From gardens in Vermont to barns in Massachusetts to island estates on the coast of Maine, we are sharing ten of the most beautiful and off the beaten path venues we have discovered here in New England. These nontraditional venues are private spaces that only host one wedding per weekend and handful per year. Each venue here is hosted by Mayflower Venues. Mayflower creates venue specific online planning tools for each property so you can book the venue, coordinate your own preferred vendors and customize the space all online.
Oh one more thing. These are "feel good venues." Meaning every wedding hosted helps preserve and maintain these amazing farms, orchards, family estates and other open spaces for generations to come.
So without further ado, here are ten of our favorite hidden gem venues...
- The Timeberline
Nearly two-hundred years old and with forty acres of private forests and fields, The Timberline in Maine defines a hidden forest retreat. The farm today has an active Christmas tree farm and still sustainably timbers portions of the land to supply local craftsmen and artisans. With hundreds of bluebird boxes creating a bird sanctuary and bucolic walking trails, the Timberline is a couple's private New England paradise. Surrounded by forests and nestled at the base of one of America's oldest mountain ranges, a wedding takes on a truly private and profound feel. Guests are transported away from busy city life in the sounds and fresh air of the Maine wilderness. This historic timber farm maintains all original buildings, perfect to help create a rustic museum like experience for guests or for stunning feature photos of couples (check out the barn shots via the link!). Family owned and operated, this farm rests on the Western Maine border just minutes from New Hampshire and only 2.5 hours from Boston, allowing easy access for friends and family.
- Mount Mansfield Organic Farm
Family-run for over 27-years, this farm boasts magnificent views of Mount Mansfield and the lush valley below. The sunsets from it's hilltop fields are the among the best in the region. The organic farm itself spans 75 acres offering couples privacy for them and their guests in the heart of Vermont. Beyond the fresh produce of the full organic farm, guests will discover a maple sugarhouse, and fields of colorful wildflowers. The family can work with you to help supply your own farm-to-table produce and flower arrangements. For a truly unique indoor event experience, one of the farm greenhouses, lined with seasonal produce growing along the perimeter, can fit up to 120 guests for a seated reception. The area is known for its bright foliage, thickly forested hills of sugar maple and beech trees, one church villages, and gorgeous lakes, often compared to Switzerland.
- The White Mountain Farmstead
Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
There is something special about having a ceremony where you and your loved one say your vows with mountain tops at eye-level. With unobscured vistas stretching for nearly a hundred miles, this historic family farmstead built in 1874 offers unparalleled ceremony and reception opportunities. The grounds have unparalleled views of the White Mountains, manicured gardens, and beautifully renovated historic cottages (available for overnights if you want to have any of your guests join you after the party ends). The gardens are home to orange-yellow day lilies and purple lilacs, creating the perfect space for high-top tables and cocktail hour walks for guests to take in the mountain vistas. Situated at the center of the courtyard is a stone terrace and patio, an ideal place to enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and courtyard. On a warm summer night or cool fall evening, a tented event at this mountaintop farmstead will have guests talking for years to come.
- Sherwood Brook Estate
Surrounded by rolling hills and streams, this historic private homestead was built in 1790 and keeps its colonial charm today. It boasts a yard filled with a pond, berry bushes, and a sunken terrace surrounded by hand built granite stonewalls. Located atop one of the Berkshires smaller hills, the venue site is surrounded by a proud New England forest of forty-five foot oaks, maples and white pine. The home is set back from a small road that winds its way through the southern Berkshires between a decades old stone walls. The area is perfect for those who value the intimacy and privacy provided by a rich New England forest, but still want access to some of the Berkshire's most quaint towns such as Stockbridge and Lenox.
