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Start Planning: Family Reunions & Retreats

The MacLeod Barn Abbey stands peaceful and serene at the edge of historic New Harmony, Indiana. Surrounded by a palette of green, standing by the Wabash River, the Barn Abbey is a place for fellowship, reunions, and retreats.

Every year the Barn Abbey hosts a multitude of different organizations and personal reunions. University of Southern Indiana hosts weekends away for their diversity projects and center for communal studies program. The Ropewalk Reading Series has spent their winter retreats at the Barn Abbey. Several local families have spent weekends at the Barn Abbey for their yearly family gatherings.

Why is it so popular?

The Barn Abbey features two floors of bedrooms and can sleep a total of 28 people. Included on each floor are community bathrooms and showers. The communal space can accommodate up to 50 people. The facility houses a full kitchen in order to prepare group meals. Overnight stays are available with a 15-person minimum. Bed linens, bath linens, and kitchen facilities (including a coffee maker, ice machine, refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher, dishes, pots, pans and tableware) are provided.

Large, overnight gatherings can become quite costly at hotels. The Barn Abbey has a lot of open indoor and outdoor space that is especially useful when young children are underfoot! The full kitchen makes meal preparation for gatherings and potlucks simple and easy to clean-up. Shopping and sightseeing is also an option with the Barn Abbey being so close to the main square of New Harmony.

Now is the perfect time to plan a memory-making reunion or group retreat, Start with a visit to www.visitnewharmony.com. To get more details on the Barn Abbey contact Chris Laughbaum with questions about your next reunion or retreat at: 812-682-3050.


New Harmony Wedding Show

Save the date – March 12, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – New Harmony Wedding Show, New Harmony, Indiana. Enjoy free rides courtesy of our golf cart chauffeurs while you visit exclusive vendors and tour 10+ wedding, reception, shower and rehearsal dinner venues around town, beautifully decorated for inspiration! Registration is Free at http://NewHarmonyWeddingShow.com For more information, visit our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/NewHarmonyWeddingShow

Do you have your proposal strategy planned?

According to WeddingWire (a wedding planning website), 40% of all engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Years.  Some proposals are elaborately planned and a popular trend is having a photographer at the proposal (slyly hiding in the bushes) capturing the moment your partner says yes!  Jeanna Crossen, owner of Third Generation Photography, completed a surprise proposal in New Harmony, Indiana, recently.  Check out her Facebook page for a look at the beautiful photos!

The proposal sets the entire mood for your engagment, and the average engagment is 6-12 months long. No pressure 😉  I am a firm believer that one of the most romantic places in our Tri-State Area to propose is New Harmony.  You can make it an all day event by shopping at the local retailers or riding bikes in town, having dinner at one of the local restaurants like the Red Geranium, Sara’s Harmonie Way or the Yellow Tavern followed by a stroll in Murphy Park, the Labyrinth or visit Carol’s Garden.  Or maybe you would rather make it a family event and have a small, catered dinner, and surprise your partner in front of family and friends.  Then, spend the night at a bed and breakfast or at the New Harmony Inn followed up by brunch at the Red Geranium.  New Harmony holds many options to make this moment special for the both of you.

Let us help you create that special moment with you!  Visit the website to check out local establishments that can help you turn your proposal into everything you hope it to be.

New Harmony Wedding Florist: The Golden Rose

The Golden Rose is a locally-owned floral and gift shop in New Harmony, Indiana, specializing in weddings.  On average, The Golden Rose provides their floral arrangments in 35-40 weddings per year.  To best serve their brides, their floral consultations are by appointment and they always recommend bringing in color swatches and pictures of arrangements the couple likes.  I asked the owner, Tamara, what the current trendy flower was…she said the garden rose!  So simple, yet elegant.

