frequently asked questions

 

Accommodations

Dragonfly Retreat is a daytime venue, your own private park in the morning, afternoon & evening. For those needing over-night accommodations we provide a list of neighboring hotels offering room discounts and other special amenities for guests attending functions at Dragonfly Retreat.

Alcohol policy

If you wish to provide alcohol, it will be necessary for you to purchase and post a banquet permit (registered in the name of the renter), and engage a currently insured catering or bartending company with an Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) License.  Liability insurance is required.  Alcohol  may be served for up to five hours. The bar must close at least one hour before the end of your event so that all will be safe.

Capacity and seasons of operation

Dragonfly Retreat accommodates parties from 20-100 people April through October.  Professional filming or photography may take place year round.

Catering

You may choose your own trusted vendors, or rely on our list of talented professionals.   Caterer’s, including self-caterer’s responsibilities, are posted in the “Staging house.”   The Staging house with refrigerator-freezer, 20 ft. of shelving, and 70 sq. ft. of counter space may be used for multi-purposes, including drop-off and temporary storage of party decorations and rental items, flower arranging and food serving preparations.  Your caterer furnishes linens and tableware.  The management will provide and place banquet tables, and supply the number of chairs equal to the number of anticipated people.

Cleaning

At closing of the event, the renter is responsible for removing all decorations and personal belongings. Caterers are responsible for leaving the preparation area in the same condition that they found it upon entry, and all garbage and recycling removal.  Six 45 gallon garbage cans are provided.  The management is responsible for  proper re-stacking and storing of all tables and chairs, thorough cleaning of the premises and regular property maintenance.

Music, dancing, and noise ordinances

Natural string & wind  instruments may be played outside on the grounds.  Amplified recorded music is permitted outside during  the processional and recessional and inside on the dance floor on the ground level of the building.  A high quality docking audio speaker system is provided if you wish to compose your own play list.  A Steinway piano is also available for your musical entertainment.   Microphones are not allowed.  Music must end and guests depart by neighborhood noise curfew at 10 PM.

Parking & transportation

Free guest parking is located on the north end of the property.  Please encourage carpooling or arrange shuttle service for parties of sixty or more people.   A convenient Park ‘n Ride is located in Canyon Park right off I-405 at the Bothell Mill Creek Exit #26.  Limo, town car, coach service & other environmentally-friendly share-ride transportation service options can also be provided upon request.

Pricing and availability 

For pricing information please call Kathleen at 425-402-7180, email us at dragonflyretreat@comcast.net, or simply fill out the form on our website contact page for a swift reply to any questions you may have about Dragonfly Retreat.  Please include a little preliminary information about the type, size and preferred date or time frame of the event you are planning.

Restrooms and dressing room facilities

Hosts of the event are offered ground floor & “tree-house” wardrobe & dressing quarters full of mirrors and lighting.  Guests are provided with two cabana enclosed outdoor toilets, and charming wash station situated along the wooded path directly east of the patio.

Tables and chairs +

Furnishings include twelve, 60 inch diameter, round tables that will seat 8-10 people per table, and eight rectangular 30” X 6’ banquet tables.   All tables are 29″ high.  The number of white, padded, folding chairs equal to the anticipated number of people will also be provided. Decorative structures include a 30′ x 60′ ornamental iron arbor with translucent rainproof canopy arching over the patio, a 20’L X 10’H X 5’W semicircular ornamental iron lawn arbor, and a movable 54″W X 23″D X 84″H garland trellis.  Additional shade netting for the patio is available upon request.  You will also enjoy an eclectic selection of comfortable patio and garden furniture, including metal bar.  We also provide decorative items, such as umbrellas, bistro lighting, lanterns, and vases (if you would like to arrange your own flowers).

Time allowances

Renters are offered a generous eight hour window of time chosen between the hours of 9 AM and 10 PM on the day of the event, allowing for detailed set-up, easy flow of program, and unhurried departures.  An additional hour for advance planning or rehearsal, scheduled between 9 AM & 9 PM M-Th or between 9 AM & 3 PM on Fridays, is also included.  Please inform the management of arrangements made for pick-up or delivery of  personal or rental items.

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