Christine Ashburn Wedding Photography

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River House, Athens, NY

This guide provides a handy list of things to consider when planning a Catskill or Hudson Valley Airbnb Wedding and handy list to help you find the perfect Catskill or Hudson Valley short term rental wedding location

 what to consider when choosing a private estate, VRBO, AiRBNB wedding location

What should you consider in your search for the perfect Catskill or Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding?

Rules and Regulations

 Make sure the Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding rental you choose actually allows events and weddings. This includes checking with those listed below. Some rentals may have specific rules around noise levels, the number of guests, and other factors that could impact your wedding plans. It’s important to be upfront about your plans and to get the host’s permission before proceeding with a Catskill or Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding. Are there noise ordinances at the property that limit the allowable levels of noise in the morning and after a certain time at night? Are there parking regulations?


  • Is there a kitchen for catering?
  • Are you allowed to bring professional catering in and is there a fee for that? 
  • Is there a suitable outdoor space for the ceremony and reception? 
  • What are the options in the case of foul weather?  
  • Are there enough bathrooms or do you need to rent a portable one? 
  • Is there enough parking?  Most Airbnbs are in residential areas and street parking may not be an option. 
  • Is there lighting outside along paths so your guests can find their way without tripping? Are you allowed to provide additional lighting, if need be? 
  • Are there enough tables and chairs and eating utensils for your guests?


Start by searching for a Catskill or Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding rental that can accommodate your guest list.  Most VRBO and Airbnbs will only accommodate small gatherings with less than twenty people, others will allow outdoor tents for larger events.  

Hudson Valley Airbnb Wedding

The List

  1. River House, Athens, NY
  2. Hudson Valley Retreat, Elizaville, NY
  3. Bobby’s Country Estate, Cold Spring NY
  4. The Barn at Tivoli, Tivoli, NY
  5. Someplace Upstate,Marlboro, NY
  6. Windrift Hall, Coxsackie, NY
  7. Stissing Lake House, Pine Plains, NY
  8. The Spillian, Fleischmanns, NY
  9. Hasbrouck House, Stone Ridge, NY
  10. Mission House Sanctuary, Hopewell Junction, NY
  11. Cedar Lakes Estates in Port Jervis, NY
  12. Shinglekill Falls, Purling, NY
  13. Vanderbilt Lakehouse & Bar, Philmont, NY
  14. The Hunter House, Hunter, NY
  15. The Garrison Crest, Garrison, NY
  16. Rustic Farm House, Tillson, NY
  17. Big Timber Lodge, Hunter, NY
  18. Catskill Estate in Margaretville, NY
  19. The Mountain Retreat, Mountianville, NY
  20. The Beacon Hermitage, Beacon, NY
  21. The Roxbury, Roxbury, NY
  22. Country Estate, Cold Spring, NY
  23. Chateau Plateau, Hunter, NY
  24. The Pines Inn, Pine Plains, NY




1. River House in Athens, NY

The River House in Athens, NY is a large and well-appointed short-term rental perfect for an intimate wedding. There is also a pool and a large yard overlooking the Hudson River. With accommodations for twenty-five overnight, you can host all of your wedding guests under one roof. The maximum number of guests allowed on-site during the day is forty-eight. I photographed a wedding couple and their family getting ready here and it was an amazing backdrop.

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2. Hudson Valley Retreat in Elizaville

The large VRBO home would provide a secluded backdrop to an amazing family wedding. It sleeps 18 overnight. I have photographed a family reunion here and it would be perfect for a small family gathering that included a weekend wedding. The willow trees on site would be lovely to wed under. The property is large, and private and boasts a lovely pond, fire pit, a small indoor pool, pool table, and hot tub.

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3. Bobby’s Country Estate in Cold Spring, NY

Bobby’s Country Estate is located off a small dirt road straddling the woods in Cold Spring, NY. It is about a ten-minute drive into Cold Spring Village. This place consists of many overnight options and distinct spaces. It is more of a compound that includes a main house, an adjacent side house, a cabana, and two other units. There is also a pool, a large peaceful yard, and a fire pit. This short term rental has many options for a small Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding. It sleeps fifteen overnight.

