Atop Jerusalem Hill overlooking Elmira, NY is Hill Top Inn, a wedding and event space coupled with a local favorite restaurant. A few weeks ago I had a chance to tour the space and speak with Kaylee Morse, the event coordinator. As we drove up to Hill Top, my first impression was made with a giant landmark wreath that caught my eye. It’s covered in Christmas lights and, as I was told, is lit during the holiday season providing a festive reminder to the entire city of Elmira.

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The spaces that Hill Top offers are ample to accommodate an event of pretty much any size up to 350+ guests in the outdoor spaces or around 300 indoors. Directly accessible from the parking is a large patio area that is commonly used as a ceremony or reception space. With a tent covering this space you have the advantage of the outdoors with protection from rain or sun. Leading off the patio is an indoor dining room which then opens onto a spacious deck. The key view featured in every one of these areas is of Elmira below and the Pennsylvania hills beyond.

The packages that Hill Top offers include the option of buying out the entire space, or renting just the spaces that are needed to accommodate each event. Upstairs and away from the guest areas is a bridal suite where the bridal party can get ready and store their belongings during the festivities. Hill Top prides themselves on their tasty food with which they satisfy guests in a prompt and efficient manner, a priority which will make your wedding a guest favorite. Beyond the bites, they also offer bar packages from which you can pick the beverages that fit your taste and guest list.

In my conversation with Kaylee, I found out that she has been with Hill Top for two years and as event coordinator has a love for serving her bridal clients. She enjoys providing her clients with service that answers the inevitable laundry list of questions and thereby eases the stress that has a reputation of coming with weddings. Her calm demeanor is an invaluable asset to hosting an event with many details and emotions as a wedding. I’ve provided her contact information below for those who are interested in learning more.

My key takeaways from this venue:

-The view is breathtaking.

-The service is high quality.

-The pricing is very reasonable.

-The venue offers catering, bar service, and a selection of rentals = more inclusive service.

-The space accommodates larger events.

Contact info:

Kaylee Morse


Hill Top Inn Restaurant, Banquets, and Catering

Photo Credit: Joe Hy Photography


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