California Ranch For Sale $4,500,000.


Planett Ranch
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2051ac.+/- Private Lakefront Retreat

Cattle, Horses, Recreation, Paso Robles Wine Region

Planett Family Owned Since 1929

OUR STORY

The Ranch

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Nestled in the oak-studded hills and pastoral valleys of Southern Monterey County, is historic Planett Ranch. Under the watchful eye of one family for 89 years, the secluded tranquility and panoramic views from 

Lake San Antonio to the coastal mountain range are the backdrop for this ranch. 

Purchased in 1929, it served as a steel man’s retreat from the hustle and bustle of LA.  In the footsteps of the original settlers, he and his family and a posse of friends wrote more chapters in its history.  They drew upon the tiny community to develop lifelong friendships with descendants of early pioneers and a bygone era as well as with “newcomers” wanting a more trapped-in-time lifestyle. 

The gang roughed it in the old (now gone) bunkhouse where food was stored in the old adobe and canning shed, both still intact today. They’d hike or ride horses past twisted Manzanita and savory sage to hilltops with vistas and 360-degree views of nothing but Planett Ranch. 

The original Homestead House has been lovingly restored with upgraded amenities and today serves as a sought-after guest house, though it has also been the Ranch Manager’s home. The newer Lake House was built to entertain larger crowds and, today, has been remodeled and refreshed to its Mid-Century Modern design with a custom in-ground pool for hot summer days.  The two houses total 7 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 2 half baths.  Sunrise, then as now, is time to feed the animals.  Sunset ushers in the night skies carpeted with millions of stars all sparkling far from city lights. 

With a private gated entry, fully-fenced and cross-fenced, the ranch currently supports fifty-five Angus cow/calf pairs. Planett Ranch provides a welcome respite from the big city buzz where the owners write their scripts and 

create their own music of a day in the life of the 21st century.

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LAKE HOUSE

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Now 50 years old and a classic example of Mid-Century Modern, the Lake House has been meticulously maintained and completely remodeled in 2016 with upgraded state-of-the art amenities including the pool that now serves as the centerpiece of afternoon activities.  Features include...

4BR/3BA/2 half BA, 2 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances including a 6-burner propane cook top, electric griddle, two ovens, wine refrigerator and original 50s countertops. Formal dining room with a 16’ sliding glass wall that opens up to the view and al fresco dining. Mirrored gym for at-home work-outs, propane A/C and furnace, covered wraparound porches for lazy afternoon naps, monitored alarm system, new double-pane windows, new carpeting and flooring throughout. 

For outdoor entertaining, a custom 20x48 in-ground pool with automatic cover, a “beach” for sunbathing, aqua spa for water aerobics or pure relaxation, outdoor movie area, queen size Bali Beds for nights under the starry skies, propane fire pit, 3 barbecues and pizza oven. Bocce Ball court and golf tee box.

Detached 2-car garage with prep kitchen for entertaining, washer/dryer, extra fridge, ice maker. 

Fully-fenced yard with irrigated, drought tolerant landscaping, a grape arbor with a pair of clawfoot “Cialis” tubs and “Kid Kamp” for kids to hang out in safely inside the fence.  

Nearby the Lake House is a two-stall horse barn with hay bay, tack room, corral and turn-out.

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Homestead House

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The original homestead when the ranch was purchased, it's been lovingly restored and upgraded to satisfy the lifestyle of visitors and guests who never seem to want to leave.  Features include...

3 BR/2 BA with fieldstone fireplace and fireplace insert, large country kitchen with wood stove, prep island,

 all new appliances, dishwasher, washer/dryer, forced air furnace and A/C, monitored alarm system, 

new metal roof and double-pane windows. 

Outside is GrandKathy’s Rose Garden, a restored canning shed that can be a kid’s playroom, and vintage chicken coop for our Pleyto Chix.  Mature shade and fruit trees and hammocks provide the ideal setting for afternoon naps.  Other amenities include a bocce ball court and horseshoe pit, Santa Maria barbecue, front and back covered porches for rocking the day away.  It's fully-fenced with an in-ground irrigation system on timers. 

