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12 Best Lavender Fields to visit in California

Lavender farm, Sonoma County, California

I love discovering seasonal blooms in California and SF Bay Area and had the opportunity to see wildflowers, all kinds of flower fields in California, jacarandas, almond blossoms, sunflowers in full bloom and incredible lavender fields. It made me realize that you do not have to go to Provence to frolic in lavender fields. There are many lavender fields in Northern, Central and Southern California that are open to the public during peak season and to get lost in the intoxicating scent of lavender. There are also some gardens in SF Bay Area with lavender fields.

Some of the lavender farms in California allow private photoshoots in the mornings and evenings while others are open to the public only during regular hours. I have listed the ones that allow private photo shoots below. 

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Woman in lavender farm, Sonoma County
Lavender blooms

Araceli Farms, Dixon

This is one of the most popular and easily accessible lavender farms located in the Sacramento valley, near Dixon, CA. With timed tickets, you get to spend 2 hours sniffing the lavender and frolicking in the fields. One of the advantages of this farm is that they allow private photo sessions in the morning and evening hours. 

You can also make it a weekend trip by visiting the lakes near Lake Tahoe.

Private photo shoot – Yes. $80 per hour

Advanced reservation – Yes, 2hr time slot

Monte Bellaria di California, Sebastopol

Monte Bellaria di California, Sebastopol, California
Monte Bellaria di California, Sebastopol, California
Woman sitting in lavender farm
Monte Bellaria di California lavender farm

This is a gem of a lavender field in the wine country (Sebastopol). Beautiful lavenders are planted on a rolling hill with gorgeous vineyard views all around. They open in April and you will need timed tickets bought in advance. They limit the number of people every hour and given the vast area, it gives you plenty of time to be alone with the lavenders. I highly recommend visiting this lavender field if you live in the Bay Area or Northern California.

Private photo shoot – No

Advanced reservation – Yes, 1hr time slot

Lavender Bee Farm, Petaluma

Lavender Bee Farm is located in Petaluma (in the wine country) and is a small farm with personable owners. It is a beautiful field spanning 3 acres of lavender and other gardens. This farm is only open for a month during the summer lavender season. While you are there, also grab their delicious 100% organic lavender honey!

Advanced reservation – Farm tours by reservation only. Call ahead

Bees n Blooms Sonoma, Santa Rosa

This is a unique spot in Santa Rosa to snap beautiful photos with lavender. It is not a huge farm but a labyrinth of lavender gardens. The labyrinth comprises 7 circles with each circle featuring a different lavender variety. You can also check the lavender bloom status here. One of the best things about this lavender farm is that it is free and dogs are allowed on leash.

Advanced reservation – No

Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa

Matanzas Creek Winery lavender
Matanzas Creek Winery lavender
Matanzas Creek Winery lavender
Matanzas Creek Winery lavender
Matanzas Creek Winery lavender

Wine tasting with a side of lavender? Why, yes! Matanzas Creek Winery offers just that with a terraced lavender garden to enjoy your wine with. Even though we did not have a reservation at the winery, they were kind enough to let us enter the lavender field to spend some time and take photos. Reservations are highly recommended if you would like to access the lavender garden. 

Advanced reservation – Yes. For wine tasting and lavender garden

Cache Creek Lavender Festival, Rumsey

Lavender flowers close up

Cache Creek Lavender Festival is scheduled to take place on June 8-9, 2024 amidst the lavender fields in Rumsey, CA. Even though the farm is not that big, it is a fun event with beautiful photo opportunities, free lessons, local vendors for olive oil, wine tastings and all things lavender.

Advanced reservation – No. FREE Admission 10am – 4pm.

Moonbeam Farm, Corning

This is yet another lavender farm located north of Sacramento. It is a bit of a drive up north but hey, anything for lavender, right? The good thing is that you can book a private photo shoot and special events here.

Private photo shoot – Yes

Advanced reservation – No. 

Lavender bunches

Pageo Lavender Farm, Turlock

Pageo is another dream of a lavender farm. If you want to plan your dream wedding among lavender fields, this is the place to be. Be sure to visit them in June as they tend to harvest their lavender in July. They also allow private photo sessions during the day and golden hours for a fraction of price compared to other farms.

Private photo shoot – Yes. Please call to confirm rates.

Advanced reservation – Call ahead to confirm. 

California Lavender Honey Farm, San Miguel

California lavender honey farm is located in San Miguel and is close to Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. The farm offers detailed tours of their lavender farm, bee museum, tastings of their veggies, honey and a visit to their lavender field. The tour gives you a chance for many cool photo opportunities!

Private photo shoot – Yes. The price for the professional photo shoot is $40 per hour/per session. 

Advanced reservation – Yes. One per weekend only. $35 for adult and $15 for kids.

