My husband and I have driven past this place on the way to Black Oak Casino at least a hundred times and wondered about it. We looked it up on the internet and thought we would give it a try. The owner, Valerie, was extremely accommodating and allowed us to come up on a Sunday night. When we made the reservation, we were not aware of the type of place we were going to. It has the charm of a Bed & Breakfast - but it really is a Resort. From the moment we arrived, we were treated as friends not as guests. True, they do not take credit cards: is that so bad? It is not a hotel or motel, it is an experience that went beyond our expectations. We had full use of all the amenities, including the pool, hot tub and swim spa all night long if we wanted. We played pool late into the night without a worry about having the music up in the pool cabana. We relaxed like we have never been able to at any other hotel. In the morning, the owner (Valerie) had made us breakfast and we had a romantic breakfast by the poolside. I can not say enough wonderful things about this place. We got lucky; they mostly do group events - family reunions, weddings and such, so allowing us to stay without having a big party was so gracious. Thank you, Val and Ron for the wonderful time!! We will be back - with our friends!!
The perspective of a wedding photographer & guest: the place is beautifully kept and the landscape was well-taken care of. The bride and the bridal party got ready in the guest house while the guys got ready in the side area of the main house. There was a pool in the backyard that the groom and groomsmen were using before getting ready that de-stressed them before the ceremony. The reception area was near the side of the hut/bar area where the appetizers and the buffet line were being assembled. There was plenty of room for the dancing which was the perfect size. The ceremony was held at the front end of the house kind of on a downward slope that was perfect for the guests so that everyone could see them. The location had a parking area that was perfect for the amount of guests that were there.I didn't directly communicate with Valerie as I was only a second shooter for the wedding, but I felt very comfortable and please with the venue. I used to work at a wedding venue in downtown Modesto called The Century- so I know what it's like. I must say, "Well done! Will keep this place in mind for my own wedding someday."
On our family vacation to yosemite we decided to see more of the gold country. A Sonora local recommended Sparks ranch as the " nicest place to stay within 100 miles". Entering the property and driving up the gravel road we all began to see how peaceful and beautiful the place really is. The large yellow house on the right with beautiful oak trees and giant rocks that look like they are from pre historic times in front. Of to the left are open pastures and white fences. Once inside we were greeted my the sweetest woman whom I've ever met! She brought us to our private 2 bedroom suite that overlooks the pool and waterfall. The kids loved playing pool, playing in the pool, and swinging on the swing in the meadow. After the amazing biscuits and gravy that were served to us for breakfast we didn't want to go home! The rooms were very clean and nice! I highly recommend this place to anyone traveling to this part of the country! Thanks for making great memories of Sonora for us.
I love Sparks Ranch. I really had a great experience. When I got there Valerie and I sat and had lunch in the back area which is surrounded by a pond and beautiful trees. The ranch itself is so very pretty. The grounds in the front are beautiful and it is a steal and a deal. I am reading the other reviews and I had an INCREDIBLE experience. Valerie the owner is thorough, very kind and works hard for each of us coming to stay. So I felt well taken care of at Sparks Ranch. My other review of Sparks did not get included in the rating. So I am writing another one.
This B&B is well situated. My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights recently, and we had a very pleasant experience. Valerie welcomed us with a glass of wine and gave us a tour of the place the first day. The house is nicely decorated and has a nice ambience. Our room was clean with plenty of towels. We had privacy. Her husband, Ron also was very gracious and made us a hearty biscuit and gravy breakfast on our last day. The dogs, Big Boy and Sophie were friendly too.
I love The Sparks Resort. The estate grounds are beautiful and the house is lovely. The lawn in the front is spectacular and it feels like you are at home. i fell in love with Valerie, who oversees everything and just really felt like I had known her forever. I had the best experience there and loved the food!!!
If you are looking for an extraordinary wedding venue, look no further than Sparks Ranch Resort! With Valerie's hospitality, helpful and knowledgeable team, all-inclusive packages that beat out and are far superior to others, you will have all of your needs met and then some!
This venue is awesome! Grounds are beautiful with lots of mature plans and trees. The owner is so helpful and kind. There are lots of special touches that make this place so sweet! Go grateful for the blessing of this place and it's owner!
The ranch is beautiful. the pool, hot tub, Friday parties are all wonderful. being in Sonora and away from the bright lights of the city, star gazing is as good as it gets. a great place to get away and unwind
I absolutely love the sparks ranch what a beautiful place to have any of that and the fact that it's owned operated by family makes it even more special