The fascinating story of Rancho Los Laureles – now the popular Los Laureles Lodge dates back to the early 1830s when it was deeded to Señor Jose Boronda by the Mexican government. It was one of the largest of those early land grants, roughly 7,000 acres. Jose and his wife Juana raised 15 children on this picturesque rancho. The rancho was famous for its hospitality, many happy fiestas, good cattle and wheat. Señor Boronda also raised the standard of fine cheese making by developing the now famous Monterey Jack Cheese.