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4. The Barn at Tivoli in Tivoli, NY

The Barn at Tivoli is a charming rustic spot. This Hudson Valley Airbnb is perfect for a simple elopement in the yard and a cozy weekend together around the fire pit. There are no more than five guests allowed on the property at any time.


5.Someplace Upstate in Marlboro, NY

You can have a large or small wedding at the Hudson Valley villa. From a large tented wedding to a micro wedding or elopement this place has you covered. This short-term rental has overnight accommodations, a pool, a fire pit, a vineyard, and extensive private country property. Someplace Upstate has many configurations to suit whatever you choose for your wedding.


6. Windrift Hall in Coxsackie, NY

This secluded country manor house sits upon a hill overlooking the picturesque Hudson Valley. “Every room has a fireplace and every window has unobstructed views of nature around you.” I must admit I have been lusting after this quaint Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding rental. I would welcome an opportunity to photograph at Windrift Hall and capture its essence. This short-term rental is perfect for elopements and weddings, The beautifully decorated Manor House can accommodate 14 guests overnight. This Airbnb feels quintessential Hudson Valley to me.


7. Stissing Lake House in Pine Plains, NY

The Stissing Lake House is a beautiful, historic short-term rental located on the shores of Stissing Lake in Pine Plains, New York. It can accommodate up to 17 guests and make it a sweet spot for an intimate wedding. Built in the early 1900s, the house has been carefully restored to maintain its original charm and character. The home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a spacious living room with a fireplace. The property also includes a large, open porch overlooking the lake, as well as a dock for boating and swimming. The house is surrounded by lush gardens and mature trees, making it the perfect place for a peaceful and secluded getaway.


8. The Spillian in Fleischmanns, NY

The Spillian is my favorite place to photograph a wedding. It is not a Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding venue. It is a unique Catskill wedding venue. It blends perfectly with my moody style. It is a unique and historic event space located in Fleischmann, New York.

The venue is housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century mansion that offers a mix of vintage Catskill charm. The Spillian features grand halls, elegant parlors, and stunning outdoor spaces that provide the perfect setting for weddings of up to 100 guests. You can rent the whole house and accommodate your guests overnight. Catering is provided in-house and there is a fire pit.

The Spillian is surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful countryside, providing a serene and picturesque backdrop for any occasion. The Spillian is is a popular choice for those looking for a one-of-a-kind event venue.

Wedding dress hanging in the Spillian

9. Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge, NY

The Hasbrouck House is a restored 18th-century stone house that offers a mix of rustic charm and modern elegance. The Hasbrouck House features a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, including a grand ballroom, a beautiful garden courtyard, and a picturesque pond. The property also includes a charming country cottage, which serves as a perfect space for getting ready, as well as a spacious lawn for outdoor ceremonies. The venue is surrounded by beautiful countryside, providing a serene and picturesque backdrop for any occasion. You can rent the entire mansion for the weekend and provide overnight accommodation for up to fifty people.


10. The Mission House Sanctuary in Hopewell Junction, NY

This Hudson Valley Airbnb is modern gem. It is large and impeccable and can accommodate 10 overnight. It is also in a central location to explore the different areas of the region.


11. Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, NY

Cedar Lakes Estate is gorgeous! It is not a Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding venue but rather a private estate. The rustic elegance and a beautiful lake make it a beautiful backdrop for your small or large wedding. You can also have your guests stay on-site

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12. Shinglekill Falls B & B In Purling, NY

A Shinglekill Falls wedding has charm. From the farmhouse to the quaint yard, and the gracious host, you feel like you’ve been swept back to a simpler era. You can rent the whole B & B and set up a small tent in the yard – just like the wedding I photographed below.

bride at her Shinglekill Falls B & B wedding

13. Vanderbilt Lakes Bar & Guesthouse in Philmont, NY

I am pretty psyched to be photographing a wedding at Vanderbilt Lakes in 2023. It can accommodate 16 guests overnight in this lovely 1860’s victorian era house. There is also a lake and firepit.


14. The Hunter Houses in Hunter, NY

The Hunter is a collection of three ultra cool, cabin-Esque Airbnbs. What I imagine, is a simple elopement and a cozy stay on a snowy weekend. at one of their houses onThink an elopement on a snowy weekend.

