Massachusetts has a lot of romance to offer ranging from the renowned islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard to Cape Cod, Boston, Plum Island and the North Shore. Although the Berkshire Mountain region of Western Massachusetts tries to keep a low profile, it is growing into a popular wedding destination. The Berkshires were once known as the autumn home of the rich and famous who summered in Newport and wintered in Boston or Manhattan. Why? Because the foliage is second-to-none in October. Northeast notables built elegant mansions, used for one month a year, simply for a front row seat to the breathtaking fall foliage. Today, many of those mansions can be rented to host weddings. Tucked into the Berkshires are Lenox and Stockbridge which host more than a dozen spectacular venues including the Norman Rockwell Museum, Daniel Chester French’s Chesterwood and Edith Wharton’s The Mount. The acclaimed Canyon Ranch health spa can also be found in Lenox. Two places stand out as favorites among all the wonderful Massachusetts wedding destinations - Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Nantucket, affectionately known as "The Little Gray Lady of the Sea," is located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The island, a National Historic District, is characterized by soft sandy beaches, cobblestone streets, and seaside cottages covered with roses and hydrangeas. Although it feels old-fashioned, the island offers the best of modern dining and shopping. And, with more than 36 percent of the island protected, Nantucket is a gem of environmental conservation. Larger in size and only seven miles from the mainland, Martha's Vineyard also mixes the old with the new. It has six towns, each with its own personality, as well as five lighthouses and 127 miles of beaches. During the religious revival of the 1800's, Martha's Vineyard was a Methodist campground, where thousands pitched tents to hear sermons in the outdoor tabernacle. The inhabitants eventually began building cottages, which became increasingly ornate as neighbors tried to outdo each other. More than 300 of these quaint gingerbread-style cottages still stand, many of which can be rented for events. With sites and services aplenty, Martha's Vineyard enjoys a booming wedding industry. You can get to the islands by plane, private boat, or public ferry. Two reliable ferry companies are Hy-Line Cruises and the Steamship Authority. The weather is best from May to October, but I advise against planning a wedding on either island through July and August, which is the peak tourist season. Most venues do not even offer weddings during these two months.