- Westport Mooring
Westport Island, Maine
While accessible by car, this property also features a deepwater mooring accessible by boat for the most exclusive affair. This saltwater farm dates back to the 1800s, featuring stone walls traversing open fields, a historic barn, and family home built in 1869. Enjoy manicured flower beds, ocean views and three acres of fields for both ceremony and reception sites, along with a white back deck perfect for an intimate cocktail hour. With breathtaking views overlooking MacMahan Island and Little Sheepscot, this waterfront property is the perfect place to capture not only the essence but also the raw beauty of coastal New England at its finest.
- Meadow at Mount Greylock
This meadow features stunning views of Mount Greylock, vibrant wildflowers, and naturally wooded lands. For the couple who wants to create a world all their old in the mountains of the Berkshires, the Meadow at Mount Greylock offers creative freedom that you find in few other venues. With historic stone walls, split-rail fences, original farm homes, and two massive open fields encircled by the surrounding peaks of the Berkshires, guests will feel like they have stepped into another world of private and pristine Massachusetts. The fresh air and quiet of natural surroundings are perfectly calming. The mountain landscape showcases lush green trees on rolling hilltops against enchanting blue skies. During the fall, warm red and yellow-colored leaves transform the terrain into a even more mesmerizing and picturesque landscape. No matter when you choose to celebrate your wedding, the Meadow at Mount Greylock offers a truly unique and private view into the Berkshires that your guests will never forget.
- Bashan Terraces
East Haddam, Connecticutt
Located in the Land of the Sleeping Giant, Bashan Terraces boasts of the most rich and colorful landscapes in the region. From vibrant gardens, to a pastel colonial home backdrop and gorgeous green forests. The venue is perfect for the couple who wants to enjoy the outdoors in the elegance of timeless New England estate and farm. Cocktail hours by the home (available for rent overnight as well) and ceremony in a quiet corner of the acres of green grass lined by ancient maples. Bashan Terraces is truly a venue you can make your own
- Otter Run Farm
Did you ever feel like you wanted a whole world to yourself for your wedding day? Somewhere so private and secluded you know your guests will feel like they have stepped into a movie? Well, this historic working farm includes a massive 1200 acres of rolling fields and forest and boasts four miles of waterfront along Vermont's longest river, Otter Creek, that you can call your own for an entire wedding weekend. For a couple who loves the outdoors and wants their guests to feel transported not just to Vermont but also the mindset of Vermont, Otter Run Farm, gives you the chance to provide a private escape on a scale you cannot find elsewhere. With water traversing its landscape, and views of the Appalachian Mountains, this venue offers stunning views, natural wildlife, a pond, and guest house.
- Nightingale Stables
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
First settled in 1621, Buzzards Bay was one of the first permanent American towns, a historical fishermen village, nestled at the base of Cape Cod. Hidden from the water by acres of ancient pine forests, a historic dairy farm was transformed into a family-owned training stable and horse show facility several decades ago. This equestrian facility offers eighty acres of pastures, woodlands, and riding arenas, with charming red and white antique farm buildings offering a truly unique backdrop to your celebration. Just a stone throw from Cape Cod and only fifty minutes from Boston, this equestrian facility feels too pristine and hidden to be real. So whether you are looking for equestrian elegance, where guests can watch the horses trotting from one paddock to the next, or more a large scale New England farm wedding where guests have cocktails and admire the classic New England red barns, Nightingale Stables can offer both for up to 200 guests.
- Sunset Lake Camp
When you want your wedding to be a full weekend of friends and family coming together, there is no better place than having your own private lakeside camp in Maine. Away from all the distraction of the city, guests can have their own private cottages (included in the price) fully equipped with beds and bathrooms. During the day guests can paddle in the lake, organize inter-family soccer matches or hike in the surrounding acres of pristine Maine wilderness.
With the expansive grounds couples can choose to have a ceremony in a private wooded area, surrounded by the tall oaks and pines of the Maine wilderness, with no sounds but that of the music for your ceremony. Or couples can have a lakeside ceremony looking out of the rolling hills of southern Maine, facing due west to capture a perfect sunset behind the bride and groom.