You’ll Love Your Mendocino Wedding Experience at Mountain House Estate

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Whether you’re from the Bay Area, Sonoma, or further from Northern California, you can still have a “destination wedding” getaway in Mendocino county. Our venue has so much to offer, and so does the surrounding area. This blog will highlight Mendocino wedding couples’ favorite features about Mountain House Estate and our favorite local activities.

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Mountain House Estate is a family-run property conveniently located in Mendocino County in Northern California. If you’re searching for Mendocino wedding venues, you might consider looking at our private estate for the best wedding experience.

– 40 private acres with rolling hills & redwood/oak trees
– your wedding, your way. byob & byo vendors (including food trucks)
– outdoor and indoor ceremony and reception locations
– gorgeous dressing suites
– custom-designed lighting, decor & rentals
– unlimited photo opportunities

When you book our wedding venue, you’ll benefit from our 40 rolling acres, Redwood forests, garden, and 100-year-old ancient Oak trees, beautiful fire pits, ceremony & dining chairs, dining tables, recycled wine barrel bistro tables, cocktail tables, market umbrellas, patio furniture, and starry lighting to set the mood.

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Why wedding couples love our outdoor Mendocino wedding venues

Our rustic wedding venue has elegant, timeless indoor and outdoor spaces that create gorgeous photo opportunities. And not to mention multiple ceremony and reception locations to choose from.

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Our Ten Favorite Mendocino CA County activities to plan around your wedding

When you get married at Mountain House Estate, you not only get to benefit from our gorgeous property but also the inland and Mendocino CA coast activities.

Mendocino County is more like waves, wine, and woods. If you’re looking for a relaxed, laid-back, and local vibe without a Mcdonald’s in sight (and gorgeous ocean views of the Pacific Ocean – P.S. visit Glass Beach!), you’ll want to pay a visit to Mendocino County.

It evokes that warm fuzzy feeling – and maybe that’s why we call it California’s Cozy Coast, or Mendo Mellow. From farm-fresh produce to wine tastings and breaking your neck to look at the tallest Redwood forests’ trees, here are our ten favorite Mendocino County activities from us and our top wedding planner advisers to partake in before or after you wed at our venue.

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1. Start your journey with a scenic cruise down Highway 128.

From San Francisco, this scenic byway features rolling hills and some of the world’s tallest trees (Redwood forests and Oak trees). And best yet, this winding road leads you right to Mountain House Estate, in the Yorkville Highlands AVA – bring on the wine tasting!

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2. Taste organic wines at Yorkville Cellars

Certified organic since 1986, this small-lot winery. If you get a chance to visit, ask for a blind tasting of their Bordeaux varietals – it’s an interactive and intimate tasting room experience.

3. Indulge your sweet tooth at Paysanne in Boonville, CA.

If old-fashioned charm is your thing, you need to visit Paysanne. From colorful candy to organic ice cream scoops, locally roasted espresso, and baked goods made with love from Chloe at the local Boonville hotel, we think you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth and take a few treats on the road with you to snack on later.

4. Take a farm tour at Pennyroyal Farm.

You can’t miss Pennyroyal Farm when visiting Mendocino County – it’s cheese is featured at many local businesses. So while you’re in the area, be sure to take a guided tour of their farmstead creamery and vineyard. The tour includes a walkthrough of their fully solar-powered barn to meet some of their friends and learn about their integrative methods behind their artisanal wine and cheese. And the best part? You get to indulge in a wine and cheese tasting at the end of it!

Note: tours are currently postponed but will be back.

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5. Have a rustic and refined dining experience on a rural backroad.

Chef Janelle Weaver and her partner Daniel founded the Bewildered Pig in their 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia. They stumbled upon the most idyllic spot in an old loggers’ bar and general store “At the Townsend” in the quaint village of Philo, CA (located in Anderson Valley AVA in Mendocino County). Weaver has a knack for conjuring the most unexpected dishes, making this a must-visit culinary destination along your Mendocino CA County trip.

There are lots of cozy restaurants along Highway 101, and you won’t be short of finding somewhere special!

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6. Strain your neck to view the Redwoods at Hendy Woods State Park.

Hendy Woods State Park protects two groves of towering redwoods, some more than 300 feet tall and over 1,000 years old. Stretch your legs out on five miles of trails to take in the fresh air and marvel at the fern-filled forest.

7. Stroll through Mendocino Village and tackle your fear of heights at Mendocino Headlands State Park.

You can’t ignore the New England vibes of Mendocino Village. It’s where the “Murder She Wrote” TV show with Angela Lansbury was filmed (ask your Mom). This village features whimsical shops and galleries while you can hear the waves softly crashing against the cliffs. Grab an ice cream from Frankie’s (made from mushrooms , how cool is that?) and head over to Mendocino Headlands State Park. Gentle trails, rugged coastline, and sequestered beaches envelop the charming Mendocino Village on three sides. Miles of trails weave along the cliffs, giving you panoramic views of sea caves and hidden grottos.

