The iconic red sign that can be seen from anywhere you are in Providence, Rhode Island is a beacon of old-world glamour and prestige. The Providence Biltmore has been a staple to the city since 1922. Learn more of its illustrious past below…
1. Tell us a bit about the history of Providence Biltmore.
Opened to the public in 1922, the hotel is known as “the grand dame” in the Renaissance city of Providence, Rhode Island. With grand architecture and an impressive list of guests including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Nelson Rockefeller, the hotel boasts the confidence of an established hostess and the vitality and charm of an ingénue. Fittingly, it has been placed on the National Preservation Register as one of the country’s cherished architectural treasures and has been named as a Historic Hotel of America. This historic building exemplifies the discreet charm of Rhode Island combined with a European flair for intrigue and romance. Most recently, we have become a part of the prestigious Preferred Hotel Group as a Summit property.
New York entrepreneurs John Bowman and Louis Wallick built the Providence Biltmore as a 600 room hotel. A model of self-sufficiency, it offered guests a choice of six in-house restaurants and included a hotel drugstore, printing shop, carpentry shop, upholstery shop, and photo lab. The unique V-shaped design created by New York architects Warren and Wetmore, whose other commissions include New York City’s Grand Central Station, afforded all guests an outside room.
In the big band era of the 1930’s and ‘40’s, the country’s elite passed time in the Providence Biltmore’s Garden Room Supper Club, dancing to the sounds of Jimmy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. The Garden Room was famous for its dinner show. To present a Hollywood-style water show, the hotel once turned the dance floor of the Supper Club into an aquarium whose waters were graced by live fish and Ester Williams. When Sonja Henie performed her ice show on another occasion, the floor was frozen solid to accommodate her silver skates.
During this time, high rollers in Providence often favored the low lights of the Providence Biltmore’s truly sybaritic Bacchante Room. A restaurant ahead of its time, it featured a sunken bar and glass floor with pink lights shining from underneath. The beautiful waitresses wore diaphanous skirts, like those of harem girls.
In 1954, the hotel suffered the kind of crisis only seen in television movies. During a fierce hurricane, a tidal wave hit Providence, just as it had in 1938. The water ravaged through town and poured through the hotel’s elevator shafts. Couches floated around the Falstaff Room, drifted out into the lobby, and stopped at the revolving door. Today, a plaque placed high on the lobby columns shows the high water mark of that tumultuous event.
In 1974, the lights in the hotel were turned off, and it stood dark until 1979. When it reopened, Rhode Islanders were introduced to a renovated Providence Biltmore featuring a glass-enclosed elevator and ornate French lift ascending 17 stories up the exterior of the hotel. The lift took brave guests on a journey through the roof of the lobby and out into space for a dramatic vertical tour of Providence.
2. What are some of the key benefits to booking an event there?
The Providence Biltmore offers full catering services, years of experience working with couples planning a wedding, exclusive rates to friends and family traveling, convenient downcity location, allowing couples more of one stop shopping convenience. No rentals are needed as guests are offered use of all the hotel serviceware, china, tables, chairs, linens, etc. We host many ceremonies with receptions at the hotel. There are also many great locations in the hotel for bridal party pictures.
I enjoy working with all our couples from booking to day of wedding. Having been at the hotel for over 16 years, and having received Certified Wedding Venue Professional through the Bridal Society, I work to stay up to date on trends. I am a member of the RI Wedding Group and I participate in webinars through the year and attend at least one wedding conference each year.
3. Do you have specific list of vendors that clients can choose from or are they free to bring in their own?
We do offer referrals for local vendors if a couple needs information. This list is not exclusive so they may work with whom they choose.
4. How far in advance do you recommend events to be booked for?
We will accept booking up to 2 years prior to an event date.
5. What are some of the top design trends you have seen this year?
With our historic nature in the hotel, we have many weddings that have planned a combination of low and high centerpieces to showcase the tall 22” ceilings in the ballrooms. We have seen many weddings working with rich tones for colors. Uplighting in the ballrooms is a big trend!
