Let nature be your guide at this idyllic Salt Lake City sanctuary in the Wasatch Mountains.
Built in 1920 as an anniversary gift for a wealthy steel baron’s wife, the Log Haven has its roots in romance and has become the premier destination for family retreats, weddings and celebrations of love. With its own private lake, a nationally acclaimed chef, private meadows and endless outdoor actitivites, it is no wonder that this Utah destination has racked up the awards.
The Lowdown Venue Setting
Log Haven is synonymous with wildflowers, waterfalls, and weddings. It began its existence with romance – as an anniversary gift to the wife of the founder of Geneva Steel. Today, Log Haven is the idyllic destination wedding location and hosts guests from all over the world, with a variety of weekend activities that include skiing, hiking, biking, and golfing. It is widely known as the best place to showcase Utah’s mountain splendor – from private dining rooms to an open meadow – the views are incredible. Log Haven features 40 acres of private land (including a pristine lake) nestled in the mountains of a national forest, with a nationally acclaimed chef and full service event planning.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range Does this include catering fees?
Estimated Price Per Head
from $26 to $63
The Usage Fee is before applicable service charges. All food and beverage is before applicable service charges and sales tax.
Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here
Capacity Seated 450 Buffet 500 Standing 700 Celebrations Hosted Here Since 1958 Venue Spaces Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available Catering Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue Alcohol Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services Smoking Designated Smoking Areas Only Accommodations Bridal dressing rooms and groom's finishing rooms provided. Inside Scoop
Log Haven's management team is a seasoned partnership that provides excellent service. Faith Scheffler, Log Haven's Event Manager has over 25 years of experience hosting exclusive weddings and special events in Utah. Her repertoire of clients include a list of international and local government officials, television stars and business owners. Schedule with Log Haven and you will receive a 10-page booklet of Helpful Hints and Pratical Advice on your wedding.
Amenities A/V Equipment Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite Street Parking Valet Parking Wifi Ample Parking Onsite Dining Chairs Dining Tables Onsite Restrooms Venue Features The Scene: Log Haven began its romantic appeal in 1920, when Mr. L. F. Rains, a Salt Lake businessman and member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, created this log hideaway as a wedding anniversary gift for his wife. Logs from Oregon were shipped via San Francisco to Salt Lake City and then hauled up Millcreek Canyon by horse-drawn wagon. Since the many fireplaces were Log Haven’s only source of heat, the structure was used as a summer home by the Rains family and became a gathering place for many local executives to explore the mountains, fish in the creek. The Wasatch Room with it's spacious foyer and pass-through fireplace was the living room where executives used to patch plans for the future of Salt Lake City and Utah.
During the Depression an insurance executive, Mr. Gleed Miller, bought Log Haven and turned it into a year round residence, adding additional rooms, an iceskating pond, and horse stables across the road. The skating pond is the backdrop to Log Haven's largest location for an outdoor ceremony and included a graceful gazebo and is surrounded by the hillsides of the Wasatch Forest.
When the Miller children grew up and left their wildernessnear-the-city nest, Stanley Sprouse converted the log home to a restaurant, keeping its original name and sharing its beauty with all who wished to partake of its unique setting. During the late 80s, Log Haven fell into disrepair and was slated to be destroyed. In March of 1994, Margo Provost purchased the property and completely refurbished and renovated this cherished historical gathering place. A true entrepreneur, Margo Provost is Log Haven’s Owner and Operator. Margo first honed her management skills in the healthcare field and is listed in Who’s Who in Healthcare, Automation and Business. Along with Log Haven’s numerous national accolades, Margo Provost has personally received many distinguished awards for her accomplishments as founder and Owner/Operator of Log Haven. Working Woman Magazine awarded Margo top honors in three categories including: Best Employer, Best Turnaround, and Overall Excellence. Margo was named Entrepreneur of the Year by both Ernst & Young and Merrill-Lynch, and was awarded the Pacesetter Award from the Women’s Roundtable in the Food Industry. Of equal note, Margo is the only restaurateur in the U.S. to receive the prestigious Avon Woman of Enterprise Award. She has also received the YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award and the Athena Award (2 years) and was honored with the Governor’s Culinary Artist Medal. Margo was the first woman to be inducted into the Utah Restaurant Association Hall of Fame. Design: Log Haven’s most popular outdoor dining spot is located at the base of a breathtaking waterfall and a natural spring (we serve mountain spring water for our dining guests). With 360 degree views of the Wasatch National Forest, the patio provides a memorable backdrop for dining. Encompassing the patio are beautiful Oregon logs that date back to the 1920.
