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

My husband and I knew as soon as we saw Friendly Crossways, that this was the only wedding venue for us. We loved that we could add our own personal touches on everything and that we could spend the entire weekend with family and friends. Mary Helen and Keith were great, helping us work out all of the little details so things could come together smoothly. Even when it rained during our ceremony, they did everything they could to make our outdoor ceremony work and keep our guests as dry as possible. We also had Mary Helen cater, and the food was delicious! All of their staff was fun, friendly and professional. We could not have asked for a better place to get married!

Jennifer

Having our wedding at Friendly Crossways made for a seamless, authentic, and welcoming weekend for us and all of our guests; the venue did an excellent job of tying together all the individual parts we had planned to make for a breathless and spectacular event that was everything we wanted. 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

We had our wedding at Friendly Crossways last August and it was nothing short of fabulous! Friendly Crossways helped us create a weekend wedding experience we didn’t know was possible in the Boston area. Friday and Saturday night, 30 of our friends and family stayed over and everyone had a blast. Mary Helan was somehow present whenever you needed her, but never in the way. We saw Keith less, but everything went off without a hitch, so I know he was doing behind the scenes work to make things run smoothly. Mary Helan also catered our reception and everyone was raving about the food! She and Keith were both extremely professional and helpful. If you’re looking for a local destination wedding with laid-back, yet professional staff, this is the place for you!

Bethany

Friendly Crossways is absolute perfection. We had the most glorious wedding weekend that we could have possibly imagined. Everything about everything was perfect. Our wedding was in October and the colors in Massachusetts were gorgeous. The space was accommodating and comfortable, the owners are flexible and are delightful to work with, the outdoor space is beautiful, and we were able to plan everything to our liking. I can’t imagine getting married anywhere else.

Adrianne

Mary and all her staff made our wedding weekend unforgettable! She went above and beyond; she even cooked a Venezuelan meal (first time ever and it was delicious!!!). The venue is definitely unique. Our family and frineds from out-of-state/country had a wonderful stayed at the hostel. This venue gives you a whole weekend event not just couple hours. We couldn’t have picked a better place to have a dream wedding (rain or shine 🙂 Thank you!

Vero

I cannot thank Mary Helan and Keith enough for a beautiful wedding weekend. Patrick and I wanted a casual, laid-back setting where people could stay over and relax for the weekend with us. Mary Helan and Keith were always very quick in responding to any questions we had during the planning process. The house is beautiful and cozy and the backyard was a stunning setting for our wedding. The food was delicious (we had lime-marinated grilled chicken and tomato corn pie) and people throughout the night were commenting on how great it was. I could not be happier with the experience I had working with Mary Helan and Keith and I highly recommend them as a wedding venue and caterer.

Laura

From the very beginning Mary Helen and Keith made us feel welcome and excited to have our wedding on their property. They were accommodating to all of our requests, including our wedding meal of pulled pork and mac and cheese. There is so much room for the bridal party to stay on site, and additional guests as needed. As our friends are from all over the country, it was perfect to be able to have everyone together from Friday-Sunday. Keith also went above and beyond to make sure that a very important light fixture was hung in the tent. Words cannot express our gratitude for making our day perfect!

Lauren

I was honored to DJ on location yesterday and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating. We have done many weddings over the years, and this will stand out as one of our favorite outdoor locations.

Dan

Mary and all her staff made our wedding weekend unforgettable! She went above and beyond; she even cooked a Venezuelan meal (first time ever and it was delicious!!!). The venue is definitely unique. Our family and frineds from out-of-state/country had a wonderful stayed at the hostel. This venue gives you a whole weekend event not just couple hours. We couldn’t have picked a better place to have a dream wedding (rain or shine 🙂 Thank you!

Vero

A delightful experience. The center is set in a peaceful location. There was a walking trail from the center. The bedroom was cozy with a view of the sky and trees. The food was tasty. There is a vegetarian and gluten-free option. There where plenty of bathrooms/showers to use. Thank you!

Angela

Friendly Crossways is a little slice of heaven not far out from Boston, MA. Set in a quiet countryside, the rooms are cozy and comfortable, the kitchen is incredibly well stocked and the ‘keepers’ Keither and Mary Hellan were very friendly. Overall- a great space for conferences, weddings or just some personal time off!

Timothy

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