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8. Paddle off those calories and befriend a few otters and seals.

If you’re feeling full from your wine, cheese, artisanal lunch, ice cream, and other delicacies we recommended in this itinerary, a canoe trip along The Big River may be just the thing to prevent your impending food coma. In the summertime and at dusk or early evening, pulling your paddle through the water will stir up blooms of glowing plankton. And if you’re paddling earlier in the day, you’ll be sure to float amongst river otters, harbor seals, and great blue herons.

9. Hop aboard the world-famous Skunk Train.

If you want an up-close view of old-growth redwoods, scenic trestle bridges, historic tunnels, and panoramic views of the Noyo River Canyon, step aboard the Skunk Train.

Fun fact: Back when motorcars were introduced (AKA railcars), gasoline (fuel) combined with crude oil (which was burned to keep passengers warm) created a very pungent smell. Thus, it was nicknamed “Skunk,” and although the scent doesn’t stick around today, the nickname did.

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10. Take in the views at Point Arena Lighthouse

Located on one of the most beautiful roads – California Highway 1, the Point Area Lighthouse is a must-visit because of its longstanding history and postcard-perfect views. This 115-foot lighthouse towers over a dramatic bluff that drops into the Pacific Ocean’s whitecaps.

BONUS 11. Soak and relax at the Orr Hot Springs.

Situated between Mendocino and Ukiah, this resort sits on 27 acres, featuring springs at the Big River’s headwaters. Clothing is optional, but those who are more modest bring a robe and head over to the creekside clawfoot tubs. But our advice? Relax, it’s Mendo Mello. These hot springs are frequented mostly by body-pos hippies  .

Have you been to Mendocino CA County, or are you planning on it? Are you dreaming of a Northern California wedding? Do you need help in planning activities around your wedding day? Reach out to us, and we’re happy to give you our best advice and tips.

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Wedding Venues Mendocino County Ca – Northern California

If you’re searching for wedding venues in Mendocino County CA and Fort Bragg, Mountain House Estate is the top-rated wedding venue in California. But, there are many other wedding venues if your heart isn’t set on our Redwood and Oak forests, rolling hills, and picturesque gardens.

How much does it cost to get married in Mendocino County?

Your Mendocino wedding can cost you anywhere between $500-$500,000. There is such a broad spectrum and it is hard to tell you without knowing how many guests you’ll have, as well as other factors such as a sit-down rehearsal dinner. Most wedding couples at Mountain House Estate spend between $35,000-$100,000 on their wedding – all-inclusive.

Other Wedding Venues in Mendocino – North/Mendocino Coast Coast

Can’t live without your wedding venue being on the Mendocino/North Coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean? Is your heart set on Fort Bragg? Or you’re looking for a venue on the Navarro River? There are so many Mendocino wedding venues to choose from.

We aren’t a Mendocino wedding venue with beach ocean views, so if that is a must-have for you, try checking out some other Mendocino wedding venues/locations for your destination wedding.

Albion River Inn

Address: 3790 CA-1, Albion, CA 95410
Phone: (707) 937-1919

Friends of the Ledford House Restaurant

Address: 3000 CA-1, Albion, CA 95410
Phone: (707) 937-0282

The Albion Schoolhouse

3930 Albion Little River Rd.

Albion, CA

The Farm Mendocino

Address: 32551 Albion Ridge Rd, Albion, CA 95410

Mendocino Bay Overlook

Address: 1000 Brewery Gulch Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460

Boonville Hotel

Address: 14050 CA-128, Boonville, CA 95415
Phone: (707) 895-2210

Buckner Mountain Estate

8851 Raven S Pike Road , Boonville , CA

Mill Creek Retreat Weddings

Address: 2501 Holmes Ranch Rd, Philo, CA 95466
Areas served: Mendocino County
Phone: (707) 972-9669

The Land

Address: 18501 Van Zandt Resort Rd, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (415) 830-1478

Toll House Inn at Bell Valley

Address: 12378 Boonville Rd, Boonville, CA 95415
Phone: (707) 895-2572

Bell Valley Retreat

Address: 12378 Boonville Rd, Boonville, CA 95415
Phone: (707) 895-2572

Testa Vineyards

Address: 6400 N State St, Calpella, CA 95418
Phone: (707) 485-7051

Caspar Community Center

Address: 15051 Caspar Rd Box 84, Caspar, CA 95420
Phone: (707) 964-4997

Fortunate Farm

Located in: Jug Handle State Natural Reserve
Address: 15401 CA-1, Caspar, CA 95420
Phone: (707) 962-4149

