The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Condor’s Nest Ranch is a private estate set on 20 acres of spectacular back-country woods. Couples looking for an “Old California” ranch-style setting for their wedding will be delighted with the vintage-retro appeal of the red-tiled ranch house and the magnificent 360-degree view of the canyon and the forest, the meadow and the hills, and the Pala valley, stretching all the way out to the Pacific Ocean.
All weddings at The Condor’s Nest Ranch are held outdoors on the landscaped grounds under the majestic canopy of a centuries-old ash tree, against the lush canvas of the forest and the mountains or near the big, red barn for a rustic, country vibe.Receptions at The Condor’s Nest Ranch are usually held by the pool, with guests also mingling at the garden and courtyard. Couples who wish to go for an Old West theme may also choose to have their reception near the small cabin on the grounds, which is charmingly decorated with Western relics and paraphernalia. A Conestoga wagon, a view of the rustic, red barn, and the sound of barnyard animals on the property, all conspire to make that
retro-Western theme happen. Up to 300 seated guests can be accommodated for both ceremony and reception.
What You Should Know
The Condor’s Nest Ranch will arrange every aspect of the ceremony with its trademark professionalism and efficiency. All the wedding couple has to do is to provide the decorations, the flowers and the wedding cake. The venue has several in-house caterers, and there are several options to suit varying tastes and budgets. Bar packages must also be booked in-house, and all drinks are served open-bar style.
A tasting party is held at the start of every year for all booked couples to allow them to sample and select their catering and bar service packages. The Western BBQ package is the venue's most popular menu package. Food is always served buffet-style at The Condor’s Nest Ranch.
Catering packages also include:
- Services of an events coordinator for the day
- Tables and chairs
- Linen and silverware
- Use of menu boards and dessert stands
- BBQ facilities
- Portable dance floor
- Outdoor night lighting
- Setup and cleanup services
Condor’s Nest Ranch has a list of licensed officiants to perform the wedding ceremony, although couples may opt to bring their own officiant. Couples are required to book the in-house DJ, who will also be the emcee for the event. Couples who wish to provide their own playlist or music are welcome to do so.
Because The Condor’s Nest Ranch is located in perennially sunny Southern California, the weather, tempered by the San Diego mountain air, is not usually a problem. Parasols and tents are provided for additional protection and shade.
Accommodations for one night for up to 20 people are included in the standard package. Extra nights can be, and usually are, booked by the wedding couple for their entourage. The Condor’s Nest Ranch only accommodates one wedding per weekend. Most wedding families stay for the week, so a longer lead time for bookings is strongly encouraged.
There is a large parking lot to accommodate guests. A shuttle service is also conveniently provided as part of the package. Restrooms facilities are not wheelchair accessible, and smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Wireless Internet service is available.
Staying at the ranch house is a treat in itself. Each room has its own private access to the grounds, and the master’s bedroom has its own fireplace and deck. Guests are always impressed by the cathedral ceilings in the great room, the fireplace in the family room and the fountain in the foyer. Wedding groups who stay for several nights are treated by the owners of the ranch to pre- and post-wedding buffet gatherings to welcome them, and then help them unwind after the event.
From the Vendor
20 acre Private Ranch - All Inclusive Weddings!
We are proud to offer select weekends at The Condor's Nest Ranch, including lodging for up to 20 guests, a dream all-inclusive Wedding! We do one per weekend, we bring in everything you need (almost-except photographer, cake and flowers) to make it the easiest, stressfree, FUN, memorable DAY ever!
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Backyard, Farm + Ranch, Barn, Estate, Historic Venue, Mountain
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings
A Magical Memory I Will Cherish Forever!Reviewed on 9/26/2014 Suling P
We are so happy that we had our wedding at The Condor's Nest Ranch! The venue itself is beyond amazing. The grounds are super expansive with a main ranch house, a cottage, hammock, pool, animals that you can feed including alpacas, hogs, horses, goats, a donkey... we can go on and on! The views are breathtaking and the house is decked out with incredible antiques everywhere! Let's just say, you will not have one ugly photo at this venue. It also has an awesome master bedroom where the girls got ready. We received so many compliments from our guests about the venue. Everyone had a blast and it made for one magical weekend. It is just the perfect place where people can escape and enjoy themselves. Our wedding was in the beginning of July, so we were originally concerned about the heat. However, because it is situated on the ocean side of the hill, you get these wonderful, constant breezes coming all the way from the ocean, which helped make everything more pleasant. The venue also has parasols for everyone to use. It was warm, but the weather was absolutely amazing, especially in the evening. There are multiple, all-inclusive packages to choose from. Since we had a lot of guests coming from out of town, we chose a package with a 2-night stay. We hosted our rehearsal dinner at the ranch Friday night and had the wedding on Saturday. You can sleep up to 15 people between the ranch house and the cottage! It really gave us a chance to spend some quality time with each other in an awesome location instead hanging out in some stuffy hotel lobby. My wife especially loved how you get access to their ultimate prop room. They have tons of vintage and nifty props and decorations that you can use for your wedding, which would otherwise cost a fortune. The food vendor we choose (Alchemy) was great and super easy to work with. The bar service provided is great and will work with you on your drinking needs. DJ Jake is the man! We also used another of their preferred vendors for rehearsal (Urban Chow) and that turned out awesome too. Their entire staff is amazing. Everyone is super friendly, super nice, and very accommodating. What a great team! Thank you everyone! There are so many great things to say about The Condor's Nest Ranch. We absolutely loved it there and didn't want to leave. Thanks again to you all! We can't wait to see everyone again at the end-of-year reunion!
