Another in a not-so-regular series of posts highlighting wedding resources in Maine…
Today’s mail brought an invitation to the Grand Opening Gala for The Retreat at French’s Point, a new events, wedding and conference venue on the shores of Penobscot Bay in Stockton Springs (between Belfast and Bucksport.) I won’t be able to attend as I’ll be on Cape Cod to photograph a wedding that day, but I look forward to my next trip to the area so I can stop in and see the results of the fourteen-month-long restoration efforts on the old Hersey Retreat.
Built almost a century ago as a gathering center for the Universalist Church of Bangor, the shingle-style cottage has a commanding view of Penobscot Bay. In 2002, the Robert N. Brooks family purchased the land with the idea of restoring the historic cottage and grounds for weddings and other events.
I visited the grounds years ago, just after the Brooks family purchased it but before any construction had been done, and even at that point it was obvious that the location could be superb for weddings and other events as the shingle cottage, with its wide porches, sits on a point of land jutting into Penobscot Bay; it is surrounded by water on three sides. According to the web site, the facility will be able to host weddings with up to 299 guests, and that should come as great news to prospective Maine brides and grooms who want to get married waterside, but find that many existing spaces simply can’t accommodate as many guests as they would like to invite. It should be especially attractive to couples from Bangor who don’t want to travel as far as Mount Desert Island.
I wish good luck to Jessika Brooks, owner and CEO, and look forward to my next trip Down East when I can stop in and meet her and see the fruits of her labor.