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4/8/11

Homeaway (from Home) Friday ~ Jalama Cañon Ranch Hoedown

Being that my boyfriend and I are originally from Northern California, we've been looking for the perfect middle ground to host a big party for his upcoming milestone birthday. After lots of looking and some great finds, I think I've finally found the perfect spot ~ Jalama Cañon Ranch. Now I just need to convince my adorably indecisive boyfriend that its perfection too (no pressure honey).
Five hours from SF and 3 hours from LA, this rustic but comfortable ranch is the perfect venue for a big old fashioned hoedown. Sitting on a thousand acres of open land and overlooking a private vineyard, for $365 a night you can have a private canyon all to yourself (or you can share it with friends). 
The thing I love most about the ranch, is it's summer camp feel, including a big screened-in eating cabin, filled with extra long picnic tables for family style dinners. The spacious lawn (perfect for a game of leisure ball) and an adorable tire swing dangling from an old oak tree. The outdoor shower and cabinets constructed out of old wine barrels just builds on it's already solid foundation of perfection. Another plus: You won't need to worry about the neighbors asking you to keep it down, at this ranch there is no noise ordinance (so bring your banjo).
Get Me There: For directions from LA click (here). For directions from SF click (here). Load up your car with friends and enjoy the quality time.
Give Me Something More: For the surfers, the ranch is only 15 minutes from Jalama Beach which sports three recognized surf spots: the Beachbreak, Cracks and Tarantulas (or "Ts" for short). For the adventurous, the ranch is the starting point for many scenic hikes in the Santa Rita hills. For the golfers, the ranch is 20 minutes from  La Purisma. For the drinkers, the ranch is about 30 minutes to the Santa Ynez wine valley. Enjoy! 

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