Now that gay marriage is legal in California once again, gay and lesbian couples will be traveling to California to get married. But where? Here are some ideas of places to get married in California for gay and lesbian couples. With its coastline and mountain ranges, California’s full of beautiful locales for getting hitched. Here are a few ideas for a scenic lesbian wedding:
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The Russian River area, running through Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, is full of gay-owned and gay-friendly resorts and B&Bs. The Applewood Inn in Guerneville is one of the nicer resorts around, has a spa on premises and regularly has weddings. Nearby, Guerneville’s Metropolitan Community Church
and the Guerneville Community Church
are both very gay-friendly.
A two-and-a-half-hour drive from San Francisco, Wilbur Hot Springs is set on an 1,8000-acre nature preserve. The site features (clothing-optional) bathhouses, wildflower valleys and a Victorian style lodge.
Loew’s Santa Monica Hotel, Santa Monica
If you’ve got a large wedding planned and plenty of money to burn, Loew’s hosts weddings overlooking the Pacific Ocean in gorgeous, gay-friendly Santa Monica.
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The Unitarian Church is known for being gay-friendly, and the San Francisco chapter in particular has a long history of supporting our marriage rights—they’ve been conducting same-sex commitment ceremonies since the 1960s. This beautiful church in the Pacific Heights neighborhood was built in 1889 and can accommodate up to 400 guests. If you’re traveling from out of town to San Francisco, the boutique hotel chain Personality Hotels
is offering a Pride and Personality package through December 30, 2008 especially for same-sex newlyweds.
This lesbian-owned and formerly women’s only resort is available for weddings. The grounds are small (two acres) but scenic and secluded, and the shores of Lake Tahoe are a short walk away.
Queen of Hearts Resort
This progressive Christian church, located in a quiet neighborhood of Palm Springs hosts weddings for couples of any gender. You or your out-of-town guests might want to stay at the nearby, lesbian-owned Queen of Hearts Resort
Known as one of the more conservative cities in California, San Diego still has some nice queer-friendly places to tie the knot. Consider having your ceremony aboard the historic Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship.
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The 1,200-square mile park has plenty of scenic locations for your ceremony, including a small wooden chapel and the beautiful Ahwahnee Hotel. A Bed of Roses Bed and Breakfast
is a lesbian-owned inn just 10 miles from the park.