You will want to write a letter home about these destination options.
Relive childhood memories of good times spent among nature and around friends by saying your I do's in a sleepaway, summer, or upscale camp. Whether you chose to invite your guests for a weekend of bunking under the pines or just one night of celebrating under the stars, these wedding-ready locations from the Oregon coast to the lakes of Maine are perfect for your celebration. After all, what's more fun than gathering everyone you love on a property that's inherently designed to bring people together?
Your memories of childhood summer camps may be of bare-bones accommodations, but we promise you these venues are anything but. Still want an upscale vibe for your summer camp wedding? You'll be pleased to know there's a camp retreat conveniently located on the grounds of a luxury spa in New York. Are you all about a great backdrop? Head to Texas Hill Country for a one-of-a-kind camp wedding experience including a ceremony in a grove of gorgeous oak trees. Is a fun experience your biggest concern? We think a treehouse-laden camp in North Carolina, complete with an open-air basketball court and a plethora of water sports, will hit the right notes for you.
Ready to start dreaming of your unique summer camp nuptials? Check out these 18 epic spots, perfect for exchanging vows and celebrating with your friends and family.
Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York
The safari-style Firelight Camps are located on the grounds of La Tourelle Resort & Spa, so guests can choose between the 19 upscale tents and traditional accommodations in the hotel. Each tent comes with phone-charging, battery-powered lanterns, and the bathhouse provides the comfort of hot showers, hair dryers, and toiletries. Campfires are maintained morning and night, local coffee, wines, and beers are available, and the prettily-lit bocce court screams after-party.
What We Love: Right beside the campground sits Buttermilk Falls State Park—plan a pre-wedding excursion there to bond with your guests over waterfalls and gorges.
Book It: The site fee starts at $4,500.
Photography: Olivia Griffin
Camp Pinnacle accommodates up to 240 guests, and some of its cabins have treehouses attached! There's an amphitheater-like area overlooking the water for your ceremony, a retro, open-air basketball pavilion for your reception, and tons of water-based activities.
What We Love: The camp chef is a well-known ice carver—cocktail hour decoration, anyone?
Book It: Rent the entire camp (with accommodations) for as little as $8,500.
Photography: Nirav Patel Photography
Located just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, El Capitan Canyon combines a beach and forest wedding in one. 300 guests can be accommodated in the tents, yurts, and cabins (with private bathrooms), and there's plenty to do on-site or across the street at El Capitan State Beach.
What We Love: The nearby Cold Spring Tavern makes a great day-after brunch location.
Book It: Venue rentals begin at $2,500.
On 15.5 acres of Suttle Lake shoreline, The Suttle Lodge hosts up to 100 overnight guests, who can pick between authentic (read: no running water) and deluxe cabins. Hospitality is run by the team at Ace Hotel Portland, and a top Ava Gene's chef planned the hipster-chic lodge's menu.
What We Love: Make a unique ceremony entrance with one of the lakeside lodge's watercrafts.
Book It: The site fee begins at $15,000.
Photography: Heather Waraksa
Once a summer camp, the Cedar Lakes Estate just 70 miles from New York City is now a luxury destination geared toward providing an unforgettable wedding weekend.
What We Love: With 500 acres that come to life with activities, swimming, gourmet dinners, and spa treatments, every whim can and will be catered to for you and your guests.
Book It: Fees upon request.
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Take the plunge at the Leonard Lake Reserve! Exchange vows beneath majestic California redwood trees, then celebrate all night by the water at this family-owned property, located within a two-and-a-half-hour drive north of San Francisco.
What We Love: Turn your nuptials into a weeklong vacation! Rent the entire property for several days and keep the party going.
Book It: Fees range from $4,000 to $13,500, based on the season and number of guests. Group lodging rates range from $2,850 to $3,650 per night for 36 overnight guests.
With exclusive access to the 500-acre Wilderness Adventure grounds, located 35 miles north of Roanoke, Virginia, you can choose from several venues, including a rustic 1800s farmhouse or a lookout over the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
What We Love: Although guests can stay in the expansive modern lodges for the weekend, the facility offers up tents to attendees who want a real camping experience.
Book It: Fees start at $10,495 (non-peak season) for a one-night rental, including lodging for up to 100 people.