Two ancient water wheels serve as backdrops to the Millcreek river that flows through Log Haven's property.
The lakeside garden meadow is exclusive to weddings and the lake was originally a skating pond. Surrounded by the hills of the Wasatch Forest it provides seclusion with all of the comforts.
The Wasatch Room is the largest indoor dining room and featured paned-glass windows and all around views of a cascading waterfall and the beautiful Wasatch mountains. In the warmer months windows open and guests enjoy the sound of the melodious creek and waterfall. Standout Venue Features: Log Haven’s Healthy Cuisine Starts With Sustainable Choices
Log Haven is committed to using sustainable wild products and always sources locally whenever possible. Located on 40 acres in the Wasatch National Forest, Log Haven’s restaurant and banquet operations are designed to work in harmony with the amazing environment that surrounds and nurtures us all. We make every effort to make wise choices about using our precious natural resources, including:
~ Purifying our natural spring water that originates on property
~ Participating in programs to convert used fryer oil into biodiesel
~ Recycling kitchen and office waste
~ Using as much natural and LED lighting as possible
~ Upgrading kitchen equipment to more efficient models
~ Replacing roof to provide better insulation/passive heating & cooling year ‘round
~ Establishing employee committee to identify and implement green practices and interface with suppliers to promote on-going conservation effort
Log Haven proudly features the following local artisans: Rickenback Ranch, Duvall Farms, Meyer’s all natural beef, Certified Piedmontese all natrual beef, Clifford Farms, Heirlooms and More/Worden Produce, Pierre’s Bakery, Beehive Cheese, Creminili Fine Meats, Caputo’s Blossom Hills, Drake Farms, Green River Produce, Ballard Hog Farm, Mountain Land, Mountain View Mushrooms, Oakdell Farms, Nature Indulgence, Slide Ridge Honey, Redmond Salt, Shepherd’s Goat Dairy, Rimini Roasters, Uinta Brewery, Gold Creek Farms, Red Barn Cider Mill. Extra Perks: We recognize how important this day is to you. In addition to mountain splendor, unparalleled cuisine and spectacular gardens, we provide:
Personalized Wedding Consultant
Custom Menu with Award-Winning Chef Dave Jones
Rehearsal Space with Coordination
Bridal Changing Room
Groom’s Finishing Area
Day of Wedding Event Coordinator and Service Staff
White Wood Ceremony Chairs (125) Green Outdoor Chairs (275)
Natural Spring Water Station
Portable Sound (IPOD) System (additional cost for microphone)
Dance Floor Area
A ceremony for all guests in our Meadow or Hillside Amphitheater
Reception locations that include both indoor and outdoor areas
White linens (custom colors are available)
Bartender (limited/full bar)
Complimentary use of our Grounds for Photography
Complimentary set up of any Gift, Cake, Place Card or Favor Table
Valet service for groups (daytime minimum of 100 guests) Awards & Notables
Log Haven has a veritable scroll of national awards and media mentions. The Zagat Survey calls Log Haven an “unsurpassed, spectacular mountain setting” and raves about the restaurant’s “consistently innovative and delicious American-eclectic cuisine.” Log Haven has garnered top Zagat, Four Diamond and Mobil rankings and Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator and DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America). Log Haven has numerous “Best of State” awards, including “Best Fine Dining” medals annually and two “Best Restaurant” statues and "Best Chef". It has been awarded the coveted "Best Wedding Venue" by The Knot. Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce named Log Haven “Small Business of The Year” and area food critics call it, “the finest restaurant in the state.”
Log Haven has also been featured in top-tier national publications including Bon Appétit, Sky, Cowboys and Indians, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Sunset and USA Today.
