The Mendocino Coast is an enchanted place with spectacular natural beauty and an idyllic spot for a wedding. Boasting dramatic ocean-bluff setting overlooking a steel-blue sea, the charming coastal hamlet resembles a quaint New England village with neat saltbox cottages framed by picket fences, roses, and wind chimes. Luxurious bed-and-breakfasts offer romantic overnight stays, cozy restaurants serve fresh locally sourced seafood and local organic wines, and eclectic art galleries showcase local artworks and quality handicrafts. The gorgeous coastal city also offers a variety of venues for special celebrations from romantic ceremonies to grand receptions and here are some of them.
1.The Inn at Newport Ranch
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The Inn at Newport Ranch is a one-of-a-kind venue for unique weddings and other special celebrations. Located three and a half hours north of San Francisco, the ranch features redwood forests, sandy beaches, 20 miles of private trails, and spectacular ocean views, and offers beautiful locations for special weddings for up to 60 people. Several indoor and outdoor spaces include Celebration Point, Council Bluff, Panoramic Hilltop, The Newport Room, The Green, and The North Lawn, while the main dining room boasts a 20-foot stone fireplace and breathtaking ocean views. The inn provides overnight accommodations for up to 28 guests, and special services include tailor-made menus and preferred vendor lists.
31502 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, Phone: 707-962-4818
© Camp Navarro
Set on a pristine 200-acre property with breathtaking views in Navarro, Camp Navarro is a beautiful wedding venue surrounded by beautiful redwood forests and split in half by the Navarro River. Camp Navarro features rustic indoor and outdoor event spaces for all kinds of functions, including a 4,600-square-foot event hall and a 10,000-square-foot, double-story main lodge. Overnight accommodations are available for guests in the main lodge and 125 lodging units around the property, and wedding services include a rehearsal dinner, a stunning bridal suite, in-house catering and beverage services, and lighting, audiovisual and sound equipment.
901 Masonite Industrial Rd, Navarro, CA 95463, Phone: 707-633-3020
3.MacCallum House Inn
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MacCallum House Inn is a historic 1882 bed and breakfast in Mendocino that offers deluxe accommodations, a charming restaurant serving local cuisine and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The lovely inn is ideal for intimate and romantic weddings with several spaces for ceremonies and receptions, including the Grey Whale Café and Bar, which has a cozy glass-enclosed porch, and lovely gardens for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Overnight accommodations are provided at the inn for guests, and the restaurant can offer delicious in-house catering and beverage services. MacCallum House Inn is located a few miles from the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Fort Bragg.
45020 Albion St, Mendocino, CA 95460, Phone: 707-937-0289
4.Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
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The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is located on 47 acres in Fort Bragg and features a variety of delicate ecosystems, ranging from coastal bluffs, canyons, a closed pine forest, and wetlands. The Gardens are home to several collections of fauna that are suited to the mild coastal Mediterranean climate, such as conifers, begonias, heaths and heathers, fuchsias, magnolias, dahlias, maples, and succulents. The gardens have intimate and romantic spaces for special celebrations and weddings with ample outdoor areas for ceremonies, cocktail gatherings, and receptions. Rhody's Garden Café is open seasonally and serves a menu of locally sourced organic cuisine.
18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, Phone: 707-964-4352
5.BARRA of Mendocino
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Located in the heart of Mendocino County wine country, BARRA of Mendocino winery is a romantic venue set on 50 acres of rolling vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel and breathtaking views. Once the tasting room for Weibel Champagne Cellars, the sprawling 5,000 square foot tasting room is an architectural phenomenon dating back to the 1970s with soaring ceilings, a circular tasting bar, and an indoor fountain. BARRA of Mendocino offers several unique spaces on the property for various types of functions, including outdoor ceremonies and indoor receptions for up to 200 guests, award-winning catering and nine different varietals of wines from the winery.
