Best California B&Bs and Boutique Hotels for Tying the Knot
SACRAMENTO, CA [June 1, 2015]--As purveyors of romance, California B&Bs and boutique hotels are ideal destinations for small weddings and elopements. Couples can exchange vows in an intimate garden surrounded by beautiful blooms, on a cliff overlooking the ocean, beneath majestic redwoods or amid rolling vineyards. There are more than 100 members of the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) that offer wedding venues and services… not to mention romantic honeymoon suites. Many of the inns also offer elopement packages to save couples the time, money and the stress of planning a wedding.
A romantic enclave nestled along the banks of the Napa River, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa provides discerning couples with a private, picture-perfect setting for intimate garden weddings. The inn offers three wedding packages: Elopement, Intimate Wedding and Takeover packages, which allow the couple to forgo the wedding planning stress and enjoy the personalized pampering and attention to detail that the inn’s expert wedding team can provide. The inn’s wedding coordinator can also work with couples to customize any package, whether it’s decorating the couples’ rooms with rose petals, arranging an off-site photo shoot to capture the beauty of Napa, or booking a hot-air balloon ride above the vineyards.
HammerSky Vineyards is a picturesque place for a vineyard wedding on the California Central Coast. Nestled on 50 acres in Paso Robles, HammerSky features a restored 1904 farmhouse, a New England-style barn, wine tasting room, and landscaped lawns beneath giant oaks with sweeping views of the vineyards. The combination of inviting indoor and outdoor spaces provides a number of options for ceremony sites, cocktail receptions and dinner venues, including outdoor dining at long tables beneath the stars and the glow of string lights. The farmhouse offers three bedrooms with a gourmet kitchen and large dining room for overnight stays.
Of all the hearts left in San Francisco, many have been captured by the historic Queen Anne Hotel. The landmark Victorian hotel with period antiques offers an affordable and romantic wedding venue in the heart of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. Ceremony and reception sites at the inn include the Parlor, Salon, Library and a tranquil outdoor courtyard with a bar for cocktail parties. For small weddings with just a handful of guests, the inn offers its Intimate Wedding Package, which includes a two-night stay in the honeymoon suite, the ceremony, officiant, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, a wedding cake and a welcome gift all for less than $2,000.
Tomales Bay offers a romantic setting for a wedding and Nick’s Cove provides a number of picturesque options where couples can exchange their vows or capture wedding photographs: the rustic simplicity of the boating pier, the casual beauty of the beaches, or even from the back of a chartered boat. Later, guests can enjoy an elegant, private reception at Nick's Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar, featuring the finest seafood, shellfish, meats, and wines that Northern California has to offer. Following the reception, the happy couple can retreat to the peace and privacy of their romantic waterfront cottage with exquisite views of the bay, a wood burning fireplace, full bar and luxurious linens.
Exchange vows beneath a gingerbread-crowned gazebo on a dramatic ocean bluff with the Pacific stretching forever into the horizon. The enchanting Elk Cove Inn & Spa on the Mendocino coast specializes in elopements and small weddings for up to 50 people. The inn’s Effortless Elopement Package takes all of the stress out of planning a wedding. The package includes use of the inn’s ocean-view gazebo for the ceremony, an officiant, a bouquet of seasonal flowers and matching boutonniere, a wedding photographer and a disc of digital photos, a wedding cake, silver service champagne tray to toast the nuptials and two nights’ accommodations in one of the inn’s oceanfront luxury suites.
Built in 1926, the Tudor-style Benbow Historic Inn in Garberville has been a destination for celebrating love for generations of families for over 85 years. From the intimacy of exchanging vows in a private rose garden to the splendor of a back lawn ceremony beneath a canopy of towering redwoods, the inn can accommodate weddings from two to 220 guests with 8,000 square feet of venue space and world-class catering straight from their kitchen. With a variety of wedding packages and many customizable options, the inn strives to ensure that no two Benbow weddings are ever the same. For the newlyweds, inn offers private garden cottage accommodations that feature unobstructed views of the lit-up Stone Bridge and the night stars from the couples’ private balcony.
The Inn on Randolph's gardens, gazebos and trickling fountains provide a lovely backdrop for a romantic wedding. The luxurious, 10-room historic property in downtown Napa can host weddings up to 20 people. Guests can enjoy a wine and cheese reception before the ceremony, raise a toast to the newlyweds, and then gather in the Neiman Room--with its French doors that open out to the gardens--for cake-cutting and hors d’oeuvres as the sun sets. The bridal couple and their guests will be treated to a gourmet, gluten-free breakfast each morning. On-site massage treatments and concierge services for exploring Napa Valley are also available.
Built in 1882 as a wedding gift, the MacCallum House Inn stands in the heart of Mendocino village and is filled with the charm and romance of a bygone era. The scenic beauty of the Pacific Ocean and the beautifully restored Victorian mansion combine to create a perfect backdrop for wedding celebrations. The property boasts two acres of gardens and expansive lawns, a restaurant and bar, and 19 distinctive guest rooms for the bridal couple and their friends and family. With an emphasis on fine dining, the inn can accommodate up to 85 guests in its restaurant or up to 200 guests in the garden wedding tent. Elopement packages are available for more intimate celebrations.
The historic Gingerbread Mansion Inn in Ferndale provides the ultimate romantic story book setting for a wedding. Couples can choose to exchange vows in the inn’s elegant English garden or in one of the inn’s parlors. The inn offers packages ranging from simple elopements to elaborate fairy tale weddings. The inn can customize and tailor its wedding packages to create the perfect dream day for each couple. The inn can accommodate up to 30 overnight guests in 11 guest rooms, and the opulent Victorian suites make for an idyllic honeymoon retreat.
Say “I do” beneath a rustic gazebo trimmed with summer blooms and string lights amid a stunning alpine setting at Sorensen’s Resort. The 165-acre resort south of Lake Tahoe is an idyllic mountain retreat with cozy cabins, a full-service restaurant and intimate gathering spaces for the ceremony, including its wedding gazebo. An outdoor reception area is available for warm-weather weddings and an intimate indoor dining space is available for smaller weddings. The friendly staff at the resort provides careful attention to detail and can help the bride and groom with planning their special day. The resort can accommodate up to 100 guests.
In Sacramento’s vibrant Midtown, the Amber House’s two historic houses provide couples with intimate and inexpensive options for hosting a private wedding. Couples can choose to exchange vows in an elegant parlor room with a large porch, which can accommodate 25-30 people, or a large shaded garden with ample room for 30 to 40 people. The inn can accommodate just the ceremony, weddings with food, or weddings with food and lodging in beautifully-appointed rooms that are perfect for a honeymoon stay. The inn is also close to great local restaurants and bars for after-wedding festivities.
For more details about the inns and information about other wedding venues at California inns, visit www.cabbi.com/weddings.
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