Pitch your tent in an old walnut grove near Cache Creek kayaking and river rafting. Wild turkeys might wander past your tent and you will be awakened with the "dawn chorus" of a multitude of birds. Frogs often sing you to sleep. The grassy pasture is part of a B&B property and you may buy breakfast and join the other guests. An outdoor shower and interior half-bath are available. Cache Creek (really a river) is only a moment away (1/2 mile in one direction; 1.5 miles in the other) with swimming holes, inner tubing, river rafting and kayaking. Cache Creek Wilderness lands are just up the road, with hiking, birding, and hunting.
This is such a gem! Camilla is such a great host and our campsite was so perfect! We had a little running waterfall near our campsite to fall asleep to, a great picnic table that turns into benches, a fire pit equipped with a grill, and Camilla even supplied us with a dishwashing tub for our camp dishes and also a mister connected to the hose to cool off in the hot weather! The common areas on the main floor are available for use and so is the amazing wrap around porch with many rocking chairs and patio tables for use. We had access to the half bath on the main floor (no shower, but I know she is working on fixing this). Also, be sure to pay extra and get the breakfast! Camilla is a fabulous chef and baker! We started our breakfast out with homemade biscuits with homemade rose jam from roses from her garden. She also has a chicken coup so our eggs came fresh from there! The panna cotta with strawberries soaked in cognac was so delicious and refreshing on a hot morning too! Also there's a hot tub to soak in once the sun goes down and you can stargaze. Capay Valley is such a great place, as we went white water rafting with Cache Canyon River trips only 1 mile away and Camilla told us about some secret swimming holes! We visited a local lavender farm and got a tour from the owner (Charlie) and he suggested an amazing place to eat, Guinda Commons where we also met the owners from Portland. They have over 75 beers to choose from and some of the best East Tennessee BBQ! I highly recommend a weekend up here!
We had a super sweet time staying in Camilla's Walnut Grove! It was so relaxing...After soaking in the hot tub under the stars, we enjoyed falling asleep to the sounds of a rushing waterfall and frogs croaking. We woke up to birdsong and then a lovely and local farm fresh breakfast. We had our own bathroom in the house. There was no shower, but one of us rinsed off with the garden hose, and we swam in the local watering holes so much, it wasn't really necessary. Camilla gave us tips on where to swim in the river. We went to two of her spots and loved both! Amazing waters! We also took her recommendation to use inflatable kayaks and had a wonderful time riding the rapids! Camilla's friendly cat kept us company most of the time. We hope to come back and visit again soon!
Camilla was very friendly and wrote us a comprehensive list of swimming holes to check out. The B and B grounds were pleasant and the hot tub was great, but know that you're camping pretty close to a rural road. We weren't disturbed by cars at night but if you're looking to walk around naked in the woods this isn't the site for it. The camp is located across from a tiny company that produces Heritage Flours, and a short drive from a Lavender farm and an egg farm that also offers pork and beef raised onsite. There's a great restaurant that uses local food products about a 10 minute drive away called Guinda Commons. The proprietors were awesome and they had a couple good beers on tap and many in bottles. The river nearby offers swimming, boating, and lounging. We cooked most meals on the wood-fire grill at the camp which was fun, but bring your own beer, ice, and food, unless you want to rely entirely on the nearby farms and their schedules.
My husband and I are both in our 60's and trying camping again after 25 years. We specifically wanted to be in a place where we had access to a bathroom and to water. The access to the comfortable, large porch of the B and B was a big plus, as was the option to buy breakfast (a feast!) The hostess is excellent- in her cooking, her knowledge of the area and her willingness to share her favorite spots. The camping spot is near the road, and the B and B had guests, but neither of those things bothered me as I expect that we would have encountered even more people and cars at any regional or state places.
