Friendly Crossways Retreat Center

Friendly Crossways Retreat Center Outdoor Rustic Wedding Ceremonies, Reception, Nonprofit Retreats, Weekend Destination Wedding Friendly Crossways has been providing unique, rustic affordable events and services for nonprofit groups, family reunions, wedding parties and individual travelers since 1947.

Friendly Crossways is surrounded by woods, fields and organic gardens in central Massachusetts apple country, but only 30 miles from downtown Boston. In our renovated New England barn and farmhouse, guests may stay in private rooms with handmade quilts, or a dorm that was once the hayloft. The kitchen is open to DIY cooks, or our chef can provide meals for groups, using her very locally sourced (b

Friendly Crossways is surrounded by woods, fields and organic gardens in central Massachusetts apple country, but only 30 miles from downtown Boston. In our renovated New England barn and farmhouse, guests may stay in private rooms with handmade quilts, or a dorm that was once the hayloft. The kitchen is open to DIY cooks, or our chef can provide meals for groups, using her very locally sourced (b

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Thank you to our veterans and their families -- passed, present and future -- for your service and sacrifice.
11/11/2021

Thank you to our veterans and their families -- passed, present and future -- for your service and sacrifice.

Thank you to our veterans and their families -- passed, present and future -- for your service and sacrifice.

There are many benefits to running a home business. Here's a perk specific for wedding venue owners: meeting loving, lov...
11/01/2021

There are many benefits to running a home business. Here's a perk specific for wedding venue owners: meeting loving, lovely couples and hearing their stories.
PS Romance is not dead!

Another reason, if we needed one, to be grateful that it is 2021, not 2020. Happy Halloween!#pumpkins #earlysnow #retrea...
10/31/2021

Another reason, if we needed one, to be grateful that it is 2021, not 2020. Happy Halloween!

#pumpkins #earlysnow #retreatcenter #countrylifestyle #farmerslife #CentralMA

Another reason, if we needed one, to be grateful that it is 2021, not 2020. Happy Halloween!

#pumpkins #earlysnow #retreatcenter #countrylifestyle #farmerslife #CentralMA

The long and winding road that leads to our door...#FallFoliage #EventSpace #RetreatCenter #CountryHome #CountryHomeMaga...
10/26/2021

The long and winding road that leads to our door...

#FallFoliage #EventSpace #RetreatCenter #CountryHome #CountryHomeMagazine #OutdoorWeddingVenue #Lifestyle

The long and winding road that leads to our door...

#FallFoliage #EventSpace #RetreatCenter #CountryHome #CountryHomeMagazine #OutdoorWeddingVenue #Lifestyle

This year "our" couples and their flower arrangements have been particularly stunning and colorful! Thank you Michelle B...
10/17/2021

This year "our" couples and their flower arrangements have been particularly stunning and colorful! Thank you Michelle B Floral - for Weddings and Events for these beautiful bouquets. The brides' moms also used the flowers to create extraordinary centerpieces.

Just in case it wasn't already super obvious. #lgbtq🌈 #lgbtq #loveislove #engayged #wedding #marryme #pride #2022wedding
10/16/2021

Just in case it wasn't already super obvious.

#lgbtq🌈 #lgbtq #loveislove #engayged #wedding #marryme #pride #2022wedding

Just in case it wasn't already super obvious.

#lgbtq🌈 #lgbtq #loveislove #engayged #wedding #marryme #pride #2022wedding

Today is the end of our amazing 2021 wedding season. I've got all the feels from sorrow that it's over to deliriously ha...
10/11/2021

Today is the end of our amazing 2021 wedding season. I've got all the feels from sorrow that it's over to deliriously happy that it's over. We adored all our couples. It's not hard to adore folks who are willing to create an intentional community of family and friends over an entire weekend to celebrate this special milestone in their lives. On the other hand, we are happy to take a break and recharge.

#fallwedding #summerwedding #OutdoorWedding #weddingseason2021 #itsover #RusticWedding #rwcstyle #LoveIsLove #bostonweddingvenue #NewEnglandBride #herecomestheguide #WeddingWire #realwedding #LetsFaceItImPooped

Today is the end of our amazing 2021 wedding season. I've got all the feels from sorrow that it's over to deliriously happy that it's over. We adored all our couples. It's not hard to adore folks who are willing to create an intentional community of family and friends over an entire weekend to celebrate this special milestone in their lives. On the other hand, we are happy to take a break and recharge.

