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Sep 23, 2009 09:29 AM

lovely wedding spot in Sonoma?

Hi all,
I'm hoping you can help me...I'm looking for a lovely place to have a small - 20-30 person - wedding this November (yes, short notice!). We've been thinking either Sonoma or Mendocino, but are open to other spots if the location is right.

Right now we're considering inns or vineyards where there could be some outdoor space for the ceremony, but we're really flexible. Most importantly, the food, whether catered or done at the venue itself, needs to be fabulous. Some of the places we've visited and liked either asthetically or for the food and wine are: Fieldstone, Trespass, Chateau St. Jean, Ubuntu, girl and the fig, Vine Cliff, Pina, etc. I don't want anything over the top (I harbor no princess wedding fantasies), just someplace simple and comfortable where we can celebrate with family and friends.

Any suggestions would be most, most welcome. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Since you say you are flexible, almost every time I've been to Brix in Napa there has been a wedding in their beautiful garden. The food is great as well. Not as creative as Ubuntu but way better than girl & fig. Much of the produce comes from their garden.

    Looking at the sample event menu (they will dreate a special, seasonal menu just for your event) some of the things they do really, reall well
    - Artisan cheeses with seasonal fruit and house-made breads
    - Chilled seafood platter with traditional sauces
    - Roasted beet and mixed green salad

    Trust me on that last one. I had a roasted beet salad at their buffet and went back for thirds.

    1. Since you mentioned Mendocino, maybe you'd like to check out The Apple Farm which is in Philo, on the way to Mendocino.
      The grounds are really beautiful, and the people there seem to have a good aesthetic. Weather may be an issue, but give it a look-see and see what you think.
      I love that your wedding will be so small! They have cabins on the grounds, so although it is a bit out of the way, they could likely accomodate everyone overnight.

      The Apple Farm
      707 895 2333

      1. You might talk to Madrona Manor in Healdsburg. I was at a reception there in last year and it was lovely. They have enough wonderful rooms incase the weather isnt great. The food is very good. The grounds are beautiful.
        Also, I think they would be willing to discuss cost rather then what posted , things are slow .

        1. Santi in Geyserville has fabulous food. It will be moving next year, but apparently a lot of its customers think it has already closed and it's hurting for business. It has a lovely patio for events, but don't know what it will be like in November. Here are my photos from the anniversary party on the patio in May that will give you an idea of the setting and possible buffet menu.

          (click on each photo to enlarge and read the caption describing the food)

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          Ninth Annual Chowing with the Hounds Picnic! October 3rd, 2009, details and registration info

          Chowing with the Hounds Picnic, 2008 Report.

          Recipes from the 2008 Chowing with the Hounds Picnic!

          2097 Stagecoach Road, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Santi is fantastic. There is no real view from the back patio but it's a pretty space, especially in the evenings when they light it up. And mud since you are looking in November, it has a big room at the back that could probably accommodate your whole party that they often reserve for groups, in case it rains. (I would say you'd need a backup space anywhere you go for that time of year!)

          2. Hi everyone. Brief note. Mendocino recommendations belong on the California board:
            Please start a new thread there for Mendocino discussion. Thanks.