Tracks to Say I Do
WA: Destination Wedding
While the “destination wedding” may
be latest buzz in bridal salons, couples have traveled to
the City of Stevenson for more than 60 years to tie the knot.
Tracks of the Heart).
With a history as old and as colorful as the Marrying Barber,
it’s no wonder Stevenson remains a sought after wedding
destination today. Surrounded by the beauty of the Columbia
Gorge National Scenic Area, situated on the banks of the
Columbia River, Stevenson combines great views with good
The destination wedding rise in popularity is easily explained.
Historically,most weddings are short affairs--the ceremony,
the reception and a ride home. The destination wedding stretches
the wedding day into several days and evenings. The family
and guests actually have time to get to know each other and
create relationships. Instead of “I wished I’d
had more time to talk to. . .” there is time to talk,
to walk and to dine together. The wedding becomes a special
family reunion with the addition of a few close friends rounding
out the gathering.
As this evolution in weddings becomes accepted, Stevenson
lies perfectly situated to host destination weddings. For
the large events, Skamania Lodge sits on a hill overlooking
town with expansive views of the Columbia River Gorge. With
254 guest rooms, over 22,000 feet of interior meeting rooms
and a number of woodsy garden settings, each year the Lodge
hosts more and more weddings.
On the more intimate side, the Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge,
four log cabins right on the Columbia River in the heart of
town, offers couples a small, casual spot surrounded by parks.
For the more traditional in traveling lodging, the AAA rated
Econo Lodge offers guests a third lodging option with a close
in convenience to Stevenson’s downtown core. As with
the Riverside Lodge and the Skamania Lodge, the Econo Lodge
provides guests free WiFi in most rooms.
While Skamania Lodge and the Riverside Lodge may be the most
often used venues, the surrounding area holds a number of
special places. On the waterfront, the Port of Skamania County’s
Teo Park, a natural grassy amphitheatre, hosts everything
from weddings to the noted Brew Blues and Barbeque. Adjacent
to downtown, the Skamania County Fair Ground and Rock Creek
Center offer an integrated outdoor setting and indoor reception
area with a commercial kitchen. A few miles to the west, Beacon
Rock State Park has several locations highlighting the natural
beauty of this special place in the Gorge.
For the more formal wedding venues, the Stevenson community
offers a choice of churches. The denominations range from
Catholic, to Methodist to the Nazarene. Each church is unique
carrying the history and character of the congregation.
Thus, a trend begun 60 years ago, hopping over to Stevenson
to get hitched evolves into an established Stevenson tradition.
For help with a Stevenson Wedding contact the following:
Bloomsbury of Kanaka Creek Farm
Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge
Skamania County Parks and Recreation
Port of Skamania County
Photos courtesy of Bloomsbury at Kanaka Creek Farm and Sikora Photography