A unique space for nonprofit retreats, family reunions, and wedding weekends since 1947.

Welcome to Friendly Crossways Retreat Center

Friendly Crossways is a family owned retreat center & outdoor wedding venue conveniently located only 30 miles northwest of Boston in the rural town of Harvard.

Massachusetts Retreat Center

Outdoor Wedding Venue


Hosteling International

Client Testimonials

Even though the wedding was definitely different from the one we had started to plan before the virus, we still had an amazing and safe wedding weekend.

Alex and Sunny, Married Oct. 2020

Our wedding day was beautiful and perfect- we were super pleased. 

Brittany and Joe, Married Oct. 2020

Mary Helan was amazing at helping us find a way to get married safely without sacrificing the experience. 

Adrienne & Rob, Married July 2020

Whenever we came to Keith and Mary Helan with ‘unique’ ideas, their first thoughts were always “Well, how can we make this happen here?” 

Steph and Brendan, Married May 2019

We had an amazing wedding weekend at Friendly Crossways. The setting is absolutely stunning. 

Sarah and Graham, Married June 2019

The ability to enjoy the grounds for such an extended time allowed us to fully enjoy our weekend without feeling rushed or scattered. 

Adam and Jamie, Married Aug. 2019

They approached the planning of our event like experienced professionals, but also made us feel like family.

Molly and Justin, Married May 2018

One of the hardest decisions was choosing appetizers and entrees, since all the options are creative, seasonal, local and delicious. 

Corina and Craig, Married July 2018

You won’t go wrong with this venue, and you will survive the whole process without breaking the bank.

Sadikshya and Matthew, Married July 2018

The fire circle surrounded by loved ones to start the weekend and to end the wedding helped make it all a dream.

Thien and Kristy, Married August 2017

I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to any couple who is looking to have their wedding in a beautiful setting with the feel of a weekend retreat!

Megan and Joseph, Married May 2016

If you’re looking for a local destination wedding with laid-back, yet professional staff, this is the place for you! Our wedding was nothing short of fabulous!

Bethany and Bryan, Married August 2015

We couldn’t have picked a better place to have a dream wedding (rain or shine 🙂 Thank you!

Vero and Tom, Married Sept. 2014

Patrick and I wanted a casual, laid-back setting where people could stay over and relax for the weekend with us. I cannot thank Mary Helan and Keith enough for a beautiful wedding weekend.

Laura and Patrick, Married Aug. 2013

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