Remember Your Wedding Party at the Wadsworth

Photo by: Ashley Therese Photography

You’ve just gotten engaged and you’ve set the location and date for your wedding. You’re excited, nervous, and looking forward to the big day. You’ve set up a wedding website to help your guests get acquainted with the location and menu, but haven’t yet set up anything more than that.

A wedding is a big event, and friends and family usually drive or fly in from across the country to share in a bride or groom’s special day. Many times, guests may arrive in the area early and turn it into a small vacation. This is why it’s often nice to provide a list of things to do in the area on your wedding website.

However, we know that not all brides or grooms have the time to compile a list and look through which areas are worth visiting and which aren’t. That’s exactly why we’ve compiled some of our favorite places near the Wadsworth Mansion for you and your guests to visit as you approach your wedding day.

Hubbard Park and Castle Craig

If you’re looking for a fun walk or hike for the whole family, visiting Hubbard Park is a great place to go on a nice day! With paved walking trails and hiking trails for the more adventurous, Hubbard Park provides stunning views amid trees, lakes, and rivers over its 1,800 acres. Remember to pack a picnic for lunch!

The Library Wine Bar and Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford

Just 30 minutes away from Middletown is the small town of Wallingford. That’s where you’ll find the historic Wallingford town library, which has been restored and transformed into a beautiful restaurant and wine bar. Be prepared to dress up a bit for this location, and remember that on Wednesdays the wine bar offers discounts on bottles to share! Take a trip just outside of Wallingford, and you can go to the source of these excellent vintages. Gouveia Vineyards is a beautiful location, and often has events that include live music and more!

General Mansfield House

If you’re looking for something to do indoors, then a visit to General Mansfield House may be just the ticket. Built in 1817, the historical house acts as a small museum with art exhibits and Civil War artifacts. Since it’s right in the heart of Middletown, you can then go to one of the many restaurants along main street to enjoy a bite to eat afterward!

Essex Steam Train and Gillet Castle

In the quaint town of Essex you can find the old Essex steam train, a gorgeous train that still takes passengers along the Connecticut River. There are several different tours available, including one that serves you dinner and one that allows you to get off the train and take a cruise on a riverboat! In addition, you can choose to take the train to a ferry and disembark to explore Gillet Castle. The historic house has a beautiful interior and sprawling hiking trails around it.

Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a casual place to enjoy a few beers with friends, then Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company is just for you. This brewing company is located in Middletown and has regular events that include comedy shows and book club nights! Get a flight of beers, or pick one to enjoy. And remember that just down the hall in the same complex is another cidery and another brewery! Visit all three for a wonderful afternoon.

Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

If you have an adventurous streak and are looking for something active to do during the late spring or summer, then Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park is perfect! Enjoy rock climbing, zip lining, swimming, and more at this popular attraction. Be prepared to spend the entire day here, because you’re sure to not want to leave!


In addition to all of these amazing locations, we also encourage you to explore Middletown and check out all of the amazing restaurants in the area! There is a lot of great food to taste, as well as some amazing shopping in town!


The Wedding Experience at the Wadsworth

Your wedding is a special day. It’s a time when you can gather with your friends and family to share a truly wonderful moment in your life. However, weddings aren’t just a way to share your life; they’re also an experience.

More and more often, brides and grooms come to the Wadsworth Mansion looking for a truly unique experience. They want their wedding to stand out from the others, and want to bring in elements that take their wedding from simply being an event to becoming an amazing and memorable time that both they and their guests can enjoy.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the types of elements and experiences that some of our brides and grooms have brought in to their weddings.

Cigar and Whiskey Bar

Most people know that whiskey pairs well with cigars, but fewer people know how both pair well with a wedding. Cigar and whiskey bars are rising in popularity, offering a place for guests to relax and speak casually while enjoying fine drinks and cigars. At the Wadsworth, couples will have an outdoor cigar station set up on the terrace so that guests can enjoy the gorgeous scenery with a drink in hand.

Photo Booth

Want to give your guests an immersive experience for their wedding favors? Look no further than a photo booth. This attraction can be set to have different backgrounds while giving your guests something to do during the reception, and something to take home with them to remember the amazing event. Ask the Wadsworth Mansion staff about how a photo booth can make their day memorable!

Lawn Games

The Wadsworth Mansion has a gorgeous expanse of grounds, so what could be more perfect on a nice day than a set of lawn games? Corn hole, ladder toss, and croquet are all great additions for a wedding focused on fun for both adults and kids.

Dance Instructors

The Wadsworth Mansion has a unique set-up, providing a central dance floor and two separate dining rooms. However, this layout can work hugely to your advantage at a wedding. Either of the dining rooms can be set up to provide entertainment for guests, including dance instructors who can give your guests the gift of some new slick moves on the dance floor.

Helicopter Entrance

Brides and grooms enter their wedding in a lot of different ways. Some are preceded by flower girls, others wind up dancing down the aisle to provide entertainment for their guests. Imagine, however, arriving in a helicopter as a grand entrance. Now only is the entrance entertaining for your guests to watch, but it’s sure to make an impression on either the bride or groom!


Whether you decide to bring in pool tables for your guests to play on, a mixologist to prepare custom and show-stopping cocktails, or a professional troupe of circus performers as entertainment, the Wadsworth Mansion is here to make your vision a reality. The layout of the mansion leaves room to create areas with different forms of entertainment as your friends and family gather together for a truly memorable experience.


Daffodil Festival 2019: Celebrate Spring!

The Wadsworth Mansion’s Daffodil Festival has improved each and every year, adding in live music, more vendors, tours, and fun outdoor activities. This year, we’re making things even better at the Beaux Art style mansion. You’ll be able to go on Docent-guided tours, nature walks, and even watch a raptor presentation by A Place Called Hope, LLC.

The Daffodil Festival has taken place every year since it first started over 20 years ago on April 26, 1997. Back then, it wasn’t the large event that it is today. During the first festival, the Friends of Long Hill Estate invited locals from Middletown to welcome Spring amid daffodils that they had planted in the autumn with the Middletown Garden Club. At the time, the mansion was undergoing renovations and construction after it had been left to molder for years. However, this first festival, complete with live music and a small tent, cemented the idea that the Wadsworth Mansion was a place for everyone.

Over the years, thousands of daffodils have been planted on the estate and Daffodil Day itself has become an annual tradition. Previous events have included sheep dogs herding sheep on the Vista, naturalists helping visitors investigate the Vernal Pool, and so much more.

With the help of dedicated volunteers, the trails and grounds of the Wadsworth Mansion has become a beautiful public resource. Guests can enjoy the 103 acres of parkland as they walk along beautiful nature trails, enjoy the spring flowers already in bloom, learn the story of this historic mansion, and connect with one another in this shared space.

We’re so excited to host another Daffodil Festival this year. The daffodils are already on full display at the entrance to the mansion, and the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. This year, we’re teaming up with Middletown Rocks FB to encourage attendees to paint, hide, and find painted rocks among the Mansion grounds and trails. We were specifically inspired by the Kindness Rocks movement, and think it’s a great way to welcome the spring season!

If you happen to be in the area, remember to swing by the mansion on April 28 starting at 1:00 PM. We’ll have food trucks, live music, fun outdoor activities, and plenty to see and do! And if you have a chance, let us know what you think! We definitely want to make sure that the Daffodil Festival gets better each and every year.

See you at the Festival!

For more information about the schedule of events at the Daffodil Festival, click here.