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Denton’s European getaway: The Wildwood Inn

Denton’s European getaway: The Wildwood Inn

June 15
12:15 2012

Caroline Basile / Staff Writer

Behind a wrought iron gate, hidden away on Lillian Miller Parkway, is a sprawling four-acre lot where Denton’s premier luxury hotel stands.

The Wildwood Inn is a European-style hotel offering 14 rooms. It blends the ideas of a bed and breakfast with a high-class hotel.

Built in 2001, the hotel includes a four-star restaurant featuring local chef Pam Chittenden. The restaurant is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m., and is also open for a Sunday brunch.

Photo by Tyler Cleveland

The inn was sold in 2006 to UNT alumni Sarah and Keith Waters. Hotel manager and wedding coordinator Kendra Howell has been with the Wildwood for four years.

“People always think we’re someone’s big, old house but we were built new to look old; it’s very unique,” Howell said.

The inn regularly hosts dinners and business meetings for UNT.

“Most of our wait staff in the restaurant are UNT students,” Howell said. “They’re all from different backgrounds and majors, like French, English and psychology, and not just hospitality management.”

Howell said Wildwood Inn holds about 110 weddings a year, each one a unique experience with a different theme.

“Every day is different and we have different brides every time,” she said. “We’ve had everything from very gothic weddings, to ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’ themed. There’s not really one special moment that stands out but there’s always that one moment during the night where you see how in love they are and it just brings tears to your eyes.”

The cost of hosting a wedding at the inn varies, Howell said. Prices range from $4,500 to $8,500 or higher, depending on a variety of factors such as the number of guests, decorations, cake and how many rooms are needed.

Denton bakery Candy Haven has a partnership with the Wildwood Inn, baking most of the wedding cakes offered in the hotel’s various packages.

“We try to give back to Denton as much as possible,” Howell says. “It’s a great town to live in and we’re happy to be here and be a part of that.”

Assistant front counter manager and UNT student Taelor Bailey, who has been with the Wildwood for more than two years, said she enjoys building a relationship with each guest that stays at the inn.

“It’s just coming in and getting the experience,” she said. “It becomes so personal and you bond with the guests. They become like your friends and family and it’s always a little sad to see them check out and leave.”

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