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10 Scenic New England Venues with History

These jaw-dropping venues offer touches of New England culture.
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by Libby Maccarthy

Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home

1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, VT; (802) 362-1788; Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home

Hildene's formal gardens are what matrimonial dreams are made of, filled with more than 1,000 colorful peony blossoms. Nestled in the village of Manchester, the Georgian Revival mansion, former home of Robert Todd Lincoln, is picture-perfect Americana with serious wow factor. Set high on a promontory, it features remarkable views and plenty of flowers for natural ceremony décor. Plus, a permanent openair tent allows you and 200 guests to take advantage of the stunning scenery.

Keeler Tavern Museum

132 Main St., Ridgefield, CT; (203) 438-5485; Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum

Make guests feel like they've stepped into A Midsummer Night's Dream with an intimate celebration for up to 80 guests at the museum's Garden House. After exchanging vows surrounded by vibrant wildflowers and a reflecting pool, enjoy cocktails and jazz music on the terrace. Built in 1915, the Garden House lends itself to an enchanting evening of celebrating, with details like crown molding, chandeliers and French doors that open up onto the gardens, providing a refined yet inviting backdrop.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA; (781) 259-3661; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Whether you're planning an industrialchic event with a playful edge or a day that reads timeless romance, the 30-acre DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum offers a beautiful and serene location with plenty of unique spots. Impress your guests by hosting your "I dos" in the Sculpture Park next to a line of steel ellipses (think: nontraditional wedding arch). Host cocktail hour on the Sculpture Terrace, followed by dinner and dancing in the galleries with 140 friends and family.

Ocean House

1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, RI; (401) 584-7000; Ocean House

Set in the seaside town of Watch Hill, this iconic resort exudes Northeastern coastal elegance. With 13 acres of oceanfront landscape, guests can take in unparalleled views of the Atlantic. Exchange vows with your toes in the white sand on the 650-foot private beach that can accommodate up to 600 guests, or clink glasses in the Seaside Ballroom, which fits up to 180 for a seated dinner reception.

Borsari Gallery

524 Main St., Dennis, MA; (508) 385-3434; Borsari Gallery Cape Cod

This quintessential Cape Cod spot puts a twist on the traditional nautical affair— by adding an art gallery to the mix. With its charming New England architecture and carefully curated collection of local art, the historic post-and-beam barn offers perks like a choice of three exclusive caterers and access to all the art for you and up to 100 guests.

Priam Vineyards

11 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester, CT; (860) 267-4860; Priam Vineyards

Style and sustainability go hand in hand at Priam Vineyards. Tucked away in the Salmon River Watershed area, the solar-powered winery has everything you need for an unforgettable event for guest lists up to 500: local wines, a picturesque hilltop location and a swooninducing landscape that requires little embellishment. Host your ceremony at the top of the vineyard, with rolling hills and quaint countryside as your backdrop, followed by a tented reception in the Bluebird Pasture. Plus, to-be-weds who book here can use the vineyard for their engagement photo shoot too.

Blantyre

16 Blantyre Road, Lenox, MA; (413) 637-3556; Blantyre

The turn-of-the-century, Tudor-style Blantyre offers ornate interiors, antique furnishings and beautifully manicured gardens for a sophisticated soiree with the ambience of a bygone era. After a romantic ceremony, sip cocktails on the lawn and head to one of the estate's dining rooms for the reception. Or enjoy dinner and dancing under the stars (tented celebrations can hold up to 300).

Dexter's Inn

258 Stagecoach Road, Sunapee, NH; (603) 763-5571; Dexter's Inn

Sweeping views of Mount Sunapee make Dexter's Inn a peaceful setting for both intimate (50) and larger (225) guest lists. Snap ceremony photos near the small family chapel, then have dinner at a tented reception. Plus, you can book the entire property for the weekend, with access to a plethora of sport activities.

The Inn at Longshore by OnTheMarc

260 Compo Road South, Westport, CT; (203) 226-3316; The Inn at Longshore by OnTheMarc

Having played host to the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, this venue rightly earns its title as Westport's "crown jewel." Treat guests to cocktail hour on the Great Lawn, then invite 300 friends and family to join you in the stately Grand Ballroom for a bespoke dining experience.

Hardy Farm

254 W. Fryeburg Road, Fryeburg, ME; (207) 869-5289; Hardy Farm

This cozy, colonial farmhouse boasts luxury accommodations, making it ideal for weddings with up to 150 guests. Have your ceremony in the blossom-filled garden, then hold your reception in the barn—complete with whitewashed walls and chandeliers.

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