"My husband and I got married at the HideOut on a beautiful Tuesday in July. We had been out to Open Houses on the property twice before our stay, but nothing compared to the few days "of our own" that we got to spend there with family, friends, and the Hoovers. Tom, BJ, Dusty, and the kiddos (I think Josh was "off") were so incredibly welcoming, helpful, and down to earth, and always professional. I agree with fellow reviewer and Tahoe local, Christina, who said all the right things. This place is close enough to still consider it "Tahoe", but gets you far enough away from the craziness so you can feel at peace. It has something for everyone, from camping to "glamping" or a luxurious lodge feel. The HideOut is amazing because the Hoovers are amazing!! They put their hearts into every detail-- the newly built barn, the beautiful campground bathrooms, the amazing gargantuan hot tub, handling the recycling/trash, monitoring the fire pits, details in all the bedrooms/bathrooms, kitchens stocked with utensils/pots/pans, helping us hire local folks for shuttles and other help-- all while keeping such a friendly and mellow attitude. We were able to "unplug" from our cell phones and laptops for a few days and just enjoy each other. We had friends and family tell us they haven't been that relaxed in *years*, and now, even a month later, we still have people talking about how amazing the HideOut is. We could not agree more.
A few notes for those planning your own wedding out there-- The HideOut is an amazing "blank slate" for the wedding of your dreams. You aren't bogged down with the same restrictions as other wedding venues-- the place is yours to explore and make your own! Tom and BJ have a LOT of experience and can make good recommendations. Take advantage of the Open House to meet some vendors and ask questions. I have NO COMPLAINTS about my experience, because I think I realized early on that this place is not a banquet hall, ski resort, or country club that has "their way" or "required vendors" or stuff like that. But that means YOU have to put in the work up front to make it what you want when you get there! If you don't want to be hassled by the details and decisions, hire a great event/wedding planner, but DO NOT pass this place up! There's nowhere else like it. And don't forget to bring bug spray, sunscreen, and a flashlight/headlamp!"
Guest: Janessa (+Ben = Benessa)
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: August 21, 2015