Lillaskog Lodge is located in Groveland, California. Nestled on a serene ridge top surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest, the Lodge is the perfect setting for outside weddings and receptions. 11 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Lodge is surrounded by natural wonder and beauty for guests to explore. For guests arriving from further afield, Pine Mountain Lake Airport is approximately 20 minutes drive and Sacramento and Oakland Airports are 2 hours 30 minutes away.
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Boasting spectacular panoramic views of Yosemite’s majestic snow-capped mountains, Lillaskog Lodge is a nature enthusiast's paradise. Meaning “little forest” in Swedish, Lillaskog is bursting with rustic charm and natural beauty. Perfect for more intimate weddings, the Lodge offers an incredible outdoor space for you to celebrate your special day. The expansive lower lawn features a charming gazebo with a stunning mountain view as the backdrop – ideal for a romantic ceremony and breathtaking pictures. The upper lawn and adjacent cobblestone area provide plenty of space to set up your reception and celebrate your new marriage. This area offers impressive views of the surrounding landscape and exquisite sunsets. Located just 11 miles away from Yosemite National Park and surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest, your guests will be thrilled to spend the weekend in this scenic region. You can get married in the great outdoors at the Lodge and make beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
The Lodge offers an array of event services to make a couple’s special day as stress-free as possible. Event services and items include setup, cleanup, get-ready rooms, suites, lighting and sound, WiFi, accommodations, tables, and chairs. The Lodge is also pet-friendly, wheelchair-accessible, and offers free parking.
Lillaskog Lodge has seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom accommodations. The Lodge itself has floor-to-ceiling windows with scenic views. It offers a large kitchen with a great room and a stone fireplace. All accommodations at the Lodge are equipped with soft, quality bed linens, flat-screen TVs with satellite, and irons. The Lodge offers a variety of rooms varying in size and capacity. The largest room, El Capitan, offers beautiful mountain views, a king-sized bed, a queen sofa bed, a private bathroom, a soaking tub, an overhead halo shower, and a private balcony. The Bridalveil is the most romantic and intimate room at the Lodge. Boasting two-sided mountain views and a king-sized bed, the room is sunlit in the mornings and cool in the afternoon. It has a large private in-room bath and an overhead shower. Other rooms include the sleeping quarter's bonus room. Perfect for kids, teenagers, or large groups, the room has six twin beds, a double sofa bed, and a patio area.
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Tom McDonnell and Liza (Leeza) Dadiomov became the new Lillaskog Lodge owners in 2022. They had known of Lillaskog for many years, with Tom’s family’s whitewater rafting company (Sierra Mac River Trips) located just across the road from the lodge. Tom’s dad Marty had been friends with Bill, the original owner of the lodge. Tom and Liza fell in love with the lodge and even planned to have their wedding there. The pandemic shifted their plans, but they still dreamed of spending time at Lillaskog, and are thrilled to be the new stewards of this beautiful and special piece of property.
Tom grew up in Tuolumne County and has lived in Groveland for over a decade. Tom and Liza both have worked in the outdoor education and recreation industry for many years – Tom as a raft guide, and Liza as a backpacking and hiking guide. Lillaskog Lodge combines both of their passions for sharing the outdoors with others. Paired with their skills in Program Management, Reservations, Customer Service, and their vision for the future, they make a great team.
At the end of 2021, they were offered an opportunity to continue running Lillaskog, with the help of those who inherited it, and it has been a dream come true. They are both passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors with people and are looking forward to meeting future guests of the lodge and bringing their energy and ideas to Lillaskog!