We finally decided on a Honeymoon and booked it. Arnold California!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Beautiful! I love trees too. I’m sure it will be amazing.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Sounds lovely!

For most people (except a few botanitcal purists), Sequoias ARE redwoods. There are Sequoia Sempervirens, which are the coast redwoods, and Sequoiadendron Gigantium, which are the giant sequoias, the redwoods that grow in the Sierra Nevada.

They are very closely related (in the same botantical family) although not exactly the same, obviously; the giant sequoias are the largest trees on earth by volume, while the coast redwoods include the tallest trees on earth.

I was born and grew up in California and spent every summer in one redwood grove or another! I came to see them as truly sacred beings. What a wonderful choice, to spend your first wedded days together with these majestic trees!

I love Calaveras County, where you’ll be staying. It’s steeped in wonderful history. The nearby historical parks in Columbia and Jamestown are a lot of fun. And if you do go to Columbia and want to see something off the beaten tourist path, go to the Columbia College library to see the large woodcarvings that depict scenes from Bret Harte stories (he was a turn-of the century writer that immortalized life in Sierra Gold Rush times). My father did most of those carvings!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yay, looks so beautiful! If you’re all about forests you should check out Big Sur for Redwoods. It’s about a 4 hour drive from Arnold and on the coast so you’ll get to see beautiful cliffs and the ocean! So worth it.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Have a good time! =)

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper

@Brittanyrio:  If you are going to Arnold, CA I would HIGHLY implore you to take some time and visit Yosemite National Park and the Mariposa Grove. Gorgeous is all I can say and the Mariposa Grove has some of the oldest living Sequoias. It is about a 2.5 hour drive south and worth EVERY moment.

For September it is still relatively busy in Yosemite but doable to get reservations. Again I cannot recommend it more especially if you love trees and nature (and gorgeous scenery) as much as I think you do.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Your Honeymoon sounds FANTASTIC…

Everyone has their own Travel Style (so no apologies ever needed on that front)… sounds like this will fit you guys to a tee.

Enjoy !!

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

omg Arnold! I live less than 2 hours from there and my grandparents built a cabin there 50 years ago, so I spend many weekends and holidays there. Big Trees park is like my summer backyard! (yeah, we’re a little spoiled here in CA. I’m in my 30s and didn’t know until a few years ago that trees don’t always look like that)

If you have extra time, definitely also go to Yosemite. It is truly amazing. Lake Tahoe is also a few hours away. And if you want to go west, I do also recommend the coastal mountain range and redwoods. It’s a bit of a drive, to all of these, and in all different directions, but worth it if you have over a week. Yosemite is like 2ish hours aways, as is Tahoe. Muir Woods is probably closer to 4 hours away.

I also recommend the town of Murphys which is a short drive (15-20 mins) on Hwy 4 from Arnold. It’s become a wine tasting destination (so strange to me – used to be just a tiny little foothill town!) and it’s pretty charming. Go to Lila & Sage – it’s a cupcake shop. The baker there won an episode of Cupcake Wars. She catered my sister’s wedding before that. The restaurant Alchemy is good, as is Grounds. I also like the little town of Columbia (on a different highway) for fun old-timey stuff.

If you like hiking, supposedly there’s a new trail in Arnold, I think it’s called the Arnold rim trail? I haven’t checked it out yet, but if you do let me know how it is! Also there is hiking in Big Trees, of course.

I’m so excited you’re going! Arnold is TINY, but if you’ve never been to the Sierras it’s a treat. We love it up there but we’re biased 🙂 Have fun, tell me how  you like it!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

omg Arnold! I live less than 2 hours from there and my grandparents built a cabin there 50 years ago, so I spend many weekends and holidays there. Big Trees park is like my summer backyard! (yeah, we’re a little spoiled here in CA. I’m in my 30s and didn’t know until a few years ago that trees don’t always look like that)

If you have extra time, definitely also go to Yosemite. It is truly amazing. Lake Tahoe is also a few hours away. And if you want to go west, I do also recommend the coastal mountain range and redwoods. It’s a bit of a drive, to all of these, and in all different directions, but worth it if you have over a week. Yosemite is like 2ish hours aways, as is Tahoe. Muir Woods is probably closer to 4 hours away.

I also recommend the town of Murphys which is a short drive (15-20 mins) on Hwy 4 from Arnold. It’s become a wine tasting destination (so strange to me – used to be just a tiny little foothill town!) and it’s pretty charming. Go to Lila & Sage – it’s a cupcake shop. The baker there won an episode of Cupcake Wars. She catered my sister’s wedding before that. The restaurant Alchemy is good, as is Grounds. I also like the little town of Columbia (on a different highway) for fun old-timey stuff.

If you like hiking, supposedly there’s a new trail in Arnold, I think it’s called the Arnold rim trail? I haven’t checked it out yet, but if you do let me know how it is! Also there is hiking in Big Trees, of course.

I’m so excited you’re going! Arnold is TINY, but if you’ve never been to the Sierras it’s a treat. We love it up there but we’re biased 🙂 Have fun, tell me how  you like it!

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