Ever After Farms Vineyard is nestled in the beautiful farming community of Pomona Park in North Florida's Putnam County. It is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding, away from the hustle and bustle of city life and surrounded by gorgeous Florida Oaks, grape vines and a natural country scenery. It's also situated in an area full of history, amazing local amenities, truly unique characteristics and altogether a wonderful destination for your guests to enjoy. Here is what makes the Ever After Farms Vineyard extraordinary, beyond the venue.
A wedding trend that may be here to stay is the planning of a Staycation Wedding. This means you plan a wedding within driving distance to your home base, book some hotels or airbnbs, and then plan multiple weekend activities for everyone involved. This creates a sense of vacation for all of your friends and family, without the heavy travel fees and plans you would experience when planning a destination wedding. Your wedding is one of the most important celebrations you will experience in your lifetime, why not expand it by a few days, so that you may fully enjoy the festivities with your very favorite people?
Getting to Know Putnam County
The heart of Putnam County is the vibrant city of Palatka. Positioned on the banks of the beautiful St Johns River, Palatka has an incredible historical district featuring a wonderful 1800s downtown area with industrial buildings, brick roads, and many historical landmarks. Sprinkled throughout this unique town are murals depicting hallmark events in the area’s history. The cornerstone of the historical district are the small businesses, full of quaint shops and eateries to be enjoyed. And while most of your visitors may stay in Palatka, throughout Putnam County, there are also many activities for nature & outdoor enthusiasts from hiking or biking to fishing and kayaking.
Lodging near the Vineyard
Whether you are planning on staying overnight, a few days, or more, it is important to find the best local lodging options for guests traveling to your wedding. That is why, in order to save our couples time and money, we have compiled a list of some of the very best local hotels Putnam has to offer, all within a short driving distance of Ever After Farms Vineyard.
Within ten miles of Ever After Farms Vineyard is a Hampton Inn. This beautiful hotel features Waterfront views, docks for fishing, and is local to many restaurants and activities. They even offer shuttle transportation that can safely bring you and your guests to and from the venue.
Holiday Inn Express
Another great local option is the Holiday Inn Express. This waterfront hotel has a pool and is local to all of the fun offerings of Palatka. Their manager will even offer a discount if you mention you're booking for an Ever After Farms wedding.
Grand Gables Inn, Bed & Breakfast
If you are looking for an extra special option, consider looking into this beautiful, historical inn. Featuring 8 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, and stunning Queen Anne architecture, this ENTIRE airbnb can be rented out nightly at a very reasonable rate. Located in the heart of downtown Palatka, this Inn is the perfect central location for your wedding guests.
Ever After Farms Vineyard Home
Historic Old Florida Home built in 1883 for couples tying the knot at Ever After Farms Vineyard. This house is located right on the Venue property, so no need to make arrangements after your big day! The house is only available to rent the night of your wedding and can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Airbnb Waterfront Cabin
The next place on our list is perfect for those wanting a bit more privacy. This stunning cabin is located just minutes from Ever After Farms Vineyard and features a gorgeous dock perfect for fishing, boating, kayaking, and more! There is even a private beach area for those looking to have it all, from the comforts of your airbnb! With space for up to 10 guests, this is the perfect option for your bridal party or close family members.
Renegades on the River
A personal favorite of past Ever After Farms couples and their guests, is Renegades on the River. Located in Crescent City, this location consists of several cabins available for rent, a 4 bedroom home for rent, and there's even plenty of RV space to accommodate guests if needed. This lodging option is perfect for those that enjoy outdoor activities, with boat docks, fishing, and more. There is also a great restaurant onsite and an awesome tiki bar where you can enjoy the beautiful views and lovely breeze from the St Johns River.
We have compiled a list of home rentals in the area that are great lodging options for your guests. These, in addition to the hotel recommendations on our Preferred Vendors List give you additional choices in the surrounding area.
