Venue Reporter

05.06.2015 | Hill House, a real life Downton Abbey.
: Alyssa
REPORT
No. 26520
VENUE:
Hill House, a real life Downton Abbey
LOCATION:
Salisbury, Connecticut
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Barn / Farm / Ranch
New England Countryside Manor
Art Deco Mansion with Mountain Views
REPORTER: : Alyssa

Reminiscent of a Downton Abbey set, Hill House is an old English style manor tucked away in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Lush lawns, gorgeous gardens, old stonework at every turn, and breathtaking views of the Berkshire Mountains transport you to another time.

 

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If you’ve ever watched the famed Downton, you know parties at that great family manse are not only an incredible production, but the invitations are highly sought-after. After taking a peek at Hill House, you’ll think nothing less of parties at this grand abode with it's grandiose tree-lined entryway.

 

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History Lesson

This private estate has been in the same family for over 150 years and just recently hosted its first family wedding in honor of the original owners’

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04.27.2015 | Sea Breeze Meets Rustic Charm at Dos Pueblos Ranch
Jenny Alonzo
REPORT
No. 26533
VENUE:
Dos Pueblos Ranch
LOCATION:
Goleta, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Rustic Glam
Beach bluffs, historic barn, lush grounds
REPORTER: Jenny Alonzo

As the saying goes, marriage is all about compromise. But with a venue that offers everything from dreamy ocean views to a century-old wood barn to an estate with perfectly manicured grounds, no one has to settle on a thing! We love the bicoastal vibes that the dream team of Sterling Social and JL Designs created for this gorgeous Dos Pueblos Ranch wedding.

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The Story

When East Coast couple Julie and Paul set their sights on a destination wedding in California, they wanted to combine their love of the beach with Julie’s desire for a barn reception. The design pros at Sterling Social knew Dos Pueblos Ranch was just the spot to host a beachy, rustic, glamorous affair.

“The property is a hidden gem in the Santa Barbara area and met the bride’s and groom’s needs with both rustic and seaside settings.”

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04.27.2015 | Why over 25 Refugees call this Hotel Home.
: Jake
REPORT
No. 26584
VENUE:
Throw a Fair Trade Fête at Hotel Magdas
LOCATION:
Vienna, Austria
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Fair Trade Fête
City
REPORTER: : Jake
Why over 25 Refugees call this Hotel Home.
Why over 25 Refugees call this Hotel Home.
Why over 25 Refugees call this Hotel Home.

The Report

It takes a lot to be savvy. It also takes a lot to be compassionate. It takes a whole lot to be both. But Magdas Hotel does it with modern flair and welcoming comfort.

The unconventional mission statement of Magdas, the social business subsidiary of Caritas Austria, is to tackle social and economic problems with a sense of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. Profit margins are only worthwhile if they can go directly to giving back and helping marginalized people move forward. When Magdas promises it’s “a hotel like no other,” that doesn’t mean they have a fancier hot tub or some gimmick setup.

It means the hotel exists for a damn good reason: social business. Most of the staff are refugees who live on-site. For the 25 young refugees who fled to Austria without their parents, this is home, at least for now. They escaped war and hunger and the unimaginable beyond. They’ve lived in the hotel’s two residential units supported by Caritas since November 2014, and they’re able to earn a living doing so. Roughly all but five of them have been granted asylum by EU member Austria after escaping war and/or persecution in their countries. They now work at the hotel as receptionists, cooks and technicians. 

It’s rare to find a hotel this slick that’s also this warm and inviting. The owners cultivate a tremendous atmosphere of inclusion and respect, with a ground floor open to anyone, whether they be guest, customer, or refugee.

The best way to support what they do is to spend a few nights in Magdas

HOW CAN I GET THERE? The hotel’s easily reachable by car. Otherwise, the hotel is located just a 5-minute walk from the station Praterstern. Once there, you can take all rapid transit, underground - metro, tram, and bus lines.

Image Credits: AllesWirdGut Architektur / Guilherme Silva Da Rosa


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04.21.2015 | The Ultimate Guide To Your Wedding Destination
: Cortnie
REPORT
No. 26440
VENUE:
Guide to Destination Wedding Locations
LOCATION:
Worldwide
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
All
Desert Glamping to Cool Caribbean
Sparkling Sea to Starry Desert Sky
REPORTER: : Cortnie

The Ultimate Guide To Your Wedding Destination

Choosing your wedding venue is all about finding the perfect place where you can come together and celebrate with everyone you love! More than just a location, it is a place you will remember for the rest of your life, where you will drink, dance and say your vows. Pretty important right? We think so, that is why we have put together this handy dandy guide to ease you through the process of finding your dream wedding venue.

 

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Photo: Christie Pham Photography | Styled by The Venue Report

 

Where To Begin
First things first, sit down with your fiancé and discuss your overall budget. Create a list of everything you need and then decide how much you are willing to spend on the venue itself.

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04.20.2015 | History Lesson: This Couple Built a Hotel up in the Trees
: Jake
REPORT
No. 26333
VENUE:
Sleep up in the trees at Treehotel
LOCATION:
Harads, Sweden
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Camping / Glamping
Avant Garde Towering Treetops
Forests of Swedish Lapland
REPORTER: : Jake

Imagine what the world would look like if you set architects loose in the wild to create without restraint. What colors would there be? What shapes? How would they use space?

A pine forest in the tiny village of Harads gives you the answer. Once you’re among the tall trees that grace the gorgeous Lule River Valley, childlike wonder will sneak its way into your heart, as you witness something you’ve never seen outside of a computer screen, stunned that places like this actually exist.

Welcome to Treehotel.

 

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Inspired by Jonas Selberg Augustsen’s film The Tree Lover, husband and wife Kent and Britta Lindvall sought to create a place where stress was always uninvited and impossible to keep. They took their love of contemporary design and their appreciation for Sweden’s nearly untouched landscape and cultivated a wondrous place to dream.

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