Jug Handle Creek Farm

Located in: Jug Handle State Natural Reserve
Address: 15501 CA-1, Caspar, CA 95420
Phone: (707) 357-0783

The Highlands Estate

Address: 33430 CA-128, Cloverdale, CA 95425
Phone: (707) 894-9500

Elk Cove Inn

Address: 6300 CA-1, Elk, CA 95432
Phone: (707) 877-3321

Greenwood Pier Inn

**Permanently Closed**

Address: 5928 CA-1, Elk, CA 95432
Phone: (707) 877-3800

Cuffey’s Cove Ranch

Address: 4801 Shoreline Hwy, Elk, CA 95432
Phone: (707) 780-1979

Holly’s Ocean Meadow

Address: 18274 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Address: 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 964-4352

Skunk Train

Address: 299 E Commercial St, Willits, CA 95490
Phone: (707) 964-6371

Pacific Star Winery

Address: 33000 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 972-0344

Weller House

Address: 524 Stewart St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 964-4415

The Nye Ranch

**Temporarily Closed**

Address: 23300 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (530) 964-0939

The Inn at Newport Ranch

Address: 31502 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 962-4818

Ocean View Lodge

Address: 1141 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 964-1951

Gualala Arts Center

Address: 46501 Old Stage Rd, Gualala, CA 95445
Phone: (707) 884-1138

Mar Vista Cottages

Address: 35101 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445
Phone: (707) 884-3522

North Coast Country Inn

**Permanently Closed**

Address: 34591 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445
Phone: (707) 510-1175

St. Orres

Address: 36601 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445
Phone: (707) 884-3335

Whale Watch Inn

Address: 35100 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445
Phone: (800) 942-5342

Warner Ocean Point

Address: 32250 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445
Phone: (707) 328-6532

Brutocao Contento Vineyard

Address: 2300 Hwy 175, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 744-1066

Brutocao Schoolhouse Plaza

Address: 13500 US-101, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 744-2000

Campovida

Address: 13601 Old River Rd, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 744-8797

Cobble Creek Ranch

Address: 487 Cobble Creek Ln, Heber City, UT 84032
Phone: (760) 975-1511

Emerald Pharms & Real Goods Solar Living Center

Address: 13771 US-101, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 669-4819

Jaxon Keys Winery

Address: 10400 US-101, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 462-6666

Jeriko Winery Estate

Address: 12141 Hewlitt & Sturtevant Rd, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 744-1140

Red Barn Ranch

Address: 16181 Mountain House Rd, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 272-0611

Saracina Vineyards

Address: 11684 US-101, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 670-0199

Solar Living Center

**Temporarily Closed**

Address: 13771 US-101, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 472-2403

Terra Savia

Address: 14160 Mountain House Rd, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 744-1114

Weibel Family Vineyards

Address: 9 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240
Phone: (209) 370-6013

Black Oak Ranch

Address: US-101, Laytonville, CA 95454
Phone: (707) 200-8136

Mendocino Magic

Address: 3000 Branscomb Rd, Laytonville, CA 95454
Phone: (415) 847-0439

Redwoods River Resort

Address: 75000 US-101, Leggett, CA 95585
Phone: (707) 925-6249

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

9350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino County

Heritage House Resort

Address: 5200 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
Phone: (707) 202-9000

Inn at Schoolhouse Creek

Address: 7051 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
Phone: (707) 937-5525

Little River Inn

Address: 7751 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
Phone: (707) 937-5942

Mendocino Inn

8205 N. Hwy 1
Little River, CA 95456
(707) 937-0083

Mallory House – The Little River Inn

Address: 7751 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
Phone: (707) 937-5942

Spring Ranch

Address: 8475 North, CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
Phone: (415) 760-3432

Agate Cove Inn

Address: 11201 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 937-0551

Mendocino Grove

Address: 9500, 9601 CA-1, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 880-7710

Sea View Gardens

Address: 45415 S Caspar Dr, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (800) 942-6300

Stanford Inn by the Sea

Address: POB 487, 44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 937-5615

Crown Hall Inc

Address: 45285 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 937-0672

Brewery Gulch Inn

Address: 9401 CA-1, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (800) 578-4454

Hill House Inn

Address: 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 937-0554

Mendocino Crown Hall

Address: 45285 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 937-0672

Mendocino Hotel

45080 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460
707) 937-0511

Mendocino Woodlands Camp

Address: 39350 Little Lake Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 937-5755

