The Waterfront Inn

1105 Lakeshore Drive, The Villages, FL 32162 Map · Phone number
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About The Waterfront Inn

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:

  • Banquet Room - Ideal for small and intimate weddings of 100 guests or fewer
  • Banquet Terrace - Lake and golf course views, can accommodate up to 150 wedding guests


Services Offered
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:

  • Accommodations
  • Bridal suite
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • In-house catering
  • In-house bar
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Cake
  • Lighting/sound
  • Outside vendors
  • Wireless internet
  • Liability insurance


Cuisine
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.

Accommodation
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.

History
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.

Location
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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8 Reviews for The Waterfront Inn

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4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.8
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    Cathleen · Married on 06/09/2017

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    Beautiful and they took care of almost everything.

    Sent on 05/06/2017
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    teresa · Married on 10/08/2016

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    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
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    Casey · Married on 09/16/2016

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    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.
    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!!!!

    Sent on 09/18/2016

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The Waterfront Inn FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 1,295.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 1,195.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s), Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 5.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 115
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 2
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Hotel, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Accommodations, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Aisle Runners, Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Shuttle, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? January, February, March, April, October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? May, June, July, August, September, November, December

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  • 1105 Lakeshore Drive The Villages, 32162 See on map
    3527508271 (Phone number)

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