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a ll c a li f o rn i a W e d d o s sie r venues Why not make a little history of your own at one of the Golden State’s landmark hotels? From Victorian seaside charm to art-deco glamour and Spanish Colonial-style gems, we’ve culled the definitive list of wedding venues that offer not only luxury, but legacy. | By Maile Pingel | California Classics Cavallo Point Lodge 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, 888.651.2003, cavallopoint.com history Tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge, the onetime Army fort offers panoramic views of San Francisco. The hotel’s c. 1915 buildings sit amid a park-like setting that’s conveniently close, yet far enough away from the hustle of the city. stats & standouts Cavallo boasts options aplenty, from a ballroom that accommodates 150 guests to intimate spaces like a wine library and a historic chapel. Lawn tents are also an option. packages Choose from two traditional wedding packages or a fully customizable option. The hotel’s celebrated chefs and catering staff ensure a fantastic meal, down to the housemade candies. nearby attractions At the doorstep of San Francisco and Napa, the lodge also has on-site activities: an award-winning spa, cooking classes, hiking and biking trails, and kayaking. by the bay the pristine setting of Cavallo Point Lodge The Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, 510.848.7800, berkeleycityclub.com history Built by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan in the late 1920s, the boutique hotel offers 35 cozy guest rooms with stunning bay and mountain views. stats & standouts The 8,500 square feet of event space allows couples to chose from two ballrooms, a lounge, a drawing room, a terrace and several courtyards, for up to 350 guests. trueLy timeLess The club’s drawing room packages A staff of specialists, from event planners to acclaimed chefs, makes every wedding unique. Book now for 2015 and receive a complimentary Champagne toast. nearby attractions Renowned for its university, Berkeley is also celebrated for its many fine restaurants. Museums and botanical gardens are also close by. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa history Built in 1927 on the site of a gold rush hotel, the Spanish Colonial-style inn is a romantic retreat with famous mineral hot springs and newly designed suites. stats 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 707.938.9000, fairmont.com/sonoma packages The a la carte menu lets couples customize their wedding. Post-wedding brunches can also be arranged for the couple and their guests. nearby attractions & standouts While there are three distinctive locations, the Sonoma Valley Room’s (holds 140 guests) dramatically high ceilings, fireplace and private patio make it the star. Apart from the hotel’s famed spa and golf courses, there are dozens of nearby wineries, as well as historic Sonoma Plaza for restaurants and shopping. sONOma styLe One of many patios at The Fairmont Sonoma mission inn & spa 78 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CALIFORNIA | f a ll / W i n t e r 20 1 4 the Berkeley city cluB Photo By noah haWthorne
Wed Dossier Venues
Why not make a little history of your own at one of the Golden State's landmark hotels? From Victorian seaside charm to art-deco glamour and Spanish Colonial-style gems, we've culled the definitive list of wedding venues that offer not only luxury, but legacy.
Cavallo Point Lodge
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, 888. 651.2003, cavallopoint.com
HISTORY Tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge, the onetime Army fort offers panoramic views of San Francisco. The hotel's c. 1915 buildings sit amid a park-like setting that's conveniently close, yet far enough away from the hustle of the city.
STATS & STANDOUTS Cavallo boasts options aplenty, from a ballroom that accommodates 150 guests to intimate spaces like a wine library and a historic chapel. Lawn tents are also an option.
PACKAGES Choose from two traditional wedding packages or a fully customizable option. The hotel's celebrated chefs and catering staff ensure a fantastic meal, down to the housemade candies.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS At the doorstep of San Francisco and Napa, the lodge also has on-site activities: an award-winning spa, cooking classes, hiking and biking trails, and kayaking.
The Berkeley City Club 2315 DurantAve., Berkeley, 510.848.7800,
HISTORY Built by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan in the late 1920s, the boutique hotel offers 35 cozy guest rooms with stunning bay and mountain views.
STATS & STANDOUTS The 8,500 square feet of event space allows couples to chose from two ballrooms, a lounge, a drawing room, a terrace and several courtyards, for up to 350 guests.
PACKAGES A staff of specialists, from event planners to acclaimed chefs, makes every wedding unique. Book now for 2015 and receive a complimentary Champagne toast.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Renowned for its university, Berkeley is also celebrated for its many fine restaurants. Museums and botanical gardens are also close by
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 707.938.9000, fairmont.com/sonoma
HISTORY Built in 1927 on the site of a gold rush hotel, the Spanish Colonial-style inn is a romantic retreat with famous mineral hot springs and newly designed suites.
STATS & STANDOUTS While there are three distinctive locations, the Sonoma Valley Room's (holds 140 guests) dramatically high ceilings, fireplace and private patio make it the star.
PACKAGES The a la carte menu lets couples customize their wedding. Post-wedding brunches can also be arranged for the couple and their guests.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Apart from the hotel's famed spa and golf courses, there are dozens of nearby wineries, as well as historic Sonoma Plaza for restaurants and shopping.