7051 N State St, Redwood Valley, CA 95470, Phone: 707-485-0322
6.Albion River Inn
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Perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean, the Albion River Inn is a chic, romantic inn that offers spectacular oceanfront lodging and dining and a stunning venue for weddings and other special celebrations. Located in the heart of the Mendocino and Headlands Historic District and just a few miles from Van Damme State Park and the Kelley House Museum, the inn features contemporary, refined rooms and cozy cottages with sitting areas and fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and furnished decks with breathtaking views. Complimentary amenities include a full breakfast in the elegant ocean-view bar and restaurant with live piano music, and ample parking.
3790 CA-1, Albion, CA 95410, Phone: 707-937-1919
7.Brutocao Cellars Schoolhouse Plaza
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Located in Brutocao School House Plaza in the heart of the aptly named Contento Vineyard, Brutocao Cellars offers a romantic venue for weddings. Guests can choose from several spaces ranging from an intimate dining room and a spacious and elegant vaulted banquet room to a beautiful private outdoor area with views over the vineyards. A large party barn with an adjoining open-air tent is surrounded by lush lawns and can accommodate up to 200 guests. The venue offers a list of preferred vendors for services such as catering, floral arrangements, photography, and music, and fine wines from the estate are available for the special day.
13500 US-101, Hopland, CA 95449, Phone: 800-433-3689
8.Cuffey's Cove Ranch
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Cuffey's Cove Ranch is a historic coastal ranch and family-run property on the Mendocino Coast that offers a stunning venue for private events and weddings. Boasting over a thousand acres of rolling meadows and verdant forests, the ranch features several beautifully preserved barns and the historic Kenney House, which is perfect for private events and weddings. The Kenney House features five beautiful bedrooms that can accommodate up to 12 guests, comfortable living areas and a dining room, and a fully equipped kitchen. The main barn has a lovely deck with the coastal views and is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail receptions and has water and electricity for catering purposes.
4801 Shoreline Hwy, Elk, CA 95432, Phone: 707-780-1979
9.Elk Cove Inn & Spa
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The Elk Cove Inn & Spa is a charming Craftsman-style mansion dating back to 1883 that offers a unique venue for special celebrations and weddings. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Mendocino Coast and a short walk from Greenwood State Beach, the inn features comfortable guest rooms with modern amenities and terraces with views. Cozy cottages are available for guests wanting extra privacy, a delicious breakfast buffet with Champagne in the mornings, and cocktails and wine are served each afternoon. A chic guest lounge, a day spa, and a rooftop deck offer stylish spaces for intimate receptions, while a beachfront gazebo is a perfect spot for a romantic beach ceremony against a backdrop of ocean views.
6300 CA-1, Elk, CA 95432, Phone: 707-877-3321
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10.Holly's Ocean Meadow
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Set on beautiful five-acre property with a private cove and easy access to the beach, Holly’s Ocean Meadow
18274 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, Phone: 707-972-6443
11.Indian Creek Inn
© Indian Creek Inn
Set on the banks of Indian Creek in the heart of the Anderson Valley, the Indian Creek Inn is a tranquil and remote getaway that provides an idyllic setting for special functions and weddings. Situated a short drive off Highway 128 just outside of Philo, the inn features comfortable accommodations spread across three buildings, and lovely outdoor areas with a bocce ball court on Hilltop, barbecue grills, and shaded outdoor seating. There are charming lookout spots with breathtaking views over the valley that provide perfect photographic opportunities, and the inn is within a short drive from a variety of restaurants, wineries, art galleries, and more.
9050 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466, Phone: 707-895-3861
12.Lake Mendocino Event Center
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The Lake Mendocino Event Center is a unique wedding venue in Ukiah that offers charming indoor and outdoor spaces for a variety of celebrations from intimate ceremonies to grand receptions. The center has beautiful gardens and grounds where outdoor ceremonies can be held, and a modern banquet hall for indoor receptions, dinner and dancing affairs, and cocktail gatherings. Amenities and services include with the rental of the venue include a catering kitchen, tables and chairs, a cement patio which doubles as a dance floor, a bride and groom’s dressing area, outdoor night lighting, and ample parking.
