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We held our wedding over the Labor Day 2016 weekend at the Lodge. We had our day saved almost a year and they were super flexible and easy to work with throughout the entire planning process. The Lodge wedding packages are pretty all inclusive. The only thing they didn’t handle food-wise was the cake. Their service during the dress rehearsal and on the day of the wedding was impeccable. Their catering manager, Jeff Jack, is top notch. It was a beautiful venue and an amazing experience. We totally lucked out finding this place!
Now let’s talk food – there’s a reason this place is one of the top rated eateries in the Tahoe / Truckee area. It’s divine. Food that seems simple (baked chicken) is amazingly well prepared and super tasty. Their wine pairings are excellent. They work with any and all food allergies so you have nothing to worry about. They were considerate of every random question and tweak that needed to happen to make our wedding feast (guests were over the moon) and every meal we had leading up to it epic.
Thank you so much for everything you did to help make our wedding in August a success! It was incredible. You were amazing and so easy to work with! We didn’t have to worry about a thing. We really appreciate everything! Our wedding was everything we hoped it would be! We can’t wait to come back & visit soon!
-Jen & James O’Neill
I just attended a beautiful wedding at the lodge this evening! Jeff who runs the wedding is excellent and his execution to detail was so relaxed and on target! THE FOOD WAS AMAZING! I highly recommend this location for a wedding. Cheers!
Jeff, Meredith, Nate, & Brittany
Thank you so much for everything you did to help make our wedding such a smashing success! We had a wonderful time, and you took such great care of our friends and Family. You all Rock!!
-Ben & Lauren
Jeff Jack is the man in charge and he does a wonderful job! He’s quick to answer questions, coordinate with quirky requests and ensured that the reception was perfect! I recommend The Lodge without reservation!
From the bottom of our hearts, we both want to thank you for helping us through this new journey we are about to go on. You have been nothing short of helpful, honest, accommodating, and all with a sense of humor we appreciate. You have exceeded any expectations we had about wedding planning!! We look forward to popping in, and saying hello; often!
-Rob & Kim
I know it’s been months since our wedding but we think about it often and how amazing it was. Thank you to you and your staff for putting on one of the best parties ever. :) We’re so grateful we ran into Jeanne because it led to meeting you! Thank you again.
-Gavin and Audrey Owsley
I just wanted to thank you and the staff for everything you did to make last night a huge success. I particularly wanted to mention the popularity of those complementary passes. That was very thoughtful and a real hit with our folks who took every one of them. See you next year!
–Ray Garland, Ministry Leader
Hi, Jeff and Jeanne – I wanted to say a personal “Thanks” to both of you and to your staff for making our holiday party a success! It seemed as though everyone had a great time, and I thought the venue was perfect. Food excellent, too. Your staff was, as always, friendly and gracious, and they took good care of us. It was a pleasure to work with both of you, and I look forward to having the opportunity to do so again.
I can’t believe it’s taken me until now to thank you and the staff at the Lodge for a wonderful party! I have gotten nothing but positive feedback throughout the week from fellow employees on all aspects – food, service, environment, ambiance. Several of them had never been to your restaurant and are excited to go back. I just wanted to express a big thank you! As I told you, it was my first Christmas party I put together for TSD and it was great to have it go so smoothly and successfully. (And thanks for the Prosecco too – who forgets their wallet?!)
Cheers and Happy Holidays,
Our event last Sunday night was the best ever thanks in large part to you and your staff. We knew when we initially met with Jeanne that we would be made to feel welcome. Christen’s attention to the pre-party food tastings and wine pairings was invaluable. It all started because of the confidence we had in Peter through having him previously handle our events at other Truckee establishments. Chef Lew and Sous Chef Andrea turned out a delectable meal, no small feat when serving over seventy people. And, of course, service for both wine and food by Pam and Peter with your hands on assistance was coordinated well and quite efficient. Attendance numbers seemed to be a moving target until the last minute. Not withstanding, your professionalism made the difficulties seem trivial with the event being our most successful since inception fifteen years ago.
-Ernie and Stephanie Andryiak”
You are efficient and calm, knowledgeable and open, unpretentious and were so patient. I am appreciative of being on the receiving end of the above. Thank you.
