Garnet Hill Lodge Reviews

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15 Reviews for Garnet Hill Lodge

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4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.6

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    Maxine Bruschi · Married on 10/19/2019

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    Best Wedding Venue I could have asked for!!

    I just had my wedding last weekend at the Garnet Hill Lodge and I really cannot express how unbelievably perfect it was! Every aspect of the wedding was exactly what I wanted. From Nicole and her staff, to the food (delicious!!), to the ambiance (the view is unbelievable), I could not have been more happy with my wedding! I can't say enough about Nicole and the rest of the staff. From beginning to end and through the whole planning process, they were really fantastic. Everyone made us feel comfortable and taken care of. I HIGHLY recommend having your wedding at the Garnet Hill Lodge!!!

    Sent on 10/24/2019
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    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you for the amazing review Maxine! You and Evan are an amazing couple and we wish you both the best and hope you return to Garnet Hill from time to time.

    Best wishes, Nicole and the Staff at Garnet Hill
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    Sharon Lieberman · Married on 09/21/2019

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    Magical weekend weeding at Garnet Hill

    My daughters wedding this past weekend at Garnet Hill Lodge was spectacular. From the time the planning began a year ago until we picked up the last forgotten items today, the experience was amazing.

    Nicole, the Lodge event planner, helped us make the decisions that were needed to be made, with ease and confidence. She handled all my last minute changes with grace and a 'Got it' attitude.


    All of our guests commented on the amazing views and accommodations. The food was delicious and plentiful. Nobody went hungry.

    We had the entire Lodge for the wedding, so it felt like we were visiting a relative's Adirondack hideaway on the top of a mountain. Guests took advantage of the kayaks and canoes, bonfires and s'mores at night, and the well-equipped game room .

    The Lodge staff was amazing, especially Lucy, who set up for the ceremony and reception according to our plans without missing an item, Patty, server extraordinaire, and Chef Brad, who offered amazing dishes as well as customized others for us.

    As guests were leaving Sunday morning, all of them mentioned that it was one of the best, most relaxing weddings they have attended.

    Sent on 09/24/2019

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you for the wonderful review Sharon. We are so glad to hear you and your guests had an amazing time. We hope to see you, Jerry, Rachel & Dave for dinner from time to time. Best, Nicole
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    F. S. · Married on 08/03/2019

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    All we could have asked for and more

    We knew this was the place we wanted to get married as soon as we drove up.

    Nicole and all the staff were amazingly helpful and accommodating with all our ideas and requests. We wanted a low-key affair that was also nice and enjoyable and Garnet Hill delivered on all counts. All our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the celebration and the venue. It was especially important to us to extend our party over the whole weekend, and being able to have a private celebration at GHL was exactly what we wanted. Our wedding weekend was everything we could have asked for and more. The staff are very professional and took care of all our needs on the wedding day, and we did not have to worry about anything and were able to relax and enjoy our celebration.

    The food throughout was absolutely amazing! From breakfast to BBQ to the food for the reception, we did not have a bad meal the entire time. The kitchen accommodated all the food allergy concerns, and the Polenta the chef recommended for our reception was exceptionally good. The maître d', Lucy, made sure we were well taken care of throughout.

    We really can't say enough good things about Garnet Hill. We were also able to stay within our budget, and the prices were entirely reasonable, unlike at so many other places that we looked at. Nicole and staff answered all our questions and put us at ease in planning our event. We always felt taken care of and respected. Garnet Hill was the perfect place to have our queer wedding in the Adirondacks.

    Sent on 08/19/2019

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad the weekend was exactly what you were looking for and we were so pleased to provide the backdrop and service you desired. We'll be looking for you next year on your honey moon! :) Best of Luck to you both!!
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    Katie · Married on 09/29/2018

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    Our wedding at Garnet Hill was perfect. We wanted a private venue, a place that allowed our guests to experience the beauty of the Adirondacks, and that's exactly what we got. It's a stunning place to stay, to dine, and to unplug.

    We found Garnet Hill 14 months before our wedding, and communication was everything I needed and more over that time. Nicole put my mind at ease by answering all of my questions thoroughly, including some I know I asked more than once, and was there to make sure the entire weekend went exactly the way we wanted. Lucy and the banquet, maintenance, and bar staff helped ensure my vision was executed, and I felt so comfortable after so many months of planning that everything was in good hands!

    The staff helped execute a perfect Friday night welcome BBQ (the food was absolutely delicious, the kitchen staff did an amazing job, as did the bar staff) and ensured our guests got just the right introduction to the Central Adirondacks by recommending activities for during the day Saturday before the reception. The owner even led a guided hike Saturday morning!

