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Waterfall Lodge & Retreat

Ben Lomond, CA View map
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.8 out of 5
10 reviews
$13k - $20k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$13k - $20k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

The Waterfall Lodge and Retreat, sitting high in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, is a tranquil wedding venue for couples from Ben Lomond, CA. Surrounded by ancient redwood trees, this venue embraces its unique position in nature. The barn is made of reclaimed wood from a 19th-century farm building, with romantic lanterns casting a glow over the couple’s celebration. Sunshine slants through the leaves of the forest, lighting the way to an unforgettable day.

Waterfall Lodge & Retreat features warm wood throughout and a gorgeous patio made of travertine stone where guests can immerse themselves in the forest surrounding them. Doors, windows, and gates are laced with delicate wrought-iron ornamentation for an elegant, classic touch. Couples and their loved ones can enjoy a getaway in the majestic beauty of the forests, and take deep breaths of the fresh mountain air. With incredible views of the countryside and towering redwoods, couples have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for truly spectacular wedding photos. A beautiful space for rustic celebrations, its secluded location enhances a feeling of community among its visitors. The day after the wedding, guests can explore the various nature trails through the mountains, and go for a rejuvenating hike in the beautiful countryside.

Couples can say their vows outdoors in one of Waterfall Lodge and Retreat’s various ceremony venues. The ceremony and reception areas, can fit up to 150 guests. Tables and chairs are artfully arranged on the patio, allowing guests to relax beneath a sky of sparkling market lights. When they are worn out from celebrating, this estate features a number of spaces for overnight accommodations. The lodge itself has two large bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Thirty-three cabins are nestled around the property and are just a short walk from the lodge and can accommodate up to 96 overnight guests onsite.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

No

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

$12,000

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

$9,000

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
Chairs
Parking
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

Describe your venue:

Barn
Campsite/Cabin
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

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
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What bar services do you provide?

Outside Alcohol

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Altar/Arch
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December

10 Reviews

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Rated
4.8
out of 5.0
Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Rating 4.8 out of 5

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    Andrea F. Married on 11/27/2021
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    Most gorgeous venue on earth

    Waterfall Lodge is one of the most gorgeous venues I have ever seen. The entire property is pristinely maintained and they are constantly doing updates to keep the property, spaces, and cabins to continually make it even more beautiful. Working with Jaime, Mark, and Michael was a great experience and they are so professional, organized, and accommodating and helpful that it made the experience THAT much better… because not only is the venue beautiful – but so is all of the staff. We absolutely loved having the cabins available onsite and our guests were so pleased with not needing to drive anywhere and being at the property the whole time. We had many guests tell us how much they loved being able to meet people before the actual wedding by staying onsite in the cabins – it made for such a good experience for everyone. The cabins themselves are also very cute; and are very clean and have towels, toiletries, etc. And let me tell you what a gorgeous backdrop a forest of redwoods makes for your wedding ceremony. There was also so many great places for photos – and Waterfall just makes pictures look that much better. I don’t even think it needs to be said that Waterfall is a venue I highly recommend – as it just speaks for itself.
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    Kelsi S. Married on 10/26/2021
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    Magical Redwood Venue - All BYO but WORTH IT!

    The team at Waterfall Lodge - Jaime, Mark and Michael really helped make our wedding day completely magical! Jaime was amazing for the year leading up to our wedding answering my (many, many) questions and helping my guests get set up in cabins, etc. We truly had the best day ever and already miss Waterfall Lodge!!

    The owner, Mark, went above and beyond helping make our wedding day completely perfect, even during an insane rain storm, evacuations, power outages and more!

    He is such a kind person and his incredible help seriously astounded us! The venue is truly a gem and helped make our wedding vision become a reality, a magical wedding amongst the redwoods with our dearest friends and family! We already miss Waterfall Lodge and hope to come back some day.

    Huge thanks to Michael as well for all of his help and craftsmanship making such a great venue possible.

    This is a 'BYO' vendor venue so know that you will need to put quite a lot of work into making sure all the many professionals and pieces are in place for your wedding, but with a good wedding planner (Dawn Sternadel - Event by Dawn) and using pretty much only vendors from their preferred vendor list it was a wonderful experience and we crafted the most beautiful 2 days true to me and my husband's style and vision. I will remember those 2 days very fondly for the rest of my life!
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    Anita K. Married on 10/07/2021
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    Magical Wedding

    We held our wedding in October at Waterfall Lodge. It was so beautiful, words can't describe the magical feeling in the redwood forest. It's a very secluded venue, so you can have a very private wedding. The redwoods are STUNNING. Photos really don't do justice in how it feels. The staff is wonderful. From planning to the moment you arrive and you leave, they are all so kind and helpful. Because I'm from Canada, I planned the whole wedding abroad. I didn't get to visit the venue before having my wedding and the place did not disappoint! I wish I had stayed longer. I would recommend if you can rent out the venue for the entire weekend. One day/night was not enough!

    Jaime, the events director was very flexible at this venue and made it easy for us to organize everything.

    Michael, who built the whole place is so helpful. He's also very knowledgeable about the whole place so if you have any questions about the logistics of setting up everything, he's your man!

Awards

  • 10
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner

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325 Hidden Falls Trail Ben Lomond, CA, 95005
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Waterfall Lodge & Retreat frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Waterfall Lodge & Retreat?

Waterfall Lodge & Retreat includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Parking
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of Waterfall Lodge & Retreat in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Waterfall Lodge & Retreat for wedding events is known for:
  • Barn
  • Campsite/Cabin
  • Hotel

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Waterfall Lodge & Retreat for wedding events?

Waterfall Lodge & Retreat offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Waterfall Lodge & Retreat offer?

Waterfall Lodge & Retreat offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Waterfall Lodge & Retreat offer for wedding events?

Waterfall Lodge & Retreat offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Waterfall Lodge & Retreat have available for wedding events?

Waterfall Lodge & Retreat offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Waterfall Lodge & Retreat and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

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

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