Awards and Accolades:
• Best Romantic Restaurant in the US - Top 10
• Best Romantic Restaurant - Travel and Leisure
• Most Romantic Restaurant - Open Table
• Best Wedding Venue - My Weddings
• Best Chef and Best Restaurant - Best of State Awards
• Top 25 Best Restaurants Utah - Salt Lake Magazine Dining Wards
• Best Romantic Restaurant - awarded consecutively for 15 years - City Weekly
• Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
• Four-Diamond Award
• Official Best Wedding and Event Venue in Utah
• DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America)
• Best Canyon Restaurant - Salt Lake Magazine
• Best Service - Salt Lake Magazine
• Small Business of the Year - Ernest and Young
Celebration Locations Patio, Hillside Amphitheater and Library Suite: Our Library Suite is perfect for small and mid-sized groups. They are two rooms, reserved together and feature a pass-through fireplace. Our outdoor spaces included with this area our Log Haven's Waterfall and Garden Patio. Aligning the patio are flower baskets window boxes and edged gardens. It is our most popular outdoor location for dining and dancing. The Hillside Amphitheater sits gracefully on the hillside to the west of our dining patio and is perfect for wedding ceremonies. - View: Natural spring waterfall at the base of the patio and the hillsides of the Wasatch Forest and main waterfall from the wooden deck in the Hillside Amphitheater. - Max Capacity: 350 - Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Wasatch Room, Foyer, West Deck and Lakeside Garden Meadow for ceremony: Our largest indoor dining area is called the Wasatch Room and includes a Foyer with a stately fireplace, adjacent deck and all around views of the cascading waterfall and pond. The Lakeside Garden Meadow includes a graceful gazebo overlooking Log Haven's pond, providing a spectacular mountain setting for your ceremony. - View: Log Haven's main waterfall, pond and hillsides of Millcreek Canyon. - Max Capacity: 200 - Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Winter Conservatory: Exclusive to winter events, the Winter Conservatory is an elegant white enclosure with evergreen, twinkle lights and views to the moss-lined, snow-covered waterfall. - View: Lighted waterfall with high ceilings and twinkly lights. - Max Capacity: 80 - Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Library Suite: Our Library Suite is perfect for small and mid-sized groups. They are two rooms, reserved together and feature a pass-through fireplace. It is also rented with our Hillside Amphitheater for a social (weather permitting) - which is a large deck and tiered grass ledges that affords views to the Wasatch Mountains. - View: Waterfall Patio - Max Capacity: 50 - Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Lakeside Garden Meadow (ceremony only): With a graceful gazebo overlooking the Log Haven’s wooded lake the meadow is Log Haven’s largest location for an outdoor ceremony. It can be rented for a ceremony only or added to the Waterfall Patio and Hillside Amphitheater. - View: Lovely lake and hillsides of Wasatch Forest - Max Capacity: 300 - Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes: Log Haven, a Hall of Fame Restaurant, is a historic mansion in the wilderness, 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake. Specializing in innovative cuisine, featuring local produce and game.
Chef David Jones innovative cuisine featured local produce and game. Chef Dave was directly influenced by Wolfgang Puck, Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton (original Spago), attending intense workshops on California cuisine. Dave’s style was further enhanced by the late Jean Louis Palladin. They cooked together, and as friends, traveled throughout the West. Dave’s culinary talent is exceeded only by his genuineness.
Chef Dave's travel and experiences afford him the opportunty to create menus from a variety of cultures that include Asian, Indian, Southwest, French and classic European. His menus are mostly gluten free and accommodates dietary considerations for special events. He is considered a pioneer in sourcing local ingredients. He is a creating a wild eldible garden including native plants that are durable with a high nutrition value and located on Log Haven's property. Bars & Lounges: Log Haven’s wine and beverage program is handled by General Manager, Ian Campbell. A graduate from Dartmouth – an Ivy League College – Ian in was born in upstate New York and raised in New Jersey. Ian was the food and beverage manager at Wyoming’s The Inn at Jackson, and owned a bar and grill in Crested Butte, Colorado. He is an avid skier and golfer and his wine education is ongoing. Ian firmly believes in and is grateful for the American Medical Association’s endorsement of wine as “heart healthy”.
In celebration of Log Haven’s 21st anniversary – Log Haven commissioned renowned wine maker Rick Longoria to craft “Passion Red” a proprietary Bordeau – style blend that’s balanced, elegant and silky and is only available at Log Haven.
Ian features monthly cocktails. His current favorite is TY KU Royale with Gruet Brut sparkling wine, TY Ku and midori. TY KU Citrus Liqueur is a blend of yuzu and other Asian super fruits, including TY KU’s special blend of Soju, a low calorie Asian Spirit. And Ty Ku Citrus Liqueur’s is contained inside a glowing bottle! THIS VENUE DOES NOT HAVE ANY REPORTS AT THIS TIME. Check back again soon!