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Reception
$2,350 starting price
Ceremony
$2,350 starting price
Reception
$2,350 starting price
Ceremony
$2,350 starting price

About

On WeddingWire since 2016

Congratulations and thank you for your interest in Utopia River Retreat for your special day. Set on 12 acres along the Sabinal River in Utopia, Texas (about and hour and a half northwest of San Antonio), this special venue is one of the most stunning properties in the Texas Hill Country. Whether it be along the banks of the cypress tree lined Sabinal River, on one of our lawns under magnificent centuries-old live oak trees or in the fully enclosed elegant rustic barn with an attached deck and gazebo, the property offers numerous opportunities to host your ceremony and reception.

Set in the heart of the Sabinal and Frio River Canyons, opportunities for daily activities are endless. Lost Maples State Park, Garner State Park and the Frio River are all within 20 minutes of our gate. The town of Utopia is a mere stone’s throw and has a number of fun shops and restaurants. The lost Maples Winery and an 18-hole golf course are also close by. You can easily lose yourself in quiet solitude & tranquility as you become immersed in the area.

Accommodations

Oral History indicates that the land Utopia River Retreat now occupies was originally settled in the 1860’s, then known as the Bownds Fort Site. Serving as the centerpiece of our accommodations and event space, the now fully renovated Fortress was originally a stone barn. This was constructed as a Fort with gun-ports as a defense against Native American incursions into the valley. Today the Fortress has two master suites and 3 semi-private loft areas making it perfect for larger groups or families.

The Fortress is flanked by nine additional one and two-bedroom cabins sleeping up to 4 to 6 people each and offering splendid views of the surrouding river valley, making this a truly all-inclusive event space for your momentous weekend. In addition to our on-site accommodations we also have additional managed properties in the area available for your guests.

Other on-site amenities include:

  • Private access to the river throughout the property
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property
  • Gated pool area with adjoining covered gazebo

Cuisine, Decor & Other Vendors

We are proud to offer you a variety of options to make your event come together. While our staff can recommend a number of local vendors who are familiar with our space, they are not exclusive and we welcome your use of the vendors of your choice.

Frequently asked questions

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?

$2,350

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2,350

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?

$2,350

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2,350

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Barn
Inn/B&B
Resort
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

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
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
September
October
December
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Reviews of Utopia River Retreat

5.0 out of 5 rating
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4 Reviews
100% recommend it
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  • Professionalism
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  • Value
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  • Flexibility
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Latest reviews

Weddingwire
5.0/5 4 reviews
Google
4.7/5 110 reviews
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Kay Sent on 04/30/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Absolutely loved this venue. We got married here April 2018 and couldn't of been happier. The staff was incredibly helpful and willing to help with anything you may need. They have multiple spots to have your ceremony right on the river. Such a beautiful spot for any wedding.
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Lauren Sent on 02/15/2018
5 out of 5 rating
A perfect venue for a rustic barn reception. You can get married by the water and have the reception right up the hill in the barn. The staff was there for me the entire time. They have everything you need and if not, they are willing to get it! So happy with our wedding here!
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Cindy Sent on 08/21/2016
5 out of 5 rating
We had our Celebration of Marriage at the Utopia River Retreat in June 2016. The deck and the pavilion over look the Sabinal River giving this indoor/outdoor venue a perfect backdrop for any occasion. At night the giant cypress trees light up and you can hear the crickets and locust humming along. Having lodging right there made it so convenient for our guest to come and go the whole weekend of the celebration. The party planner, Skye, took care of the all the catering and decorations leaving us to enjoy the moment. I wold highly recommend this venue for weddings, family reunions, girl's or guy's trips or anything else where space, beauty were appreciated!
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Utopia River Retreat frequently asked questions

Utopia River Retreat includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
The space offered by Utopia River Retreat for wedding events is known for:
  • Barn
  • Inn/B&B
  • Resort
  • Waterfront
Utopia River Retreat offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Utopia River Retreat offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Utopia River Retreat offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
Utopia River Retreat offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents
Utopia River Retreat is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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