Although we are located in the heart of New York City (on Broadway at 51st St.), our musicians, bands, DJs and classical musicians have been doing a lot of traveling. The weddings and other parties/events we have provided music for in 2013 have taken us to some interesting places and event venues.
Brides and grooms always ask, “Which is your favorite place for a wedding?”. It is such a tough question to answer because they all offer their own charm, ambiance, etc. Allow me to indulge you in a few places 2013 has taken us.
The list is too long to include in one blog post, however, here is a short list:
Quarry Hill Farm in Harleysville, PA, Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, NY, the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville Virginia, Oheka Castle in Huntington, LI, Raphael Vineyard on Long Island’s North Fork, Hildene in Manchester, VT., Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club on the Jersey Shore and Gurney’s Inn on the beach in Montauk.
Here is a brief overview of each place.
Quarry Hill Farm in Harleysville, PA is a 100-acre sustainable organic farm. They offer possibly the most unique menu because they grow their own organic vegetables and raise their own organically fed farm animals.
The Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, NY say that they are “nestled in the heart of Central New York”. Anyone from the NYC area will not consider this Central New York. We would consider this northwest. This is a 3400 acre resort with the main feature being the casino but, they also have a full-service spa and golf course.
The Clifton Inn is a member of the esteemed Relais & Châteaux list of luxury of world-class hotels. It only has 17 rooms and suites and is located on a spectacular 100-acre setting in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Oheka Castle in Huntington is a real castle that is also a private home, hotel and wedding venue. Located on what is considered the Gold Coast of Long Island, is a throwback to the Great Gatsby era. They not only have a great chef but also have a fantastic pastry chef that makes incredible wedding cakes. Here you will feel like you went back to the “roaring 20s”.
Raphael Vineyard and Winery in Peconic is on Long Island’s North Fork. This place has all the charm of a country setting. Your wedding ceremony can take place overlooking the vineyard. The Renaissance Room is your formal banquet room with antique finishes of cherry and rich mahogany.
Hildene in Manchester, VT was the home of Robert Todd Lincoln. He was the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975. The home is a museum and the wedding ceremonies are held in the gardens overlooking the valleys of Vermont’s Green Mountains. The tented dinner receptions are catered by one of the finest caterers in Vermont, Pangaea.
The Parrish Art Museum moved from Southampton to a new 34,400-square-foot building in Water Mill. The new Parrish includes 12,200 square feet of exhibition space. The galleries are a permanent collection that showcase the story of America’s most enduring and influential artists’ colony—Eastern Long Island. The space can be rented for a wedding and catered by their exclusive caterer, Art of Eating.
Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club is located on the Jersey Shore. The second story outdoor area where the wedding ceremony takes place has spectacular views of the ocean on one side and a salt water pool on the other. The neighborhood is the historic seaside town of Spring Lake New Jersey.
Gurney’s Inn is located right on the beach in Montauk Long Island. The wedding ceremony takes place on the beach and the cocktail hour is on the bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The ballroom has windows with an ocean view, as well. They also have a full-service spa housed in a separate building. In July, Central Park Orchestra performed at a wedding for the daughter of one of the owners of Gurney’s.