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Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego California

November 26, 2009

Less than half an hour from the sandy beaches of San Diego and a mere 2 hours from Los Angeles, Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa is a quick romantic escape from the bustle of city life. Trickling fountains, wild bunnies hopping through lush grass, Romanesque statues and Spanish style architecture provide the perfect backdrop for a weekend getaway for two or a homey-yet-stylish Southern California wedding.

The Inn offers many idyllic settings for The Bubbly Bride-to-be’s ideal spot to exchange vows from a leafy canopy upon a grassy knoll to an elegant ballroom, the Inn provides several venues in one location. Having undergone an extensive renovation in 2007, the enchanting destination is able to accommodate parties of 10 people to 1000. There are 287 spacious guest rooms starting at $229 per night as well as 15 suites fit for wedding night bliss.

Once you and your guests drop your cars at the complimentary valet service, there is a myriad of indulgent activities. The spa offers various styles of massage as well as facials, and made-fresh daily herbal spa treatments for the body and face. The sun-filled fitness center boasts all the necessary machines to keep tone and relieve stress in those last days leading up to the waltz down the aisle. Rent a tented cabana for lolling around sipping cocktails poolside. And, golf enthusiasts will revel in the 45 holes on-site including the 18-hole Resort Course designed by William Bell, and the Oaks North 27-hole executive course designed by Ted Robinson.

Dining options include El Bizcocho restaurant featuring seasonally inspired modern French and California-influenced cuisine. La Taberna bar keeps things lively with nightly piano entertainment. And, your guests in town from chilly climates will love dining alfresco on the patio of La Veranda Bar & Grill, which overlooks the 18th hole. Quell pre-wedding jitters with a round of pool or darts at La Veranda’s game area. Depending on the date of your wedding, a fun bachelorette party weekend or rehearsal dinner could be centered around the El Bizcocho’s annual beer vs. wine pairing dinner, an interactive foodie’s fantasy where patrons vote on the best supper / sipper matches. And, of course, catering banquet halls can be designed to suit your wedding reception.

Whether popping the question, escaping the kids for the weekend or celebrating your “I Do’s,” Rancho Bernardo Inn could be the destination of your dreams. And, one of the best things about living in Southern California is that a short drive down the freeway can transport you to a world away.