The stroll to this tranquil oasis is a step back in time. First, you’ll pass the old winery, made of aged brick and river rock, which once housed the Rancho’s own vintages. Next is a rambling adobe hacienda, trimmed with verandas and rose bushes that make you think of bountiful summer days and happy family gatherings. The Rancho’s earliest settlers planted many of the surrounding trees, and a giant Black Walnut boasts branches spanning nearly half an acre! In front of this arboreal beauty, a vibrant rose garden plays host to hummingbirds and butterflies. Just beyond the hacienda is your first view of the event grounds, sprawling lawns cradled by orange groves and sagebrush-covered hills. A long white arbor covered in Mission grapevines stretches past an aviary alive with birdsong and the fluttering of wings. Most brides use the arbor as a wedding aisle, while the groom awaits her arrival at one of two locations: the steps of a quaint wooden Chapel, whose open double-doors reveal oaken prayer benches and antique candelabra that convey a sense of reverence; or beneath the dappled shade of a billowing maple tree, with the afternoon breeze softly whispering through the branches. Both are uniquely inspiring backdrops for your ceremony. Afterwards, while the wedding party enjoys photo opportunities in a blooming flower garden, guests quaff refreshments by a fishpond, where a miniature waterfall flows into a pond ringed with ferns and lilies. To add more novelty to your cocktail hour, arrange for guests to take a guided tour of the Museum buildings and grounds.