- Secluded Sanctuary w/ Yard (Pomona Park, FL)
- It’s All About the Water! (Crescent City, FL)
- Waterfront Home w/ Dock on Lake Broward (Pomona Park, FL)
- Charming Lake Front Cabin – Bring Your Boat! (Crescent City, FL)
- Waterfront off St. Johns River with Screened Pool (Satsuma, FL)
- Waterfront 4+/2+ St. Johns Canal Home (Crescent City, FL)
- Charming Lake Front Cabin (Crescent City, FL)
- Mansion Property (Palatka, FL)
- Waterfront Home w/ Dock on Lake Broward (Pomona Park, FL)
- Lakefront Retreat (Pomona Park, FL)
- A Tropical Gem Studio in a Waterfront Community (Crescent City, FL)
- Private Lakefront Getaway (Pomona Park, FL)
Restaurants Near the Vineyard
Whether you are looking for a place to eat after your rehearsal, or a cafe for coffee the morning of your wedding, we've got you covered! One of the great parts about Putnam County is the amazing family owned eateries and restaurants.
This & That Cafe
If it is breakfast or coffee you are craving, then be sure to stop by the cutest little cafe downtown Palatka has to offer. The cafe offers lattes and other coffee specialty drinks along with, fresh cinnamon rolls, muffins, biscuits and gravy, and more. If you are looking for something extra special, you can even book them for a tea party for your bridal party! On Friday nights they host karaoke from 6:30pm-10pm. If you are looking for a quaint, and local favorite to grab a bite to eat or coffee this is the spot for you.
Azalea City Brewing Company
If you are looking for somewhere to unwind and enjoy a few drinks, the Azalea City Brewing Company is a very neat brewery built inside an old Coco-Cola building in downtown Palatka. They offer specialty beers and will host rehearsal dinners if requested. On weekends there are often different local food trucks parked out front as well.
Corky Bells Seafood & Steak
A great option for lunch or dinner is Corky Bells located on the Saint Johns River with a spectacular view of those fantastic Florida sunsets. The menu features many fresh seafood options, as well as gator tail or even frog legs! Corkys' also has a room for private parties or rehearsal dinners for up to 25 guests.
Renegades on the River
Whether you choose to stay at their available cabins or not, you should definitely check out Renegades for some great local cuisine and nightlife. Featuring seafood, steak, pizza, and pasta, there is something on their menu for all of your guests and they will accommodate large parties if booked ahead of time.
Things to Do in Putnam County
There are plenty of activities and places to explore surrounding our Vineyard barn. We have listed a few options suitable for adults, children, families, morning, and night! That way your entire experience in Putnam County can be filled to the brink with adventure and memories made with those you cherish most.
Uncork & Unwind
If you are looking to relax while enjoying a glass of wine or craft beer, then be sure to check out Uncork & Wind Craft Beer & Wine Lounge. They offer a cute area for hanging out and bar appetizer foods to snack on.
Saint Johns River Center
If you have guests with kids joining you for your big day, then consider planning a visit to the Saint Johns River Center. Learn about Florida Ecology and the significance behind the many species that inhabit the water/shores.
Downtown Palatka is known for its plethora of Antique shops and family owned businesses. Be sure to spend an afternoon exploring the many shops and boutiques available in the area.
In Putnam county there are over 25 murals around the downtown area of Palatka. There are brochures available at many of the local shops, that will provide you with a map to each mural. Attached to the brochures are QR codes for virtual viewings, and a brief description of the significance behind the mural.
Ravine Gardens State Park
This State Park is seriously one of Florida's hidden gems. For just $5 per a vehicle, you can spend the entire day filled with fun for the entire wedding party. This state park has gorgeous waterside areas for charcuterie picnics, hiking trails, and is famously known for it's 146 acre Gardens.
Dunns Creek State Park
Another great state park is Dunns Creek, which is located just 2 miles from the barn! Hike forest trails, fish for bass, perch, and bream, or enjoy water activities like kayaking or canoeing.
Atmosphere Day Spa
If you are looking for some relaxation on the weekend of your big day, look no further than, Atmosphere Day Spa! Massages, manicures, pedicures, facial services, and more. This day spa is the perfect place for you and your bridal party to get some much needed pampering.
Ever After Farms Vineyard Beyond the Venue
We hope this helps you and your guests get the most out of the area surrounding our Vineyard. Another helpful resource is the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. Also, if you have any special requests or creative ideas for the people traveling to your big event, feel free to reach out to our wedding team and if we don't know the answer, we'll get you in touch with someone in Putnam County who can.