The captivating Mark West Lodge Event Center is tucked into the hillsides of Sonoma County. With a rustic ambiance, the historical landmark is an ideal location for a wine country event.
The newly updated venue and recently opened restaurant is home to the ornate grapevines planted over 160 years ago. Currently they are wrapping the arbor that stretches over the road, creating a breathtaking view from the lodge’s deck. When you step outside to our outdoor area you are greeted with an unrivaled rock wall waterfall that creates a serene setting. Here at the lodge we accommodate up to 200 guests for weddings, private events, and corporate events.
A little history...
MARK WEST LODGE AT ONE POINT WAS THE OLDEST RESORT IN EXISTENCE IN CALIFORNIA, AS WELL AS A DESTINATION FOR TOURIST TO VISIT BECAUSE OF THE NATURAL HOT SPRING—TRAVELERS CAME FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO VISIT. THE HOT SPRING IS STILL IN EXISTENCE TODAY.
Currently known as The Mark West Lodge Event Center and Restaurant, in the past it has serviced as a cultivated French restaurant, a spa resort, and a roadhouse. Built in the 1840s, the lodge became an attraction when the location was transformed into a hot spring. In 1979 the location was destroyed by a fire when it was run as a restaurant. It was, however re-built in 1981 by the same owner who re-opened the restaurant. The business eventually closed and went through a string of owners for the next few years. Purchased in 2002, the location was improved into an event center. Now a few years down the road the lodge is under new ownership and management— undergoing renovations to re-introduce the location as a historically beautiful venue to host events.
As the location has been through a succession of owners, the grapevines which have been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not have weathered the storms. The grapevines are over 160 years old and accounted as being the largest and oldest in North America. Next time you are in Sonoma County stop by and view the historical landmark.
Impact from the recent fires
Recently the Mark West area, including the Mark West Lodge was highly impacted by the Tubbs fire. As many in the area took part in an unforgettable experience, we did as well. One of the owners was at the venue at the time of the fire, attempting to protect the historical venue as well as helping neighbors and community members avoid the fire's destruction. Understanding the massive impact of the neighborhood the owners opened the venue to first responders for access to restrooms as well as a place to rest. The Mark West Lodge was in fire danger for many days while the Tubbs fire raged through the area. Lacking access, power and telephone, the owners loss business for months. It isn't until recently that the owners are now getting back on the feet, clean up is complete and they feel confident to reestablish the Mark West Lodge as a venue that is a number one choice in Sonoma County.
Who are the new owners?
Marina and Steve Nojima are the two who have decided to revitalize the Mark West Lodge. Marina and Steve are local high school sweethearts who married in 2007. They both started working at a young age, Steve working for his father's business in landscaping, gaining construction experience and eventually earning his own landscape contractors license. Marina begin working at the age of 14, dedicating a number of years to the non-profit industry, which ultimately led her to pursuing and achieving her Master's Degree in Counseling. Most who know this couple will tell you they are one of the most hard working people they know, who love to make sure that any company, family or friends, have the best time they've ever had. Taking pride in their dedication to customer service and raising the industry standards to a new level, will ensure you have a great experience, from planning until you go home at the end of the event. Being a local family owned business, Marina and Steve make the Mark West Lodge a family affair as they often have their two children with them on non event days "working" along side them. They welcome you to join their family in having them help you host a historically beautiful event.
For more information on the history and to see photos of the location in years prior click on the links provided below:
For the Older photos of the lodge: http://heritage.sonomalibrary.org/cdm/search/collection/p15763coll2/searchterm/2520%20mark%20west%20springs%20road/order/nosort