Santa Margarita Ranch | Guest Info

Hello! Welcome to the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, located just a few minutes from San Luis Obispo, on California’s beautiful central coast. We’re thrilled that you’ll be coming for a visit, and want to make sure you enjoy yourself to the fullest. Thus, we’ve gathered some basic information for you here that should aid you in preparation for your trip.

Ranch Facts

As the name implies, we are a working ranch. Actually, we’re one of the oldest continuously operated cattle ranches in California. For events, we are considered an outdoor venue; wedding ceremonies are usually held on the lawn in our manicured garden, and receptions take place in the 200 year old barn. Please take the above into consideration as you choose attire. For the ladies, we suggest flat or wedged footwear (spiked heels not recommended, as there is grass and other uneven surfaces) and for those susceptible to weather (small children and seniors): please be aware the barn is not fully protected from the elements. Layering is always recommended, as temperatures can swing considerable over the course of an evening.

Pet policy: we welcome service animals, but pets should be left at home.

ADA Access: Again, we are a genuine ranch, but both the garden and the barn, as well as restroom facilities, are ADA compliant. Anyone with mobility restrictions may be shuttled via private vehicle from the ceremony to the reception site, but we do not authorize the use of golf carts or other motorized transport.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other guests and staff—and we ask that you follow all posted instructions while visiting the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.

However, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 currently exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Directions to the Ranch

Historic Santa Margarita Ranch
9000 Yerba Buena Ave.
Santa Margarita, CA 93453


The Santa Margarita Ranch is located just a few minutes north of San Luis Obispo, immediately off Hwy 101. When traveling north or south bound: exit Hwy 101 at Exit 211, Santa Margarita/Hwy 58. Continue east towards town, and turn LEFT on Yerba Buena Ave. This road runs directly onto the Ranch. Once you’ve passed the second cattle guard, you’ll see the Ranch house and garden to your left. Continue on, adhering to parking signage and staff. You will park in the olive grove.

***PLEASE! To access the ranch you must pass through a private residential neighborhood. We ask you respect our neighbors and drive slowly, both when you arrive and as you’re departing later in the evening.

Near-by Accommodations

There is not any commercial lodging in the town of Santa Margarita. The nearest hotels/motels are located in either Atascadero or San Luis Obispo (both a short 10 to 15 minute drive from the Ranch). Here are just a few suggestions of hotels that are closest to the Ranch, although there are many other accommodations within the area. (Please note that the businesses stated here are not endorsed by Santa Margarita Ranch.)

Holiday Inn Express – Atascadero

Best Western Plus – Atascadero

Carlton Hotel – Atascadero

Apple Farm – San Luis Obispo

Quality Suites – San Luis Obispo

Avila Village Inn – Avila Beach

Those interested in camping or an RV stay might want to check out the local KOA, located a short 10 minute drive from the Ranch.

Fun things to do while you’re here…

Our collection of properties offer entertainment for all ages and interests!

Ancient Peaks Winery – Sip reds, whites, and rosés grown right here on the Ranch!

Margarita Adventures – Tour the countryside via six ziplines covering over 7,300 feet, plus a 300ft suspension bridge.

Avila Beach Golf Resort – Hit the links on this beautiful course, complete with ocean view.