iwickyup20thanniversarycky-Up Ranch is a California Craftsman-type home built by Illinois State Senator Fred E. Harding circa 1902.  This authentic, two-story, turn-of-the-century home features incomparable Port Orford cedar woodwork on the walls and ceilings with antiques, paintings and Oriental rugs which have been passed down to the hosts, fourth generation descendants of Senator Harding.  Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near the gate to the Giant Sequoias, Wicky-Up Ranch gets its name from the Algonquin language and means “shelter” or “home.”  This working orange ranch in Woodlake, CA is a unique farm stay experience.  Wicky Up’s guest accommodations provide the ideal location for a romantic getaway or a serene resting place to relax and rejuvenate, as well as an opportunity to walk through the grassy orange groves and observe nature up close for guests from all over the world.   Wicky-Up Ranch’s hosts, Jack and Monica have made kept the legacy of the inn for all to enjoy, now celebrating its 17th year anniversary as an iconic landmark historical inn.

The InnKeepers 1

Monica along with Jack has enjoyed being a Hostess for many years providing stellar service for the Inn.  Her warm personality and gracious worldly demeanor , along with her keen knowledge of the history of the inn and surrounding areas of Woodlake, have allowed guests from all over the nation and world to have a memorable experience to remember for years. She and Jack also provide the most delightful breakfast experience to behold and cater to each person’s and family’s unique personalities.


Jack and Monica’s Wicky-Up Ranch bed and breakfast Inn has  been featured in numerous articles from Sunset Magazine to National Geographic Adventure Magazine , California Heartland PBS Series, North American Inns/10th Anniversay Issue, San Fancisco Chronicle – Travel Section to “Follow the leader”.  It has also been voted as “Best Bed & Brekfast Inn in Kaweah Country Reader’s Poll


Monica’s vivacious personality and curiosity of the world has led to many diverse interests in the adventure of learning. After graduating from University of California, Berkeley, Monica’s careers have included elementary school teaching, flight attending for American Airlines, law office administration, British tour booking, presiding over the Woodlake Chamber of Commerce, motherhood, and most recently, managing three small businesses.

The InnKeepers 3Iack enjoys tremendously the beauty and depth of the natural country and brings his own unique charm to Wicky-Up Ranch with his immense creativity.   He enjoys providing the warm hospitality for guests from all over the world and being a “A dynamic Duo” with Monica as one guest aptly put it.

Jack’s hobby, which is becoming a cottage industry, is woodworking.   He has recently taken up copper sculpture and calls his works, “copper characters.” Jack uses his building skills to fix up old properties to sell or rent.   He has a background in electrical/mechanical engineering which he applies to their heating / cooling / refrigeration business.   He finds farming a healthy contrast.

Opening Day January 1997