Sunday, June 6, 2010

Herrington On The Bay

Despite the fact that Herrington on the Bay has been the site of many, many weddings over the years, until recently, I had never been there. The beautiful waterfront venue is located about 25 minutes south of Annapolis, just off Solomon's Island Road in Anne Arundel County.

Just a few minutes into my visit with Julie Loos from the sales and catering office at Herrington, it was clear that this venue was special. The greeting was warm and welcoming, and the availability of good, accurate information was perfect for a first site visit. Julie is so knowledgeable about the venue and while I enjoyed the tour of the huge property, the best was yet to come.

Herrington on the Bay, with clear views of the Chesapeake Bay, has 600+ acres of wooded walking trails and the Herrington chefs are committed to offering the best in sustainable Chespeake cuisine. They bake all breads in house using organic and natural ingredients. Organic herbs are grown on site and used in food preparation. Chesapeake Roasters coffee is served, a local, eco-friendly roaster. In addition, they do not use Styrofoam, the office recycles ink cartridges and copier paper and even cleaning products are eco-friendly and citrus based. For this management team at Herrington, their intentions and practices are truly genuine, not the "jump-on-the-bandwagon" mentality.
There are several options for wedding ceremonies and receptions at Herrington, but my favorite was certainly the permanent, waterfront tent which they call The Paradise Ballroom. It is private, completely open for whatever decorating visions a bride would have, and has amazing views of the water.
I am currently working on a July 2010 wedding taking place at Herrington and I hope to be back many times in the future as I am truly on board with their goals, vision, and the spirit of what they are doing there.