Camping in a "Caravan"? Most of us would call our campsite a tiny house. Either way you wish to think of your overnight accommodations, we are pretty sure you will be delighted with this enchanted little get away, so precisely crafted with precious decor and simple furnishing, all bundled up in the great out-of-doors on our quirky Preserve situated on a more than 160 year old naval ammunition depot. Known for our yurts and tent camping in bunkers, this is the latest addition to our campout fleet.
It’s tiny. Really tiny. When the full size sofa bed is made, it nearly fills the caravan up! But, rest assured…the good news is you won’t fall out of your comfy bed and your camp will be quite warm, even on cool evenings, as it is insulated and fully enclosed. With three windows that swing open, you can catch some breezes, if you prefer. Sleep surrounded by a grove of coast live oaks and soft acacia trees with great horned owls calling in the night from high in nearby 145 year-old eucalyptus trees. Wake up to the calls of hawks and osprey in the skies above in a quiet retreat with a little urban noise across the Napa River, in the distance.
The campsite does not have regular electricity, just enough to charge your electronic devises and power the lights. Renowned for its cleanliness, the porta potty is just a few steps away. There’s a pretty private gathering space adjacent and a small cook station outfitted with cooking and food prep basics, including coffee and tea making and tableware. We supply an ice chest with ice and potable water. Due to the extreme fire danger and no easily accessible water, we only allow campfires at our visitor center, a 5-minute walk from your camp. Parking is just a few yards from your campsite. Sound fun?!
Our hiking and biking trails total only about 3 miles, but feature sweeping 7-county vistas of Mt. Diablo, the Carquinez Strait, the Napa River and Mare Island Strait, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and Mt. Tamalpais and even San Francisco landmarks. The Island is an odd mix of nature, history, old and derelict buildings and new development. Taste wine at Vino Godfather tasting room, a brewery is well on its way to being open and a distillery is in progress. There’s a little Landing Craft Support Gunboat from WWII to visit and a Navy history museum and St. Peter's Chapel with its exquisite collection of Tiffany stained glass, as well as a 4-mile roundtrip walking trail to the edge of San Pablo Bay. Make a small donation to use one of our bikes with supplied helmets for a ride around the Island. Late Fall and Winter are remarkably comfortable times of year to visit and camp. Spring and Summer can be a little daunting due to mosquitoes, although for that season, we have mosquito tents outdoors and even mosquito nets for overnight sleep. Speaking of tents, close by yurt and tent camp sites make it possible for friends and family to join you for a camp outing at the Preserve.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
The vibe at Cozy Caravan Style Tinyhouse Camp
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The caravan is adorable and cozy. It's small, but the bed folds into a love seat, so it's a great place to hang out inside during the day. The kitchen setup is thoughtfully put together. There are lights in the caravan and for cooking at night. The setting is peaceful and unique with birds and jaela calling all day. If you're looking for a unique glancing experience for two, I'd reccomend the gypsy caravan!
This adorable little wagon is perfect for two! It's fully equipped: bed, blankets, pillows, as well as little kitchen and cookware. It's a short walk or drive from the visitor's center, which makes their nightly bonfires easy-access. Make sure you hike to the top of the preserve to catch the sunset over Mt. Tam (or sunrise from the Ghost Ship.)
I <3 Myrna. She's an incredibly helpful, hospitable, and knowledgable host. She'll tell you all about Mare Island's interesting history and make you feel completely at home during your stay. Make sure to give her pup Nitro a pat :)
Myrna was a fantastic host. We arrived late on the night of our stay and she gave us detailed directions in order for us to enter the premises of where we would be staying. Her response time to our conversation was quick and she made sure we had a way to acces her at anytime. The wagon was a great set up, We only stayed a night, but will be back again for a bit longer, everything you need for a cool camp out is available for you.
Myrna is amazing. She welcomed me with an iced coffee, guided us through the site and was incredibly nice. She also built a fire for us and shared a few fun stories. I highly recommend that you stay in the gypsy tiny house!
The stay here was AMAZING! Cute quiet community with many wonders to marvel at. From the spirit ship to the many concrete bunkers along the beautiful trail, this place was full of adventure and fun! Myrna is a great host and accommodates any need you have! Overall one of the best places I’ve camped at and I will be sure to visit this gem MUCH more often.
My family and I booked a site here at the last minute due to forest fires around Yosemite forcing us to alter our original plans. We got in around 10:30 pm but Myrna was there to greet us anyways and got us settled in. She was great. It was a clear night and saw a shooting star. The next morning we packed up and took the ferry, which is close by, over to San Francisco and had a great day wandering around.