Along side the creek on the upper level is the 16' Water Tipi (the small tipi). It has an earth floor with jute mats. A fire can be made inside. This listing requires walking up to the site with your gear (red wagon available). Bring your own pads and bedding. Pads and sleeping bags may be available upon request. Arrive Before Dark.
A place in the center of the California coast
Where the mountains meet the sea
Beside the flowing creek
A holistic healing center
A refuge in nature
A home with family, friends, and animals
Energy An escape from electricity, the internet and telephone service. Using a minimalistic approach with only small solar lighting, propane stoves and fire. Practicing simple eco-sustainable and environmentally friendly living techniques
Food There is an outdoor open kitchen available for the local community as well as visitors with a stove, sink, dishes etc... There is an organic vegetable garden, goats chickens, bees and fruit trees
Water Water is spring fed and also available filtered
Fire There are 2 communal fire-pits with grills for cooking
Facilities Structures on the land are generally lightweight and built to blend in with the natural character of the land. There are outdoor composting poopers set up with sawdust and barrels, and there is a flushing toilet with an old septic tank that is mainly used for peeing
Kids Kids are welcome with an accompanying adult
Dogs Dogs are welcome off leash. If they attack chickens, goats, cats or other dogs it may be necessary to have them on leash or under strong verbal command. Bury dog poop with a stick or shovel or cover it with dirt and grass. Do not put a plastic bag of dog poop in the garbage
Environment Striving to create a minimal impact with a respect and awareness of this wild and natural area. There is wildlife, critters, insects and plants
Music Acoustic instruments and encouraged. No stereos or electronic music devices
Please be mindful of the amount of waste products you bring into this natural area. Taking garbage away is helpful. Recyclables can be separated into appropriate containers
Alcohol Alcohol is discouraged. Not intended as a place to party or get drunk. A casual drink is okay
Experiences Enjoy the scenic Pacific Coast highway Retreat into nature by yourself or with friends and family Have a romantic getaway Practice art, music and photography Spend time to read & write and sit in meditation Adventure along the creek, to the beach or up the mountains
After booking be sure to have Manual and Written Directions. Arrive Before Dark
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 2 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at 16' water tipi
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
I had never slept in a tipi before this trip and I would highly recommend it! Maggie's land sits on around 10 acres right along Mill Creek and right across the PCH from the ocean. It is a secluded, special place. The tipi itself was really special, she has 2 on her land and the 16' smaller one was where we stayed. We were able to have a fire inside the tipi and felt very private. The creek is around 20ish feet from the tipi and the sound of the creek was very peaceful to sleep next to. The outdoor kitchen was stocked with all the things you could need to cook and serve, make sure to clean up after yourselves. The farm likes to keep it's carbon footprint down so try to use propane sparingly. There is all recycling, trash, etc. near the parking area. Try to get there before sundown if possible, we weren't able to and Maggie was there to greet us when we got in. The land has goats, chickens, a couple hogs, a curious cat, and dogs. We also were lucky enough to be there when Maggie had a litter of PUPPIES.
Off the farm there are tons of options for hiking, swimming when it is warm enough, and cruising the 1. We hiked the Mill Creek Trail right off Nacimiento-Fergusson road, the trailhead is right by the farm. The hike is wonderful, and provided a lot of shade from the redwoods, followed the creek and no one else was walking it. (Be mindful of poison oak though!) We drove North up the 1 to grab some extra beverages at the general store in Loma Vista, then back down to Sand Dollar Beach in the afternoon. Highly recommend watching the sunset from Nacimiento-Fergusson road, it is right above the campsite and the view is amazing.
Overall had a wonderful experience. Be respectful of the hosts, they are offering up a pretty unique place. :)
P.S. The stars in this area are INCREDIBLE.
Very much enjoyed our stay in the Tipi, the fact that the tipi has a firepit keeps it warm (bring firewood!) - also the size of this tipi was great for 2 people.
The hosts were very kind and helpful in sending us to nearby beaches. And, our dog loved being at this location (off-leash) and spending time w/ other dogs that were visiting (and the 2 dogs that live on property). Their cat kiwi, the flock of chicksn, and the 3 goats provided a lot of entertainment for us as well.
Certainly the communal kitchen can get busy -- there were quite a few other campers, but we cooked everything on the fire in our tipi!
Highly recommended, you probably won't be alone (on a weekend) but you will enjoy your time at this location. Better than the nearby campgrounds that looked to be flooded with people on this spring weekend.
I was amazed we scored this amazing camping site (complete with tipi) only 5 weeks before Memorial Day Weekend. The tipi location was amazing- a quick walk up the road from the resident area and nestled into the trees by a babbling brook. You can't beat sleeping to the sound of rushing water! Maggie and G were helpful in accommodating us, and it only took a couple trips with the wheelbarrows to set up our site. There was an outdoor kitchen available but we found that cooking and hanging out by the fire inside the tipi was the coolest part! We had visits by the farm cats and dogs - who were beyond sweet and lovable. All in all, an excellent way to spend the weekend in Big Sur!
My children and I had an amazing time visiting this magical site. We stayed in a rustic 16 foot tipi next to a rushing stream and loved exploring the beautiful property complete with hills, trails, flowing creek, chickens and even goats. A few minutes walk to a rocky beach to enjoy the crashing surf with some fishermen. We met the lovely host family and even enjoyed sharing singing, playing music and conversation with our hosts and fellow campers. It is well worth coming to visit for family time, a spiritual retreat, or personal renewal. I give it my unqualified recommendation and we will definitely come again! Many thanks for an unforgettable visit.
This was a gem of a find, tucked away just 2 mins from the main highway, yet not a semblance of urban cacophony. The tipi was super fun to stay in and the hosts were very kind and humble. I would definitely visit again and would love to play with the dogs.
Stayed in 16' water tipi. Arrived later in the evening than we planned, but no issue finding tipi. There is indeed no cell service, but with hosts directions all good. Having a fire inside the tipi was so magical and cozy. My boyfriend and I had the best time and were surprised at how big 16' actually is. Note there is also a grate in this tipi that can be used for cooking. It's also a couple steps to the creek below. Really wonderful time. Wish I could have gotten to know hosts a little better as they seem to have a pretty fantastic community going for them. Looking forward to coming back!
My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time at this property. The owners were super friendly and didn't mind us using the kitchen items like pots, plates, and cups. I just have a few useful notes.
1. The turn in for the property is right after the bridge in the directions, literally 5 feet. We missed it the first time driving in.
2. The tipi has pads on the ground, but I recommend bringing a tarp or extra blankets to prevent moisture from getting to your sleeping bag. Also, there are bugs (duh), if you don't want that in the night, bring a tent, there is plenty of room around the tipi.
3. There is a firepit in the tipi and it is set up for cooking. I recommend using the communal firepit for cooking, sleeping with the fire could be a bit much with the size of the pit. (We had 4 people)