Where was A California Christmas filmed? The Bernet Vineyard Ranch Filming Location

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Are you looking for the real location of the Bernet Vineyard and the ranch featured in Netflix' A California Christmas?

The festive romantic movie was filmed on location in and around Petaluma, the beautiful small city in Sonoma County.

Atlas of Wonders has tracked down the location of the countryside house and all the other filming locations that appear in the movie, now back with the second part, A California Christmas 2: City Lights, set in San Francisco.

A California Christmas location

The lead actors Lauren Swickard and Josh Swickard are married in real life, and Lauren also wrote the script.

The story revolves around Joseph, a corporate executive who tries to persuade Callie, a hard-working farmer, to sell her land to the mighty Van Aston Warehouses company before Christmas. And guess what: they end up falling in love!

A California Christmas house
According to the Argus-Courier, the movie was shot on Ali Afshar's own family ranch in Petaluma.

However, the local newspaper doesn't give any more details about the real farm location. Ali plays Leo in the film, the driver and secretary of Joseph.
Image courtesy of Netflix

Bernet Vineyard
Our sleuthing revealed that the Bernet Vineyard house is the Spring Hill Cheese Petaluma creamery.

The gorgeous estate -and the cows- are all from this 100% organic and sustainable dairy farm, established over 100 years ago in Northern California.

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch, located in the same ranch, is a classic pumpkin patch and a popular destination for harvest-time school field trips.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Van Aston Hotel
Petaluma has a beautiful, historic downtown area that has been used as the backdrop for multiple films and television shows in several productions including Netflix's hit series 13 Reasons Why.

The Hotel Petaluma doubles as the exterior of the Van Aston Hotel that appears to be in San Francisco's Pacific Heights. Built in 1923, you can book a double room in this lovely hotel for about US$170.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

A California Christmas bar
The local watering hole where Callie works is the old Washoe House, located west of Cotati in Stony Point.

Built in 1859, this Gold Rush building is a historic roadhouse that served as a stop on the stagecoach routes in Wine Country.

Although this is difficult to appreciate in the movie, the ceiling of the bar is filled with $1 bills.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

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  1. What a great movie, I know Peter, his pumpkin patch is a tradition for our family and the food at the washoe house is outstanding !! Really happy to know that this film was made in our town so proud of Petaluma!!

  2. The hospital is located at Hillside Church in east Petaluma!

  3. Grew up in Petaluma and still reside here loved seeing so many familiar places! Great job loved the movie.

  4. Have been to each of the locations and recognized them right away !Loved both movies!

  5. Very inspiring movie and real life story


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