    After breakfast, the staff had to transform the Lodge and grounds on ceremony day and set up the ton of boxes of decorations we brought. It was more perfect than I imagined it could be, including all the little details I envisioned for the reception. So many staff members played a part in it, and for that, I'm so truly grateful! The food was excellent - a feat hard to manage for nearly 100 guests - and the pies were the perfect dessert. They served the bride and groom early, which I very much appreciated :) And breakfast Sunday was amazing - great food, great service, and a perfect way to end the celebration.

    Great views and scenery are abundant in the Adirondacks, and Garnet Hill Lodge has those, but it's such a incredibly special place, and the people running it make it that way. It was our perfect wedding spot, and I can't wait to keep going back for getaways and anniversaries!

    Sent on 10/01/2018

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you Katie for the wonderful review! You and Daniel are an amazing couple and we are so thankful you chose Garnet Hill Lodge to host your special wedding weekend. We wish you both all the best and look forward to seeing you again soon. Nicole and Staff.
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    Mary Crompton · Married on 09/22/2018

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    Amazing Venue and Incredible Staff!

    My husband and I got married in late September at Garnet Hill and could not have dreamed up a better wedding venue. My parents live nearby so we were fortunate enough to already know about this Adirondack hidden gem and how perfect it was for us. The venue has so many gorgeous spots for photos and the view from the front lawn is unbeatable with the lake and mountains in the background. My husband and I were able to do our first look on the dock that extends out onto the lake. It made for some pretty amazing photos! My bridesmaids and I stayed at The Birches (one of the houses on the property) which has a common room that was the perfect private spot for all of us to get ready. Between the lodge itself and all the nearby houses for rent, many of our family and friends were able to stay right on the property for the full weekend. There was plenty of things for our guests to do, including hiking and canoeing on the Garnet Hill property and exploring the nearby town of North Creek. One of the staff members even led some of our family members on a hike the day after the wedding.

    Not only was the venue beautiful, but the staff were incredibly helpful throughout the entire process and the wedding day itself. Nicole was amazing and worked with us throughout all of the planning to make sure we were happy with every little detail. Everything was thought of and taken care of ahead of time, so once the wedding weekend came we were fully able to relax and enjoy our time. The food was so delicious and the kitchen staff catered to some of our guest's dietary restrictions. They even set aside appetizers for us since we were taking pictures during the cocktail hour. The bar staff was also excellent and provided us with some local beer we specifically requested. From the groundskeeper to the waiters and waitresses, the whole staff did everything they could on the weekend of the wedding to make sure everyone had a great time. Even our guests commented on how great the staff were!

    If you're looking for the perfect Adirondack getaway, Garnet Hill is for you! My husband and I HIGHLY recommend it and cannot wait to come back!

    Sent on 08/29/2019

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you Mary & Jeff for the wonderful review. We are happy to hear how satisfied you are your guests were. We hope your first year of marriage was as wonderful as the two of you! Come back and see us again soon! Anniversary perhaps! Best, Nicole
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    Mere · Married on 09/08/2018

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    The whole team at GHL was amazing. During the planning process Nicole was always available to answer questions and offer suggestions about how to make our special day run smoothly. The team at GHL was flexible and open to our ides/ready to make what we wanted happen. When it came time to go to Garnet Hill for the wedding, we discovered that everyone working that weekend was friendly, polite, and happy to assist us with anything we needed. If we could have a wedding every year, we would pick GHL over and over again!

    Sent on 10/01/2018

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you Meredith for the wonderful review! The staff and I thank you for choosing Garnet Hill Lodge for your special wedding weekend and are so pleased at your happiness, as our goal is to make certain your plans come to life. Best wishes to you and Taylor!! Nicole and Staff
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    Allison · Married on 08/18/2017

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    As soon as my husband and I pulled up to Garnet Hill Lodge we knew this was the place for us.. The view of the mountains and the lake is breath taking and the lodge is beautifully rustic and cozy. We had a smaller wedding and it was so nice that our guests could spend the night and we could all be in one place. The overall experience of the entire wedding process was excellent and the planning process a breeze, no stress. The food is delicious, the staff is warm and welcoming and the lodging is exactly what you would crave for the Adirondacks! Thank you Garnet Hill for the beautiful memories, your lodge will forever hold a special place is our hearts.. Xox

    Sent on 09/06/2017

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you Allison for the wonderful review and for allowing us to host your most special wedding day! Congratulations to you both! We hope to see you again soon, perhaps on your first Anniversary! Best Wishes! The Staff at Garnet Hill Lodge
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    Phoebe · Married on 10/14/2017

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    We couldn't have imagined a better spot for our wedding than Garnet Hill. From the moment we chose the venue, to all the planning up until the big day, the staff (especially Nicole!) were so accommodating and helpful. It's a very professional place, and the easygoing, kind nature of the staff makes all the stages of wedding planning feel fun and relaxed.