#fallwedding #summerwedding #OutdoorWedding #weddingseason2021 #itsover #RusticWedding #rwcstyle #LoveIsLove #bostonweddingvenue #NewEnglandBride #herecomestheguide #WeddingWire #realwedding #LetsFaceItImPooped

S&B got married in a wedding that was small in size and GIANT in love! #fallwedding #rusticchicwedding #NewEnglandBride ...
10/02/2021

S&B got married in a wedding that was small in size and GIANT in love!

#fallwedding #rusticchicwedding #NewEnglandBride #WeddingWire #TheKnot #bostonweddingvenue #farmwedding #rwcstyle #SummerWedding #diywedding #OutdoorWedding #newenglandwedding #RusticWedding #hctg
Flowers @copper_penny_flowers
Tent @specialeventsofnewengland
Caterer Gatherings by CP

Getting Ready Details. Rainbow on a stick as one of the passed apps. Dining in the barn on genuine farm tables.#barnwedd...
09/26/2021

Getting Ready Details. Rainbow on a stick as one of the passed apps. Dining in the barn on genuine farm tables.

#barnwedding #2021wedding #OutdoorWedding #OutdoorWeddingVenue #farmtables #weddingfood #rainbowfruit #RusticWedding

Details! When your wedding planner/DOC creates your bouquets as well as a beautiful backdrop that allows the natural bea...
09/20/2021

Details! When your wedding planner/DOC creates your bouquets as well as a beautiful backdrop that allows the natural beauty of your venue to shine through AND the dinner table decor, the unity of the elements makes your your union extra sweet.

#weddingdetails #weddingarch #floraldetails #outdoorwedding #TentedReception #OutdoorWeddingVenue #centralmawedding #weddingplanning @briannasevents

Today we remember the almost 3,000 people killed on 9/11/2001.And also the almost 3,000 first responders who have died f...
09/11/2021

Today we remember the almost 3,000 people killed on 9/11/2001.
And also the almost 3,000 first responders who have died from illnesses directly related to the toxic air resulting from the attacks.
And also 897,000 total deaths from the long wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria as a result of 9/11--
Civilians: 363,939
Opposition Fighters: 296,858
National Military and Police: 204,645
Other Allied Troops: 14,874
U.S. Contractors: 8,189
U.S. Military: 7,052
US Vets and active-duty military who served in Afghanistan and Iraq who died by su***de: 30,177
Humanitarian/NGO Workers: 892
Journalists/ Media Workers: 680
Source US News

We remember.

#9112001 #September11 #grief #September112001 #rememberthis #neveragain

Today we remember the almost 3,000 people killed on 9/11/2001.
And also the almost 3,000 first responders who have died from illnesses directly related to the toxic air resulting from the attacks.
And also 897,000 total deaths from the long wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria as a result of 9/11--
Civilians: 363,939
Opposition Fighters: 296,858
National Military and Police: 204,645
Other Allied Troops: 14,874
U.S. Contractors: 8,189
U.S. Military: 7,052
US Vets and active-duty military who served in Afghanistan and Iraq who died by su***de: 30,177
Humanitarian/NGO Workers: 892
Journalists/ Media Workers: 680
Source US News

We remember.

#9112001 #September11 #grief #September112001 #rememberthis #neveragain

Busman's Holiday! My gorgeous daughter was my plus-one at a wedding in San Diego. It was all beautiful and fun and I did...
09/08/2021

Busman's Holiday! My gorgeous daughter was my plus-one at a wedding in San Diego. It was all beautiful and fun and I did NOT spend the entire time comparing their lovely church ceremony and museum reception to an outdoor ceremony and tented reception at Friendly Crossways!

#applesandoranges #motheranddaughter #weddingvenue #centralmass #jeweltones

Busman's Holiday! My gorgeous daughter was my plus-one at a wedding in San Diego. It was all beautiful and fun and I did NOT spend the entire time comparing their lovely church ceremony and museum reception to an outdoor ceremony and tented reception at Friendly Crossways!

#applesandoranges #motheranddaughter #weddingvenue #centralmass #jeweltones

You don't get much more farm to fork than tonight's dinner, produce freshly harvested from our garden: pole beans sautee...
08/24/2021

You don't get much more farm to fork than tonight's dinner, produce freshly harvested from our garden: pole beans sauteed with garlic and tomatoes, tossed with pasta and a little fresh corn and garnished with fresh basil. Swipe to see our dinner in the making. Onolicious!
#WWOOFUSA #organicveggies #farmtotable #retreatcenter #summerfood

08/16/2021

I lived in Hawaii for 15 years, and the tropical hibiscus hedges were always impressive. When I moved back to my childhood home to take over the family Retreat Center business, imagine my delight when I found that there are hardy hibiscus that thrive in our sunny Zone 5 gardens.

