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Exploring California’s Central Coast

Whenever I want to plan a weekend vacation with my husband Phil, all I have to do is choose a region and then start browsing the wedding locations we feature on the Here Comes The Guide website that also double as fabulous weekend or honeymoon getaways (hint: there are a lot). On a recent trip to California’s Central Coast, I was practically stumbling over one great location after another. Some of the highlights:

Sycamore Mineral SpringsSycamore Mineral Springs has a stellar bike trail that winds alongside a riverbank. I can see why this getaway would be a lovely wedding spot. The secluded surroundings, abundant wildlife, and indulgent spa treatments could easily help a couple ease their minds before the big day.

Inland in Edna Valley there’s a new Wine Trail that leads you through several of the Central Coast’s breathtaking vineyards. While on the trail, I dropped by Edna Valley Vineyards, which is a great place for wine lovers—and lovers in general. I’m sure anyone who visits appreciates Edna Valley Vineyards’ hospitality center, with sweeping views of the vineyards all around. No wonder Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Edna Valley one of the best places in the wine country to be married! I even found some new favorites once I got there: Baileyana Winery (adorable gift shop) and Talley Winery with it’s historic mission adobe.

SeaVenture ResortThe stretch of Highway 1 between Avila Beach and Pismo Beach is just 8 short miles long, so these locations can easily be visited in a day. Get started by dropping your surfboard at the front desk and taking a tour of the SeaVenture Resort right on the beach in Pismo. If you go, and you uncover any other fabulous places in your travels, let us know!

Allison Posted by Allison on Aug 04, 2008.
Filed under CeremonyFood and DrinkHoneymoons and TravelLocationsReceptionsRehearsal Dinner

Oh Rosanna

Lucky, Bon Appetit, and O At Home are just some of the publications that have sung praise for Rosanna Inc. It’s easy to see why.

Red Dots Tea Set from Rosanna Inc.Rosanna Bowles offers lots of options for those looking for a unique registry or tableware for a special event. There are collections to suit any taste, from candlesticks inspired by 18th-century France to mid-century modern stoneware.

And, of course, there is a new Green Collection. You didn’t think I’d be posting about a company that wasn’t mindful of our planet’s well-being, did you?

The pieces from Rosanna Inc. are sure to lend some welcome warmth to your kitchen and dinner table. Personally, I am dying to host a tea party with the Rococo Noir Teapot, Creamer, and Sugar Set.

Julia Posted by Julia on Aug 01, 2008.
Filed under Green WeddingsStuff We LoveWedding Registries and Gifts

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