Hipcamp host Myrna H.
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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

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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. Now, that it's Fall, here comes our Haunted House month every weekend night in October and Halloween night. Open from 5-9pm including historic tours of the nearby Naval Cemetery, paranormal investigation tours, ghost story tours and a bunch of fun nightly programming from a HearseCon to Horror movie night and live animal visits from bats, owls and reptiles. Search NightMARE Island Vallejo for the schedule and to purchase tickets.

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, there's a porta potty 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. 

Accommodation provided
Cabin
No. of sites
1 bookable site
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Potable water available
Bottled water or jugs
Fires allowed
Firewood provided, communal fire ring
Toilet available
Portable toilet
Pets allowed
Off leash, on leash
No showers
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Myrna a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

We have a fleet of used but pretty well serviced bicycles with helmets that we request a small donation for you to use. makes a...Read more

Hiking

Our trails are not that extensive, the main trail is 1.3 miles and paved, with a number of hand mowed trails through woods or g...Read more

Wildlife watching

Seasonally expect nesting osprey, great blue herons and great egrets, hawks, vultures and owls. migrant song birds and nearby w...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Cozy Caravan Style Tinyhouse Camp in California.

Cave

We don't really have caves, but we do have bunkers to explore and even make some music in.

Forest

Our forests are primarily coast live oak and some mixed acacia and eucalyptus groves. the young live oaks have been planted by ...Read more

Places to see near Mare Island Preserve

John Muir National Historic Site
John Muir National Historic Site
9 miles way Explore
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Mem...
12 miles way Explore
China Camp State Park
China Camp State Park
13 miles way Explore
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Nation...
13 miles way Explore
Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park
17 miles way Explore
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
19 miles way Explore
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historic...
20 miles way Explore
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
21 miles way Explore
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
21 miles way Explore
Presidio of San Francisco
Presidio of San Francisco
22 miles way Explore
Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site
22 miles way Explore
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Mount Tamalpais State Park
22 miles way Explore
Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park
23 miles way Explore
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
25 miles way Explore
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
28 miles way Explore
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
35 miles way Explore
Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
56 miles way Explore
Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park
59 miles way Explore
Butano State Park
Butano State Park
61 miles way Explore
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
61 miles way Explore
Caswell Memorial State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park
64 miles way Explore
Salt Point State Park
Salt Point State Park
67 miles way Explore
Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park
70 miles way Explore
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
72 miles way Explore
Henry W. Coe State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park
73 miles way Explore
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
78 miles way Explore
Hendy Woods State Park
Hendy Woods State Park
94 miles way Explore

The vibe at Cozy Caravan Style Tinyhouse Camp

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Hipcamper Bethany
Bethany C.
recommends this listing.
January 21st, 2018

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!

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Hipcamper Madison
Madison K.
recommends this listing.
February 16th, 2018

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 :)

The wagon is a short walk or drive from the visitor's center.Water and cookware providedThat vieewwwwMini bay windows and twinkly lights <3
Hipcamper Branden
Branden F.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Eric
Eric W.
recommends this listing.
June 20th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Ana
Ana S.
recommends this listing.
June 30th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Melanie
Melanie K.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2018

The tiny house is super cute and Myrna is a great host. We will definitely come back!

Hipcamper Christine
Christine C.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2018

Myrna, our host was wonderful! She of history and stories. The location was quirky, we loved it! Can’t wait to book another weekend!!!

Hipcamper Jean-Pierre
Jean Pierre B.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Micaela
Micaela C.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2018

The tiny house was absolutely perfect — and the bed was super comfy. There is plenty of supplies to cook so make sure you bring food and Myrna has a cooler you can keep everything in. I took the ferry from SF, ferry landing is only a 35 minute walk from the site and highly recommend. The Preserve is a really cool place and Myrna is one of the best hosts I’ve had at hipcamp. Lots of hiking and exploring to do. Can’t wait to come back!

Decommissioned naval base to explore, and birdwatching too.Sunrise on the tiny house windows. House is nestled in the trees within the nature preserve. Tiny house at night.
Property
Mare Island Preserve
State
California
$95/night
1 Site