DANA Venue Rental FAQ’s
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MANY GUESTS CAN THE PROPERTY ACCOMMODATE?
A range of 30 – 400 is a general rule, we have various locations on the property allowing for varying sized groups.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN THE DANA ADOBE ACCOMMODATE?
We can accommodate up to 175 people for a sit down formal dinner, depending on types of tables used and space left for a DJ, buffet tables, and/or a dance floor.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN THE NORTH COURTYARD ACCOMMODATE?
We can accommodate 100-400 people for a sit down formal dinner, depending on types of tables used and space left for a DJ, buffet tables, and/or a dance floor. If a cocktail style celebration with cocktail tables and dance floor is what you are looking to do, then 300+ is easily accommodated.
WHEN CAN I VISIT THE PROPERTY?
Dana Adobe is a Historic Landmark, Nature Education, Cultural Center & Gallery. Due to the nature of our business, all visits to the property are to be arranged during business hours from 11am to 3pm. We want to make sure that when you visit, a member of our event team is available to open up the spaces on the property, provide accurate information, and assist with transporting you to the many areas on the property.
Please visit our venue rental page to schedule a time to visit! We would love to have you!
WHAT EVENT EQUIPMENT DO YOU PROVIDE?
We are happy to provide resources and logistical support to you as you plan your event here at The Dana Adobe. Our onsite Events Manager will provide a Vendor List to you and help you bring together all of the elements and vendors that you need to pull off a wonderful event here. Please note that we ask that any event of 50 guests or more have a coordinator or planner involved and on site for the event. All other vendor preferences are our best recommendations to you. Please check with our Events Manager prior to signing contracts with vendors, as we do reserve the right to not work with vendors that do not meet our standards.
For private events, we do provide reception benches for 80 for use in our Ceremony space.
ARE THERE ANY VENDOR RESTRICTIONS?
- We require that a professional planner be hired for any event held on property with 50 or more guests. We require to meet with your planner at least a month before your special day.
Before signing vendor contracts, please make sure your vendors have insurance coverage, as we do require vendors to have coverage in order to work onsite. We are happy to make vendor recommendations and help get you in touch with vendors, so please feel free to reach out with any vendor questions along your planning process!
DANA ADOBE STAFF SET UP + BREAK DOWN OUR EVENT?
Dana Adobe does not set up or break down for your wedding or any other events.
DO YOU HAVE NOISE RESTRICTIONS?
We are subject to the San Luis Obispo County noise ordinance, which requires the amplification of music to end at 10:00pm. This applies to music in any of our onsite event spaces. This pertains to any and all live music, bands, DJs, and personal playlists on professional audio equipment. It is our guest’s responsibility to inform their hired musicians of this policy. Failure to comply can result in a portion of your security deposit being retained.
CAN WE BRING IN OUR OWN ALCOHOL?
Yes, we are a bring in your own alcohol venue. You may supply your own beer, wine and liquor. We do require that all alcohol served in the event areas be served by a licensed bartender and/or caterer. We ask that last call occur at least 30 minutes before the scheduled end of the event for safety and liability purposes.
If you are planning on selling alcohol at your event, you are required to have an ABC license for your event. We are happy to help you with direction on obtaining this. You are not required to have a liquor license for a private event with a hosted bar, however.
WHERE SHOULD OUR ADDITIONAL OUT OF TOWN GUESTS STAY?
We would be happy to talk over hotel and vacation rental options with you! The nearest towns for hotels are Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria . In Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo, we have partnered with Hilton Garden Inn to offer a special rate to our wedding guests. Please ask our Event Manager for more information.
WHAT IS NEARBY?
One of the really beautiful things about Dana Adobe is that it is located 15 minutes from the beaches (Avila, Shell & Pismo), 25 minutes to downtown San Luis Obispo, and 10 minutes to the charming village of Arroyo Grande.
CAN MY EVENT GUESTS LEAVE THEIR CARS OVERNIGHT?
Guests needing to leave vehicles on property over night are required to have vehicles parked in the designated guest parking area only. Vehicles parked anywhere other than designated parking areas are subject to removal at the owners expense. All vehicles must be retrieved between 9:00am to 11:00am the following morning or are subject to towing from the property at the owner’s expense.
We highly recommend shuttles or Uber/Lyft services to the property and from the property if your event involves extensive celebration. Please ask our Events Manager for any recommendations and see our Vendor List for transportation services, as well.
CAN I LEAVE DECOR, RENTALS, OR PERSONAL ITEMS (FOOD + ALCOHOL) IN THE EVENT SPACE AFTER MY EVENT?
All items are to be removed from the sycamore tree + Adobe+ Courtyard and/or prep kitchen, as well as all lawn areas b efore 11:00am on the morning following the event. On the day after your event, cleanup may take place after 9am. Final walkthrough will be at 11am. Exceptions to this include when there are rentals being picked up on a different date than the event date.
If you or your planner have any questions regarding event area access or equipment storage, please contact our Event Manager.
WHAT IS THE SMOKING POLICY?
This is a no smoking property. There is absolutely no smoking in any of the buildings on property. If you know you have guests that smoke, we will work with you on setting up a designated, outdoor smoking area. Please ask us about the designation of an approved outdoor smoking area. The violation of this policy in any of our buildings or in a non-approved designated smoking area jeopardizes the return of your security deposit following your event. It is your responsibility to inform your guests of this policy.
Any cigarette butt found on property after an event will be subject to an added fee.
WHEN CAN I HAVE ACCESS TO THE EVENT SPACES?
For weddings, we allow on the day before the event, rehearsal + set up may take place 3pm – 6pm. On the day of your event set up may not take place after 11am. Events start at 4PM or after. For private events, rental companies, other vendors, and you have access on the day of your event only – please reference your event contract for set times.
Your vendors will have access to the other areas of the property from 9:00am – 11:00pm the day of your event, unless otherwise arranged with our Events Manager.
Please reference your event contract, there is an abundance of important information in your contract and your access to the event spaces is outlined on the first page. If you need to arrange for early access please ask our Events Manager and we will schedule access, based on availability.
IS SECURITY REQUIRED FOR MY EVENT?
Any event with DANA requires mandatory security. 1 guard per every 100 guests. + 1 extra guard for events held at the North Courtyard site. We are more than happy to help schedule security services with our preferred security company.
ARE THERE ADDITIONAL FEES OR EXPENSES I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
We’ve done our best to make expenses simple for you. We do not charge a service fee, corkage fee, cake cutting fee, or additional taxes.
Weekend liability insurance is required, naming Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos Inc. as additionally insured. Often this can be obtained through your home owner’s policy. The minimum requirement is $1,000,000 in coverage. Policies are also available online through Cover My Events or Wed Safe. Generally, this cost is between $150 to $300 for the weekend. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask
For weddings, the security deposit is broken down as: $750 for the event space (per event day) due at the time of booking. All is refundable within 3 weeks after the event due to repair and cleaning expenses.
The Bridal Suite is available for rent at $400 (+ $100 cleaning fee) non refundable.
The Commercial Kitchen is available for rent for $250 non refundable deposit and a $25/hour rental fee with a 4 hour minimum.
Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos
671 South Oakglen Avenue
Nipomo, CA, 93444
Hours – 11-3pm