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Picking a picture-perfect spot

  • You can hold your ceremony outside in the gazebo at Dell-Lea in Chichester. Courtesy of Michael Murphy

  • A wedding held at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord. Courtesy of Studio Nouveau


Monitor staff
Monday, February 19, 2018

Booking the location of your wedding should be placed at the top of your to-do list after getting engaged. Popular spots can fill up quick, so if there’s a day or
location you have your heart set on, you may need to put down a deposit more than a year in advance.

Here’s look at just some of the spots in the region you can pick from for your big day:

On the water

Mill Falls at the Lake: 312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith. Choose from Church Landing (230 guests) or the Chase House (120 guests) for a wedding with views of the Winnipesaukee waterfront. millfalls.com/celebrate

Inn on Pleasant Lake: 853 Pleasant St., New London. Wedding offerings range from elopements to receptions with 200 guests on the shore of Pleasant Lake. innatpleasantlake.com

M/S Mount Washington: 211 Lakeside Ave., Laconia. Have your wedding officiated by a captain while cruising the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. Accommodates up to 500 dinner guests with smaller rooms available. cruisenh.com

Lake Shore Village Resort: 120 Cottage Road, Weare. Spend the whole day with the wedding tent and guest lodging all in one place on the shore of Lake Horace. Up to 120 guests. lakeshorevillageresort.com

La Piece: 322 W. Main St., Tilton. With brick and wood interior, it’s designed to hold a variety of events. It overlooks
the Winnipesaukee River.
lapiece-theroom.com

Anchorage at the Lake: 725 Laconia Road, Tilton. The rustic site features an expansive deck on the shore of Lake Winnisquam. anchorageatthelake.com

Inns and B&B

Winthrop Carter House: 215 King St., Boscawen. An elegant historic inn on a 22-acre estate with an 18th-century barn and outdoor ceremony area. Up to 200 guests. winthropcarterhouse.com

Highland Lake Inn: 32 Maple St., Andover. A serene country setting with a post-and-beam barn. newhampshireweddingbarn.com

Colby Hill Inn: 33 The Oaks St., Henniker. Five acres of lush gardens and rolling hills surround the 17-century inn. Up to 125 guests. colbyhillinn.com

The Summit Resort: 177 Mentor Ave., Laconia. This picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee resort offers a spacious function room and full bar, with full catering options available. summitresortnh.com

Dexter’s Inn: 258 Stagecoach Road, Sunapee. Panoramic views of Mount Kearsarge and Mount Sunapee on a hilltop. dextersnh.com

Stonewall Farm B&B: 235 Windsor Road, Hillsboro. The lawn is studded with lilacs. stonewallfarmbedand-breakfast-countryweddings.com

Holiday Inn Concord: 172 N. Main St., Concord. A charming ballroom steps away from the State House. Accommodates 50 to 230 guests. ihg.com

Barns and farms

Birch Hill Farm: 667 Gilford Ave., Gilford. Choices including 1700’s post and beam barn and front lawn. 101 to 150 guests. birchhillfarmnh.com

Longlook Farm: 195 Knox Mountain Road, Sanbornton. Beautifully renovated barn and rustic setting. Up to 150 guests. longlookfarm.com

Currier Hill Farm: 7367 Currier Road, Loudon. An orchard with 150 acres of apple trees and mountain views. currierhillfarmnh.com

Dell-Lea Weddings & Events: 81 Pleasant St., Chichester. A rustic venue with sprawling fields and mountain views. dell-lea.com

Timber Hill Farm: 7367 Currier Road, Loudon. Open fields, an orchard, and mountain and sunset views. 100 guests. currierhillfarmnh.com

Black Swan Inn: 354 W. Main St., Tilton. An elegant Victorian with timeless charm alongside the Winnipesaukee River. blackswaninn.net

Art lovers

Kimball Jenkins School of Art: 266 N. Main St., Concord. The former estate of the Kimball family in a Victorian mansion is now an art school. There’s also a more casual Carriage House and gardens. kimballjenkins.com/wedding-events

Capitol Center for the Arts: 44 S. Main St., Concord. Get married in the Chubb Theatre (1,304 seated or 80 on stage), dance and dine in Governor’s Hall (422 guests) or try the stately Kimball House (125 guests). ccanh.com/rentals

Unique spaces

Belknap Mill: 25 Beacon St., Laconia. The mill is more than 190 years old with brick interior walls, tall windows and exposed beams. belknapmill.org

Merrimack Valley Railroad Station: 11 Park St., Northfield. The freight train station was built in the 1800s and restored into a function hall in 1990. It can fit up to 150 people. merrimackvalleyrailroadstation.com

McLane Audubon Center: 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord. Get married at a picturesque spot with environmentally conscious ideals. nhaudubon.org/facility-rentals

New London Historical Society: Old Village Road, New London. Close to lodging and local churches, you can choose to have your wedding in the Phillips barn or outside on the historic village’s lawn. newlondonhistorical-society.org/weddings

Mountain views

Pats Peak: 686 Flanders Road, Henniker. Enjoy close-up mountain views from large decks, then come inside for a meal by the stone fireplace. Up to 200 guests. patspeak.com

Mount Sunapee Resort: 1398 Route 103, Newbury. Hold your ceremony on the summit and see all the way to the Green and White mountains. At the base, the Sunapee Lodge can seat 225 guests. mountsunapee.com

Gunstock Mountain Resort: 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford. In addition to mountain vistas, you can also hold your ceremony pond-side. The lodge can host up to 250 guests. gunstock.com

Ragged Mountain Resort: 620 Ragged Mountain Road, Danbury. A rustic venue with a variety of mountain sites for your ceremony. raggedmountainresort.com

Green space

Mojalaki Country Club: 321 Prospect St., Franklin. Hold your ceremony in the gazebo. The hall seats up to 120 with a dance floor. mojalaki.com

Beaver Meadow Country Club: 1 Beaver Meadow Drive. At the 19th Hole Bar Grille’s Chet Wheeler room, celebrate with up to 90 guests. bmgc.golf/weddings-and-banquets

Lake Sunapee Country Club: 289 Country Club Lane, New London. Choose from the outside terrace, the intimate Cupola Room or the large main dining room. lakesunapeecc.com

Gilmanton Winery: 528 Meadow Pond Road, Gilmanton. Choose a vineyard as your wedding backdrop. gilmantonwinery.com

The Fells: 456 Route 103A, Newbury. Enjoy the splendid lakeside gardens and home of the historic statesman John Hay. thefells.org

Event centers

Red Blazer Restaurant: 72 Manchester St., Concord. This restaurant’s been serving weddings for more than 17 years. theredblazer.com

Grappone Conference Center: 70 Constitution Ave., Concord. They say no two events are the same here. grapponeconferencecenter.com

Colby-Sawyer College: 541 Main St., New London. The historic Georgian brick campus can host 200 people indoors with limitless outdoor settings. colby-sawyer.edu

And don’t be afraid to be creative. Many places may not bill themselves as a wedding spot but would be happy to host your day.