Top Ten Destination Wedding Locations

Muir Beach, California

2. Muir Beach, California
Located just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, this sandy oceanside paradise feels worlds away from the cosmopolitan city that draws so many people to the area. With a protected cove and playful otter residents, and flanked by the famous redwood trees of Muir Woods, Muir Beach is an ideal setting for sunset nuptials. Holding a ceremony at the national park will cost you $400 for a small wedding (just be sure and make your reservation well in advance); you can also choose to tie the knot at the Muir Beach Overlook

Book the neighboring Pelican Inn for the reception, or go all out and marry on its plush lawn, before retreating inside to the cozy, Tudor-style English pub for a cocktail hour and intimate dinner. The inn's planning team will tackle the majority of details—basic flower arrangements, set-up, service, and top-notch catering—so you can simply show up and enjoy yourself. The glass-roofed conservatory is beautifully lit for a sit-down dinner once the sun sinks below the headlands, and the area can be converted to the dance floor when the toasts conclude.

As the inn is quite small and has just seven rooms, you'd be smart to spend your wedding night in the privacy of nearby Sausalito at the iconic Casa Madrona, with views of the bay and San Francisco skyline from your window. A host of top-tier accommodation—from the Mill Valley Inn to the Lodge at Tiburon—is located in the surrounding communities, so you won't have any trouble finding the perfect place to house your guests.


Published: 7 Dec 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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