The entire homestead compound has been maintained in its original condition, including a large “shop” that once housed farming equipment.  There’s also a vintage barn that’s been maintained rather than replaced by a tin barn with zero character.  An authentic old adobe that once kept perishables before electricity came to the ranch might be ideal for laying down some Paso wines. Working corrals, unchanged in their design, yet rebuilt 15 years ago round out the tableau. 

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Places on the ranch

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The Studio

What was once a simple garage that housed the old school bus, today the wood and tin structure is ideal for art classes or staging a picnic under the stand of towering heritage oak trees now called “The Ring of the Lords.” Long ago, a log cabin stood at this location well before any proper road came in. That’s why homesteaders built here, on a creek right near a nice spring.

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Rabbit Run Bunkhouse

Part of another old homestead, this vintage bunkhouse is nestled into a valley on a parcel we call “Rabbit Run".  It makes a great destination for rides or hikes or a place to deposit teenagers on a long, summer day. 

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Gypsy Glamp

On the “Far Side” near Gram and Papa’s Well, this stopover is also ideal for riders or hikers or mountain bikers just wanting some down time for a cold drink or backpack snack. 

Places on the ranch

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Cocktail Hill

Just that. It’s got the drop-dead view of the valley below and the lake beyond the beyond. Properly-chilled martinis often usher in the night from this exact spot.

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19th Hole

It's a testing 235-yard par three from an elevated tee conveniently located next to the pool.  Fore!I

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Littleshot's Lookout

An oversized fire-engine-red Adirondack chair serves as a place to call it a day and sit back while the deer forage and the cattle graze in the distance. 

Paso Robles ... West meets wine

Spurs in the Supermarket

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Not so long ago, this was little more than a sleepy cow town where “out-of-towners” came for steaming sulphur springs and the restorative powers they promised. Today Paso Robles rocks.

 Paso is the hot destination on California’s vibrant Central Coast that stretches from the manicured golf courses and tony enclaves of Carmel, Pebble Beach and Monterey down the Big Sur stretch to Santa Barbara. 

And Lear Jetsetters can zip right into the Paso Robles Municipal Airport in a quick 30 minutes from San Francisco or Los Angeles. Once here, they learn about the Salinan Indians who put down early roots before Spain’s Franciscan Padres padded through with their flock of faithfuls willing to put down roots of their own in this unknown territory. 

Unlike Napa and Sonoma and other wine areas, Paso still celebrates its rustic and robust cowboy culture with round-ups and trailrides, Spring brandings and country music week in and week out. This is still the land of “4-H” and “Future Farmers”, where kids begin their lives on ranches or small farms raising “fair” animals, learning animal husbandry and what it means to put in a real-day’s work. They study hard and finish their education at San Luis Obispo’s Cal Poly then head off into the world with both boots on the ground and an eye to the future. For many it’s a simpler, more honest life away from the concrete cityscape. 

Summers here are filled with hikes and horseback rides, fishing and boating, and campfires under the stars.

Cyclists take to the 25 scenic bike rides in the area. Weekenders pop in to sample the offerings of a small-town atmosphere as well as those of celebrated chefs and a cadre of respected award-winning winemakers. Even world travelers find their way here, whether exploring the attractions between San Francisco and LA or discovering for themselves exactly what's catching the glance of sophisticated international connoisseurs. AMTRAK even stops here with daily service. 

Paso offers most amenities of any city this size, 30,000 residents, yet maintains a small-town veneer

 where merchants know your name and restaurateurs remember your favorite dish.