Thank you so very much for a stellar performance taking care of our 2015 Ladies Invitational! This year, we had more Guests than ever. Your talent and service is a tribute to our Golf Club, as well as the entire Tahoe Donner Association. We appreciate your flexibility. Thank you to everyone in the Lodge Staff!
We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team for making our wedding so perfect. We still look back at the night and are just in awe in how amazing it turned out. We can honestly say we wouldn’t have changed a thing, and much of that is due to you and your staff. Thank you so much for guiding me through this process (because I clearly had no idea what I was doing at points!), from the planning to the execution on the night of. We can’t thank you enough for giving us both the best night of our lives.”
-Marjorie and Michael Westervelt
Thank you so very much for the beautiful wedding celebration you and the Tahoe Donner crew provided for Alison and Mark on June 27. For so many months, you have always been there to help us. It was a day that was more wonderful than we ever have dreamed. Please tell the chef that everyone is still raving about the food! We know how much you did to make the wedding so great. Our fondest regards.”
-Linda + Dale
Just wanted to let you know how happy we were at our son’s rehearsal dinner. You and your staff did a marvelous job and you anticipated our needs before we could even ask. All of the food was very delicious, and our vegetarians, carnivores, dairy-free and gluten-free guests were all greatly satisfied. Thanks for a wonderful experience, start to finish!”
-Joanne and Paule Love
We cannot thank you enough for the hospitality you provided. Beginning with our short-notice request to have our wedding at The Lodge, to the use of the rustic wooden benches, to the back and forth proposition of holding the ceremony outside, then inside, after your staff generously cleared the snow for us–you facilitated every last request we had without batting an eye, all with a smile, and professional in the extreme. The food was amazing and The Lodge itself with the winter backdrop–it simply turned out to be the most incredible experience of our lives. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for taking the care that you do as world class host and making this wedding the perfect one for our families, friends and ourselves. We wish you the very best in 2015, Jeff!”
-Kevin and Tasha Craigie
“Our wedding day was a dream. It was July and the day was absolutely gorgeous. I cannot imagine a prettier day and a better setting. The team at the Lodge was so helpful and wonderful to our guests. Jeff Jack the coordinator was so amazing! Very quick to respond to emails and questions throughout the planning process. He always helped keep my mind at ease that everything would be great. He also went through my time line with me a few weeks before the wedding in detail to give me some tips and tricks from his years of experience. Very helpful. The day of team of professionals exceeded our expectations as well. The food was Delicious!Jeff worked with all of our coordinators to make sure everything ran smooth and all went extremely well!! And I can not say enough how absolutely beautiful the setting is at the lodge. The tent was awesome as well. Very cozy and one side was completely open to the beautiful grass and trees which had a nice effect of feeling like you are outside and inside at the same time. Could not have asked for a better day. Thank you everyone at the lodge!”
“Great Venue, Perfect day! This was an amazing place to have a wedding. They were always easy to get ahold of and talk me through what was happening and when. High quality food and service for the wedding guest. They make sure that your day is perfect and that is exactly what it was!”
“Absolutely gorgeous setting. Staff was so helpful for the wedding and rehearsal dinner. Perfect day. Highly recommend the Tahoe Donner Lodge.”
“Thank you for a warm welcome and for providing such a professional and capable banquet staff. Pam, Mary, Nikki, Asya, Roy, I apologize for not remembering the names of the entire team, because they were all exceptional.”
-Dyane and Jeff Albrecht
“we couldn’t have asked for a better day than Sunday, and Saturday’s rehearsal was excellent as well. We are both so amazed by you and your staff- your attention to detail, timeliness, helpfulness, all of it has made this season so peaceful, smooth and fun for us. We truly can’t thank you enough for all that you did for us this weekend and the months leading up to it.”
“Could not have be happier with how the wedding turned out. Everything was so smooth and the staff was very friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious! Jeff Jack the coordinator was a pleasure to work with; he always got right back to me with each question clearly answered. He talked to me on the phone for almost an hour about a week before the wedding and we hashed everything out. He gave me lots of tips from his 10 years of experience regarding the timing and how to make things seamless and smooth. And the venue was gorgeous!!! The day of our wedding was the most perfect day, the setting in the trees is pretty epic. I love that the ceremony is outside overlooking the beautiful trees and the reception is under a beautiful white tent but still outside. So many guests had so many good things to say about the venue, staff, food, bar. It was really a perfect venue for our wedding. Jeff even found our special cake forks and mailed them to my home after the wedding. Thanks for everything throughout the whole process and the best day ever!”