Ellie’s Farmhouse at Heartwood Mendocino

Address: 40500 Little Lake Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460

Point Cabrillo Light Station

Address: 13800 Point Cabrillo Dr, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 937-6123

Camp Navarro

Address: 901 Masonite Industrial Rd, Navarro, CA 95463
Phone: (707) 633-3020

Rivers Bend Retreat Center

Address: 18450 Ray’s Rd, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (707) 895-3990

Farm Stay Inn at Blackbird Farm

Address: 18601 Van Zandt Resort Rd, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (626) 319-6350

Goldeneye Winery

Address: 9200 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (707) 895-3202

Indian Creek Inn

Address: 9050 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (707) 895-3861

Lula Cellars

Address: 2800 Guntly Rd, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (707) 895-3737

Philo Apple Farm

Address: 18501 Philo Greenwood Rd, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (707) 621-0335

The Brambles

Address: 8800 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466

Wild Iris Retreat

Address: 20500 Tumbling McD Rd, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (707) 339-8250

The Madrones

Address: 9000 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466
Phone: (707) 895-2955

B. Bryan Preserve

Address: 130 Riverside Dr, Point Arena, CA 95468
Phone: (707) 882-2297

Casari Ranch

Address: 14390 CA-1, Valley Ford, CA 94972
Phone: (707) 876-1908

Oz Farm

Address: 41601 Mountain View Rd, Manchester, CA 95459
Phone: (707) 882-3046

Point Arena Lighthouse

Address: 45500 Lighthouse Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468
Phone: (707) 882-2809 ext. 1

Oak Granary

Address: 12901 Eel River Rd, Potter Valley, CA 95469

Barra of Mendocino Winery

Address: 7051 N State St, Redwood Valley, CA 95470
Phone: (707) 485-0322

Leonard Lake Reserve

Address: 8001 Reeves Canyon Rd, Redwood Valley, CA 95470
Phone: (707) 376-8621

Wine Country Villa Destino

PO Box 938, Redwood Valley, CA 95470

Chiarito Vineyard

Address: 2651 Mill Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 462-7146

Mendocino Farmhouse

Address: 43410 Comptche Ukiah Road, Olson Ln, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 937-0241

Seebass Vineyards

14077 Highway 128
Boonville, California 95415

707-895-9378

Bartlett Hall

A 3-min walk from Union Square, San Francisco
Address: 242 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 433-4332

Lake Mendocino Event Center

Address: 1500 Lake Mendocino Dr, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 485-8474

Mendocino Hill Event Center

**Permanently Closed**

Address: 9801 Old River Rd, Hopland, CA 95449
Phone: (707) 433-2747

Mendocino Lake Event Center

Address: 1500 Lake Mendocino Dr, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 485-8474

Nelson Family Vineyards

Address: 550 Nelson Ranch Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 462-3755

Orr Hot Springs

Address: 13201 Orr Springs Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 462-6277

Shambhala Ranch

Address: 21200 Orr Springs Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 937-3341

The Terrace House

Orr Springs Road
Ukiah, CA 94548

Yokayo Ranch

Address: 800 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 376-8977

Switzer Farm

Address: 36700 CA-1, Westport, CA 95488
Phone: (707) 409-0383

Westport Beach RV

Address: 37700 CA-1, Westport, CA 95488
Phone: (707) 964-2964

Westport Hotel

Address: 38921 CA-1, Westport, CA 95488
Phone: (707) 964-3688

Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation – Ridgewood Ranch

11725 Orchard Lane
Willits, CA 95490

707.391.3872

Brooktrails Lodge

24675 Birch St. Willits, CA 95490
707-459-1596

OakHorn Ranch Weddings

**Temporarily Closed**
Address: 3880 Canyon Rd #8795, Willits, CA 95490
Phone: (707) 459-1464

Camp Noyo

Noyo River Basin

Phone: (707) 888-9191

Emandal – A Farm On The River

Address: 16500 Hearst-Post Office Rd, Willits, CA 95490
Phone: (707) 459-5439

Groundswell Institute

**Permanently Closed**

Address: 18500 CA-128, Yorkville, CA 95494
Phone: (707) 901-7059

Le Vin Winery & Inn

Address: 33151 CA-128, Yorkville, CA 95494
Phone: (707) 494-0314

Redwood House

The Heritage House Resort & Spa
5200 N Hwy 1, Little River, CA 95456, United States
Reservations: +1 (877) 828-7080
Hotel Direct: +1 (707) 202-9000

Elope Mendocino

No physical location. This is a wedding coordinating and planning service for the Mendocino area.