#hawaiianmemories #dinnerplatehibiscus #tropicallandscape #backyardwedding #gardenwedding #CentralMAretreat

08/09/2021

The delightful and sweet couple Camy and Britteny had their intimate wedding here witnessed by four fun besties, and officiated by the kind and bilingual @justicelauraassade (who took this video during the super easy set up). It was totally awesome, and I have run out of adverbs and especially adjectives.
#elopementwedding #outdoorwedding #elopement #summerwedding #intimatewedding #centralmawedding #retreatspace

08/04/2021

The golden groom! The glowing bride! From S and K's beautiful celebration: TikTok designed by bride's sister, one of the many fabulous folks who contributed their talents and time to this very special event. It takes a village...

#indianwedding #summerwedding #indianweddingdress #outdoorwedding #rcwstyle #theknot #weddingwire #bostonweddingvenue

More from the baraat (groom’s entrance) as family and friends start to dance their way to the mandap at the ceremony sit...
07/31/2021

More from the baraat (groom’s entrance) as family and friends start to dance their way to the mandap at the ceremony site.

We had our first full Indian wedding! So.Much.Fun! The groom didn't want to make his entrance on an animal, so my best b...
07/27/2021

We had our first full Indian wedding! So.Much.Fun! The groom didn't want to make his entrance on an animal, so my best beloved souped up our mowing tractor, with additional decorations by the bride's besties. It was pretty awesome.

https://photos.google.com/search/_tra_/photo/AF1QipOCljSEbMWZctkQ0PXpnuBw9Nbq1I1Y5TEftk5h

We had our first full Indian wedding! So.Much.Fun! The groom didn't want to make his entrance on an animal, so my best beloved souped up our mowing tractor, with additional decorations by the bride's besties. It was pretty awesome.

https://photos.google.com/search/_tra_/photo/AF1QipOCljSEbMWZctkQ0PXpnuBw9Nbq1I1Y5TEftk5h

Frequently I stop and stare and remember how blessed we are to inhabit this beautiful space. And this is the back of the...
07/20/2021

Frequently I stop and stare and remember how blessed we are to inhabit this beautiful space. And this is the back of the building!
#feelingblessedandthankful #retreatcenter #outdoorweddingvenue #daylilies #lowmaintenancelandscape #harvardma #centralmass #gratitude

Frequently I stop and stare and remember how blessed we are to inhabit this beautiful space. And this is the back of the building!
#feelingblessedandthankful #retreatcenter #outdoorweddingvenue #daylilies #lowmaintenancelandscape #harvardma #centralmass #gratitude

Getting ready! Swipe to see gorgeous hair and flower details. So much joy, beauty, color, laugher and love radiated thro...
07/18/2021

Getting ready! Swipe to see gorgeous hair and flower details. So much joy, beauty, color, laugher and love radiated throughout M&M’s amazing wedding weekend, all captured by the fantastic @baileyqphoto So much more to share!
Www.baileyqphoto.com
#summerwedding #junewedding #weddingprincess #weddingdressinspiration #outdoorwedding #outdoorweddingvenue #rusticchicwedding #newenglandbride #HCTG #rwcstyle #theknotweddings #weddingwire #barnwedding

A couple of hunks! I am referring, of course, to the watermelon.Sheesh.#retreatfood #watermelonchallenge #retreatcenter ...
07/10/2021

A couple of hunks!
I am referring, of course, to the watermelon.
Sheesh.

#retreatfood #watermelonchallenge #retreatcenter #refreshing #fruitbowl #brunchideas #retreatcentre #antiqueknife #CentralMA

07/04/2021

The bride and groom traveled 3,000 miles to have an outdoor wedding with an intimate group of friends and family. And then it rained ALL weekend. Except during their designated ceremony time. Another amazing Friendly Crossways miracle! Plan B tent not needed, phew.

PS Happy July 4th!