The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins 999 California St., San Francisco, 415.392.3434, intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com
HISTORY This romantic Nob Hill icon opened in 1926 and has been attracting sophisticated travelers ever since with elaborate period interiors and breathtaking views. 999 California St., San Francisco, 415.392.3434, intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com
STATS & STANDOUTS Find expansive windows in the Peacock Court ballroom (up to 350 guests). Maynard Dixon-painted murals are in the Room of the Dons (up to 200 guests).
PACKAGES The 380-room hotel offers three platedmeal packages, starting at $160, and special touches like a separate top-tier cake just for the couple.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS The city's highlights are all within reach, including Huntington Park, Grace Cathedral, the Financial District, Union Square and Chinatown.
The Palace 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, 415.512.1111, sfpalace.com
HISTORY Originally built in 1875, the hotel's current design dates to 1909 and includes the famed Garden Court, an elaborate atrium with period chandeliers.
STATS & STANDOUTS The Palace can accommodate a smaller event or a big bash for 600. Our favorite space: the French Parlor, which has hosted numerous heads of state.
PACKAGES While all weddings are fully customizable, sample packages are available for inspiration. Can't wait? The hotel offers elopement packages from $4,500.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Steps from Union Square and two blocks from SFMOMA, guests have easy access to the city's best attractions. Or venture afield and take a drive to wine country.
Ahwahnee Hotel 1 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, 209.372.1407, yosemitepark.com/the-ahwahnee
HISTORY In the heart of Yosemite National Park, the 1927 arts and crafts-style lodge has spectacular handpainted beam ceilings, stained-glass windows and mountain views.
STATS & STANDOUTS Hold ceremonies on the lawn, inside the hotel or nearby at Yosemite Valley Chapel. For receptions, choose the Solarium, Winter Club Room or Mural Room.
PACKAGES The hotel offers two packages: a two-course plated meal, or a buffet-style traditional or barbecue dinner. Packages start at $99 per person, with a minimum of 75 guests.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is celebrated for its many hiking trails leading to waterfalls, meadows and ancient giant sequoia groves.
Belmond El Encanto
800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, 805. 845.5800, elencanto.com
HISTORY Tucked in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, the iconic 1920s hotel was lovingly restored last year. Find lush gardens, a ballroom with a patio and expansive views.
STATS & STANDOUTS Weddings can be held in the ballroom (up to 160 guests), or in several of the outdoor spaces. For smaller parties, try the intimate wine room (up to 14 guests).
PACKAGES Each wedding is a unique and tailored event at El Encanto. Before the big day, book a pre-wedding spa package for brides and their bridal parties, or even for the groom.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Visit the many wine-tasting rooms in downtown Santa Barbara; visit the Goleta butterfly preserve; tour the 200-year-old mission; or go kayaking on the bay.
San Ysidro Ranch 900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara, 805.565.1700, sanysidroranch.com
HOTEL Set on 500 acres in the Montecito foothills, the ranch hosted Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier's 1940 nuptials and John and Jackie Kennedy's 1953 honeymoon.
STATS & STANDOUTS The ranch is an idyllic spot for small weddings, or reserve the property in full (41 guest accommodations) for an even more exclusive celebration.
PACKAGES All venues on the grounds are priced individually (the old adobe or gardens, for example). The six-suite Hydrangea Cottage, for up to 60 guests, can be bought as a package.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Beyond the ranch's heated swimming pool, spa services and yoga classes, Montecito and Santa Barbara offer local beaches, wineries and golf courses.
The Lodge at Pebble Beach 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, 831.647.7500,
HISTORY Since 1919, the hotel has hosted both grand and intimate weddings in its unparalleled coastal setting with views of Carmel Beach and Point Lobos in the distance.
STATS & STANDOUTS From the 18th Lawn to the Library Room, the 454-room hotel's venue options can host 15 to 250 guests. All choices take full advantage of the incredible scenery.
PACKAGES Rather than offer packages, the hotel's specialists create custom weddings and handle all of the details, from the top-notch in-house culinary services to floral design.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Explore beautiful 17- Mile Drive, Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey, with its famous Cannery Row and worldrenowned aquarium.
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1131, theinnatrsf.com
HISTORY Designed by architect Lilian J. Rice in the 1920s, the hotel features mature gardens and 81 newly redone accommodations, including their iconic cozy cottages.
STATS & STANDOUTS Broad lawns and tents can hold up to 400, while groups of up to 60 can use the more intimate Rose Garden. Photo locations (even the herb garden) are plentiful.
PACKAGES Each wedding is approached as an individual event, but special offers are available at the hotel's spa for the couple and their bridal party.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Visit the seaside towns of Del Mar, Solana Beach and La Jolla; see the famous Del Mar racetrack, or go horseback riding, golfing, hiking or hot air ballooning.
Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.275.5200, fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire
HISTORY Built in 1928, this classic Beverly Hills hotel is a fairy-tale wedding setting with a revitalized charm as glamorous as the Hollywood stars who visit.
