14044 220th Street, McGrath, MN 56350 | 320-592-0180

Weddings, Gatherings & Retreats


Are you recently engaged and looking for a special venue for your wedding? Are you looking for a unique or memorable location for your family reunion or retreat? The Shire in the Woods offers a beautiful wedding venue filled with green scenery and unique landscapes. Guests can conveniently stay in one of our seven lodging options and enjoy many of the nearby activities.

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Weddings, Gatherings & Retreats


The Shire in the Woods is a perfect resort destination for weddings, reunions, retreats, weekend getaways, workshops, business meetings, clinics, and more!

Are you recently engaged and looking for a special venue for your wedding? Are you looking for a unique or memorable location for your family reunion or retreat? The Shire in the Woods offers a beautiful wedding venue filled with green scenery and unique landscapes. Guests can conveniently stay in one of our seven lodging options and enjoy many of the nearby activities.

We have had several private weddings at the Shire where we have had 60+ people stay the weekend during the event. The wedding ceremonies/reception were attended by 175 or more guests. We have also had a few smaller weddings which utilized a portion of our places and grounds. During a large event, the entire grounds and cabins would be private to you. This will allow you to plan whatever you would like without interfering with other guests, and we are very flexible with the requirements of private groups. In August, we hosted a private wedding in which they set up a dance floor with lights and a mega-sound system under tents, they built a large bonfire, and they ended their festivities with a fireworks display.

We have many unique spaces. The Woodlands and Birches have been the popular choices for the honeymoon cabin. We have a magnificent large, central meeting space in the Octagon. Recently we installed an Epson 3500 LCD projector and a 120" screen in the Octagon with a home theatre sound system. This set up allows you to connect your laptop for any presentations you might want to do. You can also play any CD, DVD, or Blu Ray movie for a leisure event (it is 3D capable with enough glasses for 11 viewers). You and your spouse can exchange vows right in the gazebo or near our beautiful rose garden. We also have WiFi/internet available in every place. The entire Shire for a wedding event in which you may also want to pitch tents and park RVs would be $1275 per day. This includes all of our grounds, trails, cabins, and houses. You may have as many people stay at the Shire as you feel comfortable with. There are many possibilities for a wedding at the Shire. We can help guide you in planning your dream wedding.

We will also help you plan any special events. We also have on-site catering in our commercial kitchen if that is an option that you would like to explore. We have 60+ folding chairs and 10 banquet tables with table cloths which you can use for whatever you need. The only other fee is state sales tax at 6.875%. The deposit amount is 35% of the total cost, and it would apply to the final lodging cost. If you want to have a smaller event of say 20 people or so, it would be only $1075 per day for the entire Shire. Something in between the two options is also possible.

Group retreats are a great way to bond with members of your group, contemplate motives or purposes and work on specific goals. Unlike a normal group meeting or training, it is held off-site and at a location that is different from usual company meeting places. When you're looking for the perfect spot to hold your next group retreat, remember Shire in the Woods. Why should you choose Shire in the Woods for your next retreat? The answer is simple. We provide comfortable lodging at affordable rates, with plenty of attractions for you and your group. When you hold a retreat at an off-site location, it eliminates any distractions that may arise when you are at your normal office or location. Advantages of group retreats include building enthusiasm and commitment among your group as well as giving you uninterrupted time to solve some problems you may have. Through shared experiences and bonding, you and your group will learn to work better together while relaxing in a casual environment. Shire in the Woods offers groups an atmosphere that is more conducive to teamwork and creative thinking.

We hope that you consider the Shire for your weddings, workshops, reunions, business meetings, teaching retreats, yoga retreats, clinics, etc., and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Please give us a call (612-423-4562 or 320-592-0180) if you would like to discuss details further, or you can schedule a date to come out for a visit!

Features


Amenities

  • Home theatre video/sound system - 120” projection screen, Epson Home Cinema 3500 3LCD projector, Blu-ray player, and 11 pairs of 3D glasses (located in the Octagon)

  • Free Wi-Fi

Available for a fee:

  • RV and camp sites (see Special Rates table below)

  • On-site catering (see Special Rates table below)

  • Live DJ and sound system (see Special Rates table below)


Special Rates

Children age 14 and under are $10/day per child when accompanied by an adult. This may not apply to special events.

For reservations or questions, call 320-592-0180 (OFFICE), 612-423-4562 (CELL), 612-423-4720 (CELL), email us at shireinthewoods@outlook.com, or fill out our reservation form. Text messages are welcome for CELL numbers only.

Price Comments

Catering

Available upon request

Catering must be arranged with prior notification. Basic menu options are available upon request.

Large Party Tent Package

$325.00 for three days and two nights only (weekends only). Sides with windows or screens is an extra $75.00.

String Lights decor (wraps around the perimeter of the tent) are available for an additional $30.00 for your event.

The large 20' x 40' party tent comes with 15 3' x 6' banquet tables (with black table cloths and white napkins), and 70+ folding chairs.

Tents will be set up for you when you arrive on Friday and taken down when you leave at 1pm on Sunday.

Live DJ & Sound System

$225.00 per day

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Rent the entire Shire*

$1275.00 per day plus $15.00/day per person (beyond the 30th person)**

$1275.00/day for groups of 30 guests plus $15.00/day per person beyond the 30th person. For large groups of 30 or more, there is a $325.00 Grounds fee added to your event.

Complimentary RV and camp sites available.

Call for rates for groups of less than 30 guests.

* Rent is available for weekends or a single weekday only. Rent includes all of our grounds, trails, cabins, and houses, except any private spaces. You may have as many people stay at the Shire as you feel comfortable with. The only other fee, besides the $15.00 a day fee for groups of 30 or more guests, is state sales tax at 6.875%. The deposit amount is 35% of the total cost, and it would apply to the final lodging cost.

** Prices are estimates which may vary based on occupancy and circumstances.


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