Tamarack Lodge is now official certified by Connecticut to reopen on May 20th! This certification helps provide rules developed by public health officials. These rules include info for Tamarack about physical distancing, hygiene, sanitizing, protective equipment and more. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Thank you!

Valoree & John Longo

Tamarack Lodge is offering COVID-19 Friendly Weddings, two different alternatives for couples whose initial wedding plans were cancelled or rescheduled. It’s hard to imagine what this global pandemic will be on our society, but one thing we’re sure of is LOVE WINS! While working under the guidance of state Gathering Regulations, we’re offering these Micro Weddings.

Option one is a “Drive-In Wedding”; Tamarack, Heartfelt Ceremonies and Allie Dearie Photography are offering a series of Drive-In Wedding ceremonies where couples will be able to get married in front of guests watching from their cars. These special ceremonies will be short, sweet and include Exchange of Wedding Vows with CT Justice of the Peace, a Verified Signature & return license to Voluntown, CT, professional photographs of your ceremony and a couples portrait session with an online gallery, two red roses for the couple and free popcorn for up to 20 guests. These are only available on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and May 25. The package value is worth $1,700 but only costs $757 plus tax.

Photo by Allie Dearie Photography

Option two is a “Last Min-Wed” featuring 4 hours of indoor reception venue ceremony, lawn games, firepit, centerpieces, soft drinks, coffee, tea and a champagne toast for up to 50 guests. This option is only available weekdays, Fridays, Sundays and can only be booked 6 months to the date. More guests can be included in the “Last Min-Wed” package for an additional cost and catering must be hired by a licensed caterer from an approved list. The package value is worth $2,892 but only costs $1,900 plus tax.

Marriage licenses previously obtained from a different city will be honored for the town of Voluntown, CT (great for our COVID-19 Friendly Weddings!). 

Located on the border of Connecticut and Rhode Island in Voluntown, CT, the Indie Glamping destination is a hidden gem offering a whimsical destination in the middle of the Pachaug Forest.

Anyone interested in more info for COVID-19 Friendly Weddings contact Amylu M. for more info: amylu@tamaracklodgect.com

Photo by Allie Dearie Photography


We want to address the ongoing concerns over the current flu season and the COVID-19 virus. We understand the impact this is having across the map and we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, clients and community members. Due to advisements by the State of Connecticut and the Governor, we are taking the precautionary steps for everyone’s safety.

We are postponing both of our March events; the St. Patrick’s Celebration with the Old Fiddler’s Cub and The Billy Pilgrim Band on Saturday, March 14th as well asthe Celtic Forest & Fairy/Grimm Psychic Bazaar on Sunday, March 15th. The Psyhic Bazaar will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 7th and the St. Patrick’s Celebration date is TBA. As of right now, all other previously booked events for 2020 and weddings are scheduled as planned.

Along with the State of Connecticut, Tamarack will be taking additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our patrons as well as our employees that include, but not limited to:

• we are also encouraging more frequent hand washing by staff members.

• As always, we are asking that any employee who does not feel well stay home, or work from home, if possible.

• As an extra safety precaution, we have made surgical gloves available for all operational employees to wear while carrying out their daily duties.

• Increasing the number of hand sanitizers and making them readily available.

• Increasing surface wipe-downs in common areas and increased bathroom cleaning operations.

• Increasing fresh air inside the venue.

• We are encouraging all Delivery and Operational Teams follow the recommended safe, sanitary procedures.

As a consideration to your fellow patrons, we ask that our event attendees please follow the State of Connecticut recommended everyday preventive actions:

• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

We are closely monitoring the CDC and World Health Organization for ongoing updates and will continue to adjust and advance our practices as recommended.

If you wish to connect with us directly we are more than happy to chat with you!

Valoree & John Longo
Tamarack owners

Congrats on your wedding plans! Now time to book a bachelor or bachelorette getaways with your closest pals! How about a laid-back, rustic retreat with fresh air, breathtaking landscapes fire pits, kayaking and cocktails or beers and s’mores!?

A weekend in the woods with your friends is especially attractive for those who prefer to forego the traditional nightclub festivities, but it’s also great for anyone who just wants to escape for some pre-nuptial bonding with their besties!

Explore the hiking paths within Pachaug State Forest or visit a local winery or brewery a few minutes away (full list here). Tamarack Lodge is the perfect getaway; situated on 28 acres of scenic, wooded grounds abutting Beach Pond Lake and filled with vintage charm, Instagram-worthy backdrops and a fun, Indie Glamping experience!