    As you can see from pictures, the place is absolutely gorgeous, and all the guests were so happy to spend the weekend kayaking, hiking and mountain biking. The accommodations were so comfortable and cozy, and the food was incredible. Everyone raved about all their meals, from hearty breakfasts to a wrap and hummus lunch at the lake, to the steak and salmon dinner! Yummy beer and wine too, and very accommodating with all the different dietary restraints of ours guests.

    We had all these funny requests for our weekend – an arm wrestling and beer pong tournament after the reception dinner, for example – and Nicole and her staff were down for all of it. We felt free to dream up our perfect wedding here. During the actual weekend, everything went so smoothly – little things like Patrick bringing out his own speakers when we needed some music on the Friday night were much appreciated.

    On the wedding day, everything looked absolutely beautiful and went so smoothly. And after all was said and done, the price for this elaborate weekend was more than reasonable – we felt like we got a great deal. Basically, it was perfect, and we highly recommend Garnet Hill Lodge for weddings and other events. A massive thank you to Nicole, Patrick and the whole team at Garnet Hill!

    Sent on 10/27/2017

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    We thank you for entrusting us to host your special wedding weekend, and we are so please you were happy with our services. Thank you for the great review Phoebe! Best wishes, Nicole & The Staff at Garnet Hill Lodge
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    Rachel Gullotta · Married on 09/14/2019

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    The BEST wedding weekend!

    From Friday night to Sunday morning we had the BEST wedding weekend! The food was delicious, scenery was beautiful and staff was super helpful!

    People commented it was the best wedding food they had ever had. Nicole was super accommodating with our food requests for our taco bar party on Friday night to our Italian food wedding buffet on Saturday and Sunday brunch! The drinks were also delicious and Nicole helped us come up with some delicious signature drinks!

    The weather the day of our wedding wasn't the best but the staff was super accommodating! We made the decision to keep the wedding outside and when the ceremony started the rain stopped and beams of sunlight shown down on the ceremony and it was magical! We also had a lot of decorations that we brought in and the staff was super helpful with setting it all up!

    The accommodations were clean and comfortable, no one had a bad thing to say! Guests were kept busy all weekend between the guided hike Peter held, to kayaking and mountain biking. There is also rail biking in the town of North Creek which is a must do! But you have to book pretty far in advance.

    There are so many beautiful photo spots around the property between the lookout at the lodge, lake front and hiking trails. We set aside a large chunk of time to do portraits on the wedding day and did our first look at the dock, went for a little canoe ride, did a quick hike to the mine for some photos and then did sunset photos at the lodge.

    We couldn't be happier with our wedding weekend, I honestly can't imagine doing a wedding in just one day! The whole weekend allowed us to see and chat with ALL of our guests and be relaxed! Loved that everything happened at the lodge made for a smooth and worry free wedding weekend! My husband and I plan on coming back every year in the winter time to ski on their awesome cross country trails!

    Sent on 10/22/2019
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    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you for the wonderful review Rachel and for choosing Garnet Hill Lodge for your destination Wedding! We look forward to seeing you when you return for some Nordic skiing soon! Best wishes, Nicole & the Staff at Garnet Hill
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    V S B · Married on 07/28/2018

    4.8
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    Perfect Adirondack Wedding

    The owners, managers, chef, and staff made our wedding exactly what we envisioned. Typically couples talk about "that thing that went wrong" but we can honestly say nothing went wrong. We worked with the folks at Garnet Hill Lodge for a year on our wedding, trying to keep is as simple, yet elegant, as possible with as much Adirondack spirit as we could. The owners and staff have poured a ton of resources into the Lodge in the last year to bring it up to date and provide a greater experience. Our wedding was quite large and we were concerned we were stressing the staff, but just the opposite - they embraced us like family and ensured everything went smoothly. We had guests from overseas and around the country, all in awe of how beautiful the lodge and setting were, and how accommodating and friendly the staff was.

    If you're looking for a true Adirondack setting this is it. It's not over designed with faux rustic decorations. It's the real deal. And so are the people. The location is remote, by some standards, but for us, that added to the character of the wedding we wanted. The view is spectacular, the lodge is warm and inviting, and their a great amenities (like canoeing, hiking, biking) all included with the great service Garnet Hill Lodge provides.