The iconic red sign that can be seen from anywhere you are in Providence, Rhode Island is a beacon of old-world glamour and prestige. The Providence Biltmore has been a staple to the city since 1922. Learn more of its illustrious past below… 1. Tell us a bit about the history of Providence Biltmore. Opened […]
After extensive renovations, Lakeview Pavilion is more beautiful than ever! Learn all about what this spectacular has to offer…
How did your business come to be?
In search of the “American Dream” our family emigrated from Greece in 1981. Eight years later, we discovered Lakeview Ballroom, a secluded, historical, lakefront property surrounded by tranquil woodlands. It was love at first sight! Excited by the potential of the property, we were hopeful that our vision and determination would enable us to transform the modest dance hall into an impressive and successful wedding and event venue. Within the first few years, our knowledge of the industry flourished and we continued to make improvements to the property. As a result, Lakeview Pavilion was producing events that totally impressed! Word began to spread, business boomed, and it became evident that we had found our lives’ passion. Twenty nine years later, our passion for weddings and events continues to grow. As one of the most distinctive event venues in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island area, Lakeview Pavilion sets the standard for the wedding & event industry in our local market, yet we continue to strive to better ourselves. We have no other choice – our clients entrust us with hosting the most important celebrations of their lives – and our clients deserve the best!
What are the services you offer?
At Lakeview Pavilion, we plan everything from the meal selection, to organizing a customized ceremony & reception, to ordering specialty napkins and linens for our couples on their special day. We sit down with every couple from the beginning of their planning process, all the way up until their wedding day. We are fully committed to our couples from beginning to the end. We always tell our clients to call us and ask questions, even if has nothing to do with Lakeview. We love to guide couples throughout this exciting process. The day of a wedding, from the moment they step into Lakeview, to the end of the night they are provided with top quality service. Every couple is granted a personal attendant who is by their side all night from the moment they step into their wedding! Along with the attendant there are multiple managers, and the owners on duty to assist with anything. Our goal is for the couples, and parents, to not worry about a single thing. We make everything as flawless as possible, from the announcement timing, to our food service. We always try to stick to the schedule that is discussed with the couples. We always stay true to the couples needs and wants. Along with our services, we also provide our couples with a preferred professionals list which assists them when choosing a photographer, a DJ, or even hotel accommodations in the area. We not only specialize in weddings, but we host high school proms, corporate events, religious celebrations, and banquets!
Where are you located?
We are located on a tranquil, peaceful waterfront with a natural New England setting — right in the town of Foxborough, MA. It is a perfect location because it is 30 minutes from Boston, Providence, and Cape Cod. Conveniently close to major highways in the state of Massachusetts, our location is ideal for New England residents traveling to celebrate!
How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?
Lakeview Pavilion is very accommodating when working with clients to determine a date for their wedding day. Just like other wedding venues, there are peak season months, but we always work with our couples to make sure that their date is truly memorable. There is no time restriction for booking in advanced. We once planned an entire wedding with one month notice. As long as you have a wedding gown, we can handle the rest!
What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?
Our biggest piece of advice is to smile, and have fun! Enjoy every moment throughout the process because it is an amazing opportunity to enjoy each other as a couple. The planning process is similar to a marriage. You have to make choices, and decisions together. You may have to ask for help, if you feel overwhelmed, and that is okay! When all of the planning comes together it is amazing to see the pure joy from our couples as they start the next chapter of their lives together.
After extensive renovations, Lakeview Pavilion is more beautiful than ever! Learn all about what this spectacular has to offer… How did your business come to be? In search of the “American Dream” our family emigrated from Greece in 1981. Eight years later, we discovered Lakeview Ballroom, a secluded, historical, lakefront property surrounded by tranquil woodlands. […]
Nestled within the rolling greens of Pinehills Golf Club is an intimate garden filled with flowers and a rustic white gazebo… a dreamy place to say “I do.” We caught up with Katy Valentine, Event Coordinator at Pinehills Golf Club to learn more about this beautiful property just off the water in Plymouth, MA.
