Monthly Archives: August 2005

Wedding Venue Help

We need it!

We are still trying to figure out WHERE to get married. I’ll give y’all a few links to some places and please vote on favorites and/or make suggestions. Just to give you a bit of background, this is optimally what we’d like:
1) a place where 125 of our closest family and friends can realistically gather and celebrate
2) a destination wedding “feel” — so a weekend event with lots of opportunity for hanging out, mingling, etc. We want our families and friends to have an opportunity to get to know each other. We might even want to have organized carriage rides, kayak tours, softball games, hikes, etc.
3) we strongly prefer a Saturday night wedding
4) we want to get married outside, preferably at the location of the reception, but this is not a necessity
5) we love the idea of a national park
6) a place that is special to us (this makes it VERY difficult)
7) preferably a place that can accommodate us with indian food, but we NEED vegetarian food at the very least
8) a place we love

So here are some links. Please give advice.

Bar Harbor Inn — This place is right on the water. We have only seen the grounds, but it is very nice from the outside. the big drawback is that the reception would have to take place mid-day. We like the idea of Acadia National Park, though it is a far drive — 11 hrs from Philadelphia and 13 hrs from Buffalo.

Jordan Pond House — This is actually IN Acadia National Park. We’re just not sure how likely it is that they can accommodate with with indian food. If we did it here, we’d probably have our ceremony in the park, perhaps even by Jordan Pond.

Asticou Inn — We’re not sure if this place is really ON the waterfront. It’s another place on Mount Desert Island near Acadia national Park.

The Belhurst Castle — This place is in the Finger Lakes in NY. It’s very beautiful, though it is no national park. The big drawback here is their Saturdays are booked, so we’d have to do a Sunday wedding.

White Hart Inn — a somewhat generic place we have not yet really checked out in CT

Red Lion Inn — This is a place Amy suggested in the Berkshires. We have not checked it out.

The White House Inn — This is a lovely Inn in southern VT along route 9.

Wake Robin Inn — This place looks nice — but I just found it on the web. It’s along the Housatonic River. Sujal and I camped by the Housatonic last year.

The Interlaken — I’d looked at this place online before and just never followed up. Seems like a possibility.

Okay, so that’s what i have for now. Vote away and/or make other suggestions.

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Amy and Brian Are Married!

So one of my other recent travels was to Amy and Brian’s wedding. Here are some of the photos Sujal took. Amy’s the chick in white. I’m the chick in pink. They had a great ceremony which was very short and ended with a sing-a-long on Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. The ceremony and reception took place at The Orchards in Williamstown, MA, which is a very elegant inn. They give you cookies with their turn down service. I still don’t understand the need for a turn down service, because you can’t pull their own sheets back, but I definitely understand the need for cookies. Congrats to Amy and Brian!!!

Way Too Long

So it has been way too long since my last post. I’d been away for awhile, and actually I began posting, but got caught up in trying to find cool links for: Demolition Derby. So I had been away for a bit, with the culminating event of my “travels” being the Erie County Fair Demolition Derby. It is a cultural event like no other! My parents used to take me as a small child, and as a four year old, well I was scared shitless of the noise, the fires, and the smells. But as an adult, woo-hoo — it’s the rockin’est. I went to one at the Noho Tr-County fair a few years ago with some grad school friends, and we had such a blast drinking Icehouse beer and rooted for our favorite hunks of junk. So when i was going to Buffalo to visit my mom, I suggested we go to the Erie County Fair one, and she jumped on it. There is nothing in the world like watching a bunch of cars smash into each other on purpose. Mind you, I do not rubberneck when I pass accident scenes. I’m generally not a proponent of violence, though clearly violence IS the answer. My other had sold her older car the night before we went, and we were sure we’d see it backing up into another car in the ring. Alas, our hope and dreams went unfulfilled. On that same little vacation, I visited family at Long Beach in Wainfleet, Ontario. i looked for good links to that particular Long Beach to no avail. My family has been renting a cottage on Long Beach in Ontario for many years, basically since my maternal grandmother was a little girl. It’s a very special place to the people who go there, who apparently are not that internet savvy. You’ll have to trek on over there for yourself if you want to see it. The sunsets in August are amazing! I’ve heard they are even better in October.