14 featured reviews
Member Since: 11/18/2012
My husband and I got married at Longshore this past weekend. I'd always dreamed of getting married outside overlooking the water so as soon as we got engaged, I thought of Longshore. Everyone couldn't have been nicer or more accomodating throughout our planning. We sent Kacy, the Events director, a barrage of questions throughout the months leading up to our wedding and she patiently took the time to answer all of our questions every step of the way. The tasting was very fun and a great preview of our event. When it came time for the day of our wedding, the service at Longshore was extremely professional and accomodating at every step of the big day. We really wanted an outdoor ceremony and the weather was iffy. Eddie, the banquet manager, really listened to our requests and set up both indoor and outdoor alternatives so as to be the most flexible and therefore, the staff was prepped and ready for us to have the outdoor ceremony that we'd planned. Throughout the wedding night, Eddie checked in on us, getting us the food we wanted from various stations to making sure the night went smoothly. From the front desk down to the servers, everyone we encountered at Longshore could not have been more helpful. The setting was so beautiful and we are so glad we chose Longshore for our big day!
Member Since: 11/21/2010
The Inn at Longshore is an absolutely beautiful place to have a wedding (indoor and outdoor spaces are both stunning), but all of the people who work there is what makes it really special. Every single person at Longshore who we worked with (sales manager, receptionists, wedding coordinators, maitre d', etc.) went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect. During the planning process, the wedding coordinator was always available to answer the millions of questions I had - and the answers always came quickly. On the wedding day, everyone worked together to make the day absolutely flawless. And the food - amazing! We chose the cod, prime rib, and vegetarian option - Stuffed portobello mushroom and each meal was so good! At the end of the wedding several guests told my fiancé and I that it was the best wedding they had ever been to and that is thanks to all of the people working there who are sincerely dedicated to their work. I highly recommend the Inn at Longshore!
Member Since: 4/30/2013
First off: we had a terrific party, all the guests said they had a great time, and we are completely satisfied with what we received. The staff there is totally professional. In particular we were well-treated by Christine, the Sales Director; Kacy, the Event Coordinator; and Eddie and Laina, the two banquet managers who were on site the day of our party. I get frustrated when I feel like I have to explain myself over and over again, but all of these people understood what we wanted right away. (We wanted a party to celebrate our marriage, not a wedding reception. Several other places did not understand this.)
Having said all that, this place is not for everyone. It definitely has an "old country club" feel. It is not modern, or hip, or quirky. I would have loved modern or hip or quirky, but we chose the Inn at Longshore for four main reasons. First, it has complete indoor and outdoor capability. We felt this was a must-have, since New England weather is unpredictable, and we did not want our guests sweltering at an outdoor event if it was hot and humid, or damp under a tent if it was pouring rain. We saw several places that would be lovely IF the weather was perfect on your day, but we did not want to take the chance. And we felt that even if the weather was too unpleasant to be outside, at least guests could still enjoy the water view from the main room. (As it turned out, it was a beautiful day and guests were able to enjoy the outdoors.) Second, Longshore was one of the more reasonably-priced venues we looked at. I am sure the food would have been better and more chic with some of the other venues/caterers we saw, but this was within our budget and I am happy that we made this choice. Third, as I said, Christine and Kacy at Longshore "got" that we wanted a party, not a formal wedding reception. Many other places could only think in Wedding Reception mode, and kept emphasizing how special their venue could be, how special it would be for me as a bride, how many extra fancy touches they could add, and so on. This is not what we wanted. Lastly, I liked the many smaller spaces you could "escape" to, away from the main room. There is the side patio and the outside lawn, weather permitting. There was also the attached "Drawing Room", which was a haven for me away from the noise when I wanted to have a real conversation with a guest.
So this is why we chose Longshore, and on the day of our party, we realized that it was a great choice. Eddie and Laina, the banquet managers, could not have been more accomodating and professional. They checked with me several times during the party to make sure I had no concerns. We had a buffet, not a plated dinner, and since I was so busy talking to guests Eddie brought me a plate of food and something to drink and found me a place to sit. He clearly was experienced and knew what a bride has to deal with. Laina was equally professional and helpful, taking gifts from guests and finding a place for them.
Overall we were very satisfied and feel this was the best value for what we wanted to spend.
Member Since: 1/22/2012
I knew right away that I wanted to have my wedding at the Inn at Longshore after seeing it's beautiful garden area (even though we visited in the winter). Throughout our year plus of planning the staff was always very quick to respond to any inquiry. As the date approached, the staff and I were in constant contact and I felt totally comfortable that things would run smoothly day of. And they did. Because we were having a larger wedding, both matre 'ds were on hand (Laina & Eddie), and I could go on forever on how wonderful they were. They were extremely attentive, professional, and even fun to be around.
The venue was a bit far for the majority of guests, and therefore, none of them had really been to the venue before. We received so many calls and texts after the wedding saying how wonderful everything was. Guests mentioned that the service was fantastic and the food was delicious, which I was very pleased to hear.
Member Since: 4/6/2011
Fantastic location with stunning views over the water. Felt taken care of at each step throughout the night. The rooms were hailed by all guests combining classic New England charm with mod coms.
