No Passport Required: Top Destination Wedding Venues in the U.S.

Want to have a fantastic destination wedding but don’t want to learn a foreign language or take a 12-hour plane ride to get there? No problem—some of the best destination wedding venues are right here in the U.S.! From ranches to resorts and inns to private estates, the places we’ve included below are not just unique, they’re all locations you’ll love to spend time at with your family and friends.


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Western United States

Gardener Ranch

Location: 114 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley CA

Style: Relaxed refinement

Fab Feature: Bridal Camp! This spacious bungalow is a feminine, functional and fun place where bridal parties can prep in style. It’s outfitted with director chairs facing a wall of mirrors and makeup counters; comfy sofas for lounging and girl-talk; a salon with hairstylist and manicure stations; and a gym and massage room. There’s even a swanky Groom’s Room, too.

Event Space Highlights: The Woodlands Lawn, surrounded by towering oaks and sycamores, lends a rustic beauty to ceremonies. Cocktails are served on the Clubhouse Patio next to the pool, followed by the reception in the Dining Room, an elegant yet homey space warmed by a brick fireplace.

Wedding Package Perks: With their Rustic Retreat Package, you have exclusive use of the property for 3 days and 2 nights! This gives you and your guests plenty of time to hang out by the pool or engage in other activities on the grounds…or to visit any of the 17 wine tasting rooms, 5-star restaurants, or shops in Carmel Valley Village, just a short walk away.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 5 unique lodges, including a luxurious 3-bedroom Main House and a secluded River Cottage, sleep up to 50.

Pool with Mountain View at Gardener Ranch

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Location: 100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma CA

Style: Serene, nurturing Wine Country oasis

Fab Feature: Willow Stream, their acclaimed spa, is rated one of the top 25 spas by Travel + Leisure and is also one of the only luxury spas in the U.S. with its own source of thermal mineral water from an underground hot springs. Feeling stressed? Luxuriate in a therapeutic soak, an aloe-gel wrap and foot massage, or a side-by-side couple’s massage and let the tension melt away…

Event Space Highlights: A variety of lawns—each accompanied by flowers, shade trees, or a creek—is available for ceremonies and receptions, and many can be tented. Indoor options include the dramatic Sonoma Valley Room, with its golden walls, open-beamed ceiling and wood-burning fireplace, and the more intimate Kenwood Room, done in in a contemporary “mission” style. Vintage Hall, which is located in the resort’s golf club, overlooks the spectacular 177-acre 18-hole championship golf course.

Notable Amenities: Their cuisine features the “freshest, earth-friendly, most natural, and best-tasting ingredients.” Local producers provide grass-fed beef, organic chickens, fruits, vegetables, and artisan bread. Local specialties are also offered through a selection of gift baskets filled with signature body products or picnic goodies you can present to your guests.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 226 guest rooms and suites.

Lit Evening Pool at Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Location: 2700 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles CA

Style: Luxurious Tuscan-style sanctuary

Fab Features: This gorgeous new Mediterranean-inspired resort is surrounded by acres of vineyards, orchards and rolling hillsides. Lavish interiors include a magnificent lobby with hand-painted coffered ceilings and a striking wrought-iron staircase. The venue also makes a great home base for exploring the Paso Robles Wine Country.

Event Space Highlights: Old World comes to the Central Coast in each of Allegretto’s unique event areas. Celebrate in a twinkle-lit olive orchard, on the fountain-clad Piazza Magica or amid 40,000 square feet of lush Mediterranean Gardens. Intimate affairs are held in The Abbey, a chapel-cum-reception space reminiscent of a French castle.

Notable Amenities: The full-service Spa Allegretto lets everyone in your party indulge in a tempting array of uplifting treatments before and after the wedding festivities. At the resort’s Cello Ristorante & Bar, guests can savor locally sourced, rustic Northern Italian cuisine accompanied by fine wine or craft cocktails. 

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 171 guest rooms and suites, some with private terrazzas.

Villa Courtyard at Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Miramonte Resort and Spa

Location: 45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells CA

Style: Refined, yet relaxing, desert oasis

Fab Feature: The resort’s award-winning spa, The Well, offers an epic rejuvenating experience, with first-class mind/body treatments and amenities, like eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and two saltwater pools. Available for bachelorette or bridal parties? Oh yes!

Event Space Highlights: Al fresco ceremonies take on the allure of a Mediterranean garden on either a sprawling lawn edged with cypress trees, or Miramonte Green in front of a spreading olive tree. The second-story Piazza has a stone fireplace for cozy dining, cocktails or rehearsal dinners. Wherever you wed, tranquil mountain vistas frame the scene (also visible from one of two elegant ballrooms).