Some quotes originally from article in weddingchicks.com / some photos by Kim Payant Photography

Contact us about Bachelor and Bachelorette Getaway Packages now!



Totally fell in love, when we  saw 100 Layer Cake’s post for Anne Sage’s Animal-Themed Baby Shower! Wouldn’t this be perfect in our Overlook Dining Room??

Designer Anne Sage painted it as an unexpected way to channel her wildcat baby shower theme across the venue. If you follow Anne, you probably know that she’s due with baby #1 in about a month. Read her tips for pulling off this modern animal theme while perusing Vanessa Tierney‘s photos below!

It’s called a Jack and Jill.

Or a Jack and Jack. Or a Jill and Jill. Or a Stag and Doe. Or a Buck and Doe.

No matter what you call it, this gender-neutral extravaganza is the best pre-wedding event that can be a great alternative to bridal showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties.

Put simply, a Jack and Jill is a large fundraising fiesta for friends and family for which guests pay an upfront ticket price.

Don’t freak out at the cringe-inducing words “fundraising” and “ticket price.” With a J&J, the weirdness of registering for expensive gifts that you don’t need and forcing your friends to pay for them is eliminated in favor of a cash admission price, usually as low as $10 to $15 per person.” – mic.com

“Given that the average cost of getting married in the US is $38,700 which includes engagement ring, honeymoon, and ceremony/reception (according to WeddingWire’s 2019 Newlywed report)…even couples lucky enough to have parental assistance could use a little extra cash ahead of their wedding — not to mention a kickass celebration.

“We’re glad we chose to have a Jack and Jill,” Amy*, a recently married 31-year-old from Hartford, Connecticut, told Mic. “Everyone enjoyed themselves, and the money we received helped a great deal in paying for the wedding.”

No lame gifts, no gender divisions: Jack and Jill parties are also inclusive, with much wider guest lists than the actual wedding.

“Everybody that you love and care about can be in the same place at the same time. Plus invitations extend beyond your wedding list, so the party can be pretty big,” said Claire*, a 30-year-old J&J supporter from Cromwell, Connecticut.

Tim and Claire held their J&J, a barbecue, at a rented outdoor venue and charged $25 for single tickets and $40 for couples. In exchange, guests were treated to a food buffet along with unlimited drinks, games and raffle opportunities ranging from tailgate gear to an iPad. The upfront costs of the event were covered mainly by the bride and groom, while the wedding party donated raffle items and made food and drink contributions on a volunteer basis. In other words, it was a win-win for both the couple and their guests.

As one 28-year-old female who has attended numerous J&Js told Mic, “I’d much rather show my support by purchasing a $20 ticket and drinking all day with my friends than charging something at Macy’s and having to sit through yet another game of bridal shower wedding trivia.”


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Regardless of where J&Js come from, those lucky enough to score a Jack and Jill invite should count their blessings. For couples getting married, they can be an essential source of financial help. For everyone involved, they’re a great excuse to party and let loose with those who matter most.

“We did end up profiting from our Jack and Jill,” Claire told Mic. “But it was more about just having a great time with friends and family.”






Coming into our 4th year, we’re excited
to journey into 2020! Why??

Beginning in January, our business will soley be dedicated to
Weddings, Events, Retreats, Concerts, Festivals, Summer Camps, Indie Glamping and more exciting opportunities!

Weddings and private events have dominated our business,
so to make room for more,
we won’t have time for regular restaurant or tavern hours.

We will continue to host public events,
including the annual Charity Challenge Poker Run and Music Festival, The Down & Dirty Mud Run and annual holiday events such as our Grinch-Mas Party and Thanksgiving Feast.

Keep an eye out for a series of Tamarack pop-up events; a Valentine’s Comedy Dinner Show, a Leap Year celebration, Kristmas With Krampus, St Patrick’s Day, Tamarack’s 4th Anniversary celebration, specialty brunches for Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in conjunction with the Finnish Midsummer holiday Juhannus!

We also have two upcoming Rustic Bridal Shows in the Spring on May 14th and in the Fall on October 18th, produced by Bridal Shows By Kelly.

What’s Next?
Please visit our website for pictures of our event spaces,
wedding brochure and public events calendar

For any booking inquiries, contact Amylu Meneses amylu@tamaracklodgect.com / 860-376-0224 (Office) or Valoree Longo val@tamaracklodgect.com / 203-223-6987 (Cell).

