Destination Wedding Locations in the Northwest

By: Melissa Persling

Dreaming of a romantic sunset wedding in Napa wine country?  Maybe a lavish destination ceremony?  You may be surprised to learn that you don’t have to go far to feel like your in another world.  There are places just a latte (or two) and quick stop away that can give you everything you may thought you’d have to hop on a plane for!

Cave B Estate Winery, Washington

Cave B Winery Washington

Majestic canyon views and sweeping vineyards!  Its like getting an ice cream sundae with your chocolate cake….sweet!  Tucked in the Columbia Valley, just two and a half hours outside Spokane, is Cave B Estate Winery.  This picturesque property boasts a restaurant, an array of accommodations for you and your guests, as well as a spa with services that are incorporated into some of their wedding packages.

There are five places on the property to hold a ceremony along with a poolside area for rehearsal dinners.  From indoor, outdoor, 10 guests to 250 you are sure to find a a spot that suits you.  You also have your pick of four uniquely different overnight experiences. There are private cliff houses, inn rooms, cavern rooms and yurts.  The yurts caught my attention right off the bat. Spherical and environmentally friendly these skydome rooms have some of the best views of the property with a “closer to nature” experience.

Host a “gorge-ous girls” bridal party at the spa, enjoy a wine tasting and locally sourced food from a table overlooking the Columbia river.  What more could a girl want…..seriously!  Save yourself the hassle and plan your wine country wedding at Cave B Inn.

The Lodge at White Fish, Montana

Lodge at Whitefish

Luxury…..pampering……fine dining…….in Montana!?  That’s right, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is a four diamond award wining escape that makes the perfect setting for your destination wedding.  Located on the sparkling waters of Whitefish Lake this lodge has its own marina, spa and several dining and libation options within the lodge.  On top of that, you are just a short distance from Glacier National Park!

You and your wedding party have the option of Lodge suites, lakeside condos or a stay at the new Viking lodge.  In the new lodge you will enjoy rooms with fireplaces, flat screen HDTV’s, slate floors and granite counter tops.  Enjoy outdoor hot tubs and gas fire pit while taking in the breath taking views and wildlife often spotted on this preserve.

Whether your planning a wedding for 3 or 300, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake can accommodate you and your guests with event spaces that meet virtually any need.  Have a late morning wedding with a brunch reception on the coffee dock or poolside nuptials by candle light and a sit down dinner.

You’ll have no problem convincing your family and friends to make the trip to Whitefish when you plan a night on the town with the lodge’s party bus or a day on the nearby slopes.  In the summer guests can rent jet skis, speed boats, canoes or charter a cruise on “the Lady of the Lake”.  Your wedding will be a hot ticket when word gets out about all this venue has to offer. Take a look at and imagine the possibilities at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake!

The Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada

The Fairmont Banff Springs

Looking to get married out of the country, eh?  Banff, in Alberta Canada is a scenic half a days trip away and so completely worth the gas money!  The Fairmont Banff Springs is a Scottish baronial castle nestled in the Rockies that offers a truly royal wedding experience.  If you have dreamed of feeling like a princess on your wedding day look no further.

Accommodations for you and your guests range from truly palatial suites to cozier options.  With a bowling alley, pool and spa you and your guests are sure to find plenty to do leading up to and after your nuptials.  One thing is for sure…no one will go hungry!  This venue is brimming with restaurants lounges and bars with every type of cuisine and beverage you could hope for.  Italian at Castello Ristorante, sushi at Samurai, award wining wines at Grapes Wine Bar, traditional afternoon tea in the Rundle lounge, just to name a few of the palette pleasing options you’ll enjoy.

From 2 to 700 people a fairytale wedding at Fairmont Banff Springs is what you make it!  There are a variety of in and outdoor spaces available with one more gorgeous than the next.  Each lavish space is elegantly furnished and fit for a queen.  From chaffered cars to flowers you will find that the wedding professionals here are prepared to make your every fantasy a reality.  Visit The Fairmont Banff Springs website and start planning your royal wedding.

River Dance Lodge, Idaho

River Dance Lodge

Lets get something straight.  Plenty of girls picture their wedding day with all the trappings of a whimsical fairytale princess (insert favorite female Disney character here) fantasy.  We obsess over a particular shade of blush, our hair, the flowers, our hair, the wedding favors, our hair, every little detail and of course….our hair!  It was, however, recently brought to my attention that not every girl’s (certainly not every guys) idea of a dream wedding involves anything blush colored, lace, frills, signature pomegranate “love” cocktails in a martini glass with a raw sugar rim, is it five yet?!  But I digress.  Apparently there are perfectly sane women out there who don’t consider the half yearly sale at Nordstrom an “adventure”.  Women who get a bigger high off rapids and speed, than clip in bangs or the new Maybelline dream nude airfoam foundation.  Seriously, its a foam foundation!

Enter the “un-wedding” at River Dance Lodge.  Five spectacular acres along the Clearwater River in Kooskia, ID.  Allow me to define an “un-wedding”.  An “un-wedding” is a rafting down the Lochsa with your bridal party, a hike to a wilderness hot springs with your husband-to-be or horseback riding with your future in-laws through the Selway-Bitterroot Mountains.  The “un-wedding” is anything but traditional and everything but boring!

River Dance Lodge is also the home to Syringa Cafe (they provide packed lunches for those adrenaline packed days on the go)!  The Syringa Cafe also serves breakfast and dinner (like tide fisherman’s fettuccine or huckleberry pie.)  After a day of exploration and (if you’re like me) ungodly amounts of huckleberry pie, relax by taking a dip in the private hot tub of of your hand crafted log cabin or opt for some “glamping” (glamorous camping).  There are traditional camping options available as well…..your wedding party can take their pick!

If saying “I do” isn’t enough to get your heart racing, get “un-wed” at River Dance Lodge!  Where the experts in adventure will “create truly unforgettable wedding memories!”