Got a wedding, birthday or special occasion coming up? More guests than your house can hold? Bring them to Glen Alba Gardens!
We are a small farm nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just a short drive from San Jose and Santa Cruz. We offer a variety of settings to suit your occasion and size: a cozy mountain lodge setting for up to 30 guests, patio, lawn or pool parties for up to 150 guests, and acres of open fields, orchards, and redwood forests for even larger events. We offer in-house catering, or we can work with your outside caterer (caterers love our lodge kitchen / prep area and walk-in fridge!). We can also arrange for chair & table rentals, linens, awnings/tents, bounce-houses, etc.
Please use the Contact Venue button above to schedule an appointment to view the grounds and facilities.
Formal or casual, black-tie or tropical attire, make your special event fun and memorable at Glen Alba Gardens!
Glen Alba Gardens, Ben Lomond — View from the upper field looking toward the house, lodge, patio and pool.
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|"great food, beautiful grounds", An Eventective User from Santa Cruz, California|
|We used the Glen Alba grounds for an independent movie shoot... we were on location on the grounds for two days, around the pool and in the clubhouse. They made us feel so completely at home, and they handled our catering for us as well... and I can't tell you how much everyone enjoyed the food. Really really great menu, lots of variety, fresh and healthy. It was a top notch experience all around, and we highly recommend Glen Alba Gardens for your special event!|
|"Perfect dinner - we wouldn't have changed a thing.", peacefulways from Felton, California|
|It has been 2 months since our wedding and some of my friends are still talking about the amazing food prepared by Cindy and her crew of Glen Alba Gardens. There was a huge variety of quality, tasty food (personally, I still dream of all the cheese!) and Cindy was able to cater to our vegetarian needs, our vegan guest as well as our guest with the nut allergies all the while serving the tastiest rack of lamb that a lot of people have ever tasted. Cindy and Danny were very easy to work with, being really open and flexible to our ideas.|
The set up in the courtyard was perfect for our 45-person dinner. We did a buffet style dinner with a plated salad to start and a whole whack of appetizers to begin. The service was professional and cheery… the venue was elegantly decorated and it was really nice to be able to eat our dinner outside. Coffee and cake was served inside their lodge where we also did some speeches and a little dancing.
Cindy really took care of everything for us – it was really nice to be able to trust her to take care of it all and the results were even better than I had imagined. Basically all we told her were the special dietary needs, our color choice for the table clothes and a brief outline of what we envisioned and she really took care of business – from the lovely fresh flowers, to the patio lights, to the table center pieces – she really took care of all the little details and delivered a great tasting meal.
I highly recommend using Glen Alba Gardens – I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
|"Lovely Setting that has Everything", An Eventective User from Santa Cruz, California|
|From the moment we chose Glen Alba Gardens for our wedding and reception we felt we were in good hands. They were patient and reassuring with us every step of the way. They had complete willingness to work out a way for us to actualize all of our ideas, even when our plans were quite nontraditional. We were setting up and decorating everywhere on the land and they seemed unfazed by it all. They have knowledge of so many details of a large event that I would not have even known to consider, and are great communicators. The impression I had was that they worked very hard behind the scenes to make our event a resounding success, but never let us see any stress.|
Many people approached us after the wedding wanting to know how we had found such a unique and private place. One guest said that he completely forgot about the outside world during our afternoon there. It was a little piece of paradise for an afternoon of outdoor music in a relaxed atmosphere. Glen Alba provided a lifeguard for the pool, which parents of young kids really appreciated and the property is just the right layout so that if your group is small, you can occupy a section of the facility, and if you want to fill it up with a large event, as we did, there are places for everyone to be comfortable.
How the caterers at Glen Alba managed to prepare such large amounts and such a variety of dishes based on fresh foods is beyond me. The menu was totally customized based on our requests. I kept waiting to be told I was asking for too much, or something too unusual, and then the head caterer/co-proprietor would add her own creative embellishments to my ideas. We received many complements on the individual dishes served, and they did some kind of caterers' magic in organizing the BBQ and buffets to eliminate bottlenecks of people waiting with dishes in their hands. The best endorsement of all was that the older Italian women in our party showered the kitchen with compliments!
- Access to Electricity
- Access to Running Water
- High Speed Internet
- On-Site Catering Service
- Outdoor Function Area
- Outdoor Pool
- Outside Catering Allowed
- Picnic Area
- Rest Room Facilities
- Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
|Facility Location Setting: Small mountain farm / orchard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, between Santa Cruz and San Jose, CA.|
|Max Number of People for an Event: 400|
|Nearest Airport: 16-25 miles|
|Nearest Overnight Accommodations: 1-5 miles|
|Nearest Public Transportation: 1-5 miles|
|Number of Event/Function Spaces: 2|
|Number of On-Site Restaurants: 0|
|Number of Private Cottages: 1|
|Parking: Parking Open Lot On-site|
|Proximity of Nearest Ski Area: Greater than 50 miles|
|Proximity of Neighboring Golf Course: 6-10 miles|
|Sleeping Capacity: 2|
|Special Features: Sunny fields, towering redwoods. Huge granite fireplace in lodge meeting room|
|Total Exhibit Space (Square Feet): |
|Total Meeting Room Space (Square Feet): 375|
|Total Number of Guest Rooms: 1|
|Year Built: 1940|
|Year Renovated: 2004|