This was our first family camping trip with the kids so I chose this place to help ease ourselves because it has all the amenities to make your camping comfortable and convenient. Things such as electrical outlets, water hose, small table for BBQ grill, two great condition tables/benches, fire pit, restroom in the B&B and an outdoor shower (we didn't get a chance using it though). The day we went there were plenty of bugs at night near all the light sources so make sure you bring bug spray and don't turn on/leave lights on in the tent or bugs will follow. We ordered the breakfast and Camilla made the one of the best raw tomatoes seasoned with salt/pepper & some kind of nuts (can't recall), and fresh blackberry smoothie was equally good. Everything was grown or picked, so was very healthy (no bacon/ham) and delicious and I'd highly recommend. Camilla is wonderful with kids and show my daughter/son her favorite art works and book and asking them if they can notice interesting thing about the them. She brought her chicken for our kids to pit, that was an experience my kids won't forget. My kids had lots of fun with the hens and ducks, and the friendly cat. It feels like an animal farm.
We went to a swimming hole as in one of the photos near camp Haswell, and to the sandy beach spot she pointed out, our kids were able to stand on their own walking along the "beach" and had an awesome time. The cool cache creek river made a 107degree hot day felt perfect. We had a blast here!
We had a really nice stay here. It's not super private because the camp space is near the road but there wasn't a lot of traffic so it didn't bother us. We really enjoyed the hot tub at night under the starry sky, and breakfast in the morning was lovely. And Camilla is a sweet and generous host! Definitely recommend this spot if you're looking for a not so rustic camping getaway in the area!
We loved our stay at the Walnut Grove Camp. If you are looking for the comfort and convenience of a B&B while still camping this is a great option. I would not recommend if you are looking for something more private or remote.
There is only one site, which is located in the front yard of the B&B, but it still feels nicely secluded under a walnut tree. Only downside is it is next to the dirt road, which feels a little off putting when you arrive but we quickly forgot about. Camilla was an amazingly gracious host, greeting us with one of her cats, Juggernaut, who followed us around for much of our time there. She provided us with a comprehensive list of the numerous swimming holes along the cache creek and further up the bear creek. Both we visited were lovely and private, providing a nice daytime relief from the hot sun. Definitely pay extra for the breakfast, it was beautifully presented and Camilla harvested many of the ingredients herself, or told us the various local farms they had come from. We sat on the porch and watched the hummingbirds buzz around while the many ducks, chickens and cats ran around the yard. Take a dip in the hottie at night for some serious stargazing!
Camilla is a delightful host. This is a great site if you want to get away from the city, but want a flush toilet. We enjoyed the sounds of nature and the stars. We checked out Cache Creek Casino and ate at the one restaurant in town (Guinda Commons). Camilla provided a comprehensive list of swimming holes. For maximum enjoyment, bring two cars and park at different ends of the creek and raft down or just book a trip with the rafting companies. We eventually found a chill secluded spot to swim. Random detail: people hunt out here and the gun shots were hell of stressful to me. If I went again, I would bring more food and less clothing.
We had a wonderful time camping at Camilla's place! Camilla is wonderfully welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed, and her homemade biscuits and rose-petal jam were delicious.
I highly recommend going to the secret swimming hole as it was a real treat to swim and sunbathe there.
Great time had by us all and we look forward to returning sometime soon.
The host is so nice and friendly, she let us play her piano. There is a little lake near and we swam a lot. It was pretty a pretty hot and very fun day. At night the starts are just amazing. The sky was clear and we could get to see lots of constellations!
Camilla is so nice and her property was beautiful. If you're looking for a spot in the wilderness, though, keep looking. This campsite would be great for first time campers. There are so many things to do in the Capay Valley--we'll be back!
Camilla was a wonderful host. We had a fire pit, with a grill to cook on and our camp site had a hose, which made cleaning up very easy. We forgot firewood and she provided us with a big bucket for $5. We paid extra for breakfast in the main house ($15) which was delicious and included lots of local produce.
We were expecting the campsite to be a little bit more removed from the house, it's really just in her front yard next to the road, but it was a very quiet road. Overall, it was a great homebase to explore the area. Camilla provided us with excellent recommendations. We went to a local swimming hole one day, and then went on a hike the next day which had beautiful views of the Cache Creek Valley.
Single spot on the property of a operating BnB. Fun to have the ducks and chickens running about as we setup camp. Unique space and friendly host. We enjoyed getting to know Camila over a home cooked country breakfast, which is well worth it. Fresh eggs and orange juice, along with great conversation.