River Highlands Ranch 8600 Big Oak Valley Road • Smartsville • CA 95977


We'd love it if you would mention that you found River Highlands Ranch on the Here Comes The Guide website.

Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • At the center of this stunning 400-acre property, you'll find an elegant white barn, where luscious grapevines arc above dramatic green double doors. This dreamy spot is off-the-beaten path but easily accessible to Grass Valley and Nevada City, offering a worlds-away feel in the heart of the foothills.
  • A raised ceremony stage is backed by a spectacular panorama of the surrounding vineyards, gardens, and tree-studded meadows. Adjacent terraced lawns and bistro-lit patios offer a lovely setting for al fresco cocktail hours or receptions, or set up lovely rustic farm tables in the barn beneath drapery and glowing chandeliers.
  • Start your new lives together in the charming honeymoon cabin, perched at the edge of a pretty pond on the secluded eastern edge of the property. Spend the day cuddling in a hammock or boating around the pond before retiring to the airy, modern farmhouse-style interior for a glass of bubbly.


Video by Tyler & Co Films.

Video by River Highlands Ranch.

Video by The Uncommon Weddings.

Video by Andrew and Melanie Photography.

Video by Ashton Imagery Photography.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $7,500/event and up
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Guest count
    • Event duration
    • Type of event
  • The rental fee starts at $7,500 in the winter and $8,500 in peak season for 12-hour exclusive access, including use of the barn, garden, vineyards, and 400 surrounding acres.

    The rental fee includes:

    • Beautiful getting ready suite
    • Elegant X-back chairs and farm tables
    • Indoor lighting and draping, and outdoor café lights
    • Furnished lounge space and fire pit
    • Ample parking, including shuttle services for guests
    • Ranch staff on-site to assist
Additional Info
  • There is a beautiful and secluded one-bedroom cabin & private pond on-site (perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary getaway!) that may be rented for an additional fee.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 175 250
Cocktails, etc. Standing 275 275
Reception Seated 250 250
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible



Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Barn
  • Garden
  • Mountain
  • Ranch / Farm
  • Winery / Vineyard
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Private Estate
  • Retreat

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Meadow / Fields
  • Mountains
  • Panoramic
  • Valley
  • Vineyard


Wondering what CBA or BYO means?
Want more info on our editorial process?

Send an email to River Highlands Ranch

Oh, no. How embarrassing!

Our website is overwhelmed.
Please click SEND EMAIL to try again.

We play nice. We promise never to share your info with anyone except River Highlands Ranch.

We Play Nice

Wedding Venues  >  Northern California Wedding Venues  > Sacramento / Gold Country Wedding Venues