Old World Charm in the Romantic North Ga Mountains
Imagine, your own historic village and estate for your wedding! An estate and village nestled in a forest only a mile from Georgia's top 5 resort town Blue Ridge GA. INOLA is a faithful copy of classic Colonial Williamsburg Virginia's premier buildings, a grand estate, homes and formal grounds. the village includes many grand and quaint buildings such as the Wythe House Mansion and lush formal English gardens, the Wetherburn’s Tavern and the Hopewell Chapel from the 1700s as a replica. The bride and groom will feel that they have gone back in time, rich in the charm with the feel of historic Virginia replete with tree lines streets, deep forests, crystal clear Sugar Lake, formal and informal gardens and mature orchards all on our 40 acres of pristine grounds.
The wedding party can even lease the entire village for the wedding!!! INOLA has a myriad of wedding options, including our own historic Hopewell Chapel that holds up to 90 guests. The Wetherburn's Tavern will accomodate over 60 guests in the main banquet hall, more if the deck and other rooms are used. There is a catering kitchen, great for receptions, engagement parties and rehearsal dinner. The perfect combo for an intimate wedding. The treelined pea gravel England Street "Main Street" connects the town with its buildings from the Tavern to Chapel for a wonderful processional. A wedding white carriage ride is breathtaking for the bride and groom with adoring guests for the processional. We have several bridal suites to chose from for dressing the bride and bride's maids enjoyment in the Peacock Cottage and the Wythe Mansion Grand Salon.
Dear Groom, we didn's forget you at all! We have a great groom and groomsman dressing area in the Tavern and On England Street is the very popular, Inola Cigar Bar. This historic replica barn and blacksmith shop is every guy's dream of a man-cave, rustic and manly, guys can sip toasts of Bourbon to the groom, smoke a great Cuba cigar and even catch their favorite team on the flat screen! For larger weddings, the Wythe Estate will hold up to 250 guests, with the formal English Garden and the 6,000 Orchard Pavilion tent. We can accomodate your wedding, rain or shine. Intimate gardens and cottages surround the Mansion and grounds. The lighting, views and photo opportunities are endless.
The evening sky sets over Sugar Lake and the hillsides for that "Magic Hour" of unforgettable pictures. You can stroll the gardens with our Peacock's George and Liz, very tame and brilliant in colors. We currently offer two cottages on site for over night guests, the Vintner's Cottage sleeps 9 and the Peacock Cottage sleeps 4+ with brick flooring and two massive romantic fireplaces. We are completeing several other cottages for guests at this time. Premier quality describes the level and value for all undertakings at INOLA. As a wedding and event location, attention to details matters. For your dream wedding the setting is stunning, unmatched anywhere in the south.
Facilities and Capacity
INOLA at Blue Ridge provides couples with a romantic backdrop to host their very own fairytale wedding. The property welcomes gatherings of up to 250 guests. You will be invited to begin your day in the comfort of the venue’s get-ready suites, preparing for the day ahead in luxury and style. Couples are welcome to choose from a number of outdoor and indoor locations to host both their ceremony and reception. For a traditional service of up to 90 attendees, the Hopewell Chapel, built in the early 1700s, as a replica is a serene historic event space sure to leave a lasting impression on your loved ones. The Wetherburn's Tavern welcomes up to 60 guests in the main banquet hall, with space to expand onto the sunny deck for larger groups. Outdoor ceremonies and receptions can be held at a number of locations throughout the Wythe Estate grounds, from the enchanting English Gardens to the tented Orchard Pavilion.
The dedicated team of event specialists is proud to offer a wide range of services to couples on their joyous day. Guests are welcome to mark a number of life’s milestones at the estate, including engagement parties, showers, and rehearsal dinners. A range of packages is available to ensure that your every requirement is met in order to create your ideal event. The services of an event coordinator will be available to couples to ensure a stress-free planning experience. Drawing on years of experience working with local businesses, the team will provide a list of high-quality vendors to choose from. Set up and clean up will be provided, allowing couples to fully relax and enjoy their day without worrying about the smaller details. For out-of-town guests, a number of charming cottages are available for overnight accommodations.
4 Reviews for INOLA Blue Ridge
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Audrey W. · Getting married on 07/10/2022
Fall Wedding at Inola Blue Ridge
We were very pleased to have our daughters wedding reception at Inola. The grounds are so beautiful with an Old Williamsburg feel, not to mention you have such a variety of gorgeous natural backdrops for the phots, and they turned out amazing. The Owners & Staff at Inola were very professional and hands on for the entire evening. Drinks were served in the garden, then we moved in to the Tent area for dinning & dancing which was perfect for our guest to social distance and be safe. I can't say enough about Ivy Ferguson (wedding Planner) who did an outstanding job of decorating and making Katy & Gregg's wedding reception so beautiful.
Thank you Inola!!Sent on 02/16/2021
Ivy F. · Getting married on 12/10/2021
Amazing and unique venue!
