Casa Madrona, San Francisco

Perfect for pre-reception cocktails: The outdoor deck at The Mansion at Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, Sausalito

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, one of Sausalito’s most beloved hotels, Casa Madrona, recently enhanced its possibilities for romance with the debut of The Mansion at Casa Madrona, a luxurious compound tailor-made for weddings.

The Mansion at Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa is a three-story waterfront estate built in 1885 in what was then a fishing village; recent renovations transformed it into a NoCal temple of chic. With 11 guest rooms, including the standout 5,000 square-foot, two-bedroom Alexandrite Suite, it can easily accommodate small family reunions, upscale corporate getaways—and intimate but glorious weddings. There is no restaurant on-site, so events are fully customized; you can call in the services of Poggio Trattoria, Casa Madrona’s Northern Italian neighbor (the San Francisco Chronicle awarded it three stars), or bring in whichever Bay Area caterer your heart desires. A team of Casa Madrona specialists can suggest florists, musicians, photographers—the whole wedding caboodle—or you can cherry-pick them yourself.

The Mansion can accommodate 24 overnight guests, so it’s ideal for a long-weekend celebration. Buying out the Mansion will cost a cool $25,000, but it buys a lot: massive outdoor spaces, with grand views of sailboats in the marina, a lounging area with fire pit, and a hot tub, indoor luxuries that include a gym and wine cellar, and all the conversation pits and sunning spaces you’d desire. Doing a buy-out also snags you some significant bells and whistles, include a dedicated travel planner to arrange such adventures as yacht excursions on Richardson Bay, a Mercedes and driver, and a private chef.

And if that isn’t enough, the hotel can find room for even more family and friends among its 64 guest accommodations, including 22 hillside cottages, and pamper them to their heart’s content in the newly renovated 3,000 square foot spa.

If you’re determined to keep things on a much smaller scale, The Mansion can oblige with a smart package. The $4,000 elopement plan includes two nights in a suite; the ceremony location, officiant, and photographer; plus wedding cake, bubbly, and flowers.

Think big and bring in up to 100 friends and family members for a seated dinner in Casa Madrona’s event spaces, the new Junto or the Salon Grande, both with floor to ceiling views of Richardson Bay; think small and invite your best buddies for the most luxurious weekend of their life. This is one of those wedding locations where the reality is even better than the dream.

Twilight at the Mansion at Casa Madrona

Twilight at The Mansion at Casa Madrona

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