Weddings

Venture Retreat Center

Pescadero, CA View map Visit website

About

Located in, Pescadero, California, Venture Retreat Center is a wedding venue that invites couples to experience the natural beauty of the Bay Area. The center has a long history of community spirit, and invites parties to gather and celebrate together in harmony with the earth. Conveniently situated and accessible from both San Francisco and San Jose, it is an ideal location for guests traveling from far and wide. The venue is a great choice for nature-loving couples who want to celebrate in their own slice of private paradise.

Facilities and Capacity

Venture Retreat Center is an effortlessly stylish and luxurious retreat enveloped by the screen calm of the Northern Californian landscape. With roots in the 1960s counterculture movement, the center has served as a place of spiritual exploration and self-discovery for decades. Wedding parties are invited to rent the entire premises, allowing them to celebrate in privacy and seclusion from the outside world. Guests can wander the forest that surrounds the center, meandering through its ancient redwoods and taking a moment to reconnect with nature. Indeed, couples can choose to exchange their vows under the shelter of stately boughs in a sophisticated outdoor ceremony. The party can continue afterwards on the lawn, taking advantage of the surrounding natural beauty and the year-round Californian sunshine. Rental of the venue includes access to a stylish selection fo rustic event furniture. As dusk falls, the warmth of a campfire invites attendees for intimate chats in its glow or to gather around toasting marshmallows and s’mores. The venue is ideal for a wedding weekend amongst close friends and family, and because the venue can be rented in its entirety couples have the freedom to celebrate as they wish. This includes partying the night away as guests see fit, as there is no curfew in place thanks to the property’s isolated location. During the weekend guests can take advantage of the center’s many facilities such as its pool and hot tub. There is enough space to accommodate up to 50 guests in the lodge, and another 50 on its campsite grounds.

Services Offered

Venture Retreat Center’s staff welcomes couples to the venue and provides support throughout their wedding experience. The management welcomes outside vendors, and can also provide access to a fully equipped kitchen for caterers. The coordination team listens to couples’ needs and works with them, providing advice on the property and its surrounding area.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Event Planning
Parking

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Wedding Cake

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Campsite/Cabin
Farm/Ranch
Resort

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
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Rated
4.8
out of 5.0
Recommended by 95% of couples
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    Chandra Married on 10/11/2014
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    Venture Retreat Center is a wonderful place to have a wedding. We had our ceremony on the beach and our reception at Venture. Bob was great and very flexible with us about all the logistics. We built an entire lighting rig in the space beside the pool to go over our tables and took it down in plenty of time- the place was transformed and we had everything we needed.
    We highly recommend it- its just beautiful. Recommended for a smaller wedding- as parking was just a little tricky but not a problem. This is a rural site and that's why we chose it.
    We loved having places for our wedding party to stay on site. Some folks camped. The pool and the hot tub were a great bonus. The kitchen complete with just about all the supplies we needed was awesome.
    We love Venture and want to come back for other occasions....we'll be in touch Bob! <3
    Thank you Bob!!!
    Chandra and Jay
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    Chris Married on 09/29/2012
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    Venture Retreat Center was the ideal venue for our wedding. We had a big vision with a small budget, and Venture was the only place that gave us enough flexibility to realize our vision and not completely break our budget. Other venues had so many rules, restrictions, and added fees - the answer to every question was either "no" or "yeah, but it'll cost you". The answers we got from Venture, on the other hand, tended to be "sure, why not, it's your wedding!" That's all we wanted hear. Venture is not "fancy", but the grounds are lovely, it was very reasonably priced, there was space for many of our guests to spend the night, and the folks running it genuinely wanted us to be able to create the event we dreamed of. And we did. Our wedding at Venture was a beautiful gathering of friends and family, and everyone had a spectacular time.
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    Lizzy Married on 06/27/2015
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    My husband and I got married in June 2015 at Venture Retreat Center. We wanted a nontraditional ceremony and a relaxing weekend-long reception that didn't feel fluffed up by the commercial wedding industry. Venture was absolutely perfect for us. The house and the grounds are beautiful: blooming artichokes in the garden, a big fireplace in the living room, ancient trees overhead and songbirds singing all weekend long. We were married in front of a giant, brambly rosebush and afterwards our friends and family walked 50 feet to the porch of the house for champagne, dinner, a live band, and a midnight soak in the hot tub. 40 of our friends stayed in the house and camped on the lawn, which meant that we didn't need any set schedule; people just came and went, enjoying Venture's pool and the nearby hikes and beaches. We cooked most of our meals in the big kitchen (except for the main post-wedding meal, which was catered). There are so many beautiful nooks and crannies on the Venture property! The kids in attendance formed a group and went exploring down the creek trail—we only found out later because they had taken one of our disposable cameras! Bob was incredibly kind and helpful during the planning process and the event itself. He let us visit the property while we were planning, so we could imagine how it would all work, and he connected us with a flower farm down the road, who stocked us with flowers at wholesale. Mainly, he was laid back, friendly and a genuinely nice person to work with. Venture is pretty much a dream place to throw a party: a giant house in the woods, where you can swim and dance and do a lot of nothing with a hundred of your favorite people. If that sounds like a good way to spend your wedding, then Venture is for you.

Awards

  • 5
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

Map

201 Eden West road Pescadero, CA, 94060
650-523-7727
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Venture Retreat Center frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Venture Retreat Center?

Venture Retreat Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Event Planning
  • Parking

At Venture Retreat Center, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Venture Retreat Center includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Wedding Cake

What are the most important characteristics of Venture Retreat Center in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Venture Retreat Center for wedding events is known for:
  • Campsite/Cabin
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Resort

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Venture Retreat Center for wedding events?

Venture Retreat Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Venture Retreat Center offer?

Venture Retreat Center offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Venture Retreat Center offer for wedding events?

Venture Retreat Center offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi

What percentage of users recommend Venture Retreat Center and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Venture Retreat Center is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in flexibility, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.8 in value, 4.7 in average response time and 4.4 in professionalism.

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