If you’re looking for picturesque vistas, comfortable accommodations, and space to entertain a large wedding in Door County, look no further than Maxwelton Braes! Built in the early 1900′s and rebuilt in the 1980′s, this Scandinavian lodge has beautiful stonework and lots of charm.
I received a tour last week from the new Owner, Bill Anderson, and Event Manager, Brynn Swanson, and I was amazed at the new space and all of the work they’ve been putting into it. (Oh, and if Brynn’s name looks familiar, it’s because she’s also the Events & Marketing Coordinator for the Baileys Harbor Community Association — the perfect person to tell you all of the great things to see and do in the area!)
So without further ado, here’s a visual tour of the space at Maxwelton Braes!
Maxwelton Braes has a wonderful covered entrance that overlooks part of the large golf course right on Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. They have 11 lodging units in the main building, and a restaurant/bar and large lounge area on the ground level. Photo by Morgan Mann.
The covered walkway to the door has some cut-outs in the stonework that would be great to put some candles or flowers into to dress it up in your wedding theme, and would be great for some photo ops. Photo by Morgan Mann.
The upstairs banquet hall feels like a great room in a castle. Its tall ceilings and wide open space can fit 220 people seated comfortably. Photo provided by Maxwelton Braes.
This is a view from the dance floor which has enough space for a nice sized band or DJ to perform. At the back of this photo is a raised area overlooking the golf course and cocktail patio (seen below) and is perfect for the head table. Plus, worth mentioning is the large fireplace the left, it is absolutely gorgeous. Photo by Morgan Mann.
Another view of the banquet room. Photo provided by Maxwelton Braes.
Just behind the dance floor, there is this large bar room — perfect for your signature cocktails to be served. The wall of glass between the two spaces gives this area a bit more noise control so people can relax and have a conversation even in the full swing of the party. Photo by Morgan Mann.
Off to the side of the banquet hall is this nice sized room that has been used for banquet style food service or the cake cutting. I also think it makes a nice sized space for a “rain option” if you were looking to get married on the green space outside. Photo by Morgan Mann.
The side room from the other angle with a view toward the banquet hall. (You can never get enough angles on a space! LOL) Photo by Morgan Mann.
Outside on the ground level there’s a nice patio space for cocktails. Photo by Morgan Mann.
A long view of the building and patio space. To the right of this photo is an outdoor pool which the new owner is trying to decide what to do with. It may remain a pool, or they might turn into a patio garden complete with firepit and/or an outdoor wedding ceremony space — it’s still in debate. Let them know what you’d like to see there. Photo by Morgan Mann.
[LEFT] A detail of some of the stonework. It has great texture and was quarried from Door County itself. [RIGHT] Being on the golf course has some great advantages, like the tall trees and manicured green space. I can just imagine the beautiful fall photos! Photos by Morgan Mann.
The back of the building, which houses the rooms you’ll see below, was used at the turn of the century for many wedding ceremony scenes. The English garden complete with arbor works wonderfully with the stonework to create a whimsical fairy tale space. The new owner is hoping to bring that back, so this area is still in progress, but I think it has HUGE potential. Photo by Morgan Mann.
Deemed the “Honeymoon Suite,” this cozy room at the back of the building has its own fireplace and en suite bathroom. Photo by Morgan Mann.
On the other side of the hall from the Honeymoon Suite, and on the back side of the building as well, is this beautiful suite, complete with its own bathroom as well.
And here are the cottages! Just steps from the main building, the cottages feel a world away. Each cottage features two sides that can be opened up via a shared door to create one large space for your bridal party to hang out. And being out of the lodge, you won’t bother your wedding guests late at night.
As you can tell this space is amazing!
INSIDER KNOWLEDGE ::
- They have space outside next to the golf course and tennis courts for a tent.
- They provide the linens, flat ware, dishes, and glasses.
- They’re restaurant downstairs makes amazing food, but they will also allow you to bring in a caterer if you want.
- They provide on-site assistance in the planning and day of activities.
- They’re just minutes from Cave Point, Kangaroo Lake, marinas, and beaches.
- AND they are still booking for 2013!
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