Engaged - Go Blue Ridge Travel Selects Three Wedding Resort Destinations in the Shenandoah Valley Blue Ridge Mountains of VA and WV for the Wedding Destination Bride

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Over three quarters of the engagements for 2013-2014 will take place over the upcoming three-month holiday season. Selecting a Wedding Destination over a local wedding reception is the hottest popular choice of today's bride and groom. Go Blue Ridge Travel highlights three wedding resort destinations in the northern Shenandoah Valley covering Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. These sites are one hour from three national airports easily accessible to national and international brides.

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Wedding Venues and Destinations in the Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley

Romance is in the Air in the Shenandoah Valley Blue Ridge Mountains

There is something about the holidays that puts 'romance in the air' because between December and Valentine's Day in February over three quarters of the next year's engagements occur. These new brides and grooms are selecting a new option to the wedding venue choice, a Wedding Resort Destination. The Caribbean represents 39% of this business and the USA is next with 24%. Go Blue Ridge Travel (GOBRT), a regional travel planning website, has selected three resorts in the northern Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley that are prime wedding destinations for both national and international brides.

Why are more brides selecting a wedding destination rather than getting married where the bride lives? GOBRT said the choice of doing a wedding destination has nothing to do about being cheap but rather it has to do about convenience. Brides are choosing wedding destinations for many reasons including:
1 - Hosting an event for a handpicked group of friends who want to come
2 - Eliminating the friction between their mother and mother in law or well meaning friends
3 - Desiring a unique personal wedding
4 - Combining the wedding and the honeymoon into one package event.

"The Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley offers more diversity than many other wedding destination regions. It also has three national airports - Reagan National (DCA), Dulles International (IAD) and Baltimore International (BWI) as well as Interstate 81 and 66 making the arrival of out of town guests easy. The other draw is the proximity to the national capital and the enormous history and national heritage the Shenandoah Valley and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia offers to the visitor,” said Nancy Craun, owner of Go Blue Ridge Travel. Craun did five years of travel destinations research before launching Go Blue Ridge Travel last January.

“GOBRT’s definition of a wedding destination resort is that the property must have a restaurant, lodging, and a wedding venue," said Craun. Here are Go Blue Ridge Travel three top picks:

Resort #1

The Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia has been selected because of its culinary excellence plus offers one of the most spectacular mountain valley views in a quiet serene historic property. Star Wavra, Innkeeper, said, “Our goal is that each wedding is tailored to the particular wished of that couple. Our couples select us because they have already eaten here and food is paramount in their wedding planning. Our weddings are small with average around 50 guests. Ceremonies are simple and we give the couple enough support there is no need for a wedding planner.” Ten rooms are available with bed and breakfasts and hotels close by for other guests. Guests can enjoy the history of hunt country in Upperville and Middleburg, Virginia.

Resort #2

In the words of one mother of the bride who had their wedding the first of November. “We have certainly been introduced to a destination (the town, the people, the Bavarian Inn Resort) that we will continue to use for our special occasions or when we just want to feel happy.”

The Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia overlooks the Potomac River. “What makes our resort so perfect is its size. We have seventy-two rooms, which can easily accommodate a wedding for 140 guests. Our destination bride is seeking a one-stop shop not just for the reception but also for the entire weekend event. Our wedding coordinator and our hotel concierge staff eliminates the coordination hassle of a non-destination wedding.“ said Christian Asam, General Manager/Owner. “Our destination bride is looking for something that is not average – not a typical hotel chain. Our most recent destination wedding came from Russian descent. The couple wanted an escape from the 'American Sameness.' Our cuisine is international and our wine cellar can match any from the metropolitan area. If the bride is looking for European influence, then the village of Shepherdstown is a unique bohemian village with German heritage.”

Resort #3

Meander down a country road in Charles Town, West Virginia the couple will discover the finest English Tudor country estate Hillbrook Inn Spa and Restaurant. Decorated in a European country house style, the inn is replete with rich dark woods, unique furnishings collected over the years, adding to the ambience of this luxury retreat. Known for their innovative culinary style, Hillbrook Inn will also delight every guest with an IPAD in each room - offering a personal concierge app for each guest. There are twelve rooms with sixteen rooms available by 2013.    Carissa Zanella, Co-Owner, said, “Because we are small, our attention to detail including incorporating the culture of a bride and groom into their wedding day has made the Hillbrook Inn popular for international weddings. Recently I had a wedding from Qatar, Egypt. Both the guests and the brides were world travelers. Their desire was to feel outside of the America culture while still having the convenience of being in America.”

Looking for a wedding destination, visit Go Blue Ridge Travel showcasing a region rich in history, fun adventure, great hiking, and wonderful wineries.

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