The Other Wine Country: Livermore and the Tri-Valley
Get There Early, Leave Late: Holiday Inn Hotel Dublin
This is not just a place to get married, it’s a place to linger and lounge. Weddings are held outside in the Radisson’s central courtyard. Spacious banquet rooms, including the dramatic Grande Ballroom, provide options for all kinds of receptions. The hotel’s restaurant has an elegant country club atmosphere and the Bodylines Day Spa offers six private massage rooms, each with its own fireplace. Then there are the guestrooms, classically appointed and plush with amenities that give them a resort-like feel. It’s all so appealing, you’ll want to arrive two or three days early and leave a week late.
Amazing Grace: Dublin Ranch Golf Course
You might want to reach for a mint julep, once you’ve walked past the white columns of the large porte-cochère that marks the entrance to this handsome clubhouse. Set on recently built Dublin Ranch Golf Course and nestled high in the Dublin hills, it has clean, modern lines and gorgeous views. The airy bar and adjoining banquet room look out over the golf course, and the adjoining patio and terrace are surrounded by crepe myrtle and roses. Everyone from the Executive Chef to the Event Manager will work with you so that you feel right at home. Now, that’s just the kind of old-fashioned hospitality you’d expect to find way out here in the country.
Que Syrah, Syrah: Bent Creek Winery
The shiny red ‘56 Chevy pickup at the end of Bent Creek’s private drive signals that this is a working vineyard. It’s also a delightfully rustic setting for an outdoor wedding. Whether you’re exchanging vows in the shade of a centuries—old oak, chatting beneath new olive trees, enjoying the mix of music and birdsong on the meadow—like lawn, dining on the winery terrace or admiring the seven-winery view from “the ridge,” you’ll find much to excite you on this handsome spread. Active guests will love strolling through the rows of Syrah grapes. Other folks might prefer a golf cart ride along some of the trails. For a wonderfully relaxed celebration, Bent Creek is a natural.
Best in the Wild West: The Pleasanton Hotel
History and hospitality make this local landmark a perennial favorite for special events. Built in 1864 by John W. Kottinger, it was once a haven for denizens of the Wild, Wild West. Today this restaurant, banquet facility and cocktail lounge flanked by stately magnolia and palm trees add another touch of the colorful past to Pleasanton’s historic downtown. The lovely Victorian Ballroom, and the Fireside Room with its brick fireplace and book-lined walls, have a distinctive turn-of-the-century charm. For functions al fresco, the sought-after Garden Terrace brings the hotel’s vintage ambiance outdoors.