Three Standout Lake Sunapee Wedding Venues

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Inn at Pleasant Lake

Courtesy of Inn at Pleasant Lake

HISTORIC HOSPITALITY

Inn at Pleasant Lake
Head Count Up to 200 seated
Price Starting at $3,100, plus drink

“Pleasant” is an understatement when it comes to this quaint New London bed-and-breakfast. Built in the late 1700s, the Inn at Pleasant Lake brims with New England charm, from the plush armchairs to the checkerboard tables. Say “I do” fireside in the parlor for more intimate gatherings, or go big with a tent on the lawn overlooking the lake. There’s even a barn on the property should you desire a more rustic fete. There, you can mingle with guests on the patio—aglow with bistro lights strung from the trees—before heading to the window-lined dining room to tuck into a locally sourced meal from Oak & Grain, the in-house restaurant. And don’t worry about wrangling vendors: The innkeepers (a husband-and-wife team) handle everything, ensuring you’re able to focus on getting those first dance steps down.

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens

Photograph by Great Island Photography

GARDEN PARTY GLAM

The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens
Head Count Up to 200 seated
Price Starting at $6,500, plus food and drink

Cross the threshold of the early-20th-century Colonial Revival at the Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to another time. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the space has been preserved down to the antique rugs and silk lampshades, so it’s easy to picture women in petticoats sipping afternoon tea on the velvet settees. While the library provides an intimate space for small indoor ceremonies, the veranda beckons larger parties with views of Mount Sunapee. Want to change it up for your reception? Across the lawn and just through the ivy-covered stone archway lies the home of the new covered pavilion, currently under construction and slated to be completed by spring 2019. Clink glasses with your beloved or, if you seek respite from the crowd, wander along stone pathways until you reach the shores of Lake Sunapee—an ideal spot to bask in the newlywed glow.

barn at Longlook Farm

Photograph by Zac Wolf

COUNTRY CHIC

Longlook Farm
Head Count Up to 150 seated
Price Starting at $16,000 for weekend rental, plus food and drink

Traverse a winding country road, past signs boasting farm-fresh eggs, to Longlook Farm, a pastoral paradise with sprawling mountain views. Just outside the Lake Sunapee region, in nearby Sanbornton, the farm includes a log-cabin-style cedar lodge that can host up to 16 overnight guests, giving you the feel of an at-home wedding without the headache. Exchange vows in the bucolic fields, then retire to the barn and tented patio to celebrate under iron-and-twig chandeliers, soft draping, and string lights. The adjacent carriage house, meanwhile, serves as a clever spin on a bar, with farm-themed décor lining the walls. And the fun doesn’t have to end once the cake is cut: The 200-acre property (all yours for the weekend) features a pond for swimming or fishing, trails for hiking, and two fire pits for late-night marshmallow toasting.

THE CHECKLIST

Prewedding Adventure
Live out your Legends of the Hidden Temple dreams at Mount Sunapee’s Aerial Challenge Course, where you can scale rope walls, cross rickety bridges, and soar along ziplines high above the ground. Already snow season? Head to the lodge and rent some skis to catch a different kind of air.

Rehearsal Dinner
Host your prewedding soiree at the Common Man Inn & Restaurant, housed in a renovated 19th-century textile mill that overlooks Sugar River. Dig into elevated American comfort food classics such as walnut-crusted chicken with savory apple stuffing, and be sure to save room for the Chocolate Ding Dang Dong—a house favorite, covered in homemade ganache.

Guest Digs
Centrally located on Main Street in New London, and just a few minutes down the road from the Inn at Pleasant Lake, the New London Inn features complimentary made-to-order breakfast (no prepackaged muffins here), a cozy fireplace lounge, and a gallery showcasing the work of local artists.

Unique Vendor
Buck tradition and swap the cake cutting for ice cream scooping with Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream’s traveling ice cream cart. The family-owned company takes its New Hampshire roots seriously, highlighting regional ingredients in its long list of eclectic flavors. Opt for blueberry, featuring berries from a neighboring farm, or go crazy with apple pie, studded with bits of locally made pastry.

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