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“Pastures of Heaven” on 1600-Acre Historic Pine Canyon Ranch
What We Offer: 'Peace, Privacy, and Proximity'
(Only 20 minutes from Monterey.)
The guest wing of our adobe ranch house offers unsurpassed views of over 50 miles of valley and mountains, as well as, unobstructed views of sunrises and sunsets. With 2 ½ miles of ranch above and below the private wing, you will enjoy the peacefulness of being away from civilization. Located in the mid-ranch foothills, just up from our big red barn, over 50 species of birds are frequently seen, as well as, wildlife, horses, and cattle from the comfort of your private deck. Accommodations include a complete kitchen, queen size bed, futon, fireplace/heater, internet and cell phone service, bathroom, deck (with BBQ), and of course, spectacular views from inside and out.
Nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range half way between Salinas and Monterey, our 1600-acre family ranch is rich with ancient Native American, Spanish, homesteader, and outlaw history (We published a book on life on the ranch.).
Nearby Sites and Sounds:
We are centrally located in Monterey County, with Monterey, Carmel, Santa Cruz, wine tasting, Pinnacles National Monument, Laguna Seca, Carmel Valley, Steinbeck Museum, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Pebble Beach, Big Sur Coast, Vision Quest Ranch, etc., all within about a 15 to 45 minute drive. In addition, we offer hiking (guided hikes only).
Keywords: 'Peace, Privacy, and Proximity': ranch, nature, birds, cattle, horses, hiking, beach, Pro Am, Laguna Seca, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel, Santa Cruz, Pebble Beach, Cannery Row, wineries, Steinbeck Museum, Rotarian
You will be the guests of Rod and Susan Neubert. Rod, a Rotarian, grew up on the ranch and published an account of his experiences and the colorful Old West history of the Pine Canyon area. Susan, with a degree in Biology, is a horse and nature enthusiast, as well as an avid bird watcher.
Susan purchased this apartment in 1942
This area from the Spanish era on has been known as 'Buena Vista' because of its spectacular views. Our upper ranch was Steinbeck's inspiration for 'Pastures of Heaven'.
'Peace, Privacy, and Proximity': We are out in the country, yet a short drive to many local attractions. (Only 20 minutes from Monterey.)
We stayed 4 nights at this property in July, 2016. The guesthouse is attached to the main house and has it's own entry. The quarters are well maintained and furnished very nicely. The general feel for this place is quiet & peaceful. This is a rustic country place with a fire pit ready to go, and a patio off the bedroom equipped with a grill & fuel. Although the listing does not include any supplies, we found it with many supplies. It has full sized washer & dryer which was wonderful, and the bathroom is large & roomy with a good shower and very large countertop area. We did not utilize the fire pit due to the dry conditions, but I could see it being fun with a group on a cool evening. It was a comfortable reprieve for us after visiting some very busy areas in CA. From this location we went to Monterey (about 1/2 hour drive) for activities which included the aquarium. We highly recommend the 4 hour whale & dolphin boat trip that leaves from the Monterey wharf. In Monterey we enjoyed eating at Rosine's. We also travelled to Santa Cruz to the Boardwalk on the beach. This is a lot of fun for all ages, especially if you like the rides (big & small). Overall, we mainly used the guesthouse for our nights, but I think it would be a good place to spend a few quiet days. Thank-you Susan & Rod.
My daughters (11 and 15) and I spent two days at the Pine Canyon Ranch and thoroughly enjoyed it. Located a few miles outside of Salinas and an easy drive into Monterey, we felt that it was a perfect location; away from the noise and traffic in town but close enough to any store we might need. The ranch itself was beautiful; the nights were quiet, with amazing views over the valley and the lights of Salinas in the distance. Mornings were spent watching the sun rise over the valley to the chirping of birds.
We visited the Monterey Aquarium one day, which was a short 30 minute drive with traffic. The rest of the time we were content to relax on property. The property had all amenities as described; TV/DVD, DirecTV, laundry, full kitchen, and even a charcoal grill (which we did not use). The owner, Susan, was a wonderful host and provided us with numerous suggestions on activities in the area, and was very helpful with minor requests we had. She even was kind enough to mail us back a forgotten item that we had left behind. She was very flexible on our arrival and departure time.
