• 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

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

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.

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

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

We got far more from the venue then we ever could have expected…I absolutely recommend them for any event or retreat.

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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!

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

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.

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