As you drive into Maine, you’ll start to see the state motto on license plates proudly proclaiming, “The way life should be.” From its lighthouse-studded coastlines to its nautical towns and villages, Maine is very much a representation of the way life should be. Thanks to its great natural beauty, it comes as no surprise that many choose to get married, host their corporate retreat or retirement celebration at Maine’s state of the art venues. From its lavender farms to 1800s barns and cozy seaside New England inns, Maine’s wedding and event venues are the epitomai of the way all venues should be.
Idyllically positioned in Kennebunkport on Maine’s scenic Southern Coast, Hidden Pond lends a true Maine experience across its 60-acre property. Composed of a series of two bedroom cottages and one-bedroom bungalows, the boutique property offers the chance to hole up among the fir and birch trees. Individually designed and decorated, the cottages are accented with an on-site spa and open-air eatery. Guests can take part in a wealth of activities from getting lost on a nature trail to renting kayaks, paddleboards, and bicycles. Stargazing sessions and nightly bonfires are also key components of the Hidden Pond experience.
While Hidden Pond makes for an appealing Maine getaway, the property also hosts weddings and events. For your wedding, you can even rent out all of Hidden Pond for a rare exclusivity seldom found elsewhere. The Event Barn can host up to 80 guests. Complete with an open ceiling and window-lined wall, the space gazes out on a beach forest. The Event Barn is available for weddings, rehearsal dinners or other family celebrations. Weddings can also occur in the Wedding Garden. The beautiful natural setting is well suited for larger gatherings. If you want to host your corporate retreat at Hidden Pond, the site provides a luxurious retreat experience with access to a wide array of team building and wellness activities.
Clay Hill Farm
Just minutes from white sandy beaches and rocky Atlantic coast, Clay Hill Farm presents a classic storybook setting for your wedding or event. In Cape Neddick in Southern Maine, the farm was originally built in 1780 as a working farm. Consisting of rolling lawns, protected woodlands, colorful gardens and tranquil waterfall brooks, Clay Hill Farm is also proud to host the first restaurant in the country to be certified as a wildlife habitat and environmental sanctuary. Home to over 100 birdhouses and a nature trail with a lily pad pond, Clay Hill Farm provides the perfect venue for those seeking a very organic Maine setting.
Spread out across 11 acres, the property is suited for both indoor and outdoor events. Your event will appreciate garden, gazebo and bird sanctuary views. The Main Room and Veranda can host up to 180 guests. For even more space, Clay Hill Farm can put on tented receptions up to 200 guests. The 220-seat restaurant provides a fine space for gatherings, especially thanks to its contemporary cuisine and wall of windows.
The Barn at Flanagan Farm
Under a half hour southwest of Portland, the Barn at Flanagan Farm hosts events year round on its 66 pastoral acres. Designed to take advantage of Maine’s four seasons, the barn venue offers the rare opportunity for a winter wedding on site if you desire. With space for dinner and cocktail tents as well, you can host your wedding or social gathering on the property throughout several different venues.
Meticulously restored in 2012, the Barn itself hails from the 19th century. After undergoing a restoration and renovation, the space was turned into a state of the art venue. Adorned with three chandeliers, the Barn at Flanagan Farm offers 2,400 square feet of entertaining space for up to 250 guests. The bar for your event outfits with reclaimed barn wood and Carrera marble countertops. It’s almost hard to imagine it as its former purpose, a chicken coop. The barn also has a gentlemen’s hayloft lounge along with custom 12 foot windowed rear barn doors that open onto a bluestone patio. The patio can be used for outdoor cocktail receptions. The property also affords an English style barn from 2015. Home to 900 square feet of event space, the barn is great for smaller gatherings like cocktail parties and intimate dinners.
Cozy inns are practically part of the very makeup of Maine. Its venue scene is no different. The Asticou Inn presents that classic Maine inn feel with a restaurant on site. Overlooking the waters of Northeast Harbor, Asticou Inn also welcomes a rare spot in Acadia National Park. With Mount Desert Island as a backdrop, Asticou Inn evokes the charm of a bygone era. With roots in 1883, the inn has been lovingly restored to its turn of the century glory. While set up as inn with 48 rooms to choose from for overnight stays, you can also host a variety of events here including brunches, dinner parties, cocktail receptions and formal weddings. Able to host groups from as small as 20 up to 200 guests, Asticou Inn also tosses in its fresh, local cuisine and extraordinary grounds to accent your event.
The Nonantum Resort
Located on the water in Kennebunkport, the Nonantum Resort provides that classic Maine resort venue. The seasonal waterfront resort doesn’t just take pride in lording over one of New England’s most famous seaside villages. It also opens seasonally from mid-April to mid-December to host guests for getaways, weddings, meetings, and events.
