Weddings & Gatherings
A Wedding on the Bay! It comes as no surprise that when they visited California in late 2005, Prince Charles and Camilla headed for Inverness, an enclave of coastal cottages, dairies, and organic farms set amid the miles of craggy coast and dusky woods of the incomparable Point Reyes National Seashore. The jewel at the center of this natural crown is Tomales Bay, and one of the bay's sparkling facets is Tomales Bay Resort.
A Retreat for Memorable Weddings and Parties
This handsomely situated Cape Cod-style inn, with its 62-berth marina and two private beaches, is the perfect place for an active retreat, family getaway or reunion, or a memorable destination wedding. You might want to greet guests in the property's Tomales Bay Conference Center, an airy room that sports light, natural alder floors, sky-blue walls, a cloud-white beamed ceiling, big windows, and nine floor-to-ceiling mirrors that enhance the sense of space. Glass doors open onto a petite patio surrounded by a California coastal fence. Paved in rose-colored Sonoma flagstone, this peaceful little sanctuary with its careful landscaping opens onto the resort's own Tom Bahia Beach and the launch site for kayaking. Picnic tables and benches make the beach a great place to relax, but for more formal entertaining, try the onsite restaurant.
Ceremony and Receptions Options with Views
Be sure to visit the top of the restaurant, where the glass-walled Observation Deck affords panoramic views: boats bobbing in the marina; quiet scallops of sand on the water's edge; seabirds dipping and gliding over the bay. It's a picturesque place for a smaller ceremony or gathering. To your right you'll spy Bay View Beach; the resort's other private piece of shoreline. The L-shaped jetty that juts from this point is another attractive ceremony setting. The adjacent grassy lawn area can be tented and staged for post-vow receptions and dancing. But why not simply descend the stairs for sit-down dining in a nautical environment?
Accommodations for Newlyweds and Guests
When the party winds down and participants head home, they won't have to go far. The 35 rooms of this active resort feature kitchenettes, fireplaces, flagstone patios or decks and gorgeous bay views. Newlyweds can escape to the privacy of the Captain's Quarters, 1,300 square feet of living space that includes a mahogany captain's bed, stone fireplace, kitchen, living room, dining room, deck, and more spectacular views. Or they can say "aloha" to family and friends from a double kayak with a "just married" banner fluttering in the bay breeze.