The Perfect Wedding Experience!Reviewed on 11/04/2013 Kali H
My husband and I were married here in October 2013 and it could not have been better! We had high expectations, as I'm sure most bride and grooms do for their wedding, and the team at the ranch exceeded them without a doubt. The venue is the most stunning place and the team is a joy to work with. Lisa and Bob are professional, but also warm and inviting. They, along with their team, go above and beyond. They truly care about every wedding that takes place there and they do everything they can to make sure you and everyone involved is happy and that you get your perfect day. They make the wedding planning process easy so you can actually enjoy it. Not only do they provide many things in their wedding packages (from the DJ, to the dance floor, to dinner, to lighting, and even decorations and a day of coordinator), but they also have great vendors to recommend for the very few things that are not included. For example, florists and photographers. They have thought of everything so you don't have to. They give you the essentials so you can focus on the details of your dream wedding. I cannot speak highly enough of this venue. They gave us the perfect day, actually weekend, since you get private access to the ranch the weekend of your wedding. The food was fantastic! The DJ was spectacular! Lisa, the day of wedding coordinator, took care of everything and handled it perfectly! Thanks to these people and the rest of the Condor's Nest Ranch team we were able to throw the best party! It was an experience we will never forget. We just can't wait to get to go back. Even after your wedding is over, that is not the end of your experience there. At the end of the year they throw a party at the ranch for all of the brides and grooms that got married there that year. I can only imagine every couple is as excited as we are to get to go back!
Heaven!Reviewed on 7/27/2013 Megan T
This place is really heaven on earth. We knew the moment we saw it that this was where we were going to get married. It is so peaceful and gorgeous. It is a hidden gem so everyone was asking how we found it! Lisa and Bob are the owners of the ranch and they are so so amazing..they were half the reason why we booked it. We knew working with them was going to be so easy and fun! Our wedding day was perfect and we couldn't have asked for anything more!
gorgeous venueReviewed on 7/12/2012 Vivian C
The ranch is absolutely breathtaking, with a killer view and beautiful serene surroundings. The best part of the venue is that the wedding party is allowed to stay the entire weekend (friday to sunday) instead of being hustled out immediately after the wedding. we had a chance to come early friday to relax, settle in, and make any last minutes preparations. The venue really makes the wedding, and we didn't feel the need to "dress up" the place with too much decor because the ranch already provides so much visual scenery.
Amazing venue with beautiful views...Reviewed on 7/12/2011 Carrie F
Lisa & Bob from the Condor's Nest Ranch are amazing... and so is their venue! We fell in love with this location the 1st time we saw it, on our visit from Chicago! We just knew this was exactly where we wanted to have our celebration! All of our family & friends were truly blown away by the location & it's views & beauty as well!
Condor's Nest RanchReviewed on 12/12/2010 stephanie g
My husband and I knew from the start that we did not want a stuffy ballroom wedding, although really beautiful for some it was just not our style. I found The Condor's Nest Ranch online and we absolutely fell in love with the idea. When we went to visit the property we knew this was the most amazing place for us to celebrate our big day. There were so many things we loved about the ranch, the red barn, animals, beautifully constructed and decorated house, and the rolling hills that had the most amazing view and sunsets.
Meet The Owner
The Condor's Nest Ranch is a labor of love! My husband and I started doing Weddings about 10 years ago and really enjoy the whole process of meeting our couples, giving them tours, having our Tasting once a year, with their families, and working with them so their Wedding Day will be perfect and customized to whatever they want! We only deal with Top Vendors, who we hand pick, and we make the process easy and fun! My favorite part is the end of the year party -when we hear how nice their Weddings were, the funny, the good the bad and the ugly stories! They are all like Family to us!!