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The Colonial Inn

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The Colonial Inn is a wedding venue located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This historic location is ideal for those that wish to celebrate their special day in style. You can relish in the vintage decor and southern hospitality that awaits you at this exclusive lodge.

Facilities and Capacity

You can begin your day in total comfort at the Colonial Inn, choosing one of their 28 luxurious guest suites to prepare in. Prior to your arrival, the staff can even set the room to your preferred temperature, offering premium relaxation as your festivities begin. You can choose an outdoor ceremony site in the manicured gardens, exchanging your vows surrounded by blooming florals and towering trees. These grounds provide a serene air to your beautiful service and create a lovely backdrop against which you can exchange your vows. Alternatively, you can host an indoor ceremony in the appointed event center of the building. This beautiful space can be decorated with romantic draping, customized with candles and seating of your choice. Following your service, you and your guests can enjoy an outdoor cocktail reception on the porch of the inn. During this time, the event staff can flip the main banquet hall from your ceremony design to your reception setup. For this part of your day, you can enjoy the versatility of the room. Generous windows give way to an abundance of natural light, and as the sun sets, a warm glow from overhead chandeliers can illuminate your evening. Up to 125 guests can be seated here to enjoy the festivities. Space can be provided for a dance floor and your chosen after-dinner entertainment.

Services Offered

The Colonial Inn offers a comprehensive wedding package to all those that wish to celebrate at their esteemed location. You will receive access to the property to conduct a rehearsal prior to your special day. The event staff can provide setup and breakdown of all seating for your ceremony and reception without disrupting the flow of your event. Bar services are available for your day, as are such rentals as linens, flatware, and glassware. You will also receive a complimentary two-night stay in the designated honeymoon suite at the Inn. Should you require it, the management can provide a list of recommended vendors, but you are more than welcome to include your own. Your wedding party and out-of-town guests can also find accommodations at the Inn, with the ability to choose from the multiple suites available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?


What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?


Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?


What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?


Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?


What is the starting price per person for bar service?


Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?


What is the maximum capacity of your venue?


How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Dance Floor

What food and beverage items are available?


What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?


What months are included in your off-peak season?

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    Wonderful Winter Wedding!

    The Colonial Inn was an amazing place to have our 12.11.21 winter wedding! Like many Covid brides, I had rescheduled my wedding several times and initially had it at a beautiful farm location. However, I am a Hillsborough native, now living in Los Angeles, and had a long history with The Colonial Inn – my grandparents stayed there when I was a child, and I was always fascinated by the space and its historical significance. I toured the Inn in 2019 when it was just a construction / renovation site as a possible location for guests to stay, and at the end of 2020 decided to move the entire wedding; ceremony, reception and lodging all to The Colonial Inn. It was the best wedding decision I made.

    I have so many wonderful things to say about the experience. When you book the Inn, you are not just booking a beautiful 200 + year carefully renovated space that has survived two wars – you are booking the entirety of downtown Hillsborough. There are plenty of gorgeous NC venues for a wedding but few offer the kind of all-encompassing local experience of The Colonial Inn. You do not need a shuttle, an extra hotel block, and in many cases even a car. There are bars, restaurants, the Eno River, historical sites, trails, hikes, even a hardware store, and plenty of Air BnBs for overflow (the Inn has 28 rooms so accommodates 60 or so guests), all within walking distance --- many literally steps away. When several guests missed the little rehearsal dinner shuttle, they simply walked the one mile to the House at Gatewood! (also, highly recommend). Additionally, the courthouse is across the street! So, the actual legal part of the marriage was literally us wandering to the wrong place (the lady at the courthouse kindly told us she’d take our money but couldn’t help us!) and then ending up at the office of the registrar, two blocks away!

    The Inn itself has been stunningly upgraded. A far cry from the dingy carpet and dark corridors I remember as a child, the rooms are inviting, well furnished, the lobby beautifully decorated and the tiny bar is so cozy, especially in the winter. It does not feel like a hotel – in the sense that it’s not corporate or cookie cutter. It feels like an Inn, from the wood floors, to the winding bannisters, to the chandeliers, original windows, and beautiful wrap around balcony equipped with rocking chairs. Over half our 111 wedding guests were from the west coast and or NYC and they couldn’t have been more thrilled with the adorable/festive/inviting vibe of the Colonial Inn.

    As a bride, it was amazing having most of my people on site and totally accessible through rehearsal, evening bar crawls, and impromptu room hang outs. The bridal suite was perfectly situated next to the ballroom for bridesmaid hair/make-up as well as for this bride to maneuver into her dress with the help of her designer/big sister! We all had so much fun getting ready in there and one of the most visceral moments of my life was standing in that room alone waiting for my cue to head towards the aisle!

    The honeymoon suite was amazing. Two nights come free with the wedding package and then we stayed for two more nights (highly recommend spending the night after your wedding there so you don’t have to rush out). Every single night we came back to the room and chilled in the massive Jacuzzi rehashing the events of the day. It was magical. The ballroom / event space itself was so adaptable. It already has beautiful chandeliers and fire places (not working) but with the added wedding décor, candlelight, flowers, cedars, Christmas trees + the magnolia wall brought in by West Queen Studio, oh man it was just transformed into a dream!

    I also really loved working with Elise, the GM of the Inn. We were in contact for over 2 years from my first time touring the Inn, (after which she mailed me a wedding journal – so thoughtful), all the way through to the last text I received from her telling me how beautiful I looked in my wedding dress. She answered all of my questions and was always so kind and professional, and often if I needed something I would just call her cell. Because I lost money switching venues, Elise waived the ceremony fee. She was available for negotiations on just about everything and I always appreciated her honest and open nature. Because my original wedding was cancelled five weeks before the date (April 2020) I already had many contracts in place; particularly my wedding coordinator (Emily Katherine Events!) and food and alcohol (Sage & Swift!). Elise let me keep those vendors and transfer to the Inn which of course saved time and money and honored the relationships I already had. Elise’s staff was wonderful too from helping me get the shower temperature right, to replacing my key card not one, not two but four times.

