Vermont Country Wedding Package
Your Dream Weddings held in a Victorian Mansion
The Hartness House Inn offer a wide variety of wedding packages. We make it easy for you with our inclusive elope wedding packages that include everything you need for a traditional wedding. Just make a reservation and we will do all the rest.
The Hartness House Inn is the perfect place for your elopement wedding or destination wedding. The Inn is the former stately residence of one of Vermont's wealthiest industrialists. Fine appointments grace the entire building and a rich and intriguing history pervades throughout. The building and the estate offer many picturesque locations: ornate fountains, gardens, column pergolas, coffered ceiling, mahogany paneling, sweeping lawns, woodlands, nature trails, grand staircases, over-sized fireplaces, and romantic restaurant and rustic lounge ambiance.
The Hartness House Inn was built in 1904 and was the home of wealthy industrialist and former Governor of Vermont, James Hartness. The Inn offers 40 rooms and suites, an award-winning international and New England cuisine restaurant and tavern, a ballroom and reception hall, private spa, an outdoor Garden Pavilion with chandeliers and dance floor, wedding garden with large Euro-styled fountain, column pergola, and sweeping lawns perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony. The Hartness Estate covers over 50 acres of woodlands, brooks, and nature trails.
The Hartness House Inn is centrally located between Boston, New York Albany and Montreal on the Vermont/New Hampshire border. The Inn is just a short drive from Hartford, CT Bradley Airport, and Manchester Airport in New Hampshire.
The Hartness House Inn is the popular choice for your weekend destination wedding. We offer accommodations, on-site catering and indoor banquet facilities for over 100 and an outdoor pavilion suitable hosting wedding receptions for over 200. The Estate offers privacy and many picturesque locations.
Vermont Country Wedding Package Details
Vermont Country is our most popular facilities-inclusive wedding package that includes everything that you need for your destination wedding weekend -- with the most asked for options at the biggest savings. You only need to make a reservation and arrive early to get your wedding license, and we handle all the details.
Your package includes: one nights accommodations in our Charles Lindbergh room or our fireplace suite - Hartness Suite; a welcome arrival basket; choice of ceremony locations; celebratory champagne toast; a reception dinner at our on-site restaurant or our Victorian ballroom; and a honeymoon-styled champagne breakfast-in-bed the next morning.
Getting a marriage license in Vermont is very easy. Just bring photo ID (and a certified divorce decree, if any) to the Town Clerk just 10 minutes walking and in twenty minutes and $60 later, you will have your marriage license. Kindly call the Town Clerk 802-885-2104 to make sure they will be open.
The Charles Lindberg Room
In 1927 after having just completed his famous trans-Atlantic non-stop air flight to Paris, Charles Lindberg was a guest at the Hartness House Inn. In honor of his visit, our largest guest room is name after him. Few people remember that "Lucky Lindy" was over 6 foot four inches, a tall gent indeed, and this room features a king-sized bed for our guests.
The Charles Lindbergh room overlooks the Hartness Telescope Observatory. Built in 1910 by James Hartness, his 10" Equatorial Tracking Telescope was a sensation of the time. For the first time, a private individual single-handedly built a refractor telescope capable of accurately tracking the stars celestial movements.
This room offers a king-sized bed; color cable TV and DVD player; individually controlled heat and AC; private bath; digital telephone with voice mail and automated wake-up service; Clock radio and CD player, and large, bright sunny windows. Outside the room is a Hospitality table offering free refreshments and snacks.
Ask about our upgrade special to our fireplace suite: Hartness Suite. The upgrade is free if the Hartness Suite is available on your arrival.
Our Welcome Basket of Goodies await your Arrival
We would like to show our hospitality after your long journey with our Welcome Basket waiting in your room containing a bottle of red or white wine or champagne; a cheese and fruit board; a selection of chocolates; and a bath gift set.
Enjoy your arrival with a leisurely snack before you get started. Perhaps you would like a snack prior to dinner or a relaxing bath. Everything you need is waiting for you.
Make your wedding weekend an extra special one by ordering some of our romantic favorites: rose or floral bouquet; festive balloon collection; a gift teddy bear; or a special bottle of champagne. We would be happy to accommodate your ideas.
We offer several popular Ceremony Locations with an Officiant
You tell us your preference for your ceremony, indoors or outdoors, and we will suggest several locations.
Our most popular indoor wedding ceremony location is by the Library Grand fireplace. The Library is steeped in tradition and history. As governor of Vermont, James Hartness would conduct state business in front of the fireplace in the Library that he used for official state business. Arduous talks of politics, back-room dealings, and financial matters now give way to matters of marriage. Cozy for just two, we can seat up to thirty friends and family if you chose our ElopePlus package.