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Tippecanoe and say "I do!" At Camp Wohelo, a traditional all-girls summer camp located an hour’s drive from Portland, have a weekend wedding complete with lobster cookouts, hikes, and lounging on Little Wohelo’s sandy beach.
What We Love: You can go for a canoe ride after your waterfront ceremony among the pines.
Book It: Contact the camp for booking inquiries.
Just 11 miles west of Boulder, the Colorado Mountain Ranch offers sweeping mountain views at its outdoor amphitheater ceremony site and a turn-of-the-century log lodge for rustic receptions.
What We Love: If any unfortunate weather arises, there is an indoor venue ready to go for last-minute changes.
Book It: Packages start at $3,000. There is no overnight lodging at the camp.
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Get a two-for-one deal at Camp Korey, located just 25 miles east of Seattle, where couples rent out the enormous hippodrome for both the ceremony and reception. Hang out in outdoor teepee lounges with cocktails between the I do's and the bash to follow.
What We Love: Every cent from your wedding goes back to the camp, which runs an entirely free residential summer experience for children with disabilities.
Book It: Contact the camp for inquiries.
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Camp Wandawega is not just any old campsite. It also was a Prohibition-era speakeasy, mob hideout, and Latvian church camp! Owners Tereasa and David bought it and renovated it for their own wedding, featured in the 2009 travel issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. Now they lend the site to family, friends, and lucky renters who want to experience the beauty of the grounds, located just under a two-hour drive from Chicago.
What We Love: The guys can get ready in a refurbished motercycle garage—make sure they take some photos on an antique motorcycle with a sidecar!
Book It: Rental prices for up to 50 overnight guests upon request.
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It takes a village to put on a wedding, so why not bring everyone with you? Camp Waldemar, located less than two hours from both Austin and San Antonio, can lodge up to 200 people to create your own full-size summer camp.
What We Love: Although you may be at a summer camp, the venue creates an absolutely glamorous atmosphere that could rival a big-city wedding.
Book It: Rates upon request.
Ohana means "family." So what better place to gain a whole new set of in-laws than at Ohana Family Camp? Enjoy your first family vacation together (okay, a few friends can come too!) with a wonderful weekend at Lake Fairlee, located a little over two hours from Boston.
What We Love: Since there is no cell-phone service or Wi-Fi, take advantage of the grounds to go apple picking, swim at the waterfront, or challenge your father-in-law to a friendly game of tennis.
Book It: Contact the venue for details.
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Located on the Oregon coast, just 85 miles from Portland, Camp Westwind's secluded riverside location is mainly accessed by ferry, giving it the feeling of a private island.
What We Love: Plan a preceremony hike with your wedding party within the 529-acre wildlife habitat and end with a celebratory beach bonfire.
Book It: Contact the camp for pricing details. All weddings require a two-night minimum stay.
All vows on deck! Have a beachfront wedding at Camp Blodgett's Lake Michigan property, then dance the night away under the stars.
What We Love: This venue is located just a two-and-a-half to four-hour drive from Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee.
Book It: Rental information upon request.
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Feel like you stepped into a Wes Anderson film at the charming Camp O-At-Ka, located a short 45-minute drive from Portland. This all-boys summer camp on the shores of Lake Sebago in Maine provides the perfect environment for a DIY wedding experience.
What We Love: The nondenominational chapel in the woods only needs a touch of local greenery to become wedding-ready. It may look quaint, but the venue can seat up to 200 guests.
Book It: Email the camp for the most up-to-date booking information.
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Get the best of both worlds at this Texas Hill Country venue just 45 minutes west of Austin. Choose between a charming nineteenth-century French Colonial wedding chapel for a traditional indoor ceremony, or a grove of illuminated oak trees for a magical outdoor venue.
What We Love: Guests rave about Camp Lucy's in-house caterer Rob McMahon, who previously worked at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.
Book It: Contact the venue to inquire.
Located a three-and-half-hour drive from both San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort provides all you need to have an idyllic ceremony and a load of fun for overnight guests who have full access to the recreational facilities.
What We Love: We can't get enough of that stunning lakeside gazebo.
Book It: For current packaging prices, contact the venue. Guest minimums are 85 for Fridays and Sundays and 125 for Saturdays.