Address: 1600 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657
Phone: (970) 477-3699
Guest Capacity: 200
In 2003, the town decided to purchase 50 acres of space just west of Lionshead to build out an event space. The Donovan Pavilion, while owned by the Town of Vail, doesn’t feel like your average municipal wedding venue.
It is nestled in the forest, all the while being right on the South Frontage Road, meaning you are minutes away from some world-class lodging. In the summer months, couples can use the outdoor patio to have their wedding ceremony. In the winter months, the inside area is large enough to host a ceremony and reception with not too much flipping.
The room feels very large with it’s high ceilings, so we only suggest the Donovan Pavilion for medium to larger weddings. With that said, it is a beautiful space with its massive chandeliers overhead.
For photography, the premise isn’t going to give you any mountain views. A short drive to East Vail can get you some beautiful backdrops of the Gore Mountains though.
We photographed many of weddings here and every one has gone off without a hitch, in part to its wonderful staff and management. There is no reason why the Donovan Pavilion wouldn’t make our list of favorite Vail Wedding Venues.