Staying on a private ranch along the California coastline is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nestled between Gualala and Mendocino, Casari Ranch is a 532 acre Agricultural Preserve and features beautiful pastures, forests, wildlife, and ocean views. The west border of the ranch is less than a block from the ocean itself. There are several beaches nearby and several walking trails on the property. Point Arena has some of the best surfing and diving locations within minutes north and south along the coast.
Point Arena is located 15 minutes north of the Sonoma-Mendocino County border along Coastal Highway 1, a California Scenic route along the Pacific Ocean. Our ranch is located about 2 blocks before (south) of the town of Point Arena. The Point Arena lighthouse was recently made a national monument by President Obama. It is the closest point to Hawaii and the U.S. ran the first telephone cable under the ocean from Point Arena to Hawaii in the 1940’s. There is a stunning ocean bluff walk between the town of Point Arena and the lighthouse. Point Arena has a small organic grocery and deli, liquor store, pharmacy, gallery, deli, bank, gas station, herb shop, several restaurants, a bakery and coffee shops.
The wine country of Anderson Valley is within an hour of the ranch, if you like wine tasting, and also the Anderson Valley Brewery in Booneville for beer enthusiasts. The neighboring town of Gualala, just 15 minutes south on Hwy 1, boasts numerous, galleries, eateries, grocery stores, gas stations, kayak companies, etc. Mendocino, north of Point Arena is a destination location on the coastline and is well known for its art galleries, fine dining and shops along the ocean. Redwood forests are unique to our coastline and are a must do activity to visit. So there is a lot to do and see while you are here!
Welcome to Casari Ranch - a 532 acre Agriculture Peserve, only 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean on the northern Californian coast. Pitch a tent for on...
Our classic Farm House is in the heart of our stunning 532 acre Ag Preserve Ranch, 1 mile off Highway 1 . Enjoy the country quiet, sheep studded...
Our two-day, two-night stay at The Blue House was a wonderful experience for my entire family. Ariana and Casey are very welcoming and gracious hosts - they provided my family with a warm greeting and a terrific tour of the ranch. They also struck a very nice balance between giving us the freedom to respectfully explore the property on our own, while at the same time, encouraging my 3 (tween/teenage) girls to observe and participate in herding the sheep and learning about ranch life.
The house itself is comfortable, clean, and cozy. It's well-appointed, with more than an ample supply of books (including a complete set of encyclopedias - a reminder to my girls that information was once available without the internet!), movies, and both a kitchen and dining room with plenty of dishes and cookware for a large group of guests. The house could certainly accommodate a larger group than our family of five (with beds for 9 plus a futon), but we would have found it a bit crowded with more than 7 or 8 people - especially with just one bathroom.
We arrived with the expectation that we would prepare most of our meals at the house, rather than relying on nearby restaurants - and we were glad we did! The small nearby town of Point Arena has limited dining options that were to our taste; for a greater diversity of choices, it's necessary to drive 20 minutes south to the town of Gualala. Given this, we were glad that the kitchen at The Blue House provided all that we needed (except the food, of course).
Overall, we truly enjoyed our trip to The Blue House and would definitely book another stay there.
Casari Ranch was the perfect place to go for a weekend getaway. The drive alone is breathtaking if you are coming along the coast, and the scenery of the entire place is majestic. When we stayed at the Blue House it felt like a home away from home. Ariana and Casey were both very inviting and gave us a tour of the ranch. There were horses, sheep, and their dog was super friendly too. I highly recommend staying at any of the 3 sites that Casari Ranch offers. There are many places you can choose to camp at -- from a forest to a site with the ocean on the horizon. Must go.
Old Homestead Camp was INCREDIBLE. The property was so beautiful and diverse in both animal and plant inhabitants. Our site was private in it's own field. We had some sheep visitors in our field in the morning which made it particularly special.
Casey and Ariana were quite kind and welcoming. They gave us some recommendations on activities to do during the day and then left us to our own devices.
I would go back to Old Homestead Camp in a heartbeat. It encompasses all the beauty of the California coast line.
Really lovely, private clearing within easy reach to the main road with very little road noise. We enjoyed the sounds of the pasture animals (cattle, sheep) as well as lots of birdsong and best of all, ocean waves beyond. Fire pit and wood on site, picnic table, and a very clean porta potty. Only thing I'd change is clearing 3 level spots for tents closer to views of pastures.
It was a really great experience. The farm is beautiful and it’s a great set up with port a potty and picnic table. We camped for 2 nights and walked to the ocean, not far away. The owner was very friendly and helpful, he gave us a quick rundown and then left us alone, to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place. It’s also really close to town, we got a nice breakfast and coffee one morning.
Very private and spacious campsites. Ample shelter from the wind but expect fog. Pastures all around and horses, goats, sheep roaming about makes this a very unique experience. Be sure to meet the owners and go on a tour of their property and wool mill! There's even a shop in town where you can purchase products made from their wool (e.g. comforters, pillows, clothing, etc.).
The landowners at Homestead Camp provided us with a clean, beautiful, and peaceful site stocked with fresh firewood. We could see the sunset over the ocean and hear frogs at night. We slept perfectly. During the day we accessed the coast and redwoods. This is exactly what a HipCamp experience should be. Extra points for the adorable sheep roaming around. We didn't get to visit the market the owners open in the morning to sell wool goods, but that, and a farm tour, are also available.
We enjoyed are stay here and are looking forward to a return trip. The kids liked walking around the farm and seeing all the animals. The camp sites are tucked against the trees, protected a bit from the wind. It's a great location close to Point Arena, the lighthouse, and a short drive up to Mendocino.
The hosts (Ariana and Casey) were great - got us set up, gave us our space, Casey was kind and patient with the kids as they were talking his ear off, they were available by phone, and provided dry firewood (which we need as it was cold and rainy). Again, we're looking forward to going back later this year.
What a great thing they did, opening their ranch to camping guests! It's the kind of campsite you would use in an advertisement, lush green open spaces with large distances between neighbors, the kind of campsite my wife found that I didn't think existed. We spent two nights at Old Homestead and enjoyed campsite, hospitality and the general store.