It’s time to pick a wedding venue that will compliment the wedding of your dreams! You know you are looking outside the box of ballrooms and country clubs, and thankfully, you have many more options. Recently, popular wedding destinations overlook mountains, lakes, and unique lush woodlands. If you are ready to plan a wedding with options of all three, you cannot overlook choosing one of these wedding venues in the Catskills!
The Catskill Mountains are part of the larger Appalachian Mountains, found in South-Eastern New York. They offer jaw dropping views of mountain vistas, pristine lakes, and dense forestland. The Catskills are known for being equally beautiful in the Fall and the Summer, making them a suitable spot for weddings through the peak foliage season in October! With that in mind, I’ve curated the top 6 wedding venues in the Catskills!
Top 7 Wedding Venues in The Catskills
The beauty of the Catskills really shines through the following venues, which strive to make your wedding weekend an unforgettable experience. Catskill wedding venues have truly honed their land to reflect all that the area provides in abundance. The commitment to restoring properties, focusing on farm-to-table offerings, and providing weekend long accommodations sets these Catskill wedding venues a notch above the rest. Here are 6 luxe venues that are sure to elevate your wedding weekend!
Foxfire Mountain House Wedding Venue
A personal favorite intimate wedding venue in the Catskills is The Foxfire Mountain House! Seriously, this Inn has it all. Updated into a relaxed “Bohemian Inn”, Foxfire is surrounded with views of the mountains and woodlands. The 10-acre grounds offer a pond, natural lily pool, a rustic glass pavilion, bonfire pits, and an eye-catching veranda. The outdoor tent-reception can accommodate 125 guests, all surrounded by the beauty of the grounds. You can expect astonishing photos from every well-decorated corner of this property.
Here you will appreciate the convenience of having several unique rooms and a separate guest house available for your stay. You will enjoy the benefit of an in-house wedding planner to help the day run smoothly, and the final stamp of approval is the amazing farm-to-table menu crafted between you and the talented Chef-Owner to suit your tastes.
Gather Greene Wedding Venue
Another favorite venue located in the Hudson Valley area of the Catskills is Gather Greene. Situated on over 100 acres, Gather Greene can be host to weddings of all types, themes, with room for 250 guests! This truly enchanting property offers several unique ceremony sites: in a Forest clearing surrounded by tall pines, on a ridge overlooking the mountains, at the shale quarry with a picturesque pond, or a deck overlooking the Berkshire and Catskill mountains. Perhaps the most impressive is the 4,000 Sq.Ft. “blank canvas” open-air pavilion that can be decorated to suit any theme or aesthetic.
Gather Greene is known for its carefully perfected venue spaces, but it also offers lodging in 17 custom designed cabins throughout the woods. A booking ensures private access to all 100 acres, as they allow no overlap in guest stays. There is no better way to relax after your big day then unplugging with your close friends and exploring the abundance of beauty around you.
INNESS Wedding Venue
The newest venue on the list- and guaranteed to make a big impact. INNESS is situated on 220 acres. Described by Conde Nast as a ‘thoughtful, high-design marriage of Scandinavian-chic and rustic Americana,’ the resort is perfect for a modern outdoorsy wedding weekend. For a couple that values culture, design, food, and the simple pleasures of nature, look no further.
Abundant leisure activities will give you and your guests many opportunities for memories and experiences together. The event barn, made of simple wood walls and large doors that open up to view the beauty of the Catskills. The venue can accommodate 200 for a seated dinner as well as stay for you and guests in the 28 cabins and 12-room Farmhouse.
Roxbury Barn and Estate Wedding Venue
Does the thought of picking a “blank canvas” venue have you dreading all the extra decision making, planning, and decorating that comes with it? The Roxbury Barn and Estate is an excellent choice of venue to ease those worries. This 50 acre estate offers space for 100-140 guests in a combination of four distinct indoor and outdoor settings for each stage of your wedding day.
The owners of Roxbury Barn have unquestionably created a thoughtful and immersive vision for every happy couple that chooses their venue. Start with an intimate ceremony in the woods beneath tall pines. Next, head to cocktail hour at the Hilltop Pavilion with scenic mountain views. Then, a farm-to-table country feast by the lily pond. Your reception and dancing will follow in the 170-year-old (spaciously remodeled) carriage barn. While the end of your night will be lit by a towering bonfire under the stars. If this paints a picture in your mind already, imagine how insanely good your photographs will be!
Cedar Lakes Estate Wedding Venue
Almost on the border of Pennsylvania, Cedar Lakes Estate is the largest of the mentioned Catskills wedding venues! Situated on 500 acres, Cedar Lakes Estate boasts 2 lakes, heated pools, hiking and biking trails, bonfire pits, tennis, and basketball courts. It has amenities for fishing, boating, and field games. There is even a zip-line down the mountain that ends in the lake! At a venue so large, you will have no end of fun outdoor activities during your stay.
Indoor or outdoor, you will find plenty of options to make your dream day a reality at Cedar Lakes. Is your vision a ceremony in a wildflower field with vast mountain views? Or would you rather overlook a serene lake with decorated shores and rustic amphitheater seating for your guests? How about a cocktail hour in a beautiful all-season open-air pavilion with stone fire pit? Or head out onto the patio, complete with infinity pool and breathtaking views of the lake. The large, 5,400 Sq.Ft. remodeled barn offers dark wood, crystal chandeliers, and floor to ceiling windows for unobstructed views of the grounds, and can hold 250+ guests.
Being the largest venue on the list, Cedar Lakes also proudly offers lodging space for over 400 guests! In addition to the updated cottages, they have smaller cabins, and large bunk houses with more than enough room to accommodate even the largest of parties. As far as wedding venues go, they have flawlessly combined luxury and relaxation to encompass the entire weekend.
Gilbertsville Farmhouse Wedding Venue
Next on my list is the Gilbertsville Farmhouse, which dubs itself an authentic and luxurious farm venue (for good reason). The owners have painstakingly restored this 125 acre farm. If you want the vibe of nature without sacrificing modern amenities, you will feel right at home in these restored and upgraded structures. Between the Chandelier Barn (holding 200 guests), the Hayloft, and the Afterparty Lounge, you have the opportunity to create a big weekend in several different spaces.
As other places on this list, Gilbertsville offers 31 lodging rooms in the “glamping” style. You can have up to 60 guests stay to celebrate with you! Enjoy the hammock park, goat yoga, a beer-burro (pack donkeys delivering drinks!), and a bonfire every night!
Handsome Hollow Wedding Venue
Rounding out this list of best Catskills wedding venues is Handsome Hollow! Located between the Hudson Valley and the Delaware River Basin, Handsome Hollow lives on 93 acres of fields, meadows, forests, and mountain views. Their 240-year-old Amish barn has been restored with modern rustic touches and can host up to 200 guests.
Handsome Hollow boasts several ceremony options: An archway in an open meadow with mountain views, a background wall of beautifully preserved bluestone from the old barn, or a forest clearing surrounded by ferns and maple trees. The 3-bedroom picturesque farmhouse is the perfect place for you to gather before and afterwards with up to 6 guests.
Looking for a Wedding Venue in the Catskills?
If you have dreams of a wedding based in nature, you can’t go wrong with a venue tucked in the Catskills of New York. Summer or Autumn, you are a sure to get your money’s worth in views alone. A skilled photographer will be your best bet to capturing the beauty and allure all of this area conjures. If you’re ready to choose the Catskills as your backdrop, I am here to help translate your vision to photograph! Reach out and let’s get planning!
Not sure if the Catskills are the right area for your wedding? Check out our other posts on venues in the Finger Lakes and Syracuse!
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