Come To Our Berkshires B&B For A Wedding Vow Weekend!

Come To Our Berkshires B&B For A Wedding Vow Weekend!You’re engaged to be married and now you need to write your vows – but what to say? Don’t fret: Brook Farm’s Wedding Vow Weekend is the answer you’ve been looking for!

We’re huge advocates of writing your own wedding vows. They are the most meaningful part of your wedding day, after all. We spend so much time fretting over the littler aspects of the ceremony: the reception, the colors, the centerpieces, the cake. 20 years from now, what will matter more – the way the cake looked, or the words you spoke to one another from your hearts?

The wedding-day memories you’ll cherish most will be of standing up in front of everyone, looking your partner in the eyes, and committing to a lifetime with them through your vows. The rest of the ceremony – the decorations, the food, the clothes – are really just dressing for the wedding vows. (more…)

5 of the Most Breathtaking Western Mass Wedding Venues

There are some beautiful landscapes in Western Massachusetts near Brook Farm Inn ideal for a vacation or private event. If you are thinking about a forest landscape for your wedding, then consider some Western Mass wedding venues. From barn weddings in Western MA to garden weddings in Western MA, there are so many gorgeous backdrops that will work perfectly for your ceremony or reception. Included in this piece are just 5 of the most breathtaking Western Mass wedding venues!

Find out more about Western Mass wedding venues, art galleries, and cultural events near Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Western Mass Vacation Guide.

5 Western Massachusetts Wedding Venues

Chesterwood

Stockbridge, MA

A wonderful option when choosing Western Mass wedding venues is Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA. This country home, studio, and gardens is the former abode of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French. This memorable, picturesque backdrop is ideal for your Berkshires wedding. With Italianate gardens and a surrounding rural landscape, you will have panoramic views during your ceremony or reception. Your guests can wander historic terraces, stroll along the hydrangea walk, and admire perennial gardens. Here, you can have anything from an intimate elopement to up to 500 guests.

Stonover Farm

Lenox, MA

Western Mass wedding venues would not be complete without a farm setting. Choose Stonover Farm for your wedding ceremony or reception. This magical setting features a duck pond and four-acre field for a tented wedding or a marvelous hay barn for a barn wedding. The barn can accommodate up to 200 for dinner and dancing, while the field is large enough for a tent of any size. Wedding ceremonies are typically held on the barn ramp, while guests are seated on the lawn. With high, wood beamed ceilings and room for beautiful lights, dancing, and dining, the barn at Stonover Farm is truly a unique and incredible reception space!

Stanley Park of Westfield

Westfield, MA

Western Mass wedding venues include the beautiful Stanley Park of Westfield. This 300-acre park includes an arboretum and botanical garden, making it a peaceful setting for tying the knot. You can use any of the park’s six garden sites for your wedding ceremony. Choose from Cathy’s Garden, the Rose Garden, the Duck Pond, the Japanese Garden, the Arboretum, and the Herb Garden. Receptions can then be held at the sheltered pavilion for a wonderful outdoor celebration!

Crissey Farm

Great Barrington, MA

Entertaining guests in the Berkshires since 1977, Crissey Farm is an authentic, romantic selection from Western Mass wedding venues. Originally a fine restaurant, Crissey Farm is now an environmentally friendly banquet facility located among the mountains. Events here range from 40 to 200 guests, providing a range of flexibility depending on the size of your wedding party. The best feature of Crissey Farm is the gorgeous setting. You will open your eyes to breathtaking views of Monument Mountain and the surrounding Berkshire Hills. Choose from a variety of catering packages, which include hors d’oeuvres, champagne toasts, hot buffets, and open bars, with dessert!

Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club

Lenox, MA

Wedding reception sites in MA include the gorgeous Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club. This spectacular wedding destination will place you amidst a beautiful panorama of the Berkshire Hills. Have your ceremony on the lawn in the spring or summer or inside for a cozy atmosphere during autumn and winter. The variety of wedding and banquet venues includes the Gilded Age Mansion, Rose Terrace, Historic Ballroom, Mansion Front Lawn, Meadow View Barn, Elegant Dining Rooms, or Outdoor Ceremony Space. Choose which selection works best for your wedding picture!

Let the Wedding Party Stay at Brook Farm Inn

Whatever selection you make from Western Mass wedding venues, make Brook Farm Inn your wedding party’s home for the week or weekend. Enjoy our luxurious, quaint bed and breakfast with homey decor, delicious breakfast, and relaxing massage services. We want to make your wedding day the best it can possibly be and hope to accommodate in any way! Book your stay now.

7 of the Best Berkshire Wedding Venues For Your Lucky Day


The Berkshires in Massachusetts are known for fall foliage, farm-to-table food, and quaint villages. Lush outdoor mountain spaces serve as a lovely backdrop for both athletic activities and social events. There are also many beautiful barn spaces that accentuate and authenticate the country setting. These often serve a function as Berkshire wedding venues, with rustic wood and raw interiors waiting to be transformed into ceremony or reception spaces. The area isn’t limited to barn ceremonies, however, with resorts and museums on the list of premier Berkshire wedding venues.

For all our favorite Berkshire wedding venues, and Berkshires activities to experience with your wedding guests, be sure to download our free Berkshires Travel Guide!

