Written by Danielle Taylor | Intro image courtesy of Tuck’d Inn Farm
Couples looking for wedding venues will find plenty of beautiful places to exchange vows in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region. Whether you prefer the simplicity of a small outdoor ceremony or the grandeur of a large event center, this region has a wide range of options for your special day, and you’re sure to find the perfect place you’ll remember for the rest of your lives together.
One newly expanding venue here is Tuck’d Inn Farm in Cook Forest. Owners Sandy and Winfield Lutz both grew up within a few miles of the 1860-era farm and had admired it for years, seeing a beautiful destination where couples could begin their lives together. When they purchased the property in 2015, they quickly set out to transform the farm into an elegant wedding destination that still retained its rustic charm.
The 140-acre property sits adjacent to Cook Forest State Park, and it holds much of the same natural beauty the park offers. It features a farmhouse from 1860 that the previous owners had completely renovated; however, “They salvaged as much lumber as possible to use as wall covering on the interior of the house,” says Sandy. “It’s beautiful.”
The Lutzes began renting out the farmhouse to families and groups coming to visit the park and its many surrounding attractions, and in fall 2017, they completed the first stage of their event venue construction: an 1,800-square-foot timber-frame pavilion. The open-air design surrounded by fields and trees makes it a beautiful destination for a reception, cocktail hour, or other private event, and the large hearth it features creates a warm spot for memorable moments around the fireplace.
However, the owners wanted to offer a larger space that would accommodate events in all seasons and weather conditions and provide more amenities for their guests. They began sketching out plans and working with GeoBarns of Whites Haven, Vermont, on the design. A few months ago, they broke ground on a brand-new, 6,500-square-foot barn.
This new space features post-and-beam construction and will include a modern bridal suite for pre-wedding preparations, a caterer’s kitchen, a mezzanine overlooking the reception space, a built-in bar, and upscale restrooms. Once complete, it will showcase antique-white shiplap walls, bronze framed windows and doors, Restoration Hardware-inspired chandeliers, bistro lighting, and stained concrete flooring, all within a completely climate-controlled space.
By mid-January, construction crews had enclosed the frame, and the Lutzes plan to have it finished by June in time for the first of seven weddings they already have booked for this summer. They have also begun booking other private events and welcome inquiries for baby showers, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, graduation parties, other small events, corporate events, charitable events, and more.
“We want our clients and guests to know that we are family owned and operated,” Sandy notes. “We work hard, extremely hard, to make sure our current guests are cared for and have everything they need. We will do the same for our newest clients to make their day a dream come true. We’re here to serve them on one of the biggest days of their lives.”
One of the venue’s best amenities, however, comes simply from the spectacular natural landscape of Cook Forest.
“The view from the top of the hill, where the barn venue and pavilion sit, is second to none,” Sandy says. “You can’t help but stare in awe of the beautiful sunsets.”
Other wedding and reception destinations throughout the region include:
- Gateway Lodge in Cook Forest
- Chateau d’Argy in Brookville
- Palumbo Lodge and Event Center in Weedville
- Pine Ridge Farm B&B and Event Center in Kersey
- Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living in Brookville
- Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette
- Maple Shade Mansion in Brockway
- Foxburg Inn in Foxburg
- Flying Dove Ranch in Ridgway
- Shadow Vineyard and Winery in Punxsutawney
- Mary’s Estate Lodging and Event Center in Punxsutawney
Learn more and find other interesting places to visit in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region by going to VisitPAGO.com or calling (814) 849-5197.