1500 Lake Mendocino Dr, Ukiah, CA 95482, Phone: 707-485-8474
© Mendocino Magic
Mendocino Magic is a unique 600-acre outdoor property that offers an idyllic location for outdoor weddings, celebrations, and private parties. Located three hours north of San Francisco and slightly inland from the Mendocino Coast, the property can accommodate up to 150 guests for outdoor functions, with the private use of the entire campground and overnight accommodations in the form of camping cabins and glamping sites. Services include with the rental of the venue include shade structures, on-site transportation, a day-of wedding coordinator, an emcee and yoga instructor, and additional accommodation in the form of furnished tipis if required.
3000 Branscomb Road, Laytonville CA 95454, Phone: 415-847-0439
14.Mountain House Estate
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Tucked away in the heart of Cloverdale’s rural wine country, Mountain House Estate is a versatile private estate that was specifically designed for wedding celebrations. The award-winning venue provides tailor-made packages for all types of weddings from grand affairs to intimate celebrations with an array of exclusive amenities and services. Mountain House Estate can accommodate up to 250 wedding-day guests for both indoor and outdoor functions with spaces including a huge lawn with a tranquil pond framed by large stately oaks and surrounded by beautiful vistas; a rustic barn with modern amenities, and the main house and banquet hall for dinner and dancing receptions. The estate also provides two prep areas for catering purposes and services such as a bridal suite and groom's room, a kegerator and wine refrigerator, lighting and sound equipment, and tables and chairs.
38000 CA-128, Cloverdale, CA 95425, Phone: 707-385-1410
15.Nelson Family Vineyards
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Nelson Family Vineyards is a 2,000-acre private family estate that grows the highest quality, estate-grown grapes to produce rich Pinots and Cabernets. The farm is available for unique celebrations such as weddings and other functions and has several outdoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions with beautiful views of the rolling vineyards, dense redwood groves and valley oaks. The farm can accommodate up to 500 guests in both the outdoor spaces and indoors in a lovingly restored century-old barn. The estate provides a list of preferred vendors for services for floral arrangements, wedding cakes, photography, and music, and the estate offers some of their best wines and bubbly for the occasion.
550 Nelson Ranch Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482, Phone: 707-462-3755
16.Pacific Star Winery
© Pacific Star Winery
Perched on the cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Star Winery is a family-owned estate 12 miles north of Fort Bragg that produces a range of wines influenced by the salty ocean air. The estate produces around 15 wines and has several beautiful spaces for outdoor ceremonies and receptions with spectacular views. Pacific Star Winery offers a variety of elopement and wedding packages for every budget and taste, which include services such as preferred vendor lists, ample parking, and more.
33000 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, Phone: 707-964-1155
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17.Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
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Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is a famous lighthouse located between Cape Mendocino and Point Arena just south of the community of Caspar. Situated within the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, the historic 1909 lighthouse complex is available for unique celebrations such as wedding ceremonies and receptions with overnight accommodations for up to 18 people in the original lightkeeper’s dwellings. Functions can be held at one of three areas: the grassy lawns around the lighthouse, the high bluffs overlooking the ocean, and the historic lightkeeper’s houses. The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse can accommodate up to 200 guests and offers services such as preferred vendor lists, and ample parking.
18.Red Barn Ranch
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Tucked away in the foothills of Hopland, Red Barn Ranch is a beautiful 100-acre property shaded by ancient oak trees, a tranquil bass pond and rustic red barns. Situated just three miles from downtown Hopland, the charming, family-run venue features a babbling creek and a turtle pond, lush lawns and rolling meadows, small ponds, a small vineyard, and beautiful pastoral views. The picture-postcard Red Barn has wagon wheels hanging from the rafters, a sheltered, open-air catering area just off the barn, and a modern sound system for dancing. There is also a large Santa Maria-style barbecue wagon with plenty of wood provided by the hosts, and a small red barn has a fully-stocked bar and climate control.
16181 Mountain House Road, Hopland CA, 95449, Phone: 707-272-0611
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© Switzer Farm
Switzer Farm is a rustic and romantic farm wedding venue in Westport on California’s northern coast. The secluded picturesque wedding venue features 22 acres of pristine gardens and grounds with spectacular views, a private meadow, majestic headlands and towering cliffs pummeled by crashing waves. A beautifully restored 1884 farmhouse and garden cottage with an ocean-view veranda offers the perfect place for indoor ceremonies and receptions, while the farmhouse gardens and southern lawns can accommodate large parties for outdoor functions. The farm also provides overnight accommodations for 27 guests in the form of seven charming guest rooms with modern amenities and gorgeous views.
