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The Sequoia Retreat Center

Ben Lomond , CA
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LOCATION

11445 Alba Road
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 US (map)

PHONE

831-336-5060

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ABOUT US

Nestled amid acres of majestic coastal redwoods, madrones, and tan oaks, The Sequoia Retreat Center offers the perfect setting for Weekend Wedding Celebrations. Invite your guests to... Read more
Nestled amid acres of majestic coastal redwoods, madrones, and tan oaks, The Sequoia Retreat Center offers the perfect setting for Weekend Wedding Celebrations. Invite your guests to stay with you on-site in cabins with full bathrooms. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1975
When was your venue last renovated?
2007
Describe your venue:
Farm / Barn, Inn / Bed & Breakfast
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Garden / Romantic, Rustic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
11
Number of suites
3
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
12
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
57
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Leora
Wedding:
6/8/2014
4.8/5.0
Sequoia is a truly magical place, and we couldn't have found a better place to get married. We got to have an entire weekend to build community and ritual around our wedding amongst the stunning redwoods, cozy cabins and good spirits of the Sequoia staff. My partner and I are true DIY-wedding-ers, and this is the rest place for that kind of folks -- you get to choose how things are and make it happen -- just don't expect someone else to do it or arrange it for you unless you ask! While sometimes Diane took a little longer than I would have liked to get back to us during the planning process, she was incredibly accommodating and she really stepped into high gear as the wedding got closer, and pulled it all together. We got to have the wedding of our dreams because she let us, and we're tremendously grateful for that!! :) In terms of the food, things went well, though I would recommend you taste everything and let Sequoia stick to things they know how to do well -- we asked them to do some things that were new for them and they weren't great, and some of the other items were over/undercooked. Again, as long as you're really specific with what you want, you'll be able to get it here. And you'll be getting in a community of staff that is truly wonderful and well-meaning, and we were so grateful to find that after really not jiving with other "wedding industry" type folks. Thank you Sequoia, thank you Scott and Diane -- we will recommend you to everyone that we can!
Sequoia is a truly magical place, and we couldn't have found a better place to get married. We got to have an entire Read more...
Sequoia is a truly magical place, and we couldn't have found a better place to get married. We got to have an entire weekend to build community and ritual around our wedding amongst the stunning redwoods, cozy cabins and good spirits of the Sequoia staff. My partner and I are true DIY-wedding-ers, and this is the rest place for that kind of folks -- you get to choose how things are and make it happen -- just don't expect someone else to do it or arrange it for you unless you ask! While sometimes Diane took a little longer than I would have liked to get back to us during the planning process, she was incredibly accommodating and she really stepped into high gear as the wedding got closer, and pulled it all together. We got to have the wedding of our dreams because she let us, and we're tremendously grateful for that!! :) In terms of the food, things went well, though I would recommend you taste everything and let Sequoia stick to things they know how to do well -- we asked them to do some things that were new for them and they weren't great, and some of the other items were over/undercooked. Again, as long as you're really specific with what you want, you'll be able to get it here. And you'll be getting in a community of staff that is truly wonderful and well-meaning, and we were so grateful to find that after really not jiving with other "wedding industry" type folks. Thank you Sequoia, thank you Scott and Diane -- we will recommend you to everyone that we can! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.9/5.0
A beautiful site but not really prepared with the staff and catering know how to pull off a wedding the quality of which their rates would imply. If you use this vendor, bring in your own catering.
A beautiful site but not really prepared with the staff and catering know how to pull off a wedding the quality of which Read more...
A beautiful site but not really prepared with the staff and catering know how to pull off a wedding the quality of which their rates would imply. If you use this vendor, bring in your own catering. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the Sequoia Retreat center and we couldn't have been happier with them! They were extremely accommodating and wonderful to work with. They did a dessert bar for the rehearsal dinner that was delicious and we loved the bonfire. The whole weekend stay was wonderful and the day of the wedding went incredibly well. The whole experience was more than words and we absolutely loved working with the retreat center.
We had our wedding at the Sequoia Retreat center and we couldn't have been happier with them! They were extremely Read more...
We had our wedding at the Sequoia Retreat center and we couldn't have been happier with them! They were extremely accommodating and wonderful to work with. They did a dessert bar for the rehearsal dinner that was delicious and we loved the bonfire. The whole weekend stay was wonderful and the day of the wedding went incredibly well. The whole experience was more than words and we absolutely loved working with the retreat center. Read less
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Lorraine
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
I got a chance to work at Sequoia Retreat Center as a month of coordinator and there were also very kind to let me do a styled photo shoot there as well. Overall, I had a great experience working with Diane and her staff. Diane was very prompt to answering my questions and would respond to my emails within 48 hours. On the day of the event, anytime I needed something for myself, the bride/groom, or a guest, the staff always did what I asked quickly and I never felt as if I was a bother. The staff was really helpful and I would definitely work with them again in a heartbeat.

