26 Reviews for Fontainebleau Inn
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My fiancé and I got married at the Fontainebleau Inn last weekend, and we cannot recommend this venue enough! John and Terri were very responsive from the beginning, gave great advice as to what works best, while also letting us create the wedding of our dreams there. The grounds are beautiful, and we got so many great photos in the driveway, in the field, and down at the dock (my fav!). The banquet hall where we had dinner was just what I had envisioned, and the dance floor outside worked great. I had been slightly worried that the patio flooring would be a problem for people, but this was not the case. Everyone danced all night long! Our families stayed the night at the Inn and couldn't get over how nice the rooms were, and how convenient everything was. We are SO happy we chose the Inn for our wedding and can't recommend it enough!
We were married in July 2017 at the Fontainebleau Inn in Alpine, New York. Honestly, words cannot fully express how much we loved our wedding at the Fontainebleau, however since this a review, we’ll do our best! :)
First and most importantly, John and Terri were incredibly helpful, friendly and supportive. They helped us with planning and coordination prior to the wedding and then made sure the day of our wedding was absolutely spectacular. On top of that, the Fontainebleau is stunning! The lake is the perfect site for an outdoor wedding and the hall with its beautiful wood paneling and fireplace was perfect for our reception. In addition, our wedding party and family stayed at the Fontainebleau, which allowed us extra time to plan, hang out and just relax. We also have to mention the delicious homemade breakfasts Terri made every morning that were simply amazing! I would highly recommend the Fontainebleau to anyone planning a wedding!
The Fontainebleau Inn provided my husband and I with a wedding that we couldn't have dreamed of. Our wedding, as every couple always wishes, was truly the best night of our lives. From the day we stepped foot on the property and met John and Terri, we knew that everything about the venue was a perfect fit. John and Terri were patient, organized, supportive, professional, and informative throughout the entire planning process. They gave us fantastic suggestions for various venders which saved us a great deal of researching (since we are located about 2 hours away). They coordinated with our caterer, photographer, band, baker, and bus service so that everyone was informed on the schedule of the day. Throughout our wedding evening, they were there to make sure that everything was going as smoothly as it possibly could. What's unique about the Inn, is that there are rooms to stay right at the location. The rooms are spacious, with a beautiful view (lake and courtyard) and included everything (possibly more) than what you would get at a hotel (hairspray, combs, body wash, hair shampoo & conditioner, etc.). Terri and John know exactly how to welcome an engaged couple and their families during this exciting time. Upon asking our family members what they enjoyed most about their stay, they overwhelmingly agreed on the home cooked family breakfast in the large dining room. Saturday and Sunday morning, our families were provided the opportunity to enjoy a delicious, filling breakfast while having time to enjoy each other's company. A wedding weekend can be so busy and at times chaotic, so to have that time to all be gathered at the table, was irreplaceable. If you're looking for a wedding venue that treats your family, the engaged couple, and your guests like family, yet maintains the utmost level of professionalism, this is the venue for you and your significant other.
We couldn’t have been happier with the Fontainebleau Inn. We had our wedding at the Inn on a Sunday in June 2017. Despite the hectic weekend for Terri and John (they had a wedding the day prior), they were calm and had everything ready to go when we arrived early Sunday afternoon. The Inn was spotless and the grounds were absolutely breathtaking. We needed very few decorations because the Inn and gardens are just so beautiful. All of our guests could not stop talking about how beautiful the venue was and how wonderful of a time they had.
I can’t compliment Terri and John enough on how attentive they were throughout the entire process. They reached out to us throughout the year numerous times, to provide guidance and help us along with the planning process. On the day of the event, 30 minutes before the ceremony, they even quickly changed their plans and moved the entire setup of our ceremony from the top of the hill (under the tent) to the bottom of the hill, when miraculously the rain stopped! Wow – we were so impressed with their knowledge (they have weddings down to a science!), taste, and professionalism. We asked them for a few suggestions and they were spot-on with every single one (decorations, timing, flowers) – helping us to achieve the gorgeous (on a budget) wedding that we’ve always dreamed of.
In addition, we loved staying at the Inn. The rooms were spotless and the beds were so comfortable. It was so nice to just walk upstairs to our rooms after the wedding! We were so happy that we stayed an additional night with our families as well. It was so wonderful to have an extra day to enjoy the beauty of the Fontainebleau as well as the delicious breakfast that Terri cooks up in the morning!
