The picnic grounds at Jack London State Historic Park offer the perfect setting for family and friends to gather for a casual get together or special celebration. Located within Beauty Ranch, the grounds are surrounded by beautiful vistas and historic buildings.
There are two picnic areas that can be reserved:
Picnic Site 1: 7 picnic tables shaded by oak trees are located on this, the most secluded of picnic sites. Equipped with 2 barbeques, this area is accessed by a meandering gravel pathway from the Ranch parking lot.
Site Fee - Day Use: $75 between the hours of 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Site Fee - After Hours 5 pm - 10 pm: $1,500/ Includes Picnic Overlook area adjacent to Picnic Site #1
Capacity: 50 . The Picnic Overlook area provides the additional space to accommodate up to 125 guests, but you must bring in additional seating if needed.
Picnic Site 2: Situated in the middle of the knoll, 5 picnic tables are tucked under shady oak trees, each with their own barbeque to grill your favorite complement to a picnic meal. Picnic Site #2 is near Picnic Site #1.
Site Fee - Day Use: $60 between the hours of 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Site Fee - After Hours 5 pm - 10 pm: $200. This site is available only in conjunction with renting Picnic Site #1 and the Picnic Overlook area.
Picnic Site 3: Pictured above, this is a cozy area with 5 picnic tables and a backdrop of some of the thousands of eucalyptus trees that Jack London planted at Beauty Ranch. Picnic Site #3 is open for use on a first come, first served basis. No reservations are taken.
This broad grassy meadow is bordered by a fenced prickly pear cactus patch and is nestled between Jack London's historic stone barns and Cottage, offering an idyllic setting for large-scale events. This magical "heart" of the Beauty Ranch can be transformed to create the quintessential "Sonoma style" event.
The historic ruins of the Kohler and Frohling winery serve as an open air courtyard and popular setting for weddings, receptions, fundraisers and special events. The ruins, at the base of Jack and Charmian's Cottage overlooking stunning views of vineyards and Sonoma Mountain, are perfectly situated to capture the rustic elegance of Sonoma's countryside With bucolic elegance and charm, the ruins are a dramatic and unforgettable one-of-a-kind event experience.
Perched above the winery ruins and overlooking the vineyards. The Winery Ruin Overlook is the perfect complement to the winery ruins, or it can stand alone, as a unique area for a reception. The area provides views, history and nature all in one spectacular location.
Fee: $1,500/ available after hours 5 pm- 10 pm only
Capacity 75 seated / 150 reception
This unique venue, located next to Jack and Charmian's Cottage Garden is an example of London's foresight to grade his land to retain moisture and prevent soil erosion. Picnic tables under shady oak trees offer views of the Beauty Ranch Meadow, stone barns, and a rolling vineyard making for lovely alfresco dining, small group gatherings, or your organization's workshop or seminar.
General Event Day Use: $150
Special Event-Day Use: $1,500 (includes Cottage Garden)
Capacity: 50 seated / 100 reception
1. By reservation and for an additional charge, a 'Jack and Charmian' picnic lunch can be picked up at the Glen Ellen Market at the base of London Ranch Road.
2. Private docent led tours and talks can be added to all events. Call office for details (707) 938-5216.
General Event is defined as a casual gathering to picnic at the park, or celebrate a special occasion. A general event does not require additional coordination or staffing from the park, nor are there arrangements for outside vendors coming on to the property.
Special Event is defined as gathering for the purpose of a wedding, elopement, renewal of vows, anniversary or other special event where additional staffing and coordination is required from the park. A special event typically involves outside vendors, and requires additional insurance, a signed contract and deposit. If in doubt please consult with park staff to determine how your event qualifies and the resulting pricing.