10 Destination Wedding Venues Not to Be Missed in the U.S.

From a beachfront resort in California to a dude ranch tucked within the rolling hills of Montana, these locations across America have caught the eye of Jess Levin, founder and CEO of Carats & Cake, and the hearts of brides and grooms who are seeking them out for their big-day backdrops.

The Little Nell
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The Little Nell; Aspen, Colorado

This five-star property holds the exclusive title of being Aspen’s only hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to the Aspen Mountain. The journey to the Wedding Deck includes a gondola ride to the top of the mountain, which greets you with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. 

Pippin Hill
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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards; North Garden, Virginia

This boutique vineyard, overlooking Charlottesville’s lush garden landscape, offers a classic Virginia winery backdrop. But the local farmers and expert artisans it partners with provides it with the resources for modern entertaining. 


See Channah and Russ’s Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
The Montage Laguna Beach
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Montage Laguna Beach; Laguna Beach, California

Limited to one wedding each day, this oceanfront resort emphasizes personal details and individual style. Pacific Ocean views complement the 248 guest rooms comprising this coastal oasis. 

The Ranch At Rock Creek
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The Ranch at Rock Creek; Philipsburg, Montana

Western luxury meets functioning dude ranch on this all-inclusive Montana property. Gourmet meals, expert staff, and year-round outdoor activities ensure a celebration full of tradition and adventure.


See Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish’s Wedding at The Ranch at Rock Creek
Sea Island
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Sea Island; Sea Island, Georgia

More than 80 years of genuine hospitality and family values have shaped the culture that surrounds this Southern coastal property. Award-winning golf courses, beach access, and an array of room accommodations form the foundation of this famed private escape.

Beaulieu Garden
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Beaulieu Garden; Rutherford, California

Romanticism takes center stage at this private family-owned Napa hideaway. Formal gardens provide an added touch of elegance to the rolling hills of one of California’s oldest wine-producing vineyards. 


See Kristen and Eliot’s Wedding at Beaulieu Garden
wythe hotel
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Wythe Hotel; Brooklyn, New York

Located in one of Brooklyn’s most thriving neighborhoods, this 70-guest-room Williamsburg staple is as versatile as its seven different event spaces. Cast-iron columns and exposed pine beams enrich the character of this hotel.


See Caitlin and Michael’s Wedding at the Wythe Hotel
Ocean House
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Ocean House; Watch Hill, Rhode Island

The 13 acres of this seaside manor provide a broad array of ocean views. Bluff hill beachfronts deliver a nautical setting for any special occasion. And there are five-star services offered year-round.

Photo by Angelica Glass Photography

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens; Miami, Florida

Balancing native traditions with new conceptual ideas influenced the development of this historical Miami landmark. Celebrated Mediterranean architecture inspired the style of this extensive compound.

Photo by Ashley Kelemen

San Ysidro Ranch; Santa Barbara, California

Pristine coastal landscapes cover the acreage of this Santa Barbara resort, located in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean provide the backdrop at this Southern California getaway.


See Lydia and Nick’s Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch
About the Author

Jess Levin

Jess Levin is the founder & CEO of Carats & Cake, a premier network representing the best in the wedding industry. A native of Laguna Beach, California, Jess attended the University of Pennsylvania before heading to New York to work in venture capital at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that includes Poppin and...


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