The Lyon family is proud to continue a rich ranching history. For approximately 6 decades the ranch was operated as a dairy by Swiss Italians who, like many others in the area, immigrated here in the late 1800’s to find new opportunities on land that reminded them of their homeland. They hand-milked their cows in the ranch barns and separated the cream from milk in the small building adjoining the barns. The product was taken by wagon to creameries in Cayucos and Harmony where it was made into butter and cheese and loaded on to ships at the wharf in Cayucos. When regulations made small dairies obsolete on the central coast, a shift was made from milk cows to raising beef cattle on the ranch.

In the last two decades it was found that the area has a perfect microclimate for raising avocados and Valencia oranges. Rather than a shift from cattle, the fruit was added as a complimentary crop. The Lyon’s have had success with raising high quality and healthy Hass avocados, Valencia oranges and beef cattle.

In 1999 Cottontail Creek Ranch added another branch to their operation, a luxury ranch vacation rental. The ranch house has been a successful addition toward achieving viable sustainable agriculture.

Your hosts Susan, Kristopher and Michael Lyon invite you to join them for a getaway that will demand an encore!