Margaret Sneddon, Harpist
|Posted by Margaret Sneddon on September 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM||comments ()|
With the arrival of Autumn, the Hudson River Valley is especially beautiful. Foliage is already starting to change color and the temperature is cooler and comfortable. There is no prettier place for a wedding ceremony in September or October.
Fall foliage in the Hudson River Valley
It has been a great pleasure for me to have played for a number of weddings in Garrison recently. My enjoyment starts with an easy drive up either the Palisades Parkway on the west side of the River or the Saw Mill River, Taconic or Route 9A on the east side. Either way, it is about an hour drive from New York City.
There are a number of wonderful wedding venues in Garrison. Two of my favorites are The Garrison and Highlands Country Club, both connected with the Garrison Golf Club and both with gorgeous views of the Hudson River Valley. http://www.thegarrison.com/ and http://www.highlandscountryclub.net/privateevents.html
View of the Hudson River from the Garrison
The recently remodeled Garrison is the picture of modern sophistication while the Highlands Country Club has an elegant traditional feel. Both have fabulous views and wonderful staff. It was my pleasure to work with Tod Smith at the Garrison and Adrienne Madama at HIghlands recently.
The Garden Path at Highlands Country Club
The covered porch at the Highlands Country Club
Another Beautiful location is Osborn Castle http://www.osborncastle.com/index2.php . As I followed my driving directions, I wondered if they were accurate as I turned up a primitive looking dirt road. But yes, this was the way. The picturesque, narrow!! drive brought me to my stunning destination, Osborn Castle at Cat Rock.
Osborn Castle - the Perfect Setting for a Fairy Tale Wedding
You and your guests will feel like royalty in this "Castle on the hilltop" that remains in the family of the original owners. The expansive lawn overlooking the Hudson is a perfect setting for your ceremony as are any of the beautiful interior rooms.
View of the Hudson from the lawn of Osborn Castle
Another wonderful wedding location is Boscobel, a Fedreal Style Mansion and Historic Hudson Valley property. http://www.boscobel.org/main.html. The lushly landscaped gardens face the majestic views of the Hudson that were immortalized by the Hudson River School painers.
Historic Hudson Valley's Boscobel Mansion