Looking for the perfect destination for an intimate wedding on the East Coast? Just a short drive from Boston and New York City, the Berkshires is a region in New England known for its scenic mountain backdrop that comes even more alive when the crisp air meets the bright reds, oranges, and yellows of the fall foliage.
From the rustic elegance of the area's barns, to opulent Gilded Age mansions, to carefully restored inns and resorts, couples have a number of options when it comes to choosing from the many Berkshire wedding venues and event venue options in this gorgeous area of the country.
Filled with history and culture at nearly every turn, the towns of Berkshire County offer plenty for both the wedding couple and their loved ones to experience outside of the wedding festivities. From historic buildings and sites, house museums, and lush gardens, to visual and performing arts and entertainment to keep everyone entertained, there will be plenty for guests to enjoy as they celebrate your wedding day.
For those unfamiliar, the Berkshires are the southern continuation of the famed Green Mountains of Vermont, so the region offers a spectacular setting and unique backdrop for weddings of all styles and levels of formality. No matter which wedding venue you choose for your big day, the rolling lawns of the Berkshire hills will ensure a picturesque backdrop for your "I dos" – and after our recent visit, we feel confident The Williams Inn is a perfect choice for a memorable affair where sophistication meets rural charm in the Berkshires.
Nestled in the mountains of Western Massachusetts, the historic Williams Inn presents an ideal location for weddings. With lush forest surroundings and comfortable accommodations for the couple, as well as their bridal party, friends, and family, the property provides the perfect setting for those desiring a sophisticated wedding venue for a truly memorable event in the Berkshire mountains.
Located in the heart of Williamstown, Massachusetts, the recently reopened Williams Inn offers a charming, relaxed environment for couples to say "I do" and entertain their loved ones. From an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour with a stunning backdrop of the area's tranquil woodlands and foliage to a traditional wedding or rehearsal dinner in an indoor-outdoor ballroom filled with natural light, this wedding venue is well equipped to host wedding ceremonies and receptions for brides and grooms with a range of styles and preferences.
Whether for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, or weddings filled with rustic charm, Sarah Pritchard, The Williams Inn's catering sales manager, will ensure the wedding couple and their event planner set forth on a mindful wedding journey filled with love, care, and attention to detail. With 15 years of local experience, she is an expert in planning a wedding, social event, or special event at this unique property in the Berkshires.
In addition to the guidance from an esteemed local expert who will help to organize the perfect wedding day, the property also offers full-service catering that will appeal to even the most discerning of palates. In fact, the hotel's executive chef is happy to customize rehearsal dinner or reception menus using nearby farm-to-table ingredients for a luxurious meal in a truly unique setting.
The following are always included in wedding packages at The Williams Inn:
Photo courtesy of The Williams Inn
Nature meets culture in the Northern Berkshires with the nearby Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), a contemporary art museum in North Adams converted from a 19th-century factory, and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown provides the opportunity for guests to relish in one of the best art collections in the world.
If you're visiting during the summer, a visit to “The Pillow” – a 220-acre dance center that's also a National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival – is a must.
With an easily accessible adjacent golf course at Taconic Golf Club, zip-line canopy tours, white-water rafting, fly fishing, forest trails, and more activities and sites to discover in the rolling hills of the Berkshire mountains, the couple as well as their wedding party and guests alike are sure to have plenty to enjoy before and after the celebratory festivities.
Photo of the Clark Art Institute by Carol Stegeman
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