MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Whitetail Resort, which has a newly air-conditioned ski lodge and new food manager, showcased its abilities to host weddings, receptions and other large gatherings on Sunday.
The resort held a tasting event, and tours of the lodge and golf clubhouse for brides and other individuals interested in potentially reserving facilities.
“We’re getting a lot of interest in it because it’s a different (style of) venue,” said Katrina Gayman, marketing director for Whitetail Resort.
In recent years, Whitetail has hosted two or three weddings a year, Gayman said. The addition of air conditioning in the lodge opens the facility up to summer ceremonies, she said.
The resort also hopes to tap into Tom Kapfhammer’s skills for special gatherings. Kapfhammer, who is the resort’s new food and beverage manager, oversaw the offerings of chicken cordon bleu, vegetable lasagna, bourbon-glazed salmon, crab cakes and beef at Sunday’s event.
The lodge can hold 235 people and its outside patio holds about 600, Gayman said. The golf clubhouse can hold up to 98, she said.
Gayman estimated a wedding or reception would cost $2,195 to $5,400 depending on the menu. Rental fees are $500 for the lodge and $300 for the golf clubhouse, both of which are off Blairs Valley Road.
Hagerstown residents Luke Coffman and Heather Young will be married in front of 70 guests in two weeks at the golf course. They said they chose the location because it’s picturesque and he enjoys golfing there 10 to 15 times a year.
Whitetail’s first bridal event featured its “preferred partners” for gowns, cakes, DJ services, photography and decor.
“They have all the bases covered, obviously, but I expected more,” Young said of the amount of vendors.
Hagerstown couple Mike Procuk and Jen Lavrenchik agreed.
“It’s limited but interesting,” Procuk said.
“I wish there was more,” Lavrenchik said.
Mari Uzzo of Mount Airy, Md., owns a slope-side condominium and enjoys the ski season at Whitetail Resort. She wanted to learn more about the facility for her son’s upcoming wedding.
“I love the setting. ... I think their rental prices are really reasonable,” Uzzo said.