#outdoorweddingvenue #summerwedding #intimatewedding #centralmawedding #outdoorwedding #newenglandbride #rainisgoodluck

This morning A&A will celebrate the first part of their wedding day with a Vietnamese tea ceremony. We're hopeful there ...
07/03/2021

This morning A&A will celebrate the first part of their wedding day with a Vietnamese tea ceremony. We're hopeful there will be a weather miracle for their outdoor ceremony this afternoon :-)

#SummerWedding #OutdoorWedding #NewEnglandBride #SpringWedding #RCWStyle #RusticWedding #HCTG #TheKnot #BostonWedding #CentralMA #RetreatWedding #WeddingWeekend #Elope #LoveIsNotCancelled #LoveIsLove #TentWedding #IntimateWedding #BarnWedding

Crying. With joy. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to once again experience the energy, laughter, and hopefulness of ...
07/01/2021

Crying. With joy. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to once again experience the energy, laughter, and hopefulness of a retreat group. Thank you, The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship for bringing all the feels!

#retreatgroup #retreatcenter #bostonretreat #nonprofitorganization #americorps #retreatfood #CentralMAretreat #mentoringmatters #mentorship

06/30/2021

My blueberries! Picked fresh this morning. Sweeeeeet!
#organicgardening #organicblueberries #farmtofork #weddingfood #summer

Made breakfast that included my FIRST organic blueberries of the season. It was for our FIRST overnight retreat since Ma...
06/29/2021

Made breakfast that included my FIRST organic blueberries of the season. It was for our FIRST overnight retreat since March 12th, 2020. Thank you @codmanacademy for bringing retreats back to Friendly Crossways!
#retreatfood #retreatcenter #bostonretreatcenter #organicblueberries #farmtofork

Made breakfast that included my FIRST organic blueberries of the season. It was for our FIRST overnight retreat since March 12th, 2020. Thank you @codmanacademy for bringing retreats back to Friendly Crossways!
#retreatfood #retreatcenter #bostonretreatcenter #organicblueberries #farmtofork

Trying to post the coolest photo I can think of on this hot hot day. K&T's wedding arch is pretty darn cool :-) So, lite...
06/28/2021

Trying to post the coolest photo I can think of on this hot hot day. K&T's wedding arch is pretty darn cool :-) So, literally, is our wedding glade!

#SummerWedding #OutdoorWedding #NewEnglandBride #SpringWedding #RCWStyle #RusticWedding #HCTG #TheKnot #BostonWedding #CentralMA #RetreatWedding #WeddingWeekend #Elope #LoveIsNotCancelled #LoveIsLove #TentWedding #IntimateWedding #GardenWedding #WeddingWire

Trying to post the coolest photo I can think of on this hot hot day. K&T's wedding arch is pretty darn cool :-) So, literally, is our wedding glade!

#SummerWedding #OutdoorWedding #NewEnglandBride #SpringWedding #RCWStyle #RusticWedding #HCTG #TheKnot #BostonWedding #CentralMA #RetreatWedding #WeddingWeekend #Elope #LoveIsNotCancelled #LoveIsLove #TentWedding #IntimateWedding #GardenWedding #WeddingWire

First dance after Laura and Daniel's intimate wedding ceremony here a couple of weeks ago. So much joy and love! #JuneBr...
06/26/2021

First dance after Laura and Daniel's intimate wedding ceremony here a couple of weeks ago. So much joy and love! #JuneBride #SummerWedding #FirstDance #OutdoorWeddingVenue #WeddingVenueNearMe

First dance after Laura and Daniel's intimate wedding ceremony here a couple of weeks ago. So much joy and love! #JuneBride #SummerWedding #FirstDance #OutdoorWeddingVenue #WeddingVenueNearMe

06/26/2021

First dance after Laura and Daniel's intimate wedding ceremony here a couple of weeks ago. So much joy and love! #JuneBride #SummerWedding #FirstDance #OutdoorWeddingVenue #WeddingVenueNearMe

Picking pole peas. It's mindful, relaxing, and doesn't kill your back. Our organic produce is extra delicious. Bonus: th...
06/23/2021

Picking pole peas. It's mindful, relaxing, and doesn't kill your back. Our organic produce is extra delicious. Bonus: the purple sugar snap peas retain their color when cooked! But there's rarely any left to cook after we snack on the raw ones. #WeddingFood #RetreatFood #EatLocal #Organic #WWOOFUSA #FamilyReunionFood #OutdoorWeddingVenue #WeddingVenueNearMe #SugarSnapPeas #SugarSnaps

Picking pole peas. It's mindful, relaxing, and doesn't kill your back. Our organic produce is extra delicious. Bonus: the purple sugar snap peas retain their color when cooked! But there's rarely any left to cook after we snack on the raw ones. #WeddingFood #RetreatFood #EatLocal #Organic #WWOOFUSA #FamilyReunionFood #OutdoorWeddingVenue #WeddingVenueNearMe #SugarSnapPeas #SugarSnaps

Wishing all the sweet dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day.  #OutdoorWedding #SummerWedding #GardenWedding #RetreatW...
06/20/2021

Wishing all the sweet dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day.

