Host your wedding weekend amidst ancient redwoods, a 150-year-old heritage orchard, serene meadows and lush gardens. Be awed by the grandeur of nature and the magical light; celebrate the dawn of your new life together!
MANY WAYS TO CELEBRATE
15 acres of pristine nature allows for multiple memorable settings over the course of your destination wedding- gather by the pool, enjoy a bonfire at the Boathouse, dine in our Kitchen Garden or historic lodge, dance under the stars, and experience world class wine tasting in the beautiful Russian River Valley all in the same weekend.
JOYFUL AND STRESS-FREE
Our dedicated staff will ensure that your wedding weekend is complete with cherished memories and polished events full of laughter and joy.
We have 53 rustic and comfortably restored cabins and cottages that your wedding guests will love. Whether they're tucked beneath giant redwoods, meadow-side, or by the pool, our cabins offer a modern take on camping in a pristine historic venue.
THE MORE THE MERRIER
All are welcome to celebrate your big day, even your four-legged friends. We look forward to meeting your loved ones and learning how we can ensure everyone's comfort. Dawn Ranch Lodge can accommodate up to 500 guests for ceremony and reception, sleeping 117 guests on site.
DELICIOUS AND DELECTABLE
The enjoyment of good food and tasty libations is a key part of any memorable wedding celebration. Our farm-to-table kitchen focuses on local ingredients, robust flavors, and beautiful presentations to awe you and your guests. Local craft brews, award winning wines of the region and artisan cocktails bring life to all of your celebrations here at Dawn Ranch Lodge. We take pride in and are inspired by the innumerable raves we receive on the food and beverage aspect after a Dawn Ranch wedding weekend.
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6 Reviews for Dawn Ranch Lodge
Recommended by 85% of couples
Matt · Married on 09/08/2012
Dawn Ranch is an ideal venue. A secluded forest setting where all our friends and family can stay for the weekend. It may seem close to the main road, but when you stay there you feel like you are deep in the woods. The trees provide great cover from the road, and when everything is in bloom you can't even see the property next door. It has a truly rustic setting (no TVs in the room), so its the perfect venue to maximize interaction of your guests. Our goal was to not only call attention to ourselves, but to all the people in our lives that got us to that point. Dawn Ranch is the perfect venue to do so. If you are doing a Saturday wedding you are required to book all the rooms for both nights. The Welcome BBQ on Friday is a great party in itself and lets your guests start the weekend on a high note. Saturday everyone will be thoroughly entertained while the bridal party prepares. Whether its the private river access, the pool, the open fields, or all the attractions nearby, your guests will be beaming by the time the ceremony starts.Sent on 12/23/2012
We were married under a hundered year old redwood in a green meadow, we danced and drank in an apple orchard, and returned inside to the bar for the after party. It was perfect. No matter where you spend your time you will feel special.
Also the food! Best food I've had a wedding. Michael (the owner) has put a farm to table experience together that is fantastic. Even the Dawn Ranch label wine is delicious! We were nothing but excited about the food options. Going up for our tasting to decide the menu was amazing!
And I haven't mentioned the best thing. Stephanie, the wedding coordinator, is amazing and worth the site fee alone. She took complete care of us during the weekend and before as well. She was fabulous about replying to emails and getting on the phone with us to work through some ideas. Her skills were invaluable. Michael (the owner) was great as well. I just can't say enough great things.
Julie · Married on 10/18/2009
Kevin and I want to express to Julia, Michael and all of the staff at the Dawn Ranch a truly heart felt thank you for everything you did for us in making our wedding day so extremely perfect and special.Sent on 11/04/2009
The service they provided from the moment we contacted them was very professional and comfortable. Julia and Michael both were instrumental in helping us come to the right decisions in creating the event we were hoping for. They made what could have been a stressful time; completely easy and issue free. All of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the setting, the food and the atmosphere. The Dawn Ranch Staff is top notch, and we couldn�t have done it with out them.
Julie and Kevin Peebles
Ellesse S. · Married on 06/08/2019
Dawn Ranch is a dream wedding venue
We were planned to have our wedding at Dawn Ranch in June 2019, however with the major flood in Guerneville we ended up needing to have the wedding elsewhere. However, Dawn Ranch was wonderful since the start. We did a lot of research on venues and Dawn Ranch stole our hearts, it was more expensive than we originally were planning but we decided it was the perfect place for us and we would plan everything around this epic venue. It is a little rustic, but the adorable cabins and comfy beds made us feel that guests would be happy to stay onsite. We LOVED that everyone would be together for the weekend, really allowing our favorite people to get to know one another and create memories together. We could just see the pool overflowing with our loved ones and we knew our hearts would be so happy. The wedding coordinator at Dawn Ranch, Susan, was a joy to work with. She answered so many of my questions and accommodated so many requests. She was very transparent with costs (which did add up) and provided support in setting up the additional vendors.Sent on 09/16/2019
We went as far in the planning as setting up guests per room, table setup, bar setup, ceremony setup, confirmed all external vendors, and even did our food and drink tasting/selections. That tasting was SO special, and still is for us. They invited both of our parents to join and we did a walk through together and stayed overnight. It was so so nice to get everyone excited and spend some special time together. Not to mention the food was amazing and the wine list was mainly local places and filled with great options.
As soon as the flood happened, the owner and coordinator reached out to confirm that the venue was in fact affected but they didnt have any answers yet. While we were a bit (ok, a lot) nervous and anxious for information, we kept reminding ourselves what they were going through, they lost everything and the owner was dealing with all wedding couples inquiring and not to mention all their staff. They shared more information about 2 weeks later, they were a little hopeful they could rebuild by June but also said they were waiting to hear more from insurance. We started looking elsewhere just to have a backup venue if needed. They ended up connecting with us almost weekly, and yes each week it got a little more clear we would likely need to switch venues. They were clear throughout that we could pull out any time for a full refund. We crossed our fingers for a bit, but eventually, and very painfully, decided to cancel and book elsewhere due to the risk and uncertainty.
Susan and Michael (the owner) were so kind throughout the process. It was a no questions asked quick refund process. They even helped us transfer some vendors to our new venue location. Even further, we had tasted a wine at our tasting with them that our new venue couldn't source so i reached out to see who their contact was. Michael personally contacted the winery and placed the order for us, then Susan hand delivered the wine to our other venue. We were blown away by their kindness. To top that, they sent us flowers the day of our wedding to our hotel room and we invited them to our Friday welcome drinks, which they came to and were so sweet mingling with our guests and seeing our parents again.
The flood was such an unfortunate event. Dawn Ranch handled it all with class and showed so much kindness throughout the process. We could have easily been angry with the situation and cast blame on Dawn Ranch, but really it was out of all of our hands and they themselves were going through (and still are) so much more than us.
Thank you Dawn Ranch for everything. We will see you on our 1 year anniversary! :)
Dawn Ranch Lodge has it all. The staff is professional and extremely good at what they do. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the relaxed atmosphere is great for a wedding. Their menu is perfectly prepared. I cannot say enough nice things about Dawn Ranch Lodge.