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  • Should I book my accommodation now?
    Yes! Sonoma books quickly and we strongly recommend that you book hotel accommodations now if you have not done so already. In the “Where to Stay” section, we list three hotels, each located in Glen Ellen and less than 4 miles from the Ranch. Round trip transportation between these hotels and the Ranch will be provided on Friday and Saturday evenings. We have guaranteed reservations for a handful of rooms available at the Jack London Lodge. To reserve, please call and let them know you are attending the Rivera Upton wedding. There will be an after party at the Jack London Saloon after the reception on Saturday night. There are many wonderful hotels and vacation rentals in the surrounding area if you prefer to find your own accommodations or these hotels are booked.
  • How do I get there?
    Most out-of-town guests will fly into San Francisco International or Oakland airports and rent a car, allowing you to explore Sonoma County throughout the weekend. Glen Ellen is a 1.5 hour drive from San Francisco airport across the Golden Gate Bridge. Uber or private airport transports are also available for those who prefer not to drive. Glen Ellen Village is small but walkable and offers basic services including a grocery market, french bakery, bar and a handful of restaurants. The Ranch is located approximately 4 miles from Glen Ellen on the slope of Sonoma Mountain. Transportation by shuttle will be provided to and from the three Glen Ellen hotels and the Ranch for events on Friday and Saturday evenings. See the map in the "Getting There" section for more information.
  • Is there transportation to the events?
    For daytime activities on Friday and Sunday please drive to the ranch and follow signs for parking. For evening events on Friday and Saturday shuttles will be provided to pick you up and return you to hotels in downtown Glen Ellen. Each shuttle can accommodate 12 guests so please leave early to arrive on time. There will be limited parking at the ranch in the evenings, so please do use the transportation provided even if you are not staying at a local hotel in Glen Ellen.
  • Are there things for children to do?
    Children of all ages are welcome! The Ranch has plenty of space for kids, including tweens and teens, to explore. There is a pool, zip line, chicken coop, victory garden and in July, an infinite number of wild blackberries to pick. Teens will have their own place to hang out when they've had enough of us fossils. Bring a change of clothes (or three) as the little ones will likely get dirty (we'd be disappointed if they didn't!)
  • What should I wear?
    All events will be outdoors and some locations have uneven and/or hilly terrain. Sonoma at this time of the year will likely be hot during the day with a significant drop in temperature as the sun goes down. Come prepared with hats, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and jackets or sweaters for the evenings. For the ranch activities on Friday, please feel free to come dressed as you are (casual) and be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes to explore. The pool will be open so bring a swimsuit if you are inclined to take a dip. Attire for the Western-style, cowboy cookout on Friday evening is smart casual. Western-wear or a coastal cowgirl vibe are encouraged including jeans, sundresses, denim jackets and cowboy boots or hats (if you have them). Dress for the wedding ceremony and reception on Saturday is California Cocktail attire with suits as optional (it's a ranch after all!) Kristin says California Cocktail is a real thing so look it up. Finally, the farewell brunch on Sunday is casual so again, feel free to come dressed as you are. Again, please wear comfortable shoes all weekend to accommodate uneven terrain. Flats or block heels are strongly recommended for the ladies. Northern California is famous for its cool summer nights so a jacket or sweater (jumper) is a must in the evenings.
  • Do you have a registry?
    No. We have been fortunate in life and respectfully request no gifts. If you feel inclined, please make a donation to the Marine Mammal Center, where Philip serves on the board, or PFLAG, an organization Kristin has long supported.
  • Why do you call it a Ranch?
    The Ranch was originally part of a 159 acre expanse bought for four thousand dollars gold coin in 1876. In Sonoma we have farms, vineyards, and orchards. Our property has a little bit of everything, as you will see, so the term "Ranch" still fits well.
  • Why Sonoma?
    Because we want to bring those we love to a place that is both special and special to us.
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