Celebrate Inn-timate Weddings Away At Select Registry Distinguished Inns
Couples don’t have to roam far to find the destination wedding of their dreams. Select Registry(TM), Distinguished Inns of North America beckons with romantic settings and one-of-a-kind offerings. From quaint seascapes and breathtaking mountain vistas to Italian Renaissance-style mansions and fairytale castles – couples discover a full bouquet of offerings at these award-winning inns, B&Bs and small boutique hotels across North America.
It’s easy to bypass the high cost of airfare. Located in and around premier destinations, Select Registry inns offer romantic, drive-to celebrations – alluring to couples and guests in a challenging economy. Many properties offer complete wedding packages with award-winning cuisine, spa treatments, floral arrangements and professional event planners for the big day.
All Select Registry properties share the distinction of showcasing the B&B industry’s best of the best. The organization’s 400 members include recipients of the AAA-Four Diamond and National Register of Historic Places designations. They rank high on Top Ten lists of all types, from Leading Inns of North America to Most Romantic Hideaways and Best Places To Kiss.
Fun, romantic activities for newlyweds and wedding guests include private helicopter and hot air balloon rides, icewine festivals, wine-making and chocolate-dipping classes, and horse-drawn carriage rides through charming historic villages. Whatever your fancy, Select Registry inns can sweep you away with unique and value-rich offerings like these:
Blair Hill Inn, Greenville, Central Maine
Recognized by Outside Magazine as one of North America’s Top Five most visually stunning wedding locations, this 1891 mansion offers panoramic views of scenic Moosehead Lake that stretch all the way to New Hampshire and Canada. The inn’s 15 acres of hilltop flower gardens provide a charming backdrop for outdoor ceremonies, as well as tented receptions for up to 150 seated guests. Couples can also say their vows aboard a 1914 steamship, The Katahdin, while cruising the tranquil lake waters. For intimate receptions, Blair Hill’s elegant dining room offers a five-course menu of seasonal dishes prepared by the award-winning chef with fresh ingredients from the inn’s garden and greenhouse. Newlyweds and their guests find outdoor adventures to always remember. Take flight on a vintage seaplane tour or paddle a canoe through crystal-clear lake waters on a guided moose safari. Wedding packages vary by season and other factors*, starting this spring and summer at $150 per guest, including ceremony, reception dinner, bar service, taxes and gratuities.
Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa, Sharon, Western Penn.
With its National Register of Historic Places designation, this 1890s neo-Romanesque castle offers a fairytale setting amid spiraling turrets, lofty stone archways and stained glass windows. Couples can choose from a variety of outdoor wedding sites throughout seven acres of manicured gardens and ponds. The Castle For A Day package offers exclusive use of the mansion’s ten guestrooms, gardens and Carriage House, featuring French doors that open onto the grand courtyard, which seats up to 120 reception guests beneath vaulted white tents. For more intimate gatherings and elopements, guests can say, “I do” in the mansion’s regal parlor or the sunlit Victorian Greenhouse. Additional spaces include a sunroom and formal dining room. De-stress before the big day at Buhl Mansion’s full-service spa, or take advantage of preferred tee times from nearby world-class golf courses. Wedding rates start at $500* for a two-hour ceremony inside the charming Buhl Mansion Guesthouse.
Villa Royale Inn, Palm Springs, Calif.
This historic estate offers an intimate wedding oasis on the western edge of the Colorado Desert. Breathtaking canyons and fragrant gardens set a dramatic stage amid three acres of Mediterranean-style courtyards and cascading fountains. Catering to groups of up to 75 outdoor guests, the inn’s acclaimed AAA Four Diamond Europa Restaurant delights with a gourmet menu inspired by the flavors of southern Europe, accompanied by Wine Spectator Award-winning vintages. Europa can also host indoor parties of up to 50 guests, or seat parties of 12 in its private dining room, with an inviting fireplace and warm, romantic ambiance. For off-site entertainment, Villa Royale is minutes from world-class golf, spas, shopping, dining and nightlife in downtown Palm Springs. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the majestic Indian Canyons on horseback, cruise the walk of the stars on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, or journey 8,500 ft. to the top of Mt. San Jacinto aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Garden wedding packages start at $1,200, while receptions at the inn’s Europa are from $32 per guest*.
China Beach Retreat, Ilwaco, Southwest Wash.
Nestled on a secluded cove edging Baker Bay, this Craftsman cottage offers a serene hideaway steeped in history. It was here that Lewis & Clark culminated their great American expedition in 1805. Today, the inn’s panoramic view captures the spirit of the explorers’ first journey along the Columbia River shoreline. Lush estuaries teem with shorebirds, providing a dramatic backdrop for elopements and intimate weddings in this natural setting. The common room’s floor-to-ceiling plate-glass windows overlook the bay’s tideflats and the Oregon Coastal range on the horizon. Newlyweds find privacy in the peaceful Audubon Cottage, with upstairs king guestroom, 42-inch flat screen TV, outdoor soaking tub, Wi-Fi and more. Spring and summer wedding rates start at $250, plus guest accommodations and tax*.
Villa Marco Polo Inn, Victoria, B.C.
Located minutes from downtown Victoria and its glittering Inner Harbour, this five-star B&B was designed in 1923 as a gift to a young bride. Today, the villa’s Italian Renaissance design continues to inspire couples seeking cosmopolitan settings amid old-world romance. Lush, tiered gardens evoke scenes of Tuscany and Umbria, with elegant fountains, reflection pool, stone terraces and classical statuaries. The inn’s full-service catering can host groups of up to 175 cocktail guests, or 125 seated guests in a vibrant garden setting. For smaller groups, the chef’s gourmet menu of locally grown and organic specialties can be served from the Tuscan room, richly appointed with hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and French doors that open onto the garden terrace. Pamper yourself and your wedding party with soothing massages at the inn’s Penthouse Spa, offering stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Peninsula. Wedding package rates for this spring and summer start at $13,500 USD/$14,000 CAD*, including four all-suite accommodations, three-course meal, floral décor and much more.
Select Registry inns marry high-tech comforts with Old World charms. Richly appointed guestrooms welcome with luxurious linens and gorgeous views. Many guestrooms feature antique furnishings, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, Wi-Fi, large flat-screen televisions, rain showerheads and pre-loaded in-room iPods. To find a unique inn near you, visit our website. Browse by location or theme to discover additional inn-timate destination weddings from Select Registry Distinguished Inns.
*Wedding packages are customized to suit different styles and budgets and vary according to such factors as venue, group size, day of the week and add-on amenities. Contact the inn for specifics.
About Select Registry
Select Registry(TM), Distinguished Inns of North America represents 400 of the finest country inns, luxury B&Bs, and unique small hotels across North America — the very best the industry has to offer. Established more than 40 years ago, Select Registry sets the standard for excellence, with the longest, continuously running inspection program in the B&B industry. Inns applying for membership receive rigorous inspections, as do existing members on a periodic basis. Independent inspectors with years of hospitality experience arrive unidentified, spend the night and evaluate the inn. No other online directory or organization of innkeepers has a comparable inspection program, establishing Select Registry as the benchmark for quality. Each member property is unique and showcased in the Select Registry guidebook. With more than 400,000 copies available as gifts to guests, the guidebook is the largest publication of its kind in the travel industry. For more information, visit our website.