Homes, from classic colonials to Gilded-Age mansions, and gardens of the botanical, farm and park varieties, also have a
place on that list.
Following is a rundown of the best home
and garden settings throughout New England that are available to host memorable
off-site group gatherings.
Boston is home to oodles of magnificent
settings for receptions, including Hampshire House, a turn-of-the-century mansion located on Beacon Hill with views of
the city’s Public Garden.
According to David O’Donnell, senior
manager of media relations for the Greater
Boston CVB, this Georgian revival town-house, featuring ornate Italian marble,
crystal chandeliers and tall Palladian windows, can also configure banquet, theater
and classroom setups.
Situated in the Berkshires is Lenox,
Mass.-based The Mount, the circa-1902
home of author Edith Wharton, which can
host group lunches and casual receptions
on the terrace for up to 50 people, often
paired with private tours of the house,
gardens and grounds.
“Particularly popular are our ghost tours,
which take place after normal hours in
some of the eeriest parts of the estate,” said
Anne K. Schuyler, The Mount’s director of
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Holyoke, Mass.-based Wistariahurst offers both home and garden settings.
“The Music Room at Wistariahurst is
styled in the era of the Italian Renaissance
and holds up to 120 guests,” said Michele
Goldberg, director of marketing for the
Greater Springfield CVB. “The gardens at
Wistariahurst Museum offer a beautiful
outdoor location to host cocktail recep-
The area is also home to the Spring-
field-based Carriage House, which is locat-
ed in Forest Park and features a banquet