By Sabrina Sucato and Alexandra Rivera
Brides have it good in the Hudson Valley. With bridal shops and breathtaking views galore, there are so many ways to plan an unforgettable, and unconventional, wedding. When it comes to picking the perfect venue, forgo tradition and embrace the character of the Valley by saying “I do” at one of these Pinterest-worthy barns. We guarantee it will be love at first sight.
220 North Road, Milton
Buttermilk is one of those destinations that has it all. Hotel? Check. Restaurant? Check. Spa? Check. On top of all of that, it also boasts The Barn at Buttermilk, a cozy, rustic space that makes for dreamy wedding dinners and receptions. Bridal parties can pamper at the spa before the ceremony, then stroll over to the barn or reception patio to say “I do.” Hudson River views and a close proximity to New York City make Buttermilk an attractive venue for locals and out-of-towners who pine for a country chic wedding in the Valley. Catering is a no-brainer, thanks to Henry’s at the Farm, the Inn’s onsite restaurant. The bridal party can stay the night at the inn, which is packed to the rafters with country charm.
5256 County Rd 28, Long Eddy
The Barn at Handsome Hollow looks at once like it has been around forever and like it was designed for Pinterest-happy wedding planners. That’s probably because it’s a bit of both. Built 240 years ago near Albany, the former dairy barn was dismantled in 2014 and relocated to Long Eddy. Now the grounds are a dream venue for brides and grooms. With soaring ceilings, exposed wood beams, and a cupola on top, the destination is perfect for ceremonies, receptions, photos, and celebratory dinners. The interior seats 150 people and includes two bathrooms and a separate catering area. Banquet tables and chairs are available for easy seating, as is a portable PA system and collection of vintage props. To light up the space, the barn strings romantic twinkle lights inside, and heats things up at night with a bonfire.
680 Ostrander Rd, Ghent
Located on a 300-acre certified organic farm in Ghent, The Barn embraces rustic elegance with knotty wood walls and crisp white tablescapes. Take photos on the scenic hilltop and enjoy reception cocktails on the lawn before dancing the night away in the barn and soaking up the last bits of the evening by the fire pit. With onsite amenities like a bridal prep room and add-ons like the fire pit and a cart with driver to get you to and from the most photo-friendly spots on the property, The Barn has everything you need to pull off a one-of-a-kind wedding.
103 Burroughs Dr, West Park
When it comes to planning an all-natural barn wedding, Red Maple Vineyard is the place to go. The 143-acre property houses a renovated 1800s cow barn, a chicken coop, a grassy landscape, and active farmland. The barn is country chic, with textured wood ceilings, stained glass windows, and farmhouse décor. The tent, which connects to the main building, is ideal for larger receptions, with 28-foot center polls, a heating/cooling system, and a stone wall and gardens. As for food, couples can request a farm-to-table wedding cake with seasonal vegetables and farm-fresh eggs.
1203 Glasco Tpke, Saugerties
For small-scale wedding celebrations, Barn on the Pond is the place to go. The site, which comfortably accommodates 20 to 80 people, comes equipped with a modern rustic barn and a vintage airstream camper. Add to that an outdoor deck, pond, and fire pit, and you have everything you need to create an experiential wedding that couples and guests will remember forever. For intimate groups, the barn is a one-stop shop. After the ceremony and reception wrap, guests can overnight it at the barn, which sleeps 11, or in the camper, which accommodates four. The onsite kitchen and dining space enhance the community environment as well.
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630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
Looking for lowkey? Blue Hill’s restaurant location at Stone Barns, just a few minutes from Tarrytown, is the perfect place. A wedding reception feast catered by the renowned NYC restaurant can be held in the main restaurant’s dining room or in the Stone Barn HayLoft. A breathtaking stone wall backdrop sets the scene with the main reception building and other surrounding buildings, transporting guests into a cinema-worthy fantasy landscape. The HayLoft reception hall can seat up to 260 guests. An onsite events team is available for making sure this magical wedding runs smoothly.
105 Simons Rd, Ancramdale
For a wedding that guests will talk about for years to come, consider The Circa 1799 Barn in Ancramdale. The Dutch edifice lives on a smooth 10 acres of land and is surrounded by a 300-acre dairy farm. With so much space available, couples can choose the perfect spot from among dozens of locations. The barn itself comes equipped with a large dance floor, although a tent is advisable for a larger party. Conveniently, the space is just a short drive from hip Hudson, which means that lodging for out-of-town guests is a piece of cake.
98 Ryan Road, Pine Plains
This historic Prohibition-era barn was once owned by a Hudson Valley bootlegger and is the perfect place for a wedding as unique as the bride and groom. The barn that was once home to a covert speakeasy operation is now a distillery that hosts weddings and other private events. The beautiful knotted wood barn is nestled in breathtaking views of rolling hills, perfect for photo ops throughout the night. Enjoy cocktails made with local ingredients and catering of choice as guests dance the night away under the tall barn’s ceiling.
