Perfect Stowe Wedding for Stowe Locals Liz & Seth

Liz and Seth had their perfect Stowe Wedding at The Barn at Smugglers’ Notch Memorial Day Weekend 2019.

Seth is a professional ski patroller at Stowe Mountain Resort and Liz works at both UVM and Copley Medical Centers. As a Stowe Vermont Wedding Venue, The Barn appreciates hosting local couples as well as those choosing a destination wedding. Liz took the time to write a review. A perfect start to the Stowe Summer Wedding Season! Liz and Seth are also huge fans of the wines at Stowe Winery

A Perfect Stowe Wedding!

A Perfect Stowe Wedding!

Wedding Insurance for your Stowe Vermont wedding

Couples are in love when they a Stowe Wedding Venue for their Vermont Wedding. However, life is full of twists and turns and at times things do not go according to plan. One of the things that both couples and venues for a New England Wedding never want to encounter is the cancellation of a wedding event. But sometimes things happen that are beyond a couple’s control or they simply have a change of heart.

We recently spoke with Steve DePalma of The Barn at Smugglers’ Notch, a Stowe Wedding Venue about the subject of cancellations and his response follows. “Venues never like to see a couple cancel a wedding. This is especially true when events are cancelled within months of the event. As a venue that is high in popularity and demand, couples quite often book years before their event. One things couples may want to consider when signing a contract for a wedding, is the purchase of cancellation insurance.. For a nominal fee couples can be covered in case of unforeseen circumstances or simply a change of heart. “

There are several companies that sell wedding cancellation insurance and depending on the company and coverage, can cover many reasons for cancellation as well as many different aspects of the event. The only company we have seen which covers a “change of heart” is Wedsure. According to their website, quotes take 15 seconds and start for a little as $95. When couples are planning destination weddings, there are many pieces that need to come together to pull off a successful event. Choosing a venue with a reputation for service and responsiveness, such as The Barn at Smugglers’ Notch, is a good start. But consideration of wedding insurance may be an option for you to consider as well.

Destination Stowe Wedding for Boston Couple and guests from around the World

Kriti and Kunal, a Boston couple came to us with a vision and we worked together for over a year to bring it to fruition. Their Stowe Wedding included a Indian Sangeet, which was a unique and colorful event where guests from around the world performed in the main venue, while we set up luxury henna stations and Indian and Mediterranean Food Stations in a large Tent on the great lawn. Although Kriti was a Boston Bride her guests came from all over the world for this destination wedding. The event was so much fun and we loved working with this couple to create this luxury New England Wedding. Enjoy the video below provided by Love Buzz.

Destination Stowe Wedding & Indian Sangeet

Another 5 Star Review as we start 2018 Vermont Wedding Season at The Barn at Smugglers' Notch

Below is a 5 star review as we have had a great start to the 2018 Vermont Wedding season.   Contact us if you would like to book your Vermont Destination Wedding with us.  This was a fun event with some creative catering and the raw bar during cocktail hour was fabulous.  We will soon be re-opening our winery, where we offer tastings and retail sales of our Varietal Wines by our Sommelier owner.  This includes our Stowe Winery and Smugglers' Notch Winery labels.  We also offer Vermont Craft Beer and Signature Cocktails.  

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New Vermont Wedding Venue leading the way on Fresh, Modern and Spectacular Events

The Barn at Smugglers' Notch has been selected to be featured in Bliss Celebrations "Guide for Planning Fresh, Modern and Spectacular Events".  Bliss prides itself on featuring events and venues that are just that: fresh, modern and spectacular.  We were featured in their regional guide to New England Weddings.  We were honored to be featured as we built this venue from scratch on a historic 77 acre farm near Stowe, VT and wanted to create modern wedding venue that still fit the vernacular of our natural surroundings.  Elegant, quaint, yet still with all the amenities.  (Heat, Air-conditioning, Full High End Professional Commercial Kitchen, Resident World Class Chef, Sound System, Gorgeous Bridal Suite, High End bathrooms and some of the best views in New England to name a few.  Below is another page as featured in the guide for planning your Vermont Wedding.  All images in this feature were taken at The Barn at Smugglers' Notch.

An Idyllic Autumn Wedding in Vermont

The Barn at Smugglers' Notch was recently featured in an article titled "An idyllic Autumn Wedding in Vermont".  Below is a image of the cover of the feature.  The entire article can be read here.  The Barn at Smugglers' Notch is an elegant, custom built wedding venue that is a new, modern and fresh take of a New England Wedding Barn Venue.  We host events year round and have some of the best views in all of New England and the Stowe Region.  Please contact us to plan your Stowe Vermont Wedding and Event.

