Welcome to the Bar SZ Ranch!
Check-in: 3pm - Let us know what time you will be arriving and we will be there to greet you.
Check-out: 11am - Read the house manual and follow all instructions in order to avoid extra charges.
Arriving: You will lose reception on your way out and GPS can't be counted on, we recommend following our written directions below. Pull into the main entrance of the ranch in order to check-in, for the safety of our animals and children please respect our 5 mph speed limit. Read the welcome kit upon arrival.
Amenities: The nearest amenities are 45 minutes away, pack in everything you plan on needing.
Cooking: We have a Santa Maria style BBQ in the common area which everyone is welcome to use ($40-$60/BBQ). Both the Ranch House and Art House have a BBQ with propane provided, and the Cabin has a charcoal BBQ, briquettes not included. Each of the houses has a kitchen which is stocked with standard supplies. Large groups may want to consider bringing over-sized pots/pans/bowls, etc. When gathering more than 10 guests in one house for meals we suggest you bring paper plates and utensils.
Dogs: Although we do allow dogs on the ranch we have a strict indoor/outdoor policy. It's important for us to keep our houses allergy and dirt free for all our guests, therefore dogs aren't allowed on the carpet, furniture, beds, etc. You can take your dog with you all around the ranch, but when in the houses we ask that you crate them on a hard surface that can be easily cleaned. You assume 100% of the responsibility for their safety while on the ranch. $100/dog
Campfires: The community campfire will begin every night at 8:30 upon request, we have plenty of seating and firewood.
Wi-Fi: The Ranch House, Art House, and Cabin all have a strong wi-fi signal (2mbps). There is also wi-fi provided in the common area.
Cell Service: Although there is no cell coverage on the ranch we do have a micro-cell in the common area which works for Verizon and Sprint customers. AT&T customers need to speak with Tim or Michelle if they would like to access the AT&T micro-cell.
Landlines: Each house is equipped with an old-fashion phone that hooks into the wall. It's available for the convenience of our guests, please be considerate regarding the duration of long-distance calls.
What's Provided in the Houses: Linens, towels, standard kitchen supplies, fresh drinking water, liquid body soap, hand and dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, coffee beans/grinder, coffee maker, tea, salt/pepper, cooking oil, s'more sticks, seating around the fire pits, and other basics. If your house stock is running low on any of these items please let Tim or Michelle know.
What You Bring: Food, drinks, chocolate/marshmallows/crackers, toiletries, flashlights, sunscreen, hats, bikes/helmets, games, tennis shoes or boots, jeans, multiple layers of clothes for the evenings, and anything else that may personalize your country experience. If you plan to gather a large group in one house OR barbecue in the common area, please bring paper plates and plastic utensils (each house is stocked for 10 guests, dishes and utensils are not to be swapped between houses or used in the common area).
Firewood: Wood is provided for the outdoor campfire at Doc's Bar, if you are staying in either the Ranch House or the Art House and would like an indoor fire please bring your own wood. The Cabin has a pellet stove and pellets are provided.
Grocery Stores: There is a Costco in Gilroy, San Luis Obispo, and Bakersfield, or you can find a standard grocery store closer to the ranch in Hollister, King City, and Coalinga.
Bags of Ice: We have a new ice maker and are now selling 20lb bags of ice.
Cash: You will need cash for onsite purchases such as horseback riding, shooting, oak BBQs, Doc's Bar, swag, and ice.
Weather: Although we live in the city of Paicines it is a very large area so take the weather report with a grain of salt.
Fun Fact: Our density ratio is ONE person per square mile. San Francisco has 17,000 people per square mile, San Jose has 5,000 people per square mile, Los Angeles has 8,000 people per square mile, and coming in at the top is East Hollywood at 31,000 people per square mile. Come and enjoy our open space!
On-Site Support: Tim and Michelle live on-site and are available help if anything is not working. Please don't wait until the end of your stay to report a problem.
Smoking: Smoking is permitted outside of the houses in designated areas only, you may NOT walk around the ranch while smoking. Our designated areas are specifically located far from dry grass as well as the barn, riding arena, horses and other animals. Cigarette butts are a very serious matter, please do not leave a single one on the ground.
Medical Services: The nearest medical services are in Hollister which is a 45 minute drive from the ranch. Amenities include hospital, pharmacies, and drugstores. We have a basic first aid kit on site but encourage our guests to come prepared with supplies they may need. List of Local Services
Preferred Vendor List: If you are a large group and trying to arrange services during your stay, please click here for our full list of local vendors.