  

www.pasorobleschamber.com

www.travelpaso.com

www.airnav.com 

"Sassiest wine region in California"

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Paso Robles has 26,000 acres planted in grapes spread across the Paso Robles AVA that now boasts 11 new subregions growing 40 varietals. ABC News dubbed Paso the “sassiest wine region in California.” Wine Spectator said it’s one of “California’s sweet spots for Syrah, Grenache and other Rhône varietals”. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate boasts that the PRCC (Paso Robles Cab Collection) members have been awarded dozens of scores above 90 points for their Bordeaux-style wines including a 98 and 96 for DAOU.  Wine Enthusiast named it “wine region of the year” in 2013 and Sunset magazine named it

 “Best Wine Country Town” in 2016. More accolades followed.

Long growing seasons with warm days and cool nights are a real recipe for success and those successes are celebrated at the Paso Zinfandel Festival, winemakers’ dinners, tastings, and events hosted by not only the big boys but cult winemakers who are writing their own chapters in the history books with the endless bouquet of hand-crafted wines. Those of note within 35-40 minutes of Planett Ranch are, in addition to DAOU and Justin, other spotlighted wineries like Saxum … voted winery of the year … and Turley, J. Lohr and Eberle, Halter Ranch and Treana, LVX and L’Aventura, Sculpterra and Tobin James, Adelaida and Denner. 

Add to that craft breweries in Paso’s Tin City and the daddy of them all the Firestone Walker Brewing Company with its popular “805” and there is plenty of opportunities to sample all the gods’ nectars at their International Beer Fest. You can also sidle up to one of the up-and-coming wine rock stars at a local eatery or Hotel Cheval’s “Pony Club” for some insider info to dazzle your friends with. They are passionate about their craft. And spirits make their presence known here, as well, including handcrafted vodkas, barrel-aged gins, ryes and brandies. 

Good living. Great wines. Exceptional food on Paso’s many menus including ranch beef, Central Coast seafood, hand-crafted cheeses, and fresh-from-the-garden produce all marry to satisfy even the most refined palate. ABC called “Paso Robles one of the top 10 epicurean destinations in the world.” Those truths ring out at such Paso favorites as The Hatch, Artisan, Fish Gaucho, Il Cortile, La Cosecha and Thomas Hill Organics. Paso’s got some gut-satisfying holes-in-the-wall for Mexican food like it should be. In 2016 Lesley Balla wrote for ZAGAT all about this town that’s worthy of a drive from LA. 


More Than Eating and Drinking

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ACCOMMODATIONS:

  

The very tony boutique Hotel Chêval was just voted the "Number One Boutique Hotel" in the U.S. It’s just off Paso’s main square and is the touchstone of the wine aficionados who gather here for tastings and industry gossip. 

Allegretto Vineyard Resort is the jewel in the crown of the Ayers chain of hotels. If you can’t get to Italy in the next few days, just book a dinner or overnight there and you’ll time-travel straight to Tuscany. 

www.hotelcheval.com 

www.allegrettovineyardresort.com 



MUSEUMS:

  

There are many including the Pioneer Museum that preserves the special heritage of the area in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Estrella Warbird Museum displays restored aircraft from 1940-1990 as well as other military memorabilia and a flight simulator. The museum also features a collection of classic cars, racecars and automobile artifacts. 

The Carnegie Library and Historical Society is an historic research library for local genealogy and history. There’s also a Paso Robles Children’s Museum to entertain the kidlets with everything including a fire truck. 

www.pasoroblespioneermuseum.org

www.warbirds.org

www.pasorobleshistoricalsociety.org

www.pasokids.org



SPORTS:

  

Kennedy Club Fitness offers 42,000 sq. feet of state-of-the-art fitness including a whopping pool and aerobic studio. 

Hunter Ranch features an 18-hole Championship course and boasts the best conditions on the California Central Coast. It’s rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by Golf Digest. 

Paso Robles Sports Club is the largest USTA-sanctioned tennis facility on the Central Coast.  

www.kennedyclubs.com/paso-robles

www.hunterranch.com

www.prsc.caclubs.com

Events

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Music

You can start with the California Mid-State Fair that rolls around when the summer sun sits high in the sky. To name a few artists coming summer 2018… Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and others. 2017 performers included Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood, Keith Urban, and Frankie Valli. Over the years Rod Stewart, Justin Bieber, Blake Shelton, Aerosmith, Journey and Tom Petty have all performed here. 400,000 people attended the fair in 2017. 

