Vacaville is home to two local Alpaca Farms, Ahh…Sweet Alpacas and Menagerie Hill Ranch, Both of these are working farms, so visits are welcome by appointment only but it's easy to get in touch with them through their websites to book an appointment. We've created this quick guide to what you will see when you visit the farms, so book your appointment and go enjoy the these gentle, curious animals!
7924 Charlotte Lane
This farm specializes in Hucaya Alpacas in a variety of colors. The owners, Bruce and Joan, currently have over 40 alpacas at their ranch, half belonging to them and the others owned by breeders. The property has a serene, park-like quality to it, with a grassy expanse that serves as a backyard for the house. You can even bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds while watching alpacas roaming in the open spaces near you!
Skeins of yarn are available for sale by appointment, along with other alpaca themed items. Many yarn purchasers have requested photos of the alpaca that their yarn was made from, so the owners have started putting a picture of the alpaca that the fiber came from along with their name on the skeins of yarn. Such a nice touch for those who love these gentle animals!
Menagerie Hill Ranch
4071 Norman Court
Earlier this month the Visit Vacaville team took a field trip to Menagerie Hill Ranch, where we got some first-hand experience with their beautiful and gentle alpacas. Deb Galway and Kirk Howard are the owners and gave us a tour of the ranch along with opportunities to feed and interact with the alpacas. Deb gave a brief talk about what they do on the farm along with a tour of the different sections which included a maternity area for the new mommas and their babies, males, mature males, and older females. We had the opportunity to interact with them, and it was really quite fun. There was one little guy in particular that we all fell in love with because of his soft fur and the beautiful rosy brown color.
The ranch is a full-service livestock ranch, inspired by the owners’ passion for animals. Currently, they raise Alpacas and free-range chickens. In the past, they’ve raised goats, sheep, ducks, turkey, and pheasants, hence the name Menagerie Hill. One of the other passions that Deb told us about is their involvement in 4-H. While their children were young, they each did 3 to 4 projects a year. Now they focus on breeding alpacas to improve the breed and outgoing personality. They also offer a store by appointment where they sell fiber, yarn products, and other alpaca themed items.
Want to find out more about farms, produce stands, and ranches in the area? Explore the Local Flavor section of our website or stop by the Visit Vacaville Visitor's Center in the Nut Tree Shopping Center and pick up a copy of our Taste, Sip, and Live Local guide. It will give you everything you need to find the freshest flavors in and around Vacaville!