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.
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.
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.
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2 Reviews for River's Bend Retreat Center
Recommended by 86% of couples
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Kai M. · Married on 10/31/2015
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
Chloe Z. · Married on 06/15/2017
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