Go for a visit. Meet Terri & John. Soak up the grounds, the house, the view, the love Terri & John have for their home. We knew as soon as we drove down the driveway that this was the place for us. It felt like home.
The Fontainebleau Inn was the perfect setting for our wedding. The grounds are beautiful, and the Inn has a gorgeous old-fashioned charm. Our guests were so happy to be there, and after our amazing weekend there, we are left with incredible memories and stunning photos of the Inn and lake.
Beyond that, John and Terri Van Soest at the Fontainebleau Inn are a wedding dream come true. We truly cannot say enough about how incredible they are to work with. They are so experienced, kind and truly helped organize our wedding day in a way that made it perfect. They think of everything, and take true pride in their property. They’ve also invested in many wedding extras (chairs, upgraded facilities) that you’d otherwise have to provide at many venues. We loved the ownership they took in our experience. For example, calling our shuttle drivers to specifically explain directions to their home, answering our phone calls or emails whenever we had an idea about an element we wanted to add to our day, or recommending their favorites from vendors to beers! They truly become the backbone of the entire experience.
If you are looking for a Finger Lakes wedding, seriously consider talking to John and Terri about the Fontainebleau Inn. You will not be disappointed!
The Fontainebleau Inn is the first and only venue we looked at for our wedding. Walking through the doors of the Inn we were immediately in love with the charm of the Inn and the location right on Cayuta Lake. John and Terri were great to work with for our June wedding in the Finger Lakes. The Inn itself is beyond beautiful and restored to its original glory. We were married at the Lawrence Chapel which is just a short walk through a wooded path from the Inn. Having all of our events in the same location and staying at the Inn for the weekend provided the intimate feel we were going for. John and Terri are true professionals and know what it takes for a wedding to run smoothly. After booking the venue we were given a "master list" of recommended vendors, table arrangements, bar list and so much more to help keep us organized through the planning process. Whenever we told our other vendors where the wedding was being held they were very excited to be working with John and Terri at the beautiful Fontainebleau Inn once again. If you are looking for an intimate setting right on the shores of the Finger Lakes this is the perfect spot.
I worked with Terri and John from the Fontainebleau Inn for my daughter's wedding. I got prompt responses, they were very accommodating with what we wanted for the wedding. The house and grounds are very well maintained. The Inns original architecture is well preserved and is very inviting. When you use this as your wedding venue, you can use their 6 bedrooms which is great as I had the bridal party and my husband and myself stay there. It gave us great time together to be in the same house. We had brought a wooden arch that my husband had made, shepherd hooks for flowers, candles and holders, name cards, wooden guest board to sign, cupcakes, cookies, pictures and all was easy to place around the Inn, plus Terri had suggestions on where items could go that would look nice. Being this was my first daughter getting married, it was nice to have help and advice, which Terri and John did, but they definitely were not pushy. We had the ceremony outside down by the lake and they told us to drive down to put the arch up and where the best angle would be for the ceremony. The wedding was on Saturday, and we had breakfast made for us Saturday and Sunday mornings both. The atmosphere is terrific, very inviting, friendly and with an antique flare, which I loved. The place is decorated so well yet has the amenities needed like private bathrooms for all the rooms and air conditioning. The staff also were friendly, helpful, cooperative and fun to talk with. I would highly recommend this venue for a romantic wedding or even a getaway for an anniversary. It is terrific!!! Several of the guests were also impressed and wanted to know how we found such a great venue.
I worked with Terri for more than a year ahead of our wedding. She was consistently responsive, friendly, and professional. She and John worked with every request I had and allowed me to have the wedding of my dreams on a realistic budget. The day of my wedding, I did not have to worry about anything as all the vendors worked directly with Terri.
The property is beautiful, with stunning grounds, a quaint chapel, and a beautiful event space. They only host one wedding a day (often only one in a weekend!) and nothing else occurs on the property which is very private and feels posh. Having my immediate family stay with me in the Bed and Breakfast allowed us valuable time together and a calm space to reconnect.
I cannot recommend The Fontainebleau Inn highly enough. It was the PERFECT location for our unforgettably special day.
If you can book the Fontainebleau Inn for your wedding, you should definitely do it! We were married there at the end of 2015 season and it couldn't have been more beautiful - the leaves were bright orange, red, green, and yellow, making for some incredible photographs on the grounds and in the woods between the Inn and Lawrence Chapel (we were married in the chapel and though you need to reserve that separately, John and Terri are very helpful at letting you know how to go about it; another big plus is the chapel is approved for Catholic ceremonies).
