The Millay Colony for the Arts is available to rent for retreats, parties, think-tanks, weddings, and many other gatherings. During the Residency Season (April – November), we can rent our space during breaks between residency sessions — five to seven days each month. After the Residency season (December – March), we have week-long periods open.

Our spectacular campus in the Berkshire foothills of Upstate New York is located on the former property of legendary poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Bordering Harvey Mountain State Forest, our seven acres of meadows and wooded land offer stunning views. Our facility can board groups up to fourteen, with seven double beds, and we can arrange discounts at local Inns or b&bs. The Colony has hosted parties of over 200 and has also offered an intimate retreat for creative groups of four members.

Up to seven private bedrooms with double beds (includes all bedding, lines, towels)
Up to seven large, airy private studios
Access to meeting and dining rooms

Large double kitchen

Fax, Copier, Computer & Printer, Telephones

Two libraries
Laundry Room
Chef-prepared dinners (all diets easily accommodated)

We also offer a variety of Wedding Packages that include all of the above plus:

A marvelous local wedding photographer who specializes in upstate weddings
A delightful florist who uses largely seasonal local flowers
A range of catering options that feature local season delicacies
Amazing wines and spirits, local and otherwise
Rentals of all shapes and sizes
On-site assistance
On-site parking
More more more… 

Whatever your needs, we can make your Colony retreat or event inspiring, successful, and refreshing.


For the last couple of years, a number of writers we call the FUEGO group has gathered at Millay for a few precious days of writing retreat and fellowship. What a privilege to work in such idyllic surroundings. Millay has been a feast and a sanctuary for us all. For a few days, we are able to be completely absorbed in our craft and leave feeling refreshed and emboldened toward what we need to accomplish as writers. Thank you for this golden raft of paradise. —Sarah Gambito

I’ve spent a magical week as part of a group retreat at the Millay Colony for the past two years which allowed me freedom and, most importantly, time—to work on essays and what will be my fourth collection of poems. At Millay, I felt pampered and at peace, and each time I was there proved very fruitful. I often daydream about those glorious weeks of rest and literary productivity–which should in fact, contradict each other, but my stay at Millay proved to be a beautiful experiment of what abundance could result in “a room of one’s own.” Having that brief time away to focus on my writing made me return home revitalized and refreshed. I’m deeply grateful to the staff of The Millay Colony for a most restorative and successful stay. —Aimee Nezhukumatathil

For rentals of all shapes and sizes (though two-night minimum) contact Calliope Nicholas at 518-392-4144 or

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