The Cowell Hay Barn

1156 High Street
Santa Cruz CA 95064


The Cowell Ranch Hay Barn was originally built in 1860 as part of the Cowell Lime Works- the largest producer of lime in the country. After falling into dilapitation, the Hay Barn was completely renovated in 2015 and is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The Hay Barn is conveniently located near the main entrance to UCSC’s campus, adjacent to the 30-acre Center for Agroecology organic farm, offering breathtaking views of Monterey Bay.

The Hay Barn’s large open floor plan can accommodate a ceremony and reception inside, with the capability of extending to the outside in warm weather. For late-season events, the Hay Barn stays nice and warm with radiant floor heating offering your guests a comfortable space in cooler weather. Sliding barn doors allow guests to gaze upon Monterey Bay and have effortless event flow.

If interested in an outdoor ceremony, say, “I do,” atop Monterey Bay from our outdoorceremony site located on the Center for Agroecology organic farm. Up to 200 guests enjoy comfortable seating on complimentary hay bales. The Ocean View Site is available as a separate hourly rental between the months of June and October.

Info Last Updated
  • 01-12-2024