Member Since: 4/5/2012
Overall I was very happy with the Inn. My only 2 qualms were we payed over $500.00 for a vegetable table and it turns out they only put a tiny plate of 3 vegetables at the bar. The only other problem was they are located right on the water so I was so excited to take pictures outside. However, there were so many geese droppings literally everywhere that made it almost impossible to line the whole bridal party up to take pictures without stepping right in it. For over $20,000 you think they could have provided more vegetables and cleaned up their grounds. However, the staff was very courteous, the food was good and they provide you with a free room to stay in for the night which was great.
Member Since: 1/16/2012
We just had our wedding at The Inn at Lonshore on Saturday, March 23. We could not be happier with how everything came together! Kacy and Christine were so easy to work with and met our requests as best they could. Eddy helped us throughout the entire affair that evening and made sure we had everything we needed. The only difficulty was that there was an event that ended only an hour and 45 minutes before our ceremony was to begin. We had to make sure with all our vendors that they were comfortable with the time allotted for delivery and setting up. Most of our vendors were able to work with the short time frame and the Inn turned the room over so quickly, I didn't have to worry about a thing! Just make sure, if you are having your wedding right after a previous event, that you make this clear to your vendors.
Guests raved about the food and drinks and the quaint coziness of this beautiful venue. The bridal suite was huge and lovely, my wedding party all got ready there. Being the end of March, we did the Winter Package and our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were all indoors. Just because this venue is most popular in the summertime, DO NOT rule out The Inn at Longshore if your wedding is in the winter/colder months. Although it was windy and cold outside, we still took lots of phots outside by the water, and they came out beautifully. In addition, with the winter package, we were able to get a great deal on the cost of our wedding. We would not have been able to afford this spectacular venue during the height of their wedding season, and the winter package was perfect for us. Everything was beautiful and we are so thrilled our wedding was at The Inn at Longshore!
Member Since: 3/29/2011
My parents were married at the Inn at Longshore 27 years ago. My husband and I had our reception at the Inn on September 29th and it was perfect. Christine and Kacy were wonderful through the process. Even though it drizzled, we were able to have our cocktail hour outside. I couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else.
Member Since: 9/25/2011
Great service, food and ambiance. Start to finish the process with the Inn at Longshore was fantastic. There is a reason the venue books up so quick...they are really that good!
Member Since: 9/6/2011
My wedding was absolutely perfect!! Eddie, the wedding coordinator is truly a blessing!!
Member Since: 12/30/2010
The Inn at Longshore was amazing. I recently had my wedding there on July 20th and I couldnt have been happier. Everyone was so professional and really made the night UNFORGETABLE!!!
thanks you to everyone at the Inn at Longshore
Member Since: 5/22/2011
We had a July wedding and our cocktail hour began at 6:00. It was gorgeous outside and everyone loved the food. The reception hall is beautiful too and service was good. We had a smaller wedding with only about 130 guests and thought the cake could have been served a little sooner but that's our only real complaint. We have heard that with larger weddings of 200+ there isn't a whole lot of time left for dancing after all the courses were served. We opted for a pasta bar with our cocktail hour instead of the pasta course at dinner to cut time.
Member Since: 4/2/2011
Everything about my big day at the Inn was magical. The grounds are stunning, the Inn is gorgeous, the food is delicious... but the best thing about the Inn is that the service is spectacular. I truly enjoyed interacting with every single person who worked there, and I genuinely felt like each and every one of them was willing to go above and beyond to make my wedding perfect. If you get married here, you don't need to bother hiring an outside wedding coordinator because the Inn staff will do anything in their power to make sure everything goes off without a hitch! My guests couldn't stop talking about the beautiful venue and the excellent food!
Member Since: 10/29/2009
Being a bride who planned from 1200 miles away, there simply aren't enough stars in the rating system to do my review of their services and people justice. From the initial meeting and walk-through to the planning and execution, there is no possible way they could be any better. Kacy, the event coordinator, is amazing, and I actually miss talking to her. She is attentive, responsive/communicative, offered her opinion when I needed it (which was OFTEN), always notified me of what she needed from me, and helped me stay as stress-free as possible. They host a tasting twice a year so that all the couples can taste the food, meet the vendors, and see the set-up, which I thought was awesome and helped us pick our menu. The value was great, I'm still getting compliments on the food, the ballroom is beautiful on its own, i.e. without a lot of expensive floral, etc additions, and we had the time of our lives. There was never a line at the bar, the waitstaff were extraordinary, and every little detail was tended to by Eddy, the day-of coordinator (who is also amazing). The location also just so happens to be on the water in Westport and offers the perfect ambience for an outdoor wedding.
Waterfront event venue with classic ballroom
Situated on Connecticut's Gold Coast in Westport, this is the most desirable event locations on the picturesque Connecticut Shoreline. Once an elegant private estate and exclusive country club for the likes of Rockefeller and Roosevelt, we are now a sought-after location for weddings and events.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: Yes
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: Yes
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: Yes
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: Up to 300
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Inn/B&B, Mansion/Historic Site
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2007