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Weddings at Santa Margarita Ranch: Rustic Sophistication
Monday, May 7, 2012
By Tina Swithin
A recent article in the Sacramento Bee titled, "Come for the Fresh Air in Paso Robles, Stay for the Wine" touched on a rising trend in our gorgeous wine country: weddings! In the article, Lauran Galena, owner of Two Little Birds Bakery, was quoted as saying, "Couples are coming from everywhere to get married in the wineries, on ranches and on the beaches," she said. "We do seven to 13 weddings a weekend, and it looks like my wedding business will double this year."
As part of a new series highlighting wedding venues in the Paso Robles area, we will clink a glass and make a toast to Santa Margarita Ranch.
Are you dreaming of a wedding that combines the rustic, ranch atmosphere with class, elegance and sophistication? Sounds amazing, doesn’t it. There is an incredible wedding venue in the Paso Robles area that provides all that and more. Santa Margarita Ranch spans over 13,900 acres and is overflowing with a rich, local history. On the property, you will find an original adobe house with a beautiful landscaped garden and a historic barn which encloses the Asistencia which was built in the 1770’s. When booking the Santa Margarita Ranch for a wedding or reception, you have access to the garden and elegant barn for the day along with the Bridal Cottage for the wedding party to use.
There are a couple of options when booking your wedding at the Santa Margarita Ranch. The barn can accommodate up to 300 people and the garden can hold up to 1,000 people. Looking for a fun way to greet those guests? The retired marquee from the Granada Theatre has made its home on the ranch and can be customized to include a wedding day message. If you want to really toot your horn, do it in style by utilizing the narrow gauge train (originally from Disneyland!) which is a unique addition to the property. Allow your guests to loop the property on the 20-minute loop with real train conductors!
I was recently talking to Mark Winkler, a local photographer about his experience at Santa Margarita Ranch. Mark said, “I love working at the Santa Margarita Ranch. It affords so many unique photographic opportunities. From a lush garden accentuated by majestic oak trees to the iconic barn enclosed mission-era stone walls, it is sure to impress. It is truly a favorite wedding venue of mine”. I don’t think that I could have described it any better. This Central Coast wedding venue is a photographer’s dream come true from start to finish.
There are other fabulous adventures on or near the ranch that are sure to delight your wedding guests and keep them talking about this event for years. The beautiful vineyards on the property have a purpose above and beyond their aesthetic properties. Ancient Peaks Winery is located just down the street in the historic town of Santa Margarita and offers vineyard tours on Saturdays. Are there adventure seekers in your group or wedding party? Margarita Adventures offers a uniquely thrilling perspective of the ranch where you can embark on four distinct ziplines spanning more than 3,000 total feet.
In the Paso Robles area, we are incredibly fortunate to have wedding venues like the Santa Margarita Ranch. Where else can you find such an elegant, historical property with so much to offer? If there are wedding bells ringing in your future, give your guests the experience of a lifetime. Santa Margarita Ranch has it all: trains, historical barns, gorgeous gardens, wine tasting and breathtaking views by zipline.
Photo credit: Mark Winkler Photography
Tina Swithin is the Marketing Coordinator and Blog Manager for TravelPaso.com where she writes Pairings in Paso and other blog-a-licious Paso Robles articles. Follow the Paso Robles Insider to get the inside scoop on all the haps in Paso Robles Wine Country.