Lovely Wedding Spot in Wine Country
Sorry for the repost, but my original post was curtailed by the moderators for straying to Medocino. Thanks so much to those who have responded...brilliant ideas, and I'd love some more. I'm looking for a lovely place to have a small - 20-30 person - wedding this November (yes, short notice!). We've been thinking Sonoma, 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!
I don't know how the food is but a really pretty and unique place to get married appears to be Calistoga Ranch. I knew a wedding planner that got married there.
Some friends of ours got married in Jack London State Park at the winery ruins (which is more cheerful than it sounds) and then afterwards went to the Girl and the Fig cafe in Glen Ellen for the reception. (The rented it out for the night) The cafe is small, but if you are only 20-30 people, it should be no problem at all.
I've stayed at the Geyserville Inn - they seem set up for weddings with very nice gardens. It's off 101 in Geyserville. There's a restaurant/bar next door that I think does their catering or there are lots of restaurants in Geyserville or Healdsburg just down the road.
I went my cousin's wedding in Sonoma last year. They rented out a beautiful space at a place called Conerstone Gardens. It's in the middle of all the vineyards, but is not an actual vineyard. It was absolutely amazing and the staff was wonderful. Everyone had a great time, nothing went wrong (except for a few distasteful DJ selections on the dancefloor) and entire the garden itself was really beautful. My cousin was married outside on the lawn and after everyone enjoyed cocktails and appetizers (passed tray) in the garden. Dinner was served under a huge spectacular tent (and being that the bride was Japanese, she had 1,000 oragami paper cranes dangling from the ceiling...so amazing) and dancing commenced afterward in the barn. You could tell it was a magical night for both bride and groom. Cornerstone Gardens has their own website, but their photos don't really do it justice. Check out the link that I found below or google them and see what you find. Good luck and congratulations!