Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ward Ranch Christmas Tree Farm

Location: Ward Ranch Christmas Tree Farm
Happy Holidays from San Francisco Bay Style!  I've put away all the fall decor and now it's time to decorate for Christmas!  The first thing on our "to do" list is to find the perfect Christmas tree for our living room front window!  I thought it would be fun to visit a local Christmas Tree Farm this year!  My husband loves the pine scent of a real tree and thought it would be fun to try a new experience with the kids!



Outfit Details:

Red Wool Blend Coat: (similar here, here, and here) - make sure you bring a warm coat!  It can get  chilly!
Joe Fresh Plaid Skirt: I purchased this skirt a few years ago and I am still wear it all the time!  I found some other options: (similar here, here, and here)
Green Hunter Boots: I own these red ones which are also perfect for the holidays!
Leg Warmers: (similar here, here, and here) - perfect to wear with boots and keep your legs warm when wearing skirts!
Charter Club dog sweater (similar here, here, and here)

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I came across Ward Ranch searching on Yelp!  The small farm family atmosphere was very appealing and we really didn't want to deal with the overrated and overcrowded other popular farms near our area.  Ward Ranch is located off of coastal highway 1 on Bonny Doon Road in the Santa Cruz mountains.  It's a gorgeous drive through big and majestic redwood trees.  It's located in close proximity to Beauregard Vineyards Tasting Room, which is another spot I plan to visit soon!

We arrived at 9:00 in the morning right when they opened. We were greeted by the family's friendly dogs and the proprietor's who own the property.  They offered us complimentary hot cocoa, coffee, and cider and we warmed up by the crackling camp fire pit which was surrounded by haystacks decorated with colorful blankets!





This sweet girl's name is Nelly!  She loves to be scratched under her neck!






Once we warmed up near the fire pit we were ready for the day's adventure...in search for the perfect Christmas tree.  The droughts in California over the last several years have made it very difficult for local tree farms to produce numerous large and lush fir trees.  Therefore, if you are expecting to see rows and rows of hundreds of trees, you may want to head to Oregon!  With that in mind, we enjoyed searching the property and saw everything from small seedlings, to 7 foot noble and douglas firs, and a gigantic redwood tree in the center of the property! 






The Ward Ranch residence:


After finding and cutting down our perfect Christmas tree, we stopped in the small wooden shed near the fire pits to peruse through arts and crafts for sale from local artisans.  They had a spectacular selection of hand crafted goods from jewelry, knitted scarfs and beanies, holiday ornaments, scented soaps and candles, and many other beautiful items that are perfect for gifting and creating lasting holiday memories!







Plan your trip to the Santa Cruz Mountains and visit Ward Ranch Christmas Tree Farm.  You will enjoy the family spirit and generosity, the small tree farm vibe, and most importantly, you will create fun holiday family memories that will be cherished forever!


Shop my entire outfit and similar details by visiting my shop page for all the products featured in this post and on my blog!

Happy Holidays,
xoxoxo,

Hayley