John and Terri provided tons of information that made everything very easy: floor plans for organizing the reception tables, including cocktail hour and band locations; great recommendations for local vendors - our florist (Plenty of Posies), caterer (Word of Mouth), photographer (Danielle Gerristen) and hair/makeup (Fresh) choices were all on their list and all excellent; and a questionnaire that allowed us to outline what we envisioned so that they could execute everything day-of without a hitch. We didn't have a wedding planner and truly didn't need one with John and Terri and their staff overseeing every detail.
Some other highlights - Terri is an incredible cook and everyone who stayed at the Inn were served wonderful breakfasts; John made sure we caught the best light for our group picture overlooking the lake; the Inn has so many lovely spots inside and out - kids can explore outside, couples can have a quiet conversation in the library... and all make for beautiful, unique pictures.
We had our cocktail hour and dance floor outside and even though it was a cold weekend, the tent kept the patio a nice temperature (a patio note - if you make it your dance floor, know that it is stone, so ladies may want to wear lower heels; or you could get a temporary floor put in; or you can put the dance floor inside - lots of good options).
John and Terri are true professionals, really lovely people, excellent hosts.
The Inn is an absolutely beautiful venue! The interior, exterior and grounds are very well maintained; the venue is such a perfect mix of upscale, classic, and rustic styles. We had our ceremony outside on the lawn which was perfect, you also can use the chapel that is short walk from the Inn.
What really sets this venue apart from others in the area are the owners, Terri and John are fantastic to work with and really help make sure everything goes smoothly. They aren't wedding planners, but they do provide you with lists of vendors who frequently work at the Inn and request information from you throughout the year that helps keep your planning on track. We planned our wedding from a distance and always received quick and helpful responses via email. We hired most of our vendors from their suggested list and are very happy we did. This helps the wedding day run very smoothly. The vendors have been there before and are familiar with working with Terri and John; this means you and your family/party don't have to spend much time greeting vendors and showing them around. During the day off set up and event John and Terri were somehow both totally invisible and always there when we needed their assistance.
You are required to rent the guest rooms at the Inn for weekend weddings. My husbands family is not from the area and loved their time at the Inn; they continue to rave about the delicious breakfast food and peaceful Inn. We also used the upstairs suite for the bridal party prep. It is the perfect space for hair and makeup with nice natural light coming through the windows. The rooms are beautiful which allowed our photographer to take many getting ready shots.
Hands down the best place to get married in upstate NY. Beautiful wooded setting on the lake, historic chapel next door for a ceremony, breathtaking fall foliage, and incredibly professional, warm service. No need to hire a wedding planner - Terri and John have recommendations for the best local vendors for food/flowers/officiants/music/transportation etc. Their little need to decorate - the Inn as it is is gorgeous.
The Fontainbleau is just gorgeous! It's a dream location and all of our guests commented on its beauty. Terri and John are incredibly organized and knowledgeable; everything ran smoothly! They were also very responsive to my questions in the year leading up to the wedding. Our wedding was in late September on a warm day, so it did get a bit hot in the dining room and cake room, although it was cool outside and under the tent.
We used the Lawrence Chapel for our ceremony and that was gorgeous and perfect as well!
Terri was very easy to work with and very professional. We got nothing but compliments from our guests on the unique venue - which has been beautifully restored by John and Terri.
The Fontainebleau Inn was amazing! From the moment we booked the location, Terry, the owner, would check in with us and help us plan our big day. They do a ton of weddings so they really know what they are doing! She was wonderful to work with the whole planning process and she was even better on the day of. She helped make everything run smoothly. Aside from that, the Inn is beautiful and the grounds are immaculately kept. I could not ask for more!
Fontainebleau Inn, in Alpine, NY, is the PERFECT place for a romantic, intimate, exquisitely beautiful wedding. My daughter got married there in July, 2013.
We had the inn to ourselves (including some family and close friends) for the whole weekend. We had the run of the place. We could swim in the lake; take a canoe ride or just lounge on the huge porch or expansive lawn. We had time to relax and prep for the big event. Terri and John and their staff were incredibly supportive, helpful without being intrusive. No need for a wedding planner. Terri helped us find the perfect caterer, DJ, florist…everything. She and John have gone to great lengths to authentically restore the old inn. The bedrooms are charming and so comfortable. The library, dining rm, kitchen, foyers…all spacious and decorated with a classic New England look. The reception hall is amazing. Beautiful beamed ceilings, stunning wood floor, and a huge bar.
