Archive | May, 2010

Wedding Venues in Sonoma

23 May

Ellaine and I spent several weekends over the last couple months looking for great wedding venues in Sonoma County, California.  Here are some links and quick notes about our favorites:

  • Vine Hill House – Beautiful, compact garden setting on a hill overlooking Sonoma vineyards.  Well planned out, with a lawn area for meals, paved patio area for the ceremony and later for dancing, and a cocktail area under oaks by the entrance.  No indoor space.
  • WildWood Retreat – A gay mens’ retreat tucked up in the hills above Guerneville.  Includes a number of modest retreat-style rooms, and a full catering kitchen and on-site chef. The hillside setting is the real attraction here, and the potential to create a true “getaway” for guests.  Indoor space available, but it’s not very attractive.
  • Arista Winery – A very high-end garden venue.  Beautifully manicured gardens and wonderful estate wines are the big draws here, however you’re required to serve their wine exclusively, which adds a substantial additional cost for couples.
  • Chenoweth Woods – Rustic, forested setting amongst redwood off Green Valley Road. More casual atmosphere, showing off the more laid-back side of the historic Russian River area.  No indoor space.

We ended up selecting Vine Hill House and are excited for the big day.

* Update: Dan at Vine Hill did an amazing job for us on our wedding day.  Dan’s knowledge of how to best run an event at his venue shown through time and time again.  Plus, it was just a stunningly beautiful setting.  We would highly recommend it to other couples.