The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Located in woodsy Sunapee, New Hampshire, on 20 manicured acres, Dexter's Inn celebrates the natural beauty of New England with a graceful and historic clapboard inn. Situated between Lebanon and Hanover and originally built in 1801, Dexter's Inn stands beside hundreds of acres set aside for conservation and open to walking trails or skiing.
The Grounds are the ideal setting for a wedding ceremony and reception with space for up to 225 people. When the weather permits, couples may dance the night away under the stars with a view of Mount Kearsarge and Mount Sunapee. Tall evergreen trees and blossoming flowers create a backdrop to an altar set with a simple archway. The aisle can be lined with chairs and guests simply move to the reception tent when the ceremony is complete.
The Reception Tent is large enough to make 225 guests comfortable for a complete sit-down reception or a tented wedding ceremony. Views of the mountains and manicured grounds are visible through the tent's open sides or clear windows, depending on the weather. Tables and chairs can be arranged in a variety of patterns to suit the to-be-weds' style and lighting is available for evening events.
The Inn itself has space for 60 guests inside the spacious dining and living room areas. Its downstairs area is graced with lovely rows of windows, unique wooden paneling and elegant antique furnishings. A small wedding party can enjoy the roaring stone fireplace as a backdrop to the ceremony or walk down the aisle on the beautiful terrace.
What You Should Know
Dexter's Inn is a bed-and-breakfast inn with access to beautiful park land and hiking trails. The inn itself allows couples to book the entire facility so that only a single wedding takes place on that day. With two tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, a recreation room with ping-pong tables, billiards tables and a children's play room, Dexter's Inn has plenty of space to keep guests comfortable for a weekend wedding getaway.
Dexter's Inn provides on-site catering with a complete menu that ranges from appetizers to desserts. Delicious entrees include jaeger schnitzel, Swedish meatballs and Finnish specialty dishes. Breakfast is a standard service when guests spend the night at Dexter's Inn and the buffet includes items like bacon, eggs and pastries. It offers 10 guest rooms in the main portion of the building and seven guest rooms in the annex.
The gorgeous view of the New Hampshire mountains is a definite perk when it comes to a wedding at Dexter's Inn.
- Full on-site guest rooms decorated with unique antique furnishings to house up to 50 people
- Library and home theater room are available to couples who book the entire inn
- In a rural area but close to churches for couples seeking a church wedding
From the Vendor
Idyllic Wedding Weekends at Country Estate
Imagine your own personal estate! Dexter's Inn is an affordable country estate blessed with an amazing view and idyllic grounds near Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee that combines the charm & hospitality of a bed & breakfast with the on-site activities & services of a small resort.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
Wonderful experience!!!Reviewed on 5/26/2013 T G
Our wedding was last summer, and I couldn't have been happier with the experience. It was so much fun! There is a tennis court, outdoor pool, and lawn games like croquet and shuffleboard. There is a little swing set area for small children. It was nice to book the inn for Friday and Saturday nights because I felt like I was able to spend time with everyone, which I don't hear a lot of brides say. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and each has its own bathroom. The breakfast is delicious, we got a lot of positive feedback about that. John, the innkeeper is really helpful and will give as much or as little feedback as you want through the planning process. I highly recommend Dexter's Inn!
Wonderful place!Reviewed on 8/03/2012 Jen W
What a great place for a wedding! John was so nice and accommodating. We had so many families who needed a place to stay and he made them feel right at home. Everything was so relaxed and went really smoothly. It was deffinately the best day of my life!
Couldn't have asked for anything more...Reviewed on 7/14/2011 Jennifer S
We had our wedding at Dexter's Inn on June 18, 2011. We rented out the entire Inn for the weekend and had complete access to everything. They closed their restaurant to the public and we were the only guests onsite all weekend. We had a pig roast on Friday night, which we put on ourselves and the wedding on Saturday catered by another vendor. We had an onsite "kid's party" inside the Inn, coordinated by Dexter's staff, while the wedding was outside and the reception was out in a tent. Everything was beautiful and everyone at Dexter's was fabulous!! John was everywhere he needed to be and I hardly even noticed his staff as they set things up, cleaned up as we went and coordinated every aspect of the weekend seemlessly. I've heard that all of the kids had an awesome time and I was impressed with the arts & crafts they left with. We never even looked at another venue as we live a mile away which was too convenient and we just loved it during our first tour. I am so happy we chose Dexter's and would do it again in a heartbeat!! (My total cost was our cost, the guests staying for the weekend paid for their own rooms.)
Dexter's Inn was the absolute perfect setting for our September wedding. We had fallen in love with the inn in 2013 at my husband's brother's wedding -- so when it came time to booking a venue for ourselves, it was a no-brainer! We had the entire inn to ourselves from Friday to Sunday, so our families and friends were able to relax, enjoy the scenery, play lawn games, and just spend time with each other. The views are absolutely breathtaking, and the Inn itself has so much character. The mountains of Sunapee were the perfect backdrop for our outdoor wedding, and the convenience of walking across a dirt road to the reception tent is unbeatable. The after-party in the "barn" (ping pong, pool, foosball, etc.) was a huge hit with all our guests :) John, the innkeeper was so fantastic to work with. We were kind of clueless with the planning process, and John was so experienced and organized that he made it so easy for us to know which steps to take when -- answering all our questions quickly and kindly. We also had Dexter's cater our wedding, and it was so delicious -- Rolf Schmidt and his catering team did an incredible job! Everything was absolutely perfect: The atmosphere, the accommodations, the scenery, the food, the service, the price. So many of our guests told us it was the best wedding they've ever been to. And we agree :)
Dexter's Inn was perfect for our Friday night welcome BBQ and for our cocktail hour and reception! The whole place exceeded all of my expectations - it was absolutely beautiful and a weekend that everyone is still talking about!
