Echo Lake Inn
My husband and I got married at Echo Lake Inn on July 21st 2012. Everything about the weekend was truly amazing. Everyone kept asking me if I was stressed and I kept responding I was nothing but excited and overjoyed. I knew the inn had everything under control and all I had to do was be there and enjoy this special day. For the whole weekend the inn hosted 65 of my friends and family. The inn itself is charming and full of character. It's a bit funky and rustic, but that's what we liked about it. It has so much history and gives guests a taste of a real VT country inn. Leading up to the wedding Ruxanna the wedding coordinator was great. Planning the wedding long distance it was super helpful to have a point person who quickly responded to all of my questions and helped me to finalize all of our plans. Then at our final meeting Ruxanna turned the reigns over to Laurence the innkeeper who would be our day of coordinator. How many other venues have the innkeeper there to personally oversee your wedding? He kept us on schedule and was there constantly checking in and making sure I had everything I needed. The incredible customer service and personal attention we received from all of the staff is really what made the whole experience so magical. They anticipated problems and solved them so it did not affect the day and they met any requests with a smile and quick response. Everything ran smoothly and exactly as planned.
As gusts arrived Friday afternoon, they were able to enjoy all the amenities of the inn. Many hung out by the pool, played badminton and basketball, or went canoeing out on the lake. That evening my guests were welcomed with a delicious BBQ dinner on the front lawn and the porch. It was nice to have a chance to relax and hang out with my guests in a more casual atmosphere before the more formal (but not stuffy) reception. Everyone had a blast. On Saturday while me and the wedding party got ready, the rest of the guests took advantage of activities in the local area. At some point during the day almost everyone went cliff diving (on recommendation from some of the inn staff). My one regret from the weekend is I didn't have time to join them. The ceremony itself was beautiful. I Knew I wanted a venue we could have an outdoor ceremony and being under the apple tree and by the wishing well was a gorgeous location. And the staff was happy to set up the chairs in a circle to help complete my vision and the intimate feeling I was looking to create. The cocktail hour was on the back lawn and I was wowed at how beautiful the food displays were. Chef Kevin Barnes is a true artist. And the staff made sure I had a drink on hand and plenty of apps to munch on.
Then we moved into the tent for the reception. It was decorated beautifully and really captured my idea of simple elegance. The tent holds 200 but they were able to set it up in a way that perfectly fit our small group without being cavernous or overcrowded. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the meal. Portions were generous and the food arrived hot and delicious. No boring wedding food here. I appreciate they are a member of VT Fresh Network and use local seasonal ingredients. Everything was so well executed and I was able to dance the night away stress free and full of smiles. Due to noise ordinances music in the tent has to be off by 10:30, but then we just moved the party into the stone tavern. This was a great location for an after party. We played darts and pool, listened to music, talked, and snacked on popcorn that really hit the spot after a long night of drinking and dancing. Sunday morning everyone topped off their fabulous weekend with brunch in the restaurant. Again the food was excellent and people were able to relax and soak in every last minute of the festivities. Absolutely everything that weekend went flawlessly and I wouldn't change a moment of it. I highly recommend the inn to other couples looking for a county inn for a wedding and those just looking for a relaxed and romantic getaway. I know we will be back to visit soon. Thanks to Echo Lake Inn for making this a truly magical weekend.
The Echo Lake Inn is the ideal setting for a traditional country wedding. The character and charm of yesterday, uniquely decorated rooms and the feeling of romance everywhere. The white steepled church just across the lane from the Echo lake Inn adds to the charm of this delightful wedding setting.
Located in Vermont’s beautiful central lakes region, the Echo Lake Inn was built in 1840 as a Victorian summer hotel. Today it remains one of the few authentic country inns operating in Vermont. The Inn’s rich heritage includes frequent visits by President Calvin Coolidge, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and many other historic figures.
Every year the Echo Lake Inn hosts many weddings, banquets and other important functions. The Inn’s experienced catering staff provide a level of service and attention to every detail that is well know throughout the area.
Located on the attractive grounds, the Inn offers 23 rooms (some with fireplace and Jacuzzi) and 8 condominiums, swimming pool, tennis, oversized Jacuzzi and a dock on Echo Lake with canoes and row boats. The restaurant, recently featured in Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, is well known for the excellent food and service provided by Chef Kevin and his staff.
With thirty years of experience in the hotel and catering business, the innkeepers are ready to assist you in every way possible. Our weddings are tailored to the desires of the Bride and Groom, leaving all the important details in our experienced hands. We would be delighted to work with you to customize the wedding of your dreams.
♥ You have the luxury of having a day-of coordinator who will orchestrate all the behind-the-scene details.
♥ During the reception, you have a dedicated waitstaff making sure you enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner.
♥ Known for his excellent food and high-quality ingredients, acclaimed Chef, Kevin Barnes, prepares your wedding menu with the same care he serves guests in our restaurant.
♥ Our couples receive a monthly newsletter full of wedding trends, ideas and DIY projects to assist them with their wedding planning. The newsletters are full of photographs of weddings at the Inn so you can see details that other couples created.
♥ Our staff LOVE weddings and it shows! They are professional and pride themselves in their attention to detail.
♥ In addition to providing you with a day-of coordinator, we also provide you with a wedding planner to support you in the wedding planning process. We’ll answer questions, help work out the wedding logistics and timing and provide you with a myriad of resources to make your wedding vision come to fruition.
♥ We offer you exclusive use of the Inn at no cost. When the Inn is filled with family and friends, the wedding weekend becomes a festive three-day reunion and the memories made from the weekend will be treasured for a lifetime.
♥ You don’t need to worry about how guests will entertain themselves. We have over a dozen recreational amenities on site; all of which are free of charge to our guests.
♥ When your guests fill the Inn, we provide a complimentary brunch on Sunday. It’s a wonderful way to end a weekend of festivities.
♥ Every bride and groom receive a Luxury King Suite as our gift, for their wedding weekend.
♥ You’re provided with an exclusive 5-page Wedding Planning Timeline. It prompts you to think about things that can be overlooked and assures you that every detail is addressed BEFORE your wedding.