362 Glynwood Road, Cold Spring
Glynwood Farm’s fieldstone house can be the setting for a dream wedding, surrounded by a rustic apple orchard, cow pastures, and breathtaking outdoor views. Vines adorn the guest houses, and gardens are located around the farm for an estate-like feel. Included in the wedding rental are three guest houses for the afterparty, a lakeside boathouse for pictures, a tented reception patio, and an optional tour of the still-operating farm. A firepit is also included for afterparty fun.
221 County Rte 56, Maplecrest
If a mountainside wedding is calling your name, add Hayfield to your list of venue contenders. The Catskills space is the site for two renovated barns, both of which boast modern conveniences like bathrooms, running water, and electricity. The buildings have sky-high ceilings that add to the open-air feel of the upstate setting. In regard to the ceremony and reception, the indoor/outdoor space is flexible. Couples can have an outdoor reception and ceremony followed by a dinner in the barn or switch things up with a reception in the barn and a picturesque farm-style dinner on the lawn outside.
59 Sherman Ln, Buskirk
Located just south of Saratoga Springs, the Historic Barns of Nipmoose take barn weddings to the next level with three beautiful, restored barns situated back to back on a rural farm landscape. The Scottish Barn, German Barn, and Corn Crib function as distinct settings in a harmonious wedding experience. For the ceremony, couples can opt to say “I do” inside the German or Scottish Barn or, more popularly, in the aspen grove by the Corn Crib. The barns are flexible in their use and can be customized according to individual party preferences. The larger two barns work well for receptions, dinners, dancing, and afterparties, while the quaint Corn Crib is perfect for memorabilia displays or as a dessert stand.
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1117 Andrew Gray Rd, Roxbury
For a down-to-earth wedding that resembles a scene from a watercolor painting, consider the barn at The Inn at West Settlement. Nestled near the picturesque Catskill Mountains, the venue charms with a modern rustic barn that sits alongside a spring-fed pond. In season, wedding-goers can stroll along the bright flower gardens and cheery blueberry orchard. The barn itself accommodates 150 people and is often used for farm-to-table dinners and reception parties. The inn resides a short distance away from the barn, making it an ideal option for overnight guests. As for the wedding itself, couples can kick off the festivities with a welcome dinner, which includes cocktails and a taco buffet, at the barn. Either the inn’s front lawn or the expansive nearby field are dreamy locations for the ceremony, which flows effortlessly into the barn in the evening. An outdoor bar next to the barn ensures that the party will stay alive into the wee hours of the night.
204 William Brown Rd, Hankins
Although it is more of a house than a barn, Milk Barn gets its name from its former life as a dairy barn. Nowadays, the 15-acre property serves as a vacation rental space and an intimate wedding venue. Small parties can spend a weekend or more at the semi-remote location for a vacation wedding experience. Plan for a ceremony inside the barn, which boasts a giant fireplace, a chef’s kitchen, and three bedrooms, or outside on the grounds near the treehouse or swimming pool. Two onsite guesthouses accommodate an additional five guests, bringing the total overnight guests allowed to 12. Wedding parties can enjoy a quiet freedom at the barn, which is only 30 minutes away from upstate food and shopping destinations like Bethel and Livingston Manor.
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26 Wing Road, Millbrook
Prepare for the bacchanale of a lifetime! One of Dutchess County’s most well-known wineries offers wedding receptions at its 30-acre vineyard and rustic 1940s barn. The reception area is lined with art from Hudson Valley artists and canopied by a high wooden cathedral ceiling. This wedding setup under rolling hills of green and a clear blue sky will be a lasting memory for years to come.
145 Sterling St, Beacon
When it comes to picking an unforgettable venue, you can’t do much better than Mount Gulian. The historic site is a matrimony trifecta, with a sweet red barn, a photo-friendly flower garden, and a riverside setting. The site extends across 44 acres and houses the charming Dutch Colonial home. The triangle-top barn seats 135 for a sit-down dinner, making it ideal for a medium-sized ceremony. For a larger party, couples can take advantage of the riverside lawn, which can fit up to 175 for a tented reception. Although there is no lodging or restaurant onsite, the barn’s proximity to the many hotels and caterers in bustling Beacon gives couples the freedom to tailor the event to their tastes.
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184 Oak Hill Rd, Hudson
Fans of the Hudson area should seriously consider a wedding at the barn at Oak Hill. The privately owned home is now open to a limited number of public ceremonies during the year. Situated on an expansive 100-acre estate, the barn accommodates 200 for a ceremony and reception, making it slightly larger than some of the other venues on this list. The building’s natural wood feels bright and cheery during the day and warm and inviting at night. Depending on preference, ceremonies can be held outside on the grounds or inside the barn, which works well for communal dinners and extended celebrations at night.
