Top 10 Reasons
 to come to Santa Nella

Water Sports

You’ll find a wide variety of water sports to choose from when you visit Santa Nella. Wind surfing, jet skiing, boating, swimming and beach play are just minutes away. Some of the best fishing in the country can also be found here. Striped Bass, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill and White Sturgeon have all been pulled from local fishing spots and we’ve even seen a few records broken around here.



Santa Nella is surrounded by some of the best hunting spots there are. Along with State and National Refuges, there are private clubs for great hunting opportunities. US Fish and Wildlife and Department of Fish and Game have a wealth of information available to hunters.

Hiking, Biking, ATV’s

San Luis Reservoir has approximately 70 miles of flat, graded dirt trails that run along the California Aqueduct that is suitable for hiking and biking. A semi-developed off-road park for ATV’s is open year-round where Highway 152 and 33 intersect. This is also run by the State Parks. For more information contact (209) 826-1196 or (209) 827-5353. Pacheco State Park also offers graded dirt roads that are a little more “hilly.” They can be reached at (209) 826-6283.

San Joaquin National Cemetery
/Korean War Memorial

This 322 acre National Cemetery opened in June 1992. Currently approximately 105 acres are developed that include a beautiful reflection pond and shaded areas. They bury in excess of two thousand veterans and eligible dependents each year. There are several memorials here including the California Korean Memorial, which commemorates 2,496 California veterans who died in armed combat during the Korean war as well as memorials to Pearl Harbor survivors, the Founders and the Patriots and the 1st Marine Corps. The cemetery gates are open daily from 8 am to 5 pm for visitation. For more information call (209) 854-1040.


Santa Nella is proud to have its own 9-hole golf course, Forebay Golf, where it’s convenient to get in a round of golf, hit a few practice balls or take lessons to improve your game. They also have a Pro shop and restaurant and bar. In addition, visitors to the area can also try out some championship courses that are easily accessible from Santa Nella. Diablo Grande and Stevinson Ranch are just a short driving distance and offer 18 holes of championship golf.

Romero Visitor Center

Operated by the Department of Water Resources, this interactive visitor center provides lots of information about the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project- two major water conveyance projects. There is also a multi-slide presentation and lots of take-away information for kids and adults. They are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm  , except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Admission is free. For more information call (209) 827-5353.

  World Famous Pea Soup Andersen’s

If you like Pea Soup, you’ll love Pea Soup Andersen’s, located in the heart of Santa Nella. This full service restaurant and bar has a working windmill that can be seen for miles. Inside you’ll enjoy the Danish motif with beautiful hanging flags. They also have an extensive gift shop with souvenirs, travel aids and snacks. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. For more information call (209) 826-1685.

 Wildflowers and Bird Watching

The hills surrounding Santa Nella come alive with breathtaking color every spring as the wildflowers bloom. Visitors can do self-guided tours or contact San Luis Reservoir to find out when guided tours are available. The “Paths of the Padre” tour is a guided hike during springtime weekends. It is a boat and 5 mile hike that retraces part of the trail taken by Spanish missionaries and soldiers in 1805. Bird watchers can also enjoy the view from various points in the park. For more information contact the park at (209) 826-1197.

 Great Conference Facilities

Regardless of the size of your group, Santa Nella has the facilities you need. From meeting rooms to lodging to food and beverage- Santa Nella has it all. Check out our Conference Planning page for a look at all there is here to make your next meeting, family reunion or any other special occasion, a success!

Centrally Located

Santa Nella is located in the Central Valley of California with easy access to great recreational and points of interest.

Hilmar Cheese Factory- approximately  29 miles
9001 N. Lander  Hilmar, CA  (209) 667-6076

Casa De Fruta – approximately 30 miles 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway  Hollister, Ca   (408) 842-7282

Rapazzini Winery – approximately 41 miles 4350 Hecker Pass Highway Gilroy, CA  (408) 842-8353

Indian Motorcycle Factory – approximately 42 miles 200 E. 10th St.  Gilroy, Ca  (408) 846-7216.

