Oregon is known as a hotbed of sustainability and environmentalism, so it is no surprise that is was easy to make a list of the the best Oregon eco wedding venues. Check ’em out and let me know what you think.
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, nothing says eco wedding louder than the EcoTrust building. You and your guests will enjoy views of the city skyline from the gardened rooftop terrace. When the sun sets, move the party downstairs to the conference center for dancing or dinner. The building is LEED Gold Certified, Earth Advantage Certified and manages 98% of storm water with bioswales and a eco roof. Your guests can arrive by streetcar and there is tons of bike parking.
From the company that not only was one of the first to champion Oregon wine, but one of the first to do it sustainably, Sokol Blosser’s list of eco-friendly practices are too long to list, but here are few: They use biodiesel in their farm tractors and trucks, they use 100% renewable power including 30% from their own solar panels, and their underground barrel cellar was the first winery building in the country to receive the LEED certification. They take only a few reservations for weddings a summer, so contact them early to get on the list.
One of the nation’s oldest recycling centers, the Garden of Earthly Delights is not only enchanting, but filled with tons of ideas on reusing materials. There are unusual edible and drought-resistant plants, rainwater harvesting and a large gathering place. This location is not for everyone, but just right for a quirky couple passionate about the environment.
One of my personal favorite wedding venues in Central Oregon, Lake Creek Lodge in on a tributary of the Metolius river and has a few dozen rustic cabins connected by pathways and darling footbridges over Lake Creek. The owners are proud of it’s 90 year history and seek to protect the environmental integrity of the Metolius Basin. These guy walk the talk: in 2004 they partnered with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service to restore fish and wildlife habitat in Lake Creek by replacing their swimming hole with the free flowing stream. This is one of the most important tributaries of the Metolius for the reintroduction of Chinook and Sockeye Salmon.
These guys also only take a limited number of reservations a year.
One of Central Oregon’s most popular wedding venues, FivePine was founded on sustainable practices, and they are not just doing it because it’s trendy. They use third-generation recycled paper, tankless water heaters, and energy-efficient lightbulbs, and the whole campus was designed using a minimal impact approach. We’ve played a dozen weddings here and a ceremony among the towering pines behind the conference center is nothing short of enchanting.