You can have your spring, summer or fall wedding on the grounds of the resort. With the ability to host up to 200 guests, Nonantum Resort weddings generally take place in the Ballroom and River Room. It is also possible to get married on the back lawn overlooking the river for larger weddings up to 350 guests. For meetings and events, the Nonantum Resort offers up spaces for large and small groups. Team activities are also possible such as lobster tours, kayak rentals and waterfront outdoor lobster bakes on the lawn.
Just 12 miles from Portland and 10 miles from the coast, Broadturn Farm puts on all kinds of events from fundraisers to birthdays to business retreats and weddings. The organic farm boasts a commitment to local food and flowers and also hosts events from Memorial Day weekend through September. Partnering with local purveyors, events appreciate full menus that honor the tradition of Maine foods. In addition, your special occasion can benefit from the flowers grown in the fields on site.
Broadturn Farm lends several event spaces throughout the property. Most weddings are tented to get as close to Maine’s natural beauty as possible. You can have up to 200 guests in tented affairs on the farm. For smaller gatherings, the organic farm offers a 30 by 30 antique barn. Many ceremonies, dancing portions of evenings and small dinners are well suited for this space. You can also choose to host your ceremony right in the fields of the farm for an organic feeling ceremony. The first floor of the farmhouse is available for brides and grooms to get ready as well.
Granite Ridge Estate and Barn
Settled into Norway, Maine, Granite Ridge Estate and Barn lords over the top of a mountain and surrounds in 200 private acres. Thanks to its compelling location, the estate and barn hosts weddings and other events. Your event appreciates the full use of the property from Thursday through Sunday.
The estate lodge is one of Granite Ridge’s event spaces. With the ability to sleep up to 15 guests, the lodge also outfits in 18-foot cathedral ceilings and sits on 128 private acres. The barn is Granite Ridge’s main event space however. Featuring a side patio for cocktail receptions, the barn can host events up to 223 guests. With ample room for a dance floor, the barn also adorns with a wall of windows for loads of natural light and a 28-foot cathedral ceiling to lend a great feeling of openness and space. Your event will enjoy the barn’s handcrafted timber frame construction as well. Ceremony options aren’t just limited to the on-site barn. Granite Ridge Estate also offers a classic New England white church just two miles from the estate along with a wooded wedding site on the property.
Located in the picturesque White Mountains or rural New England, Hardy Farm provides a unique venue for weddings and events with an authentically historic feel. Originally established in 1750 as a working farm, Hardy Farm remained in the same family for 10 generations until 2002. It was completely renovated in 2013 to host weddings and events close to North Conway, New Hampshire, and the Mt. Washington Valley.
The barn functions as the reception and event space at Hardy Farm. Originally from 1835, the barn boasts whitewashed walls, elegant chandeliers, original barn doors, expansive windows and two unique staircases that lead to a wrap-around mezzanine. In addition to the barn, the house space can host up to 18 guests. Accented with the charm of 18th century New England architecture, the building also holds a dining room, living room, two kitchens and plenty of reading nooks for unwinding. Hardy Farm also includes a lodge space. With the ability to sleep 14 guests, the lodge perches in the woods. Its log cabin style is complimented by rustic touches like wood burning and gas fireplaces.
Camden Harbour Inn
Part of the perks of hosting your wedding or event in Maine is the wealth of oceanside venues. Camden Harbour Inn is one such venue, located on the rocky coast of Maine on a hilltop in Camden Harbour. The luxury bed and breakfast is considered one of New England’s most exclusive hotels. Offering up opulent suites, picturesque views, and world class fine dining, the historic inn hails from the late 1800s. Its iconic white exterior has seen many weddings and events since its inception.
Events at Camden Harbour appreciate not just award-winning cuisine at Natalie’s Restaurant but also a stunning backdrop of harbor and lush mountain views. Most events occur in the restaurant, which can accommodate up to 70 guests. The sunlit dining rooms and outdoor dining on the porch provide idyllic backdrops for any type of celebration. In addition to the restaurant, Camden Harbour Inn also provides a private room for up to 33 guests along with expertly landscaped grounds for wedding ceremonies and gatherings. It is also possible to reserve all 20 guestrooms and suites for your group event.
Dramatically lording over a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Penobscot Bay, French’s Point has become a premier waterfront Maine wedding venue. Sprawling across five acres of landscaped grounds, the venue only hosts one celebration at a time to ensure your gathering receives the utmost attention. In addition to sweeping 280-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, French’s Point can also put up some of your guests at the nearby Beach Rose Farm.
The Estate House is the centerpiece of the venue. Built in 1885 by acclaimed architect Wilfred E. Mansur, the house lends an Arts and Crafts style to your wedding or event. Within the home, you’ll find beautiful ballrooms to offer an elegant feel to your wedding. In addition to the Estate House itself, French’s Point also offers 5.5 acres of land for events, complete with spaces like a cobblestone cocktail terrace, sweeping lawn, promenade, gazebo, and bluff walk. From May through October, it is also possible to have a tented wedding. French’s Point provides a sailcloth tent for a nautical feel to your big day. Tented weddings at French’s Point can host up to 300 guests.
