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A few months ago we blogged about a tour of Napa Valley that we went on hosted by La Tavola Fine Linen.  On our tour we visited several beautiful venues, one of which was Shady Oaks Ranch and Vineyards.  We loved Shady Oaks and took lots of pictures to share with you, but because our visit took place during the winter our pictures didn’t really do the site justice.  So today we’re revisiting that old blog post, this time with updated pictures that reflects the appearance of the site during the summer.  So much better!  Thank you Lu Ann for the great pics!

A Tour of Napa Valley – Shady Oaks

We all know that Napa Valley is a hot spot for weddings, but with so many different vineyards, inns, and ranches to choose from, it can be hard to narrow things down and find a venue that is perfect for you.  The girls here at Arcularius Events want to help all you venue-hunting brides out there by saving you the legwork and sharing some of the most interesting venues we’ve seen.  Over the next few posts, we’re going to show you the unique, beautiful, and somewhat lesser-known places that we got to visit on a fantastic Napa Valley site tour hosted by La Tavola Fine Linen.

The morning of our tour started at La Tavola’s gorgeous Napa showroom, where we were picked up by Pure Luxury Wine Tours, a Napa-based green transportation agency.  Pure luxury drove us in an uber-comfortable shuttle bus to our first site, Shady Oaks Ranch and Vineyards.

Shady Oaks Ranch Meadowbrook main house

Shady Oaks is a lovely  site in the heart of Napa Valley with expansive green lawns and lush gardens.  The main estate home sleeps 16 and is accompanied by 3 more cozy cabins that come with rental of the site.  The 12.5 acre grounds are home to a reflecting pond and gazebo, several intimate gardens, and 400 year old Oak trees (the oldest in the valley). Shady Oaks is secluded and romantic and, with little lights scattered among the gardens and a string quartet playing, would make the perfect setting for a fanciful, elegant, Secret Garden-type wedding.

Pool at Shady Oaks Ranch Meadowbrook

Gardens at Shady Oaks Ranch Meadowbrook

More gardens at Shady Oaks Ranch Meadowbrook

For more information on this site, contact Wayne at wayne@gwines.net.  Next time, we’ll leave the fairy tale charm of Shady Oaks for a site that can only be described as “California Country Chic”…
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On a recent trip up to Washington state we discovered the most amazing, awe-inspiring venue imaginable.  Located in eastern Washington, Cave B at SageCliffe is perched atop a cliff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.  The grounds are well-kept and lush, with lots of options for ceremony and reception locations.  The views of the gorge are, needless to say, jaw-dropping, and Cave B boasts a great tasting room and a chic, modern restaurant that caters weddings.  The inn at Cave B offers gorgeous rooms, including private guesthouses that hug the cliffside, and is in the process of building yurts.   We could go on and on about this location, but it’s probably best to just let the pictures do the talking…

Columbia River Gorge

Vineyard overlooking the gorgeous gorge

Inn at SageCliffe Cave B

Private guesthouses at the Cave B Inn

Pond at SageCliffe Cave B

Ceremony site? Oh yes.

Lavender and rocks at SageCliffe Cave B

More beauty

Piazza at SageCliffe Cave B

The "Piazza," a great place for a reception

Piazza overlooking the gorge at SageCliffe Cave B

Another view of the fabulous "Piazza"

Yurts being built at SageCliffe Cave B

Yurts in progress

Wine tasting room at SageCliffe Cave B

Cave B tasting room

Restaurant at SageCliffe Cave B

The Cave B restaurant

Chandelier in restaurant at SageCliffe Cave B

Restaurant foyer

Fireplace in restaurant at SageCliffe Cave B

Fireplace in the restaurant foyer

Columbia River Gorge from SageCliffe Cave B

No words

After a peak at these pictures we’re sure you can see why we thought Cave B would make an incredible wedding venue.  For more information on this site, check out Cave B’s website or contact Lacy McCormick at (509)387-7106 or at lacy.mccormick@cavebinn.com.

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We all know that Napa Valley is a hot spot for weddings, but with so many different vineyards, inns, and ranches to choose from, it can be hard to narrow things down and find a venue that is perfect for you.  The girls here at Arcularius Events want to help all you venue-hunting brides out there by saving you the legwork and sharing some of the most interesting venues we’ve seen.  Over the next few posts, we’re going to show you the unique, beautiful, and somewhat lesser-known places that we got to visit on a fantastic Napa Valley site tour hosted by La Tavola Fine Linen.

The morning of our tour started at La Tavola’s gorgeous Napa showroom, where we were picked up by Pure Luxury Wine Tours, a Napa-based green transportation agency.  Pure luxury drove us in an uber-comfortable shuttle bus to our first site, Shady Oaks Ranch and Vineyards.

Shady Oaks Ranch Meadowbrook main house

The main house at Shady Oaks

Shady Oaks is a lovely  site in the heart of Napa Valley with expansive green lawns and lush gardens.  The main estate home sleeps 16 and is accompanied by 3 more cozy cabins that come with rental of the site.  The 12.5 acre grounds are home to a reflecting pond and gazebo, several intimate gardens, and 400 year old Oak trees (the oldest in the valley). Shady Oaks is secluded and romantic and, with little lights scattered among the gardens and a string quartet playing, would make the perfect setting for a fanciful, elegant, Secret Garden-type wedding.

Pool at Shady Oaks Ranch Meadowbrook

Seating by the pool

Gardens at Shady Oaks Ranch Meadowbrook

The lovely gardens

More gardens at Shady Oaks Ranch Meadowbrook

More of the gardens

For more information on this site, contact Wayne at wayne@gwines.net.  Next time, we’ll leave the fairy tale charm of Shady Oaks for a site that can only be described as “California Country Chic”…

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A special thank you to Lindsey with
Solage in Calistoga
for an informative tour, spa treats, and incredible accommodations
This is one of my new favorite venues in the Napa area. The look has been described as “Napa barn meets San Francisco loft.” Is there a better look than this? As most people know, wedding venues and wineries range from $6,000 to well over $12,000 for rental, but Solage is reasonably priced well under these amounts. The chef comes from The French Laundry and is fantastic. This is a site to see.
Bikes parked at Solage Calistoga Cute bikes await each guest in front of their steps in case they would like to get around the property quicker or ride the Silverado Trail. The wine country is literally outside the doors of this resort and just a pedal away.
Pool at Solage CalistogaIncredible pool with the option of private cabanas for bridal parties to rent. The guys might enjoy this while the girls are in the spa on the wedding day.

Wedding site at Solage Calistoga The reception venue. New barn rustic feel. A very open space with complete range for unique looks and design ideas.

Ceremony site at Solage Calistoga The outdoor ceremony site is gorgeous in bloom. Mountain backdrops and another great open space to work with.
I can’t wait to go back and visit soon!

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