This past weekend Adam and had the distinct honor of being invited to a weekend getaway in the quintessential New England town of Pittsfield, VT to network with other wedding vendors and to tour a couple venues in the town. The staff of Amee Farm Lodge, Riverside Farm, Sweet Georgia P’s, Great Bike Tours and Perfect Vermont were AMAZING and treated us all so well.
We started the weekend off with a light dinner at Amee Farm, catered by the General store where chef Kevin used to be the head chef at the Four Season on Park Ave in NYC. The next morning we woke up and took a snowshoe hike with Tom and Erlin, leaders of Perfect Vermont. After the snowshoe hike we toured Riverside farm, owned by Courtney and Joe DeSena. Riverside Farm is probably one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever been to and I’m really hoping to shoot a wedding there this year or next. Courtney led us through the entire property, giving us the history on it and explaining all the hard work she and Joe have put into making this farm a beautiful one that they can pass down to their children. Not a detail was left undone, with every nook and cranny being carefully planned out. Most of the structures on the property are made from old reclaimed barn wood, and the various barns and guest houses all had incredible stone and woodwork. As the founder of the Spartan Race movement, Joe DeSena used some of the competitors and those being trained to help him moves stones and wood throughout the property. Not only is Riverside Farm breathtakingly beautiful, it was obvious that Courtney and her staff are willing to go out of their way to offer a level of customer service that is second to none. She talked about how they love hearing a brides vision for their day, and then doing whatever it take to help them make it happen. When renting the Farm for a wedding, the couple has the entire property to themselves for the weekend, as they only take one wedding each weekend. After we finished touring Riverside Farm, we made our way to the General store, also owned by Courtney and Joe, for a lovely little lunch. The afternoon was filled with perusing the grounds of the lodge as well as a hands on lessons in how to make ricotta cheese – a lesson I intend on putting to use TODAY as I prepare to have guests over for dinner. The evening was filled with laughter and fun as we all gathered in the basement of Amee Lodge for another wonderful meal put on by Kevin and Katie from Vermont Farms Catering. Sunday morning was relaxing as we ate a lovely little brunch at Amee Farm before heading out from Pittsfield, VT to go back home.
Overall, this entire weekend was an incredible one. Adam and I came back feeling refreshed and inspired. We got a lot of ideas for our home remodel in Colorado, and really enjoy our time mingling with Courtney and Joe Desena, Tom and Erlin, and all the other staff that made us feel like family. We can’t wait to return!