Pioneer Valley

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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Photograph by Mayela Lopez

LOCATION TO BOOK

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.

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Photograph Courtesy of Delaney House

GATHERING SPOT

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.

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Photograph by Allison Bell Photography

GUEST EXCURSION

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.

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Photograph by Boro Creative Visions

MUST-HIRE VENDOR

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.

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Photograph Courtesy of Cricket Hill Jams

LOCAL FAVOR

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.”

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