The story of The Lodge at 14 Oaks Ranch is as unique as the property itself and is steeped in rich family history and tradition. Its name captures the 14 Oaks chosen by each of the 14 siblings of the Murphy Family from the hundreds of majestic oak trees nestled amid the rolling hills of this secluded getaway. The Family's emotional scrapbook comes from their “Adventure Week” the family members share every year filled with interactive activities both on and off campus...from quiet walks filled with nature and intrigue to large events filled with excitement and adventure.
As you can see, the Lodge at 14 Oaks Ranch is a unique venue for family and corporate events. It's a place where you can create memories through traditions to strengthen family bonds or revitalize a team.
Family and teams share morning coffee talk on the porch or under "Mary's Oak tree; a morning stroll to the grotto on the hill; a mile walk to the front gate passing the animal pastures. In the late afternoon and evening there is cocktail hour enjoying the gorgeous sunsets amidst the cool breeze of the porch or Oak trees. The late evening might bring star gazing at the firepit after an evening of card and dice games, charades, or maybe a family or team talent show night; maybe scheduled is Family or team affirmations at dinner or at the Grotto between dinner and games.
The days may be filled with activities of safari, to feed the zebras, alpaca, buffalo, skeet shooting, archery, lawn game tournaments of shuffle board, horseshoes, bocce ball, cowboy golf… hikes to the creek or a hike to the Indian history showing how the native Indians ground oak acorns in grinding holes sprinkled near the creek; maybe a hike with Operations Director, Terry Greene, pointing out the gold rush times when the waterworks of the gold rush ran through the hills of the property; a ride out to the eagles nest. or maybe some pollywogging West African style for catch and release.
There is plenty of family and team interaction with meal preparation and BBQ’s in a fully stocked kitchen. Eating meals together provides an opportunity where common activities become shared experiences. The more they interact, the more they begin to discover things in common and begin to develop the bonds of friendship in new and meaningful ways. A country dining table that seats up to 14 also serves as a conference table with a built-in wide screen TV for presentations and slide shows. Additional seating is offered in the adjoining den and on the adjacent porch with a table of 12 and bench seating of 8-10.
Off campus activities can be planned as you go or prearranged. Off campus activities are houseboating (25 minutes away); visiting gold towns, gold mine tours, Old Sacramento, Sacramento - State capital tours; lakes, ice cream, rivers and fishing as well as a local fish hatchery... Wine tasting anyone?
There is plenty to do or not do and just relax and smell nature and listen to the quiet in birds chirping and frogs croaking…
We invite you to build your experiential scrapbook. Choose your own Oak tree to begin creating your special Family or Corporate memories and traditions. Escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Come and enrich your Story and create your History… at 14 Oaks Lodge and Ranch.