Set in the splendor of the Blue Ridge foothills, Graves' Mountain Lodge is the ideal location for a wedding and/ or reception. Our tradition of good ole' fashioned hospitality translates into flexibility and versatility as you plan your big day. 55 motel rooms and 16 cabins are available to house your out-of-town guests, and we provide all the food on-site. Our talented catering staff can make everything from fancy hors d'oevres to barbecue, from elegant Southern brunches to country dinners.
Locals know us primarily for our food. We have been using as much of our own produce as possible since long before local, fresh eating became fashionable. Just tell us what you want, and we'll cook it. And if you can't make up your mind, you can give us a few preferences and sit back while the experienced Graves family provides a delicious menu that everyone will remember.
Our apple orchard is an ideal location for the ceremony, with a panoramic view of mountains on all sides. Just below the fruit trees stands the homestead from the 1850's, still the family home of the Graves clan. The historic house is surrounded by an educational working farm which will delight children and adults alike. Your guests can enjoy hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and many other activities on our grounds and in the nearby Shenandoah National Park. There are several wineries within a few minutes' drive. We are tucked away in the hills, close to Charlottesville attractions and historical sites but far enough to relax in a peaceful setting and focus on the celebrations at hand.
Come, and experience the bounty!
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Brittney · Married on 09/27/2014
To be as politically correct as possible, our experience with the Lodge for our wedding planning was less than positive. Their "event coordinator" displayed confusion, lack of attention to detail, and overall forgetfulness about almost every detail of our planning throughout the entire process. We explained our concern that things were starting to fall through the cracks and nothing changed. "Miscellaneous expenses" were the name of the game before and after the wedding to which nothing was written into the contract. The contract was a one page document that basically said both parties would show up on the wedding day but nothing else was ironed out and there were multiple episodes of miscommunication because they assumed things without discussing or changed their policies after we had already signed the contract.Sent on 10/06/2014
-non-responsiveness to E-mails
-Changed terms/conditions/fees randomly
-Charged us for the Honeymoon suite even though 90% of our guests also stayed there
-"Forgot" to get quotes after multiple emails asking for them
-Not communicating the details from our meetings with their own day-of coordinator (who had no plans to meet with us until we insisted) and they were on two completely different pages
-Tried to change their alcohol policy 3 months before the wedding which would have cost us an extra $5k
-Always making us feel like our event was a burden rather than they appreciated our business ($20K+ just for their catering, alcohol, cabin/room rentals).
My suggestion: Charge one all-encompassing fee rather than a low reservation fee and nickel-and-diming for everything (projector = $100, high chair = $5, early arrival fee, late removal fee, truck fee, fireworks fee, corking fee, mixer charge, miscellaneous fees, etc)
The day came together well and the scenery was beautiful. However, if I had known the process would be so unpleasant I would have gone with a different venue. There are reasons they do so few weddings.