Beyond San Francisco Weddings
By: Courtney Cvetko Kiser
San Francisco is central to some of California's most exquisite areas, most of which are just a short drive away. Rich in history and natural landscapes, these settings provide the perfect spot to say "I Do" -- or save on travel costs (and time) after your San Francisco wedding by going just beyond the bridge for your honeymoon, swapping city lights for country lanes and majestic vistas.
Grab your longboard, don your wetsuit, get out there and shoot the curl. Or dine on fresh seafood and enjoy panoramic views. If The Beach Boys had seen this, they would have moved north. Aside from saying your vows with your toes in the sand, venues such as Roaring Camp Railroads and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offer unique takes on this coastal haven.
Area includes: Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Santa Cruz | Search Venues | More about Beach Communities
Microchips and software firms, a manicured college campus, an old-school mystery house and a new-fangled tech museum are on the pop-up menu in the home of high-technology. Immerse your guests in innovation at The Tech Museum, ignite their imagination among the twists and turns of the Winchester Mystery House, or sample some of the peninsula's finest wines at Thomas Fogarty Winery.
Area includes:Santa Clara, San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Foster City, Woodside | Search Venues | More about Silicon Valley
High-intensity pro sports, higher education with gourmet dining, happening waterside watering holes and a well-loved mountain put the East Bay on the to-do list. Spend a day at the races at Golden Gate Fields, put a historic twist on your nuptials at the USS Hornet Museum, embrace country charm at Wente Vineyards, and much more in the Tri-Valley communities just a quick trip over the Bay Bridge.
Area includes: Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Concord, Walnut Creek, Livermore, Pleasanton, Emeryville, Hayward | Search Venues | More about the East Bay
Hot-air ballooning, train rides, cycling through the vineyards, superb food and – oh, yes, really great wine – are all on offer in the nation’s most elegant wine region. Pair sweeping vineyard views with castles, caves and wineries of every shape and size to spark the "wow" factor on your wedding day.
Area includes:Napa, Calistoga, Sonoma, Glen Ellen, St Helena, Yountville, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Bodega Bay | Search Venues | More about Wine Country
And for the honeymoon...
National Park preserves the High Sierra’s spectacular beauty and makes it easily accessible. On the way there, you see what may be the most productive farmland in the world, California’s hard-working Central Valley.
Area includes: Stockton, Fresno, Lodi, Merced, Yosemite, Fish Camp | More about Yosemite/Central Valley
Trendy restaurants and funky houseboats in Sausalito , a pristinely beautiful National Seashore area and the rugged trails of Mount Tamalpias allow marvelous Marin to live up to its moniker as San Francisco’s “Riviera”
Area includes:San Rafael, Sausalito, Tiburon, Larkspur, Pt Reyes, Mill Valley | More about Sausalito/Marin
North Coast/Mt Shasta
Dramatic seascapes, towering, old growth redwoods and lovely, snowy Mount Shasta show nature’s best to everyone from super-fit climbers and hikers to laid-back day-trippers.
Area includes:Redding, Shasta, Red Bluff | More about North Coast/Mount Shasta
California’s dignified Capitol Building, a lovingly preserved Gold Rush district and the mountain beauty of blue Lake Tahoe bring the old Westward-ho experience to life.
Area includes: Sacramento, South Lake Tahoe, Vacaville, Vallejo, Fairfield | More about Lake Tahoe/Sacramento
Monterey’s historic Cannery Row and cutting-edge aquarium (which hosts wonderous weddings), plus Carmel’s expansive sandy beach, golf’s gorgeous Pebble Beach, and France- meets- California cuisine, make a drive south well worth taking.
Area includes: Monterey, Carmel, Salinas, San Simeon, Big Sur | More about Monterey/Carmel
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