A Private Oasis at Healdsburg Country Gardens
Imagine a Wine Country wedding on your own private, 15-acre estate in the heart of Sonoma County, set with vineyards, lush gardens, a sprawling lawn, an historic barn and quaint farmhouse cottages.You could win the lottery to purchase such a masterpiece.
Or, you could reserve Healdsburg Country Gardens, and let its owners host your ceremony and reception for up to 150 people. The property is not open to the public, but the Gruber family allows wedding party access to their gorgeous retreat set just 1.5 miles from the Healdsburg Plaza.
For each event, the day offers unlimited access to the entire estate, dedicated exclusively to your group. It’s turnkey, too, as there are two charming farm cottages on-site for preparing the wedding group, and as suites to sleep in after the evening winds down.
A welcome reception might start in the garden, blossoming in an abundance of plants and flowers including fruit and olive trees, lavender, roses, rosemary and sage, and towering above it all, a majestic 100-year old cork oak tree. The ceremony might take place on the lawn, looking out over the vineyards and into the Valley glowing in sunset.
For the reception, activities can be as playful as you like. Perhaps vineyard games like bocce and cornhole, an oyster bar, a wine paired dinner, bluegrass music and signature cocktails. The barn, built in 1902, beckons for dancing, with a full music system and modern acoustics soaring to the 25-foot ceiling.
That dinner, indoors or out, will feature the finest Sonoma County ingredients, prepared by top local chefs recommended by the Gruber family, and Sonoma County wines at preferred pricing, thanks to the Gruber family’s insider relationships with top wineries.
You can personalize the event to your heart’s desire, as well. Perhaps you want to bring in your own beverages, or focus on the Gruber family’s own Bella, Ten Acre and Ru’s Farm wines produced from the estate.
When all is done, the wedding couple can escape to the honeymoon cottage, while up to six guests can spend the night in the second cottage. Both farmhouses boast private decks and expansive views.
Through it all, your only concerns will be focusing on the splendid day. A hospitality manager is on-site at all times to coordinate every detail, and packages even include parking attendants.
It’s one of the best wedding gifts you could give yourself. Learn more on their website.
Tip: A wide range of accommodations for more guests are close by. Options range from inns such as the Victorian Raford Inn, to hotels like the luxury Madrona Manor mansion and cottages. There are also private rental homes, like the 2,000 square foot Fitch Mountain Lookout.
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