Enjoy camping and private access to our 32-acre historic homestead, just an hour from San Francisco. The Homestead features a seasonal creek with swim holes, heritage fruit orchard, and meandering trails through native oak savannah and forest. Stretch out on our yoga mats or recline in reading chairs located throughout the property. Dip into our galvanized water trough pool
Enjoy camping and private access to our 32-acre historic homestead, just an hour from San Francisco. The Homestead features a seasonal creek with swim holes, heritage fruit orchard, and meandering trails through native oak savannah and forest. Stretch out on our yoga mats or recline in reading chairs located throughout the property. Dip into our galvanized water trough pool and relax as the sun sets down over the Blue Ridge and Vaca mountains.
Wake up early to enjoy intimate glimpses of wildlife - including deer, turkey, quail, fox, hare, owls, hawks, woodpeckers, and songbirds. At night, our hillside meadow offers wide-open stargazing before crickets, frogs, and coyotes lull you to sleep. We are happy to offer relaxing farm stays as part of our small-scale agricultural enterprises and usually have heirloom fruit and nuts in season throughout the summer, including plums, pears, crab apples, pomegranates, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios.
Our property is best for campers who want to enjoy quiet evenings and calm mornings, who respect nature and have plans during the day to explore Lake Berryessa, Putah Creek, and Winters. Our property is NOT suited for loud parties, large groups, amplified music, small children, or pets (sorry). We can accommodate these for special events where the entire property is reserved by a single party... please see below to arrange a hosted weekend event.
You'll bring your own tent, bedding, and gear. We have designated tent spots in shaded areas within walking distance to the toilet and shower area.
You'll have access to our composting camp toilet and outdoor hose shower, plus our small water trough pool overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains. Guests also love nearby Lake Solano, Putah Creek, and Lake Berryessa for cooling off.
Due to extreme wildfire danger: NO FLAMES permitted property-wide, including campfires, propane stoves, candles, incense, smoking, etc. For your safety, for ours, for the neighbors, the wild animals, everyone. If camp cooking is totally your thing, we recommend nearby Lake Solano Campground.
For meals, we'll happily direct you to our favorite farm stands, boutique wineries, and local restaurants in charming downtown Winters (an award-winning foodie town). A few spots we enjoy are:
- Preserve: Delicious farm-to-table meals made from fresh local ingredients
- Buckhorn: Historic steakhouse with classic bar and formal dining room.
- Putah Creek Cafe: Delicious all-day breakfast, lunch basics, and wood-fired pizza.
- Yolo Traders Bistro: A modern take on seafood, flatbreads, crepes, and wine.
- El Pueblo Meat Market and Deli: Yummy Mexican favorites and fresh meats.
- Ficelle: Spanish-style tapas bar with amazing cheese boards and wine pairings.
We serve filtered artesian well water on the porch, usually with a refreshing splash of lemon slices. To whet your grown-up appetite before dinner, Winters offers tons of locally-grown booze. We love the following:
- Berryessa Gap Winery: We love to watch colorful sunsets at this large open-air tasting room just outside of town, with picnic tables, live music, and food trucks. And there's a brewery right next door (see below)! Or visit their smaller tasting room downtown.
- Berryessa Brewing Co.: Sharing space with Berryessa Gap Winery (see above), this brewhouse is a favorite weekend destination and offers a relaxed environment for tasting brews, plus growlers to go.
- Turkovich Family Wines: Small scale and sustainable practices make this family-owned winery a local darling; check out their charming tasting room downtown.
- Green River Brewing: Just a short walk or drive from downtown, this gem features an innovative 'beer wall' - you'll get a special keycard from the bartender to access the taps. (Side note: The Creedence Clearwater song 'Green River' is named after Putah Creek, which runs green in late summer.
- Hooby's Brewing: Offers a family-friendly vibe, locally-inspired beer names, fun and funky food options (like pulled-pork waffle sandwich), and an outdoor games lounge.
If you want an adventure, we're just minutes from nearly everything - unique fly fishing holes all along Putah Creek, recreational boating and skiing on Lake Berryessa, world-class cycling through pastoral backroads, farm visits to taste locally-made olive oil, fresh fruit, and wildflower honey. There's several horse ranches in the area that offer riding lessons and trail rides.
Hosting a retreat, party, or large group? We have several spaces available for your events. We can make The Farmhouse available to smaller groups (up to 16) including The Front Porch, The Living Room, The Dining Room, The Butler's Bar, and The Driveway. The Orchard features heritage pear trees and makes a relaxing backdrop for farm-style dinners. The Field offers five (5) acres of flat pasture and stunning sunset views of the Blue Ridge and Vaca Mountains - perfect for weddings, anniversaries, and company events. Connect with us to plan your special weekend.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 10AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 30% off
- Response rate: 20%
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Had a great stay at Cheyenne’s campsite. It was very easy to locate and she had setup a nice spot for the tent. She was a friendly host and also gave us recommendations on restaurants and things to do around. Would definitely come back!
Great camping spot, very private and tranquil staying in the orchard. However the facilities leave a bit to be desired. If you're not used to camping you may find the compost toilet and frog filled shower hose a bit confronting. We were only there for 2 nights so it wasn't a problem but would have preferred some better amenities for the price.
Also there wasn't any running water which would have been useful to wash off a few dishes.