Since you've expressed interest in a wedding at Mountain Meadows Lodge,we thought you'd like to see a sample wedding planning newsletter.  This is part 3 in a series of newsletters.

Making your guests feel welcome

Some ideas to customize your wedding weekend at Mountain Meadows Lodge
In This Issue
Dear Bill,

I hope you managed to make it through Part 1 of the wedding planning newsletter.  In this one we offer some more ideas to customize your event.

Offsite lodging

We have a number of partners in town that we recommend for overflow lodging in addition to the Greenbrier.  For those that want a small bed and breakfast try  The Snowed Inn; how about a small B&B with no kids - the Birch Ridge; a larger hotel with indoor pool - Cascades Lodge. There are houses and condos to rent as well.

Breakfasts for guests at the overflow lodges If you have guests staying at the other inns in the area, you are welcome to invite them to Mountain Meadows Lodge for breakfasts and lunches (if you're planning lunches). It is $11 per person, or $11.95 for Sunday brunch. We would like an approximate count for these "outside" breakfasts about two weeks ahead or when you submit your questionnaire.
Little touches

Here are some ideas we have seen over the years to make your guests feel welcome and give some personal touches to your weekend. 

Rent a golf cart for guests who are mobility-impaired to get them to the ceremony site. 

Arrange for a shuttle service that guests don't have to drive back to a neighboring hotel after partying. 

Building an "emergency kit" for your guests is nice. Fill it with travel size toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, chap stick, bug spray, and the like. There's a crazy list and more here.

Design a welcome letter that gives folks times and suggestions for activities. Tuck it into a "welcome basket" for your guests, along with some refreshments (snacks, bottled water, etc.) 

Bag up some corn, oats or apples for folks to feed the animals. Guests love it, animals love it--it's win/win!  
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here's a list of common questions we get when folks are planning their trip here:

Is breakfast included in the room rate?  Yes, breakfast is an extensive affair with many items.   

Do you have WIFI?  Yes  

Do you have TV's in the room?  No.  There is a TV in the bar that gets cable and a TV in the TV room that plays movies. 

Do you have air conditioning?  No. 

Do you have hair-dryers in the room?  No,  you can pick up a hair-dryer at the front desk 

Do you have refrigerators in the room?  No, there is a guest fridge for you to use.  [Please note: under no circumstances can you bring alcohol.  We have a full liquor license, please purchase drinks from us.] 

I have a dietary restriction/I am gluten free/I am a vegan/etc.  There will be plenty of options at the large breakfast buffet for you to enjoy no matter what your restriction.  You can certainly ask the chef or the breakfast staff if an item contains an ingredient that you are trying to avoid.  The other meals are planned by the chef and the wedding couple and to some extent that menu planning may have taken into account your dietary restriction.  But again, there will be a few choices on the offering, please take from the buffet or family-style meal the items that suit you. 

Can we bring the dog?  No, unless the wedding couple have specifically made arrangement in the wedding contract for overnight guests to bring dogs.  [Note: If that is the case, a cleaning fee will get charged to your room.] 

Can we camp on-site?  Yes, it is likely that the wedding couple have made that arrangement if the lodging obligation in their contract is fulfilled. 

Can we bring our camper?  Maybe, if the wedding couple have made arrangements for this with Mountain Meadows Lodge. 

On-site Activities

Here are some ideas for promoting outdoor activities if your group is so inclined: 

Mountain Meadows Lodge is actually on the AT. If you walk down to the lake, go left to go "south", there is a nice walk along the lake over to Gifford Woods State Park. It is flat so this is a great hike for older folks or little ones. On the way, there are some nice cascades and pools to explore and rocks to climb around on. If you go down to the lake, go right to go "north" - it's a more challenging hike but the payoff is great. Thundering Falls is about 1.5 miles away. The way to the falls is well marked and the falls are easy to find. After the falls there is an ascent up Quimby Mountain. If you're in good shape and want an extended hike or challenging trail run in a little-traveled area, this is a great spot - up to the top of Quimby then turn around and come back the same way. Here's a link for more hikes. 

We have a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, as well as lawn games like corn-hole and bocce balls. 

Disc golf. There's a super disc golf right next door.

Boating. We have a couple of kayaks, a canoe and a row-boat. Remind your guests that if they have a kayak or canoe to strap it to the roof of the car to bring to your event. No motor boats are allowed.

Fishing. Kent pond is a great site to fish. In Vermont, you do need a fishing license - it's easy to get one online 

Swimming. The lake is great for swimming.

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Please let us know how we can help your guests feel welcome!
Sincerely,
Bill, Anne, Lauren, & Dave
Mountain Meadows Lodge | 802.775.1010 mountainmeadowsvt@hotmail.com 
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