Congratulations and thank you for your interest in Utopia River Retreat for your special day. Set on 22 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.
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.
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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.
4 Reviews for Utopia River Retreat
Recommended by 100% of couples
Kay · Married on 04/07/2018
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.Sent on 04/30/2018
Utopia River Retreat's reply:Kay, thank you for allowing us to be a special part of your big event. We are always happy to help anyway we can. Look forward to your next visit.
Lauren · Married on 11/11/2017
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!Sent on 02/15/2018
Utopia River Retreat's reply:Lauren
Cindy · Married on 06/18/2016
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!Sent on 08/21/2016