Gold Beach, OR
Low-key, lovely, and far from—well, from everything—this riverside lodge has made our Gold List for several years in a row, earning it a spot in our Platinum Circle. It iis named for the original Native Americans inhabitants. Weddings feel like you’re gathering in your family’s lodge, with a loyal staff who know their wine…and their granola.
Where it is: Hugging the Rogue River in the southwest corner of the state, this is about as isolated as you can get and still be within driving distance of an airport (California’s Crescent City Airport is about an hour away). Most visitors drive in and use their cars to tour Gold Beach, the nearby redwoods, and world-class golf courses.
Meet the staff: You’ll be in very good hands, as Tu Tu’ Tun’s wedding coordinator, Jocelyn Ringer, is owner Kyle Ringer’s sister-in-law. The two have been working together on weddings for five years, providing hands-on service for the six or so celebrations they do each year. Because the place is so isolated, their local vendor recommendations are invaluable.
The looks department: Native landscaping, velvet lawns, and a pristine riverfront (complete with resident otters) paint the kind of Northwestern scene that’s hard to find along with service this good. Uncluttered, clean design (a cedar-plank lodge with river-rock fireplace and Asian accents) creates a canvas of natural good taste.