36700 CA-1, Westport, CA 95488, Phone: 707-409-0383
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20.The Highlands Estate
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Elegant, rustic and oh-so-romantic, the Highlands Estate is a private estate set on 21 acres of picturesque landscapes in Northern California’s city of Cloverdale. Surrounded by lush vineyards in the Yorkville Highlands Valley, the estate offers a magnificent venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 200 guests with lovely indoor and outdoor spaces and spectacular views. Indoor locations include the fully heated and air-conditioned Four Seasons Barn, which is ideal for intimate gatherings, cocktail parties, and romantic barn wedding ceremonies. The estate’s magnificent oak trees provide a stunning setting for photographs, and services include a bridal suite, and a dressing room for brides and their bridal party.
33430 CA-128, Cloverdale, CA 95425, Phone: 707-894-9500
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21.Weller House Inn
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The Weller House Inn is a beautifully restored historic 1886 mansion, elegant retreat and wedding venue on the Mendocino coast. Situated on a half-acre estate of rolling landscapes and manicured gardens, the Inn is ideally located within walking distance of the world-famous Glass Beach, the Coastal Trail and the charming village of Fort Bragg. The Weller House Inn features exquisite accommodations, including guest rooms in the observation and water tower, the highest building in Mendocino County, as well as romantic honeymoon retreats. The Inn also boasts a unique redwood ballroom for wedding ceremonies and receptions and other special celebrations, along with a range of premium amenities and facilities to enhance every stay.
524 Stewart St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, Phone: 707-964-4415
22.Wild Iris Retreat
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Located just a short drive from the Mendocino Coast, Wild Iris Retreat is a 300-acre oasis surrounded by hills and dales of redwoods above the Anderson Valley. The working vineyard boasts sprawling lush lawns and beautifully manicured gardens and grounds, miles of private hiking trails, access to the river and a swimming hole, and a wisteria-draped pool. Exclusive wedding packages include a ceremony in the redwood clearing, a garden reception for up to 150 guests, a covered outdoor dance pavilion, daytime use of the swimming pool and outdoor spa, and Sunday brunch poolside for up to 40 guests. Overnight accommodations include camping for up to 20 guests and cozy cottages for couples wanting extra privacy.
20500 Tumbling McD Rd, Philo, CA 95466, Phone: 707-339-8250
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22 Best Wedding Venues in Mendocino
- The Inn at Newport Ranch, Photo: The Inn at Newport Ranch
- Camp Navarro, Photo: Camp Navarro
- MacCallum House Inn, Photo: MacCallum House Inn
- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Photo: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
- BARRA of Mendocino, Photo: BARRA of Mendocino
- Albion River Inn, Photo: Albion River Inn
- Brutocao Cellars Schoolhouse Plaza, Photo: Brutocao Cellars Schoolhouse Plaza
- Cuffey's Cove Ranch, Photo: Cuffey's Cove Ranch
- Elk Cove Inn & Spa, Photo: Elk Cove Inn & Spa
- Holly's Ocean Meadow, Photo: Holly's Ocean Meadow
- Indian Creek Inn, Photo: Indian Creek Inn
- Lake Mendocino Event Center, Photo: Lake Mendocino Event Center
- Mendocino Magic, Photo: Mendocino Magic
- Mountain House Estate, Photo: Mountain House Estate
- Nelson Family Vineyards, Photo: Nelson Family Vineyards
- Pacific Star Winery, Photo: Pacific Star Winery
- Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Photo: Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
- Red Barn Ranch, Photo: Red Barn Ranch
- Switzer Farm, Photo: Switzer Farm
- The Highlands Estate, Photo: The Highlands Estate
- Weller House Inn, Photo: Weller House Inn
- Wild Iris Retreat, Photo: Wild Iris Retreat
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