    Of course, there were hiccups. The Inn is new, especially as a wedding venue; but it is not so much the problems that matters, it is how problems are addressed and solved. There were some booking mix ups but Elise took full responsibility and we worked together to correct them. I will also note that our wedding was pretty large for the space. We had about 120 people there including the band + an additional 10 or so of catering staff and it was definitely tight. It did rain so we rented a tent for the outdoor patio area which was an additional $1300. We did not rent heaters as it was 70 degrees but even if as it got colder (it dropped to around 50 after dark) it was totally fine. Body heat + adrenaline + alcohol + outdoor escape from the dance and eating area. The bar and food were served out there so it made for great movement between the two spaces + added tons of ventilation having the doors open all night from the ballroom to the patio. The downpour during dinner was overwhelming but lovely! I should also mention that since our wedding was on the larger side the dance floor space was limited since we also had a live band + musical acts throughout. Still, people more than made it work. I’d say the best guest count for the space is max 100.

    We also had a hard out after 4 hours in the ballroom – which is something that I didn’t realize until pretty late in the process. After 4 hours, we’d be charged an hourly rate of around $1100. However, because of the rain, we had our ceremony inside and thus the flip from ceremony to reception took longer. The wedding ran over a half an hour and Elise did not charge us for that. Again. Classy. Elise, I love you. So, our ceremony started at 4 and the reception ended at 10. We then had a private after party at Radius Pizza (also lovely) one block away until 12:30, and then the last stragglers went to Hot Tin Roof (which was deserted so also felt private) until 2. Again, perks of having the wedding in town. A multitude of options for everything.

    The next morning, we got to casually say goodbye to our guests as they left; some of my best conversations of the weekend were on the beautiful stone porch of the Inn as people departed; and then my husband and I took off for Paris the day after that!

    I am still reeling from how wonderful our wedding weekend was. On the heels of so much isolation it was absolutely staggering how joyful it was to bring our families and friends together; not to mention how lucky we were with timing in terms of Omicron. (We did require proof of vaccination or negative test for the wedding and I’m so glad we did.) We have gotten texts for weeks reiterating how much people loved the experience, and I too was over the moon and will remember it forever and ever. Thank you so much to Elise, The Colonial Inn, and the town of Hillsborough!! You (Identity) Crushed it!!!!
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Elise  Tyler
Elise Tyler
General Manager

Elise is an outgoing and passionate person who lives for service to others and thus found a natural fit in the hospitality world.

She grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts in a very old home (300 years!). The creaky, uneven floors of the inn made her feel right at home. Pair those beautiful floors with the deep and heartfelt authenticity that pours from the incredible Hillsborough community and she was in love.

She moved to North Carolina in 2010, married the one and only brilliant, fun-loving and boisterous Rutland Tyler and now enjoys, more than anything, time with her three children, Cole, Pierce and Lilli.

Elise will always try to be the first smile, kind voice or happy face you see when entering The Colonial Inn as she believes when you stay with us, you become part of our family.

“Welcome, welcome, dear friends! Thank you for coming to The Colonial Inn!” -Elise

Rutland  Tyler
Rutland Tyler
Food and Beverage Manager

Rutland is the name and face you can’t forget. He is wildly fun and brings a true presence to his interaction and service to others. He is hard-working and dependable and never a minute late. Rutland has owned businesses and worked in the hospitality
industry for 15 years.

Growing up in a tiny one-blinking-light town in Eastern North Carolina gives Rut a unique perspective about life and the human experience. He grew from that base and pursued his higher education at The University of North Carolina where he double majored in Political Science and English. He has been an entrepreneur and successful
small business owner in neighboring towns to Hillsborough in both Chapel Hill and Durham.

After rearing and wrangling two sons for 14 years, Rutland had his baby girl in 2018. The three of them keep him busy busy when he’s not perfecting a craft cocktail or pouring a refreshing brew.

Rutland loves exercise, movies, comics, sci-fi, museums and relaxing time with his family and many friends. Feel free to test his trivia skills over a beverage!

He cannot wait to connect, make memories and share a toast with you all in the oldest part of The Colonial Inn, the bar!

“Turn one up and wind on down! See you at the bar!” - Rutland

Jill  Rheutan
Jill Rheutan
Assistant General Manager

Jill is devoted to creating happy and heartfelt experiences for the guests of The Colonial Inn. She has studied and worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years and she’s eager to make a difference during your stay at The Colonial Inn.

Jill is originally from Ohio and holds her Midwestern roots close to her heart. She takes her two cats to visit her hometown as often as possible.

In her off hours, she is usually making messes in her sewing room while working on becoming an expert seamstress.

When you run into her at The Colonial Inn, you’ll see that she could not be happier to have landed in such a beautiful place.

“Thank you to Hillsborough for allowing me to be a part of your community!” - Jill

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The Colonial Inn frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Colonial Inn?

The Colonial Inn includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Colonial Inn, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Colonial Inn includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At The Colonial Inn, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Colonial Inn includes:
  • Bartender(s)

What are the most important characteristics of The Colonial Inn in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Colonial Inn for wedding events is known for:
  • Art Gallery
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Inn/B&B
  • Restaurant

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Colonial Inn for wedding events?

The Colonial Inn offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Colonial Inn offer?

The Colonial Inn offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Colonial Inn offer for wedding events?

The Colonial Inn offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Colonial Inn have available for wedding events?

The Colonial Inn offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Colonial Inn and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Colonial Inn is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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