Top Hotels For Weddings In Connecticut

February 15, 2014 8:00 AM

(Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Connecticut, with its charming colonial past and beautiful hills and shore, offers many a romantic spot for a wedding. From grand, elegant hotels to historic country manors and from modern spas to Colonial-era estates, Connecticut has it all. Here are just five of the many hotels that make for a great Connecticut “destination” wedding.

Avon Old Farms Hotel
279 Avon Mountain Road
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 677-1651

For those considering a “destination wedding” in Connecticut, the Avon Old Farms Hotel combines the luxury of a big city hotel with the charm of a country manor. The elegant facility is situated in the lovely Farmington River Valley and has its feet in both the old and the new worlds with its four-poster Colonial beds with plush down covers and modern high-speed internet connections in its 160 rooms.

Its Seasons Restaurant is famous for Yankee pot roast as well as many other local dishes, and the catering staff for weddings is similarly famed for the use of regional ingredients in preparing grand repasts. The Ballroom and Terrace can each accommodate up to 160 guests, and for smaller weddings, the staff recommends the Talcott Room or the Seasons itself, each of which can also serve up to 50. A smaller private dining room is also available for more intimate gatherings or the rehearsal dinner.

Related: Top Luxury Hotels In Connecticut

The Ethan Allen Hotel
21 Lake Ave. Extension
Danbury, CT 06811
(888) 706-0364

If having a wedding at a hotel named after a famous New England Revolutionary War hero and furniture maker doesn’t scream Connecticut, what does? The Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury is a favorite for weddings year round, with its warm, cozy small rooms for quiet winter weddings to its 6,300-square-foot palatial ballroom for a big showy spring affair. There is a even a gazebo outside on the nicely manicured lawn for those who want to exchange their vows outdoors. Also a favorite for corporate meetings and other large events, the Ethan Allen has an experienced banquet staff, and its Fairfield Restaurant and Lounge with its country French interior and award-winning Sunday brunch offer a splendid dining option for those arriving early or staying overnight for a wedding.

With nearly 200 rooms and suites, the Ethan Allen can accommodate a large number of out-of-town and overnight wedding guests, and as there are several chain hotels nearby, those planning a really big wedding need not fear of finding places for their friends and families to stay. The rooms themselves come with all of the modern amenities, including complimentary hi-speed internet, an iPad docking station, hair dryer and Keurig Coffee and Tea station, as well as Gilchrest and Soames bath amenities.

The Lord Thompson Manor
286 Thompson Hill Road
Thompson, CT 06277
(860) 923-3886

The Lord Thompson Manor is an historic and stately 40-acre country estate that is perfect for a New England wedding. Its grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the architect of New York’s Central Park, and his flair for romance, whimsy and the beauty and wonder of nature is as evident at this lovely little manor as it is in that island of tranquility in the center of Manhattan.

The Lord Thompson also boasts a staff of chefs who have won awards from the James Beard Foundation, includes a world-class spa and has banquet facilities large and small, including a sister property known as the Cottage House for intimate gatherings. Located an hour north of Hartford, and within an hour’s drive from Boston, the Lord Thompson Manor is convenient for guests who are coming by car, plane or train.

Related: Top Hotels For Business Trips To Connecticut

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
2 Bridge St.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(860) 395-2000

Exchanging vows on or at least in sight of the shore makes for a classic Connecticut wedding, and the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa sits on one of the most beautiful beachfront properties in the state. With three stories of rooms, most with beautiful views of the Sound, and in sight of the marina and pier, for over 130 years this hotel has and still offers a magical waterfront venue for any wedding.

Located in one of the most charming and historic shore towns, the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa combines old New England romance with modern amenities. It has a full banquet staff and offers complete wedding planning packages for both waterfront and indoor weddings.

155 Alain White Road
Morris, CT 06763
(800) 567-9600

Winvian bills itself as a “luxury resort in the Litchfield Hills” and it is just that – and more. It also boasts of having a “world class spa and restaurant,” and according to many magazines and travel sites, that is not an empty boast by any means. Winvian also prides itself on being a site for “distinctive weddings,” and while pricey, it delivers on that promise as well. How many other wedding hotels can boast of having stables, a music conservatory and even a tree house? With over 100 scenic acres to roam about, Winvian is a romantic and lovely setting for that special day.

The food at Winvian is also superb, and Executive Chef Chris Eddy is well-known for creating seasonal menus featuring local ingredients. In addition to the regular guest rooms, there are also private cottages available on the estate, which are perfect for the bridal couple for not only their wedding night, but also for a honeymoon. There is much to do at Winvian not just for that special day, but for an extended stay.

Mark G. McLaughlin is a professional and prolific writer with a proven publishing record in a wide variety of fields. An historian, novelist, freelance journalist, ghost-writer, book reviewer, magazine editor, web and magazine columnist, Mark has more than 30 years of experience. His work can be found at

More From CBS Connecticut

Watch CBSN Live
CBS Entertainment

Listen Live