August 2012 Archives

Here's a unique elopement package with a price that's under $500.

Love Letters In A Wooden Box Wedding by Casa de Solana  

 $499 Bride & Groom plus 2 guests

An overnight stay is not required
- Licensed officiate
- Courtyard/Arbor ceremony decorated with Tulle (courtyard use for 1 hour)
- Seasonal flower tops and petals scattered about the courtyard and arbor and 3-tier water fountain
- Single-tier 6" white on white beautifully-decorated cake
- "Dressed-up" bride & groom dipped strawberries (1 each)
- Bridal walk and pronouncement song (digital recordings)
- Chic wooden box with silver heart trinket lock and a complimentary bottle of specially-blended Casa de Solana sparkles
Note: The love letter with wooden box ceremony is a unique and lovely gesture between you and yours for which, prior to the ceremony, you both write a love letter to the other, expressing your thoughts about your partner's good qualities and your reasons for falling in love. We will seal the box as part of the ceremony with the heart-shaped lock and key, to be opened at perhaps your first anniversary.

What other elopement or inexpensive wedding ideas? See the Huffington Post article on Weddings Under $1000   

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Don't Want to Be Alone This Christmas? Here's a fabulous plan for staying in Charleston with new friends.  If you're forging a new tradition, traveling to America's most beautiful and historic cities every Christmas could be part of that new reinventing of yourself. 

Progressive Christmas Dinner Package
November 30 - December 22, 2012 | from $389
(Package excludes December 2nd, 9th, 16th)

A much-beloved tradition is back this December: Charleston's Holiday Progressive Dinner. With the Progressive Dinner Package, you'll enjoy a festive evening in downtown Charleston with overnight accommodations at the dinner's final stop: the John Rutledge House Inn.   The Progressive Dinner begins with hors d'oeuvres at our sister property, the historic Kings Courtyard Inn before your carriage ride to Circa 1886 Restaurant for a three-course dinner. Your final destination is the John Rutledge House Inn for dessert, coffee and your cozy room for the night.

This package includes accommodations for two at the John Rutledge House Inn, a rickshaw ride to Kings Courtyard Inn, two seats at the Progressive Dinner and a Junior League of Charleston Party Receipts Cookbook.

You can also extend your stay by adding this package from John Rutledge's sister inn, Wentworth Mansion.

The Christmas Carol Package
December 12, 2012 | from $449

Travel back in time with a retelling of the classic Dickens' Christmas Carol story accompanied by a four-course dinner at Circa 1886 inspired by the novella. Storyteller Tim Lowry will take guests to Victorian England for a lively retelling of the beloved Charles Dickens' Christmas Story. Conclude your festive evening with an overnight stay for two in the luxury of the Wentworth Mansion, where your amenities include afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres and hot southern breakfast.
Oklahoma City's Grandison Inn  was the setting for this most amazing of deals, and included the first night of the honeymoon for $300. Here's what the bride shared in a review on

We came here for our wedding, and stayed the night for the first night of our honeymoon before flying out the next day. The wedding went great and smooth but I wasn't aware that there would not be any seating! So everyone had to stand. But other than that everything was great. We stayed in Memory Cove, the bed was super comfy and i LOVE the shower. It was like warm rain. And I think we only spend like, $300 on it all. which is super cheap for a wedding!
Rachel and John Peck

To see 12 more very inexpensive weddings at country inns and bed and breakfasts see the Huffington Post blog:  



Each of these 10 California inns offer the second night free when you have the Free Night certificate (second night is free). 

Inns select their own participation times - usually not on weekends during  August - but many times during the year.

Gold Mountain Manor Historic B&B

The Groveland Hotel at Yosemite National Park

Healdsburg Inn on The Plaza

Strawberry Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast

Kern River Inn B&B

Brewery Gulch Inn 

Seal Cove Inn


The Beazley House Bed & Breakfast Inn

The Country House

The Hanford House B&B Inn

As everyone knows, Arizona is a special destination and the best way to visit is by putting yourself in the hands of an Arizona innkeeper who will be sure you enjoy the most amazing adventures.

