Sonoma County offers the ultimate in wine country weddings and honeymoons, and the destination is providing newly engaged couples with several reasons to say “I do” in 2012 with dedicated wedding incentives and honeymoon packages for the bride and groom to spa treatments and wine-tasting excursions for the wedding party and guests.
Couples can tie the knot at a variety of locations from rustic to luxurious with cozy bed and breakfasts, hotels and private vineyards to the Sonoma Coast or even a hot air balloon while the wedding party and guests can enjoy unforgettable experiences with wine tasting at more than 300 wineries, award-winning restaurants, hiking, biking, spa treatments and more.
The Sonoma County Tourism Bureau (SCTB) has the tools to help newly engaged couples plan a perfect wedding day with the “Suite Deal” program, offering a cash incentive up to $1,500 toward a Sonoma County wedding. To be eligible, brides must contact SCTB before contacting a lodging property. This referral service can also provide couples information on salons, transportation, music, location and just about every other aspect of a wedding, all complimentary to destination wedding couples.
Susan Montes, Meeting Sales & Services Manager, SCTB, says “finding a wedding location is only one of my specialties. I can help the future bride and groom find their ideal wedding and rehearsal dinner venues, including a tour through a vineyard; hotels for your guests; hair and makeup salons; floral arrangements; and delicious Sonoma County wines to toast the happy couple with. Whatever your needs, I’m here to help reduce the stress this special day can bring.”
Offer details vary based on the size/type of wedding booked. To see complete details visit www.SonomaCounty.com/weddings.
From the wineries and vineyards to the Sonoma Coast and redwoods, Sonoma County showcases its unparalleled diversity and authenticity through unique wedding
and honeymoon offerings. A sampling includes:
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa provides a beautiful, romantic setting for memorable wedding receptions and offers an array of wedding packages and services, allowing the bride and groom to customize their perfect wine country wedding. Additionally, the Inn offers a dedicated “Elopement Package,” which is available year-round and includes: two-nights in a signature suite; on-site professional coordinator; private ceremony location for rehearsal and ceremony;
white wooden chairs for ceremony; officiate to conduct ceremony and assist with
licensing; bridal bouquet; additional corsage for guest; grooms boutonniere;
additional boutonniere for guest; 1.5 hours of photography and online proofs; hair and make-up for the bride; one-hour reception; sparkling wine toast; artisan cheese display; two-tier wedding cake; and signature evening amenity. Rates for the package start at $4,500, based on up to 15 guests. For more information, call (707) 939-2411 or visit www.fairmont.com/Sonoma.
The Inn at the Tides
Nestled among six acres of beautifully landscaped rolling hills on the spectacular Sonoma Coast, The Inn at the Tides offers sweeping views of the bay and harbor, tranquil and natural surroundings and can accommodate 50-100 guests for ceremony and reception. The Inn’s “Wedding Ceremony Package” includes a white
lattice arch, classic white wooden chairs, indoor or outdoor ceremony site and use of ceremony site for rehearsal; site fee rental ranges from $300 - $800. Additionally, couples can choose from various reception packages, all which require a site fee starting at $500. All wedding reception packages include: white or burgundy linens; china, flatware and glassware; champagne toast for all guests; hors d’ oeuvre; as well as coffee and tea service. For more information, call (800) 541-7788 or visit www.innatthetides.com.
WINE COUNTRY TREKKING, LLC
For the active honeymooners, Wine Country Trekking, LLC provides European style hiking vacations, walking from inn to inn while enjoying premier accommodations, luxurious meals and fine wine. the “Sonoma Valley Wine Tasting Trek” is a four-day/three-night trek vacation includes high-end accommodations, hikes through the vineyards and mountains surrounding the quaint towns of Sonoma and Glen Ellen as well as wine tasting at world-class wineries and private winery estates. Two nights will be spent on the historic Sonoma Plaza. The trek also includes two-days of hiking six-eight miles, with wine tasting along the hiking route including a wine and cheese pairing and a cave tasting. It also includes a day of walking between private winery estates for wine tastings. For more information, call (888) 287-8735 or visit www.winecountrytrekking.com.
Wedding in the Clouds
Couples recite vows “in the clouds” 1,500 ft. above the Sonoma County vineyards. The chief pilot is a minister and can perform hot air balloon wedding ceremonies
aloft or on the ground before launch. The staff can provide flowers and cakes to surprise guests. There is a videographer who can customize an edited DVD video of the balloon flight experience. There are private balloon experiences for two, eight or 16. For more information, call 800 759-5638 or visit www.balloontours.com.
Bodega Bay Lodge
From its Sonoma coast location, the Bodega Bay Lodge offers sweeping views of
the Pacific Ocean and an unforgettable setting on your wedding day. The property can accommodate receptions of 14-70 guests and each reception room offers views of the Sonoma coast, fireplaces and spacious outdoor patios. The soon to be couple and guests will enjoy the attentive service, excellent cuisine and romantic setting that Bodega Bay Lodge can offer. Bodega Bay Lodge offers a range of special wedding packages featuring award-winning cuisine, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
in a picturesque setting. All wedding packages include: sparkling wine or cider toast; Complimentary cake cutting; private Hors d'Ouvres for the bride and groom; late night "honeymoon snacks" for the bride and groom; breakfast for the bride and groom. For more information or to book this package, call 707-875-3525 or visit www.bodegabaylodge.com.
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Sonoma County Wine, Grapes and Tourism
Sonoma County, California, located just 30 miles north of San Francisco, offers
world-class wines from over 350 wineries in 13 designated wine regions, cuisine
featuring locally grown and artisan products, and destination resorts including 40 spas and 21 golf courses. It is the birthplace of premium California wine more than 150 years ago. As leaders in sustainable farming, a majority of the 62,000 total vineyard acres follow the California statewide guidelines. Family heritage, community and dedication to the land are what make Sonoma County a friendly first-rate wine and food destination.