We stopped in without an appointment and luckily got a chance to talk to one of their wedding coordinators. We were impressed with her organization. She clearly knew the information inside and out and was easily able to communicate both the financial costs and the psychological appeal of the Inn. The tour was short, but covered all the rooms available as well as the restaurants and lobby (which is where they have most of the cocktail hours unless you want to rent one room for the cocktail hour and one for a wedding). The costs, especially off season, are a real bargain. At the time we were planning a February wedding. If you're going off season they give you a great deal on the prices.
We looked at two other venues in the area. Normandy Farms and Presidential Caterers. We were very underwhelmed with Normandy Farms. Their planner was brusque and in a hurry. We were there on a Sunday and had an appointment, but she acted like we were imposing on her. Hopefully she's moved on to a job she enjoys more because we'd never book there based on her attitude. I do have to say that the silo room is incredible and would make for some great photo ops! Presidential Caterers appeared to be more a 'wedding mill' type of venue. I suspect it gets very noisy when there are multiple weddings there all at the same time. But the staff were pleasant and appeared interested in our business. The rooms appeared adequate but just not what we wanted, and my daughter didn't like their outdoor 'gazebo' type structure. That was all subjective though, and I haven't been there during a wedding to see if it really is crazy. I'll set up another blog for each of those venues.
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