Instead of ‘something blue,’ go for something green. Rock Creek Ranch in Smith River, California, provides a sustainable wedding venue along the emerald waters of the Smith River. Rock Creek Ranch is a 175-acre ranch and conservation nonprofit just 30 minutes from Crescent City. The ranch aims to be off the grid, using a combination of solar and micro-hydroelectric power. The remnants of an old stone lodge, swept away in 1955, make for a captivating ceremony space. Host the reception on their outdoor deck with a spectacular river view. Retire to the ranch house which can sleep 12 people. For a fee, camping is also permitted.
Del Norte County has an abundance of parks to host your dream woodsy wedding within the Redwoods National Park. Leave the paper lanterns, tulle and Pinterest greenery ideas behind for the natural beauty of places like Templeman Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park and Lost Man Creek Gate in Redwood National and State Parks. Your easy-going guests can camp or find a sweet RV site. Crescent City hotels are also nearby.
If you’re looking for a forest fairytale but with a few amenities such as seating, check out Prairie Creek Amphitheater within Prairie Creek Redwood State Park’s Elk Prairie Campground. Available October 25-May 1, the scenery of thick ferns and moss-covered redwoods cannot be beat. Plus, you don’t have to rent seating!
For any whimsical wedding within Del Norte County’s state parks, don’t forget to snag a permit from the Parks Service.
The Del Norte County Golf Course, located 20 minutes from Crescent City near Hiouchi, is set up nicely to host weddings. Exchange vows on lush green lawn with redwoods towering above then ride off into the sunset in a golf cart to a catered after-party at the golf course clubhouse.
Lodges are for Lovers
Strike a balance between the raw beauty of the outdoors and the ease of indoor amenities by planning a wedding at a lodge. Located in Klamath, Gold River Lodge can host intimate affairs or a monumental bash. Have your ceremony on the shore of the Klamath River. Your guests can plan memorable adventures like fly fishing and then set up camp right on the property. The lodge has three bedrooms plus a loft so some folks can sink into some luxury.
The possibilities are endless at the Historic Requa Inn including river and ocean view lodging and famously delicious food. You have your pick of ceremony backdrops from a garden gazebo to an ocean overlook. After the celebration, kick up your feet in a cozy cottage complete with a wood-burning stove and view of the Klamath River. The inn is available for private events November 1 – April 1.
The Patrick Creek Historic Lodge in Gasquet has been around since 1926 and boasts a whole lot of rustic, vintage cabin-like charm. Surrounded by the Six Rivers National Forest with the Smith River nearby, this 30-room lodge has private cabins, a restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, and even a campground across the road. With many nature-first attractions nearby like world-class fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, botanical trails, and of course, the Redwoods State and National Parks — your wedding guests will not want to leave.
Let It Ride for Love
The casinos of Del Norte County offer worry-free wedding planning. Guests can stay in full-service comfort while enjoying the recreation and attractions that make the area an unforgettable destination.