William Allen Farm
Settled into Pownal, just 30 minutes north of Portland and minutes from classic Maine coastal towns like Freeport and Brunswick, the William Allen Farm is designed for weddings, rehearsal dinners and corporate events. The ideal barn venue sits on 63 acres of woods and fields. Bordered by gorgeous old stone walls, Al and Heidi Curry have owned the property since 1991. In fact, they even live on site in the 200-year-old farmhouse.
The main act of the William Allen Farm is its 200-year-old barn. Measuring 40x80, the original New England post and beam barn relishes in its classic red exterior. Within, you can find a beautiful bar area, fully furnished lounge area above the hayloft and seating for dinner for up to 200 guests. As the barn is unheated, it is only available for events from mid-May through mid-October. In addition to the barn, you’ll also have at your event disposal the William Allen Farm grounds. Great for large or small gatherings, the grounds feature a lovely pond, gardens and open lawns for your Maine celebration.
Royal Oak Room at Ironhorse Court
Royal Oak Room at Ironhorse Court provides a truly unusual space for weddings and other special events. Located in Lewiston, Maine, the space blends historic elegance with modern amenities. Originally the general waiting room for train passengers going to and from Quebec, Boston, and New York, the space harks back to a bygone era. In addition to renting out the space for a wedding or special gathering, you can also rent out historic touches from the Royal Oak Room such as a classic car or vintage typewriter.
The main event space measures 2,400 square feet for a ballroom type feel to your special event. It can comfortably host 50 to 150 guests for a seated reception and up tot 225 guests for a cocktail style reception. The space features rich oak wall panels, a dramatic 21-foot tray ceiling and restored arched windows. In addition to the main ballroom area, the Royal Oak Room also includes a private adjoining courtyard, well suited for wedding ceremonies and celebrations. Your guests will also appreciate an indoor parking garage for use during your event.
Nestled on the banks of the Sheepscot River, Marianmade Farm presents an unusual space for weddings and events. The working flower and lavender farm resides just outside of the historic town of Wiscasset. Bringing a slice of Provence to mid-coast Maine, the farm hosts a select number of weddings and events each year.
One of Marianmade Farm’s main venues is its a waterfront ceremony site for an idyllic spot to exchange vows. You can host your reception onsite in the timber frame Lavender Drying House, rustic yet elegant in design. Your event will also have acres of natural beauty for photo shoots and cocktails. The barn and outdoor ceremony site can seat up to 140 guests. For larger gatherings over 200 people, Marianmade Farm provides tenting to accommodate a bigger celebration. If you rent out Marianmade Farm for your wedding or event, you will have access to the property from Thursday through Sunday, meaning you can put on welcome dinners and lobster bakes on the lawn or in the barn prior to your big event.
The Maine Boathouse
Located on the water in South Freeport and only 30 minutes from the Portland Airport, the Maine Boathouse sets up as an intimate luxury vacation rental and special events venue. The luxurious private residence consists of the Boathouse, the Heron Cottage, and the Osprey Cottage. Each provides unparalleled harbor views, stunning sunsets and sea breezes for your Maine event.
The Boathouse is the prime event space. Its salty history includes harboring a bootlegger operation during the prohibition era. Built in 1813, the boathouse sits on pilings and remains one of the oldest structures in South Freeport. It can host up to 60 guests for events from May through June and September through October. In addition to the boathouse, your guests can also stay on site in one of two cottages. The Heron Cottage lends views of Freeport Harbor and can hold up to 4 guests for overnight stays. The Osprey Cottage, on the other hand, sleeps 6 guests.
Agora Grand Event Center
Occupying the space of the former St. Patrick’s Church and Rectory hailing from 1890, the Agora Grand Event Center has converted the space into a full-service event venue. Open for events from April through November, the Agora Grand Event Center sits in the heart of Main’s second largest metropolitan area, Lewiston. The main event space on site includes a traditional church chapel, grand reception hall, and balcony bridal lounge.
Providing a blank slate for your wedding or event in Maine, the Agora Grand Event Center amazes with its Grand Reception Hall. Able to accommodate up to 250 guests in a banquet style event or up to 450 guests in a reception style event, the space boasts Neo-gothic columns, a 55-foot ceiling and a completely restored stained glass Rose Window. The Traditional Chapel space, on the other hand, provides a fine ceremony location, occupying a spot down a hallway from the Reception Hall. Surrounded by over a dozen stained glass windows, the chapel can seat up to 200 guests. In addition, the Agora Grand Event Center boasts a luxury balcony lounge, created from the original pipe organ and choir loft for small gatherings up to 50 and the Inn at Agora to house out of town guests for your event.
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