California’s got rugged good looks, whether you’re partial to coastline, majestic old-growth forest, or rolling vineyards. Year-round pleasant weather, locavore food and wine experiences, and hotels that range from surfer chic to celebrity glitz only add to its appeal.
In the foodie town of Yountville, Bardessono feels quintessentially Californian, from its chic, eco-friendly style (the boutique resort is LEED Platinum certified) to its use of only the best natural ingredients in its field-to-fork Lucy restaurant, artisan cocktail menus, and herbal spa. Gather loved ones for a celebration outside among terraces, gardens, water features, and fireplaces—or in one of the indoor spaces that can be transformed to be as casual or formal as you'd like. A location within walking distance of famous restaurants like French Laundry and stellar wineries helps wedding guests easily soak up highlights of Napa County.
Following a recent $12 million renovation, San Diego's Inn at Rancho Santa Fe—which has welcomed guests, in one form or another, for nearly 100 years—offers added elements like the Morada restaurant (complete with a panoramic terrace) and a 3,000-square-foot spa. A warm Mission-style decor and 80 quaint rooms, cottages, and villas spread out over 21 secluded acres make weddings feel like they're taking place in a private country estate or old world village. A complimentary wedding night room for the bride and groom is an added perk. http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-inn-at-rancho-santa-fe.html
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