“Thank you so very much for last Saturday! We were just thrilled with how everything looked and how smoothly the wedding and the reception ran. I really appreciate you and your sense of humor, and your genuine caring! And your staff is really on the ball and just very accommodating. Thank you again for giving us such a lovely evening. You even kept the rain away. You are the bomb!”
“WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE. As the Groom I was excited to get married but NEVER thought that I would have the time of my life as I did. Everything about the loge at TAHOE DONNER was amazing. We played golf in the morning on a beautiful mountain course, got ready with a few cocktails from the bar, and drove around in golf carts to take pictures which I amazingly enjoyed! i was complimented on their food by several people and the staff was very gracious and accommodating! I would highly recommend this venue to anyone!”
“More Amazing Than I Thought Possible. Where do I begin? From the second we thought The Lodge might be a possible venue, the experience was nothing but positive. Our first correspondence was with Jeanne, the manager, who was prompt, informative, confident without pressuring, and very relaxed. And let’s be real, having someone so smooth sailing when you are making one of the biggest decisions of your wedding makes a huge difference in your attitude toward the venue! I visited the venue first with my parents. My groom was very “this is your day, I’m just a prop” through the whole thing. We met with Jeanne, toured the venue, looked at pics of previous weddings… and we were sold. Shall I mention that the first time I saw The Lodge, it was covered in snow, so I had no idea what it really would look like come wedding season. No matter. It was an easy decision. Between the rustic, comfortable, yet still beautiful and elegant feel of the place, combined with the warm welcome feeling from Jeanne, I knew this was it. Fast forward. I had been emailing back and forth with the event coordinator, the amazing Jeff… he is just incredible. He is funny, the best at what he does, and is the man responsible for making sure my day went off without a hitch (and if there was a hitch, he made sure I never knew about it)! Whatever I needed, even random last minute emergencies, he delivered! I cannot say enough about The Lodge at Tahoe Donner. A beautiful venue, a staff that is second to none, and did I mention affordable?! Don’t pretend thats not important! There is nothing that I didn’t absolutely LOVE about my entire experience at The Lodge. Its five months later and people are STILL talking about it. I think that says something :)”
“Best Wedding Ever! I can’t speak highly enough for my experience with The Lodge. From the get-go, the service they provided was absolutely excellent. For starters, the location is stunning. My husband and I were committed to getting married in the beauty of nature, and the forested area surrounding the lodge was perfect. At the same time, The Lodge provided every amenity we needed to make sure our guests were comfortable and happy. In terms of communication, their staff always provided immediate answers to my (many) questions during the lead-up to my wedding. On the actual wedding day, I didn’t have to worry about any details–the staff made sure absolutely everything was perfect. This allowed for a great savings in cost as I didn’t need to hire a “day-of” wedding coordinator. Overall, I’d highly recommend them to anyone in the future!”
“Amazing Wedding Venue! The Lodge helped us host the most perfect wedding. We feel so lucky we were able to find this gem of a venue! Jeff and his team at The Lodge provided excellent customer service throughout the planning and our event. Over nine months, our emails and calls received quick responses, any site visits were easily accommodated and there was not one request from us that The Lodge staff wasn’t able to make happen. From vendor recommendations to food tastings to décor drop-offs, they made everything so easy with great communication and customer service. And, all of the food for our rehearsal dinner and wedding was DELICIOUS. The ceremony space is absolutely gorgeous, as is the cocktail hour area. The reception tent is beautiful inside and needed little decorations, as it was already beautiful enough. Being so close to the golf course, I was a little worried it might be loud with golfers during our ceremony. Even with a golf tournament the same weekend as our wedding, the golfers were all very respectful of our event, you didn’t even know they were there. And the course was a great spot for photos! My husband and I knew that we wanted our wedding celebration to be a weekend affair as all of our guests were traveling from at least two hours away. Many were coming from Southern California, the Midwest and even Canada. Our goal was to spend a fun and beautiful weekend in the mountains with our friends and family. The Lodge accommodated this goal exceptionally. We had our rehearsal dinner at The Lodge followed by a fun night in the Pub with about 50 of our friends and family. The next day, our ceremony, cocktail hour and wedding reception were all at The Lodge, followed by an after party in the Pub until 1:30 a.m. where guests were served midnight snack sliders. Even with all the time we spent celebrating at The Lodge it still doesn’t feel like enough! Thanks to Jeff and his awesome team for making our wedding such a beautiful, fun and memorable event.”