Clairmont Farm, Los Olivos

Clairmont lavender farm, Los Olivos, California
Clairmont lavender farm
Clairmont lavender farm, Los Olivos, California
Clairmont lavender farm

Clairmont lavender farm is a beautiful field located in my favorite Santa Ynez Valley. It is a great place to see lavender in the Santa Barbara area and central coast. You could choose to have a picnic or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Advanced reservation – Call ahead to confirm

123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch, Cherry Valley

123 lavender farm at Highland Springs Ranch, Cherry Valley
123 lavender farm at Highland Springs Ranch

About 90min from LA, 123 Farm is a popular lavender farm in Southern California and boasts to be the largest in the area as well. It can get really busy as most SoCal Instagrammers and families alike flock to this place during peak season.

May – July is the lavender season. This farm has lots of props for plenty of photo opportunities and is one of the best lavender farm in California. They also host several other festivals including a wild orchid festival in March.

Private photo shoot – Yes. Call the farm for pricing. They also offer membership options.

Advanced reservation – Yes

Keys Creek Lavender Farm, Valley Center

Keys Creek lavender farm, California
Keys Creek lavender farm Photo credit
Keys Creek lavender farm, California
Keys Creek lavender farm, California Photo credit

Tucked in Valley Center, Keys Creek is a quiet picturesque farm about an hour away from San Diego. They are usually open in May and June for the lavender season. Please check their website for hours of operation. Also contact them for a private photo session and pricing.

Private photo shoot – Yes

Advanced reservation – Call/visit their website

There are several lavender farms scattered around California that you can find one close by, whether you live in Northern, Southern or Central California.

I have found some of the best lavender farms in the wine country. Some farms are part of a winery while others operate separately. In fact, 5 of the farms listed below are in the Napa/Sonoma wine country. There are a few in Northern California (around Sacramento) and a few others in Central and Southern California.

Woman frolicking in lavender farm, California

June is the peak lavender season. Anytime between mid-May and mid-July is a good time to visit lavender farms in California.

I also suggest checking the farms’ websites or call them in advance for their high season.

After July, most of the lavender is harvested and you don’t get to see the purple flowers dancing in the sun.

Woman sitting in lavender farm, California

You probably wouldn’t have much choice here as many farms are open to the public during regular hours like 10am – 5pm. However, there are some that allow private photoshoots early in the morning and late evening. If you wish to have a private photoshoot, I suggest visiting during golden hour (early hours after sunrise or right before sunset).

Summer clothing like flowy white dresses or purple outfit matching the lavender would look great for your photoshoot.

Wear a hat for sun protection and lots of sunscreen.

Most fields are uneven and muddy so choose comfortable shoes/sandals to walk around.

Most of the lavender fields in California require you to make reservations in advance and they sell out pretty fast! I highly suggest booking ahead.

Read/listen to the rules and respect them. Remember that the farms are someone else’s livelihood. Some farms don’t allow you to walk between the plants and please respect that. The farms we went to had a few strategic spots where visitors can take photos with the lavender. 

I would love to take my toddler to visit the lavender fields but I am afraid of the bees. Bees are attracted to the lavender and are everywhere in the fields! Be aware of your surroundings and where put your hand. Please respect the nature and that includes bees.

There are plenty of lavender fields to visit in California. In addition to beautiful photo opportunities, these farms also sell all things lavender like soaps, oils, dried lavender and honey to get your lavender fix at home as well. Have I convinced you to visit a lavender farm in California?

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I am Aswani Kurra. I am an engineer, dreamer and part-time wanderlust, writer and wine lover. I always had an urge to write, create and travel. So I created this space to satisfy my creative itch and combine all my skills to help you plan your Charming Escape.

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9 Comments

  1. Taylor on January 24, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Wow! I didn’t realize California had so many lavender fields! All of your photos are so beautiful. I definitely need to visit some this summer. I did get to go to the ones in Provence a few years ago and they were beautiful! 🙂

  2. Keena on January 25, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I didn’t know there were so many fields. I wish I liked lavender to visit some . But this is a great insightful post for people who want to visit .

  3. Michelle on January 28, 2021 at 12:12 am

    This is such a great post. We are fortunate to have some lovely lavender fields here in Texas as well. I love your photos also!

  4. Alisha Mansfield on January 28, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Wow! The lavender fields are so beautiful! I live in northern California and didn’t we had them so close to home. I will be definitely checking them out this spring/summer. Thanks for all of the helpful tips!

  5. Josy A on January 28, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Oooh I can feel the calm and almost smell the sweet lavender scent through the screen! These lavender fields are gorgeous Aswani! I also love that you chose to visit them in the perfect purple dress! Hopefully 2021 will allow us all a chance to smell this many blooms!

  6. sydney on January 28, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    your photography is beautiful!

    • Aswani on March 2, 2021 at 2:38 am

      Thank you so much! My husband is the BTS guy 🙂

  7. Taya on October 24, 2022 at 9:23 am

    There is a great lavender farm in Paso Robles -California Lavender Honey Farm, they have not just the lavender field but also bee farm, unique Bee Museum, organic vegetables and educational tours https://www.californialavenderhoneyfarm.com

  8. Hamsey on April 24, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    Valuable information. I also visited here some lavender farms. Also your pictures are awesome.

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