California is home to some of the most amazing destination wedding venues in the country. We often work with clients from afar, planning their destination weddings in California, bridging the gap and making it easier for those clients to find their perfect venue, vendor team and help them design a wedding weekend that accurately represents their story as a couple.
We’ve created this short list of a few destination wedding venues that regularly fit the bill for our destination clients, as these Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Venues meet the entirety of their needs, creating an awesome guest experience for those traveling from afar – or for those locals with guest lists full of long-distance travelers.
- Triple S Ranch
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With gorgeous vignettes all over the property, including a reclaimed barn with gorgeous antique bar, a whimsical speakeasy below, two tree laden patios for al fresco dining and an epic tree altar for a ceremony space, Triple S Ranch has a little something for everyone. Guests can stay on property at several on-site spaces and a pool adds to weekend activities. There’s so much more – this place is a true gem!
- The Meritage Resort and Spa
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There are a handful of wine caves throughout the valley that are event-ready and Meritage Resort and Spa has one of them. Add a few ballrooms for larger guest counts, a gorgeous vineyard deck for ceremonies, a late-night bar and bowling alley and several lounge areas for cocktails and you’ve got a winning combination. With the newly-built Vista Collina Resort across the street, there are ample guest rooms to host all of your guests on property – and they never have to step foot off-property (saving on transportation), as there is also a coffee bar, a spa and several wine tasting rooms between both resorts, just walking distance!
- Harvest Inn
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From epic Napa Valley vineyard views for a ceremony site, to an on property redwood grove, Harvest Inn has a lot to offer. This venue is great for more intimate guest counts and also offers on-site accommodations. Guests can also taste at many neighboring wineries inclusive of their stay, as well as visit the on-site spa, offering ample weekend activity options.
- Calistoga Ranch
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Nestled into the Calistoga canyon, this Auberge resort has an escape-like feel for those wanting a retreat-like vibe. This property also boasts a beautiful event-ready wine cave (see above), as well as multiple incredible lush outdoor spaces for your weekend events. With decadent catering, an on-site spa and guest rooms as well (with neighboring properties to extend for affordable guest options), Calistoga Ranch offers a weekend weekend experience like no other in Napa Valley.
- Carneros Resort and Spa
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A picturesque apple orchard surrounded by vineyards sets the stage for a stunning ceremony site, while there are multiple spaces for cocktails, dinner and dancing. From multiple ballrooms to a beautiful pool with epic valley views, there is something for everyone here. The on-property spa, market, restaurants and bocce ball courts, service guests with no need to leave the property, despite the close proximity to many wine tasting opportunities. Guest rooms at Carneros Resort and Spa range from quaint cottages to private vacation homes, accommodating guests and groups of all sizes.
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This luxury resort has a long history in Napa Valley, nestled into the hillside along the Silverado trail. The Restaurant on property boasts a star-star Michelin dining experience, which extends to it’s catering program. Several lush lawn areas are perfect for an intimate ceremony, along with a newly renovated lawn perfect for an epic sailcloth tent and fun party room for dancing including a beautiful adjoining outdoor fireplace lounge. Meadowood also boasts so many activities it may be hard to list them all – from croquet, golf and tennis, to swimming, hiking and spa services, your guests will have plenty to do in between wedding weekend activities.
There are actually quite a few more that fit the bill (some we aren’t even able to publish online) – and that’s where an experienced planner comes in. For more information on the above destination wedding venues or assistance with finding the perfect Wine Country destination wedding venue for you, please contact Team KWE here.