Wedding Venue Feature: Lake of Isles at Foxwoods Casino
|Vibe and Features||Lakeside views with tons of foliage, golf course feel, classic ballroom style|
|Location||1 Clubhouse Dr.|
North Stonington, CT 06359
|Similar Venues||Candlewood Inn, Aria, Connecticut River Museum, Branford House, Lyman Orchards, The Towers|
In the greater Mystic area, most of the wedding venue water views are due to rivers and Long Island Sound. But it turns out that there’s actually a really cool lakeside option in the area, complete with the flair of a top casino. Here are some details on having a Lake of Isles wedding.
Lake of Isles Video Tour
To help you even more with making your choice, check out this video on my YouTube channel about your possible Lake of Isles wedding:
This post contains images taken by me while working with Katie Lovaas Photography.
History of Lake of Isles
Foxwoods Resort Casino opened in 1992 in Ledyard, CT (the casino proper opened in 1996). Twelve years later in 2005, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe opened Lake of Isles golf course in neighboring North Stonington, CT.
The golf course sits on 900 acres of land on the reservation. Lake of Isles itself (the actual lake) takes up about 90 acres of this area, located at the center of the golf course property. It’s 50,000-square foot clubhouse and lakeside patio are the centerpieces of one of the Mystic area’s finest wedding venues.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
We’d be remiss to talk about Lake of Isles and Foxwoods without mentioning the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The history of the Pequot people in New England is one more story of American colonialism.
After a landmark victory for the rights of Native Americans in 1983, the Pequot Tribe founded Foxwoods in 1986 as a bingo hall. The Lake of Isles wedding concept arrived in North Stonington about 20 years later.
Venue Vibe and Features
Lake of Isles is a wedding venue with golf course, banquet hall, and water view vibes. Given its location, the venue is pretty well rooted in nature. It should be high on your venue list while wedding planning if nice views are something you appreciate.
The Deck and Golf Course
You’ll enjoy an outdoor ceremony right on Lake of Isles on the venue’s lakefront deck. The view you and your guests will have is absolutely beautiful. This is because Lake of Isles (yes, that’s the name of the lake itself) is surrounded by trees.
A good-sized parking lot is out front, with plenty of room for your wedding guests. Lovers of fall foliage would do well to have an autumn Lake of Isles wedding.
This lower area of the venue, near the lake, is amazing for group photos before or after your ceremony. Be sure to ask your wedding planner or day of coordinator to arrange for a golf cart escort for you for your couple’s portraits. There are a couple of nice bridges among the trees.
Your guests will enjoy cocktail hour in the clubhouse basement. This area has a unique style, focused on golf and history. Naturally, you’ll head upstairs for your wedding reception in the ballroom.
A large dance floor is in the center of this room, whose décor shows a touch of classic elegance. This banquet-style space does well at combining modern amenities (like string lights) with classic touches (like Chivari chairs and white linens).
The rear of the ballroom has large windows which overlook the lake. As expected, sunlight will pour into the room as you dance into the early evening on your Lake of Isles wedding day.
On the culinary side, the venue offers plenty of food options for you to consider for your Lake of Isles wedding. You can even commission your wedding cake through the venue, simplifying your need to book extra vendors.
Another aspect that is unique among ceremony and reception venues in the area is Foxwoods itself. If your guests need some more excitement after your Foxwoods wedding reception, they can spend some time at the slots, restaurants, or stores.
The drive from the casino in Ledyard to the wedding venue in North Stonington is all of seven or eight minutes. And unlike many other wedding venues, Uber drivers frequent this area.
Hotels Near Lake of Isles and Foxwoods
North Stonington has a few hotel options nearby, including Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Preston, and Bellissimo Grande Hotel.
Above all, you should consider reserving a Foxwoods room block for your guests and wedding party. The casino has the The Fox Tower, Grand Pequot Tower, and Grand Cedar Hotel options.
Foxwoods has a big parking garage where where Fox Tower Drive intersects Trolley Line Boulevard in Ledyard. This is at the northern end of the casino property (follow the signs then look for “SELF PARK” painted on the street). It’s connected to the casino and accessible on foot.
Lake of Isles Wedding Photos
Here are some Lake of Isles wedding photos I’ve captured:
As you consider having a Foxwoods wedding, use the links below to get in touch with the Lake of Isles staff.
I used the following references at different points in this post:
- “About Us,” Foxwoods Resort and Casino
- “Lake of Isles Home Page,” Lake of Isles
- “Lake Of Isles Named One Of The Top 100 Courses You Can Play by Golf Magazine,” The Golf Wire
- “Lake of Isles Golf Resort, North Course,” Links Magazine
- “Pequot War,” Wikipedia
- “Foxwoods Resort Casino,” Wikipedia
- “Foxwoods Is Fighting for its Life,” The New York Times
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