7 of the Best Berkshire Wedding Venues

Berkshire Museum

One of the most historical Berkshire wedding venues would have to be the Berkshire Museum located in downtown Pittsfield. The contemplative art galleries or fun aquarium will serve as a gorgeous backdrop for your culturally rich wedding. Art-themed rental areas range from the Ellen Crane Memorial Room, an Art Deco premier event space, to 14 different art galleries with both permanent and rotating exhibits.

Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club

A variety of wedding reception packages await at the Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club, one of the most highly rated Berkshire, Mass., wedding venues. The hilltop resort provides several spaces for either ceremony, reception, or rehearsal. These include the Gilded Age Mansion built in 1894, an outdoor covered Rose Terrace with views of surrounding hills, a newly-renovated Historic Ballroom with 16-foot-high windows, the Mansion Front Lawn, and a Contemporary Meadow View set amidst the woods. Cranwell also provides salon services and wedding amenities such as dining and wine pairing as well as many optional decorations.  

Crissey Farm

The journey of Crissey Farm began with a restaurant founded in 1977 in Great Barrington. From here, the venture branched out to include a banquet facility in the southern Berkshires. The venue has hosted weddings, rehearsal dinners, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties, and other community events ranging from 40 to 200 guests. Crissey Farm wedding packages offer a range of options from affordable to extravagant to create your dream ceremony or reception.

Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards

What a better place to throw a celebration than at a winery located amongst a beautiful hilltop orchard? Showcasing the natural beauty of the Berkshires, this 200-acre open space is far from an intimate hotel room. 400 guests can be accommodated with a tent, and estate-grown fare is available for a farm-to-table feast.

Mass MoCA

For a modern art atmosphere, Mass MoCA is one of the more dramatic and creative Berkshire wedding venues. The 19th-century renovated factory houses an alternating collection of contemporary art. Available spaces include the Museum Lobby and Courtyards, Building 6 with historic windows, a balcony, mill columns, and hardwood floors, and a variety of Museum Galleries that range from intimate rooms to soaring cathedral spaces.

Naumkeag

The elegant gardens and cottage of Naumkeag are just a few draws to this Gilded-Age style estate. From deep blue fountain pools to birch tree groves, a tree peony terrace, and a variety of gardens, this inventive, natural space is a great place to host a wedding or reception.

The Mount

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark that celebrates the legacy of Edith Wharton, who designed and built the estate in 1902. The property includes a mansion, three acres of formal gardens, and extensive woodscapes. The ground’s historical stables are also available for rehearsal dinners or after parties.

 

Wedding Plan During Your Stay at Brook Farm Inn

While choosing which of the many Berkshire wedding venues you will use, stay at the Brook Farm Inn. After a long day of wedding planning, settle in for a relaxing massage, read a book at our extensive library, and then wake up refreshed the next day with a delicious breakfast!

 

Chesterwood in Stockbridge is a Sight You Need to See


If you’re looking for an attraction in the Berkshires, consider a visit to Chesterwood in Stockbridge, the former home of American sculptor Daniel Chester French. Most famed for the Lincoln Memorial, French split his time between New York and this beautiful summer estate in Massachusetts. Art, culture, and nature coalesce to create the modern museum, which is available for not only tours but also weddings and other events.

History of Chesterwood in Stockbridge

Chesterwood in Stockbridge was once the summer mansion and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). Back in 1896, the estate was purchased by French, who at the time was already renowned for his bronze Minute Man statue at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. A studio nearby the farmhouse was created on the property by French’s friend Henry Bacon, and here, the sculptor would create his artwork during his working career.

French & Chesterwood

French is most well-known for his giant sculpture of Abraham Lincoln that sits at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The carving was designed at Chesterwood in Stockbridge and then carved in DC. After French’s death, Chesterwood mansion was inherited by daughter Margaret French Cresson, who formed the Daniel Chester French Foundation to help manage most of the property until it was donated. Most of the original 150-acre estate is now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who utilizes the property as a museum and sculpture garden. Chesterwood in Stockbridge is now a National and Massachusetts Historic Landmark.

Make a Visit

Chesterwood opens on Memorial Day Weekend 2016 to visitors, parallel to when French would travel from his permanent home and studio in New York to his summer estate for the warm months. The residence, gardens, exhibit gallery, museum shop, picnic area, and walking trails are all available at this time for your perusing. Group tours are available through the rehabilitated studio, nine-bedroom estate, and surrounding woodlands. You can bring a picnic, order lunch, or request a private wine and cheese party on the studio’s pizza overlooking Monument Mountain.

Exhibits

The permanent exhibit at Chesterwood in Stockbridge displays French’s most renowned works, including the Minute Man, Lincoln Memorial, The Continents, and Samuel F. Dupont Memorial. This exhibit features his creative process, style, and the social context of his work. Other collections vary throughout the year.

Weddings

You can plan your wedding at Chesterwood in Stockbridge! A memorable venue with gorgeous Berkshires scenery as your backdrop will convey an aura of elegance and the peacefulness that comes with mountain views. The Italianate garden contrasts well with the rural landscape to provide an atmosphere fitting for a ceremony, reception, or dinner party from intimate gatherings to 500 guests.

Specials

There is a special price available for the American Icons ticket program, which includes tours of Chesterwood in Stockbridge, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, and The Mount in Lenox. With this package, you can receive $3 each additional location after purchasing your first full-price ticket.

Stay at Brook Farm

Stay close to The Mount, a member of the American Icons specials package, and book at Brook Farm. For more history to explore and things to do in Lenox and around Massachusetts, download our free vacation guide!