Other then the tricky parking situation, the venue is absolutely gorgeous. If you are looking for a venue space in the middle of the redwood forest in a calm serene environment, SRC is a perfect pick.
I got a chance to work at Sequoia Retreat Center as a month of coordinator and there were also very kind to let me do a Read more...
I got a chance to work at Sequoia Retreat Center as a month of coordinator and there were also very kind to let me do a styled photo shoot there as well. Overall, I had a great experience working with Diane and her staff. Diane was very prompt to answering my questions and would respond to my emails within 48 hours. On the day of the event, anytime I needed something for myself, the bride/groom, or a guest, the staff always did what I asked quickly and I never felt as if I was a bother. The staff was really helpful and I would definitely work with them again in a heartbeat.

Other then the tricky parking situation, the venue is absolutely gorgeous. If you are looking for a venue space in the middle of the redwood forest in a calm serene environment, SRC is a perfect pick. Read less
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Sarahdee
Wedding:
9/25/2010
4.3/5.0
The Sequoia Retreat Center was an amazing place to hold our wedding! The ambiance was peaceful, relaxing and the lodge in which we had the reception was beautiful and had an amazing view of Santa Cruz Mountains!

We had our ceremony in a Redwood Grove a short walk away from the reception so everything was able to be close together and no one had to drive which was important to us.

Sequoia Retreat has a variety of cabins that sleep 4,3,2 and could accommodate all of our guests. The only down side to these was that only a few of the cabins had double beds, the rest were twins! And, they seemed a bit over priced for twin bed cabin. But, all were heated, had hot water and lovely linens and soaps and were rustically gorgeous.

The food was AMAZING! Diane is so flexible with menu planning and was able to accommodate organic selections, and tons of it. No one was hungry at all breakfasts, lunches and dinners!

I highly recommend Sequoia Retreat Center for an amazing, memorable wedding. We have absolutely no regrets and are sooo glad we decided to go with them!
The Sequoia Retreat Center was an amazing place to hold our wedding! The ambiance was peaceful, relaxing and the lodge in Read more...
The Sequoia Retreat Center was an amazing place to hold our wedding! The ambiance was peaceful, relaxing and the lodge in which we had the reception was beautiful and had an amazing view of Santa Cruz Mountains!

We had our ceremony in a Redwood Grove a short walk away from the reception so everything was able to be close together and no one had to drive which was important to us.

Sequoia Retreat has a variety of cabins that sleep 4,3,2 and could accommodate all of our guests. The only down side to these was that only a few of the cabins had double beds, the rest were twins! And, they seemed a bit over priced for twin bed cabin. But, all were heated, had hot water and lovely linens and soaps and were rustically gorgeous.

The food was AMAZING! Diane is so flexible with menu planning and was able to accommodate organic selections, and tons of it. No one was hungry at all breakfasts, lunches and dinners!

I highly recommend Sequoia Retreat Center for an amazing, memorable wedding. We have absolutely no regrets and are sooo glad we decided to go with them! Read less
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jmgreenf
Wedding:
7/10/2010
4.2/5.0
The Sequoia Retreat Center (SRC) provided the perfect setting for my husband and I to create our dream wedding weekend. We wanted to create an intimate weekend for our close family and friends and this was more than accomplished at SRC. From Friday's welcome BBQ to our ceremony in Pixie's Garden everything was professional, well done, and easy. In fact I am getting thank you cards from the guests for creating such a fun and special weekend. Everyone loved the food (we had all meals provided for guests from Fri-Sunday) and most loved the cabins.

Book this venue if you want a destination wedding-like feel yet in Northern California. This is for the outdoorsy, nature loving couple whose guests won't mind simple, rustic cabins. Book this venue if you are a DIY bride or have the money to hire a wedding planner! I miss SRC already and wish we could have spent more time in the beautiful, tranquil redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains.
The Sequoia Retreat Center (SRC) provided the perfect setting for my husband and I to create our dream wedding weekend. We Read more...
The Sequoia Retreat Center (SRC) provided the perfect setting for my husband and I to create our dream wedding weekend. We wanted to create an intimate weekend for our close family and friends and this was more than accomplished at SRC. From Friday's welcome BBQ to our ceremony in Pixie's Garden everything was professional, well done, and easy. In fact I am getting thank you cards from the guests for creating such a fun and special weekend. Everyone loved the food (we had all meals provided for guests from Fri-Sunday) and most loved the cabins.

