Redgate Ranch is a pristine 625-acre ranch and remote event space in the San Gregorio valley on California’s “Slow Coast.” With rolling hills, green pastures, two creeks, shady groves and breathtaking ridgetop ocean views, this is natural terrain for all kinds of outdoor activities. We enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking and boozy lunches in the orchard (followed by hammock time), campfire jams, and more.
Located 40 minutes from Silicon Valley, 50 minutes south of San Francisco and 15 minutes from Half Moon Bay, Redgate provides a convenient rural location for high-end corporate events, non-profit events, weddings and festivals.
Greg and Amanda Jones bought Redgate when they couldn’t afford it, but after trespassing onto the land one day with a toddler in a backpack and another in the belly, they fell madly in love with the land. The area around the house was a wreck. There were old trucks with trees sticking through their hoods on the lawn, a mountain of washing machines, fridges and old tires out back, and a condemnable shack near the creek with a menagerie of wildlife living under it. The land was spectacular, and unusual for California. Not only did it have the iconic flaxen pastures, but it had two valleys, redwoods, cyprus, towering eucalyptus and two lovely creeks. They scraped together their pennies and managed to buy it from the family who had been there for over 100 years.
That was in the year 1999, and little by little they cleaned up the land, brought the pastures back and renovated the shack into what it is today—the Shackteau. The simple renovation, was inspired by a New Zealand bach, or holiday home (Amanda is a Kiwi). They even unearthed a few gnarled old fruit trees under the mound of garbage, some of which live on and now bear excessive fruit. There’s a large wraparound porch instead. It’s surrounded by trees, hills and silence. Heaven.
Just beyond the ranch...
Half Moon Bay is 15 minutes north and has most everything needed. This town of 13,000 people has restaurants of every nationality, a hardware store, a Starbucks, a natural foods grocery store, a not-so-natural foods Safeway and a CVS. The Ritz Carlton is 15 minutes away.
Seven miles south is Pescadero, a lovely rural town with 300 residents and a legendary restaurant called Duartes (best breakfast in California). There is also a hipster coffee cafe, Downtown Local, with a shop that sells 1970s nostalgia, and Arcangelis, a grocery store selling famous artichoke bread (sells out by noon).
Our other favorite in Pescadero is the Slow Coast pop-up store. Here they upcycle cool old fleece shirts and part of the proceeds goes to restoring the ocean. And close by there is surfing in some of NorCal’s most famous surf breaks and glorious, long, empty beaches. There are also gorgeous state parks within several miles, our favorite being Butano in Pescadero.
270 Madera Lane, San Gregorio, CA 94074
Coming from highway 1
Take Highway 1 through Half Moon Bay and down to Highway 84 (La Honda Rd) to San Gregorio. This is approx 11 miles south of Half Moon Bay. Take a left on 84.
Go 4 miles exactly and look for a blue CALL BOX sign. Turn left there at Madera Lane.
Follow the road a short distance as it bends around and you cross a small bridge under some giant eucalyptus trees. Look for the old, red metal gate on the left/north side. If you see the Surf Naked sign, you know you’ve found it. Drive up 1/4 mile until you see the Shackteau with the red roof. Parking is up to your right. If full, you will need to park in the field to the right of the gate and walk a short distance to the fest.
Coming from 280-92
Take 280 South to 92 West to Half Moon Bay. Go to Highway 1 and turn left. Follow directions as above. CHECK TRAFFIC FIRST AS THIS CAN GET BACKED UP.
Coming from highway 84 - Woodside Rd.
Take 280 to Woodside Rd exit. Head west on Woodside Rd./Hwy 84. Go straight through Woodside and follow the road as Hwy 84 heads up the hill. At the summit you come to the intersection with Skyline Rd/Hwy 35 (a.k.a. Four Corners, with to Alice's Restaurant on the right) Proceed straight ahead staying on Hwy 84.
In about 7 miles you'll pass through La Honda.
About 4 miles past La Honda, you'll see Driscoll Rodeo Grounds on your left and you only have a little more than a over a mile to go.
Near the 5 mile mark past La Honda, you'll come to Madera Lane. There are two entrances (it's a loop road). Drive to the second, western entrance (just past the blue CALL BOX sign) and turn right onto Madera Lane. The first one is really dangerous and not really an entrance or exit.
Follow the road a short distance as it bends around and you cross a small bridge under some giant eucalyptus trees. Look for the old, red metal gate on the left/north side. If you see the Surf Naked sign, you know you’ve found it. Drive up 1/4 mile until you see the Shackteau with the red roof.
Parking is up to your right. If full, you will need to park in the field to the right of the gate and walk a short distance to the fest.