6 Beautiful Spots to Elope in California Wine Country

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The Napa and Sonoma wine regions are all about romance. Hot-air balloons float above the valleys in the early mornings, luxurious spas and candle-lit restaurants indulge every sense, and around every corner, there are idyllic vineyard views. It's no wonder that both areas are popular spots for weddings and elopements—if you're planning an intimate destination wedding for two, look no farther than these beautiful and romantic spots for a wine country elopement.

Harvest Inn (Above)

St. Helena's Harvest Inn, a lushly-landscaped property with two on-site pools, a spa, a bar, and a restaurant, is a popular place for weddings of all sizes, thanks to its central location and its setting adjacent to vineyards. For intimate elopements, services include an in-room ceremony with an officiant, one hour of photography, a wedding welcome basket with a bottle of Domaine Chandon, plus chocolates from a local chocolatier and a cheese plate, a $100 credit to the Charlie Palmer restaurant, Harvest Table, and breakfast delivery to your room.

Meadowood Elopement
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Meadowood, Napa Valley

Meadowood, a full-service resort in the heart of Napa Valley, has romance and luxury down pat. The sprawling grounds include acres of secluded spots for a romantic rendezvous, their three-Michelin-starred restaurant, multiple pools, and a gorgeous spa all ensure a memorable post-elopement honeymoon. The resort's elopement package includes a two-night stay in a private suite, a ceremony officiant, floral arrangements plus bouquet and boutonniere, daily breakfast, couple's spa treatment and a small wedding reception that includes champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and a wedding cake. Prices vary by party size.

Farmhouse Inn Elopement
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Farmhouse Inn

Tucked away near the town of Forestville in Sonoma County, the Farmhouse Inn is a chic retreat in the heart of the Russian River wine country. Onsite, there is a spa and Michelin-starred restaurant, and stays include three-course breakfast, welcome wine, and evening s'mores by the fire. The elopement or "Tiny Wedding" packages include a bridal bouquet, welcome wine and cheese, services of a local photographer, a disk with 100-150 images, the services of a non-denominational minister, a tiny wedding cake from a local bakery, a four-course wine-paired dinner, and a sixty-minute couples massage. Prices start at $5,500 mid-week and $7,500 for weekends. The room cost is extra and there is a maximum of 6 guests.

Inn at Occidental Elopement
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Inn at Occidental

Set in the small town of Occidental, among the redwoods of Sonoma County, the charming Inn at Occidental is a 17-room inn where every room is uniquely decorated and romantic touches include fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, antique furnishings, complimentary breakfast and evening wine hour. The inn's elopement package is one of the more affordable options, with prices starting at $2,600 for a package that includes an artisanal cheese platter, bottle of Sonoma County Pinot Noir, gift basket, garden ceremony, services of a non-denominational minister, services of a photographer for one hour, a bouquet and boutonniere from a local florist, wedding cake and bottle of champagne. The cost of a two-night stay in a courtyard room is included in the price.

The Carneros Inn Elopement
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The Carneros Inn

Located in the southern end of Napa Valley, The Carneros Inn offers deluxe cottages, grand suites, and opulent homes, all with private outdoor living space and access to the resort's three restaurants, two pools, spa, fitness center, bocce ball courts, outdoor lounge, and complimentary bicycles. The inn's elopement packages vary from private elopements in a guest cottage (with a witness and officiant supplied by the couple; cost is $500) to more extravagant events.

An intimate ceremony includes the use of the apple orchard for one hour. For the couple only, it's $1000 and goes up to $5,000 for up to 18 guests. For more bells and whistles, there's a package that includes an officiant, bouquet and boutonniere, solo guitarist, photographer for 90 minutes, sparkling wine toast, and a tray of mini dessert bites or savory hors d'oeuvres. The fee ranges from $5,000 for a mid-week event to $6,000 for Friday or Sunday.

Milliken Creek Inn Elopement
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Milliken Creek Inn & Spa

Set on the banks of the Napa River, the Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, offers just 12 rooms, making it ideal for those who want a more intimate setting for their special day. Rooms feature king-sized beds, marble bathrooms, and beautiful river and woodland views. There's an onsite spa, complimentary breakfast, evening wine hour, and plenty of space for quiet interludes along the river. The inn's elopement package includes one-night accommodation, evening turndown service with rose petals plus champagne and chocolate, and a wedding ceremony with an officiant. The package is available Sunday through Thursday for $1,500.

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