Monday, April 13, 2009

Wedding in the Desert - Borrego Springs

While researching wildflower viewing in Southern California, I came across Borrego Springs, a resort area which would serve as a perfect place for a desert wedding. Home to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs is only 2 hours from San Diego and 3 hours from Los Angeles.

If you've never been to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park you're really missing out. It's the largest desert state park in the contiguous United States, boasting 750,000 acres, 2 wilderness areas and 110 miles of riding and hiking trails.

The town of Borrego Springs is also home to many artists and their galleries, much like Santa Fe, as well as several golf courses and a few nearby Native American casinos. Borrego Springs is also a fabulous place to view the night sky. In fact, the region has been nominated as a Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association due to the absence of light pollution.

Borrego Springs Venues for your Desert Wedding:

Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa
3845 Yaqui Pass Rd.
Borrego Springs, CA

Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa offers several sites on their property for weddings and events: The De Anza Ballroom for large gatherings; the Tennis Pavilion for events under the star-filled skies; and the Rose Garden Patio which features a gazebo and fireplace which accommodates groups of 10 to 160.

The Palms Hotel
2220 Hoberg Rd
Borrego Springs, CA

If you love desert hiking, you'll love the Palms Hotel, which offers guests access to the Palm Canyon hiking trail from the backdoor of their property. You can rent the entire property for your wedding, or have your wedding in their Rose Room, which can accommodate the two of you, plus 16 other guests.

Borrego Valley Inn
405 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA

Situated on 10 acres bordering the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the Borrego Valley Inn boasts naturally-landscaped grounds, featuring the untouched Colorado Desert flora and fauna. They offer their grounds for small, outdoor weddings. Call them for more details.

Below is also a YouTube video featuring the Borrego Valley Inn, to give you an idea of their property.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mansion Wedding in Lake Tahoe

What could be better than getting married in Lake Tahoe? Getting married in a mansion in Lake Tahoe. The place? The Thunderbird Lodge, located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, in Incline Village, added to the National Register of Historic Places in November, 2000.

Okay, yes, it's not technically California, but, it's Lake Tahoe. Close enough. And, it's a mansion. a 6-acre waterfront estate, to be exact.

Built in 1936 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in November, 2000, the Thunderbird Lodge offers couples and guests alike a truly unique wedding venue:

  • 3 story waterfall
  • Over 3,000 square feet of interior space
  • Lakeside lawn
  • 2 patios
  • Gazebo with awesome lake view
  • Private sandy lagoon connected by stone pathways
  • Lighthouse Room with floor-to-ceiling windows which sits right on the water's edge
  • 1500 square foot conference room with views of the water and the Lodge's lakeside lawn

Contact info:

The Thunderbird Lodge
5000 Highway 28
Incline Village, NV 89451

Below you'll find a map of the area.

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