Lonesome Valley Est. 2009

Lonesome Valley, Lonesome Valley Road, Sapphire, NC, United States

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You'll never be lonely in this lovely valley when inhabited by your intimates for your I-do's.
A re-created Appalachian farmstead with a fabulous upscale twist. Rooted in the past, surrounded by the oldest mountain range in the country and a temperate rainforest to boot - eat local fare, explore the majestic mountains & rivers & experience this secluded swale and feel like you and yours become a part of this mystery and majesty on which it as built.
The Lowdown
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Field / Forest / Orchard
Garden Party
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Product Launch
Holiday Party
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Cashiers, NC, exchange your vows against the backdrop of the largest box canyon east of the Mississippi. Afterwards, in the rustic yet elegant Jennings Barn, our acclaimed culinary team will provide an exceptional custom culinary experience for you and your guests. This unique destination also lends itself to truly special corporate and charitable events. Whether you are considering a cozy holiday party or a relaxed executive retreat, Lonesome Valley promises an experience that will be remembered warmly. For generations, Lonesome Valley has provided the ideal location to welcome friends, family and colleagues. Now we invite you to create your memories here.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?


Estimated Price Per Head

from $200 to $200

Additional Charges

22% service charge and tax are in addition to the food and beverage costs and site fee. Some rental equipment may be needed at the expense of the client.


Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event


Celebrations Hosted Here Since
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Indoors Only
The Venue is Closed During
We evaluate each event on a case by case basis but typically the venue is closed for private events, Memorial Day weekend, Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend. We do not allow weddings to be held on property from late June - Labor Day.
Designated Smoking Areas Only
There are two staging areas on property with changing rooms and bathrooms in each.
Inside Scoop

If you host your wedding here, we give you special access behind the gates for bridal portraits and couple photo shoots.

Venue Features
The Scene:
Lonesome Valley has been a natural work in progress for millions of years. The granite faces of its high cliffs have been polished by glaciers, sculpted by wind and rain, and burnished by the sun creating the largest box canyon east of the Mississippi River. Streams run gently through the meadow that encircles the venue. The land that is now Lonesome Valley was purchased by E.H. Jennings in 1895 and has remained in the Jennings family for four generations. Today, Lonesome Valley is a private, 800-acre gated community in Cashiers, N.C.
The natural beauty of the breathtaking locale is complemented by the detailed craftsmanship of the Jennings Barn’s traditional post and beam architecture. With large indoor and outdoor, stacked, stone fireplaces; massive exposed ceiling beams; unique rope basket light fixtures; and multiple barn doors that line the walls and can be opened to create a pavilion-style atmosphere, Jennings Barn can be dressed up or down depending on the desired look.
Standout Venue Features:
When hosting a private event at Lonesome Valley, guests will enjoy exceptional cuisine customized for their event by James Beard finalist chef John Fleer. John and his culinary staff use fresh produce and organic selections from the community garden and the surrounding area of western North Carolina to create extraordinary farm-to-table menus for private events.
Extra Perks:
The site fee includes use of the Jennings Barn for the entire day of your event (no 4 hour blocks here!) as well as all of our wood and zinc topped tables, leather and wicker chairs and lounge furniture. Depending on scope and size, use of our Fortessa plates, forks and knives may be included as well.
Awards & Notables Lonesome Valley was recently named “Best Wedding Venue in North America” by BizBash, a leading resource for the event and meeting industry. Many beautiful weddings held at Lonesome Valley have been profiled on wedding websites and in bridal publications. Executive Chef John Fleer was named “Rising Stars of the 21st Century” by the prestigious James Beard Foundation and is a three-time finalist for the James Beard “Best Chef in the Southeast” Award. He is also the owner and executive chef of Rhubarb in Asheville’s popular Pack Square.
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Canyon Kitchen is located in one of the most beautiful restaurant settings in the country, with views of forest, meadows and granite cliffs softened with old-growth evergreens. Part of Jennings Barn, Canyon Kitchen is located at the front of the 800-acre property, where the dress code is “mountain casual,” in keeping with the landscape. The culinary team use fresh produce and organic selections from the community garden, the apple orchard and the surrounding area of western N.C. to create extraordinary farm-to-table menus. In 2014, Canyon Kitchen was named as one of OpenTable.com's "TOP 100 Best Scenic View Restaurants in America."
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Lonesome Valley

Lonesome Valley, Lonesome Valley Road, Sapphire, NC, United States

Winter has unleashed her cold fury on us but that doesn't mean we're not already dreaming of the outdoors and warm weather. While a snow-capped wedding is undoubtedly romantic on all accounts, we're exploring a slightly more green option today. First things first, this wedding is special for a few reasons: first, the bride, Joni, is one of my absolute best friends from my college days (yes, you will see me in the bridal party); second, Anni Graham is one of our favorite photographers and correspondents (remember this engagement shoot?); and lastly, Lonesome Valley is, you guessed it, one of our favorite venues here at The Venue Report. 

We caught up with both Anni, who shot Joni and Brian's engagement pictures in Iceland as well as their wedding weekend, and Joni about everything that went into this stunning event, the venue, and working with your photographer. We're also looking into their classic, elegant and boho wedding style as well as getting both Anni's and Joni's tips for designing your dream wedding. 

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