Where history, nature and romance intersect in the Cascades

Written by
Laura Cross
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Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, Sun Mountain Lodge invites couples to celebrate their nuptials surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Methow Valley. Recently honored by Fodor’s Travel as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world, this mountain retreat has evolved into a premier destination for weddings, offering a perfect blend of luxury and natural beauty.

Sun Mountain Lodge has a storied history, dating back to its founding in 1968 by Jack Barron. The lodge’s spectacular dining room, designed by renowned Pacific Northwest architect Roland Terry, immediately set the stage for a unique and memorable destination. In 1987, the Haub family of Germany acquired Sun Mountain Lodge, injecting new life and vision into the property. The lodge underwent significant expansion, leading to the opening of the new Lodge in 1990. This expansion included a full-service spa, exercise room, recreation center, gift shop, library, and updated guest rooms, enriching the guest experience.

The seasons paint a vivid tapestry of experiences at Sun Mountain Lodge, each offering its own unique opportunity to capture the magic of nature’s ever-changing beauty. No matter which season you choose to wed, each presents its own allure. Winter transforms the valley into a powdery wonderland, while charming towns offer cozy cabins for warming up by the fireplace. Couples can add a touch of romance with horse-drawn sleigh rides, enhancing their wedding celebration with the enchantment of the season. As snow bows out, spring introduces a sense of renewal as flowing rivers and vibrant wildflowers blanket the landscape, creating an ideal backdrop for weddings inspired by the beauty of nature. Summer welcomes warm temps, clear skies and starry nights, offering a plethora of outdoor activities that allows couples and guests to fully immerse themselves in the vibrant and picturesque setting. Finally, fall at Sun Mountain Lodge unveils a breathtaking display of foliage along the North Cascade Highway. Peak hiking, fly fishing and lingering summer activities create an ideal backdrop for weddings that not only celebrate love but also capture the magical transition of seasons throughout the year.

Michelle Elyse Photography


The Bluff
Capacity: Up to 300 guests
The Bluff, an outdoor venue at Sun Mountain Lodge, offers a breathtaking setting for weddings. Accommodating intimate gatherings to grand affairs, it provides a picturesque backdrop of the Methow Valley. With a flexible layout, sweeping territorial views and the charm of outdoor celebrations, The Bluff ensures a seamless fusion of elegance and natural beauty.

Pasayten Ballroom
Capacity: Up to 400 guests
The grand Pasayten Ballroom (which separates into Pasayten A and B) offers a luxurious indoor space. Accommodating up to 400 guests, it features a beautiful foyer, landscaped courtyard and a cozy patio for intimate gatherings. The state-of-the-art sound system ensures an audio excellence, designed to enhance every moment – from the first speech to the last dance.

Upper Lawn
Capacity: Up to 250 guests
The Upper Lawn is an outdoor haven that exudes elegance, ideal for both intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. This venue space offers a beautiful lake view and flexibility for ceremonies of all scales. A variety of tent sizes and configurations are available, customizing your experience for an unforgettable celebration.

Zachary Winters Photography

Methow Room
Capacity: Up to 56 guests
Perfect for hosting rehearsal dinners and intimate receptions, the Methow Room features picturesque views, a private 1,400 sq ft deck and a charming stone fireplace. Guests can enjoy privacy and exclusivity within this space, ensuring a truly personalized experience for small to medium-sized weddings.

Capacity: Up to 12 guests
The Library offers irresistible charm, with its floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a wood-burning fireplace and a cozy window seat. Perfect for intimate weddings, this setting creates an atmosphere akin to hosting in your own home.

Wine Cellar
Capacity: Up to 14 guests
Adorned with exquisite local craftsmanship, the Wine Cellar will transport you to Europe’s timeless cave cellars. Featuring a grand cherry wood dining table that can accommodate up to 14, this elegant space is perfect for rehearsal dinners and other intimate gatherings.


Sun Mountain’s world-class catering team will take you and your guests on a culinary adventure that evolves with the seasons. Each menu is carefully crafted to align with local partners and emphasize sustainability, promising a sensory experience that will leave a lasting impression.


Sun Mountain Lodge has 112 guest rooms with a variety of room types: cozy cabins on a private beach at Patterson Lake, standard guest rooms in the main lodge and luxury accommodations featuring private patios and jetted tubs. Other amenities include a full-service activities shop, year-round gear rentals, two restaurants including the AAA-four diamond dining room and casual Bar and Grill, a petting zoo, a full-service spa, and a 5,000-bottle wine collection. Activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, pool, tennis, pickle ball, fishing, boating, hot tubs, and cross-country skiing.

From its diverse wedding spaces and world-class catering to a plethora of accommodations and amenities, Sun Mountain Lodge promises an unforgettable wedding experience where cherished memories are created.

Young Reflections Photography

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