The Golden Rose, New Harmony
The Golden Rose, New Harmony


The Golden Rose, New Harmony
The Golden Rose, New Harmony


The Golden Rose strives to make the floral arrangements custom to each couple.  Even though the rose might be the trending flower now, and every brides must-have, that doesn’t mean that all bouquets look the same.  They will make sure that each wedding has its own design and fits the taste of the couple.  One of the most unique ideas was when a bride made her own paper flowers from pages of old books and had The Golden Rose arrange them into bouquets and centerpieces.

The Golden Rose can do more than just provide you and your wedding party with bouquets and boutinnieres.  They have a large selection of wedding rentals:  archways, candleabras, pedastals, veranda stands, etc.  If you want to display your gorgeous bouquet, The Golden Rose can help you make that happen!

Be sure to stop in their shop located at 612 Main Street, New Harmony, IN next time you are planning your visit to New Harmony.

You can reach the Golden Rose via phone:  (812) 682-5027, email:  goldenroseinc@sbcglobal.net  and their website.

A Unique Wedding Favor

Mark and Kristen had decided to get married in New Harmony mid-summer.  They knew that they were going to have a 2 hour gap in-between the ceremony and reception.  So, they spoke with the owners of Bliss Artisan Ice Cream about offering a unique wedding favor.  When the guests arrived for the wedding ceremony, instead of receiving a wedding program, they received one coupon a piece for a free scoop of ice cream.  The guests loved it!  Instead of going straight to the reception and waiting around they were able to try one of the many scrumptious flavors that Bliss makes daily.  Bliss is a great example of how working with local shop owners in New Harmony can make the small details of a wedding stand out.  Did you know that The Golden Rose makes homemade, gourmet chocolates?  Or that Sara’s Harmony Way caters and has a wine bar?  Think outside of the box when planning for that downtime from the ceremony to the reception; your guests will thank you!

Small, Intimate wedding at the Orchard House in New Harmony

The Orchard House is considered to be the gem of the New Harmony Inn guest houses. This two-story, wood-frame home features a fully stocked kitchen, four bedrooms: 2 Kings, and 2 queen size beds with private baths and each bedroom are lockable rooms. There is a parlor with a fireplace, study, dining room and private outdoor patio.  Plus, guests have full use of the hotel amenities including the seasonal covered garden pool, walking trails, tennis courts, fitness center and hot tub.

The Orchard House is a perfect spot for a small, intimate wedding to celebrate with only close family and friends.  The wedding couple can choose to have a caterer set up a nice dinner indoors or outdoors on the patio.  The Orchard House is very close to the lake behind the New Harmony Inn, the old bridges, parks and walking trails which photograph nicely.  A string quartet or guitarist can provide live accompaniement for the wedding ceremony and reception.  A florist can cover the house in the preferred fresh flower of the wedding couple.  Also, the couple has the freedom to choose their wedding officiant for the ceremony.

Many options are available for planning a small, intimate wedding at the Orchard House and many wedding vendors can be found locally as well!  Questions?  Please call 1-800-782-8605 ext. 1430 or email: info@newharmonyinn.com

Looking for local wedding vendors?  Follow this link: http://visitnewharmony.com/gathermeet 

Cater your Reunion in New Harmony with Touch of Home Catering

Nancy Harris, owner of Touch of Home Catering, started her business in 1997.  She has catered for hundreds of people over the past several years, but one of her favorite locations to cater in is New Harmony.  From The Granary to Thralls Opera House, no location is too big or too small.  Touch of Home Catering food selection can be described as “homestyle comfort food”.  Where else can you find mini meatloaves on a catering menu?

Whether it is a large family gathering, a class reunion, college alumni reunion, or a party, there are many aspects of where, when and how to get so many people together at one time.  Planning can be very time consuming.  Touch of Home Catering can help alleviate a lot of that stress!  Nancy will help design a menu that can fit a wide range of pallates.  Can’t decide between the Chicken Marsala or the Roast Beef?  You can do both!  Don’t forget your sides:  green beans, corn and pea salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, twice baked mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli are just a few to choose from.  When asked what one of her best-sellers is, she replied, “Definitely the mini meatloaves and the pork loin”.

