July 16, 2020

Let’s Get Social(ly Distanced) at these Outdoor Venues

As we continue through the summer months, a popular event trend of 2020 we’ve seen is the increased concern for maintaining health, safety, and limited contact among guests. This includes the implementation of virtual and hybrid events, limited guests in attendance, and the use of outdoor venues to allow social distancing.

Venues with outdoor space will continue to play an important role to ensure safety at upcoming events as mandates allow guest counts to grow in size. This is why we’ve decided to compile a list of a few of the amazing venues in Northern California that have plenty of space for guests to keep their distance while still getting social.

First stop on our tour is Gardner Ranch, located in the heart of Carmel Valley.

Gardner Ranch

This sprawling ranch of 24 acres is a beautiful place to host an event while allowing guests to enjoy a little space to themselves. With five spacious lawns, fire pits, and many rental items included, this venue has everything you need to get the party started, no matter the occasion.

Just down the road, we have Carmel Valley Ranch.


With 500 acres of property this location has everything you need to keep guests entertained (for a few days) while offering ample space to host events of all sizes. From the spa to the golf course to the many options for food, there is something for everyone at this lush ranch just 20 minutes from the famous Carmel coastline.

A quick journey north on highway 101, we end up in Gilroy at Clos LaChance Winery.

Clos LaChance Winery ceremony site

From the grand oak trees to 100 acres of growing vineyards, you can’t help but feel like you are another world when you step on property at Clos LaChance Winery. With their events they offer multiple locations suitable for ceremonies, cocktail hours, and dinners, as well as a marvelous selection of hand crafted wines.

Continuing our journey north, we find ourselves in San Jose at Hotel Valencia.

Hotel Valencia San Jose Courtyard wedding ceremony

Located in the heart of Santana Row, this stunning hotel has a beautiful courtyard, giving off major Mediterranean vibes. With a spa and restaurant on site, guests can stay put or adventure to one of the many nearby attractions in the area. The hotel even offers private dining for those looking for a truly intimate experience without interacting with others.

Only about 30 minutes away, there is the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

Mountain Winery in Saratoga CA

From concerts to VIP corporate events, this incredible venue has the space and capabilities to hold unforgettable events with over 60 years of experience in entertainment. There are multiple settings on site suitable for various events, all of which offer stunning views, as this winery is tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Close by is the beautiful Villa Montalvo.

Villa Montalvo is a national historical landmark built in 1912 and is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding, social or corporate celebration. They even host many fun community events as well like the upcoming drive-in cinema series!

Continuing our journey, next we have Rosewood Sand Hill.

Reception at Rosewood Sand Hill

This spacious, 16-acre property offers plenty of space to spread out, with stunning views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Offering plenty of indoor and outdoor space for events, this venue allows for an adventurous or leisure stay from the swimming pool and nearby trails to the spa, you can do it all.

As we make our way further North to San, The San Francisco Mint is the perfect venue for you.

The San Francisco Mint

Located in the heart of San Francisco the classic Greek architecture of this stunning venue speaks volumes, even when utilizing the outdoor space. In addition to a courtyard fit for the finest of affairs, this venue rich in history offers 92,000 square feet of indoor space, allowing for the best of both worlds.

Heading across the bridge, is our first stop in wine country, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Accommodating for up to 300 guests, this venue has plenty of outdoor space perfect for hosting. Offering multiple indoor and outdoor locations on site, this venue offers a charming touch of elegance to any event. Located in the town of St Helena, this quaint vineyard is a stunning choice for those who love a vintage touch mixed with garden whimsy.

Next up, also located in Saint Helena, is Charles Krug Winery.

This iconic estate is the perfect location for weddings, social and corporate events. Their Great Lawn is so versatile and can be used for ceremonies, al fresco receptions, glamping, and everything in-between!

Our final stop is the one and only Auberge du Solei in Napa Valley.

This resort features the only view of the full Napa Valley and their deck is the perfect outdoor location for your next intimate event.

As things continue to progress, we are working hard to stay up with the latest event trends of 2020 to ensure we continue to serve you with our best. Outdoor entertainment is just one of the many ways we, as an industry, are working to keep guests safe, while still celebrating life.

While all of these venues offer outdoor space for events of various sizes, each has something truly unique to offer. If you have questions about any of the venues above, we are here to help.