386 Bronck Mill Rd, West Coxsackie
If you long for a truly rustic wedding experience, look no further than Owls Hoot Barn in Greene County. The 1800s Dutch barn holds up to 180 people for dancing and dining, while the attached pavilion is a dream spot for cocktails or even for the ceremony itself. As far as photos go, you can’t ask for a more beautiful setting than the watercolor grounds of green grass, multicolor wildflowers, and brown willow trees. As a bonus, the site also boasts a red and white vintage 1965 Ford pickup truck, which makes for fun pictures. Anyone who loves vintage décor or dreams of mason jar table settings will swoon over this space.
280 Malden Tpke, Saugerties
Owned by Jennifer Oz LeRoy, the great-granddaughter of The Wizard of Oz producer, Oz Farm is an 82-acre equestrian estate and Pinterest-perfect wedding venue in Saugerties. Outdoors, a ceremony field accommodates tented festivities, cocktail hours, and intimate open-air “I dos.” Nearby, the 3,200-sq ft space, which was once a working horse barn, now accommodates 150 sit-down guests for a warm and welcoming dining experience. Exposed wood beams and an abundance of twinkle lights help the space feel vibrant and cozy as revelers hit the dance floor later in the evening. As for photo ops, Oz Farm’s furry friends (25 horses and two charming donkeys) make sweet, frameable memories.
65 Bells Pond Rd, Hudson
Anyone romanticizing about a wedding in Hudson should jump on a spot at The Hill, the private 300-acre estate that has views of the Catskills and the Berkshire Mountains. Hold the ceremony inside Palladian Barn, the 1801 building that accommodates 75 to 300 people for a reception, dinner, and dancing. If you prefer an outdoor ceremony, the hilltop grounds are ideal. Afterward, herd the party to the Art Barn for an afterparty that comes with a firepit. The venue has tables aplenty, tents, string lights, fans, games, and more to accommodate couples on their dream day.
196 E Duncan Hill Rd, Dover Plains
Thanks to a 2017 renovation, The Preston Barn at The Old Drovers Inn is ready to help lovebirds tie the knot. Guests can flow into the reclaimed space via sliding doors and mingle on the Vermont stone patio. With a catering kitchen and lengthy wooden dining tables inside, the barn is optimal for receptions and dinners. In the evening, the party can spill out onto the patio and around the firepit. As for accommodations, The Old Drovers Inn, located right next to the barn, has six guest rooms and additional common spaces that are perfect for bridal parties and wedding prep.
667 County Rd 41, Roxbury
Unlike the other barn venues in the Hudson Valley, The Roxbury is a bank barn. The carriage-style structure, which holds up to 140 people, is built into the side of a cliff. In the front, it appears both vintage and modern, thanks to its silver-gray color wash and dark roof. In the back, however, it is a prep space for caterers, who can access the bottom floor of the venue from the cliff side. The barn is old, over 160 years old to be exact, yet it has all the amenities required of a contemporary wedding. Guests can order drinks at the interior bar or dance to the tunes that sound from the audio system. The nearby Hilltop Pavilion space is a photographer’s dream for ceremony photos, which capture couples reciting their vows in front of a backdrop of sky-high trees. Afterward, the party can amble down Spring Hill to the forested barn area for dinner and dancing, then wind down the night near the glowing bonfire.
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2080 Upper Meeker Hollow Rd, Roxbury
In addition to its day job as a 400-acre horse farm, Stone Tavern also hosts magnificent weddings for up to 250 guests. Plan a wedding weekend from start to finish at the farm, starting on Friday with a rehearsal. Choose between a Saturday wedding inside the barn or out on the waterside pavilion. After the ceremony, guests can unwind with lawn games and wildflower picking before congregating in the 12,000-square-foot hemlock barn for the reception. Perks of a party at Stone Tavern include the large dance floor, outdoor deck, and stage space for musical acts. Worth noting – the venue has a B.Y.O.B. policy and offers a hearty Sunday brunch the morning after the wedding.
2 Rescue Road, High Falls
Less is more at this award-winning Woodstock farm. An animal rescue sanctuary-turned-wedding venue, this location specializes in micro-weddings. These smaller weddings usually range from 10 to 20 people and are perfect for elopements or weddings without the bridal party hassle or over 100 guests. Choose from two ceremony settings: a forest arbor with outdoor seating or the iconic Gray Barn with spectacular views of the Shawangunk Mountains. Lodging accommodates for 12 guests at the end of the night, with the option for a tasty vegan breakfast in the morning and a guided photoshoot with the sanctuary’s furry friends.