When it is time for your next reunion give Touch of Home Catering a call at 812-480-0310 or make contact through the Touch of Home Catering website.

Nancy also has a storefront you can visit by appointment in New Harmony at 510 Main Street.


Wedding and Reception at The Granary in New Harmony, Indiana

Shayna and Ricky were newly engaged and searching for the perfect place for their wedding ceremony and reception.  For financial reasons they were wanting to have both the wedding ceremony and the reception in the same place.  They had looked at several different venues before settling on the Granary in New Harmony.  When asked why they chose the Granary, Shayna laughed and said, “The Granary was the one place we could both agree on.  It fit our vision of what we wanted for our wedding day and the cost just worked for us.”

Many engaged couples stand in Shayna and Ricky’s shoes every year.  All the aspects of a wedding can get expensive, so the chance to cut down on expenses is very appealing.

Shayna and Ricky said that their top 6 reasons of why they chose to have their wedding and reception at the Granary were:

  1. The Granary is the prettiest venue and requires very little decorating.
  2. The Granary has a beautiful, vintage look that holds a rustic charm, but is also elegant.
  3. New Harmony is a pretty setting in the Fall and there are many places around town for photo opportunities.
  4. Their wedding was going to be no more than 100 people. The wedding ceremony set-up was easily flipped over to the reception without any issues.
  5. Chris (their contact and coordinator of the Granary) was easy to work with and delivered on all promises.
  6. They had the ability to bring in their own caterer.

Shayna and Ricky visit New Harmony yearly and the Granary holds several wonderful memories for them.  They get their picture taken every year in the spot where they got married in hopes that in 40 years from now those pictures will help them tell their life story from where their journey first began as husband and wife.

Would you like more information on haveng your own ceremony and/or reception at the Granary?  Contact Chris Laughbaum at:  812-682-3050

Make it a getaway weekend and plan your next stay through visitnewharmony.com!

Best Places to Get Married in New Harmony

You are starting to plan your wedding and one of the first items you need to check off the list is the venue. Southern Indiana has many options for venues, but none that can compare to the beauty of getting married in New Harmony, Indiana. Whether you are looking to get married inside or outside, or if you are having a large or small wedding, there are over 16 areas in New Harmony you can hold your ceremony.Matthew Vickers Photography

In no particular order, here are 3 of the Best Places for Weddings in New Harmony:

Roofless Church
Many engaged couples do not know that the Roofless Church IS a real church. The non-denominational church is open to the public and operated under the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation. The designer envisioned a church where the only roof large enough to encompass a world of worshippers was the sky. The church was dedicated in 1960.
You have the ability to have several hundred in attendance in this popular venue. Wedding tip: Reserve this venue early for popular Spring weddings.

Lawn behind the New Harmony Inn
This lake-side setting is a serene, quiet area for a wedding of any size. In the Spring and Fall seasons the foliage makes for a beautiful backdrop, complete with several areas for photo opportunities. Worried about the weather? The New Harmony Inn Conference Center is a perfect back-up plan for inclement weather.

Rapp-Owen Granary
Originally constructed in 1814 and beautifully restored, the Granary is a 2 level wedding venue. Both levels can be easily used for a ceremony/reception combination. The stunning woodwork and large windows make this a wedding venue that is coveted by many engaged couples. Wedding tip: The Granary is another venue that needs to be booked early! Due to the indoor setting this venue stays consistently booked year-round.

See these wedding venues for yourself by contacting the following coordinators:

Melissa Lingafelter for the New Harmony Inn: 812.682.4431, extension 1433
Chris Laughbaum for the Roofless Church and Rapp-Owen Granary: 812-682-3050

On your next free day or weekend come to New Harmony to visit these great wedding venues and discover all the other reasons this idyllic community is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the Midwest. Plan your visit at www.visitnewharmony.com.