Host Your Next Event at Mattei’s Tavern
For almost 130 years, distinguished guests ranging from John D. Rockefeller to Clark Gable have been drawn to Mattei’s Tavern for its natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury – this blend is what makes Mattei’s Tavern an exquisite event venue. The iconic white water tower and original craftsman structures surrounding the ceremony site are softened by pastoral landscaping; providing an unmatched old west wedding feel.
Located in picturesque Santa Barbara wine country, this charming historic tavern offers several enchanting spaces to host your next wedding, dinner party, corporate event or rehearsal. The lush outdoor lawn under the water tour is the ideal reception area – watch the sunset while dining and dance the night away under the stars. After your event concludes, retreat to one of the seven newly renovated, charming guest Cottages on the property.
At Mattei’s Tavern, the many central spaces for an event are endless. Enjoy an outdoor ceremony in the Keenan Hartley Courtyard surrounded by lush landscaping and the historical Hartley House, join your guests in feasting under the trees in the Watertower Garden, enjoy a few cocktails in the Rose Garden and share beautiful memories of cutting your cake inside the Garden Room.
The Cottages at Mattei’s Tavern
Enjoy a wedding weekend getaway at The Cottages on the property, which provide a starting point for walk-able tasting rooms and a break from the everyday hustle. Wander the streets of Los Olivos, sip a glass of wine on your front porch, or dine at the best restaurants in town. The Cottages are a gentle reminder to slow down and enjoy life. There are seven beautiful Cottages throughout the property including the Hartley House and the newly remodeled West Cottages, which are set apart from the four Bungalows, also recently remodeled, that line the outskirts of Mattei’s Tavern. The Cottages provide pristine and updated accommodations while retaining the historic ambiance that families and friends have come to expect for over a century.
Come, enjoy all that Mattei’s Tavern has to offer!
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Ideal Wedding Experiences in the Santa Ynez Valley
The Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect setting for a long weekend wedding celebration filled with natural beauty and extraordinary wines. Planning a wedding in the Santa Ynez Valley allows your guests to also spend extra days or a weekend enjoying the unique luxuries offered here.
The Santa Ynez Valley, housed in the heart of Santa Barbara County, features amazing views and gathering places for family and friends and ideal backdrops for gorgeous wedding photos. Whether you want to host your wedding among the grapevines of one of the many winery wedding venues in the area, or be set amidst the landscape of a Santa Ynez Valley wedding venue for an intimate affair, the Valley provides a uniquely memorable experience in a rustic, beautiful setting of rural wineries and days-gone-by ambience.
The moderate Mediterranean climate, gentle rolling hills and peaceful, yet modern, country atmosphere make Santa Ynez Valley weddings some of the best available in California wine country. Valley area merchants offer every service and detail needed to accommodate the wedding ceremony and reception including flowers and boutonnières reminiscent of the wine country, table decorations and centerpieces appropriate to the location and of course, the famous Santa Ynez Valley concierge services to take care of any last minute needs.
The idyllic looking rows of grapes and the Figueroa Mountains in the background will no doubt take the bride’s breath away and leave memories of the wedding that will last a lifetime.
In Santa Barbara County’s Central Coast California wine country, you can also have access to a wealth of different local wines to serve at your wedding, along with renowned chefs and caterers to create beautiful, delicious meals for your event.
Premier Wedding Guest Accommodations
Whether the bride and groom need a romantic getaway spot for the wedding night and honeymoon, or the guests need luxury accommodations they will remember for a lifetime to come, Santa Ynez vacation rental properties allow you and your wedding guests to have a full household at your disposal.
The luxurious private homes far exceed the accommodations available at traditional motels and your guests will be impressed with your Santa Ynez wedding venue. Everything from beds and linens to fully stocked kitchens and living rooms are available, and many vacation rentals have private swimming pools, romantic fireplaces to cozy up in front of, beautifully landscaped yards, al fresco dining areas, and more.
Santa Ynez vacation home rentals provide guests with the luxuries of the best hotels along with the comforts of a beautiful private home. The many unique vacation rental properties plus concierge services make Santa Ynez weddings truly a once in a lifetime experience for everyone in attendance. Many available properties include cottages and guest houses, ranches, homes and private estates.
While staying at a Santa Ynez Vacation rental, you can also enjoy the convenience of round-the-clock concierge services for help with securing babysitting, private chefs or caterers, having groceries delivered to your home, setting up spa services, helping arrange Valley tours, and so much more. Simply contact your travel concierge to get started.
Our vacation rental homes can accommodate groups of varying sizes, with up to 40 guests at Mattei’s Tavern – perfect for family gatherings or to house your guests during your wedding festivities.
Knowing a vacation rental is booked for your immediate family or bridal party can lighten the stress of your wedding planning, and ensure their every need is met throughout the guests’ stay with ease and luxury.
A Lifetime of Wedding Memories
Planning a wedding doesn’t stop at the day of the ceremony and reception. You must also recommend sights and activities for your guests to see while they’re in the area. There is no shortage of opportunities to make beautiful memories in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Of course, the focal point of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley is wine. Touring the Valley’s numerous unique family-owned wineries is perfect for pre-wedding family gatherings and entertainment during your wedding week. There are winery tours and wine tastings year-round to appreciate the taste of Southern California wine country.
Couples and their guests may want to take time to visit nearby Santa Barbara as a contrast to the slow-moving wine county, or if the wedding is in Santa Barbara the vacation rentals of the Valley are just a short drive away. Santa Barbara weddings and venues in the city provide fine dining, city amenities, and the exquisite central California coastline to woo romantics. Santa Barbara offers an easy going lifestyle with year-round sunshine. Outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, equestrian sports, cycling and water sports are available to entertain your guests.
Non-stop shopping adventures also await, just a few minutes drive from the Santa Ynez valley area. Santa Barbara weddings can occur in many free or very inexpensive sites such as historical areas, the picturesque beach areas or on a cliff side with an ocean view.
Have Your Destination Wedding in Santa Ynez
If you are contemplating where to have your destination wedding and you dream of a charming and rustic setting with a backdrop of beautiful scenery and unforgettable sights, the Santa Ynez Valley may be for you. Nestled in rolling hills, saturated with wonderful culture and tradition, and filled to the brim with delicious wine, the Santa Ynez Valley makes the perfect destination for weddings, and have everything the bride and groom could hope for to accommodate their wedding guests.
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For more information on wedding venues and wedding planning in the Santa Ynez Valley, please contact our event manager, Taylor Lockhart. For all your travel arrangements and to book vacation rentals, contact us today. You can browse all our vacation rentals here.