Notable Amenities: Dedicated staff will customize your Greater Palm Springs weekend celebration, from rehearsal dinner to day-after brunch. Guests will bask in the warmth of the desert with hot tubs, sundecks and 2 resort pools at their disposal; newlyweds might opt for a private poolside cabana. And everyone will appreciate the delicious farm-to-table cuisine served up by the Grove Artisan Kitchen.

Catering: Provided in-house; outside ethnic caterers are allowed with approval.

Accommodations: 215 beautifully appointed guest rooms, suites and villas, most with private patios, are spread over the resort’s 11 landscaped acres.

Pool with Desert Scenery at Miramonte Resort and Spa

Monarch Beach Resort

Location: One Monarch Beach Resort Drive, Dana Point CA

Style: Coastal luxury

Fab Feature: The timeless setting, which includes a pristine, private beach, a championship golf course, and panoramic ocean views.

Event Space Highlights: The Botanical Garden, with its white stone gazebo and colorful flowers, plus three expansive lawns with ocean and/or golf course views, provide truly lovely sites for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Indoors, the opulent Pacific Ballroom bathes your event in natural light, while the Monarch Ballroom lights up your celebration with dazzling chandeliers. The handsome Wine Cellar and comfy Club 19—complete with fireplace—are ideal for more intimate affairs.

Notable Services and Amenities: Your private beach experience is enhanced by attentive “Beach Butlers” and an exclusive restaurant on the sand. And their signature Miraval Life in Balance Spa takes care of body and soul.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 400 newly renovated guest rooms and suites.

Bride and Groom on Courtyard Steps at Monarch Beach Resort

Southern United States

Arizona Biltmore

Location: 2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix AZ

Style: Desert luxury

Interesting Tidbit: Often called “The Jewel of the Desert,” this architectural masterpiece showcases the dramatic design influence of Frank Lloyd Wright, the consulting architect on the resort. The buildings are erected entirely of “Biltmore Blocks,” pre-cast blocks made from desert sand on site and created in 34 different geometric patterns inspired by the trunk of a palm tree!

Event Space Highlights: All of the ballrooms and smaller rooms come with their own outdoor spaces, allowing every celebration to have both indoor glamour and al fresco delights. A favorite reception spot is the Aztec Room, with its stunning gold-and-glass ceiling. On a larger scale, the Grand Ballroom boasts a unique, circular shape and abundant natural light flowing in through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Notable Services: They offer an amazing array of late-night snacks, including both sweet and regular fries, popcorn (truffle, cheese, herb and sweet), mini pots of plain or bacon Mac n’ Cheese, various stations (burgers, griddled corn cakes, street tacos and more), and gourmet soups and sandwiches (who else would serve a Smoked Salmon “Croque Monsieur” on brioche?).

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 736 guest rooms, suites and villas.

Palm Lined Gardens with Mountains at Arizona Biltmore

The Little Nell

Location: 65 East Durant Avenue, Aspen CO

Style: Mountain splendor

Fab Feature: This pet-friendly place really takes care of your pet, with special items like a Puppy Jet Lag Kit to help them get used to the altitude, and meals served in doggy-friendly bowls. Oh, and they’re great with kids, too, offering entertainment like PlayStations, cooking classes, bungee jumping and horseback riding.

Event Space Highlights: Ceremonies are breathtaking on the mountaintop deck, where the Rockies are spread out all around you and nature is your décor. Dine on the Sundeck, with its towering rock fireplace, 30-foot ceiling and panoramic views of the Continental Divide, or in the Terrace Room, an elegant space awash in natural light and opening to an outdoor “living room” with it’s own fireplace.

Notable Service: Their concierge team has a rare, Les Clefs d’Or-certification, the highest level of achievement in their field. Each of their concierges is a local expert, committed to your total satisfaction.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 52 guest rooms, 26 premium guest rooms, 8 suites and 6 signature suites.

Bride and Groom with Panoramic Mountain Top View at The Little Nell

The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell

Location: 5808 Wagner Road, Round Top TX

Style: Shabby Chic

Interesting Tidbit: Each aspect of the property has been designed by Rachel Ashwell, who founded the “Shabby Chic” movement. Her signature stylish, homey touches can be found throughout the buildings and grounds.

Event Space Highlights: Celebrations are held in the quaint, white-sided Pearl Barn, which has an interior of reclaimed wood, corrugated tin, and vintage wallpaper. The ceilings are hung with chandeliers and fans, and large doors on either end open onto adjoining outdoor areas.