Viña Robles Amphitheatre showcases a range of entertainers with Jethro Tull, Jay Leno, Jackson Browne, Gipsy Kings and Air Supply scheduled for 2018. Recent artists included Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and Grace Potter. Local musicians are featured weekly at wineries. 

For a more classical twist, there’s the annual Paderewski Festival, 4 days of music celebrating the life of the famous Polish concert pianist who spent time composing and taking the curative sulphur waters of Paso Robles. 

Throughout summer, there’s Paso’s Concerts in the Park program where picnickers enjoy sounds of local musicians all free for those in attendance. And the Spring brandings are often wrapped up with barn dances, line dancing, and more. 


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Festivals

More than 70 wineries come together in the city park to showcase their wines during the Grand Tasting at the 

Paso Robles Wine Festival. Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Burgundian-style, Italian varieties, Zinfandel, and other wild wines are poured. Plus, food samples and local artisan merchandise is offered.   

Farm-to-table enterprises are featured in the annual Lavender Festival, Olive Festival, Honey Festival, and the Taste of Downtown, which showcases 35 restaurants and wineries. There are classic cars runs and the Great Western Bicycle Rally as well as the Vine Street Victorian Showcase and the Victorian Teddy Bear Tea to help round out the year’s calendar. 


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Equestrian

If you ride western, there’s something almost every weekend from trail rides to cutting horse events at the fairgrounds. The Paso Robles Horse Park offers state of the art equestrian competitions and events throughout the year. This showground for Hunter/Jumper competitions opened in 2015, the vision of Linda Starkman who also breeds warmbloods. Many of her trainers are Olympic medal winners. 

The Paso Robles Event Center at the Mid-State Fairgrounds hosts classes and competitions for everyone from little Buckaroos to world-class riders. In addition, there’s the 

Twin Rivers Horse Park, a 500-acre premier eventing facility offering everything to develop both the horse and the rider. 

Horses share the spotlight with antique farm equipment at the Pioneer Day Parade, which has honored the area’s history for 88 years. Businesses close so employees can take part in the festivities including free lunch for all as a “thank you” for supporting the local merchants.  

www.pasorobleshorsepark.com

www.midstatefair.com/fair/horse-show.php

www.twinrivershorsepark.com


Places In The Neighborhood

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The Lakes

Migrating birds and resident bald eagles call Lake San Antonio home as do largemouth and smallmouth bass. A 36-pound striper holds the record for the big ones! 

18-mile-long Lake Nacimiento offers a 165-mile shoreline with great fishing but the boating scene seems to be what really draws people here, especially Wednesday night pontooners who raft up for eating and revelry.  Both lakes offer camping and there’s also nice lodging at Nacimiento.  

www.lakesanantonioresort.com

www.nacimientoresort.com 

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Hesperia Hall

Hesperia Hall is more than 100 years old and looks today much as it did a century ago. Newcomers to the area hear stories of old timers holding meetings there, children being schooled there, and dances that lasted till dawn. Today the Hall raises enough money to provide local children with $11,000 per year in scholarships. Every Sunday there's a “produce exchange” farmers market. The third Friday of each month is a potluck dinner for the community. The host organizes the theme, speakers, or activities as they wish. On Halloween, it’s decorated for the kids. A group of women meets regularly at the Hall for quilting. Annually, there's a chicken barbecue fundraiser with 300-400 in attendance.  Some cowboy poets came through a while back and said our Hall is the last of the many original grange halls that once dotted the landscape of rural America.