Gilroy Outlets (145 stores)- approximately 42 miles 681 Leavesley Rd. Gilroy, CA  (408)  842-3729

Wings of History Air Museum – approximately 43 miles 12777 San Martine Ave.  Gilroy, CA  (408) 683-2290

San Juan Bautista Old Mission – approximately 45 miles 406 2nd St.  San Juan Bautista, CA

Mt. Madonna Park – approximately 46 miles 2083 Hecker Pass Highway  Gilroy, CA (408) 358-3751

Goldsmith Seeds – approximately 46 miles 2280 Hecker Pass Highway  Gilroy, CA (408) 848-5429

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park- approximately 46 miles 3050 Hecker Pass Highway  Gilroy, CA  (408) 840-7100

Sarah’s Vineyard – approximately 47 miles 4005 Hecker Pass Highway   Gilroy, CA   (408) 842-4278

Solis Winery – approximately 47 miles 3920 Hecker Pass Highway  Gilroy, Ca  (408) 847-6306

Fortino Winery – approximately 48 miles 4525 Hecker Pass Highway  Gilroy, CA  (408) 842-3305

Hecker Pass Winery – approximately 48 miles   4605 Hecker Pass Highway  Gilroy, CA  (408) 842-8755

Kirigin Cellars- approximately 49 miles 11550 Watsonville Rd.  Gilroy, CA  (408) 847-8827

Children’s Discovery Museum – approximately 72 miles 180 Woz Way  San Jose, CA  (408) 298-5437

The Tech Museum – approximately 73 miles 201 S. Market St.  San Jose, CA  (408) 294-8324

Forestiere Underground Gardens – approximately 75 miles 5021 W. Shaw  Fresno, CA  (559) 271-0734

Fisherman’s Wharf – approximately 77 miles 99 Pacific St.  Monterey, CA  (831) 649-6544

Cannery Row – approximately 78 miles Between David and Drakes Aves.  Monterey, CA 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – approximately 78 miles 400 Beach St.  Santa Cruz, CA  (831) 423-5590

Kearney Mansion – approximately 79 miles
7160 W. Kearney Blvd.  Fresno, CA  (559) 441-0862

Fresno Chaffee Zoo – approximately 79 miles 894 W. Belmont Ave.  Fresno, CA 

Great America – approximately 79 miles 4701 Great America Parkway  Santa Clara, CA

Pacific Grove Natural History Museum- Monarch Butterfly mating – approximately 80 miles 165 Forest Ave.  Pacific Grove, CA

Monterey Bay Aquarium – approximately  80 miles
886 Cannery Row  Monterey, CA  (831) 648-4800

Fresno Metropolitan Museum – approximately 82 miles 1515 Van Ness Ave.  Fresno, CA  (559) 441-1444

Fresno Art Museum – approximately 84 miles   2233 N. 1st St.  Fresno, CA  (559) 441-4221

Shinzen Japanese Gardens – approximately 84 miles Audubon Dr. and Highway 41  (559) 621-2900

Discovery Center – approximately  86 miles 1937 Winery Fresno, CA  (559) 251-5533

Chukchansi Casino – approximately 89 miles 711 Lucky Lane  Coarsegold, CA  (866) 794-6946

Chicken Ranch – approximately 92 miles 16929 Chicken Ranch Rd.  Jamestown, CA  (209) 984-3000

Sunset Magazine Headquarters – approximately  92 miles 80 Willow Rd.  Menlo Park, CA  (650) 324-5400

Black Oak Casino – approximately 105 miles   19400 Tuolumne Rd. North  Tuolumne, CA  (877) 747-8777

Golden Gate Park – approximately 109 miles 875 Howard St.  San Francisco, CA (415) 321-8000

Chinese Culture Center (China Town) – approximately 110 miles 750 Kearney St.  San Francisco, CA

Marine World – approximately 117 miles 2001 Marine World Parkway  Vallejo, CA  (707) 643-6722

Jelly Belly Factory – approximately  119 miles
1 Jelly Belly Lane  Fairfield, CA

Napa Valley Museum – approximately 137 miles   55 Presidents Circle  Yountville, CA  (707) 944-0500
13193 S. Highway 33, Santa Nella, CA 95322
(209) 826-1717