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Colby Hill Inn, near Concord – New Hampshire, is the picture perfect setting for a destination wedding weekend, rehearsal dinner or intimate elopement. Our five acres of beautiful grounds surround the 1797 inn. Lush perennial gardens, rolling hills, brilliant sunsets and fields in the distance, antique barns, our whimsical “Barn Bar” and a charming garden gazebo create the backdrop for a magical day. 

More than that, we provide an all-inclusive package with in-house event planning and design services that make the process exceptional from start to finish. Local farm fresh food and creative menus elevate the whole experience!

We offer two options for planning your wedding at Colby Hill Inn:

  1. 2021 Brochure for Basic Venue Package & Wedding Planning
  2. All-Inclusive Wedding Destination Weekend Package

*If you’re interested in a potential date, please send us a request form.

Planning tools to help you get started with us:


Our Event Experience and Lead Team:

Prior to purchasing Colby Hill Inn on February 2, 2016, Chef Proprietor, Bruce R. Barnes had most recently served for 8 years as the Senior Executive Chef at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw a culinary team of over 200 and executed events serving up to 6,000 guests who included heads of state — he is particularly fond of having cooked for His Royal Highness Prince William! Previously, he oversaw catering for events at the National Museum of the American Indian and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Bruce’s husband, Chief INNovation Officer, Jefferson Brechbühl oversaw special events as board Special Events Chair of the Mount Pleasant Main Street organization in Washington, D.C. for five years (these events included annual street fairs for up to 10,000 visitors, outdoor movies, fundraising dinners, an annual dog show, seasonal festivals and more). As owner of his People Garden Community Health Market, he directed event catering (including weddings). At the Points of Light Foundation, he coordinated national conference events track; and as Operations Director at Martha’s Table he regularly oversaw events to feed and provide services to the homeless of Washington, D.C. He also coordinated with the White House security team for two presidential visits.  He is currently enrolled in a Wedding Planning Management Certificate program at NH Technical Institute and has been the lead planner and contact for over 90 weddings and another 50 large special events here at Colby Hill Inn. Jefferson oversees all contract and catering planning as well as the detailing of the events for your wedding. He will lead our team, leading up to and the day of your wedding, in executing your wedding to our very best. He will also drive forward our property, event inventory, and overall business in an effort of continual improvement.

Our in-house EVENT DESIGNER, Lisa Spahl, earned a BA in Fine Arts. A love of nature and design led her to work as a floral designer. Over the years, she has explored crafting with a variety of materials to develop more elaborate event presentations. Pulling inspirations from her gardens and foraging in the woods and fields, gives a fresh, unique approach to her designs. -“To make the ordinary, extraordinary. To create a unique space to celebrate an event is my goal. To help make your special day the most memorable it can be!” – Lisa will bring together your full floral design and other elements to personalize your preferred choice of our Four Design Themes. For couples who contract for our Destination Wedding Package, she will work with you to enhance the grounds, select focus areas for embellishment, introduce signature pieces, make fabulous style choices and incorporate select personal items.

Guest Services Captain. Amanda Thomsen will ensure that your vendors are taken care of on the day of your wedding. Amanda will oversee staff directing traffic and she will be the key person to make sure that your guests receive a warm welcome and are orientated towards your ceremony. On your wedding day, Amanda will check in on the couple regularly, communicate with your vendors and help organize the bridal party just before walking down the aisle. Amanda has a broad background in entertainment venues, bar and restaurant service, and start-up restaurant management.




As Seen in The Knot Magazine



Our barn is permitted for events up to 130 guests. The barn space includes a bar area, fortified dance floor, elevated band stand/dj booth (which can also serve as a lounge) and two bathrooms.

Rehearsal dinners, intimate elopements, or weekend destination weddings, the Colby Hill Inn provides the perfect backdrop for intimacy


Weekends Available for 2021– 

May: 7/8, 14/15

June: 11/12

July: 16/17

August: None

September: 10/11

October: 22/23

The following dates are booked for 2022.

July 15-16 (Friday-Sat)

September: 16-19 (Fri-Sun), 

October: Sept. 30-Oct. 1; 19-20 (Wed-Thurs — weekend is available for a Sunday wedding)

  • The Tasting & Local Vendor Event for 2022 weddings has been set for Sunday, October 24, 2021 (12:00-5:00 pm)

To make arrangements for your event, call 603-428-3281 or email innkeeper@colbyhillinn.com.


Pumpkin patch in August



“Perfect place for a June wedding, loved the “Barn Bar” and the gazebo.” S.D.

“Jeff and Bruce were amazing and their staff were too – Lisa has great design instinct. It was everything we planned and more. Everyone worked so hard and did their absolute best to make sure everything was exactly as we wanted. Our guests were thrilled with the venue and food and are still talking about it even though it was three weeks ago. I would do it all over again without changing a thing.” – J.K. (brunch wedding – July 2019)


As Seen in The Knot Magazine

posted 10/17/2019
“I’m not sure where to even begin… I had my wedding weekend on October 4-6 of this year, and when I say there was a sort of magic in the air the entire time, I am not kidding. As a rustic barn wedding venue, you could not ask for anything better in my opinion. Jeff and his team went above and beyond to make our whole weekend something extra special. To start, our rehearsal dinner was Oktoberfest themed and held outside amongst the foliage on the back lawn… I was pretty laid back when it came to that evening, so I did not give much direction when it came to decor. I was absolutely blown away when I saw the setup that the team had prepared for my family and friends… just WOW. Liz was on point with making sure everyone was comfortable and had everything they needed, and she continued to be such a joy to see all weekend through breakfast Sunday morning.

Day of the wedding, everyone was working around the clock to make sure things flowed smoothly. Lisa Spahl (our florist and pretty much anything we needed her to be that day) went above and beyond my expectations. I could write a novel about her and not just her ability to take my lack of floral direction and turn it into a masterpiece, but her outstanding work ethic. If you ever have the chance to work with her, know that you are in the best possible hands.

Jeff and his team at Colby Hill Inn were some of the most pleasant and accommodating people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Leading up to the wedding, Jeff was so receptive to any and all ideas, and he really went above and beyond to help me design the entire wedding from scratch. He is so knowledgeable and really cared and made sure that my husband and I got everything we could have ever wanted for our special day.

I can’t even tell you how many people were walking around the property all weekend just in awe of the food, the service, and the setting. It really is the this quaint little inn with SO much to offer. I kept turning corners and finding even more places to explore. The property is like none other… beautiful landscapes, and an all encompassing package. And the food! Oh my the food…. delicious, unique, creative dishes that wowed our guests left and right.

I so look forward to visiting in the fall again, as it really is quite a sight to be seen, and a place to behold. I will forever cherish our wedding weekend not just for the obvious reasons, but because of where it was and the amazing people who were involved in making it all happen.

To everyone at Colby Hill Inn, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.” – Ashley (October, 2019)