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The Missions

Within a stone’s throw are two important California Missions. Closest is Mission San Antonio de Padua, the third one established under the watchful eye of Father Junipero Serra as he traveled north from Sonora, Mexico in 1771. Within two years, the first marriage was celebrated here in what was then Alta California. Over time music filled the air, a gristmill ground flour, reservoirs were built, lumber milled, a tannery operation begun and some of the first vineyards planted. At one time, 1300 Salinan Indians were converted here. Today, the restored Great Church still stands with its six-foot-thick adobe walls. A museum recalls this important history and parishioners take sanctuary in the Padre’s Rose Garden. Visitors are housed overnight in the former monks’ quarters. Annual events include the “Cutting of the Roses”, “An Evening In the Garden”, “Mission Days” and the “Fiesta.” Details are on their website.

Mission San Miguel dates back to 1797 and is an important National Historical Landmark. Like San Antonio, it served the large local Salinan Indian community.

www.missionsanantonio.net

www.missionsanmiguel.net

More Events

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Wildflower Triathlon

The Wildflower Triathlon takes place in the Spring at Lake San Antonio and hosts top athletes from around the world. Known as “the Woodstock of triathlons” for its rural setting and campsites for athletes and spectators, the race is in its 35th year in 2018.

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Lightning In A Bottle

Memorial Day Weekend brings the annual Lightning In A Bottle Music Festival, an EDM roundup that features three days of music. Limited free passes are offered to local residents. 

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Spring Round-Ups

Little has changed in the last 100 years for traditional cowboys and cowgirls who round up the cattle by horseback, separate them, brand and doctor them just like their forefathers. No squeeze chutes, no freeze branding. And it’s all topped off with the requisite meal of thick rare tri-tip steaks and homemade salsa, King City pink beans, buttery garlic bread, cold beer, and homemade pies that could win any Chopped competition. 

Country music and naps follow.

Surroundings

San Antonio/Lockwood Valley

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Central California Ranch For Sale In Paso Robles Wine Region. Nestled in the oak-studded hills and pastoral valleys of Southern Monterey County, is historic Planett Ranch. Under the watchful eye of one family for 89 years, the secluded tranquility and panoramic views from 

Lake San Antonio to the coastal mountain range are the backdrop for this ranch. 

Purchased in 1929, it served as a steel man’s retreat from the hustle and bustle of LA.  In the footsteps of the original settlers, he and his family and a posse of friends wrote more chapters in its history.  They drew upon the tiny community to develop lifelong friendships with descendants of early pioneers and a bygone era as well as with “newcomers” wanting a more trapped-in-time lifestyle. 

The gang roughed it in the old (now gone) bunkhouse where food was stored in the old adobe and canning shed, both still intact today. They’d hike or ride horses past twisted Manzanita and savory sage to hilltops with vistas and 360-degree views of nothing but Planett Ranch. 

The original Homestead House has been lovingly restored with upgraded amenities and today serves as a sought-after guest house, though it has also been the Ranch Manager’s home. The newer Lake House was built to entertain larger crowds and, today, has been remodeled and refreshed to its Mid-Century Modern design with a custom in-ground pool for hot summer days.  The two houses total 7 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 2 half baths.  Sunrise, then as now, is time to feed the animals.  Sunset ushers in the night skies carpeted with millions of stars all sparkling far from city lights. 

With a private gated entry, fully-fenced and cross-fenced, the ranch currently supports fifty-five Angus cow/calf pairs. Planett Ranch provides a welcome respite from the big city buzz where the owners write their scripts and 

create their own music of a day in the life of the 21st century.

Fort Hunter Liggett

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Fort Hunter Liggett is a 267,000-acre military base that was once among the holdings of William Randolph Hearst, the American newspaper tycoon. The Mission Revival-styled Hacienda, today a lovely hotel and restaurant, was designed by famed architect Julia Morgan to be Hearst’s accommodations for his guests and staff. Completed in 1930 and known as the Milpitas Ranchhouse, the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Hearst’s guests included Hollywood stars like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn as well as Marion Davies. The fort offers fishing and hunting opportunities, and makes a pool, gym, movie theater and bowling alley available to the public as well as access over to the coast, Big Sur, and the Santa Lucia mountains. 

