A bunch of us went to Rancho Siempre Verde over the weekend. It is a Christmas tree farm and a lot more. I have to say I was a bit dubious since I didn’t even need a Christmas tree, but S.T. insisted it was a fun time and she can be quite persuasive. So S.T. and Sandy and little Joey and I climbed in the car and Clifford and Leslie, with Red and Blue (their cute cattle dogs) followed us to this magical place on Highway One, south of Pigeon Point Lighthouse. AND we had a blast!
As they say on their website:
“For 40 years, family and friends have made Rancho Siempre Verde a lively and beautiful place to enjoy the Christmas season. We invite you to come swing to your heart’s content, picnic overlooking the Pacific Ocean, take a tractor ride, roast marshmallows by the fire, romp in the hay, make a wreath, and stroll leisurely through the fields in search of your perfect tree. We promise no plastic Santas, no long lines, and no parking-lot-style Christmas trees. Just a relaxed rural farm with a diversity of beautiful trees and lots of very friendly people.
Leslie and I made wreathes for $10 each and I think that is a bargain since I’ve seen them in stores for $35. We clipped our own trimmings from a variety of branches they provided and worked with a circular metal ring to make our creations. Sandy helped me wire in some pine cones. Some other people who obviously had been here before, brought some of their own stuff to mix into their wreathes.
Then we all hiked up the hill to try out the swings and make music on the larger than life xylophones. Well, if you ever want to make your “kid” come out – you must experience the swings because they are a blast!
None of us ended up getting Christmas trees, we just enjoyed the place and making wreathes. It was nice that it is not the usual tree lot with everyone clamoring to find “the best tree” and haggling over the price.
Rancho Siempre Verde is open the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23 and every weekend through Sunday, December 23. This includes November 23, 24, & 25; December 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd, 23rd and until 12 noon on the 24th. We are open from 9 AM to 5 PM, rain or shine.