We jumped right into locations. We wanted to provide a destination wedding for our guests.
John wanted to explore full weekend events, like renting out a summer camp so it’d really be a Friday to Sunday event. We met with the owner of Hidden Valley Retreat and Spa.
This place was pretty cool, it was $7,000 for the weekend and included tables and chairs and a lot of amenities, including beds for like 40 people.
But at almost an hour from San Diego airport and not really anything nearby for guests to do during their San Diego visit, we decided against it.
Next we checked out a spot in Julian, CA.
John and I visited Julian a few years back and fell in love with it. It’s a small town
who’s main attraction is apple pies.
What’s not to love?
We visited Pine Hills Lodge.
It was a lovely spot, it was closer to what we were looking for, and was closer to $6,000 with many amenities included. But the rooms lacked air conditioning – necessary for an August wedding — and was an hour of a more boring drive from the airport.
There were no more weekend options closer to San Diego, so we moved on from that idea.