Best B&Bs for Elopements
and Intimate Weddings
Few things are more romantic than exchanging wedding vows in an intimate garden surrounded by beautiful blooms or in the glow of a majestic fireplace. As purveyors of romance, most California bed and breakfast inns are ideal destinations for elopements and small weddings. Many also offer coordination services and packages to save couples the time, money, and stress of planning a wedding. Several bed and breakfast wedding destinations are described below; more can be found at www.cabbi.com.
With its upscale, rustic elegance, Black Bear Inn is one of the most romantic places in South Lake Tahoe for an intimate wedding or honeymoon. In the winter, when the grounds are blanketed with snow, couples exchange vows in front of a roaring fire in the main lodge, which features vaulted ceilings, a 34-foot majestic stone fireplace, and a warm, romantic ambiance. In summer, couples can say “I do” in the wedding gazebo nestled among the pine trees and flowering gardens. Black Bear Inn can accommodate weddings of up to 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors.
The Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley collaborates with Iron Horse Vineyards to make an elopement the most magical day of a couple’s life. The inn’s Tiny Weddings in the Wine Country package includes a 60-minute couples massage, an unforgettably romantic pre- or post-nuptial dinner for two with an optional wine pairing by the inn’s master sommelier, a tiny wedding cake from the inn’s pastry chef, a non-denominational minister, a photographer with a disk of up to 150 images, fresh cut flowers or rose bouquet, chilled bubbly and artisan cheeses upon arrival, Farmhouse's signature "Bride and Groom" basket, and a signed bottle of Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee to take home as a memento. The elopement package may be added to any three-night minimum stay for $2500 weekdays and $3000 for weekend ceremonies.
Exchange vows against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Ocean at the Elk Cove Inn & Spa on the Mendocino coast. The inn offers an Effortless Elopement Package that takes all of the stress out of planning a wedding. The package includes use of the inn’s gingerbread-crowned gazebo overlooking the ocean for the ceremony, an officiate, a traditional bouquet of seasonal flowers and matching boutonniere, a wedding photographer and a disc of digital photos, wedding cake for two, silver service champagne tray and two nights’ accommodations in one of the inn’s oceanfront luxury suites. The elopement package is $2,850.
Say ‘I do’ amid majestic cedars and pines at the McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast Inn near Yosemite. The inn specializes in elopements and small weddings, with packages ranging from $495 to $1,195. Their “Just for the Two” package includes a wedding consultant, minister, ceremony and a champagne toast. The “Wedding and Honeymoon” package includes all of the above plus a rose bouquet, boutonnière and two nights' lodging with a gourmet breakfast, wine and appetizers. Also ask about the “Dreams Come True” package, which includes a ceremony for up to 15 people, custom engraved champagne flutes and a cake.
In historic downtown Napa, the Beazley House Bed and Breakfast Inn's 1902 Edwardian mansion provides two options for an intimate elopement or wedding. For an indoor ceremony, couples can exchange vows in front of the warmth of the inn’s fireplace in the parlor. Outdoors, the inn’s secluded English gardens provide a peaceful backdrop filled with flowers, fountains, lush lawns, and a century-old oak tree. Elopement and intimate wedding packages are $2,700 for up to 50 guests. The package includes two nights’ stay at the Beazley House, two hour site fee, ministry services, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, cake and champagne reception, chairs, and coordination services.
At the top of Napa’s wine country in Calistoga, the historic Brannan Cottage Inn provides flexible, personalized service that allows couples to plan as much or as little of their wedding as they wish. Distinguished by its intricate gingerbread, gable-board and scalloped ridge cresting, the inn offers several intimate ceremony options including a lovely lawn surrounded by ornamental gardens, a brick patio shaded by a 200-year-old French elm, and a broad, wraparound porch lining three sides of the main building. The inn can accommodate weddings and receptions for up to 50 people.
Hotel Charlotte's charming saloon and romantic restaurant provide in inviting ambience for a small family wedding, and/or a reception with seated dinner for up to 50 people. With Yosemite National Park just up the road, newlyweds can soak in the beauty of America's iconic park during the day, and relax with a glass of wine in the evening from Hotel Charlotte's local wine list, and dine on specials specially crafted by owner/chef Victor. Hotel Charlotte staff can assist brides with arrangements for their wedding, including a variety of venues, catering, dining, and sightseeing itineraries and guides.