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May 2008 Wedding in the Hudson Valley

cobbler | Jan 28, 200809:08 AM

Hello Chowhounders:

I’m looking for a site for a small wedding (50 or so guests) in May and would like to have it somewhere near the city (up to an hour or so drive), preferably along the Hudson. We don’t want to hire a caterer, so would ideally find a B&B that could feed us (well) and offer some accommodations.

We looked at Monteverde at Old Stone Manor and while the grounds were lovely and the food was delicious (if a bit on the fussy side), it was too large and too costly for us (a $6k site fee for starters). They were also piping in frightful "smooth" jazz—and we were told that we couldn’t have our own music or dancing unless we rented the whole place for a mere $25k.

Anyhow, what we’re looking for is, in short:
Good food
A cozy setting and site for the ceremony
Hudson Valley location
A place that can accommodate 50 guests and not lose us in the shuffle
Decent accommodations should guests want to stay over (but we don’t have to have this piece if the other things are in place)

My fiancé and I are both writers and artists and we’re looking for something more funky and less cookie cutter than most weddings.

I’ve scouted out a few places that might work and am wondering if anyone would be able to give me their two cents on the below—or let me know if we’ve overlooked some place that might be good for us:

Bird and Bottle (Garrison)
I keep reading wildly positive and wildly negative things about this place. What’s the skinny?

The Inn at Stone Ridge

Plumbush Inn

Mohonk Mountain House
Would our small wedding be swallowed up there by all the other things going on or to do they make the place feel sufficiently private for small weddings? How’s the food?

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
This place sounds pricey and idyllic in terms of food (though no accommodations) and I’m waiting to hear what the site fee is.

Any help/wisdom you could offer would be much appreciated!

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