Local Attractions: Although most of our guests prefer to spend their time at the ranch, we have created a list of things to do in the local area. Please click here for detailed information.
Family Photography: If you would like to book a family photo session during your stay we have a local photographer who will come out to the ranch and capture the beautiful country setting. Please contact Averi direct at 831.821.0338, Reins & Roses Photography.
Horseback Riding: You may sign-up for riding upon arrival, there will be a sign-up sheet located at Doc's Bar. For more information regarding riding at the ranch, please click here.
Shooting: You may sign-up for shooting upon arrival, there will be a sign-up sheet located at Doc's Bar. If interested you may bring your own guns/ammo, if not we have all necessary supplies. For more information regarding our shooting range, please click here.
Waiver: All guests who are participating in activities must sign a waiver PRIOR to arriving, click here.
Cancellation Policy: Wedding deposits are non-refundable. Standard reservations may receive a 90% refund if cancellation occurs more than 45 days out, if within 45 days no refund will be offered. Our policy is firm.
- The cleaning fee doesn't cover dirty dishes, rearranged furniture, cigarette butts, etc. Please leave the ranch and your house as you found it. Additional cleaning time will be billed at $50/hour.
- Put all kitchen and house accessories back in their original place. We will take a quick inventory after check-out and if items are missing you will be billed for the replacement charge.
- Help us conserve energy by turning off the AC and heat when you leave the house. We reserve the right to shut off the system if you leave it running while away from the house.
- Our nighttime temperature always drops, please open the house windows to conserve energy and give the AC a rest.
- We have limited underground water, please conserve.
Please do not...
- rearrange the furniture in the houses
- take furniture outside onto the deck or patio
- take blankets or any other linens outside, bring your own blankets if you'd like to sit on the ground
- jump on the beds, couches, or any other furniture
- try to fix anything that breaks
If you need help please contact Tim and Michelle or one of their lovely children.
10001 Willow Creek Road
Paicines, CA 95043
From Northern CA, Hwy 101
Hwy 101 S towards Gilroy. Hwy 25 S towards Hollister/East Pinnacles. Pass through Hollister. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FOOD AND GAS AND CELL COVERAGE!! Pass through Tres Pinos. Continue on Hwy 25 towards the Pinnacles, about 30min. From the entrance to the Pinnacles continue on Hwy 25 another 3.2mi. Left turn onto San Benito Lateral (SZ Ranch sign). Continue on 1.6mi, staying left at the fork (follow ranch sign), the ranch is up on the right.
From Northern CA, I-5
I-5 south, exit 152. West on 152, south on 156, south on 25 towards Hollister/East Pinnacles. Pass through Hollister. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FOOD AND GAS AND CELL COVERAGE!! Pass through Tres Pinos. Continue on Hwy 25 towards the Pinnacles, about 30min. From the entrance to the Pinnacles continue on Hwy 25 another 3.2mi. Left turn onto San Benito Lateral (SZ Ranch sign). Continue on 1.6mi, staying left at the fork (follow ranch sign), the ranch is up on the right.
From Southern CA, Hwy 101
Hwy 101 N towards King City. Exit 1st St, turn right. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FOOD AND GAS AND CELL COVERAGE!! Turn right again on Bitterwater Rd. After 15.5 miles this will dead-end into Hwy 25 (Airline Hwy), turn left and you will be going north on Hwy 25. After 11.5 miles make a right turn at San Benito Lateral, with the windmill and a sign for Bar SZ Ranch. Continue on 1.6mi, stay left at the fork (follow the ranch sign), you will find us on the right side.
From Southern CA, I-5
I-5 N to W Jayne (hwy 33), left turn off the freeway, towards Coalinga. W Jayne becomes Hwy 33. Enter Coalinga and make a left turn on Hwy 198, towards King City/Hollister. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FOOD AND GAS AND CELL COVERAGE!! Stay on 198 for about 50min. When you come out of the hills you will decend down a big grade. At the bottom you will make a right onto Hwy 25 towards Hollister/Pinnacles. Continue on Hwy 25 for about 50min. Make a right turn at San Benito Lateral, with the windmill and a sign for Bar SZ Ranch. Continue on 1.6mi, stay left at the fork (follow the ranch sign), you will find us on the right side.