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.
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.
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Team of The Colonial Inn
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
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
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