Felton Wedding Venue
800 Quail Hollow Road
Felton, California 95018
Most of us who live in California are familiar with Sunset magazine, also known as “the Magazine of Western Living.” Nowhere was this lifestyle more enthusiastically embraced than at Quail Hollow Ranch, where Sunset publisher Laurence Lane and his family lived the robust outdoor life celebrated in the magazine for over 100 years. Once part of an 1833 Spanish land grant known as Rancho Zayante, the land was purchased in 1866 by Joseph and America Kenville. They built the ranch house and outbuildings that still stand today, and farmed the land successfully for 35 years. In 1937, the Lane family purchased the property, where many of the ideas and philosophies found in the magazine took shape amid the glorious California scenery.
A narrow, winding road leads you to Quail Hollow Ranch, where you are first greeted by a circle of gargantuan eucalyptus trees, said to be 300 feet tall! Just beyond, an immense lawn, dotted with picnic tables and shaded by a spreading live oak, separates the rambling white ranch house from the stables. Look past the white fence that encloses the compound, and see verdant meadows, woodlands, and tree-shrouded hills rising in the distance. A short walk from the house, a still pond almost hidden by willows beckons to you. Though it’s mostly used as a backdrop for photographs, you can have a pond-side ceremony during warm, dry weather.
The ranch house is a handy and homey complement to the outdoor spaces. Flower-sprinkled wall paper, rag rugs and comfy furnishings constitute the simple and rustic decor; the collection of memorabilia and family photos make it seem as if the Lane family still lives here. On hot summer days, the house provides a cool, quiet retreat, or an out-of-the-way play spot for the kids. At night or during the winter, if it gets too chilly to dance outside, move the band indoors and feel free to light a fire in the fireplace for extra warmth.
Quail Hollow Ranch is not only historically significant, it’s also ecologically notable. The surrounding county park provides miles of trails that allow your guests to view the park’s diverse habitats (such as riparian, maritime chaparral and mixed evergreen), as well as an occasional endangered species like the golden eagle, western pond turtle, and Rattans monkeyflower.
So if you’re looking for a secluded, unspoiled spot for your event that’s chock-full of natural beauty, at a price that will make you think it’s 1937, take a stroll around Quail Hollow Ranch. Who knows, you may be inspired to start your own magazine!
The rental fee is required at the time of booking. The 10-hour minimum fee (which covers use of the house and lawn) is $891 for Santa Cruz County residents, $981 for non-residents, and $99/$109 for each additional set-up hour needed. The 10 hours includes 3 hours for setup, a 5-hour maximum event time, and 2 hours for cleanup. The permit fee is $200 if alcohol is served. There is a 25% discount from November 1 to March 31.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: moderately equipped
Tables & Chairs: 125 chairs, 15 tables provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: backyard patio or BYO on lawn
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot, limited in offseason
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ
View: park grounds
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Alcohol: BYO BWC, no hard liquor, restricted to 5 hours, maximum
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified restricted to 5 hours, maximum
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: usually not required
Saturdays year-round; Sundays June–August, except for the 3rd Sunday per month (subject to change). Hours are 10am–midnight on Saturday, or 10am–10pm on Sunday. There is a 10-hour minimum on weekends. A 6-hour minimum rental is available if you book within 3 months of your date.