All in all, we had a great visit and would definitely recommend this property to others. We did not have any time to explore the ranch and surrounding area due to our short visit but hope to in the future. Thanks Susan!
If I could describe our stay at Susan's ranch in one word I would say "Peaceful". This was our first experience staying at a "home" rather than our usual hotel/motel/lodge/camping experiences. Staying there felt like you are staying a friends' house except that they gave you privacy. Susan and Rod were very gracious but never all over us. I actually never saw Susan but was in easy contact with her via phone and texting. We did meet Rod and he was kind enough to give us a quick tour of his own museum on site. If you like history, nature, photography and good stories you would like Rod.
When we drove up to the house we were greeted by a couple of happy dogs and some chickens. Yes, it is a ranch and it's rustic so if you are looking for some cutsey B&B or pristine hotel room this ain't it. But we found the house clean, comfortable and attractive. The rooms were a nice size- plenty of room for us three adults. There is a nice, fully equipped kitchen dining area. We enjoyed lazy breakfasts in front of a big picture window next to the dining table. There were hummingbirds and another beautiful bird that would visit the bottlebrush tree framing the window. I had planned dinners out but we ending up preparing all but one meal at the house as it was easy. (I recommend the big Raley's Market in Salinas.) The bathroom was big with lots of storage. The shower worked very well. The bedroom/living room was comfortable and attractive. Big beautiful bed, a sofa that opened to a bed and a comfy easy chair.. Susan also provided us with an air mattress. The TV/combo stored in the closet was a little difficult to use but we eventually figured it out. Actually we only felt like watching TV one evening. The deck off the bedroom is a nice comfortable size with patio furniture a barbeque. The best thing was the view of the Salinas Valley from the deck. Beautiful! The only sad thing was it was overcast and cool most of the weekend so we didn't spend much time on the deck. We did get some clear skies one night so we saw plenty of stars. A treat for city dwellers.
During the day we took trips to Big Sur/Monterey, The Pinnacles National Park and the Steinbeck Museum. Unfortunately we did not have any time left to see more of the farm. I would like to return one day and do that. Since we are from San Francisco Bay Area we have visited the Monterey Coast area many times but using the Salinas area as our home base was very pleasant different experience.
This is a three room apartment sharing a wall with the ranch house. Both are constructed of adobe and some old wood framing. The kitchen is spacious and well appointed with utensils, appliances, etc. There is an apartment sized fridge but Susan showed us the full sized fridge in the garage that we could use as well. The bath is spacious with it's own heater and large shower. The third room is a large bedroom/sitting room (comfy sofa and recliner) with windows on three walls. Here is where the fantastic views are. We felt the place was isolated enough that we left the curtains open all the time so we could enjoy the views of the Salinas Valley and, much closer, the horses, goats and cows in the ranch pastures. It was too windy during our stay to sit on the deck but there are chairs and a grill out there. The ranch dogs were very friendly and Bea was even waiting for us on our front porch a couple of mornings! We went in to Monterey a couple of days. It was only about a 25-30 minute drive. All-in-all a very pleasant stay with an extremely gracious host. We highly recommend.
We spent 5 wonder filled days at Pine Canyon Ranch. Susan was a gracious hostess and was accommodating of our every need while being respectful of our privacy. The bed was very comfortable and our 12 year-old grandson enjoyed the futon style couch/bed. The nearby beaches (20 to 40 minutes away) were beautiful and the wildlife was amazing. In one afternoon we saw whales, sea otters, California Sea Lions, and pelicans all in their natural habitats (bring your binoculars). The quiet of the ranch was a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Monterey.
Great place to get away with family or friends or to be by yourself. Cozy yet spacious inside with sweeping valley views from living/bed room and nice deck. A real "ranch" experience, especially if you read the owner's booklet about growing up as a ranch kid. Ideal and a good value.
A visit to the Ranch Museum and walking tour to visit our critters (goats, lambs, horses), collect eggs from the chickens is available by prior arrangement. Guests may also request a guided hike.
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