Monarch Cove Inn
On October 22, 2011 my lovely wife, Deborah, and I were married at the Monarch Cove Inn, a twelve room bed and breakfast located in Capitola, California. Our experience there met and exceeded our highest hopes and expectations so greatly I am compelled to submit this review for the use of anyone searching for a unique and impressive venue to hold an important event, or just for a fantastic vacation spot. We found the setting, management, and service personnel to be top-notch, very pleasant, and accommodating. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and serve as a Monarch butterfly sanctuary. October is prime to experience the butterfly migration and they were fluttering around in abundance to meet our guests
Initially developed in the 1880's, the Monarch Cove Inn sits ensconced on a hill with a magnificent panoramic view of the Monterey Bay. One of the unique features of the view is the cement ship, scuttled at the end of the pier at Seacliff State Beach and prominently visible to our wedding guests as part of the back drop of our ceremony. From moss-covered trees to green grass and white buildings to the fine decor in our room we found a nice variety of picture opportunities to avail ourselves of as we walked the grounds with our photographer after the ceremony.
Our reception took place on their large canopied deck that allowed in the ocean breeze, but prevented direct sunlight from making us uncomfortably warm. The 2.6 acre property has the illusion of being much larger and beckoned our guests to explore the different areas, including grassy areas, one ideal for bocce ball, a wooded area and the creatively designed gardens.
In the morning we woke to an amazing red-sky sunrise over the bay visible from our bed through the large bay windows in the Ocean Mist Suite, another unique aspect of the Monarch Cove Inn. The shape of the bay and the location of the Inn allow for a view of the sun rising over the ocean, a rare sight for most of us who live on the west coast. As part of the wedding package we had rented all twelve rooms for two nights, each of which was uniquely and assiduously furnished. As a result many of our close friends and family stayed to enjoy the whole weekend with us. After the wedding celebrations subsided many of our party walked down to Capitola Village, a short trek from our mountain getaway to one of the most popular night life spots around. Sunday morning we all convened for and outdoor breakfast, which was served on a deck by the Carriage House rooms.
Perhaps the most salient of reasons we chose to hold our wedding at the Monarch Cove Inn was the fact that we could return to stay there in the future and reminisce our big day. None of the twenty-seven other venues we considered could fulfill that in quite the same way. It was a choice we are both very glad to have made and we know that we will be back.
Monarch Cove Inn provided ceremony, reception, and overnight stays for us. We paid a generous amount but it was worth it. Somehow we fit all 200 of us into their small grass area for the ceremony and onto their good sized deck for the reception. It was a beautiful day - the sun was shining - and nothing went wrong. Lana - the owner and operator is amazing and has the best personality you could ask for! They are flexible and professional. It's a very down to earth place with so much charm and personality. Perfect for any type of wedding for sure. The only drawback: their sound permit doesn't allow the DJ to play loud at all. We strained to hear our own music from only a few feet away. However - still worth it. We had an amazing wedding day in early October.
After looking at just about every single wedding venue in the greater Santa Cruz area, we settled on the Monarch Cove Inn. It was exactly what we were hoping for. So many venues insist that you use their food, their drinks, their tables, and so on. I wanted somewhere that I could have complete creative control.
The Monarch Cove Inn provided the location for our reception (the beautiful "blank canvas") but that was it.
The location, view and garden environment were all stunning. The parking situation (having to shuttle guests) wasn't ideal, but worked out fine. My only complaint was that (because it's in a residential neighborhood) they have strict rules about sound. The music had to be off early, no matter what. Because our caterer was behind on food, the whole wedding got cut short because of the noise rule. So that was a disappointment. Be sure you plan for possible delays.
The value was great, and since we were able to do things like buy all of the drinks at Costco (instead of paying $5 a beer like at other locations) we were able to save a lot of money. Also our friends did all of the set up and most of the clean up, so we saved there too.
The owner (Lonna) was one of the sweetest and loveliest people we met during our wedding planning process. We always enjoyed...
This beautiful B&B is a secret wonder - hidden on the bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay, yet just blocks from fab restaurants & shops. A stunning view sets the backdrop for your wedding & reception; fragrant gardens & lawns with a deck perfect for seating & dancing; and a peaceful estate where your family can enjoy the weekend. Exclusive & special!
Stunning ocean views, beautifully landscaped gardens & a private B&B estate are all yours for your wedding. Overlooking Monterey Bay in Capitola, Monarch Cove Inn specializes in exceptional wedding & reception events. Savor spectacular cliff top sea views from our romantic & private site. Reserve the estate for the weekend & enjoy exceptional accommodations, an idealic garden ceremony overlooking the coast, and delicious farm to table cuisine. Complimentary continental breakfast included... a spectacular place to start your lives together!
We're located within walking distance of wonderful restaurants & of course, the beach! From the Monarch Reserve, to the fresh sea air, abundant flowers & lawns... Monarch Cove Inn is a truly unique venue for creating memories together! Call us today for a tour at (831) 464-1295
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