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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

Commitments Become Marriage in California

Thanks to a recent California court ruling, same-sex couples are now flocking to local venues to formalize their commitments.

As a close friend of several gay couples who’ve been struggling for this opportunity for years, I was particularly touched to hear from a few locations who are clamoring to perform these special ceremonies: namely, the MacArthur Place Hotel in Wine Country and the Wildwood Retreat Center in the secluded Russian River area. Down the California coast, the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara was flooded with inquiries last month when the Supreme Court presented its decision. Same-sex couples might also want to check out the Wyndham in Orange County. After personally speaking with members of the staff at each of these places, I am confident they would create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all couples—not to mention a truly memorable event. Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara

For a romantic “just the two of us” wedding, I particularly like the elopement package at MacArthur Place Hotel. It includes two nights in a deluxe suite, a complete wedding, bouquets and/or boutonnières, a small wedding cake, a bottle of sparkling wine with chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a blissful couples massage at their garden spa.

I’d really love to hear from our readers in both No Cal and So Cal about other locations specifically welcoming same-sex celebrants. Please add your comments to let me know.

Allison Posted by Allison on Jun 27, 2008.
Filed under CeremonyLocationsReceptions

My Idea of Eating Out

Being an adventure junkie who loves all things untraditional, this is my idea of a really exciting rehearsal dinner on the town! Where do I sign up? Wait, 8 hours without a restroom. Hmmm. Probably not for me!

P.S. Yes, that’s Hung from the third season of Bravo’s Top Chef series. I wonder if this was part of his Top Chef prize?

Allison Posted by Allison on May 02, 2008.
Filed under Off BeatRehearsal DinnerWedding Ideas