Thinking of a U.S. location for your destination wedding? Consider these two cozy inns in the Pacific Northwest that prove the great outdoors can still be strikingly chic
Cave B Inn & Spa looks out over Washington State’s breathtaking Columbia River Gorge. The Inn isn’t just an oasis on the river’s bluff, it’s a full-fledged winery, too. “Along with the scenery, wine plays a key role in all that is Cave B Inn & Spa,” says Blake Helgerson, who manages the property’s rooms.
The on-site winery bottles a wide range of varietals ranging from robust reds to crisp whites. The inn itself offers nearly as many types of accommodations, from classic rooms in the main lodge to more quirky desert yurts located a short distance down the road. And with all that space, weddings usually sprawl across the entire property. “A typical wedding will transition into three different locations throughout the day,” Helgerson says. “First, the ceremony site, set along the beautiful river cliffside. Second, the cocktail site, which showcases our luxurious vineyards. And last, the reception site, where dinner and dancing take place under the stars.” Sounds like the perfect place to get married if you want to enjoy great wine and wide-open space.
“The word ‘romantic’ is an understatement when describing our location,” says Shannon Allen, Knob Hill Inn’s manager. Knob Hill sits in Sun Valley surrounded by Idaho’s craggy Boulder Mountains. “Ceremonies almost always take place outside in our picturesque garden setting,” Allen says.
Unlike most resorts, Knob Hill doesn’t have any pre-set wedding packages. “We do not require set menus, set decor, set times, or specific details,” Allen says. “Couples can really make their weddings their own, and we work with them to make that happen.” Most brides and grooms opt for an outdoor affair, but Sun Valley experiences all four seasons. So if a wintry wedding is more your style, they can accommodate that, too. “Knob Hill can become an outdoor mountain oasis, as well as a cozy winter retreat,” Allen says. “Paired with our rustic European charm and the natural elements, our inn makes for an ideal place to get married.”