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Monarch Cove Inn

Capitola Wedding Venue
620 El Salto Drive
Capitola, California 95010

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Phone: 831/464-1295
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Why We Like This Place

We’re going to ask you to participate in a guided meditation: Relax, breathe deep, and envision your private sanctuary…a place of perfect beauty, peace, and contentment…. Did you conjure up an image of the seashore? Then slow your breathing to the rhythm of the waves…. Or perhaps you see yourself in a pretty garden, filled with butterflies, songbirds and delicate blossoms? Then let the sweetly fragrant air fill your senses…. Now, imagine combining these two idyllic havens into one spectacular seaside garden venue…. Can you picture a romantic wedding at such a divine spot? Wake up! Your dream has come true—at the Monarch Cove Inn.

Poised on an ocean bluff, the Monarch Cove Inn looks out onto a breathtaking curve of forested shoreline, home to flocks of pelicans and the bright butterflies that inspired the inn’s name. Yet the enviable location of this dove-colored Victorian is only part of its allure. The delightfully understated architecture has just enough period features—gabled roof, angled bay windows—to evoke the grace of the past, yet is not so ornate as to make modernists uncomfortable. Originally built in 1895 as a private retreat for two wealthy British families, in the ‘20s the property passed to an oil magnate who added quaint cottages for his celebrity visitors, like silent film star Mary Pickford (it is even rumored that Al Capone once spent the night!). Today, the Monarch Cove Inn offers a variety of genial accommodations—as well as an enchanting site for an oceanview wedding.

The inn’s vintage façade is framed against a backdrop of swaying treetops and flowering greenery. Listen closely and you can hear the rush of the tide just beyond. Off to one side, a serpentine path meanders through an informal English garden, where a parade of fluffy hydrangeas, wild lavender and California poppies charms the eye. Here, a winsome statue peeks out from behind a hedge; there, a canopy of climbing heirloom roses makes an inviting hideaway. Finally, the path comes to a large clearing, and you find yourself face to face with the sea; when the sun dispels the morning mist, the breathtaking azure panorama stretches all the way to Monterey.

The clearing comprises a carpet of green lawn that sweeps along the cliffs, and an expansive wooden deck that takes center stage. Couples say their vows on the deck or the lawn, with the splashing surf just below. A hidden path leads down to an area called The Terrace (really a swath of grass perched below the gardens) where guests sip cocktails and savor the refreshing sea breeze. Next, everyone moves to the deck for the reception. Whether styled elegant, casual or somewhere in between, the picture-postcard setting will have everyone wearing an “I’m-in-Heaven” smile.

The wedding party usually takes over the inn for the weekend, and though continental breakfast is brought to each room, you can arrange for an al fresco brunch the next morning out on the deck. To experience the inn’s nighttime ambiance, host a rehearsal dinner beginning with a blazing sunset, followed by a candlelight soirée. Recently renovated lodging includes spacious suites and private cottages, some with Jacuzzi and fireplace, all with dynamic views. One thing is certain: Whatever room is yours for the night, the Inn will make you feel at home.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 125

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 125
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 125


  • Max. Seated: 25

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The inn accommodates up to 125 guests outdoors, 50 of whom must be lodged at the venue. Lodging requirements vary depending on the number of guests and the day of the week that the event is held. Please call for more details.

MEETING CAPACITY: The inn seats up to 25 guests indoors.

Fees & Deposits

A $2,500 deposit is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 90 days prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $3,995–4,500 depending on the day of the week. Saturday weddings require the rental of all 11 rooms for 2 nights, plus an additional room deposit. Catering packages start at $70/person for 75-99 guests, $65/person for 100 or more guests. The service charge is included! Tax is extra.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: on deck
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: limited on site; off-site lot provided, shuttle recommended
Accommodations: 11 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited, BYO
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: ocean panorama, garden, hills
Other: wedding planner/coordinator available

Site Views

Forest/Wooded Area
Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Bed and Breakfast
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Estate
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: BYO, no corkage fees
Smoking: outside only
Music: acoustic music OK, or use of preferred vendor with volume restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required

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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Access Limited


Year-round, daily, noon–6pm.

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