We’ll try to keep this review manageably brief, as we don’t want anyone to get bored and stop reading. In short – you really, really, have to go with the Springside Inn! It is hard to emphatically enough explain how easy and fun working with ...
Sean and Noreen and the crew was in the run-up to our wedding this past June. From the very outset they were so warm, genuinely excited for us, and incredibly accommodating. Every request we had or idea for the planning, ceremony, food, drink, decorating, was answered by Sean with a “Yeah, we can do that!”, and he, and everyone at the Springside, delivered.
When first we visited last year, the absolutely gorgeous Grove behind the inn itself was only a twinkle in Sean’s eye, but he was so energetic and driven to make it a reality, and he convinced us of his vision, promising that it would be complete by the wedding. He was true to his word, and it was (and is!) spectacular! We love the inn, its sublimely cozy rooms have so much charm and character (the beds are so comfy, plus awesome tubs!), its indoor event space is beautiful and was perfect for our cocktail hour and reception, its backyard is so rustic and serene, with a canopy of trees forming a natural cathedral for our ceremony. We loved all of it, but we booked it truly because of the wonderful people there, and our confidence in them was not misplaced! Its hard to overstate how important it is in the planning of such a major event to work with people that are experienced, flexible, extremely responsive to email inquiries and calls, and with a good sense of humor about the stresses that come with two families with strong opinions! In the menu design and selection of alcohol, we were given huge latitude to customize (raw bar! S’mores station! Local gin, vodka, and hard cider! Signature cocktail with Laphroaig 10yr!), and we were even granted, without a second thought, a complete second tasting when it was decided to incorporate a chicken dish in the menu.
Speaking of food, it was amazing! The new chef is phenomenal, and everyone raved about dinner. Steaks were succulent and spot on for temp, the salmon and chicken dishes were mouth-watering and cooked to perfection, and the vegetarian dish, a fantastic phyllo pastry stuffed with roasted vegetables over celery root puree, was amazing – definitely not the typical half-hearted attempt to placate the herbivores. Service was impeccable, and Noreen was there the whole way through, from photos to ceremony to dancing, guiding the process with aplomb. Never did we feel rushed, or unsatisfied, or that we were merely a job to do; we felt like family. We are so thankful for all of the hard work they put in, and could not have been happier. Sean and company are constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of guests, and we can’t wait to visit again for a weekend away! Get married there! And if you’re not getting married, or already are, go there anyway!