Our "perfect summer wedding" would not have been possible had we not chosen the Bee & Thistle Inn. The innkeeper "Linnea" has made this historic home into a place where memories are made, and her staff work tirelessly to make every detail special.
That last point is worth repeating—by the end of the weekend we knew almost every staff-member by name, from Jack the brilliant and spirited "bar keep" (and mixologist) as well as servers like Marco and Jonathan and Kevin. They all feel like family to us now. (While mentioning family, we have a special place in our hearts for Sharon and Tosh!)
Linnea puts great pride in keeping the "artists colony" spirit of historic Old Lyme alive. The rooms are unforgettable and unique, and the grounds feature current artists' works. (Go next door to the Florence Griswold museum to understand the significance of this history!) And the bartender (Jack) and the chefs are also culinary artists.
I would recommend the Inn (and its restaurant) as a place to stay and eat, but if you are looking for a wedding venue, you have really hit the jackpot. Their comprehensive wedding package is a surprisingly good deal. We initially considered doing a "do-it-yourself" alternative and when we added up all the costs, we were delighted to find that the Bee & Thistle would cost (slightly) less. After all is said and done, there's no doubt we made the right choice.
The first floor of the inn is a series of charming rooms with a mixture of period details and local contemporary art. It is constantly reconfigured to serve as restaurant, bar, meeting space, and sitting rooms for enjoying "elegant tea".
By booking all nine rooms of the inn for the weekend, our friends and family had the run of the space, and it became a home away from home.
The grounds are also delightful. The standard wedding ceremony location is right along the river's edge. Kids and adults alike found the bocci ball (Italian lawn bowling) court the perfect place to bond. The place was just idilic!
We can't wait to come back for our anniversary!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bee and Thistle sits nestled on five acres bordering the Lieutenant River, in the township of Old Lyme, Connecticut. The Inn is available as a large private guest house or by the individual room on a bed & breakfast basis, daily, weekly, or monthly. All of our nine guest rooms are adorned with elegant accents, each individual in design. Therein you will find fine linens, down pillows and a private bath. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bee And Thistle Hotel Old Lyme