Every special event begins with a special venue. Finding the right venue can be a major time commitment, and one of the services we provide to our clients is narrowing the field to a few ideal choices that meet their needs and fulfill their vision. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, is just 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, NY. Lauren paid our friends there a visit recently with one of our wedding clients looking for the perfect place to tie the knot.

Exterior of Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a unique and flexible venue that accommodates parties of 10-260 with a variety of settings for the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. They also regularly play host to corporate meetings, team-building activities, and a myriad of other private celebrations. With an active farm, education center, historic stone architecture, and acres of bucolic grounds that sit on the old Rockefeller Estate, this venue embodies country charm at its most elegant.

Bride & Groom on grounds

Intimate gatherings invite guests to dine in the restaurant and have their ceremony and cocktail party outside overlooking the naturally-landscaped fields.

HayLoft, Blue Hill at Stone Barns

For larger parties of more than 150 guests, the bride and groom take over all of the buildings on site. It’s worth noting that booking everything requires planning well in advance, as Blue Hill at Stone Barns only offers this exclusive opportunity once a month and dates are subject to availability. But, once you book your date, your options are endless. You could start with your ceremony outside in the open courtyard, followed by cocktails in the restaurant and terrace. After cocktails, guests could be escorted to the HayLoft for a seated dinner and dancing, a spectacular and dramatic space with 40-foot ceilings and original stone work.

Courtyard, Blue Hill at Stone Barns

If you think you’re in love with this venue, wait until you taste the food! Award winning chef and co-owner Dan Barber—with whom we’ve worked closely for years through the James Beard Foundation Awards—cooks up a delicious menu using ingredients right from the farm. He works directly with the farmers to determine what is fresh and available each day. 80% of the wedding menu will be sourced from Stone Barns’ fields, as well as local farms nearby. This is a meal you can feel good about eating.

If you are looking for a unique venue in an amazing location with local farm to table cooking, then check out Blue Hill at Stone Barns!

Photography courtesy of Blue Hill at Stone Barns