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4 Hudson Valley Wedding Venues with European Charm

photo by Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels

Back in 2023 my husband and I spent two fun-filled weeks in Italy. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I fell in love with the sprawling landscapes, fresh food and drink and general warmth and vitality of the Italian countryside.

Ever since then I’ve found myself chasing after local venues that would give me any semblance of that European experience I remembered. Fortunately for me, there are several wedding venues in the Hudson Valley that offer the essence of European elegance closer to home. From lush gardens to rustic farm settings, here are some Hudson Valley wedding venues that exude a European aesthetic, perfect for couples who dream of a destination-inspired celebration, but without the “destination.”

Glenmere Mansion, Chester, NY

photo by Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels

Nestled in the picturesque town of Chester, Glenmere Mansion transports you to the heart of Italy with its stunning Italian villa main house and formal gardens. The mansion’s architectural details, including graceful arches and ornate sculptures, evoke the romance of a bygone era. Exchange vows amidst the beauty of the gardens, followed by a reception in the large barn space that you can transform into any aesthetic you please.

Glynwood Farm, Cold Spring, NY

Photo by @Edward__Winter / @READYLUCK

For couples who crave a rustic yet refined setting, Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring offers the perfect blend of European charm and Hudson Valley allure. Surrounded by lush agricultural landscapes, arches and stone walls, this historic farm provides a picturesque backdrop for a countryside wedding. Imagine saying “I do” above a sweeping pastoral landscape,, followed by a farm-to-table reception featuring local food offerings that highlight the region’s bounty.

Rushmore Estate, Highland Mills, NY

Photo via Rushmore Estate Website

With its villa-style main house and grand ballroom, Rushmore Estate exudes Old World elegance and sophistication. Set amidst manicured gardens and rolling hills, this estate offers couples the opportunity to host a lavish affair reminiscent of a European soiree. Dance the night away in the opulent ballroom, adorned with crystal chandeliers and intricate moldings, creating a truly magical atmosphere for your special day.

Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club, Sloatsburg, NY

Photo by Alicia King
Photo by Alicia King
Photo by Alicia King

Tucked away in the tranquil town of Sloatsburg, Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club boasts formal gardens adorned with stone walls and detailing that harken back to European elegance. Exchange vows in the intimate garden setting, surrounded by lush greenery and blooming flowers. Afterward, treat your guests to a reception under the stars, with the majestic, manicured gardens as your backdrop.

Each of these Hudson Valley wedding venues offers a unique blend of European-inspired beauty and local charm, providing couples with the perfect setting to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re drawn to the romance of an Italian villa or the rustic charm of a countryside farm, the Hudson Valley has something for every couple seeking a destination-inspired celebration without ever leaving New York.

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