1. Tell us a bit about the property.
The Pavilion offers an intimate and private atmosphere for weddings ranging from 70-220. For the ceremony, the bride will make an entrance down a stone walkway; exchanging vows in a secluded garden setting. Once pronounced husband & wife, guests will be ushered to a private terrace overlooking the golf course to sip and mingle. Dinner and dancing are held in the The Pavilion Room. Offering airy vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams, a wall of windows, iron chandeliers, and mahogany chiavari chairs, The Pavilion Room is atmospheric even without decor!
2. What services are offered when you book an event?
On-site catering is provided, but we also have special package pricing that includes floral, cake, and specialty linens. Our event coordinators are here to make your wedding dreams come true with ease!
3. Do you have to be a member of the club to host an event?
No, membership is not required.
4. How far in advance should an event be booked?
5. Do you have a list of preferred or required vendors?
We have an extensive list of preferred vendors although we are always happy to meet and work with new talent.
Nestled within the rolling greens of Pinehills Golf Club is an intimate garden filled with flowers and a rustic white gazebo… a dreamy place to say “I do.” We caught up with Katy Valentine, Event Coordinator at Pinehills Golf Club to learn more about this beautiful property just off the water in Plymouth, MA. 1. Tell […]
The beautiful views that graced the cover of our 2018 issue is from none other than The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This iconic Newport Hotel is rich with history, breathtaking architecture, and exquisite cuisine that leaves every guest enamored…
1. How did The Chanler come to be?
The story of The Chanler begins in 1870, when New York Congressman, John Winthrop Chanler started construction on the “cottage” that would one day become The Chanler at Cliff Walk. Completed in 1873 for the steep sum of $30,000, the mansion was built as a summertime retreat for Chanler and his wife Margaret Astor Ward, great granddaughter of the distinguished businessman and millionaire John Jacob Astor. From the time it left ownership of The Chanler family until the 1940s, the building went through many incarnations, yet was still primarily referred to as Cliff Lawn. The story of our hotel starts with the purchase of the property in 2000 by John and Jean Shufelt. They envisioned creating a luxury hotel and restaurant experience that had not been seen in New England. The project took three years to complete and in 2003, The Chanler at The Cliff Walk officially opened to the public. The Chanler is now owned and operated by John Shufelt’s daughter, Lani Shufelt. Lani emphasizes guest interaction as the distinguishing factor of The Chanler. Their hospitality is consistently awarded with numerous accolades by travel professionals in recent years. A combination of genuine hospitality and bespoke amenities has refreshed the experience for its future guests to appreciate.
2. Can the entire hotel (including accommodations) be rented out for events?
3. Has The Chanler won any awards?
The Chanler has had the honor of winning many awards throughout its existence. Most recently, in 2018, The Chanler was awarded a Gold badge by U.S. News & World Report which signifies The Chanler as one of the “Best Hotels in the USA”. The Chanler was also awarded the 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor. This award is given to only the top 1% of hotels on TripAdvisor, according to their ranking. Finally, The Chanler was again nominated in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Results with complete rankings will be announced in the August print issue.
4. Tell us about The Spiced Pear. What type of cuisine is served? How often does the menu change? Who is the Executive Chef?
At The Spiced Pear, thoughtful cuisine offers an inventive interpretation of classic New England dishes and French influences. Our menu changes seasonally which allows us to incorporate the freshest and most local ingredients. The Executive Chef is Matt Voskuil, who recently joined our team in February for our re-opening after our brief annual winter closing.
The beautiful views that graced the cover of our 2018 issue is from none other than The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This iconic Newport Hotel is rich with history, breathtaking architecture, and exquisite cuisine that leaves every guest enamored… 1. How did The Chanler come to be? The story of The Chanler begins in 1870, […]