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.
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.
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Utopia River Retreat frequently asked questions
What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Utopia River Retreat?
- Clean Up
- Set Up
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What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Utopia River Retreat for wedding events?
- Uncovered Outdoor
- Scenic Views
What kind of wedding events does Utopia River Retreat offer?
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
What services does Utopia River Retreat offer for wedding events?
- Clean Up
- Event Rentals
- Get Ready Rooms
- Lighting / Sound
- Outside Vendors
- Pet Friendly
- Set Up
What furniture and decorations does Utopia River Retreat have available for wedding events?
- Dance Floor
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