I stumbled in here by accident…
~~WAVES~~ to MrsParcell: & sienna76:
I see we are now looking at a much broader area than you were previously…
I have perhaps the perfect place !!
BUT like many of these types of historic properties, they are not open in the Winter… so a lot will depend on IF the OP is adamant still about the end of March…
Boldt Castle, in the gorgeous 1000 Islands is a Guilded Mansion with an incredible LOVE Story…
PHOTO – Boldt Castle on Heart Island in the 1000 Islands
YouTube – WPBS (Boldt Castle… film short) = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp53WfG_AuA
Wikipedia – Boldt Castle = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boldt_Castle
Boldt Castle = http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/
Boldt Castle (Weddings) = http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/index.php/weddings/
GOOGLE IMAGES (Boldt Castle Weddings) = http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=5&gs_ri=psy-ab&cp=20&gs_id=2t&xhr=t&q=boldt+castle+weddings&rlz=1W1TSCA_enCA455&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.43148975,d.dmQ&biw=1366&bih=566&wrapid=tljp1362020337580047&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=BsguUdOMKqip0AHWqIDwCw
The Castle REOPENS for the 2013 Season on Saturday ~ May 11th.
The BEST PART… is you can marry at Boldt Castle for just $ 200, PLUS transportation and entry fee.
So quite reasonable… and NO Extra Fees… which is WHY it is a popular location for Engagement / Wedding Photos etc.
The Castle is in the USA, but you can get there from either the US or Canada… via one of the 1000 Islands Cruise Boats (that make regular stops)… OR you can make private arrangements for a water-taxi.
If you don’t have a US Passport, then upstate NY is a good choice… although it isn’t as scenic or offers as much to see or do as the Canadian side.
The downside, to Boldt Castle, is it doesn’t have accommodations etc… you can stay tho in one of the nearby towns / villages (on either side of the River / Border).
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Another alternative is the “other” castle in the 1000 Islands… Singer Castle.
Singer Castle = http://www.singercastle.com/start.html
They offer both Accommodations & a meal for Honeymooners (can’t tell you what truthfully either is like… just that they offer them)
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On the US side, I like Syracuse a good sized city… and about 1-1/2 Hours from the 1000 Islands (via Alexandria Bay… where you can find transportation to the Castle)
On the Canadian side, I like the small city of Kingston (about 30 Minutes from Gananoque OR about 1 Hour from Rockport… where you can find transportation to the Castle)
OR plan on spending just the day around the castle, and look at staying in Ottawa ~ Canada’s Capital City which is aprox 1-1/2 Hours from Rockport.
Ottawa is a fabulous city year-round… not a HUGE city, but has some great things to see and do as it is the National Capital.
Hope this helps,
PS… I see you are looking into Savannah, it is a gorgeous city… one of my faves !!
As is Charleston SC which is approximately 2 Hours further to the North.
In Charleston, you could probably make arrangements to get married on one of the local Plantations…
For historic authenticity there is Drayton Hall… but I also like the amazing scenery to be found at some of the others (no original mansions tho)… Boone Hall – Middleton – Magnolia… these 3 offer a variety of out-buildings, as well as some gorgeous Oak Avenues, and incredible manicured gardens.
If you want further info on any of my suggestions… just let me know (you can send me a PM if you like)