7 Rustic & Mountain Wedding Venues in North Carolina

The North Carolina outdoors are an ideal and serene setting for weddings of all kinds. From the pastoral backdrop at historic farms, to the picturesque and panoramic views of mountaintops, to the lovely grounds at darling inns, romance abounds in our state. Add in a bit of history, lots of outdoor activities, dining and a large dose of nature, and you have everything you need for the perfect wedding weekend.

Here are seven popular rustic and mountain wedding venues in North Carolina.

1 Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

1 Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

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For a unique outdoor wedding near Asheville that is as rustic or elegant as you desire, look no further than Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. For intimate wedding parties, exchange your vows on top of the Chimney with 75-mile panoramic views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. If you’re thinking more of a destination wedding with lots of family and friends, then say your vows in the outdoor classroom in the meadows with Chimney Rock Mountain as the background. The adjacent covered pavilion is perfect for wedding receptions. And there’s no extra charge for singing birds, Carolina blue sky and stunning mountain colors.

2 The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill

2 The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill

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Want to be just minutes from Asheville instead? Opt to book this century-old estate that combines the views of a mountain wedding venue with the charms of a former working horse farm – including vintage tractors, a huge red barn, wood wheel chandeliers, and sweet lily pad pond. Both wedding parties get to prep for the big day in a suite or den, and couples can choose from an all-inclusive package, or just reserve the property and book their own vendors. The estate also offers elopement, rehearsal and intimate (up to 50 guests) packages.

3 Morning Glory Farm

3 Morning Glory Farm

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The farm’s adorable sign points the way to this 48-acre natural paradise with huge trees, overgrown rose bushes, and a few barnyard animals for good measure. Stone walkways – lined with rustic lamps should you choose – add to the magical air of this setting, located just 25 miles from Charlotte. Couples consistently say the Morning Glory team are great to work with, making sure everything is perfect even when a tent must be assembled last-minute for rainy days. Space accommodates up to 200 guests and includes a bridal suite with sun porch and a loft area in the barn for the groomsmen.

4 McGuire’s Millrace Farm

4 McGuire’s Millrace Farm

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This pre-Civil War farm delights history and nature buffs alike and takes pride in providing “true Southern hospitality.” The barn design has a dramatic entrance with small stone pillars and a wooden overhang, and a super-cute footbridge across the farm’s small pond make for excellent first-look photos. The 6,600-square-foot barn features a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, an Italian imported bar with granite countertops and dramatic wrought iron chandeliers with space for up to 250 guests. And while couples can opt to bring their own decor, many choose to take their pick from the treasure trove of family heirlooms available. The farm’s own chef also works with each group to create their menu.

5 WinMock at Kinderton

5 WinMock at Kinderton

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This red-and-white barn venue is operated by the Sterling Events Group, known for purchasing and modernizing unique properties all over the world. The venue’s design has landed it an individual listing on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, one of only 10 percent to earn this distinction. WinMock can accommodate up to 400 guests, and blushing brides- and grooms-to-be have two meal options: inclusive or a la carte. And since Sterling also focuses on incorporating new technology into its spaces, couples prioritizing quality audio and visual equipment as part of their special day won’t be disappointed.

6 Fearrington Village

6 Fearrington Village

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Located on a dairy farm turned award-winning inn and restaurant in Pittsboro near Chapel Hill, Fearrington offers the bridal couple spectacular grounds and beautifully appointed venues. The gardens provide a glorious setting for the ceremony, whether on the lawn encircled by a perennial border, surrounding the water sculpture in the serene Jenny’s Garden, under the shade of crab apple trees, or by the fire in an intimate indoor venue. The Spa at Fearrington also provides a magical place for relaxation and pampering before or after your wedding. From champagne and treatments including facials, massage, pedicure or manicure, to dining next door at The Granary Restaurant, The Spa at Fearrington can be a special treat for the entire wedding party.

7 Twickenham House & Hall

7 Twickenham House & Hall

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If your dream wedding includes a secluded Old English Manor and unbelievable 50-mile mountain views, then consider Twickenham House & Hall. Twickenham sits at nearly 5,000 feet above sea level in North Carolina’s High Country and requires a 4-day stay – the property can accommodate up to 40 people with a guest house that can sleep up to 18 people. However, with this 4-day requirement comes total freedom as wedding parties can bring in all their own food and drinks or work with the owners to craft their menus as well as exclusive use of the property’s many amenities, including saunas, Jacuzzi, movie theater room, and miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails.

 

Updated August 1, 2018
About the Author
Shawndra Russell

Shawndra Russell

Shawndra Russell, a travel writer and novelist based in Asheville, loves North Carolina for its craft beer and abundance of outdoor adventures. She's written for Forbes Travel Guide, BeerAdvocate and Travel + Leisure.

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