I was terrified about finding a place for our destination event (we live in Manhattan).
But the minute we walked into the inn, we knew it was the place. It lived up to our expectations. Actually, it exceeded them.
I used to write for soap operas and had to create many fantasy parties. I wish I’d known about this inn when I was in the biz. I definitely would have used it for a wedding location.
Terri and John were amazing. They worked with us to make our day perfect. The grounds are beautiful. Most of our guests were from out of town....us included...and we wanted a place that it made it worth the drive. Everyone couldn't stop telling us how breathtaking the Inn and the scenery was! The wedding party stayed at the Inn both Friday and Saturday night and the breakfast in the morning was soooooo good!
Our wedding was the most perfect day of my life, and I have no doubt that a huge factor in that perfection was the amazing Fontainebleau Inn. The moment we toured the venue we fell in love, and when we came back to stay I was even more blown away as I took the time to truly absorb the details and surroundings of the Inn. It was amazing having the Inn to ourselves and our wedding party for two nights. We had the rehearsal dinner at the Inn our first night, and we really felt like we were able to make the most of our time there. Swimming in the lake, campfire on the beach, bucolic strolls through gorgeous landscapes, and games in what we nicknamed the “scotch room” (look for the cool leather chairs). It was so exceptionally beautiful and relaxing, and if possible the day of our wedding was even better. Having the ceremony on the grounds by the lake was beautiful, and the dining area is nothing short of exceptional. All of our guests were in awe of the venue. The Inn’s bedrooms are amazing, keeping in line with the historic charm but with all the modern conveniences. It’s obvious the care that John and Terri have for this place (as we could tell the morning after the wedding, seeing staff dusting the decorative plates on the wall and handwiping down the staircases). John and Terri were amazing at helping us plan and execute our wedding without a hitch - and the breakfasts each morning were spectacular. Thank you all so much - it was truly an amazing few days that we will always cherish!
We hosted our wedding weekend at the Fontainebleau Inn September 5th, 2014, we thank Terri and John for opening their beautiful home and Inn to us and our guests. They made each of our guests and family feel welcome and relaxed, it has been a few months since our wedding day and we continue to hear wonderful compliments from our guests on our beautiful event.
The first day we visited the property on a snow covered March morning, we knew it was our venue. When you pull onto the drive you see through the Inn's front windows to the lake beyond. The common area's interior woodwork and original design details have been impeccably restored. The ante room off of the entry is where the catering service is offered and we positioned our cake in the bay window overlooking the lake. The dining room boasts dark wooden beams, a large fireplace and bar. French doors open onto the tented patio where we danced through the night. The guestrooms and suites are all renovated with spacious en-suite full baths. With five guestrooms, our close family was able to stay on-site for the wedding festivities.
We held our ceremony on the grounds of the Inn, at the base of the lawn near the lake. For our guests with accessibility concerns before and after the ceremony they were driven down the hill so not to be excluded, it was perfect. Terri and John provided refreshments prior to the ceremony to ensure our guests comfort on the sunny September afternoon.
While we were organized with our planning, Terri and John helped immensely in all facets of our day, they anticipate and understand timelines, lists, details, directions, and most importantly they are calm. Terri and John provided wonderful vendor recommendations who each contributed to one of the most memorable days we have lived so far.
We absolutely recommend the Fontainebleau Inn for your wedding, commitment ceremony or vacation.
PS Terri's breakfast is amazing.
When you have your wedding at Fountainebleau you are not just getting a gorgeous venue, you are getting two owners that care about your day and your needs. For months before my wedding, I was emailing back and forth with the owners regarding questions and concerns. They were so responsive and helpful. On the day of the wedding, they did everything in their power to make sure things went off without a stitch. I would recommend this as a wedding venue for everyone and anyone.
PS: Rain or shine, hot or cold, this venue will make your wedding beautiful. It was literally pouring rain and flash floods on the day of my wedding and if possible, that made my day even MORE beautiful.
Gorgeous venue and so happy we had our wedding there. Pricey, and you have to buy alcohol. Also, limited options for caterers, etc. The owners are very specific about how things are done, but we couldn't have been happier with how it all turned out !
