Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tuesday's Travels

In my ever-expanding quest to stay informed, I went on a little day trip with Dennis and Randy of James Limousine and some of the leading event planners in the Richmond area. First stop, the beautifully charming Tides Inn which is located on Virginia's Northern Neck. We were treated to lunch at the Inn's Chesapeake Club ( be sure to order the crab cakes, delish!) and embarked on an extensive tour of the property's facilities. With several options available, including a private yacht, The Tides Inn would be ideal for a not-so-far-away destination wedding weekend. Or if you're in need of a little R&R, a night or two in one of the Vista suites (the bathrooms are heaven!) is just what the doctor ordered. As a member of the luxury group, The Leading Hotels of the World, the Inn's standards are very high and their focus on the needs of their guests is a top priority. Many thanks to Ally for showing our party all the Inn has to offer.
An aerial view of the property
small private beach area
Chesapeake Terrace is great for cocktails after the ceremony.
The Inn's private yacht, Miss Ann (be sure to ask about the Whiskey Run cruise)

Our next stop was the picturesque Kinloch Farm. A former plantation, the location now serves as a peaceful retreat for weddings, business meetings and other social events. Kinloch Farm has over 1400 acres dotted with gorgeous trees, some over 300 years old. Being late March, the trees and gardens were not in bloom, but I can imagine how stunning the grand oak and willow will appear during the spring and summer months. The owners, Hank and Laura Verinder, could not have been more hospitable, regaling the group with stories of the property's history and past events. It is located about an hour outside of Richmond and there is even an adjoining apartment for planners like myself who need to be on-hand first thing on event day. How thoughtful is that?! The property is also available as a B&B, which I may put to good use once the summer event season has concluded.
Tree lined driveway
The acreage would also be great for engagement photo sessions. Think romantic picnic...
One of the bridal rooms available
The expansive porch area (a must see in person as it overlooks the expansive lawn area)
Romantic bath for the wedding night

**All photos are courtesy of the respective properties**

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