2010 05/07

Enter Now to Spend The Night in Sonoma!

As a loyal reader of Bay Area Bride Guide, you know that you can count on us to provide Bay Area brides with information about local vendors and locations, DIY tips, and the latest news about the Bay Area wedding industry.  In addition to all of those, we love offering you opportunities to take some time for yourself and relax!  For the next two weeks (July 5th-July 18th), when you post a comment anywhere on the site, you are automatically entered to win a one night stay at the El Dorado Hotel in Sonoma and dinner for two at their fabulous restaurant, the El Dorado Kitchen.

The El Dorado Hotel and Kitchen in Sonoma, California:

The El Dorado Kitchen offers a variety of options for your wedding, with the numerous seating arrangements comfortably accommodating parties from 22 up to as many as 250 guests.  These options include the use of the Fireplace Lounge and Fig Tree Courtyard, the private dining room, the bridge table (running down the center of the restaurant), and a semi-private portion of the main dining room.  Event coordinator Angie Bettinelli will work with you to help you choose the best option for you and your guests, as well as coordinate between the hotel and your vendors to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Just off the hotel lobby is the fireplace lounge.  Aside from the main focus, the fireplace, there are numerous bookshelves covered with vases, behind which you can see a portion of the original building.

This cozy room can be made even cozier by closing it off from the rest of the lobby, and you also have the option of opening the doors to the Fig Tree Courtyard, which makes it perfect for rehearsal dinners, brunches, or small receptions.

Finally, and most importantly‚Ķthe food is incredible!  The mouth-watering menus all look fantastic, making it nearly impossible to narrow down your choices.  Their dinner offerings include seared ahi tuna, truffle risotto, and red wine braised short ribs, all of which are served with a variety of side dishes.  Their brunch and lunch choices are equally impressive and include steamed mussels, chopped chicken salad, or a la carte brunch stations with fruit, pastries, and brioche bites.  Another great thing about the El Dorado Kitchen is that when possible, the food prepared at the El Dorado Kitchen is made from organic and locally grown produce, helping to green your wedding day.

The variety of options, wonderful food, and friendly staff, make the El Dorado Kitchen a great place to host a bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, wedding ceremony, or a post wedding brunch.

After partying the night away downstairs, take to your room for some relaxation.  The El Dorado Hotel is situated in the heart of Sonoma in an historic, 150 year old building.  The refurbished hotel is green certified and has all the luxuries of a modern day hotel, while maintaining its old-town feel.  The 27 guest rooms come fully-stocked with the typical TV, iPod clock, and mini-refrigerator, but the slanted ceilings, colorful walls, and the use of real keys all help keep its charm.  If you have your wedding at the hotel, you can work with Angie to reserve a block of rooms for yourself and your guests.

Enter to win a free night stay at the hotel and dinner for two so you can check it out for yourself!

Sonoma El Dorado Hotel and El Dorado Kitchen:

405 First Street West

Sonoma, California 95476

Angie Bettinelli, at  – 707-996-3030

Contest rules:
To enter you must post a comment on Bay Area Bride Guide between July 5th and July 18th.
There is no limit to the number of entries you can have, but if it is determined your entries were not legimitate, you will be disqualified.
A winner will be chosen at random on July 19th and announced on the site.


  • This place sounds amazing! Can’t wait to head up there for a weekend! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Was just up in this area last weekend. Didn’t make it to this restaurant, but what an amazing weekend!

  • Looks like a great get away

  • Love this place! The food is fantastic.

  • yUMMMMM! Love this place!

  • So crazy….my fiance and I were JUST at this hotel today for lunch!! We drove up to meet some friends and decided to stop there on the way back. It was fabulous!

  • What a beautiful hotel!

  • Love this hotel! Sonoma is one of my favorite weekend get aways.

  • would love to come and stay here for our second honeymoon!!!

  • Sounds totally decadent!

  • Katie Walters

    Does it help that I know Angie? That I am fron Petaluma, now living in Montana? Pick me, pick me, pick me!!!!!!

  • I would love to visit Sonoma! I recently listened to a book on tape (how old school) about the differences between Napa and Sonoma and I think I’d really like Sonoma better! Not to mention the pictures of El Dorado Hotel look so beautiful!

  • Yum!! I would go just for the food! You had me at that picture of the seared scallops.

  • What a beautiful venue! I’d love to check it out.

  • I’ve stayed here before! I took my FI here for his birthday. It’s really lovely.

  • Looks like a nice hotel, and can’t beat the location! There are some great, less traveled wineries nearby on Dunbar Rd. Worth a visit if you’re in the area. The wine pourers at Loxton and Wellington are particularly friendly and the wine is good, too!

  • Mary Hall, The Recessionista

    I would so love to win! This hotel looks amazing, and their restaurant is supposed to be top notch. I am in Sonoma July 24- 25 and would love to win. Please help me stay frugally fabuless with a extra night :)
    thanks so much.
    therecessionista at yahoo dot com

  • I love the look of the venue. Sophisticated and refreshing and welcoming. Perfect for my fiance and I to get away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco – even if for a day.

  • Amazing, what a wonderful giveaway! The pics of the food is making me hungry!

  • Oooh, I hadn’t thought of Sonoma as a location, but that looks amazing!!

  • I hope I can go here. It would make my honeymoon so special. Thank you for this offer.

  • Sonoma is one of my favorite places to sneak away to from San Francisco. I’d love the opportunity to check out the Sonoma El Dorado Hotel and El Dorado Kitchen for a weekend!

  • Sonoma is the perfect romantic getaway to unwind and relax. Going to check out El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen the next time we’re up there, can’t wait!

  • Looks like a beautiful place to have a romantic getaway.

  • What are the best months for a Sonoma/Napa wedding? I love the heat, but not sure all my guests could take July there :)

  • Oh, sound lovely! I been by the El Dorado Hotel and I would love, love, love to stay there!

  • Looks absolutely amazing!!

  • We are planning on going to Sonoma for our honeymoon. We picked it simply because neither of us have been there and think exploring somewhere new together would be a great way to kick off our marriage.

  • I would love to visit Sonoma for my honeymoon! :)

  • Carolyn Zachry

    What a great place to go for an anniversary!

  • I could use a stay in a comfy bed and some delicious food with my fiance!

  • Sounds wonderful…..

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