15 California Inns to Elope in a Post-COVID World

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SACRAMENTO, CA [September 16, 2020]—In a post-COVID-19 world, betrothed couples might think they have to postpone their dream weddings, but with a little creativity (and a lot less money), a memorable start to a lifetime of wedded bliss is still possible. The answer? A bed and breakfast or small boutique hotel. With few rooms and expansive outdoor spaces—often in charming, secluded locations—boutique inns are an ideal choice for elopements and small weddings that bring on the romance without the unnecessary crowds, fuss, or expense. From the mountains to the sea, these California inns offer beautiful surroundings and safe social distancing for the perfect elopement getaway.

Central Coast and Southern California

The Inn at Opolo
The Inn at Opolo in Paso Robles offers the ultimate in seclusion among oak tree-lined roads, grape vineyards, and walnut groves. With just three luxurious rooms and acres to explore, it’s the ideal destination to exchange vows atop a picturesque hilltop, enjoy a picnic with a view, or toast to a lifetime together under the stars.

La Lomita Ranch
San Luis Obispo’s La Lomita Ranch offers seven adjoined Spanish-inspired rooms and an ultra-private Hacienda perfect for honeymooning couples. Four alluring event and gathering spaces encircle the property, with features like panoramic views, an oak canopy, and romantic alcoves.

Simpson House Inn
The Simpson House Inn is a private Victorian estate tucked away in a tranquil Santa Barbara neighborhood. Upscale furnishings and an acre of English gardens surrounded by tall hedges make for an intimate elopement. Fifteen opulent guest rooms—including four English-style cottages tucked into the corners of the garden—offer the ultimate in luxury and seclusion.

Lavender Inn
Ojai’s Lavender Inn boasts colorful gardens under majestic oaks, a small pond with a waterfall, and a scenic mountain backdrop. Its eight well-appointed rooms include the 1,000-square-foot Provence Cottage, with French doors that open to a private backyard and romantic fireplace. An onsite wedding coordinator assists each couple in planning the elopement wedding of their dreams.

Sierra Foothills and Mountains

Dunbar House Inn
The Dunbar House Inn is a historic Italianate-style estate in the enchanting Sierra Foothills town of Murphys. Known for its lush, well-manicured grounds, the property offers a choice of four outdoor venues and six charming suites, and impeccable white glove service.

Eden Vale Inn
Eden Vale Inn in Placerville is a superb setting for a small outdoor wedding. An oak tree-shaded wedding pavilion sits among mature gardens, water features, and a lovely pond. Pricing starts at $500 for venue use only for up to eight guests or $1,200 for an intimate ceremony for two including lodging in one of seven rooms.

McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast
The McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast near Yosemite specializes in elopements and small weddings, with packages ranging from $795 to $3,595. An elevated deck is surrounded by majestic cedars and pines, and each of eight charming guest rooms overlooks a tranquil forest.

Highlands Ranch Resort
Highlands Ranch Resort is known for its rustic chic-to-modern architecture and stunning location on 175 acres at the base of majestic Mount Lassen. Seven newly built cottages overlook a bucolic mountain meadow and pine-studded hills, while an expansive deck wraps around the lodge and features views in every direction.

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

Arbor Guest House
Arbor Guest House is an elegant colonial revival home just minutes from downtown Napa. A wraparound deck overlooks enchanting gardens that feature vibrant flowers, vine-draped walkways, a gentleman’s vineyard, and a quaint gazebo. Five exquisitely designed rooms boast fireplaces and private entrances.

Churchill Manor
Napa’s Churchill Manor is a meticulously restored 10,000 square-foot 1889 mansion with 10 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each named after a Napa Valley wine growing region. A sweeping veranda surrounds the three-story mansion and overlooks an acre of mature trees and manicured grounds. Customizable, all-inclusive elopement packages range from $1,650 to $4,700.

Inn on Randolph
The Inn on Randolph near downtown Napa sits on almost an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens with cozy terraces and meandering stone paths. The 19th-Century estate features 10 rooms with soothing neutral color palettes, luxurious finishes, and 21st-century amenities. Elopement packages start at $750.

The Gables Wine Country Inn
In Santa Rosa, The Gables Wine Country Inn offers a simple, elegant elopement packages amid the redwoods. Packages start at $999 and include bouquet and boutonniere, wedding cake, and champagne toast; or couples might want to opt for the $2,499 Ultimate Micro Wedding Package that adds a two-night stay in The Cottage, a bottle wine, and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Bay Area

Mill Rose Inn
Mill Rose Inn was once voted the “Most Romantic Inn in Northern California.” The inn, with its profuse blooms and opulent décor, exudes classic European elegance and has long specialized in English country garden weddings. Six distinctively decorated rooms and suites feature European antiques, hand-painted fireplaces, and garden views.

Nick’s Cove
Nestled in a sheltered coves of Tomales Bay near Point Reyes National Seashore, Nick’s Cove is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding. Couples might choose to exchange their vows on the rustic boating pier, on a pristine beach, or from the back of a chartered boat. Twelve romantic waterfront cottages offer exquisite views of the bay.

The Pelican Inn
The Pelican Inn offers a bit of olde England in Muir Beach. Couples might choose to wed on the inn’s outdoor lawn, on the covered garden patio, or at the nearby Muir Beach.  Seven snug bedrooms are graced with English antiques, heavily draped canopy beds, and imported rugs.

Click here for a complete listing of CABBI member inns and boutique hotels offering wedding venues and services.


California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns
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Media Contact: Ranee Ruble-Dotts
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The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) is the largest and most influential bed & breakfast and boutique inn association in the nation and is the only California bed & breakfast association affiliated with the California Hotel & Lodging Association. CABBI was formed in 1991 to promote the bed and breakfast experience to the traveling public and to educate, support and encourage CABBI members to provide a quality stay for inn travelers.