Forest Weddings

Love that wedding couples find Spring Creek Ranch in so many unique ways. Thanks Adrien Craven for including us in your great write-up of preferred venues for a Washington State Forest wedding.

Jim & Andy

I should have known that these two butterflies circling each other, and the grounds all weekend were a harbinger of great things to come.  Because great things kept coming all weekend: weather, music, friends and drink abounded as friends and family gathered to celebrate a relationship that is already 27 years strong.

Jim and Andy’s marriage ceremony began with their daughter, Jessie and local Olympian (and community heroine) Laura McCabe serenading the guests in a flute, violin duet.  Tears poured freely as the conservatory trained flutist and violinist played on the front porch of the Ranch House.  The officiants exposed on meeting the two gentlemen during a bike trip in Finland decades ago and had many personal anecdotes, poems, and advice to share.

A sun drenched evening full of great food, tasty beverages, happy socializing and lots and lots of dancing ensued.  If you’ve ever wondered what a dance party full of ultra-marathoners, extreme skiers and bikers looks like I can happily report that the joy and energy was unparalleled and long lasting- just like the feted couple!

Photography:  Friends / Venue: Spring Creek Ranch / Flowers: Heather MacArthur / Catering:  Sunflower Catering / Rentals:  All Season’s Events / Drinks:  Laurel Canaan /

Kayla & Jesse

What happens when a girl who owns beautiful horses falls in love with a boy who owns his own horse-drawn wagon?  They get married of course!

When Kayla contacted me last year about holding her wedding at Spring Creek Ranch I was simply thrilled.  I had often admired her beautiful, oil paintings and developed a great respect for her hardworking parents who farm our 20 acres of alfalfa hay each year.  Kayla’s family farms bucolic hay fields all over the Methow Valley and the realization that she wanted to marry Jesse at a place that she and her family worked felt… significant.

Now that their amazing day filled with horses and a carriage, pigs and salmon, schoolgirl friends and Marine Comrades is over and our alfalfa awaits the first cut of the year, I am ever so grateful that another local family was able to celebrate together in a place they call home.

Working the land and taking vows, together at Spring Creek Ranch.

Venue:  Spring Creek Ranch, Winthrop, WA :: All Photos: Joel Ang Photography– used with the generous permission of the photographer :: Floral Design:  Fawn Meadow Design :: Catering: Joel Travelstead :: Cakes: Rocking Horse Bakery :: Tents, tables and chairs: Ok’s Cascade


Amanda Palmer: Give and Receive Fearlessly

From crowd surfing to couch surfing to crowd sourcing, Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls and Grand Theft Orchestra speaks in the most profoundly, articulate way about the art and the responsibility of Asking.

It’s been years since I sat next to Amanda in a German Philosophy class at that very upstanding University she mentions, but it fills me with such joy to see what she has chosen to do with her life and how she has stayed so very true to the ideals and perspectives that make her who she is.

Thank you Amanda, for saying so many of the things I believe to be true in such a moving way.  And please know that you are always welcome to stay at the ranch or in my own home.  The door is always open for you as you continue your journey of giving and receiving fearlessly.

Posted by Spring Creek Ranch at 12:06 pm

Ice Skating out your door

Ice skating at night.
Ice skating in Winthrop

Being able to ski out your door is a huge amenity.  I can’t imagine that anyone would disagree with that statement.  Subtracting the grind of getting everyone in the car with all their appropriate gear is a welcome change as all parents especially know.  But what about walking out your door to go ice skating?  Or heck, how about put on some skis and glide down your driveway to the local outdoor ice skating rink.  Now that is a real luxury!

When you stay at Spring Creek Ranch, be sure to check out Winthrop’s Public Ice Rink that is built in our alfalfa field at the MVSTA trailhead.  See you there!

Read about Winthrop’s Ice Rink in the Seattle Times.