This forested western Massachusetts region—which hugs the Connecticut River and includes towns like Amherst, Greenfield, and Northampton—has a dual personality: It’s quiet and quaint, but also boasts a lively cultural scene. “There’s so much to do,” says Tanya Costigan, owner of Westfield-based Bowties and Butterflies Event Planning.
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Host your big day at the historical Hotel Northampton, which features a grand fireplace, brass elevators, and an opulent ballroom. Guests will also appreciate the venue’s proximity to NoHa’s theaters, eateries, and shops, which are all within walking distance.
Book Delaney’s Grill, a rustic-chic steakhouse in Holyoke, for your rehearsal dinner—or try the restaurant’s excellent brunch buffet to ease any day-after hangovers.
Head to Quonquont Farm, in Whately, to indulge in everyone’s favorite fall pastime: apple picking. You’ll also find a pond and a flower-filled valley on the property. Culture vultures, meanwhile, can take in a show at Northampton’s Calvin Theatre, which pulls in boldfacers like Seth Meyers, Ira Glass, and Amanda Palmer.
Not only is Liz Washer, of Makeup Artistry by Liz, an ace airbrusher, she also blends her own lipsticks and foundations to match each client’s complexion. “She’s highly sought-after, and she’s really on with her colors,” Costigan says.
What’s sweeter than homemade preserves? Cricket Hill Jams packs flavors such as ginger-peach, strawberry-lemon marmalade, and wild black raspberry into darling reusable jars.
Check out more of this month’s wedding getaways in “Destination Ahead.”