“Just a note to let you know of our immense satisfaction with your banquet and events manager, Jeff Jack. From the planning of the rehearsal dinner through the end of the wedding, Jeff was professional and hard-working and at the same time, easygoing and made everything fun for us. His staff was awesome. Everything went seamlessly and I would not hesitate to recommend Tahoe Donner in the future. Thank you so much for making the time we spent at Tahoe Donner a time we will always happily remember.”
“If you’re looking for a gorgeous Tahoe venue that’s reasonably priced, look no further than The Lodge at Tahoe Donner! My husband and I were married at The Lodge in July 2014 and couldn’t have been more pleased with our experience working with the staff there. The Events Manager, Jeff, was my point of contact while I was planning our wedding and he is simply the BEST! Jeff’s super organized, responds promptly to emails, stays calm under pressure and always maintains a sense of humor. He’s exactly who you want to be managing your wedding! We had a wonderful wedding at The Lodge and highly recommend it.”
“I wanted to thank you and your staff for working so hard. It is always a pleasure to work with people who believe in the team spirit. Even though it was a little crazy with the rain and the ceremony, it all came together well. We hope we get to work together in the future. Have fun with the rest of your weddings this year!”
“We found the Tahoe Donner Lodge from a Northern California wedding venue website. As soon as I saw the pictures I was sold. My husband and I went to look and we knew we didn’t have to look any further. Working with the team at the lodge was very enjoyable. We asked questions and they always had answers. Since we weren’t from the area we used their preferred vendor list to find our other vendors we needed and we weren’t disappointed. On the day of, I didn’t have to worry about a thing, it was all set up and the party was ready to start’ I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect seamless wedding. Thank you to the team at the lodge for helping us have the wedding of our dreams!”
“We just got back from our honeymoon…what an amazing couple of weeks it has been. Thank you for the email! Most of all, thank you so much for all your help to make our special day so incredible. With your help and organization, our wedding was truly just what we envisioned it to be. It was a perfect day, just amazing. The Lodge was beautiful and everyone was so helpful. We were so glad that we choose the Lodge for our ceremony and reception! We will definitely be back to the Lodge during ski season and will make sure to say hi to you! Thanks for everything, and see you this winter!”
“On behalf of all of our guests and family, we want to thank you both and all of your staff for a fantastic dinner service. The food received rave reviews, especially the Prime Rib (hats of to Chef Lew)! The food from appetizers to dessert was 5-star. Your wait staff served the food and drink flawlessly and timely. The Sage Room was perfect for an intimate venue of 30 people. The dinner really set the tone for the wedding that followed the next day at North Star. We look forward to our next visit so we can personally say thanks and enjoy another dinner at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner.”
-John & Jean Kurnik & Family
“I wanted you to know how grateful we are to you and your team for putting on such a wonderful event on August 6th in honor of Karen’s 50th birthday. Our guests had a delightful time. The setting, food and service were extraordinary. You were easy to work with and everything we planned went off without a hitch. Thank you for your flexibility and professionalism! Our thanks go out to Dylan and Megan, too. Their service was efficient and pleasant. It was a stress-free evening for me knowing that you were there to oversee the party. I really appreciated that a table for the older kids miraculously appeared when we realized that it was needed. We’ve been talking up The Lodge non-stop since the party. Bravo!”
“Picture perfect setting and outstanding service! We had our ceremony outside overlooking the golf course and the reception also outside under a huge white tent. Everything was picture perfect. They were on top of all details. When the local bakery neglected to deliver the cupcakes, the people at The Lodge got on the phone and made sure they were delivered immediately. I didn’t even know until after the fact. It was nice to know that I didn’t need to worry about anything regarding the venue.”
“A very belated thank you for a wonderful party. The evening was perfect, and all of us had an incredible time. Thanks so much for helping us organize the party and for the perfect execution the night of the party. We really appreciate your helping us make it a special night for everyone!”