I cannot adequately put into words how extraordinary our experience was at Dexter’s Inn. I got married a few days ago, and was planning to wait until after the honeymoon to write the review, but I did not want to miss any of the details. The venue is perfect. Our ceremony took place on the beautiful grassy hillside overlooking Lake Sunapee and Sunapee Mountain. After the ceremony, our loved ones made their way to the patio area in the gorgeous backyard, where small lights cascaded from tree to tree to give it a magical touch. The reception was held in the large tent, which covers an old tennis court, making it the perfect spot for a reception. John Augustine, the owner of the inn, is the most organized, thorough, honest, professional and calming person I have had the pleasure of working with. From our very first conversation I had full confidence that every detail would be handled with the meticulous care and consideration one could only hope for in planning a wedding. John gave detailed information regarding the venue, the prices, and our options to consider for our wedding. He was extremely responsive to my questions and would always respond thoroughly. He often covered things I would never have thought to ask. John provided information about vendors, and has a caterer on site, but did not pressure us to use any “preferred” venders. John’s attention to detail was comforting. The night before the wedding we had a situation with a last minute change of tables, and John stayed calm, helped me to figure out what I needed, and then let me use his office computer to re-print name cards that had to be adjusted last minute. His organization and thoroughness was apparent on the day of our wedding. John maintained a strong command over the whole operation, while never appearing stressed, which was very helpful for me to remain calm. As I mentioned, the caterer is optional, but I would HIGHLY recommend using Dexter’s caterer, Schmidt’s Catering Service. The food was amazing. We had guests coming up to us all night raving about the food. The chef, Rolf Schmidt is equally as pleasant to work with and the food is to die for! We had a spicy pork chop, which was AMAZING. My wedding was the most amazing, perfect, magical time of my life. I cannot say enough about John and the beautiful place he runs.
This was honestly the most magical place! The scenery was out of this world awesome! The Inn Keeper, John, is incredibly knowledgeable, organized and very professional. He helped us through all the logistics which was great. Everything is all right there onsite, which is very convenient and intimate. We rented out the entire Inn for the weekend with family and close friends. Had a BBQ the night before and our wedding on the front lawn and reception in the tent the next day. The food is outstanding! Every room is different, which is really neat. Lots of character there. There are some trails in the back part of the property which are very beautiful. Look no further, this is the best, most reasonable and beautiful place!
I can't say enough good words about my wedding experience at Dexter's Inn!! It was the perfect venue - beautiful, fun, friendly & helpful staff!! John is excellent. I planned my wedding from Colorado and he made the experience stress-free. He is professional, communicates well and often, helpful, knowledgable, extremely flexible, and welcoming. His calm demeanor helped me stay calm too all weekend, and he even served as a day-of wedding planner and vendor coordinator. He even facilitated our entire ceremony rehearsal!! It was obvious the work and care he puts into the Inn, and he put the same work and care into our wedding weekend. We filled all the rooms with guests starting Friday, and held both our ceremony on reception on property - I couldn't have asked for better, and all our guests loved it!! It has more character than an average hotel, while being completely comfortable, and the property is unbelievably stunning!! Rolf Schmidt, the in-house caterer, is an excellent choice with this venue as well. The food is delicious, great service, and competitive pricing. I would recommend this place to anyone for a New England wedding!!
So HappyReviewed on 10/19/2014 CAITLYN C
It's been a month since we got married at Dexter's so I've had some time to reflect. It was such a great experience and we've received numerous compliments from our family and friends. 1. Everything is on site. Beginning with the rehearsal dinner, through the ceremony, reception, and goodbye brunch- everything (including lodging for several guests) was "on campus." This was such a nice touch. I didn't realize what a benefit it would be when we booked, but it was amazing. 2. You can bring a bartender and buy all of your own alcohol. An enormous cost savings. Our caterer brought a bartender and we purchased all of the beer, wine, and alcohol ourselves. The N.H. state liquor store will accept returns on anything unopened and unchilled so there isn't a worry about over or under buying. You're also not paying tax (9%) or tip (20%) on that. 3. John is great! John, the owner, is very helpful and the venue fee includes his expertise. 4. It's beautiful. The property is a typical N.H. setting with a view of the lake and mountain. It's a big piece of land and you rent out the entire place for the weekend. There are several lawn games, which our guests really enjoyed. It made it more of a getaway for them as well. I really can't say enough good things. We're so happy we got married at Dexter's Inn.
Great Wedding WeekendReviewed on 8/22/2014 Jillian H
Dexter's Inn was not only a beautiful place to get married, but it was a wonderful retreat that our entire bridal party and family could stay at "on location" for the entire weekend. The staff were incredibly helpful through the whole process and there for us every step of the wedding day. The guest rooms and breakfast area could use some updating and TLC, however the grounds and tent were beautiful. I would say compared to other local venues you get a better "bang for your buck." The Inn included a large breakfast for the guests and was able to offer us a reasonable caterer for the wedding dinner.
Great PlaceReviewed on 11/03/2010 Katie C
Some of my guests stayed here for our wedding and the staff was helpful, friendly, and made everyone feel welcome.
Absolutely fantastic!Reviewed on 10/10/2010 Jana F
My vision for my wedding was to have an outdoor ceremony and reception with a beautiful view, a place that has lodging and activities to give out-of-town guests lenty to do -- and Dexter's Inn exceeded my expectations! I got all those things plus a friendly ever-present staff. Th inn owner and his staff went out of their way to provide us with whatever we needed. John Augustine also was available at all times before the wedding to help with planning and our slew of questions. Love, love, loved this venue!