The idyllic location for weddings, reunions, or private parties this historic ranch provides the perfect backdrop for any event. Our unique event venue is spacious enough to accommodate large groups, yet offers the ultimate in privacy for your celebration. Paicines Ranch offers a variety of outdoor group and meeting and lodging facilities to meet a wide range of needs. Our indoor meeting facility accommodates a group of 20—perfect for an off-site meeting, retreat, workshop, or rehearsal dinner. We have three lodging facilities, each of which can accommodate from three to six persons, depending on sleeping arrangements. All our indoor facilities are non-smoking. Paicines Ranch is the perfect retreat for naturalists to enjoy birding, hiking, star-gazing, or just relaxing. Conveniently situated at the gateway to San Benito County’s Wine Trail, one could plan for a day of wine tasting, then relax, enjoy the sunset and some of the most stunning views to be had in San Benito County.
For weddings and other large group events, our facility offers the following amenities: ceremony and reception sites, flexible event start and end times, ample nearby parking, amplified music allowed (live or deejay), can choose a caterer to suit your needs, bring your own beverages, tables and chairs are provided and set up according to specifications, and guest cottage suites for the bride and groom. We have a large dance floor with adjacent stage and plenty of electrical power for music of choice. Our front lawn (traditionally used for ceremony) also has power at all four corners to allow for amplification of vows and/or acoustic or recorded music. We also provide plenty of outdoor lighting for events that last into the evening.
Other interesting tidbits about the ranch include: We are the site of the Food and Wine Tasting—an annual fundraiser that is put on by the Gabilan Chapter of the Kinship Center to promote and support adoption, foster care, and other health services for children and their families. More than a thousand people attend this event that is held the weekend after Labor Day. Notables that have visited the ranch are First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Francis Gumm. The Roosevelt’s son, Jimmy, came to the ranch in the 1930s to recuperate from an illness, and the First Lady became a frequent visitor during his stay. In 1952, Francis Gumm (aka Judy Garland) married her third husband, Sid Luft in the Grogan House, the main building of our event center.
The Paicines Ranch offers a natural setting that is unique, beautiful, and relaxed.