Hot Air Balooning.jpgAnyone Can Swim With Dolphins! Only A Few Can Hike With Llamas!!
Verde River Rock House Bed and Breakfast - Payson, AZ
Already been there done that with the dolphins? Come to beautiful Payson,AZ and let us wine & dine you at The Verde River Rock House -- the next morning take an unbelieveable 4 hour guided hike of Fossil Creek Hot Springs with your own pack Llama and enjoy a healthy gourmet lunch! Includes evening appetizers and a full breakfast in the morning -- advance reservations required and llama hike subject to availability (or UTV adventure may be substituted with prior approval) $365 Friday or Saturday nights and $325 weekdays (based on double occupancy) - a shorter 1 hour hike is also available at a lesser rate.
Valid from 06/27/2012 through 04/30/2013.

Up, Up And Away Balloon Adventure Package At Lodge At Sedona
A Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn - Sedona, AZ
Deluxe King Suite Accommodations for Two Nights Balloon Ride for Two...and Gourmet Breakfasts and Snacks    We invite you to experience the ride of a lifetime. The fun begins with the exciting inflation of the balloon, and before you know it, you are soaring with the eagles! Watch the sunrise during your ascent. After your gentle lift-off, you will be gliding over the gorgeous Red Rock country of Sedona. The views are simply incredible!    It is truly a magical feeling soaring gently with the wind.. experiencing an "Aerial Nature Walk". Your tour lasts 3 to 4 hours, includes a DVD of your adventure plus there is no driving!! You will be picked up and returned to The Lodge at Sedona.    Once back, you can enjoy the luxury and hospitality of The Lodge at Sedona. Enjoy our acres of beautifully landscaped estate property, fitness center privileges including indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs and our on-site meditative labyrinth.
Valid from 03/15/2011 through 11/30/2012.

Cool Sedona Summer Rates
Casa Sedona Bed & Breakfast Inn - Sedona, AZ
Enjoy warm, sunny days and cool high desert nights for only $149 - $219. Your rate includes a mild southwest style breakfast, appetizers, snacks, inspiring red rock views, upscale decor, outdoor hot tub, jacuzzi bath, fireplace, and 4-Diamond amenities!
Valid from 06/25/2009 through 12/31/2020.

Lodge At Sedona Simple Wedding Package
"KEEP IT SIMPLE WEDDING PACKAGE"   Simply Celebrate Your Wedding Getaway in Sedona, Arizona for ONLY $1500 - "The Most Beautiful Place in America"    Arrange your wedding getaway for two on our magical estate grounds. Have your ceremony performed in a RED ROCK setting or at the dramatic meditative labyrinth. We are pleased to offer a "Keep it Simple" Wedding Getaway Package for $1500 (mid-week, Sunday-Thursday) plus taxes & grats.)    Call 800 619 4467 or Book on line
Valid from 02/02/2011 through 12/30/2012

Become A Frittata Expert!
Verde River Rock House Bed and Breakfast - Payson, AZ
**Breakfast Cooking Lesson Special At The Rock House** Learn to make a Frittata like a Professional Chef! Try your hand at a Lodge Brunch Frittata or an Heirloom Tomato with Ham and Fontina Cheese (yummmmmm) or we can mastermind a concoction that will become your own unique "masterpiece" to impress friends and guests with! Lesson price includes a beautiful speciality interlocking frit...tata pan (which can also be used for saute'ing, crepes, etc....approx. $100 retail value) - and the best part is we get to eat it when it's done!! If you pass with "flying colors" and twist Maggie's arm a little we might even have to toast with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary (alcoholic or non, your choice) Cost of lesson w/pan $99 (in conjunction with a stay at the Rock House).      
Valid from 06/27/2012 through 06/30/2013.

I've been thinking of visiting Alaska by Inn Hopping. This comment came in today from a couple who lives in Florida and were so pleased by their Alaska inn adventure it reminded me to get that Alaska road trip onto my calendar.

"We found ourselves at the Diamond M Ranch  during the fishing frenzy of dip netting season. A word to unsuspecting tourists,  If you are not prepared to witness the annual ritual of resident Alaskans descending upon the Kenai Peninsula to dipnet hundreds and hundreds of salmon, avoid Kenai and Soldotna.

During the middle of July. The entire area gets crazy!  Dip netting notwithstanding, the Diamond  M Ranch is a clean, quiet Alaskan experience.

We participated in a day of clamming, a hike to the Russian River Falls and the delicious Saturday evening grilled salmon potluck social...while watching caribou from the viewing deck!  The sites are FHU, level and a variety of treed and wide open pull-through quads for big rigs. We are glad we were here to experience a dip net season in Alaska...and we were glad when it was over and everything returned to normal. The staff is friendly and helpful!"

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