Noyo Harbor Inn

Address: Main Building, 500 Casa Del Noyo, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 961-8000

Ukiah Valley Conference Center

Address: 200 S School St, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 463-6700

Bramasole – India Weddings

1241 University Road, Hopland,California, USA

7072398447

Included Services Saving You Up to $12,000 (and Peace of Mind)

  • You have exclusive use of our 40 acres (priceless). Exclusive use of all ceremony and reception locations. No other weddings on your day.

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  • We accept monthly payments. Not many venues offer this. We accept all forms of payment, including credit cards. There’s a $1500 first payment, and the others are divided over the months until the wedding. Most couples put in their form of payment, and each month the payment is automatically billed. The last payment is the $1500 security deposit made 30 days before the wedding. This amount is fully refundable as provided in our Agreement.

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  • We are BYOB (even spirits). Bring your own, including spirits (aka hard liquor – mixed drinks only): no corkage fee, no necessary purchases. Unlike other venues like wineries, we do not have a public tasting room where you have to pay additional amounts for the winery to close during your event. Worse than that, some wineries try to sell your guests wine or ask them to sign them up for a wine club. We believe it’s your wedding, not their sales opportunity.

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  • We have a state-of-the-art event planning platform at no cost to youWe use Allseated, a software you and your wedding planner can use to create floor plans to scale, seating charts, tables, chairs, decor, manage guest lists, and much more. It’s so easy to use and doesn’t cost you a penny.

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  • We have a carefully curated list of wedding professionals and allow you to bring in your vendors of choice. Vendors must earn this way onto our list based on professionalism, licenses, insurance, and how they’ve treated our past couples, guests, and other vendors. Clients can choose vendors not on the list but should discuss it with us first. Some vendors have been here and done subpar work. We keep notes of the good and the bad. Our goal is to allow you the freedom to choose while providing accurate information.

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  • We have many memorable photo opportunities around the property, including a 1932 Ford truck with wine barrels, a vintage flatbed truck 1937 Chevy with a 12′ bed for pictures of larger groups, a 1941 Ford tractor, a Windmill, custom wood and wrought iron arch on the pathway leading to Oak Grove (made from upcycled redwood trees), a wrought iron topper (recycled), Adirondack chairs are set around the pond, so photographers can use them for pictures no matter where the sun is, rock seating areas, barn with vintage hubcap collection, Blooming vegetable and flower gardens, Gorgeous fruit orchards, balcony overlooking the patio, gorgeous trees, and landscaped gardens, vineyards, an open field, a large pond with floating up-lit fountain, small lighted fountain by the front doors with multiple pools and a waterfall, an oak grove with bench and wine barrel privacy fence, the rustic arch near The Grove (This area features a bench movable by photographers to set up the perfect photo in the oak trees or the surrounding fields. A wall of wine barrels stacked two high provides a unique image, engagement, or elopement backdrop.), The Oasis, and The Hangout. Just to name a few!

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  • We offer WiFi throughout the event spaces. Yes, you can have amazing high-speed internet for all your guests (or have an unplugged wedding).
  • You can Livestream your ceremony for free. Simply log in with your Facebook password, and you can Livestream your wedding from your phone or other devices. Some venues charge $1,000 – $3,000 to do this.

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  • Although we are private and remote, we have cell service. All event areas of the property have access to Verizon cell service. Areas on the west side of the event center have ATT or other services available.

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  • We are a legally permitted wedding venue (and this is why it’s SUPER important to you). Up to 25% of wedding venues in the greater area do not have the proper Use Permits. What does that mean for you? It could get shut down, your wedding canceled, and possibly no money back. Reorganize, and replan everything. Ouch! We get calls from panicked couples every year when the venue goes out of business or is shut down by governmental action. They have a date and have already invited everyone; they call us to see if we can help. We do our best, but we don’t want this to happen to you. Do you notice the lighted exit signs, emergency lights, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, AAD, and lever door handles at our venue? These are all County requirements that all venues should have for the safety of your guests.

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  • We can keep the party going if the electricity goes out. Yes, we thought of everything. We have a sizeable 15KW backup generator that automatically starts if the power goes out. Ten seconds after the power goes out, the party continues.
  • We have no noise concerns or bad neighbors. Our closest neighbor is 1/4 mile away from our 40-acre venue. Some wedding venues have issues with their neighbors calling the cops because of noise.

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  • We offer complete privacy. We have controlled gate access, and our 40 acres are completely private. Unlike some venues, our exclusive use of the property ensures your wedding will not be interrupted by the public looking for a tasting room, picnic areas, bathrooms, etc. This ensures your event’s privacy and is one reason celebrities have been married at MHE. The event areas are surrounded by 1 mile of fencing, mostly hidden in the tree line. The electrically operated gate allows two cars to pass when they enter and exit the Estate. Large pole lights on both sides of the gate are LED and emit light to make the entrance easy to find but not enough to interrupt your wedding day.