On Saturday, October 26th, throw tradition out the window and think outside the box! Couples who want something new and unique for their wedding, but don’t want the cost or headaches of planning a wedding, will venture to Tamarack Lodge for a unique wedding experience called a Pop Up Wedding.

Located on the border of Connecticut and Rhode Island in Voluntown, CT, the Indie Glamping destination is a hidden gem offering a whimsical destination in the middle of the Pachaug Forest.

Similar to an elopement, a Pop Up Wedding offers a sweet ceremony in front of your closest family and friends and a quick reception with cocktails and appetizers for two to fifty guests. A Pop Up Wedding package put together by Heidi Hanson, the owner of Always & Forever Weddings includes a top notch team of wedding professionals; Wedding Planner, Photographer, Officiant, Florals, Cake and Catering, to take care of the details. 

“We believe that every couple deserves a beautiful wedding regardless of budget. We create beautiful Pop Up Weddings throughout New England!” – Pop Up Weddings

Web Link: https://www.tamaracklodgect.com/pop-up-weddings-2019/

Media Professionals interested in more info about October 26th Pop Up Wedding contact Amylu Meneses amylu@tamaracklodgect.com // 860-376-0224

Engaged Couples interested in booking a Pop Up Wedding contact Heidi Hanson for more info: popup@always-and-foreverweddings.com

Photo Above by Alyssa Jean Signature Events / Together LLC / Evermore Imaging / Sage Hill Florals/ Tamarack Lodge / The Confetti Bar / Christopher Michael the Salon / Gypsy Bride / Generation Tux / Ashley Morganic


About Always & Forever Weddings & Pop Up Weddings CT

Since 2003, Always and Forever has worked with couples to help create the perfect day for the biggest day in your life! Voted Best Event Planner 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the Weddingwire; Voted best Event Planner 2007 by the knot and Runner Up 2013 by Hartford Magazine.

Always & Forever’s reputation for impeccable events, unique design elements and execution has been recognized both locally and nationally for excellence in their field of wedding planning. We approach each wedding and event as unique, knowing our clients as individuals, and planning their weddings as they wish, their vision, their budget, their dream; not forcing them into any cookie cutter magazine spread. Under the direction of Heidi Hanson, Always and Forever provides custom designed services for couples during any stage of planning. Our planning services have taken us all over New England and throughout the Caribbean.




About Voluntown
Incorporated in 1721, the town of Voluntown lies in the southeastern part of Connecticut, bordering the State of Rhode Island, as well as Windham County and the towns of North Stonington and Griswold. Located halfway between Boston and New York, Voluntown is conveniently accessible from I-95 and I-395, Route 2 and the scenic highway of Route 49. The town’s population of 2,400 doubles during the summer months as its tourism season flourishes.

Nearby Pachaug State Forest provides 28,000 acres of recreational opportunities and the area is known as one of the top five sites for fall foliage in Connecticut. Within town limits, visitors will also find numerous riding trails and the state’s only “horse camp”, as well as boating and fishing at Beach Pond, which has a public boat launch and is annually stocked by both Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Voluntown is also home to many entrepreneurial companies offering services from carpentry and construction to antiques and motion pictures. Dairy and tree farms are an important part of the Voluntown economy, as well. http://www.voluntown.gov


Originally posted on Mixmag

What else is Tamarack Lodge capable of? Artist retreats!! What better way to bring out the creative juices than cutting yourself off from the distractions of city life! Plant yourself in the middle of the largest state forest in Connecticut, Pachaug Forest! If a record label can do it with six music artists so can Tamarck!! Check out the details below and let your imagination roam…

Little Boots delivers a live set of original material at an intimate fireside performance in the picturesque mountains of Upstate New York.

This past October, Mixmag teamed up with AKG to bring six artists to Allaire Studios – a musical getaway located in Woodstock, New York – for a unique electronic music retreat. Isolated from the noise of the outside world and provided with a plethora of instruments, recording equipment and refined audio gear, this amiable retreat delivered an exercise in nurturing new musical epiphanies through the spirit of collaboration.

Cozying up next to an outdoor fire pit and surrounded by the changing leaves of autumn, Little Boots delivered a graceful, vocally driven live-set outside of Allaire Studios during Mixmag and AKG’s Woodstock retreat.

Check out the full set in the video below.