Five Destination Wedding Resorts in the Pacific Northwest

By Sally Kilbridge - 2013-05-01T17:39:40Z

Photograph via Conde Nast Traveler

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The Alderbrook

Union, WA

A hundred years ago, this was a tent resort only reachable by water, and it’s still the quintessential Pacific Northwest summer resort. Children tumble around green lawns, couples grab kayaks to paddle the mirrorlike Hood Canal, and wedding portraits are often staged at the end of a long dock, framed by the Olympic Mountains—with maybe an eagle soaring overhead.

Where it is: On the banks of the Hood Canal, a natural glacier-carved fjord on the westernmost margin of the Puget Sound basin, you’re truly away from it all. The resort is about a 90-minute drive from the Seattle airport; getting here from Portland takes two and a half hours.

Meet the staff: The onsite trio of Kristin, Amy, and Sarah devote themselves to every detail, from blocking guest rooms to organizing bar set-ups to being on hand the day of the wedding itself. The hotel also requests that you hire a personal wedding planner to organize timing and vendors for both rehearsal dinner and wedding.

The looks department: No question where you are, with Olympic Mountain vistas and seals barking under the dock. The lodge itself—most of which was completely rebuilt less than ten years ago—is both oversize and intimate, with stacked-stone fireplaces and pillars, massive tree trunks, smooth wood ceiling trestles, and soaring windows.  

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