its open-beam vaulted ceilings and the natural beauty of the property serve as your backdrop as you say “I do” during your sunset ceremony, and then gather on Great Lawn, lit by romantic tiki torches, for your reception under the stars.
With its location next to a sparkling stream in the picturesque village of Jackson, New Hampshire, this rustic bed and breakfast is your perfect choice for a romantic weekend getaway or for your intimate country wedding. The inn’s guest rooms and quaint cottage for two are individually designed and decorated with period furnishings, including king- or queen-sized beds and comfortable seating areas. While most of the rooms feature gas or wood-burning fireplaces, many of them also offer spacious two-person Jacuzzis and/or private balconies with views of the Ellis River or of the breathtaking White Mountains across the valley. As you prepare for your wedding celebration, your guests can enjoy everything that northern New England has to offer, including scenic drives, waterfalls and covered bridges, and sports such as skiing in the winter as well as fishing, hiking, and mountain biking in the warmer months. The property offers several special elopement and wedding packages from which to choose, or the knowledgeable staff will help you design a package that includes hors d’oeuvres, a wedding cake, champagne or sparkling cider toast, and arrangements with a local restaurant for your reception dinner. Upon your departure, be sure to stop at the historic red covered bridge, known by locals as the “Honeymoon Bridge”, where newly married couples would stop and steal a “good luck kiss,” a tradition that dates back to the 1800s.
Located near the ski areas of Stowe Mountain and less than an hour away from Burlington, this classic bed and breakfast features one of the only remaining round barns in the state of Vermont. The inn is surrounded by 245 majestic acres of mountains, meadows, and ponds in the heart of Vermont’s Mad River Valley. The twelve distinctive guest rooms and suites perfectly blend comfort and luxury and feature dramatic king- or queen-sized beds, gas fireplaces or electric wood stoves, and private ensuite bathrooms, some of which offer oversized whirlpool bathtubs and relaxing steam showers. Expansive windows provide awe-inspiring views of the grounds as well as the mountains off in the distance. You and your wedding guests can enjoy a hearty country breakfast made with seasonal and locally-sourced foods, made of which are grown on-site in the inn’s organic gardens. While you attend to last-minute details with the on-site event planning team (who will help you coordinate everything from catering and music to flowers and photography), the remaining members of your group can enjoy the newly renovated game room located in the lower level of the farmhouse or swim laps in the indoor heated swimming pool housed in the historic round barn. Choose to hold your ceremony on the rear terrace with the picturesque foliage as your backdrop or hold your ceremony in the barn for a more rustic vibe.
This luxurious bed and breakfast in Napa, California is situated on three verdant acres overlooking the Napa River at the foot of the world-famous, winery-lined Silverado Trail, a 29-mile route that stretches along the eastern edge of the Napa Valley. The meticulously landscaped grounds feature towering redwoods, mighty oak trees, and lush gardens ideal for contemplative strolls and peaceful reflection. Each of the 12 guest suites is distinctively designed in chic yet comfortable décor and individually appointed with thoughtful touches such as fresh orchids sitting bedside to king-sized canopy beds outfitted with linens of supreme quality, flickering fireplaces, and private ensuite bathrooms equipped with oversized hydrotherapy bathtubs, marble-tiled steam showers, and a selection of boutique bath products. Plus, with the onsite spa, you’ll have everything you’ll need to relax before your big day right at your fingertips. To simplify the planning process, the bed and breakfast offers three separate nuptial packages (Elopement, Intimate Wedding, and Takeover) along with the option of customizing a package to those newly engaged couples who seek the ultimate in wine country wedding experiences. Upon request, the inn’s expert wedding coordinator can arrange for a chilled bottle of champagne and/or a fragrant floral arrangement to be placed in your suite just prior to your arrival, make appointments for bridal or wedding party hairstyling, schedule manicures and pedicures, or organize an off-site photo shoot to capture the beauty of the Napa Valley. Guests looking to elope can do so in luxurious style, as the Elopement package includes romantic evening turndown service with rose petals, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a chilled bottle of champagne.
South Beach, OR
Situated in South Beach, just three minutes away from the coastal town of Newport, Oregon, this intimate bed and breakfast is the perfection location for a romantic getaway or a destination wedding. The inn’s gorgeous architecture combines rustic textures, as the living room features a 30-foot stone fireplace, an intricate suspended ceiling made from pine logs, and cathedral windows. The guest suites offer king- or queen-sized beds dressed in luxurious linens, full private bathrooms complete with a shower and jetted bathtub, and windows providing panoramic views of the coastline and the ocean beyond it. For a more romantic setting, stay in the one-bedroom cottage located 100 yards from the main building that has been outfitted with a full kitchen and bathroom, comfortable living room, and a private deck with ocean views. Voted “Best Wedding Venue” by Martha Stewart’s WeddingWire from 2010-2013, the bed and breakfast helps couples create their dream wedding in the Pacific Northwest, either by helping with specific details such as catering, décor, and flowers or by planning the event in its entirety. Whatever the level of assistance you need or the size of the wedding you’re envisioning, the on-site consultants will work tirelessly to navigate you through a stress-free planning process so you can focus on your big day. After exchanging vows and saying “I do,” enjoy a delicious meal at your reception featuring your choose of three appetizers, one salad, one side starch, and two main entrees. Appetizer options include Blacked Prawn and Avocado Crostini, while entrees include Crab Cakes with Wasabi Caviar Butter.