December 2018

December 11, 2018

Versatility, flexibility, and classic style with eclectic charm—three reasons why couples are showing their love for the Westford Regency Inn. You might find that this is just the right spot for you, too!

Have you ever heard of the Nashoba Valley Ski Area? How about the delicious ice cream found at Kimball Farm? Both of these great locales are major points of interest in Westford, Massachusetts, a sprawling, suburban community situated just off of Route 495, on the edge of the Merrimack Valley, Northern Middlesex County, and the Metrowest region of the state. Westford’s central location makes it a smart and fun destination for many brides and grooms with easy access for guests from all over, and that’s why Westford Regency Inn is a truly convenient wedding destination.

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“We are just 35 minutes from Logan Airport, and about a half hour in the other direction from Manchester, New Hampshire. Yet, we are far enough away from those urban areas to offer the amenities you might come to expect at larger city hotel settings, while providing more suburban and scenic surroundings at a much more affordable value,” said Samantha McCalvey, social catering manager at the Westford Regency Inn. “We offer the perfect mix of charm (we still use old-fashioned room keys) with the modern style that today’s couples and hotel guests are looking for. We keep to our roots while changing with the times, and it works for us.”

Dave Gasior Photography

Beyond convenience, style, and affordability is the Westford Regency Inn’s flexibility, offering brides and grooms sophisticated choices at every turn. Whether you’re looking to host a grand, 300-person wedding ceremony and reception, or you’re hoping to keep your event small and intimate, couples getting married at this newly renovated hotel have a variety of choices.

The Regency Ballroom was recently updated and features crystal chandeliers hanging from the spacious 14-foot ceiling with tables surrounded by pretty chiavari chairs. The decor is quite neutral and classic, which lends itself nicely to whatever your theme might be. This flexible space is scalable in size and provides endless options for bringing your dream wedding to life with a wow factor—at any time of year.

Speaking of wow-factors, the Westford Regency Inn’s 6,000-square-foot outdoor tent is another fabulous option for a good portion of the year, particularly the spring through the fall months. It is substantial in size and offers its own kind of magic, with vintage globe lights, neutral carpeting, and views of the original farmhouse on the grounds of the hotel. It’s also strategically located close to the main building, for guest convenience, amenities, and more. It’s easy to set the scene in this venue and make a real statement with a simple pop of color or the decor details of your choice.

Dave Gasior Photography

Being a hotel first and foremost, the Westford Regency Inn offers high-quality hospitality for couples and their guests; they really aim to please. There are multiple restaurants on-site, and the food at the reception is traditional and tasty. Two of their most popular reception dishes are the parmesan encrusted chicken with sauteed artichoke chardonnay sauce, along with the forever classic prime rib dinner. The chef has been with the hotel for more than 25 years, and he personally builds the food and beverage menus for all events. He uses the freshest ingredients and makes just about everything on the premises. Wedding cakes are included in the Westwood Regency Inn’s bridal package. They work with three preferred vendors, so brides and grooms may choose exactly what they want.

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Having more than 193 guest rooms on-site at the hotel is an added perk and just another advantage of selecting the Westford Regency Inn for your nuptials. It’s a full-service hotel with a health club, an indoor pool and clean, comfortably modern rooms with pillow-top mattresses and full room service menus. A complimentary night in one of the hotel’s highly appointed suites is included in the wedding package, so the newlyweds are never far from their guests. Throughout the hotel, visitors enjoy artwork by local, contemporary Boston and New England artists, hand selected to adorn the walls. In the lobby, a local florist maintains a spectacular floral layout and indoor garden year-round. It’s the perfect spot for pictures. Outside, the grounds are well-manicured and meticulously maintained, providing a great backdrop for first-looks. There are a variety of unique photographic venues all around the hotel, including a lovely gazebo and even a barn for a more rustic feel.

The Westford Regency Inn is an exceptional place because it’s so well-rounded, offering couples upscale elegance with a hometown feel. Their classic charm is timeless and makes it a special place to begin your lives together. Check it out and you might just fall in love with it today!

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The Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center

219 Littleton Road

Westford, MA 01886

T: (978) 692-8200

D: (978) 727-8750

Written by Jennifer McNally Monac. jmonac@todayrealestate.com

December 5, 2018

Have you heard? There's a secret in Blackstone Valley, although word about this quintessential New England gem is spreading quickly. It’s the Asa Waters Mansion, located in the heart of Millbury Center. If you don’t already know about this exceptional venue, you'll want to add it to your list of sites to visit before making any final decisions.