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  • We have plenty of parking. Guest parking is sufficient for your guest count of up to 250 with additional vendor parking. Circulation is built-in for shuttles and vendors for ease of access. Some venues, especially in downtown areas or hotels, are hard to find parking, or worse, it’s paid, which is stressful for you and your guests.

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  • We keep communication organized and easy for you. We make it seamless for you to communicate with us during the wedding planning process. We also help you access past emails and documents and help organize all payments.
  • We carry excellent insurance. MHE carries commercial (not homeowners) insurance, and we require all vendors and couples to provide evidence of liability insurance. Our goal is a safe and fun event, but having insurance can be critical to the couple’s future if something does happen. Some venues do not require this, and if the worse happens, you can be liable for thousands of damages.

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  • We offer overtime availability until 2:00 am or you can start your event earlier in the day for an additional fee. Some venues cannot provide overtime availability, so you must find a separate venue.

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  • We’re located next door to overnight lodging if you want to spend the night, and nearby hotels and wine country Airbnb, all ranging in style and price. Before and after your wedding, our team works tirelessly around the property to ensure everything is where it needs to be and takes care of last-minute details. After your reception, we tear everything down and have a crew handle all the details. For this reason, we don’t offer onsite lodging because we want you to get a good night’s rest and not be kept up by workers on the property. Spending the night at your venue isn’t always the best option, which is why we offer a lodging option next door.

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  • We use sustainable practices on our property and upcycle materials when we can. Many upcycled materials are repurposed around the property. These materials, both indoors and outdoors, provide fantastic photo opportunities. These materials include: a windmill pumping air into the pond to deter algae, vintage trucks, composted gardens, upcycled hubcaps, and reused wine barrels. The main barn is clad in reclaimed redwood Barnwood from the 1800s on our property. We implement some sustainable practices: kegs and c02 cylinders are recycled, and a water drip system is controlled via WiFi with automatic sensors. Multiple barn owl and bat boxes exist for organic and renewable bug and rodent control. We use several species of fish to remove mosquito larvae from the pond. Organic bacteria-enhancing products remove algae, and therefore odors, from the pond. The pond has four bottom aerators that pump 2400 CFM of air into the pond 24/7 to prevent algae and give the fish a great environment to thrive. There are 15 raised beds constructed of recycled materials. Each bed is planted with various flowers and vegetables, rotated based on the season. Each bed has drip irrigation and is on timers with sensors that automatically turn them off when it rains. Water conservation is employed in all gardens on the property. We use primarily organic methods to care for the gardens. We have compost piles for all our trimmings, and much of the composted plant material is reused on the property.

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  • We are prepared for any emergency (priceless). No one wants an emergency event to happen during a wedding, but MHE is prepared. The staff is CPR and AED certified. MHE is centrally located between Anderson Valley Fire Department, Hopland Fire Department, Cal Fire Cloverdale, and the Cloverdale Fire Department. Many emergency services providers have toured the Estate to know the layout, and all are within 9 miles of the Estate. An additional two fire services are located within 20 miles of the Estate. Here are some other details about our emergency preparedness: First aid kit, Emergency Trauma kit, AED (Automatic Electric Defibrillator), and Emergency phone numbers; there are three different routes in case of an emergency where people need to be evacuated. East towards Cloverdale and Hwy 101. North towards Hopland and Hwy 101. West towards Boonville Hwy 1. MHE has its fire truck, and it’s a great photo op; a 1962 Chevy Brush Truck with twin-powered hoses, onboard water, and more.
  • MHE worked with the Anderson Valley Fire Chief to place the 16 Fire Extinguishers in the optimal locations for safety. Light exit signs and emergency lights come on if the power goes out. There is a 15KW generator on an automatic switch that comes on during power outages – so the party continues in less than 10 seconds. A hidden 500-gallon propane tank feeds the generator. MHE features seven fire hydrants under gravity-fed pressure. One draft hydrant, tested by Anderson Valley Fire, takes water from the 300,000-gallon pond. We often collaborate with the local fire department, and they selected us to place emergency maps and other materials, such as information about roads, houses, and water sources.

Included Amenities Saving You Up to $20,000

  • We offer a Selfie Photo Booth ($500 – $1,000 in savings) The selfie photo booth is great for entertainment at your reception and a lovely keepsake.