Book this venue if you want a destination wedding-like feel yet in Northern California. This is for the outdoorsy, nature loving couple whose guests won't mind simple, rustic cabins. Book this venue if you are a DIY bride or have the money to hire a wedding planner! I miss SRC already and wish we could have spent more time in the beautiful, tranquil redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains. Read less
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sfbaybride
Wedding:
9/26/2009
4.6/5.0
I loved my wedding experience at the Sequoia Retreat Center. This is the perfect venue for couples looking to celebrate in a gorgeous outdoor setting. It is ideal for people who want to spend the wedding weekend with their guests in a rustic resort setting. You'll have exclusive run of the entire property (including acres and acres of redwoods and small trails) for the entire weekend. It's the best way to spend quality time with your guests. 80 of our closest friends and family stayed on the property in quaint cabins. The morning of our wedding, after a full breakfast, around 15 guests did yoga with me (the bride) and another 20 or so went hiking with the groom in the nearby redwood park.
Our ceremony and reception were both held in Pixie's Garden and we had dancing inside the Las Alas Lodge. A local caterer (Chef Poppy) catered our reception and worked with the SRC on rentals (you'll need to rent tables and chairs and bring in your own linens, place settings, and decorations).
The SRC was the venue for our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner as well. The SRC actually catered our rehearsal dinner and it was delicious (comfort foods: mac and cheese, chili, cornbread, salads).
An added advantage to the SRC, you can BYO bar (but it's strictly beer and wine only) for both the rehearsal and the reception. The alcohol policy is the only area where the SRC is inflexible. If you really want a full bar, this is not the place for you.
The SRC also catered breakfasts both mornings. We chose the menus and were very impressed with the selection and quality (pancakes the first day and frittatas the second day).
Finally, the people who work at the SRC are incredibly nice. The owners Diane and Scott, in particular, are very friendly and really believe in their product. They scheduled a tour for us the same day that we called them and spent over an hour showing us around the property, including the lodging as well as various ceremony sites. They then repeated the tour two or three times over the next few months after we had already booked the site and wanted to show the wedding planner, our parents, and our maid of honor.
Throughout the planning process, Diane and her staff were very responsive to emails, but they won't plan the wedding for you. You need to hire a planner or be prepared to DIY. If you know what you want, have decent organizational skills, and are looking for the most beautiful venue in Northern California, this is a great place and I highly recommend it.
I loved my wedding experience at the Sequoia Retreat Center. This is the perfect venue for couples looking to celebrate in Read more...
I loved my wedding experience at the Sequoia Retreat Center. This is the perfect venue for couples looking to celebrate in a gorgeous outdoor setting. It is ideal for people who want to spend the wedding weekend with their guests in a rustic resort setting. You'll have exclusive run of the entire property (including acres and acres of redwoods and small trails) for the entire weekend. It's the best way to spend quality time with your guests. 80 of our closest friends and family stayed on the property in quaint cabins. The morning of our wedding, after a full breakfast, around 15 guests did yoga with me (the bride) and another 20 or so went hiking with the groom in the nearby redwood park.
Our ceremony and reception were both held in Pixie's Garden and we had dancing inside the Las Alas Lodge. A local caterer (Chef Poppy) catered our reception and worked with the SRC on rentals (you'll need to rent tables and chairs and bring in your own linens, place settings, and decorations).
The SRC was the venue for our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner as well. The SRC actually catered our rehearsal dinner and it was delicious (comfort foods: mac and cheese, chili, cornbread, salads).
An added advantage to the SRC, you can BYO bar (but it's strictly beer and wine only) for both the rehearsal and the reception. The alcohol policy is the only area where the SRC is inflexible. If you really want a full bar, this is not the place for you.
The SRC also catered breakfasts both mornings. We chose the menus and were very impressed with the selection and quality (pancakes the first day and frittatas the second day).
Finally, the people who work at the SRC are incredibly nice. The owners Diane and Scott, in particular, are very friendly and really believe in their product. They scheduled a tour for us the same day that we called them and spent over an hour showing us around the property, including the lodging as well as various ceremony sites. They then repeated the tour two or three times over the next few months after we had already booked the site and wanted to show the wedding planner, our parents, and our maid of honor.
Throughout the planning process, Diane and her staff were very responsive to emails, but they won't plan the wedding for you. You need to hire a planner or be prepared to DIY. If you know what you want, have decent organizational skills, and are looking for the most beautiful venue in Northern California, this is a great place and I highly recommend it. Read less
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