Notable Amenities: Several darling guest cabins are available to rent as bridal party prep areas, or for a romantic wedding-night stay.

Catering: Bring your own.

Accommodations: 5 different lodgings on the property collectively sleep up to 36.

Shabby Chic Barn Reception at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell

Sea Island

Location: 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island GA

Style: Historic, Forbes Five Star-rated luxury resort and spa

Fab Feature: The setting is amazing! Sea Island not only presides over 5 miles of pristine, private coastline, it’s also surrounded by ancient oaks, picturesque marshland, and three championship 18-hole golf courses.

Event Space Highlights: Exchange vows beneath a canopy of moss-covered oaks, or say “I do” in the enchanting Cloister Chapel or the Spanish Lounge. In addition, you’ll find exquisitely appointed ballrooms, an outdoor oceanfront venue, and serene wooded and landscaped locations.

Notable Amenities: All of their customizable plated reception packages include a wedding cake in a choice of fabulous flavors, like Sea Island Salted Turtle (pound cake with sea salted caramel filling and chocolate covered toasted pecans)…Coastal Dreaming (almond cake with bittersweet chocolate truffle ganache)…and Raspberry Lemon Drop (lemoncello-infused white cake with creamy lemon filling and fresh raspberries).

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 392 guest rooms and suites (The Cloister, 192; The Lodge, 40; The Inn at Sea Island, 85).

Ceremony amongst Moss Covered Oaks at Sea Island

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Location: 100 South Ocean Boulevard, Manapalan FL

Style: Heavenly oceanfront getaway

Fab Feature: Guest room amenities are exceptional, and include a beach bag, journals to record memorable moments, Frette Egyptian cotton sheets, luxurious bath products, Illy espresso and Keurig coffee makers in every suite, and plenty of tech. Dogs get the VIP treatment, too, with Frontgate beds, copper bowls, and Woofgang Bakery treats.

Event Space Highlights: Ocean views are a main attraction, whether you’re exchanging vows in the sun-kissed Oceanfront Courtyard or celebrating in the magnificent Grand Oceanfront Ballroom (appointed with a coffered ceiling, crystal chandeliers and gold Chiavari chairs). Other ballrooms are available, and the beachfront cabanas are fantastic for intimate weddings.

Notable Services and Amenities: Award-winning Eau Spa is a boon to wedding parties, offering pampering treatments, and hair and makeup services, as well as a fitness center and yoga and pilates classes…along with garden villas with outdoor showers and decadent cupcakes in the relaxation lounge.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 310 guest rooms and suites.

Ocean View Ceremony at Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa

Turnberry Isle Miami

Location: 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura FL

Style: Mediterrenan-style oasis

Fab Feature: When you return in a year to celebrate your first anniversary, you’ll receive not only a complimentary night’s stay but also a miniature wedding cake presented by the resort’s talented pastry chef.

Event Space Highlights: Tie the knot by the Laguna Pool, a tropical paradise with a spectacular waterfall, or host a cocktail reception near the elegant Cascata Pool. Indoor options include the magnificent Ballroom highlighted by a 21-foot ceiling and ornate crystal chandeliers, and the Garden Room with its French doors, glittering chandeliers, and garden views. 

Notable Services and Amenities: Their state-of-the-art Forbes Four Star Spa & Fitness Center has an extensive menu of customizable treatments and therapies. Treat yourself to the Ultimate Massage, and you’ll receive a synchronized full body massage done by 2 therapists! But the Fijian Body Butter and heated Rock Massages are also hard to resist!

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 408 guest rooms and suites.

Pool with Water Fountain and Resort Backdrop at Turnberry Isle Miami

Eastern United States

French’s Point

Location: 246 Hersey Retreat Road, Stockton Springs ME

Style: Gorgeous coastal estate

Interesting Tidbit: Although the original residence burned to the ground on July 4th, 1908 due to fireworks, a new home was built on the site in 1909 and the estate has been hosting weddings and other family celebrations for over 50 years. 

Event Space Highlights: A peaked-roofed white gazebo flanked by lawns and overlooking the water is perfect for an open-air ceremony. Receptions unfold in the Estate House’s Arts and Crafts-style ballroom with its rich wood detailing and multiple French doors, or in their grand Sailcloth Tent featuring a full stone floor, clear sidewalls and perimeter lighting. 

Notable Amenity: There’s a luxurious Bridal Boudoir and Relaxation Room for day-of bridal party preparations.

Catering: Bring your own.

