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Destinations -- Western USA

Arizona - Train Weddings

    Verde Canyon Railroad and the Grand Canyon Railway
    Have you ever thought about those special romantic places that are imbedded in your memory?

    Perhaps, it was the novelty of a train ride? If this were the case, the idea of popping the question or exchanging vows on a train or holding your reception on a train, as you travel to the Grand Canyon, would not seem too far-fetched....read more>>

Washington's Sun Mountain Lodge

    Evergreens shade the shoreline of Wolf Creek, as it snakes the Methow valley floor far below, and the embracing semi-arid terrain melds with stands of pine and fir that march diligently up bordering hillsides. Majestic Mt. Gardner stands guard over the domain like a watchtower sentinel, and other scenic summits that unfold beyond, take credit for coining the Cascade Range as 'The American Alps.' From the panoramic perch the setting is spectacular, and as well as hosting soaring eagles and gliding swallows, it's also home to the exquisite Sun Mountain Lodge...read more>>

California

    California offers just about any type of setting for weddings; from islands, the coast and mountains to the inland empire, mountains, desert and redwood forests. Venue can include yachts, airplanes, hot air balloons, vineyards, bed & breakfasts, country inns, ranches, farms, historic lighthouses and castles, resorts as well as luxury hotels....read more>>

    Delta King - Sacramento -
    Who can resist the charm of an early 20th-century riverboat - a true paddle-wheeler that once offered prohibition-era drinking, jazz bands and gambling for its fun-loving passengers? Fortunately there's no need to travel to the Mississippi - and no, we're not talking Disneyland. The Delta King awaits your exploration dockside in Old Sacramento.

    Just like passengers back in the 1920s, today's guests enjoy enchanting river views, great food and drink and a cozy stateroom unlike any other accommodation you may have experienced. But unlike those early passengers, you will have to be content with scenery that remains pretty constant. The Delta King isn't going anyplace anytime soon.

    But then it doesn't need to. This historic 285-foot boat is docked along the Old Sacramento riverfront which, today, has been turned into a hip collection of good restaurants, eclectic shops and trendy night spots that draw millions of tourists and local residents alike.....read more>>

    Monterey -
    The Monterey-Carmel area of California has always been noted as an ideal romantic getaway venue. Could you describe five unique and romantic getaways that you would suggest to our readers?

    1. Old Monterey Inn. This is Tudor-style mansion has an acre of flower gardens and is within walking distance of downtown Monterey, an art museum, and many wonderful restaurants.

    2. Spindrift Inn. Located in the heart of Cannery Row, just 2 blocks from the Monterey Aquarium, this lodging has rooms with faux canopy beds, fireplaces, and bay views.

    3. Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel. Up on a hill in a fragrant pine forest, this lodging complex has a spectacular cliff-side setting. Many famous guests have stayed here, including the Beatles and President John F. Kennedy. The decor is contemporary, and all rooms have ocean views. A romantic dinner can be enjoyed in the property's celebrated Pacific's Edge restaurant.

    4. Mission Ranch. Owned by actor Clint Eastwood, who has invested a fistful of dollars in furnishings, this former dairy farm is located near the Carmel Mission. Facilities include clay tennis courts...read more>>

    Hayes Mansion San Jose
    During a gorgeous early October weekend with hardly a cloud in the sky we visited the mansion where we witnessed several weddings and receptions taking place.

    One that was most impressive was being celebrated on the spectacular circular manicured emerald green lawn surrounded with its lush flora and towering palm trees located in the center of the drive. In the background and dominating the mansion's complex was the magnificence of the Mediterranean Revival-style architecture of the original Hayes Mansion that appears to be built as a Maltese Cross with its red-tile roof.

    It was from the steps of the mansion where the wedding procession made their journey up the aisle to the sounds of a three piece classical ensemble in the background. We even had a brief chuckle when one of the ring bearers, a tiny tot, had second thoughts and began to cry, leaving her partner the chore of carrying the rings to the alter....read more>>

Favorite Destinations of Mary Zalmanek, author of The Art of the Spark: 12 Habits to Inspire Romantic Adventures and founder of Adventures of the Heart

    Kokopelli's Cave in Farmington, New Mexico is ideal for those who want privacy more than pampering. This 1,650 square foot luxury cliff dwelling is carved into the face of a sandstone cliff wall, 70 feet below the surface of the mesa and 280 feet above the La Plata River. It's got all the basics, like hot and cold running water, a well-appointed kitchen, and plush carpeting. But it's the extras that will amaze you, including a cascading waterfall-style shower, a flagstone hot tub, and a kiva replica. After the host checks you in, you've got the place all to yourselves. You fix your own meals. The ringtail cat scratching at your patio door to get its nightly ration of dry cat food might be the only living creature you encounter during your stay.

    Blackberry Farms in Walland, Tennessee sits on 4,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains. If you want pampering, you can't get much better than this. If you like to eat, you'll love their restaurant. And if you like to cook, their cooking school is something you'll remember for years to come. You can hike or bike the trails that wind through Smoky Mountain National Park, enjoy some of the best fly fishing east of the Rockies, or take a paddleboat out on the little pond. The spa offers relaxing and unique body treatments.

    Rancho de San Juan 38 miles from Sante Fe, New Mexico, is wonderful blend of privacy and pampering. It offers delicious meals, luxurious rooms, and a spa, but what makes this place memorable is its Sandstone Shrine. It's a work of art, hand carved into a sandstone butte on the side of a mesa. The smooth, rounded walls are inlayed with stones and mirrors to provide reflected light. If you're looking for an unusual site for a small wedding, consider this spiritual structure....read more>>

    USS Midway - San Diego -
    The Midway was the world's largest warship when it was launched in 1945 and remained so for more than a decade. Named for the famous Battle of Midway, the carrier did not actually see service in that battle, but did serve in combat during the Vietnam War and was one of six carriers sent to fight Iraq during Desert Storm. The ship also played a vital role in many historical achievements - the first rocket fired from a ship was fired from the Midway, and the first jet takeoff from an aircraft carrier was made from this very flight deck.....read more>>

Colorado Springs

    *** Garden of the Gods Park A unique and majestic setting for a simple outdoor ceremony among the brilliant red rock formations and Pikes Peak as a backdrop for stunning wedding photos.

    *** Rock Ledge Ranch For small weddings in a natural western setting, the American Mother's Chapel (seats 15) is a great option. The cutest chapel you've ever seen!

    *** Broadmoor Hotel This five-star hotel has a lake, outdoor patio and a variety of ballrooms and restaurants. Pamper yourself beforehand in the ultra luxurious spa.

    ***Cheyenne Canon Inn - The Inn offers beautiful views with indoor/outdoor wedding packages and even an elopement package!

    ***Rockledge Country Estate - A Manitou Springs Bed & Breakfast, this venue provides a private and peaceful destination for the discriminating wedding planner.

    *** Crescent Lily B&B Located near downtown Colorado Springs, this 1989 Victorian Home is a great hotel alternative with ample room for your guests. ....read more about Colorado Springs >>

Durango, Colorado
    Wedding venues are very unique and there are a wide range of offers. They range from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad-they have a museum and a beautiful, restored glass top car that would be very romantic! Blue Lake Ranch has an incredible wedding venue-a meadow and lodge with the backdrop of the La Plata mountains. Durango Mountain Resort for a mountain-top service. Double Tree Hotel located on the Animas River is also a wonderful location in town for weddings. We have plenty of wonderful caterers and restaurants to choose from for food and service.....read more about Durango Colorado >>

 

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