Shopping and Schools

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Just 20 minutes from Planett Ranch is the lively 

Oak Hill Center with a very nice full-service market and fine butcher, veterinarian, pizza pub, coffee shop, doctor’s office, gym, service station and car wash. Paso Robles is 35 minutes away and offers a complete menu of services.

Two K-8 elementary schools serve local families including San Antonio Elementary School and Cappy Culver School. High Schoolers go to King City High or Paso Robles High. Cuesta Junior College has a campus in Paso Robles.  And Cal Poly, one hour away, is a respected university.

MAPS

ROADS

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Planett Ranch is fronted by approximately six miles of county-maintained roads with nine gated entries. The interior road to the Lake House was resurfaced with new DG in 2018. More than 20 miles of groomed dirt roads throughout the property allow for endless exploration and afternoon drives. 

WATER

WATER

Water is gold in California and owning land with water is investing in your kids’ future. Planett Ranch has 10 wells, many with standing water at 25’. Why? Because half the ranch sits atop the Lockwood Valley Groundwater Basin. The seasonal Copperhead Creek runs through the property. 

Our ranch has long served as a sanctuary for wildlife. Directly contiguous to the property is Fort Hunter Liggett’s “Area 29”, designated for registered and permitted hunting and fishing. 

TERROIR

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Planett Ranch is located in the San Antonio Valley AVA, which has one of California’s longest grape-growing traditions dating back to 1771. With climate and soil much like Paso Robles, it's known for its Bordeaux and Rhône varietals. Currently 20 varietals are under cultivation in San Antonio Valley. 

Planett Ranch was surveyed for grapes in 2001 by Vineyard Professional Services. Their report indicated excellent conditions for high quality red varietals.  


Traditions

BIRD NESTS

Late winter, we drape pieces of yarn in certain trees. Birds collect them to build their nests. After the baby birds fly away, we retrieve the nests to see their brilliant handiwork.

RED BANDANAS

Ranchers wear bandanas for many reasons. They’re an important part of their gear. We have and wear some that are vintage and love how they speak to a time gone by.

YOUR VERY OWN STAR

My Grandmother gave me two stars when I was small and I can find them most places in the world, wherever I travel. We sat atop a small hill and she asked me to pick out my stars. Years later, I discovered they were the last two in the “Scorpion’s” tail.

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Mid-August is a meteor shower that never fails to impress. We camp out under the stars with city friends who’ve rarely seen shooting stars like this in their lifetime.

BRAIDING THE MAYPOLE

May 1st is the perfect time for a “Lunchbox Social” and the braiding of the Maypole. We also play croquet, bocce ball, and horseshoes before pairing up for the sumptuous surprises inside each picnic basket.

THE HAPPINESS TREE

We tie ribbons on a nice tree that some think is dead. It’s not. It lives on in a rainbow of color with happiness ribbons tied on one-by-one by visitors and friends.

THE IRON TREE

We can’t explain to the little ones why this tree has pieces of iron hanging from its branches. It remains a mystery to this day.

THE GLOW TREE

After sunset, on a warm summer’s night, we pick the youngest kid to help grown-ups search for the Glow Tree. Truth be told, an adult sneaks out to hang glowsticks on a tree. When the littlest one sees this tree, he or she plucks glowsticks for each adult and then we, too, can miraculously see the Glow Tree.

THE BONE TREE

This tree celebrates the lives of animals who’ve come and gone from this ranch. 

OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIES

Throughout the summer, our Tribe assembles for a barbecue, shared pot-luck dishes, a selection of snacks and treats from our “Movie” bin, and some fine Paso wine before settling in to watch a movie at the pool on our 16’ screen. All under the night sky.

SNIPE HUNTS

This is a ritual described only in private.  

For Appointment

Chris Bailey

California Outdoor Properties

831 277 8344