    Sent on 10/18/2018
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    Laura · Married on 10/01/2017

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    Having our wedding at Garnet Hill Lodge was such a great decision! We loved the beautiful location with gorgeous views outside, yet with a cozy and intimate interior, as well as the delicious food and service.. The entire weekend ran so smoothly....it was nearly perfect!

    Sent on 12/11/2017

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you for the great review Laura! It was a our pleasure hosting your special wedding weekend. Best wishes to you and John! Nicole & The Staff at garnet Hill
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    Vicki · Married on 09/23/2017

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    I can't say enough about how accommodating Garnet Hill was as we planned our daughter's wedding. Our family was spread all over the country, and relied heavily on the staff (especially Nicole) for advice since we were unfamiliar with the location. Several challenges on our end came up, requiring us to ask for lots of changes, and Nicole and the staff were SO patient, and bent over backwards to make it all happen and make us happy! They were absolutely wonderful to work with! The wedding was outdoors among the stunning setting of the Adirondacks, and the reception was under the large tent provided by Garnet Hill. They provided a wait staff, bartender, perimeter lighting and gave us use of their excellent sound system. And the FOOD! The food was amazing, not just at the reception, but all through the weekend! Our daughter was absolutely thrilled with everything, and kept saying how magical it all was! We could not have been happier.

    Sent on 10/02/2017
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    Anne Marie · Married on 06/08/2017

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    Garnet Hill Lodge is a gorgeous wedding venue. The new owners (2017) seem to understand the 'luxury mountain' feel and have made/are making many smart updates to the property to align with this vision without losing the authentic rustic charm and history of the property. Definitely worth visiting- the experience cannot be captured in photos.

    The staff at GHL was extremely accommodating. We had many requests which are often unwelcome at other venues but GHL typically said yes and made it happen- extremely flexible. The staff is very kind- we noticed and many guests commented that all staff members seemed personally invested in making our wedding wonderful. The few times they sensed my husband and I feeling anxious during planning or on our wedding weekend, they made an effort to come to our rescue with a kind gesture. Time slows down up there and many details needed a few more discussions before they were implemented than you would expect at a larger more traditional hotel- I would say you trade warmth and kindness for a bit of efficiency- but it all came together on the wedding day and they delivered an amazingly beautiful reception beyond our expectations.

    GHL was our first choice and luckily pricing is reasonable. I'd been discouraged visiting other venues and realizing many inflated pricing beyond comprehension for weddings, but upon thorough inspection of GHL's prices/bills I found it a great value for the services and was happy with the final price.

    Sent on 07/24/2017

    Garnet Hill Lodge's reply:

    Thank you Anne Marie for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We at Garnet Hill Lodge strive to make every couple's wedding dream come to fruition on their most special day. Thank you again for entrusting us. We wish you a happy future together.

    Best Wishes,
    Nicole & Staff
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    G Bra · Married on 07/28/2018

    4.6
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    Absolutely perfect Adirondack Wedding

    We have a family home in the Adirondacks so at first Garnet Hill Lodge was a convenient place for our wedding. At the end of our wedding we realized that we..my husband and the staff at GHL...had created a magical event. Our guests, many familiar with the area, were amazed at the beautiful views, relaxed staff, great food and overall how wonderful the setting was for our wedding. I can't say enough about the location and THE STAFF of Garnet Hill Lodge.

    Sent on 12/30/2018
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    Cailin · Married on 10/21/2017

    4.4
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    Once I saw Garnet Hill Lodge I knew it was where I was going to get married. Cozy and friendly with amazing views.

    We had a lovely wedding at Garnet Hill Lodge in late October. Nicole was amazingly helpful in helping us to organize outside vendors for our weird requests, like two dozen pumpkins for carving at the rehearsal and a bouncy castle. When I said, I wanted bacon, just bacon, as an appetizer they were all over it. Post-ceremony kite flying? All over it.

    They were wonderful at accommodating our guest list, even though it was slightly larger than their max. Everyone bent over backward to make sure things ran smoothly, including purchasing a new sound system ahead of our wedding to accommodate for dancing in a tent rather than in the lodge. It was amazing.

    The day I appreciated the lodge the most was the day after the wedding. Since it was booked with only our guests, everyone ambled through the lobby on their way out. We were exhausted, but it was the perfect way to see our guests one last time. Sitting on the couches in front of a roaring fire, drinking a beer and eating the most amazing French Onion Soup.

    The wedding day was a whirl, but the day after was time to sit and talk with my friends and family in a way I don't think often happens.

    Sent on 03/27/2018
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