2006 Summer

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
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For Immediate Release

There's good reason why so many couples choose to get married in the Litchfield Hills of Northwestern Connecticut. This beautiful corner of the state abounds with romantic wedding venues. Almost any wedding fantasy can come true here a private island or a white-spired New England church, a Victorian garden house, a gazebo or a glass conservatory. One couple looking for adventure ties the knot this June on a classic wooden roller coaster!

Traditionalists who dream of marrying in a classic New England church need look no farther than the 1792 Newtown Meeting House, maintained and administered by the Heritage Preservation Trust, Inc. Located in the center of historic Newtown and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this recently refurbished 1792 charmer is New England church architecture at its best, with a 100 foot steeple housing an 1873 bell, velvet cushioned pews and a pipe organ in the balcony. The church is available for non-denominational and inter-faith civil as well as religious wedding ceremonies.

Many wedding dreams can come true at The Tarrywile Mansion in Danbury, a magnificent Victorian venue set on 722 acres in Tarrywile Park. This grand 23 room shingle style home, circa 1896, offers many options. The ceremony can be held in the sunny glass conservatory, outside on the sweeping verandah, in the picturesque gazebo on the lawn or beneath the grape arbor in the perennial gardens. A tent can be set up on the grounds or the stately mansion rooms can be a beautiful setting for a reception. The grand hallway often doubles as a perfect dance floor.

Another unique and historic setting is the Cass Gilbert Garden House at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield. The building was designed in 1915 by Cass Gilbert, a famous American architect of the day, for entertaining at what was then his summer home. The lovely 25 x 50 room with three walls of French doors opens onto a brick terrace. Marble steps from the terrace lead to a charming walled garden with rose arbors, seasonal flowers and a reflecting pool and fountain. Heated as well as air-conditioned, and with a warming fireplace, the Garden House is a picturesque wedding spot for all seasons.

What could be more romantic than marrying beneath an arbor beside a lake? Lakeside weddings are a specialty of the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, with receptions held in a garden pavilion. A horse and buggy can be arranged to whisk the couple away in style. Interlaken weddings are weatherproof, since the Vineyard Room is a handsome alternative with the airy atrium available for the reception. The inn also can accommodate family and friends who want to stay overnight.

Couples in search of something more unusual might be delighted by the island in the middle of Twin Lakes in Salisbury. The island, reachable by bridge or boat, is owned by the American School for the Deaf in Hartford and may be rented for weddings and other events. A rustic stone house on the grounds is available for receptions.

But the prize for unique weddings must go to a couple from Allentown, PA, Susan Barry and Rich Yekel, members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, who have chosen to tie the knot in June at the Boulder Dash, a classic wooden roller coaster at Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol. Boulder Dash is the only coaster in the world built on a mountainside. The ceremony (standing still on the platform) will be followed by a ceremonial spin on the coaster with guests invited along for the ride, then a reception at the park's pavilion. The couple will have a wedding to remember, as well as a preview of the ups and downs of married life.

For contact information on these and other interesting wedding sites, and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging and dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut. contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-45606, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.