clients & vendors
Frequently Asked Questions
We are pleased to welcome you to our site. Below we have included a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If your question isn’t on this list, don’t hesitate to drop us a note. For questions specific to vendors, please get in touch with Diana Beck Einfalt.
- Is there parking available onsite?
We do have 66 parking spaces available in our main parking lot.
- Is the venue (wheelchair) accessible?
We are fully ADA accessible. With that being said, our entire site is not fully paved (some graveled & lawn areas). Each event includes a 5-passenger golf-cart that can either help transport a guest or help guide an ADA vehicle to locations on site so they can be part of the entire event! Our barn and restrooms are ADA accessible and we are always happy to discuss specifics with either the guest or the client to ensure all feel welcome and comfortable!
- Is smoking allowed?
We do have one smoking patio across from the Barn. This is the one area guests can smoke anything that is legal, and this includes vapes, e-cigarettes, jewels etc. All other areas, including the main parking lot, are not smoking areas. Given the current Wildfire Situation and the California drought, we take this very seriously. If you are attending an event, please use the smoking area so the couple does not get fined. If you are visiting on a tour, please use the area or you may be asked to leave if asked to use the smoking area more than once. We are not trying to be rude but we are trying to avoid another fire.
- Is there a private space (or restroom?) for nursing mothers?
We do not have an official private designated space for nursing mothers, but we do have our restrooms that are equipped with seating and electrical outlets that most find suitable. If a mother is looking for something a little more private, our team is happy to find another, more private, accommodation. Both the men’s and women’s restrooms are equipped with Koala Care changing tables as well.
- Am I allowed to pick flowers or fruit from the trees?
As tempting as it may be, we ask that you simply admire the gardens, orchards and grounds. Please do NOT pick any flowers or fruit so we can continue to share it with those who visit us each week!
- Can I bring my dog?
If you are hosting an event with us, please talk with your Event Manager about having your furry friend on site. If you are a guest, unless your animal is a service animal, we do not allow pets on property due to our animals, garden and wildlife. Please do know, your animal will not be able to be left in your vehicle in the parking lot or parked on the side of Old Santa Cruz Highway. You will be asked to find appropriate accommodations for your animal off-site prior to returning and enjoying the event.
General Rental Questions:
- Do you rent out the property for smaller events like Birthday Celebrations, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, Baby Showers?
We do! Please visit our Events tab and then “Gatherings” for more information and contact!
- Can we come take prom photos?
Unfortunately, this is not an option we are providing at this time.
- Can we go past midnight?
As we are in a residential neighborhood and out of respect for those neighbors and Santa Clara County noise ordinances, all music must conclude by 10pm at the latest.
- Are food trucks allowed?
We do allow food trucks on site. What they can do is dependent on the type of event you are hosting. If you plan to host a full event with tables, chairs, a bar, etc., you would need to have one of our approved Caterers also work the event to handle set up, break down, bar service, etc. The food truck can supply food items like appetizers, late night snacks, desserts.
- When are the spring flowers in bloom, and when are the fall colors the best?
Please visit our Garden Blog for more information! Spring Flowers usually start to flourish in Mid-March through May. Around May, we switch to flowers that can weather the summer heat. Fall colors usually start around late October and we tend to see the best color change in the dip of cool weather in those last two weeks of October and first two weeks of November. You can also find photos of past events at nestdown.smugmug.com
- Is there a place that goes over Visitors Rules for Events
Yes! Please visit our “Guest” tab and see Visitors Etiquette to see some of the basic rules we have for both general visits as well as those attending Events with us.
General Property Questions:
- Is the golf cart used to shuttle all of our guests around?
The golf cart is used primarily for guests with accessibility needs and the host (whether that be a couple, family, birthday etc). Typically, should a client want to ensure that there is a golf-cart to transport all guests around site, they can inquire about renting an additional for that purpose!
- How many restrooms are onsite?
We have one restroom building with multiple stalls inside each restroom.
- How much of the property is included in the rental?
The entire property is included in the rental as there is no difference in cost for using one area over the other. That being said, we do not set up every area for use at each event. You would work with your Nestldown Special Events Manager to decide which areas to have set up, but your guests can still explore the other parts of the property.
- Do parts of the property get “roped off” when not in use or throughout the night?
