At Stephanie Grace, as event planners in Los Angeles, we are always looking for fabulous destination venues for our brides to get married at....those looking for something a little bit out of the way of Los Angeles. I stumbled upon the most fabulous little inn right by Carmel, called the Bernardus Lodge, www.bernardus.com. I stopped by with my husband for a weekend, and it was so incredible. Not only are the rooms relatively affordable, but what you get with the weekend is incredible. You are immediately greeted upon arrival by the valet and escorted up the stairs where a hostess greets you with a glass of wine. There is no "Check in" of sorts....you do all that in your room. There is also an amazing "no tipping" rule, it is all taken care of in the price of the room--and they seriously mean it! An overly nice escort shows you to your room, where all the normal "check in" procedures are conducted, as you continue to sip your wine. Your room is decked out with fabulous bedding, an amazing fireplace, a stunning view, a superb tub for 2! and the most amazing COMPLIMENTARY guest mini bar. When you arrive, there is an amazing mini bar provided for free including 2 bottles of wine, snacks, crackers, etc. The whole resort is amazing, including a fabulous spa, one of the best restaurants in all of Carmel and a great vineyard to walk through. You are ten minutes from Carmel, but you feel like you have been transported to another world. Honestly, best vacation I have had in a few years :) Yeah for Bernardus!