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We Heart Half Moon Bay, Part 1

My colleague Jan Brenner and I recently combined business with pleasure in Half Moon Bay. With its fun and artsy downtown, exhilarating coastal hikes, and water sports, Half Moon Bay is a day tripper’s delight and a wonderfully easy and rewarding wedding destination—just ask our very own Meredith, who wed her sweetheart on a Half Moon Bay beach!

Oceano Hotel & SpaThis wasn’t our first trip here, but we fell in love with the seaside village all over again. Part of the reason was the Oceano Hotel & Spa, a brand new boutique luxury hotel overlooking the bustling marina. Everything about Oceano exceeded expectations (and our readers know how picky we are!), from the décor’s creamy marble elegance, to the personable staff, to the thoughtful amenities in the spacious guestrooms (Aveda bath products, super-soft towels, plush organic bamboo sheets—the stuff travelin’ dreams are made of!). Skylights and atriums let the sunshine in, creating an open, airy ambiance, and on top of all these assets Oceano is also one of the greenest hotels in the country. A special nod goes to Chef Bruce, who when not custom-designing menus for bridal couples or corporate hotshots, plies guests with food and beverages at the bar and lounge. (Psst, don’t be fooled by the word “lounge”—our meal there was better than many we’ve had at fancy restaurants. Chef Bruce knows food!)

Stay tuned for more Half Moon Bay dish, coming in Part Two of this blog …

Scouting for Wedding Locations in the Goleta Valley

As the Location Scout for Here Comes The Guide, I’m always on the lookout for really intriguing or unusual places where brides or meeting planners can hold their weddings or events. Going to the free concerts at Rancho La Patera & Stow House seems like a wonderful way to check out an event site. If you make it to any of these concerts at the Ranch or have visited this property, let us know what you think of the place. Should we include them in our next book or on our website?

Free Summer Concerts at Rancho La Patera in Goleta

Are there other amazing places we need to know about that you can personally recommend to us? Let us know.

Allison Posted by Allison on Jul 16, 2008.
Filed under LocationsOff Beat

Wedding Organizers With Style

As a bride, the motto “Be Prepared” takes on a whole different meaning than it had when your Scout leader coached you on the finer points of selling Girl Scout Cookies. But thank goodness, right? Turns out those who want to help you be a prepared bride have much better fashion sense, too. Look at Russell + Hazel’s new wedding organizer, for example. In addition to the several great binder styles to choose from, there’s also a whole slew of planning templates to get you started.

Mindy Weiss's Keep it Together file at See Jane WorkAnd as if we needed another reason to love See Jane Work (or Mindy Weiss, for that matter!), this chic organization boutique is offering a 20% discount on Mindy’s new Wedding Organization line from now until July 21. (Use coupon code “ORGSALE” during online checkout to get the discount.) I’d say that Tiffany blue lovebird accordion file would definitely give me an excuse to “Keep it Together”. I’ve already added a set of Mr. & Mrs. luggage tags to my shopping cart for a newly engaged friend of mine…

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Jul 15, 2008.
Filed under Expert AdvicePlanningStuff We LoveWedding Ideas