Thursday, June 28, 2012

Creating A Sonoma Destination Wedding & Honeymoon

Named one of the top ten most romantic wedding regions in the USA and the third most popular destination wedding area, the picturesque Sonoma County is host to world class, award-winning wineries and great towns to explore. There are hundreds of wineries and you will find five major regions with many appellations, thousand foot hills and endless vineyards.  Sonoma County offers a multitude of wedding venues with some of the finest vineyard views, professional wedding and event vendors and honeymoon hotels for your enjoyment. The additional beauty about Sonoma is the exciting Pacific coastline with hotels, vacation rentals, fine dining and the Bodega Bay Harbor where fishermen still go out to sea.  The redwood groves and dotted landscape hold oaks and pines.


An hours drive North of San Francisco, you will enjoy visiting the historic Sonoma Valley, part of the Carneros Valley. The last Spanish mission is there and the city square bustles with visitors determined to find out the history, the best buys and where the  winerys are in the region. Lodging is unique with boutique hotels, romantic bed and breakfasts and delightful restaurants with some of the finest chefs. Famous vintners include Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, Sebastiani and the new Jazzui winerys. There are too many to mention from the Carneros region.

The Valley of the Moon is a favorite for wine tasting .  One of the more picturesque areas with boundless parks, hiking trails, vintners tours and beautiful settings for wedding sand events. Famous vintners are Kunde,  Chateau St. Jean and B.R. Cohn wineries. The local Indians called it the Valley of the Moon and Jack London (famous writer) lived in the area near Glen Ellen.

Santa Rosa is the largest city enjoying some of the best restaurants and lodging and excellent wineries above the city and along the 101 corridor and boutique wineries just west of town.  Favorites for weddings are the Paradise Ridge and for events, Kendall Jackson. People are wowed by the wild animal preserve, Safari West and the Charles Shultz Museum,  Luther Burbank Gardens, but thousands come for the Sonoma wine festival in October of each year.


Heading North on Hwy 101 you will find delightful vineyards in all direction with the Healdsburg Square waiting for your visit. From the Russian River wine region to Dry Creek and Alexander Valley, we have enjoyed vintners in each area and the new  Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Resort encourage reservations for food and swimming. I love the gardens at Ferrie Carano.  While some stop in the Healdsburg area, there are many lovely vineyard venus and nice lodging toward Geyserville with  excellent wines to enjoy. It takes several days to explore the regions and many visitors like the casino perched above the Alexander Valley floor.

It is easy to plan a destination wedding or elope to Sonoma Wine Country.  California laws give you a license to be married the same day you arrive Monday-Friday by 12 noon.  You will find romantic lodging, peaceful settings, glorious redwood trees and a beautiful Sonoma, Pacific Coastline.  Enjoy the many vineyard venues and wine tasting ideas on

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