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Feb 1, 2007 06:44 AM

Small Wedding on the Water - Good Chow

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.