Accommodations: The neighboring Beach Rose Farm has 13 guest rooms, a kitchen, fireplace lounge and much more. Additional hotels, inns, etc. are available just a short drive away.

Tent Reception with Oceanviews at French's Point

Yankee Clipper Inn

Location: 127 Granite Street, Rockport MA

Style: Art Deco romantic

Fab Feature: This historic 1929 mansion, perched on a rocky bluff above the Atlantic, affords fantastic ocean and shoreline views.

Event Space Highlights: Each outdoor ceremony site, as well as the glass-enclosed banquet room, offers a vibrant panorama of pink sunsets, green hills and blue water.

Wedding Package Perks: The delightful accommodations and fabulous breakfasts at the Inn (and adjacent Bulfinch House) will entice you and your guests to linger at this seaside locale.

Catering: Provided in-house or select from list.

Accommodations: 15 guest rooms.

Mansion Wedding Venue on Eastern Shore at Yankee Clipper Inn

Friendly Crossways Retreat Center

Location: 247 Littleton County Road, Harvard MA

Style: Rustic-chic

Fab Feature: You and your guests will have exclusive use of the grounds, which include four acres of lawn surrounded by 40 acres of organic gardens, forest and corn fields.

Event Space Highlights: Ceremonies can be held in a variety of outdoor settings—in a wooded glade, under a maple tree, or among the apple orchards. Tented receptions take place on the expansive lawn, while the center’s dining hall (with fireplace!) accommodates more intimate events. A century-old barn is available for rehearsal dinners or a post-wedding brunch.

Notable Service: The owner-chef specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, and will custom-design your reception menu incorporating the award-winning fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey from her own garden on the property.

Catering: Provided in-house or bring your own.

Accommodations: An on-site hostel with 13 private bedrooms and 2 dorms.

Lighted Tent at Night with Nature Backdrop at Friendly Crossways

Crystal Springs Resort

Location: 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg NJ

Style: Mountain beauty meets warm sophistication

Fab Feature: A long list of activities (archery, fishing, hiking, biking, and golf for starters) will ensure that your guests are entertained throughout your wedding weekend. There’s even an entire sports club and a year-round pool enclosed within a living biosphere!

Event Space Highlights: The resort, which boasts a luxury lodge, chic hotel, and two country clubs, has plenty of indoor and outdoor wedding venues. From refined ballrooms to lush gardens to shabby-chic wood pavilions, there are wonderful options for every time of year.

Notable Services: Two extraordinary on-site spas specialize in wedding services, and can design a personalized pre-wedding treatment regimen to get your hair, nails, and skin looking their best…plus, they’re happy to arrange a day of pampering for you and your bridesmaids.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 250 guest rooms and suites in the Grand Cascades Lodge, plus 3 additional unique hotels.

Dramatic Sunset at Crystal Springs Resort


Location: 231 Dune Road, Westhampton NY

Style: Oceanfront elegance

Fab Feature: It’s set on the impressive grounds of the Westhampton Beach & Tennis Hotel at the edge of the Atlantic. Whether you say “I do” among the dunes, by the water, or inside the draped all-weather tent, you’ll savor the mesmerizing sights and sounds of the ocean.

Event Space Highlights: The Oceanbleu Ballroom offers incomparable vistas through 20-foot-tall windows, and its adjacent open-air deck lets you see the stars and hear the waves.

Wedding Package Perks: Couples getting married at Oceanbleu become temporary members of the private club, so in addition to your complimentary bridal suite you (and your overnight guests) can enjoy the resort’s pool, tennis, and other amenities.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 101 guest rooms and suites, many with ocean and marina views.

Window Lined Ballroom Reception at Oceanbleu

Salamander Resort and Spa

Location: 500 North Pendleton Street, Middleburg VA

Style: Luxury resort and equestrian center

Fab Feature: The Spa! For the ultimate couple’s retreat, book a full-day package for two, which includes an outdoor hot tub, a pedestal tub and experiential shower, a soothing Hot Stone or Bamboo Massage…and lunch served on your private terrace…plus a customized facial.

Event Space Highlights: Along with a variety of ballrooms, the resort offers some unique options for celebrating like the Stallion Barn, Equestrian Barn, Grand Lawn, outdoor terraces, poolside settings, and Culinary Gardens.

Wedding Package Perks: In addition to restaurant-quality cuisine, packages include a 1-night stay in a bridal suite for the couple and a custom-made wedding cake. Special packages are also available for Indian and Persian weddings.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 168 guest rooms and suites.

Pool with Night Sky Backdrop at Salamander Resort And Spa

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