Although we can create a stunning event anywhere, following are some of our most-preferred and tested favorite Berkshire wedding and event locations in the region:
Stonover Farm, Lenox, MA
Stonover Farm, a 110-year-old Berkshire “cottage” which served as a farmhouse to the Stonover Estate, is a truly magical wedding and special event setting situated on ten beautiful acres with a duck pond and towering willows. Guests have a choice of a four-acre field for a tented affair or a magnificent haybarn for a barn event. The hay barn can accommodate up to 200 for dinner and dancing and the field is large enough for any size tent. The lawn by the duck pond is perfect for a wedding cocktail reception, post-ceremony or pre-dinner champagne. The farm’s luxury suites can accommodate up to 14 guests, with guests enjoying the spacious, private and superbly appointed School House Suite. Stonover Farm combines generosity of space with a feeling of intimacy and is just a two and a half hour-drive from New York or Boston.
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) offers beautiful and unique spaces for Berkshire weddings and special events. The museum’s 13-acre campus of restored 19th century factory buildings, now home to an expansive and ever-changing collection of contemporary art, provides a distinctive and culturally rich atmosphere while allowing you to customize the space to fit your own vision. MASS MoCA’s galleries and public spaces are available for rent for private functions but are not available for fundraising events of other organizations. MASS MoCA is just a two and a half hour-drive from Boston and three hours from New York.
The Mount, Lenox, MA
The Mount’s gracious and beautiful mansion and gardens, designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902, are the perfect place for an unforgettable Berkshire wedding or special event. The 50-acre estate, with its nearly three acres of formal gardens, provides a magnificent backdrop for an experience you and your guests will treasure. This classical revival house represents the only full expression we have of Wharton’s architectural interests and is one of the mere five percent of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women. The venue can accommodate many different types of events including both ceremonies and receptions for weddings. The Mount is approximately a two-hour drive west of Boston and a three-hour drive north of New York City.
Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, the property and buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s daughter, Margaret Cresson French (1889-1973). Chesterwood is a beautiful and memorable backdrop for a Berkshires wedding or other special event. French masterfully combined the elegance of his formal Italianate gardens with the natural rural landscape, creating unique settings and locations at Chesterwood for wedding ceremonies, receptions and dinner parties from small, intimate gatherings to events of up to 500 guests. The panoramic views, historic terraces, hydrangea walk, perennial gardens and sweeping lawns make gracious settings for any wedding or event.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Guilded Age Museum, Lenox, MA
Ventfort Hall, a Gilded Age mansion built by Sarah and George Morgan in 1893, is a truly unique setting for a private event. Ideal for Berkshire wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties, corporate meetings and Victorian teas, Ventfort Hall was the location of Cider House Rules’ orphanage. The mansion is listed on Save America’s Treasures and the National Register of Historic Places.
The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
Norman Rockwell Museum is the perfect year-round gathering place, whatever the occasion. Nestled in the enchanting Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the museum is a classic New England-style structure set on a scenic 36-acre-estate, and includes the Linwood estate house and Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio both overlooking the Housatonic River. Here, social occasions seamlessly blend warmth, culture and history in a relaxing setting and offer a unique and memorable experience. By hosting a Berkshire wedding or gathering at this remarkable site, your guests will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the museum’s ten spacious galleries, filled with Rockwell’s iconic images and the best in American illustration art. The museum holds the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art with highlights including favorites from Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers and the powerful Four Freedoms paintings. After-hours private affairs at the museum can be customized to meet your group’s needs with possibilities including private tours, receptions and artful dining experiences. Consider the Norman Rockwell for corporate events, weddings and special occasions.
The Winthrop Estate, Lenox, MA
The Winthrop Estate, a stunning location for a wedding in the Berkshires, is a private, elegant, fully staffed estate situated on more than 40 acres in the heart of Lenox, MA. The estate features many unique, charming spaces including formal entertaining rooms, large elegant bedrooms and breathtaking views in its 12,000+ square feet. For more than a century, the Winthrop Estate has hosted weddings where the bride and groom and their family and friends take over the estate for a full weekend of activities and events. Several of the prior owners used the property for their own family weddings and the estate has adopted their approach, hosting the wedding, pre-wedding and post-wedding activities including rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches. The estate also has overnight accommodations for up to 24 guests, and includes planning and concierge services before and during your stay. While the property is elegant, the exclusive use creates a relaxed atmosphere where you have quality time with your guests and everything is tailored to your preferences to create an ideal Berkshire weekend wedding.
The Porches Inn, North Adams, MA
Recommended by Travel+Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times and Boston Globe, the Porches Inn consists of seven renovated Victorian-era buildings that originally provided housing for the area’s mill workers. Located across the street from MASS MoCA, Porches’ guest rooms and public spaces employ a clever synthesis of retro and contemporary designs. The inn’s 47 rooms and suites are fully wired, offering WiFi, dual phone lines and complimentary DVDs. The inn features a year-round outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, bonfire pit, fitness room and meeting rooms for small weddings, retreats and special events. Whether you come here for a company retreat, a gathering of friends and family or a wedding celebration, Porches’ staff strives to make your visit a relaxing, productive and memorable one.
Hubbell Homestead, Bennington, VT
Originally built in 1768 for Aaron and Lucinda Hubbell, the Hubbell Homestead is among the oldest wood frame structures in Vermont. Its setting is farm country in a high valley of southwestern Vermont with sweeping views of the Green Mountains. The homestead once played a small part in the American Revolutionary War and now, appropriately, overlooks the Bennington Battle Monument two miles away. The Hubbell Homestead — a lovingly restored pre-Revolutionary War era farmhouse with its multiple outbuildings, gardens and grounds — is available for destination weddings, corporate retreats and private gatherings that require a specialized, distinctive, full-service approach. The property has the flexibility of catering to larger, private events because of its special events barn and expansive tented space.
Santarella, Tyringham, MA
Located in the idyllic Tyringham Valley, Santarella is an historic site and the former estate of Sir Henry Hudson Kitson, sculptor of the ‘Lexington Minute Man’ and many other well-known works. The four-acre estate, affectionately known as Tyringham’s Gingerbread House, was constructed in the 1920s in classic ‘Storybook Style’ architecture. The house seats up to 80 for indoor banquets and can accommodate up to 99 for cocktail parties or receptions. For parties of up to 150, a tent is placed on the beautiful grounds, which include Japanese-style gardens and a lovely lily pond, often the site for wedding ceremonies. From the stained-glass windows and whimsical rolling roof of the Gingerbread house to the pond, woods and winding streams, there is an enchanting, fairytale feeling which will transform any event into something extraordinary. Accommodations for 14 guests include a charming four-bedroom Colonial-era home and the romantic round Silo-Studio cottage. A larger Gallery Wing and Grand Tower Suite will accommodate an additional four guests.