Top Ten Destination Wedding Locations

Tabernash, Colorado

4. Tabernash, Colorado
Deemed one of the top eco-friendly hotels and resorts in the world by Conservation International, the rustic yet luxe Devil's Thumb Ranch is the perfect venue for the bride and groom looking for an alternative to a beach locale. Sitting on 5,000 acres of privately owned wilderness just an hour west of Denver, the ranch is home to 16 luxury ridge-top cabins, each uniquely appointed in Scandinavian and European antiques and nestled among the pines and aspens. A new 12,000-square-foot wellness center, Ranch Creek Spa, offers nature-based treatments, perfect for bridal parties, as well as a couples' massage room with copper tubs for the bride and groom who need to unwind.

Food has a sustainable focus with all catering coming from the on-site Ranch House Restaurant or Heck's Tavern, serving more casual, contemporary ranch fare. John L's Wine Cellar and Private Dining Room accommodates up to 16 people for something uniquely special with custom multi-course dinners and wine pairings.

With 80 weddings each summer alone, the ranch is well equipped and experienced for a wedding of seismic proportions. Indoor and outdoor facilities include a meadow looking out to the Continental Divide, the Timber House with floor-to-ceiling windows and 270-degree views of the ranch, or the Broad Axe Barn, named for the reclaimed 1850s barn that serves as the framework for this large room, which opens onto a second-story patio and can accommodate 150 people.

Published: 7 Dec 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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