While we found four GREAT venues, we also saw 7 other venues on our trip, most of which would have been GREAT to get married in. The one that I keep find my mind drifting back to (when I’m not thinking of the 4 finalists that is) is Clark’s Cove Farm & Inn.
Clark’s Cove is a privately owned farm property. The owner, Tim, met us for a tour and I immediately realized that this is what my father would have been had he been an eccentric millionaire. My father is certainly eccentric, but sadly, not a millionaire. So he never stayed at a farm and decided the next day he would buy it. Which is exactly what Tim did.
The farm overlooks a (working) orchard and a cove. It also has a pond on the property. The view is fantastic and super cozy. The barn itself can sit a tight 120 people, so we would need to rent a tent to be at Clark’s Cove. And the tent sits pretty far from the barn (which is where the dancing would be). In here lies the problem. We LOVED this property, but I just couldn’t picture 150 people there. It seemed like the space would be difficult to work with, and I immediately found myself wishing we could get away with a <100 person wedding.
But alas, that is not in the cards.
The space is very affordable, and you get the two suites (for bride/groom/family) for the weekend. There is also a carriage house on the property where more people can stay (though not everyone). You have to bring EVERYTHING on site, which could be a lot, but also allows you a lot of freedom to make the wedding yours.
After our tour, Tim let us out on our own where we walked out to the cove and sat on the dock. It was quite magical.
Too bad it just seems too small.
And while I LOVED the view, it wasn’t the lighthouse/ocean view/rocky beach of Maine that I think makes Maine unique. So, sadly, Clark’s Cove didn’t make the cut. But it was only by a narrow margin.