I don't know where to start! INOLA Blue Ridge is a one of a kind venue. The buildings are exquisite replicas from colonial Williamsburg which makes you feel like you have traveled in time. Located 5 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, GA and 3 miles from the beautiful lake Blue Ridge, this great resort town has so much to offer your guests. The venue staff is very hands on and extremely accommodating. INOLA Blue Ridge has multiple cottages on property which is very convenient for the bridal party to stay on site! You will not go wrong if you book this venue. Your guests will be blown away!Sent on 02/09/2021
Haley K. · Married on 10/23/2020
Best Venue Ever!!
We couldn’t have dreamt of a better venue for our wedding!! The grounds are beautiful and the owners were so helpful and kind. Truly a one of a kind place!Sent on 02/17/2021
This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:
INOLA Blue Ridge Price Rates
Any Bride that books before 3-7-2021 and has their wedding at INOLA Blue Ridge prior to May 31, 2021 will receive 10% off any chosen package and receive one night free at the Vintner 3-bedroom Cottage on property.
Subject to availability.
Team of INOLA Blue Ridge
BIO/CV - Rick Skelton
Richard “Rick” H. Skelton
9265 Blue Ridge Drive
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Skelton is a national leader in adaptive re-use and large scale planned sustainable communities. He has owned, developed and personally completed over $500,000,000 in projects/enterprises to his own account and consulted on a multitude of large-scale developments. INOLA Blue Ridge is his latest project, www.InolaBlueRidge.com. INOLA is located in the resort town of Blue Ridge Georgia. The project is an exact copy of 10 historic buildings in Williamsburg VA, such as the George Wythe Estate, The Wetherburn Tavern and the Hopewell Chapel. INOLA is listed on the Georgia Film Commission website for movie and TV shoots, https://ga.reel-scout.com/loc_detail.aspx?parent=loc_results.aspx&id=10132259&cid=42&search=&rgn=All%20Regions&rgnid=&cnty=All%20Counties&cntyid=&city=Blue%20Ridge&cityid=77&subcat=&style=&lname=&lid=&dist=&zip= . He recently was the developer in several projects in the Savannah GA area, including the 368-lot golf course community, Richmond Hill Plantation, which his group recently sold. Skelton recently sold his 322-unit Luxury Waterfront Multi-family Project to a developer for Bon Secour Township in Gulf Shores Alabama, https://www.gulfshoresal.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/1023?fileID=1739 and his boutique Nativ hotel https://businessden.com/2018/02/09/lodos-nativ-hotel-changes-hands/ in downtown Denver CO, www.nativhotels.com, so that he could focus on his hometown of Blue Ridge GA where his family has resided since the early 1700/s.
Skelton is in full development on a new urbanist town in his Atlanta ex-burb hometown of Blue Ridge Ga. INOLA Blue Ridge has many existing historically recreated structures from Williamsburg Va., such as the Wythe estate and mansion with four destination wedding venues, 7 restaurants, retail stores, offices, Wetherburn Tavern organic restaurant & Inn, a historic church, Post Office, stables, lake and more. Planned is more than 50,000 SF in retail, concert venue, 35 lake front cottages, 28 estate homes, 60 town homes and condos, spa and more. www.InolaBlueRidge.com
Growing up in the family pharmacy and medical business in N. GA, he learned much about the day to day operations of retail, medical and general business practices. Learning much of design, architecture and art from his studies in France in the late 1980’s. He began his career in residential real estate in 1989 as a developer of urban adaptive re-use historic loft projects in urban Atlanta. https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2000/05/15/smallb4.html beginning with 190 Walker Lofts. He through his company Skelton Development, LLC he developed Atlanta’s first conventionally financed loft apartment and loft condominium projects in the early 1990’s; he has 12 buildings, such as the William Oliver Lofts, Deere and GE Lofts in Atlanta & Grove Arcade in Asheville NC, on the National Register of Historic Places, with funding and I.T.C partner through Chevron TCI and others. Skelton provided the housing and full service hospitality for many fortune 500 companies during the 1996 Olympics, including NIKE, Sprint, the NBA and Time Warner. In 1997, he founded Skelton Development, LLC, www.skeltondevelopment.com and currently serves as the Company’s Sole Manager. Skelton specializes in the creation of environmentally responsible mixed-use luxury communities that preserve and work with nature and the human scale. Beach, Condo, vineyards/resort and Hotel high-rise development and design work of Skelton blends elegance, value and LEEDS design; he has received 17 national homebuilder’s awards to date. Skelton has been named “one of the most influential residential and commercial real estate individuals in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle 2001-2006 consecutively. Skelton was named runner-up as Atlanta Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for 2000.
Skelton’s development reach is over many states, including, urban, resort mountain regions including Asheville and Cashiers North Carolina and Miami Florida among others.
He conceptualized The Indies, a beautiful 68-unit high rise on the sands of the Gulf Coast in Fort Morgan, Alabama. The complex was built during Hurricane Ivan and three other hurricanes. It came in on time and on budget. The units were 100% presold and netted Skelton over $11 million. All were sold by the time the CO was issued. https://www.beachguide.com/GulfShores/TheIndies .