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Starting off our Stowe area Wedding Season and perfectly executing an event on short notice.

On New Year's Day, I received a phone call from a Father from Atlanta, Georgia that was staying in Stowe and wanted to know if he could come a take a tour of Stowe Wedding Venue.  We were closed on New Year's Day, but I gladly met with him and by the end of January we had booked his daughter's wedding.  This was a destination wedding, as all involved were from Brooklyn, Atlanta and the UK.  The date they booked was March 31.  That gave us 8 weeks to start from scratch and develop a custom event, with a custom menu for both the bar and catering.  This was quite the challenge, but we were up for the task, even if it was the first wedding event of the season.  I am proud to say that we executed flawlessly and the event was a smashing success.  There are many that were involved, but I would like to thank some of our key players for putting forth the great effort that is required to pull of a luxury wedding on short notice.  Thanks and congratulations go out to our Catering Staff and their leaders, Kristin (Director of Catering) and Chef Vince, our top notch bar staff, Erin from Nectar and Root who did a phenomenal job on floral design and as always my Wife and Partner in everything I do, Jennifer.

This Event was a challenge, as it was the first of the season and short notice.  But it was great to work with the family from NYC, UK and Atlanta to pull off a most special evening.

Congrats to all involved.  I am most proud.

Below is the review we received, which mentions mostly me.  But I humbly know that it takes a special team and we are most fortunate to have one.

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Vermont Wedding Venue and Winery Owner progressing towards Prestigious Wine & Spirits Award

Steve DePalma, one of the the owners of The Barn at Smugglers's Notch, Smugglers' Notch Winery and Stowe Winery, has progressed through the first 5 sections of the prestigious Diploma Award through Wine & Spirits Education Trust.  After completing the first three levels of WSET locally at the Vermont Wine School, Steve has been studying for Level 4, which is the Diploma Level.  WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits is the 4th of 5 levels towards the Master of Wine.  There  are only roughly 300 MW's (Master of Wine) in the world.  Steve has been studying and testing through Grape Experience, a wine school in Boston and San Francisco.  The Diploma level takes a minimum of two years to complete.  Steve has taken 5 of the 6 required sections and has passed all of them on the first try.  5 sections down and one to go!  The Barn at Smugglers' Notch is a year-round, full service wedding and event venue near Stowe, VT.  

Couples Choice Award awarded again to The Barn at Smugglers' Notch as Top 5%

Stowe, Vermont Wedding and Event Venue, The Barn at Smugglers' Notch was once again awarded the prestigious couples choice award given to Venues that are ranked in the Top 5% of Venues in the country based upon millions of reviews.  We received the same award in 2017 and are thankful for such a prestigious accolade.  We appreciate the efforts of our staff, partners and neighboring resorts of Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers' Notch Resort which have allowed us to become one of the premier destination wedding resorts in New England.  We host year round Weddings and Events at our beautiful venue located on our 77 acre historic farm with panoramic views of Mt. Mansfield and the surrounding Green Mountains.

We have been recognized as being amongst the top 5% each year we have been open.

We have been recognized as being amongst the top 5% each year we have been open.

The Barn at Smugglers' Notch wins Wedding Wire Couple Choice Award in first season.

The Barn at Smugglers' Notch is happy to announce that we have been selected by Wedding Wire as a 2017 "Couples Choice" Award Winner.  This award puts us in the the top 5% of Wedding Venues.  We are thankful to those who have been part of our first season and extremely thankful for the time you took to write reviews of our venue.  We are blessed with such a great start and look forward to continuing to provide our guests with the best possible experience at their wedding or event.  #coupleschoiceaward 

The Barn at Smugglers' Notch has joined Wedding Wire and needs your reviews

The Barn at Smugglers' Notch just joined Wedding Wire and would really appreciated any reviews posted from those who have attended a wedding or event or even just viewed while visiting The Smugglers' Notch Winery.  Thank you in advance for helping to spread the word on our beautiful venue, stunning surroundings and high level of service.

Below is a link where you can provide a review.


The New BARNATSMUGGS.COM website in now online!

Finally, the long awaited update to our website has been completed!  You can now see images of and information about The Barn at Smugglers' Notch and Smugglers' Notch Winery at  Thank you for your patience with us taking so long to get around to building the website.  It did not seem to keep the Brides and other events from booking though.  Before the website went live this past week, we had booked 30 weddings for next year and have started to book 2018.  Those events are spread throughout the year, as we are a year-round destination wedding venue.  There are limited dates remaining for the traditional summer / fall 2017 Wedding season, so contact us soon.