Terri and John were fabulous to work with. We were planning the wedding from a few states away without a wedding planner and they helped to make the process easy and stress free. Terri was very responsive and helped to keep me organized of what things I needed to do (and when).
The location itself was fabulous. Our family from out of town stayed in the inn with us, but there was plenty of space to prevent it from feeling too crowded. The Bridal Suite and getting ready room was AMAZING. I can't say enough about the beautiful space John & Terri have put together. We ended up having a rainy weekend for our wedding and although I was disappointed at first, there were so many gorgeous parts of the Inn for photos and beautiful landscaping that we could capture from the oversized porch (safely out of the rain!).
The only negative would be that there was no discount for the bridal suite when you booked the venue (since we were paying a significant amount of the venue and bar to Fontainebleau, a discount on our room for at least the wedding night would have been welcome).
Fontainebleau Inn is a fairy tale venue! It's a beautiful inn with charming rooms, pretty grounds, and the breathtaking view of Cayuta Lake. Our ceremony took place on the lawn with the lake as our background. They set up the chairs for us, but we were responsible for the ceremony decorations. All inside decorations were taken care of by the caterer and the innkeeper. Our dinner was in the reception room with dancing and cocktail hour on the large patio. I was concerned about having dancing outside, but it really did work out well. I worked mostly with Terri who was very quick to respond to my emails with any questions or concerns I had. Our guests were impressed with what a lovely setting it was.
As soon I we saw the Fontainebleau, we knew it was the place that we wanted to get married. The venue provided the perfect setting for the style of wedding we were hoping to have (i.e. vintage charm). The Inn and grounds are absolutely beautiful, and the owners take great care in keeping up the grounds and the decor inside. Throughout all of the planning, I always felt that minimal decorations were needed just because of the natural beauty of the site.
The greatest hurdle I had with this venue was the lack of flexibility during the planning process. I often felt as if my ideas for the way I wanted things set up or the way I wanted things to go were shut down. We were also hoping to have a good selection of local wines and beers for the reception. Unfortunately, for someone familiar with the FLX area, the local wines and beers offered are poor. We were quoted extremely unreasonable prices were the "special order" wines we wanted to get that were not on the list. We ended up not getting the wines due to cost. I understanding that a certain amount of upcharge comes with any venue, but paying more than double for what a case normally costs was not something we were willing to do.
With that said, I must say that everything really went off smoothly the day of the wedding. Despite any difficulties we had during the planning process, the execution went well, and we truly enjoyed our big day. We also received lots of wonderful feedback from our guests.
Our guests that stayed at the Inn during the week loved their time there. We also spent our wedding night at the Inn, which was very convenient and a wonderful place to start off married life. The breakfasts provided in the mornings were wonderful as well.
All in all, we would highly recommend this venue to prospective couples. We loved the way our big day turned out!
I really don't know how there haven't been ANY critical reviews of this place. We had a gorgeous wedding there, yes. 100%. It was like a storybook, BUT I think it would be pretty difficult to NOT have a gorgeous, fairy tale-like wedding LAKESIDE in the FINGER LAKES in the SPRING. Especially when there's a beautiful, recently updated historic inn with the ever-popular farmhouse-like reception room.
I would wholeheartedly encourage you to have your wedding at this spot, but please, please, please PLEASE get yourself a TOP-NOTCH coordinator. The morning of my wedding was chaos. Terri was as elusive as could possibly be, granted, she was ( hopefully) working to set up my wedding, BUT every time I had a question, a concern, anything...it was a half-hour procedure to track her down. My procession was a MESS (again, Terri and John nowhere to be found, almost let my groom see me as I came down the stairs for my entrance...). Because of the location, cell reception is nearly non-existent. I was then questioned as to why I didn't just take calls outside (and up the hill, apparently, because that's where you need to go to have your cell work.....gee, I wonder why I didn't want to do that on the morning of my wedding. ESPECIALLY when I was trying not to see my groom.
For the cost (ridiculously high, but we were willing to pay that for the location), the service should be impeccable and it was NOT.
My tips for couples:
-Hire an outside coordinator for the day-of festivities
-Make sure your officiant is ON their game because the Fontainebleau staff will not help. At all.
-If you have things that you want/ need to save, be sure that you take those and keep them yourself (my boxes for all of my votive candle holders (we had DOZENS) were crushed. I was then asked how I would be taking them home.....
-Have a liaison assigned to communicate between you and your spouse if you don't want to see each other the morning of.