Skelton was a managing partner in the Bon Secour Village project in Gulf Shores Alabama, https://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/stories/2006/02/06/story6.html . Skelton teamed up with Seaside’s urban genius land planner Andres Duany (DPZ) for the development of a neo-traditional New Orleans-Acadian inspired urban waterfront village complete with residential, commercial, office, marina, hotel, golf and more on the 952 acres and a mile of waterfront. Bon Secour Village is the home to the 2007 Coastal Living Magazine Show House. The latest sub-phase being the Bon Secour Township community which he sold.
Skelton was a co-founder of Georgia Center for Foreign Investment and Development (GCFID), www.GCFID.com. This entity utilizes and Federal EB5 program to access foreign nationals funds for U.S ventures through jobs creation GCFID is a Regional Center for the entire state of Georgia as approved by USCIS.
Skelton is a founding member and past head of The Alabama Motorsports Park. He partnered with Dale Jr. and Kelly Earnhardt to develop a motorsports, planned community and entertainment facility in the world; located in Mobile Alabama on more than 3,000 acres. The facility has been placed on hold due to a slow down in the economy. The group still retains the land with entitlements. There is new interest in selling the land to an international amusement park group. The project is designed four race tracks of varying disciplines, condos, condo-tels, Technology Park, amusement park, luxury RV, off road track, luxury racing country club, racing shops, traditional neighborhood development(s), a championship waterfront golf course, educational and sporting facilities, music halls, civic center, big box retail, racing museum and more. Skelton and his fellow Board of Managers retained and Skelton managed, the pre-dev. services of HOK Sport, APEX Sport, KPMG and Turner Construction. Skelton completed his work for the partnership as the land planner and design partner; this is now a passive small investment.
Hyper Sport Racing is a business and passion for Skelton blending development as in the AMP project and the visceral experience of a race driver. https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/rick-skelton/ Skelton with his partners’ actor Patrick Dempsey (Enchanted and Grey’s Anatomy actor) and co-driver Joe Foster Hyper Sport has emerged as a preeminent leader in the road racing.
Skelton and Dempsey. L to R, Joe Foster, Patrick Dempsey and Rick Skelton
Skelton competes in such famed races as the 12 Hours of Sebring, Petit LeMans, Miami Grand Prix and The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The team won the 2008 Grand AM team, manufacturer and driver championship. They placed second for ‘07 in the Koni Challenge professional racing series. On November 20th, 2010, Skelton won the world’s most grueling off-road race, the Baja 1000, https://www.al.com/sports/2010/12/alabama_drivers_win_at_baja_10.html , winning the race in record setting time and taking 2nd place finishes in ’07, ‘08 & ’11 and 3rd in 2015, in the BC class. Skelton with Clint Guthrie raced many years for Children’s Healthcare of Alabama, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRynZZ74tG4 .
Green Energy: Mr. Skelton was the first non-government, non-utility person in Georgia to have an electric vehicle in 1999-2000, having partnered with GA Power and the Southern Company on a pioneering project for EV-PV. He has been an active board member and a business development specialist for several companies, including COMAR Energy, an Atlanta-based renewable energy company focused on bio-fuels, as well as Nexus Energy Center, a Huntsville-based government think tank consisting of major aerospace and technology firms, whose mission is to create energy security for the Huntsville, AL. Skelton was a founding partner with Retired 3-Star General James Pillsbury in Redstone Energy Group; now merged into EDT Energy in Marietta GA., www.edtinc.net EDT Energy provides energy security solutions to the military and corporations through alternative sources such as PV.
Technology: Skelton is immersed in eco-friendly building design using LEED certification and cutting edge technology. Skelton facilitated the U.S. patent for a radio/GSP triangulation system for tracking lost animals (PETRACK). The application has unlimited expansion potential such as the location and safe return of lost children or Alzheimer patients. Patent was sold to Qualcomm in 2013. Skelton founded in 2001 and sold in 2007, HyperBand broadband company, to key employees. There were over 25,000 subscribers in apartment homes. He is a co-patent holder for automotive patents with MotionLite, LLC.
Speaking engagements and social activism: A dedicated member of the community; on any given day you are likely to find Skelton present at a meeting involving issues that impact the cities of Blue Ridge, Atlanta or Gulf Shores AL, speaking to groups of business graduate students at Emory University, or working on the construction of Atlanta’s first “no-kill” animal shelter, Daisy Hill Pet Foundation, that he co-founded. Skelton is a co-founder of PEACE Energy Foundation (Peace, Energy And Conservation of the Environment) with its focus on renewable energy for the home, transportation and buildings of scale. Skelton has 13- year old twins Brooks and Addison, and a 15-year-old daughter Carlyle. Skelton’s mantra is family and community intertwined with a balance of the highest professional and creative quality business venture.
PERSONAL· Born – 4/30/63 in Cleveland, Tennessee
CIVIC, PERSONAL and AWARDS:
GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS, Current and Past
· Chair of the Blue Ridge Ga, Planning and Zoning Board,https://www.cityofblueridgega.gov/ZoningBuilding.aspx
PAST EXPERIENCE and CIVIC
MAJOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS