A reference to California conjures up images of vast, fruity vineyards, massive stretches of land and sandy seasides. In fact, this large state along the Pacific serves as a popular tourist destination for singles, couples and families alike. But its appeal as a wedding destination cannot be outdone; the beautiful scenery and charming townships provide idyllic locations for most anyone seeking a romantic wedding spot along the West Coast.
Napa Valley is a prime region for those planning a romantic outdoor wedding in a country setting. The area offers a variety of locations for ceremonies and receptions, many with a focus on fine wine and food. The Meritage Resort and Spa is a luxury resort featuring its own wedding chapel and an indoor cave or a terrace overlooking the vineyard as options for the ceremony. The Viansa Winery & Vineyards boasts a European-inspired setting; and the Napa Valley Wine Train wedding package includes a winery-setting ceremony and reception aboard the train followed by cocktails served until midnight. The Meritage Resort and Spa 875 Bordeaux Way Napa, CA 94558 707-251-1900 themeritageresort.com Viansa Winery & Vineyards 25200 Arnold Drive Sonoma, CA 95476 800-995-4740 viansa.com Napa Valley Wine Train 1275 McKinstry Street Napa, CA 94559 800-427-4124 winetrain.com
The intimate charm of this seven-mile long city sprinkled with pastel painted townhouses situated along an azure bay make it an appealing wedding destination for those seeking a scenic urban setting. You can have your wedding on the bay; Hornblower Cruises & Events offers a full service wedding ceremony and reception aboard a yacht that circles the bay. For large events, the Julia Morgan Ballroom seats up to 350 people and the city's verdant Golden Gate Park provides the setting for a garden or lake wedding. Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 3 on the Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94111 415-438-8300 hornblowerweddings.com Julia Morgan Ballroom 465 California Street, 15th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 415-421-7730 ext.310 juliamorganballroom.com Golden Gate Park San Francisco Recreation and Parks ATTN: Permits & Reservations McLaren Lodge 501 Stanyan Street San Francisco, CA 94117 415-701-2311 sfgov.org
Not to be outdone by the charm of the wine country and its northern city, California also offers stunning beach locations that make equally romantic wedding destinations. Options include The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, a high-end hotel overlooking the ocean; Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, a beautiful garden on a secluded island and St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach, a resort that hosts ceremonies on a private beach followed by a reception in an elegant 12,000-foot ballroom. The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey 4375 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292 310-823-1700 ritzcarlton.com Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens 125 Clarissa Avenue Avalon, CA 90704-2739 Santa Catalina Island 310-510-2595 x100 catalina.com/memorial.html St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach One Monarch Beach Resort Drive Dana Point, CA 92629 949-234-3200 stregismb.com
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