Saugerties Steamboat Company

A Wedding in the Valley Hudson Valley Wedding Guide - Ulster County Weddings

Interior of the Saugerties Steamboat Company wedding venue by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley Wedding photographers.
Barn wed­dings meets water­front wed­dings at the Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny. (Pho­tos by Due­tim­age Hud­son Val­ley Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phy.)

Dilem­ma: you want a water­front wed­ding and a barn wed­ding too.  As barns aren’t all that often built smack up against a water­way, there’s lit­tle chance of hav­ing your cake and eat­ing it too.  Or is there?  The Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny pro­vides a solu­tion for your surf and turf wed­ding dreams.

Before we get to this new venue, which is a sis­ter prop­er­ty of Sauger­ties’ Dia­mond Mills Hotel (also a wed­ding venue), a his­to­ry les­son is in order.  In the ear­ly 1700’s, Ger­man immi­grants set up sawmills along the Eso­pus creek near its con­flu­ence with the Hud­son Riv­er to pro­vide lum­ber to the British navy.  After the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, the sawmills became paper mills and the lum­ber camp grew into a vil­lage first known as Ulster, but soon after renamed Sauger­ties (mean­ing “the lit­tle sawyer” in Dutch).  Thou­sands of min­ers and brick mak­ers soon fol­lowed, sup­ply­ing blue­stone and brick for con­struc­tion in New York City.  A ship­ping indus­try devel­oped along the Eso­pus Creek to move all these mate­ri­als and pas­sen­gers up and down the Hud­son Riv­er.  By 1830, a dock was built on the creek to ser­vice pas­sen­ger steam­boats, an indus­try which thrived for 100 years.  By the 1930’s, with steam­boats going out of style, the site was tak­en over by a local busi­ness­man named Cor­nelius Lynch.  Lynch’s Mari­na was com­prised of two large build­ings which were sold to Dia­mond Mills’ own­er Thomas Struzzieri in 2015.

 

Exterior of the Saugerties Steamboat Company with historic signage photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley Wedding photography.
A bit of his­to­ry: the Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny main­tains sig­nage from the old Lynch’s Mari­na.

 

Since then, the mari­na has been devel­oped into a com­mer­cial cen­ter meant to wel­come vis­i­tors to Sauger­ties com­ing by boat, and as a restau­rant and events facil­i­ty with a creek­side prom­e­nade.  One of the two his­tor­i­cal­ly land­marked build­ings is now com­plete with two floors of event space which can accom­mo­date up to 100 guests.

 

Saugerties Steamboat Company fireplace photo by Duetimage Photography.
Cozy in all sea­sons: ground floor fire­place.

 

Lower level seating at Saugerties Steamboat Company photo by Duetimage Photography.
Tav­ern style seat­ing on the ground floor.

 

The build­ing is ful­ly air-con­di­tioned and heat­ed in the win­ter­time, yet offers the same rus­tic ambiance as a barn: a wide open floor, farm­house sup­port beams, warm light­ing …

 

Interior of Saugerties Steamboat company by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographer.
Wood­en barn sup­ports and nau­ti­cal decor com­bine for a unique fusion of looks.

 

… except that it has out­door seat­ing look­ing right out onto boats and dock.

 

Boats and outdoor seating by Saugerties Steamboat Company photo by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Your cock­tail hour can spill out onto this dock.

 

Lau­rie Higgen­both­am of Dia­mond Mills tells us that brides can opt to make their dra­mat­ic arrival by boat if they wish, and full week­end pack­ages can include kayak­ing and pad­dle board­ing activ­i­ties incor­po­rat­ed into rehearsal din­ners or farewell brunch­es.

 

Nautical view from Saugerties Steamboat Company wedding venue by Duetimage Photographers upstate NY.
A Grand Entrance: brides can arrive by boat along this stretch of the Eso­pus Creek.

 

Cer­e­monies can also be held out on the grassy bank beside the Eso­pus Creek.

 

Signage at Saugerties Steamboat Company wedding venue by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photography.
The grassy lawn behind this sign can serve as a cer­e­mo­ny space along the water.

 

Should your guest list exceed 100 peo­ple, addi­tion­al seat­ing can be pro­vid­ed in an option­al tent, or in the sec­ond build­ing of the mari­na expect­ed to be ful­ly ren­o­vat­ed by 2018 or 2019.  

 

Saugerties Steamboat Company at Lynch's Marina photographer by Duetimage Photography.
This sec­ond build­ing of the Sauger­ties Steam­boat com­pa­ny will be open for busi­ness in 2018 or 2019; it can be used for addi­tion­al guest seat­ing.

 

Site fees for out­door cer­e­monies and addi­tion­al seat­ing apply and are deter­mined based on sea­son.

 

Outdoors at the Saugerties Steamboat Company for weddings and events photography by Duetimage Hudson Valley photographers.
Out­door seat­ing at the Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny.

 

An on-site wed­ding coor­di­na­tor is avail­able to help cou­ples with their plan­ning.  Unlike most barn venues, the Sauger­ties Steam­boat com­pa­ny pro­vides all linens, tables, seat­ing, plates and glass­ware. Themed linen col­ors are avail­able at an addi­tion­al charge.  Cus­tomized menus are also avail­able.

 

Typical buffet setup for events at Saugerties Steamboat Company photographed by Duetimage Photography.
Typ­i­cal buf­fet set­up for events at Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny.  All linens are includ­ed and cus­tom col­ors can be cho­sen at an addi­tion­al charge.

 

Food is catered in from the Dia­mond Mills hotel, which is just down the Eso­pus Creek, or cooked onsite in this mobile kitchen truck:

 

Saugerties Steamboat Company mobile kitchen photo by Duetimage Photography.
Food is pre­pared in this mobile kitchen behind the Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny, or brought in from the Dia­mond Mills Hotel.

 

Since the prop­er­ty is con­nect­ed to the Dia­mond Mills Hotel, wed­ding guests can eas­i­ly book rooms there for a week­end stay.  Lau­rie warns that the rooms do fill up fast for events, but the hotel is also hap­py to steer over­flow guests to near­by lodg­ing.

Anoth­er nice fea­ture that we like about the Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny is that full week­end wed­ding pack­ages can mix and match sites with­in the Dia­mond Mills prop­er­ties.  “Some peo­ple may opt to have their rehearsal din­ner at the Steam­boat Com­pa­ny, their recep­tion at Dia­mond Mills, and a farewell brunch at Dia­mond Mills tav­ern,” says Lau­rie.  “Peo­ple like the dif­fer­ent sites for dif­fer­ent rea­sons and when you plan a week­end event like this, you get a taste of each of them.”

 

Outdoors at the Saugerties Steamboat Company for weddings and events photography by Duetimage Hudson Valley photographers.

 

Imagining your wedding or event at Saugerties Steamboat Company?

Down­load images from this arti­cle on our Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny Web Album made espe­cial­ly for your smart­phone. Use it for ref­er­ence and share with those help­ing you plan.

Additional Information:

Learn more about Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny vis­it http://www.saugertiessteamboatco.com/.

To dis­cuss your Sauger­ties Steam­boat Com­pa­ny wed­ding with Due­tim­age Hud­son Val­ley Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phers, call (845) 905‑6323 or vis­it: http://www.duetimage.com/contact.

 

 

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