STATS & STANDOUTS Brides won't lack for choice with 395 guest rooms, including the largest suite in the city, and nine event spaces ready to cater to as many as 750 guests.
PACKAGES Choose either Some Enchanted Evening, the hotel's singular package (starting at $300 per person), or work with a wedding specialist to customize the big day.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Guests needn't look far for fun. Visit Greystone Mansion or the Getty Museum; go for a walk on the beach; or head downtown to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Hotel Casa del Mar 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.5533, hotelcasadelmar.com
HISTORY Nestled on the Santa Monica shore, the 1926, 129-room hotel was designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style and has long been a playground for Tinseltown's finest.
STATS & STANDOUTS The Colonnade Ballroom's double-height ceilings and grand staircase make it ideal for up to 400 guests, while the smaller rooms are great for parties of 50 or less.
PACKAGES The Extraordinary Weddings package (luncheon from $190 per person; dinner from $225 per person) offers a tailored menu and suggested vendor list.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Take a ride on the Santa Monica Pier's solarpowered Ferris wheel; stroll the Third Street Promenade's shops; or explore nearby Venice Beach.
The Langham Huntington 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.568.3900, pasadena.langhamhotels.com
HISTORY First opened in 1909, this 23- acre landmark was redesigned to its present style in 1911. It's hosted everyone from Jean Harlow to WWII Army soldiers.
STATS & STANDOUTS The 380-room hotel's two outdoor ceremony locations are offered in conjunction with a reception, held in one of three ballrooms or the hotel's courtyard.
PACKAGES Wedding packages (for up to 650 guests) are available for select weekends. Each requires a minimum number of guests and start at $140 per person with plenty of benefits.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Enjoy the hotel's newly opened spa, or take in some of the city's great museums, like the Norton Simon, the Huntington Library, or the Gamble House.
Sunset Tower 8358 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.654.7100, sunsettowerhotel.com
HISTORY An icon of the Sunset Strip since 1929, the 81-room art deco hotel is all about glamour. From its terrace, guests are rewarded with sweeping city views.
STATS & STANDOUTS The Terrace Room provides an indoor/outdoor venue for up to 200, while the two-story loftlike Townhouse Suite can accommodate up to 50.
PACKAGES The hotel offers two wedding packages, one plated and one with a buffet, both charmingly named after iconic movie-star couples. They start at $130 per person.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS From Sunset Boulevard, it's easy to visit the House of Blues, the shops and restaurants at Sunset Plaza and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Newport Beach Hotel 2306 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.7030, newportbeachwalkhotel.com
HISTORY Built in 1904, this beachfront B&B sits directly on the boardwalk, with unobstructed views of Newport Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
STATS & STANDOUTS This 15-room gem provides the perfect setting for an intimate wedding stay. Marry on the beach; celebrate at the neighboring oyster bar; then tuck into the hotel.
PACKAGES Make the most of this boutique hotel by booking the entire property and making it your home on the beach.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Take advantage of this seaside location with water sports, whale watching or a trip to Catalina Island. Relax at local spas, or take the kids to nearby Disneyland.
The Willows 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, 760.320.0771, thewillowspalmsprings.com
HISTORY This 1924 Spanish Colonial-style house-turned-hotel hideaway lured Clark Gable and Jean Harlow for their honeymoon in 1939.
STATS & STANDOUTS With eight rooms, an expansive terrace, lush gardens and a 50-foot waterfall, the hotel has an incomparable atmosphere for an up to 75-person affair.
PACKAGES Weddings at the Willows are entirely custom; the staff can suggest ideas on how to utilize the unique space. Full booking of the hotel is required.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Design buffs will appreciate Palm Springs' midcentury architecture. Enjoy local hiking trails, or take the aerial tram up the San Jacinto Mountains.
Hotel Del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611, hoteldel.com
HISTORY Host to 16 American presidents and celebrities including Charlie Chaplin, Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey, the 1888 hotel also starred in 1950s film Some Like It Hot.
STATS & STANDOUTS The 757-room seaside resort offers an elegant array of locations for ceremonies and receptions, from grand ballroom affairs to pretty garden nuptials.
PACKAGES Instead of packages, on-staff specialists customdesign every wedding at the hotel, which can accommodate parties of up to 700 guests.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Explore downtown San Diego and the historic Gaslamp Quarter; see the gardens and museums at Balboa Park; or cross the border and drive into Baja.
La Valencia 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.0771, lavalencia.com
HISTORY This 1926 Spanish Colonial-style landmark holds an enviable perch above La Jolla Cove. Newly renovated, it retains its historic charm.
STATS & STANDOUTS Ideal for weddings for up to 150 guests, the hotel offers multiple venue options, like a garden overlooking the Pacific and the 3,000-squarefoot Verandah Room.
PACKAGES Customizable packages offer a range of enhancements, including romantic date arrangements prior to the big day and oceanview wedding-night accommodations.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Adjacent to La Jolla Shores, the hotel is just steps away from premier shopping and dining. Torrey Pines State Park and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps are also close.
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