So what makes the Asa Waters Mansion so exceptional, you ask? Certainly there are a lot of choices in the region, especially if you’re looking for the timeless elegance that goes along with a venue worthy of being called a mansion, like those found in Newport or Lennox. The Asa Waters Mansion has so much of what they have to offer, with its stately columns and 22 interior rooms, constructed with the finest materials, some dating back 200 years. In fact, the Asa Waters Mansion has all the grandeur, the beauty, and the rich architecture of those better known venues, yet it also exudes intimacy as well as the warmth and charm worthy of a historic home—something not often felt in larger locations, and certainly not in a country club or hotel ballroom. It’s also one of the most affordable high-end wedding venues of its kind in New England. The Asa Waters Mansion checks all the right boxes without emptying your wallet.

“There's a sense of magic here,” said John McElroy, director of the Asa Waters Mansion. “It’s a spectacular setting, yet it’s very private too, so couples say it feels like it’s their home for the day. Unlike other mansion venues, the Asa Waters Mansion isn’t so vast that it swallows you whole as you enter the foyer. Instead, it has a feeling of classic familiarity for our guests. It's refined, not ostentatious, and couples feel at ease in its splendor because they know they’re standing in a place connected to history—and now they’re becoming a part of that history. It's like opening your own grand estate to your family and friends for your once-in-a-lifetime special event.”

Asa Waters II, the man behind the mansion, was born in Millbury in 1769. There, he learned to be a gunsmith in his father's shop, and became quite successful. He and his brother founded a prosperous armory in the area, which allowed Asa to found the Millbury Bank, too. In1823, he became a state representative for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and while in this highly respected position, he developed a plan to erect the stateliest residence in the country as a gift for his wife, Susan Holman Waters. Using only the finest materials from around the world, construction of the Asa Waters Mansion was set in motion in 1824. Over two centuries, the house enjoyed a rich and important history, including being a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, and Alexander Graham Bell was once there, as well as President Taft.

During the last century, the home fell into significant disrepair, which inspired a large group of people in town, including the historical society, to develop the Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion about 25 years ago and an extensive restoration began. Their goal was to bring this pillar of Main Street Millbury back to its original glory through extensive research. Since then, it’s been a labor of love, with the donation of hundreds of hours of work from volunteers who have created a very special place.

From late spring into the fall, celebrating on the grounds of the mansion is a real treat, with its park-like exterior and blooming gardens. There’s a lovely bandstand and a brick pathway leading to the gazebo, with antique blue stone steps out to one of the fields. Twinkle lights are used generously throughout. Tent weddings are the most popular and can accommodate up to 250 people, while those looking for a more intimate, indoor setting can host a reception with up to 80 people at any time of year. Winter—Christmas in particular—is an astonishingly beautiful time at the mansion, when an army of volunteers deck the halls; each room has its own tree! Wreaths, candles, and an antique sleigh make it a stunning place to be married over the holidays.

Jennifer Lisa Photography

Brides and grooms can choose their own caterers from the Asa Waters preferred list of vendors. These businesses know the mansion well and share its mission of providing only the best experience for couples, allowing them to express their own style within their specific budget. They take pride in finding ways to make each wedding significant and affordable, just for you.

When couples step through the doors of the Asa Waters Mansion, they feel that they are in the presence of something very special. A great deal of consideration went into the restoration of every corner of the interior, as well as the outside with the splendidly manicured grounds. The restorers kept it very tasteful throughout, emphasizing subtle opulence and elegance.

It’s so full of romance, too. The caretakers of this mansion have worked hard to include amenities that modern couples want, while staying very close to the period style wherever possible. From top to bottom, the elegance and charm of the Asa Waters Mansion sets it apart and enhances the beauty of every wedding celebrated there.

The Asa Waters Mansion

123 Elm Street

Millbury, MA

Written by: Jennifer McNally Monac

Photos by Alvah Reida Photography

Gowns fromQ Look Bridal and Bella's Bridal Boutique

Tuxedos from Bonardi's Formalwear

Flowers from Millbury Towne Florist

Linens, napkins and dinnerware: Woosta Party Rentals

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