River's Bend Retreat Center

18450 Ray's Road, Philo, CA 95466 Map · Phone number
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4.3 out of 5.0
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About River's Bend Retreat Center

River's Bend Retreat Center is a rustic, outdoor wedding venue with a vintage flair, located in Philo, California. This venue is a retreat center and invites you and your loved ones to enjoy exclusive use of all the grounds, lodging, camping, and facilities for the duration of your wedding festivities. This venue allows you to eat, play, stay, and celebrate all together at the ranch. For couples looking for a serene location to say "I do," the retreat center focuses on connecting Earth, spirit, people, and places.

Facilities and Capacity
The grounds at River’s Bend Retreat Center are picturesque and have numerous locations to host your wedding ceremony and reception outdoors. You can also hold other events such as the rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, and engagement party. Features of the center include a swimming hole, trails through the woods, and an organic flower and vegetable garden. The grounds are wheelchair accessible and there is parking on-site for you and your loved ones.

Services Offered
River’s Bend offers catering and bar services, along with servers and bartenders, for your wedding day. Home-cooked and fresh-from-the-garden meals can be prepared with love in the full-service kitchen and served to your loved ones during a buffet. The venue provides flatware, glassware, chairs, tables, and furniture. The staff will also clean up once your wedding is over.

Location
River’s Bend Retreat Center is nestled along the Navarro River as it runs through the Anderson Valley’s stunning redwoods. The river curves around the meadows and vineyards before getting to the retreat where it provides a connection between nature and the people there.

  • Woman-owned

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Alternate Dining Area
Alternate Dining Area
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River's Bend Retreat Center
Spot by the river
Spot by the river
Main reception area
Main reception area
Celebration reception
Celebration reception
Down by the river
Down by the river
Appetizers after ceremony
Appetizers after ceremony
Ceremony under the oaks
Ceremony under the oaks
Ceremony by the river
Ceremony by the river
Ceremony in the meadow
Ceremony in the meadow
Indoor lounge space
Indoor lounge space
Homespun creativity
Homespun creativity
Rustic elegance
Rustic elegance
Bedroom in sunset lodge
Bedroom in sunset lodge
Alternate Dining Area
Alternate Dining Area
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River's Bend Retreat Center
Spot by the river
Spot by the river

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2 Reviews for River's Bend Retreat Center

Recommended by 86% of couples


4.3 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.5
  • Professionalism 4.5
  • Flexibility 4.0
  • Value 4.5
  • Average response time 4.0

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    Kai M. · Married on 10/31/2015

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Well Supported Beautiful Community and Nature Experience

    We are so so lucky to have found and worked with Laurie and River's Bend. The location was beautiful and spacious. Laurie was fantastic. We had room to create the community-oriented event we wanted where our guests could delight in a series of experiences throughout a residential weekend.

    We were initially cautious about having them cook the food (just because we didn't know how to evaluate something like that) - but wow - we could not have even conceived of how delicious, exciting and healthy the food was. Really. Blown away. And they were able to meet the numerous diet needs of our guests with style! So happy.

    The land allowed for so much. We had poetry and music in one location, a journey to another for the ceremony under incredible old trees, and then space for both relaxing and then dinner. Not only that, we were able to offer indoor morning yoga space and room for late night dancing, talking and games. During the day groups took bicycle tours of the wineries nearby.

    Our guests also had a range of living accommodations: from rustic cabins to spacious modern places. (There was even plenty of forest space for camping.)

    I could go on and on - it was magical. That land was, of course, essential to that, but so was Laurie's making the space work for our needs and responding to our seemingly endless questions and concerns.

    Highly, highly recommended. Would definitely get married there again -- although I'd rather leave that to our nephew! ;-)

    Sent on 04/30/2019
  • C

    Chloe Z. · Married on 06/15/2017

    3.6
    • Quality of service:
      4.0
    • Responsiveness:
      3.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      3.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.0

    Gorgeous, Tons of Housing, Less expensive than most, pretty DIY

    Perfect for a whole-weekend wedding. Gorgeous spot with so many different places to do the ceremony, hike, dance, and swim. The river was a huge draw for us; it just can't be matched. They offered all that for a price lower than most places we found, given the amount of housing on site. The drawbacks were having to use their caterer and most other stuff being DIY (including, like, taking out the trash!); we worked like crazy to pull it off, had a team of 15 friends helping. For what we wanted and because we and our community were able to put in the meticulous planning, it was an excellent decision. Would do it again for sure. (PS: If you have folks coming who can't stay on site for whatever reason, book early; very very few places in Philo!).

    Sent on 03/10/2019

River's Bend Retreat Center FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 6000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 6000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 6000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 6000.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Parking
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 5.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    Dining room, Reception room, Lodging in cabins for up to 80 plus 30 camping
  • Describe your venue:
    Farm/Ranch
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Get Ready Rooms
    Outside Vendors
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Server(s)
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Limited Bar
    Outside Alcohol
  • What event items are available?
    Dance Floor
    Furniture
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    November
    December

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River's Bend Retreat Center frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at River's Bend Retreat Center?

River's Bend Retreat Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Parking
  • Tables

At River's Bend Retreat Center, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

River's Bend Retreat Center includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At River's Bend Retreat Center, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at River's Bend Retreat Center includes:

  • Bartender(s)

What are the most important characteristics of River's Bend Retreat Center in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by River's Bend Retreat Center for wedding events is known for:

  • Farm/Ranch

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at River's Bend Retreat Center for wedding events?

River's Bend Retreat Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does River's Bend Retreat Center offer?

River's Bend Retreat Center offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does River's Bend Retreat Center offer for wedding events?

River's Bend Retreat Center offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does River's Bend Retreat Center have available for wedding events?

River's Bend Retreat Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend River's Bend Retreat Center and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

River's Bend Retreat Center is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.3 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.5 in quality of service, 4.5 in professionalism, 4.5 in value, 4.0 in average response time and 4.0 in flexibility.