Post # 1
I have googled until my fingers were blue and still cannot find what I’m looking for. I want a destination location for 60-80 people (if I find the right place, list could possibly be cut down). My dream is for everyone to be able to stay at the same location and for it to be "ours" exclusively for the weekend. Added to that mix, I really wanted it to be on water! And in the U.S. If I could be even pickier, I’d like it to be on Lake Michigan! I’ve checked VRBO, inn sites, etc. I’ve tried every google search I can think of.
I just want all the family and friends in the same spot. A full-service inn that we could rent out would be ok, but I could even go more casual than that and do a retreat center or huge place where we catered or brought in our own stuff. I need it to be family friendly.
Am I looking for something impossible to find? Does anyone have hints for where or how I should look?
Post # 3
I don’t know about Lake Michigan, but how about Lake Superior?
I thought about having my wedding at both Blue Fin Bay Resort, Superior Shores Resort, & Larsmont Cottages. All links are listed below. Good luck!
Post # 4
Being a Minnesotan, I agree with ktlee about Lake Superior. You can check with areas around Duluth. It’s a larger city that would have plenty of accomodation for your guests and you can check with areas around it, I’m sure there are some B&B’s in the area that would be great for a wedding!
Also, have you looked into Mackinac Island? It’s at the point that’s right at the west tip of Lake Huron and is so very close to being in Lake Michigan. I’ve been there once and I absolutely loved it. It’s such a peaceful place since there ar eno vehicles allowed. Mainly bikes and horses are the transportation (or walking of course) and it creates such a great atmosphere! http://www.mackinacisland.org/ there’s a wedding area you can click on at the bottom of the page.
Post # 5
Hey Ajane – your event is the indetical self-containing event I have been trying to accomodate for my wedding during the last six months. I live in Minneapolis and absolutely love being outdoors and want to structure it as a long weekend at a lake. I did a ton of reaserch just like you on VRBO on lake Michigan, traveled to Door County to see all the rentals, out of which no two rentals were close enough in proximity to be able to encompass a crowd of say 40 people. Unless you go with a resort, then there are many rules involved, and more fees. Over all the peninsula wasn’t worth the 6 hr drive (for me) for what it offered in the wedding category. However it is beautiful especially in Sister Bay, look into a place called the Clearing. Landscape Architecture and Arts Community with cabins on a cliff in the woods.
Next came Brainered, Gull Lake, Superior, Local parks in Mpls and now Stillwater. Suprisingly this hunt has been very difficult as VRBO and other vacation rentals sites don’t list addresses and owners aren’t to thrilled about viewings.
Do you notify the rental owners you will have a catered event in their yard? That’s another bump I ran into, along with how much a guest is willing to drive for that seclusion.
If you don’t mind a resorty feel – try the resorts on Gull Lake & White Fish Lake Chains, there are many resorts to choose from. I visited Breezy Point and Grand View Lodge and both were super cool about me throwing a ceremony and reception right in the yard on the beachfront of the cabins and/or cottages. Breezy Point was cheaper and had les rules and allowed self-serve alcohol.
Also if you don’t mind the drive look into Bayfield, WI. Apostle islands.
I also realized that may besetting up shuttles can take care of the later evening activity, and hold everyone together, if it does come to not being able to find a venue where evryone can stay.
Any advice on Stillwater?
Let me know how your planning goes.
Post # 6
Another way I searched for lakeshore rentals was through Realty Offices. I picked several towns i was insterested in that could potentially have lakeshore rentals and I called right down the list of Realtors asking if they dealt with vacation rentals.
If you haven’t come across this sie, it may help. http://www.discoverourtown.com/
Post # 7
I read about another wedding that was in Sheboygan, WI at a nice Lake Michigan location. A resort, but maybe the answer you are looking for: http://www.blueharborresort.com/index.aspx
Post # 8
Ajane: I’d definitely recommend Mackinac Island as a potential location for your wedding! There are several different places on the island where you can be married, with prices ranging from reasonable to extravagant. The island has an incredible laid back vibe that is perfect for your day.
I may be a bit biased, the island is where I’m getting married in May 09. 🙂 We are having about 50 guests and since my fiance and I both love the island, it was a perfect fit!
If you decide to go with Mackinac let me know. I’ll share the vendor info I have so far! 🙂