Local Treasures

Just a short drive—or ferry ride—from Boston are plenty of great places to tie the knot. Pack the gown, rings, and tux, and get ready to say your “I do's at one of these New England destinations.

Martha’s Vineyard

Like so many island escapes, Martha’s Vineyard can be both a chore to get to and every bit worth the hassle. That’s good news for careful planners: While others are frustrated by traffic and ferry schedules, persistent brides reap the rewards of myriad venues, upscale restaurants, and a laid-back atmosphere.

New England wedding locations

Newlyweds on the Hob Knob porch; Photograph by Mikosphotographers.com

Couples intent on an intimate ceremony will love the refurbished 17-room HOB KNOB hotel (508-627-9510, hobknob.com). The former Edgartown captain’s home is now the island’s only eco-friendly lodging, with low-VOC wall paint, kitchen composting, and a menu of local, organic offerings. Its adjacent Tilton and Thaxter buildings can house entire wedding parties—or just happy newlyweds. Somewhat grander in scale, the HARBOR VIEW HOTEL, which just finished a multimillion dollar renovation that includes upgraded amenities like soaking tubs and outdoor showers, can accommodate weddings of up to 300 people (508-627-7000, harbor-view.com). Its sweet spot for ceremonies is a gazebo overlooking the ocean and nearby Chappaquiddick Island. Indoors, new chef Levon Wallace cooks up cuisine using produce from Vineyard farms.

New England wedding locations

An intimate ceremony at the Lambert’s Cove Inn; Photographs by Nicole Friedler

New England wedding locations

A tented fete at Atria.

As many as 75 guests can sit down for a rehearsal or post-ceremony meal in the dining room at the up-island LAMBERT’S COVE INN AND RESTAURANT (508-693-2298, lambertscoveinn.com). The expanded venue prepares its local fare the day of—no flavor-leeching warming bins in sight. Back in Edgartown, ATRIA, with its candlelit interior and charming outdoor garden, can host meals—of the clambake or white-tablecloth variety—for up to 300, ensuring guests go home sun-kissed, happy, and well fed (508-627-5850, atriamv.com).  SASCHA DE GERSDORFF