Guests are allowed to continue to explore the property while it is still light outside, with the exception of the Chapel Area (for safety). Once it is civil twilight, guests are asked to stay in lit areas, making areas like the Foxglove Meadow and Chapel, for example, inaccessible.
- Does Nestldown have lodging for our guests? What about a bridal suite?
We do not have guest lodging however there are some really great local hotels and rental homes nearby!
- Do you have multiple weddings/events going on at the same time or on the same day?
We only have one event taking place during a rental period for weddings, holiday parties, nonprofit events, etc. There are some rental uses that are non-exclusive like photoshoots or Elopements and Mini-Monies that may take place the morning of a full wedding or event.
- What’s the plan if there’s a power outage?
While we cannot guarantee that a power outage will not affect your event, we do have a Large Gen-Tec Generator that was able to power the entire site for all events that would have been affected by the PGE Power Shut Offs in 2019.
- Are we able to have our rehearsal dinner onsite?
As of right now, this is not something we offer. We are hoping to do so in the future.
- Do we need to shuttle/carpool?
We have 66 parking spaces in the main parking lot. We highly recommend carpooling if possible, to ensure all guest vehicles will fit in these 66 spaces. Shuttles are only required if the guest count exceeds 150. Ride sharing is a great way to limit vehicles and help with events that may contain alcohol, however, we find that they are not a reliable source for departure in the evening. The winding and dark roads tend to be a deterrent for most Uber and Lyft drivers which is why shuttles are also highly recommended for end of event departures.
- Am I able to use sparklers for my grand exit?
Unfortunately, we do not allow (nor does our Fire Marshal) sparklers on site.
- What is a reliable source for weather data and sunset?
We have found that weatherunderground.com is a great website to track historical data for temperatures, precipitation and wind on specific dates. https://www.sunrisesunset.com/ is what we recommend to check the Sunrise, Sunset and Civil Twilight for Los Gatos, CA.
- Can a tent be put up on the main lawn or in the Foxglove Meadow?
Due to the lawn’s irrigation, we do not allow tents on site.
- Do you require a photo permit or allow student photography onsite?
Yes – we have resumed the option for paid photoshoots on site. Please inquire through our contact form or directly to email@example.com for more information, pricing and availability. We do not allow walk-ins and all photoshoots must be pre-booked.
- Is Nestldown available for field trips (or the riding center)?
Nestldown is not available for Field Trips at this time but feel free to visit https://nestldownridingcenter.org/contact/ as they may offer them.
- How far of a drive is Nestldown from the nearest town?
Nestldown is 10 miles from Downtown Los Gatos, 16 miles from Downtown Santa Cruz, 20 miles from Downtown San Jose, and 60 miles from San Francisco.
- Is there WiFi/cell service?
We do have complimentary guest WiFi in the parking lot and areas near the Barn and have worked to expand it’s each. The WiFi is not as strong in the Chapel area due to the Redwood Trees but has been used successfully for doing a “Zoom” ceremony. Cellular service is relatively spotty while on site. We have found that Verizon and Sprint seem to have the best coverage. We do have a landline in case of emergencies or for local calling should someone need to get a hold of a taxi company or local baby-sitter!
- Is there a dress code? Or recommended dress attire for visiting?
We do not have a dress code to visit. We highly recommend wearing comfortable shoes for outdoor terrain (stilettos are not recommended). We do always suggest checking your event invitation to be sure your host doesn’t have any specific attire requests.
- Can I bring my drone for pictures?
Sadly, we do not allow drones anywhere on site due to our Therapeutic Riding Center and a Bald Eagle that frequents our site!
- Is Nestldown open year-round?
We are open from February through December for Weddings but are open year-round for other types of events like Bridal Showers, Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Photoshoots, etc.
- Are there a lot of bugs/should I bring bug spray?
Being an outdoor site, we do have insects. How prevalent and which kind depend on the type of year (i.e. mosquitos tend to be just after springtime rains). We do set out spray canisters of bugspray in those months, but you are welcome to supply additional spray for guests.
- Is there a drinking fountain or a place to get water/fill up my bottle of water?
We do have a water tank to fill up water inside the Barn for all visitors. If you are attending an event, the caterer or food provider should provide additional sources of water.
- Is there a fee to visit?
At this time, we allow visits by appointments only or as an invited guest to an event.
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