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  • We have three changing areas so you can get ready on-site (priceless). All spaces have bathrooms and are heated and air-conditioned. Getting ready on-site saves you from being late due to traffic or other circumstances. It’s for your peace of mind and to reduce wedding day stress. That is priceless. Some venues do not offer ready rooms or are small and an afterthought. Ours were carefully planned out to make your day more enjoyable

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    • The Oasis – Spacious prep room with a circular couch and round table, crystal chandelier, three-sided full-length mirror, two easy chairs, four make-up stations, privacy screen, bathroom, closet with extra high rods for long dresses, iron with ironing board and steamer iron. Additional folding chairs inside the cabinet. Small refrigerator.
    • The Hangout – This room is a super-fun additional prep room. Includes poker table, shuffleboard table, foosball table, three TVs – one with Xbox and four Xbox controllers, two custom-built benches, two couches, iron with ironing board, and steamer iron; sliding mirrored doors, mini-fridge, and more, including a private bathroom And the best thing? Lockers from the Cordelia Fire Station for the storage of your personal items.
    • The Juliet – So named for the balcony that overlooks the party patio and bandstand below. It’s located in the main building and is frequently used by parents and grandparents as a private space or a place to sit and relax. And oh yes, it has a private bathroom as well.

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  • Ten ceremony locations include decor, saving you between $2,500 – $5,000. We have multiple hidden areas leading to the ceremony so you can make a grand entrance. Here are some of our ceremony spots:
    • Oak Tree Terrace (our most popular ceremony spot). Benches will seat 200 people, plus an additional area for chairs or standing room. Steps leading to redwood deck with Victorian-era cast-iron fencing. Four wine barrels and a wine barrel bar for decor. Rustic barn with overhang area for beverage service. Raised-bed garden with vegetables and flowers.
    • The Grove (also great for elopements or photos). Custom arch leading into an Oak grove. Custom wine barrel wall. Opens to a pastoral vista.
    • Ceremony spots surrounding the main lawn: The Barn, The Vineyard, The Redwood Trees, The Pond with or without fountain(s), Trees and boulders around the pond, and a small fountain.
    • Ceremony spots surrounding the patio: The Gardens and The Grape Arbor.
    • Indoors (or Backup Rain Ceremony Spot): The Ballroom. The heated and air-conditioned Ballroom is large enough to seat over 200 for the ceremony.

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  • Four reception and cocktail hour areas include decor, saving you between $2,500 – $6,000.
    • Patio – surrounded by gardens and grape arbor, seats up to 250 at tables, raised area for the head table, buffet serving line, or dessert table, a bandstand with four 20 amp circuits for a sweetheart table or DJ, concrete dance floor, barn with indoor room for the photo booth, lounge, dessert bar, bistro lights, and secondary lighting,
    • Two Lawns – 1,000 and 5,000 square feet, large lawn seats up to 250 at tables with bistro lighting. The pond, lawn, and building all have built-in landscape lighting, and a beautiful path is around the pond; bistro lights over the 5000-square-foot lawn.
    • Raised-bed flower and vegetable garden area near The Barn. The photo opportunities around here include an antique tractor and hubcap collection.
    • Ballroom: Seats up to 124 at tables or 250 standing, Hidden TV that you can use for a slideshow, selfie Photo Booth (included in rental fee), excellent design for buffet service, custom lighting, including cake lighting options, plenty of room for dancing and DJ, built-in hidden party sound system.

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  • P.S. We allow food trucks, BBQ, wood-fired pizza, and other fun opportunities. Our additional outdoor cooking areas are perfect for caterers that like to put on a show, including wood-fired pizza, BBQ, food trucks, and paella prep. We have a designated space for these caterers to set up.

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  • Tables, chairs, and lounge decor($4,000- $5,000 in savings), Fifteen 60″ round tables, Four 72″ round tables, Four 8′ x 30″ rectangular tables, twenty 6′ x 30″ rectangular tables, four 4′ x 30″ rectangular tables (use for sweetheart table, guest book, cake, displays), five 30″ round by 42.5″ tall cocktail tables, 150 white resin chairs on rolling carts, 15+ wine barrels that can be used as décor or cocktail tables, 10 market umbrellas on mobile bases + 1 rectangular on a bandstand, 2 propane fire pits on casters (propane is provided), 5-Piece metal lounge furniture (inside or outside), two 4-piece wicker furniture sets (loveseat, two chairs + coffee table, and one 7’10” x 10′ area rug.

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  • Outdoor lighting: $1,000 – $2,000 in savings. Bistro lights on dimmers over the entire patio area, bistro lights on the lawn, bistro lights in Smokin’ Olive Lounge, up-lighting on trees, vineyard, barn, buildings, and fountains, parking lot lighting, custom lighting in the barn

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  • Indoor lighting: $1,000 – $2,000 in savings. Custom lighting over the bar is on dimmers, custom lighting in the entry is on dimmers, and lighting in the Great Room is on dimmers.
  • Restrooms (it can cost $1,000 – $3,000 to rent luxury porta-potties at other rural venues). We have restrooms on the main floor, in the Oasis, Hangout, Juliet, and the studio. Our restrooms are ADA accessible, gender-neutral, and adequate for 250 guests. As some venues require, you won’t have to pay extra or rent porta-potties.