#OutdoorWedding #SummerWedding #GardenWedding #RetreatWedding #RusticWedding #RWCStyle #FallWedding #MAWedding #BostonWedding #TheKnot #HCTG #WeddingWeekend #WedSpo #FathersDay2021

1st Photo: @paulrobertberman
2nd Photo: @cast83photography

Scenes from the recent Vesenka Family Reunion at Friendly Crossways! Three sisters doing what sisters do best, cousins f...
06/19/2021

Scenes from the recent Vesenka Family Reunion at Friendly Crossways! Three sisters doing what sisters do best, cousins from the east and west coast cooking together, brother bringing his pizza expertise, and endless games, singing and laughter.
Bring your family and community back together! We have a few 2021 and several 2022 dates still available for your family to gather here and share in some much needed joy! And hugs!

#FamilyReunion #Gather #CoastToCoast #Retreat #Reconnect #Reunite #Family

Such a pretty tent for K 💕T wedding weekend coming up! #JuneWedding #SummerWedding #GardenWedding #WeddingVenueNearMe #R...
06/17/2021

Such a pretty tent for K 💕T wedding weekend coming up!
#JuneWedding #SummerWedding #GardenWedding #WeddingVenueNearMe #RetreatCenter #TentedReception #OutdoorWeddingVenue

Such a pretty tent for K 💕T wedding weekend coming up!
#JuneWedding #SummerWedding #GardenWedding #WeddingVenueNearMe #RetreatCenter #TentedReception #OutdoorWeddingVenue

Radishes from our garden, sweet butter, baguette and sea salt: learned this French appetizer tip from our WWOOFER/chef l...
06/16/2021

Radishes from our garden, sweet butter, baguette and sea salt: learned this French appetizer tip from our WWOOFER/chef last season. @iluvphood

#organicallygrown #organicfood #growyourown #organicfarm #wwoof #wwoofer #organicgarden #yummyfood #farmtofork #farmhousekitchen

Radishes from our garden, sweet butter, baguette and sea salt: learned this French appetizer tip from our WWOOFER/chef last season. @iluvphood

#organicallygrown #organicfood #growyourown #organicfarm #wwoof #wwoofer #organicgarden #yummyfood #farmtofork #farmhousekitchen

Our wedding season kicked off last weekend! Hooray for celebrating love with friends and family from near and far! 💐🤗 #O...
06/15/2021

Our wedding season kicked off last weekend! Hooray for celebrating love with friends and family from near and far! 💐🤗

#OutdoorWeddings #IntimateWeddings #MicroWedding #WeddingWeekend #RetreatWedding #WedSpo #MAWedding #FarmWedding #RusticWedding #RWCStyle #Gather #SpringWedding #HCTG

Photo: @nicolechanphotography

Our wedding season kicked off last weekend! Hooray for celebrating love with friends and family from near and far! 💐🤗

#OutdoorWeddings #IntimateWeddings #MicroWedding #WeddingWeekend #RetreatWedding #WedSpo #MAWedding #FarmWedding #RusticWedding #RWCStyle #Gather #SpringWedding #HCTG

Photo: @nicolechanphotography

Address

247 Littleton County Rd
Harvard, MA
01451

Take Fitchburg Line commuter rail from North Station or Porter Square and get off at Littleton/I-495 stop. Call 24-hours in advance for pick up between 5 pm and 9:30 pm (individuals only, not groups).

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 10pm
Tuesday 9am - 10pm
Wednesday 9am - 10pm
Thursday 9am - 10pm
Friday 9am - 10pm
Saturday 9am - 10pm
Sunday 9am - 10pm

Telephone

(978) 456-9386

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Over 70 Years of Service!

Friendly Crossways has been providing unique meeting spaces and affordable services for nonprofit groups, family reunions, wedding parties and individual travelers since 1947. Friendly Crossways is surrounded by woods, fields and organic gardens in central Massachusetts apple country, but only 30 miles from downtown Boston. In our renovated New England barn and farmhouse, up to 62 guests may stay in two-bedded rooms with handmade quilts, or in a dorm that was once the hayloft. The fully equipped kitchen is open to DIY cooks, or our 2nd generation chef-owner can provide meals for groups, featuring her organic fruit and vegetables grown on our farm. The meeting space is comfortably furnished with wingback chairs, sofas, lots of natural lighting and wifi. There is lots of open space for outdoor activities, and a magical fire circle.

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