Also in the Library, you can chose to have your nuptials by the Great Arch window. In 1921, after being elected governor of Vermont, James Hartness placed his governor's desk directly below the actual lamp that hangs there to this day. Wouldn't it be interesting to know the history that this lamp shone on.
For outdoor wedding ceremonies, we offer our wedding gardens resplendent with an Euro-style fountain, sweeping lawns, and a columned pergola covered in vines. Lovely and romantically greenscaped, our best picturesque moments are created here. Even on the hottest days, the tall walnut and maple trees shade our couples from the heat.
Adjacent to the wedding gardens is our Stone chapel. Formerly known as the Tea House, it was built in 1904 by James Hartness as a gift to his wife Lena. Lena Hartness loved gardening and quickly surrounded the Tea House with lovely local flowers and plants. Lena was quite the personable individual and would host tea parties for the spouses of Mr. Hartness' government and business acquaintances.
We can arrange for our civil wedding officiants to preside over your ceremony. They will happily customize the vows to suit your needs. Once you have reserved your wedding date, one of our officiants will contact you by telephone and discuss details and answer any questions you may have. Our officiants will incorporate your vows if any into the ceremony. Feel free to request any special readings, poetry, psalms or verses that you prefer.
Your Choice of Indoor or Outdoor Reception Locations
We offer afternoon or evening receptions indoors in our Victorian Ballroom for up to 110 guests or outdoors in our Garden Pavilion tent for up to 250 guests.
All of our receptions include all facilities fees, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and electrical power service (esp. outdoor). Our wedding coordinator will work with you on color coordination and additional decorations. We maintain extra refrigeration for your vendor's floral arrangements and wedding cake storage.
We offer an innovative outdoor reception location (May to October), the Garden Pavilion. A structural tent, it provide 2400 square feet of outdoor space with staging for a head table, a 24x24 square foot wooden dance floor, and mini-light and chandelier lighting. It is attached to the Main House by a covered walkway and a 30x24 cover deck. No additional tent rental fees.
Your Reception will include a cocktail hour with a cash bar service and Hors D'oeuvre.
Your cocktail hour can be upgraded to an Open Bar service for an additional fee.
Our Hors D'oeuvre include an International Cheese Board, Crudite Platter, warm Stuffed Mushroom Caps, and hot Mini Quiches.
Our bar services are simple and flexible to plan, and cost effective. Compare our bar prices to our competition.
Your Reception Dinner will be customized by our award-winning chefs.
Your Reception Dinner will be customized by our award-winning chefs. We can easily handle wedding parties from 20 to 200 in a timely manner. Our wedding coordinator will help you plan your menu from our three-menu plan.
Depending on your desire, we can either serve meals plated or buffet-style. We can arrange food stations and carving stations as you like.
This package includes wine service consisting of our choice of red and white wines served by our staff to seated guests.
No wedding celebration is complete without a champagne toast. Your package includes a toast of our specially selected champagne for all your guests. We will gladly substitute sparkling apple cider for champagne if you so desire.
Your Choice of Indoor or Outdoor Reception Locations
You will receive our next door Library as a separate room for dancing. Play music as loud as you like because your will not interfere with you guests enjoying their dinners next door.
Our wedding coordinators will work directly with your music band or DJ to assure that they have everything that they need to perform. We can suggest layouts and settings to optimize sound quality and dancing enjoyment.
We'll professionally cut and serve your Wedding Cake
We'll professionally cut and serve your Wedding Cake based on the number of wedding guests. Any remaining cake, we will package and refrigerate for you to take home.
We have successfully worked with all local bakers and wedding cake designers. We can coordinate the arrival and set-up of the wedding cake. If necessary we can temporarily store the wedding cake in our walk-in coolers.
We provide all cake plates and dessert forks, along with a full coffee and tea service.
A Romantic Champagne Breakfast-in-Bed
Following a restful sleep, you will be awaken to the knock on your door -- "Room Service". Your Champagne Breakfast-in-Bed will be delivered to your room at your appointed time. A complete smörgåsbord of treats to quench your morning thirst and hunger. There's no need to leave your room -- help yourself to the scrumptious breakfast in front of you.
Our brides tells us their favorite is the mimosa cocktails they make -- mixing the freshly squeezed orange juice and champagne. Another favorite is the strawberries and cream, and the special Kona coffee that we serve in a French Press for maximum flavor.
When you arrive you will get a chance to pick your favorite breakfast entrées. If you have a desire for something else -- -just ask and we would be happy to accommodate special requests.
All the traditional wedding elements at a budget pleasing price.
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