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Price range: $15,000 - $17,000 Price range: $4,000 - $11,550
Couples usually spend $15,500 Couples usually spend $6,000
$15,500 starting price
$6,000 starting price
These prices are available for the months of May through October. These prices are available for the months of November through April.

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Common Ground Center is a rustic venue space located in Starksboro, Vermont. Situated just 30 minutes from Burlington, Vermont and open from mid-May to mid-October, this venue space is perfect for those looking to celebrate their wedding or special event in the beautiful Vermont countryside. With accommodations, an on-site commercial kitchen, and a team of dedicated staff, the impressiveness of Common Ground Center speaks for itself.

Facilities and Capacity

Common Ground Center (CGC) is located on 700 acres of gorgeous Vermont wilderness and is home to hiking trails, a two-acre swimming pond, a campfire pit, a wetland site, a creek, and two tennis courts. Guests can choose from three unique venue spaces. For those looking to celebrate their marriage under the stars, the open fields at Common Ground Center can be transformed into a whimsical wedding space. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more classic, the cathedral-like Hay Barn is the perfect locale for stunning indoor ceremonies. Lastly, the Dining Hall makes for a great reception space, thanks to the bamboo dance floor and large screened-in porch. Common Ground Center permits a capacity of up to 200 of your friends and family. As well as beautiful venue spaces, CGC also offers 20 unique cabins to choose from, which can sleep up to 86 people, as well as a lodge that can sleep 31.

Services Offered

The staff at Common Ground Center have experience in serving bridal showers, engagement parties, ceremonies, and receptions. They also have plenty of event items for your event, including chairs, furniture, china, flatware, dance floors, and tables. The venue also has a modern commercial kitchen, which provides couples the opportunity to create a wide variety of event menus. You can hire your own caterer, who can take full advantage of this expansive kitchen-space. Some of the other services the venue offers include:

  • Accommodations
  • Event rentals
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access


Common Ground Center was opened in 1994 by Peg Kamens and Jim Mendell, who wanted to spend their vacations doing creative activities and organizing events for those looking to celebrate in the beautiful Vermont countryside. Since their start, they have hosted hundreds of guests from across 29 states and over 11 different countries.

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Banquet Hall

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Uncovered Outdoor

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Bridal Shower
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Dance Floor

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Reviews of Common Ground Center

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Max A. Sent on 11/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect venue for a DIY multi day wedding

We picked the CGC because 1) it’s a gorgeous venue that needed very little decorating, 2) we could have free reign over the whole weekend, and 3) they offer total flexibility with respect to vendors.

Their coordinator Kate was suuuuuper easy to work with and very responsive to our questions since we were planning remotely. She was really flexible (we extended our holiday weekend to Monday) and didn’t add stress to our planning process.

The venue is gorgeous and has a diverse set of spaces you can use for your event (a large dining area, game rooms, a cozier communal area, and a rustic barn). The cabins are super cute and each one is unique. The best part was all the outdoor space, from trails to the fire pit and sprawling fields. It was a perfect spot for a retreat-like wedding
Devan Sent on 05/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Relaxed & Magical Vibe, Venue Designed for Community Building

We HIGHLY recommend Common Grounds Center for a couple who are seeking a weekend-long event to maximize social interaction and community building with your family and friends. The ecolodge hosted several of our close family members and the cabins are perfect for the more adventurous guests. Food truck kept the atmosphere relaxed, while we dressed up the dining hall to feel a bit more formal - pleasing all parties. The barn was used for a AM yoga class while the groomsmen went mountain biking on the local trails. Friday evening consisted of outdoor pizza oven, s’mores, and jam session around the bonfire. Many guests told us this was their favorite wedding venue ever!
Caitlyn Sent on 10/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Fun, unique and gorgeous venue

This venue was everything we wanted! We wanted a nontraditional wedding where all our guests could just let go and be kids. It was like a dream wedding and we still hear from our guests how much fun they had. The cabins were so cute and even those who were unsure about being in the great outdoors had a blast! We were able to book for a couple days after to enjoy the venue, clean up and just relax. What an unforgettable experience!
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Barrie Fisher Photo Barrie Fisher Photo Wedding Photographers

What a beautiful setting to get married in!

Tasty Persuasions Catering Tasty Persuasions Catering Wedding Caterers

The Common Ground Center has a great space to use for catering. Makes your job much easier. Tina Patno, owner of Tasty Persuasions Catering.


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