Want a unique and memorable setting for your wedding? How about the atmosphere of a romantic country estate with the picturesque beauty of Virginia’s Western Highlands as your backdrop? The County of Bath, a scenic 250-mile drive from Washington, D.C., offers that and more.
The Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs is known for the world-class chamber music concerts it offers year-round. But it welcomes weddings, receptions, special dinners, or wedding-related events in its facilities or on the grounds of the 114-acre wooded property.
The center’s Herter Hall — a converted wooden barn where Arabian horses were trained in the estate’s early days — is a unique concert and event setting that can be transformed to accommodate an event’s needs, complete with a stage and two fireplaces. The acoustics are exceptional for music, and there is a covered patio area that is ideal for receptions or cocktails.
Lodging is steps away in a 1920s manor house, where smaller weddings can also be held amid an atmosphere of “your own country estate home.”
Resident chef Josh Elliott can provide exceptional on-site or carry-out catering.
Whether you prefer an indoor or outdoor setting or country charm or elegance for your special day, the county has a range of venues, from lavish ballrooms at The Omni Homestead Resort to rustic cabins at Douthat State Park.
One site that has recently set up a wedding and events program is Camp Mont Shenandoah, a 60-acre summer girls’ camp on the Cowpasture River
surrounded by George Washington National Forest. The property has a lodge with a large dance floor, full stage, and new sound system, and offers varied lodging options.
A full commercial kitchen and wraparound covered porch with river views are available, and marquis tenting can take the party outside on the beautiful grounds.
A number of bed-and-breakfast facilities also offer unusual and historical settings. Other unique wedding venues include The Old Dairy, built in 1928, and Ingalls Field, a small mountaintop airport.
Marriage licenses, wedding officiants, flowers, photographers, restaurants, and catering services also are available in the county. You can find details about available venues and services here.
Mont Shenandoah: http://montshenandoah.com/