The Hunter Houses

15. Garrison Crest in Garrison, NY

The Garrison Crest is a private property tucked up on a hillside in Garrison, NY. The views over the Hudson Highlands are spectacular. The lawn can accommodate 500 guests under a tent.

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Garrison Crest in Garrison, NY

16. Rustic Farm House in Tillson, NY

Steve Rustic Farm House is a cozy, yet sprawling, retreat that fits 16 overnight guests. It is also set on 80 acres that contain a pond, waterfall, fields, and woods. I know it well because I photographed here twice! The first time I photographed a wedding couple and their families getting ready here along with some of their portraits. I also photographed a whole wedding here too. It’s amazing. See the two blogs below to see their Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding for yourself.

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Hudson Valley Airbnb Wedding in Tillson, NY

17. Big Timber Lodge in Hunter, NY

This 4500 square foot log home overlooks a creek and a memorable view and would be the perfect backdrop for a Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding. You and sixteen of your guests can stay overnight and chill out in the hot tub and by the large firepit.


18. Catskill Estate in Margaretville, NY

This historic estate overlooks the Catskill mountains and can host up to 14 guests overnight. Also, included is access to the barn and tables and chairs for 125! So many additional amenities are included making this the easiest Catskill or Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding location.


19, Mountain Retreat in Mountanville, NY

This spacious contemporary secluded Airbnb sleeps 16+. There is also a pool, hot tub, sound systems, premium party lighting., private decks and fireplaces galore.


20. The Beacon Hermitage in Beacon, NY

The Beacon Hermitage is a charming bed and breakfast located conventionally between two charming Hudson Valley towns – Cold Spring and Beacon. Also, a quick walk in the woods leads you to a popular waterfall. Perfect for cool swims in the summer. Also, the owner happens to be my favorite Hudson Valley officiant. Not only can there host your small wedding party in their barn but you can also get married on-site.

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21. The Roxbury in Roxbury, NY

The Roxbury is neither a private estate nor a short-term rental – it is a hotel. However, it is a hotel like no other. Each room has a theme! Dream of sleeping in a fairy’s lair than the Faerie’s Forrest is for you. Among the many other themed rooms, there is also a Dracula room and a Cinderella Room- and a pool and spa! You can;t host a wedding here but it is a great spot to elope.


22. Country Estate in Cold Spring, NY

Rudolph and Sonia’s large contemporary Country Estate makes having a Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding so simple. There are overnight accommodations for 14, a pool. I photographed a wedding here a few years ago. It was the perfect escape for the couple and their guests.


23. The Chateau Plateau in Hunter, NY

The Chateau Plateau is a unique Catskill or Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding location. The house is spacious and has modern amenities. However, it is the view that is the biggest draw. I photographed a wedding here in 2021 and everyone was very happy.


24. The Pines Inn, Pine Plains, NY

The Pines Inn is one of my favorite unique short-term rentals in the Hudson Valley that can also be used as an intimate wedding venue. This place is a gem – a charming, museum-like mansion straight out of a bygone era, but here’s the kicker: it’s got all the modern comforts you could wish for, easily accommodating up to 22 of your favorite people. The backyard is a lush, well-tended paradise, just begging for a sweet wedding ceremony or a cozy tent setup. I recently had the pleasure of capturing an intimate wedding here, and trust me, it was pure magic. If you’re dreaming of a weekend-long celebration where you can house all your guests, The Pines Inn is the spot that effortlessly combines historic charm with modern convenience. It’s not just a venue; it’s a wedding weekend wonderland waiting to be yours.

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Finally finding the perfect Catskill or Hudson Valley Airbnb wedding location is soexciting! After you’ve decided where you want to tie the knot, you’ll want to start thinking about hiring a photographer to capture all the special moments of your wedding day! As a wedding photographer in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, I’ve had the chance to take photos at many of the beautiful venues in the area – and I’m excited to help you have the best day ever! 

I won’t be asking you to stand in awkward positions or to “say cheese” – I want to document not just the moments, but also how you feel! So, if you’re tying the knot in the Catskills or the Hudson Valley, contact me.

Christine Ashburn Wedding Photography

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