Response from the owner - 2 months ago
The recent wedding events at Sorensen’s Resort were accomplished as the bride and groom had wished. Our staff provided an amazing array of creative and carefully prepared feasts for both events on Friday and Saturday nights at one of our busiest times of the year.
Sorensen’s is located at 7,000 feet in the high Sierra and like all of California has been affected by four years of drought. Unfortunately, certain members of the wedding party chose to ignore our resort-wide, no-smoking policy in high-fire season and chose to drink in excess on both nights, leading to obnoxious behavior and unsafe decisions. In addition, they also ignored the contract signed by the bride and groom agreeing to a 9:00 event closure on Friday and a10:00 p.m. end-time on Saturday. On the Saturday evening of the wedding reception, when (once again) guests were asked to comply with our policies, several in the wedding party hiked up our road leading to the rest of our 165-acre property in order to smoke, putting our historic inn in danger during this very dry season. In addition, on both occasions, they partied until all hours of the night until, finally, it was necessary to call the Alpine County Sheriff to deal with their bad behavior.
Sorensen’s is a completely non-smoking property and has been for over 30 years. Each guest checking-in is asked to read, sign and agree to our no-smoking policy. Each were sent a Confirmation Letter reiterating this and other policies of the resort (like not over-packing the occupancy of the cabins, which they did) and leaving the cabins in disarray. At check-in guests are asked to sign/agree to the policies of the resort and if they choose not to agree they are notified they would be subject to a fee.
Contrary to the writer to Google, as owners and stewards of the land, we completely acted within of our rights for the safety of our business and the security and safety of our guests. The folks who acted out did so in disregard of our business, our staff, and most importantly the bride and groom, who they were here to celebrate, but instead turned the weekend into a circus. Many guests in this wedding party observed what had occurred and thanked us for taking action.
John and Patty Brissenden, Owners
Teri Heim, Assistant Manager & Wedding Coordinator