Photo: Gia Canali
Tucked into the quiet hills of Montecito, California, San Ysidro Ranch has been a celebrity favorite getaway since the 1930s. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier exchanged vows at this romantic ranch-style hotel, while Jackie Kennedy and new husband JFK escaped for a quiet honeymoon at this sun-drenched retreat. And it's not just celebs of the past that favor this ultra-romantic locale: Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge wed Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill at the retreat in 2011 and it's rumored that Gwyneth Paltrow and her Coldplay ex-Chris Martin eloped there in 2003. Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem said "I do" at the historically beautiful property, and Jessica Simpson and new husband Eric Johnson celebrated their nuptials at the ranch last July.
Of course, there's a reason why so many A-list stars choose this venue for their big day. With views of the Santa Ynez mountains, luxe accommodations, and 500 acres of pristine gardens, this is one truly unforgettable wedding locale. Designed to cater to beautiful, intimate affairs, San Ysidro Ranch is the perfect venue for couples looking to host a smaller scale wedding.
For a romantic elopement, you and eight guests can enjoy each other's company in the Old Adobe, a beautiful, rustic structure that dates back all the way to 1825. Hosting something a little larger? The Hydrangea Cottage, which can accommodate up to 60 guests, is a storybook-style venue with a lovely, private stone patio for you to enjoy with friends and family.
There's plenty to do at San Ysidro Ranch, so many couples opt to reserve the property's 41 cabins for a weekend long event. Nearby beaches, local wineries, golf, biking, hiking, and 17 miles of gorgeous trails are perfect for day trips.