Post # 1
Hi hive, So I’m looking for a place 1.5-3.5 hours from San Francisco, less than $400/night, to stay at for the Monday and Tuesday after our wedding this summer. Something woodsy and somewhat private feeling would be great, but I’m open minded. I’m doing research myself but figured it couldn’t hurt to ask here too! Thank you!
Post # 2
ladyamalthea: Are you looking for that distance in all directions?
A great romantic place would be Carmel area, you’d have the beach and state park foresty areas in one. You could also do Napa Valley somewhere, or Sonoma for a quainter town. You could head North up the coast to Bodega, or even further to Mendocino. In about 3 hours I believe you could be somewhere around Truckee or Tahoe.
So many great places close by!
Post # 3
I think the town of Mendocino or even Fort Bragg has some nice B&Bs, but I’ve never actually stayed at one. Ok, I guess I’m no help…but I’ve always wanted to try them out haha!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
I am looking at Glendevin Inn in Mendocino for the same sort of honeymoon. My coworker said she and her husband stayed there for their 25th anniversary and it was wonderful!
Post # 5
lollygagon: I’ve looked into Carmel a bit, but everything I like seems so pricey! Napa Valley and Sonoma seem seems great but we’d prefer something a bit further away, so it feels like more of an escape, and we’re not big winos or anything. I’ll check out Bodega Bay and Mendocino again. I don’t really want to go anywhere that requires driving through Sacramento because I don’t want to feel obligated to visit family there 😛 Thanks!
If anyone has specific ideas for places to stay that would be much appreciated!
Post # 6
boogiewoogies: I feel lucky to have this excuse haha!
hyzenthlay: Thanks, I’ll check that out!
Post # 7
ladyamalthea: Mendocino village is very nice. Lots of B&B’s right in the charming little town, on the sides of the cliffs. Lots of great food, shopping, and wine tasting there too! I wouldn’t stay in fort bragg, there’s not much to do there really. We have a friend that lives there and we visit her every few months and always end up in medocino village if we want to go out…
I would also recommend sonoma area. If you both like wine you can go wine tasting- there are a gazillion wineries & b&b’s up there. We loved the Francis ford Coppola winery- they have a museaum with stuff from his movies, a restaurant, vineyard obvs., and a gigantic pool and patio with bands & waiters to bring your food/drinks. I know alot of places like groupon & living social do sales on package type deals in the area (ie hotel, wine tasting, & breakfast for $200 a night)…
If you want super secluded i’d recommend my local historic Benbow Inn in garberville. It’s up hwy 101 about 3-3.5 hours north of SF. They’ve been around forever & have hosted presidents & famous actors. It’s a gorgeous place, very secluded, great food & service, and very close to the redwoods & rivers for hiking & swimming! http://www.benbowinn.com/
Post # 8
ladyamalthea: FI and I stayed at the Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino last August, and it was extremely tranquil, secluded and beautiful! It’s a B&B that has been recently renovated, and offers amazing ocean views. The breakfast included each morning was delicious as well (apparently, they’re known for their bacon, but that part was lost on me since I’m vegetarian). We also indulged and got in-room massages, which really made our stay special. To top it off, the staff was very warm, gracious and accomodating. I have recommended this place to several friends, and none have been disappointed thus far. It’s definitely worth checking out: http://brewerygulchinn.com/ Fair warning though: It’s considered one of the top B&Bs in the area, so it books up pretty quickly.
Post # 9
Big Sur. For sure. Here are some photos I took of our day trip this weekend! It’s only 26 miles from Carmel Valley. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California and I have never seen a place more beautiful. Tons of Redwood trees. Amazing.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
Another idea worth investigating – Yosemite 🙂 I was just talking about honeymoon locations with my fiancé and he suggested the Ahwahnee. They’re booked for all weekends this summer. Chateau Sureau is in Oakhurst and INCREDIBLE looking (though perhaps out of budget). Their on site restaurant is supposed to be sublime – my brother worked there for years.
Post # 11
I’m not very good with my us geography to know how far from San fran it is, but if you have a sense of humor about your honeymoon stay (and it’s totally ok if you don’t for these special nights) check out the Madonna Inn. ive never been but we were thisclose to spending at least one night of our honeymoon there. I wish we would have!
Post # 12
BeckyS0: Benbow Inn looks very interesting, thank you!
RaeBee: I’ll check that out, thanks!
oishiioishii: Those pictures are gorgeous, I’ll definitely look into that, thank you!
hyzenthlay: The Ahwahnee is all booked up, and I don’t think I want to check out the resort just outside- One of the days we want is the 150th anniversary of the day Abe Lincoln signed a document that officially made Yosemite a National Park, and I have a feeling it’s going to be crazy.
priyawouldntwannabeya: That’s just on the cusp of close enough; I’ll consider it 😀
Post # 13
DH & I stayed at the Highland House Inn B&B for our honeymoon at Yosemite. There are only 3 rooms, and it’s very private and woodsy. Here’s a link:
We flew into San Francisco & rented a car to get there.
Post # 14
Dunning Vineyards in Paso Robles has a gorgeous private guest villa at their winery. Huge bed, giant jaccuzi tub, and lovely patio overlooking the private vineyards. Weeknights are $199. We did it for an anniversary for a few nights (lots of wine tasting nearby) and then drove up the coast, stopping in Big Sur. http://www.dunningvineyards.com/lodging.html
Post # 15
It’s right below Mendocino. My Grandfather once owned this place (oh why couldn’t it still be in the family, ugh!). Check out Groupon, TravelZoo, etc for deals.