The Waterfront Inn is a charming boutique hotel and wedding venue located in the heart of The Villages, Florida. A serene landscape and stunning lakefront views provide a picturesque backdrop to your special event. This charming inn features many versatile event spaces, including a banquet hall and terrace with romantic views of Lake Sumter and an Arnold Palmer Golf Course. Wed without worry with included wedding rentals, wedding planning, professional event staff and excellent on-site catering.
Facilities and Capacity
The Waterfront Inn provides three main indoor and outdoor event spaces to accommodate up to 115 wedding guests. These event spaces include the following:
The Waterfront Inn offers venue rental for weddings and other social events. Wedding packages include banquet chairs, tables, linen, china, silver, setup, tear down, centerpieces and more. Wedding services available include the following:
Amelia's is the venue's on-site restaurant that provides modern American cuisine and nightly specials every day. They offer on-site catering with a variety of banquet menu options at affordable prices. Their experienced culinary team provides inspired fare with renowned service and can create a special menu based on your personal taste.
The Waterfront Inn provides sophistication and relaxation by blending Southern hospitality with modern amenities. Spacious guest rooms provide lovely views, high-speed wireless internet, HD TVs, Keurig coffee makers and plenty of plug-in options for your devices. Enjoy an evening exploring The Villages or relax and unwind by their large, outdoor swimming pool. The Waterfront Inn includes nightly entertainment and an on-site restaurant. The venue is only a short walk to the downtown square.
Louise Merryweather Whitney built the Waterfront Inn in 1893 with the profits she earned from interests in local phosphate mines. Mrs. Whitney was a popular figure in Lake Sumter Landing, taking many local families into the inn to live rent-free until they could get back on their feet. Several of those individuals eventually became employees of the Waterfront Inn and stayed on in that capacity until well into the 1930s.
The Waterfront Inn is situated on beautiful Lake Sumter, just two blocks from the popular town square. The Villages offers old-fashioned hometown charm with two downtown squares bustling with dining, dancing and shopping.
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Recommended by 96% of couples
Cathleen · Married on 06/09/2017
Beautiful and they took care of almost everything.Sent on 05/06/2017
teresa · Married on 10/08/2016
We had our Oct 23, 2016 wedding and reception at The Waterfront Inn. It was PERFECT! All of the staff was terrific. Everyone made sure that our ceremony and reception went seamlessly. We could not have picked a better place. They handled everything for us (food, decorations, bar, seating, organizing). We did almost everything via email and met with them 2 days before our wedding to iron out last minute details. They literally made sure we had a stress free day. They had great ideas on the decorations and I have to say I was extremely impressed on how gorgeous everything was. If you are looking for a ceremony by the water with the sun set in view, This is the place. No stress wedding planning, they handle it for you. You let them know what you want or are thinking and they make it happen. I just cannot express how happy we are. We had the most perfect wedding ceremony and reception and The Waterfront Inn staff is who helped to make that happen.Sent on 11/01/2016
Casey · Married on 09/16/2016
Becky the event coordinator, Aimee banquet manager and Joline and the rest of wait staff and bartender were OUTSTANDING!!!! the Waterfront Inn is outstanding, The Villages, Florida. They are part of what I call the DREAM TEAM of wedding vendors -If you are having a wedding in or around Ocala you really need to have it at the Waterfront Inn, I did not have to worry about anything weeks leading up to and the day of the wedding, also part of our wedding DREAM TEAM WERE Justin at Florida DJ's, Monica and Alex at Wonshot Photography, Amelia with Pixel Pro for photo booth, Wendy with Our Simply Ceremony.Sent on 09/18/2016
The Waterfront Inn accommodated all of our out of state family at a discounted rate, set up a private day after brunch, and dinner for 30 on a short notice. The staff and Management were outstanding and made the whole week beautiful. I could not have done this without any of you, as the mother of the bride I did not have to stress about anything on my daughters wedding day!!!!