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  • Our built-in speakers keep the party going and save you money. Electrical outlets at all ceremony and reception locations for DJ’s use, built-in professional speaker systems for use by our trained DJ companies. All systems can be used for music, speeches, background music, announcements, and parties. Featuring: Six speakers are hidden in the landscaping at Oak Tree Terrace to provide music or amplified voices for the ceremony and guests., fifteen speakers are hidden in the landscaping to give guests an immersive sound experience, just like Disneyland. Your selected music follows them through the lawns and patio areas. A high-powered hidden party system at the bandstand with hidden speakers and subwoofers. Dance outside to great music under the bistro lights and stars or the high-powered hidden party system in the walls and ceiling of the Ballroom.

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  • Our caterer’s kitchen saves you $1,000 – $3,000 in equipment rental. The caterer’s kitchen is 600 square feet, giving plenty of room for caterers to prepare a multi-course plated meal. It was intentionally placed to keep the kitchen noises and odors away from the guests. Caterers back their trucks in, unload the needed equipment and food, and then work. Some venues do not have a dedicated catering space or are missing critical items that cost you extra money to the caterer.

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  • Our custom bar has decor and items that save you $1,000 – $3,000. Custom 21′ single-slab live-edge redwood bar with under-lighting, custom 14′ L-shaped redwood bar, kegerator holds two “slim sixth” pony kegs with double taps (CO2 is provided). Kegs and CO2 cylinders are recycled. Wine refrigerator, commercial 3-basin bar sink, extra-large ice chest, 14 bar stools, custom wine barrel trash cans, custom lighted “Bar” sign, custom-built light fixtures featuring reclaimed hand-split redwood posts, hanging Edison lights with a dozen different shapes, sizes, and filaments, custom-made black iron light sockets hanging from a vintage-looking twisted cloth-covered wire. This hangs from a large vintage rusty chain, custom-made black iron pipe sconces with Edison lights, and LED track lighting highlights the back bar used for decor, glass display, and wine display. The front of the bar features wine barrel staves treated with bee wax and oil in a basket weave horizontal pattern. A vintage redwood bridge timber with spikes stands in an alcove with a lavender floral display and lighting from above. A large sliding barn door separates the bar from the Ballroom. We’re big on reveals, so when the barn door slides open to welcome your guests, it’s a new area they haven’t seen until that time. The L bar has been used in many ways – from a place for desserts, beverages, wedding gifts, specialty drinks, and more.

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  • The Oasis has decor, rentals, and inclusions that save you $1,000 – $3,000. Full-length gorgeous tri-fold mirror so you can get ready and see yourself at all angles. Beautiful crystal chandelier hanging from a vaulted ceiling, four makeup stations with softly lighted mirrors, two directors chairs for the hair and makeup vendors, a large semi-circle white couch and chairs, and views of the pond and lawn through a large picture window (great for photos!) Extra high rods in the closet for long dresses, Iron, ironing board, and steamer for last-minute details. There is a small refrigerator to store snacks, wine, champagne, or whatever you like, a folding modesty screen for your comfort, and a private bathroom away from other guests or vendors.

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  • The Hangout has games, inclusions, and decor that save you $1,000 – $2,000. Custom poker table made from recycled electrical wire spools, Six metal chairs and two large couches, Shuffleboard, Foosball table, three huge TVs, and an Xbox, Custom benches made from recycled beams with steampunk-inspired galvanized pipe fittings, and recycled aluminum plate feet, Mini Refrigerator, Custom-made, recycled, orange lockers from the Cordelia Fire Station, Custom made stained glass window (great photo opp), Sliding mirror wall, Three-door sections slide to the right or left. Both sides are mirrored so those in the Hangout can check to ensure they are looking their best. Custom faux pressed tin ceiling, Corrugated steel wainscoting with recycled barn wood and small mirrors in the knotholes, Bathroom with a steamer, iron, ironing board, Galvanized trash pails, Custom cabinet with vintage games.

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  • The Smokin’ Olive Lounge (our designated smoking area) has decor items that save you $500 – $1,000., Three custom wine barrel tables with umbrellas, tabletops made from recycled wood, 12 distressed orange bar stools (matching the lockers inside The Hangout), a custom cigar bar, bistro lighting, and it is surrounded by olive trees in galvanized troughs for privacy.

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