Highlands House and Park 8500 Highway 9 • Ben Lomond • California 95005


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

In the early 1900s, Lord and Lady Anderson of England managed to make their way to this beautiful area just outside Felton, whereupon they bought the 43 acres which now make up Highlands Park. Naturally, they built themselves an English-style mansion on the property and named it "The Highlands" in honor of Lord Anderson’s Scottish heritage. In the ‘30s, the Nasser family bought the estate, tore down the aging mansion and built Highlands House, the home you see today. Santa Cruz County purchased the property and then opened it as a park in 1977, and the site has been a favorite of the public ever since.

The park’s grounds have been used for a wide variety of events, and the vast lawn next to the house is where many of them take place. Spread out under the sun and ringed by towering oaks, pines and redwoods, it’s custom-made for a summer wedding. There’s plenty of room for couples to get married in front of a white gazebo at one end of the lawn, and then walk over to tables set up on the other end for their reception. It’s also an ideal spot for a corporate picnic or family reunion, whether you plan to bring in picnic tables, spread blankets right on the grass for a genuine lawn party, or stage a formal affair with linens, silver and market umbrellas. The lawn is actually big enough to have several activities going at once!

The Highlands House is also available for group events. Surrounded by trees and flowers (the camellia bushes and the magnolia tree are gorgeous in bloom), it has several rooms on the first floor which can be used in a multitude of ways. For weddings, set up a buffet in the living room and have your reception in the much larger Lorenzo Room, a pleasant space with a hardwood floor (great for dancing) and multipaned windows overlooking the garden. Decorate the foyer with flowers and use it for a small ceremony or a gift room. The adjacent Garden Room is the coolest in the house, and is considered the best place for the wedding cake. During the week, these same rooms work just as well for meetings or other business functions.

You’ll be pleased to note that if you’re a bride, there’s a sizable changing room upstairs. Your guests will be pleased to know that the park also has tennis courts, a kids’ play area and a nature trail just a short walk from the house. Highlands House & Park spent almost half a century as a family retreat and getaway, and it continues to provide a natural and relaxing environment for everyone who’s lucky enough to spend some time here.


Winter Wedding Discount
You can save 20% on the peak season site fee if you hold your wedding November 1–March 31 (100-person maximum*). Contact the park office for details and their monthly Open House schedule, 831/454-7938, reservations@scparks.com.

*including children and hired help.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $990–1,650/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Time of year
    • Booking within 3 months of event date; county of residency.

    • For April-October, the venue rental fee is $1,770 for non-residents of Santa Cruz County, and covers 10 hours (including 3 hours for setup, a 5-hour maximum event time, and 2 hours for cleanup). There is a discounted rate for residents.
    • For November-March, weekdays, or weekend reservations booked within 3 months of the event date, the rate is reduced to $1,062 for non-residents and includes up to 6 hours of total time. Additional hours may be contracted for a fee. There is a discounted rate for residents.
    • Indoor amplified sound permit is included. Note that outdoor amplified sound is only allowed during ceremonies.
    • Also provided are 125 chairs, 20 six- ft. banquet tables and 8 picnic tables.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 75 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 100 200
Reception Seated 100 200
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 75.

April - October, the maximum capacity is 200 guests. November-March, the maximum capacity is 100 guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info







Beer, wine and champagne only. There is a $250 fee if alcohol will be served.

Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Access limited

  • Year-round, daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Hours are 10am–midnight on Fridays and Saturdays or 10am–10pm, Sunday–Thursday. There’s a 10-hour minimum on weekends.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Community Center / Civic Building
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Mansion
  • Non-Profit
  • Park
  • Private Estate

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Park

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: BYO
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: 125 chairs, 16 60-inch round and four 8-foot rectangular tables provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: in Lorenzo Room
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot, 50 spaces guaranteed
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO, restrictions apply
Cleanup: renter
View: park grounds, trees


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: BYO BWC, no hard liquor
Wheelchair Access: limited
Smoking: no smoking
Insurance: usually not required
Music: amplified restricted to 5 hours, max., indoors only, except for outdoor ceremony


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