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Small Wedding on the Water - Good Chow

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Can anyone recommend a restaurant, inn, hotel, etc that is located on the water that holds small (10 or fewer guests) weddings? It is most important to us that it be on or near the water so we can have a ceremony there. However, we'd prefer that they have facilities should there be bad weather. GOOD chow and drink are musts. They must be willing to accomodate a small party.

We live on the N. Shore but are open to places on the cape and islands also.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. You could try Striper's just over the 1A bridge in Newburyport. Looking right over the mouth of the Merrimack River. Good, reasonable food, very casual.

    1. What about somewhere on Nantucket? I live quite near the water in Gloucester, but have never been anywhere on the N Shore that compares to the beaches, views and quiet (late-Aug) of Nantucket. I have heard good things about Straight Wharf and I believe there are a few other places along those lines (nice, upscale cas w/good Chow). Here's a couple of links that might help:


      Another idea would be to rent a cottage on the water/near the water for a week and have a catered party.


      1. The Emerson Inn in Rockport is spectacular, as pretty as anything in Nantucket, less crowded and easier to get to. (Probably less expensive as well.) It has been beautifully restored with cozy room and comfy beds. The view down to the ocean is gorgeous and the food is wonderful. They have recently allowed liqour lecenses in previously "dry" Rockport so now you can have a full bar an great wines. The owners are very nice and I imagine they would be very accomodating.

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        1. re: greenstate

          I haven't been since the renovation so I can't comment on that, but I wouldn't have said that it was as pretty as Nantucket and while the food was good, it would not be a Chow destination. This was few years ago when we were there for a small/mid-size dinner party/ function...perhaps it has changed. And yes, definitely easier to get to from the North Shore, but with the current and upcoming bridge repairs traffic is going to awful!

          I only suggested Nantucket vs somewhere like the Emmerson b/c the OP said "small" and I was thinking along the lines of great restaurants, not function spaces.

          1. re: greenstate

            I've been to a small wedding here and it was terrific. The food, particularly for a wedding, was very good. Terrific cake but I know that it came from a bakery in Gloucester. They served a lobster salad that was amazing and served beautifully! It was a really lovely place to do the whole. Lovely simple ceremony, the big porch was a great place to mingle. I've seen the couple's photos and they came out excellent as well. I often this that this palce is perfect for a small wedding where excellent attention to detail/food/drink is a must.

          2. I have seen alot of weddings at Fort Sewall in Marblehead. You can walk to the Barnacle from there.

            1. I disagree totally about Emerson Inn not being a Chow destination. I've only been there in its capacity as a restaurant, not as an inn and I think the food is wonderful. The OP should go there for a dinner and give it a try.

              1. I attended a small wedding at the Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott. It was lovely. They have the outdoor patio (although fenced in, so no views there) with heaters and the bar/resturant have incredible views of Boston.

                I love the idea of Nantucket and would put that on your list for consideration.

                Do not get married at Fort Sewall and walk to the Barnacle!!! I do functions at Fort Sewall and I would not suggest that venue for a wedding.

                Congratulations and best of luck!!

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                1. re: kate used to be 50

                  The Red Rock Bistro is on my list of places to try...I think I'll move it to the top for some first-warm-days cocktails this spring!

                  1. re: kate used to be 50

                    Why not? For a big wedding sure i can understand. Not much in the ways of restrooms, etc... But for a summer casual wedding with 10 or less people, I think it would be fine. I have seen many done there. Cant beat the views.

                    1. re: kate used to be 50

                      I've had several excellent meals at The Red Rock. But I would caution anybody planning an event such as a wedding that the be-speckled gentleman that owns the place, and is constantly present, is famously mercurial. I have witnessed, as have others, a most unexpectedly,unsympathetic reaction to seemingly reasonable criticisms and requests.

                      Btw, I would heartilly endorse greenstate & eriberri's brilliant recs for The Emerson Inn.

                    2. If you're willing to go as far as Nantucket from the North Shore, then you might try a couple of places in Rhode Island. There are two yacht clubs in Cranston that do weddings. The Edgewood Yacht Club, and the Rhode Island Yacht Club. I honestly don't know how good the food or drink will be, but there must be some Chow Hounds out there who would know.

                      You probably could find a number of like places all over the Mass. coastline as well.

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                      1. re: RIChowderhead

                        Well, if you're willing to go to Nantucket, and therefore possibly willing to go to RI...then the Bay Voyage Inn in Jamestown is very pretty and has great food and water/bridge views. Pretty sure they'd accommodate various sized parties. I've heard the Edgewood Yacht Club has good food----don't know either club firsthand.

                      2. What about the Captain Linnell House in Orleans on the Cape? It is about .2 miles from Skaket Beach (bay beach with beautiful sunsets) and the facility is just lovely and historical to boot. Check it out at www.linnell.com

                        1. Try the Dockside Inn in York Harbor Maine. Beautiful location and great food! www.docksidegq.com

                          1. Hemisphere in Sandwich on the Cape has their own little piece of beach. In the interest of full disclosure, it's owned by old friends of ours. They have a function room for bigger things, but I think they'd be happy ot make something special for a smaller party. Ask for Tracy.

                            1. Hello, this is my first post. My daughter got married @ th York Harbor inn in Maine....10 people. The staff was wonderful and the food was great. The price was not too bad either. When is the wedding?? May is a good month in Maine. The weather is nice and the tourists are still home. My other daughter got married @the clayhill farm in Ogunquit. Not on the water, but has a beautiful yard with a gazebo. Fall was nice because the trees were in beautiful color. Both places book up fast.