Northern California has an abundance of dreamy locales that are perfect for destination weddings, with two of the most popular being the beach and Wine Country. Here, we showcase one fabulous venue in each of these areas, along with a sampling of the activities unique to each area that can round out a fun destination wedding weekend.
The Santa Cruz Dream Inn is an iconic beachfront hotel, where modern meets coastal chic. It’s the kind of place you never want to leave. Event spaces boast breathtaking, panoramic views of Santa Cruz’s adored Beach Boardwalk, historic Wharf, picturesque West Cliff Drive, and Monterey Bay. Their executive chef specializes in local and sustainable cuisine, creating scrumptious meals for your wedding celebration. On-site wedding planning services, restaurant, lounge, and pool, as well as 100% ocean view rooms as the only beachfront hotel in Santa Cruz. The Dream Inn is also perfect for a bachelorette party getaway, or even a honeymoon!
Have fun on the beach or at the hotel pool. Surf, paddleboard, or play beach volleyball. Go on a Brew Cruz, or visit the Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz Wharf, and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, with rides, attractions, shops, restaurants, and nightlife, all within easy walking distance. It’s the perfect combination of natural seaside beauty and nonstop fun for all ages.
Santa Cruz Dream Inn | dreaminnsantacruz.com | 831-316-0576
Located in the heart of Sonoma County’s scenic wine country, the DeTurk Round Barn is one of California’s very few truly round buildings. All who enter this unique, historic venue marvel at its grandeur, and yet it still provides an intimate and rustic feel. The recently renovated “barn” offers modern wedding amenities, including gorgeous hardwood floors, two redwood serving bars, catering kitchen, elevator, and state-of-the-art audio/visual system. Outside, you’ll find a charming rose garden and lush lawn area.
Take a wine tour or craft beer tour, or choose your own tasting spots from the many world-renowned vineyards and craft breweries this area is famous for. But there’s much more to do, with unique attractions like Safari West and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. The selection of places to stay, dine, and visit in this beautiful region will allow you to create a truly custom wedding weekend experience.
DeTurk Round Barn | srcity.org/deturk | 707-543-3276
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