Lovely Lodi draws visitors in search of atmosphere, outdoors and, of course, great wine. With more than 75 wineries located just south of Sacramento and east of the Bay area, this wonderful town surely gives Sonoma and Napa a run for their money. In addition to being a popular wedding venue, local resort Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa also make for a romantic getaway. Plot your escape soon!

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Recommended Resort:  Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. This gorgeous destination is hotel, spa and restaurant all rolled into one. The 79 rooms and suites offer a wide range of accommodation options, such as the local heritage of the Historic Inn, the rustic luxury of the Garden Rooms, the modern zen of the Spa Rooms and the rich colors and natural materials of the Palm Rooms. For longer-term stays, they also offer contemporary Signature Suites with custom details and amenities. In addition to multiple special packages, the resort currently offers the Escape Package, which includes a one-night stay in a King Deluxe Room, 
breakfast for two, wine tasting at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, 
chilled Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and rose petals awaiting your arrival.

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Check In:  2505 West Turner Road in Lodi. 209-334-6988,

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Check Out:  Towne House Restaurant. Dining is delightful at Wine & Roses. The signature restaurant is a legacy to the country farm it once was. Magnificent trees and gardens remain at the heart of the land and embody the authenticity of the venue’s heritage. Cuisine is simple, but creative. They celebrate the terroir, farms and ocean, offering a farm-to-table experience with products sourced from local and area farms, as well as their own garden. This cuisine is meant for sharing!

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Don’t Miss:  The Spa. Relax your mind, body, and spirit surrounded by magnificent trees and the earth’s natural elements. The extensive menu of services and packages under the care of the soothing touch of spa professionals often use ‘green’ product lines, creating a truly organic experience. Favorites include the Wine & Roses Ultimate Treatment
. This signature treatment begins with an organic body scrub, a rinse in the private outdoor shower, followed by a luxurious, application via massage with choice exquisite body butters. During the wrap, a face massage completes the ultimate experience. The results are deep relaxation of the mind and lasting hydration of the body. Guys will enjoy the Gentleman’s Experience, the best of everything, a body scrub, a rinse in the private outdoor shower, a massage and a wrap.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Always a Bridesmaid Columnist, Darren Elms.

Photos courtesy of and copyright Wine & Roses.

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