Welcome to Rusty Hill Farm! This is a small farm-experience. Come stay with us! Learn to milk goats, feed and care for the animals, ride horses, or just hang out and let the kids play amongst the farm. There are often special activities going on that you are welcome to participate in such as: fence fixing, animal grooming, goat training, gardening, harvesting, etc. You do not have to participate in farm activities to visit us, lots of people go on hiking, surfing, mountain biking day trips while visiting. Be ready to share this experience with others! We allow two groups per day/night. We have one communal wood fire pit area and it is fun to sit around the fire and get to know new friends. 1-2 cars per family. If you have more than two cars, let me know!
Description of the space and what is included: The tent area includes a single communal fire pit to share with rustic wood benches; we provide firewood and kindling for your stay, 3 picnic tables (one for each family group and an extra) a 2-burner propane stove on each table with propane as we invite you to cook, finally a jug of fresh well water, two clean shower towels and a welcome basket on each table for each group. Enjoy complimentary organic hot coffee/tea and cocoa every morning on the deck, fully serviced porta-potty, FREE hot outdoor shower use and sink/washing area and shared BBQ (bring coals) The outdoor shower and sink are not plumbed and do not drain to the septic, only our biodegradable organic plant based soaps can be used and the water is collected to water fruit trees.
Please note: When booking it states $50 for group of 2 and $10 extra persons fee. The extra person fee only applies to extra adults in your party. Kids are included FREE!
Please read entire description before booking and feel free to ask any questions! Happy Farm-stay!
Hang out on our deck and play the drums or try the digeridoo! Play a board game, relax in the hammock, the kids play structure is tied into our deck gives a tree-house feel. Chill out in our gypsy wagon reading room overlooking the horses! Take a hot outdoor bath, or go for a horseback ride (several options available)
We are located in the small town of Aromas, CA. Equal distance of 30-40 min drive to either Monterey, CA or Santa Cruz, CA. Many beach options: surfing, swimming, exploring. We have a variety of nearby places to explore such as: Elkhorn Slough for kayaking, hiking and nature center, Mt Madonna Park for hiking in redwoods, Several beaches 20-30 min away. We even have surf boards, boogie boards and wet suits to loan out! We are only 30 min from Moss Landing and Famous Phil’s Fish Market where you can eat amazing sea food right on the beach! Or visit Gizdich Ranch 15 minutes away where you can buy homemade pies of all kinds and even pick berries and apples. Our town has one very good sit down/take out restaurant down the street and a wonderful taqueria inside the town market.
Rusty Hill Farm is a small homestead: we have vegetable gardens, medicinal herb gardens, dairy goats for fresh milk daily, chickens for fresh eggs, a friendly pot-bellied pig along with some friendly ranch cats and cute show bunnies. We have friendly riding horses and a pony. This is a small homestead experience. Think of it as a community. When you visit expect to be welcomed as family. It is dusty and the kids will get dirty! We offer some special extras that you may want to add on during your visit. These are not always available so ask at the time of booking as they require advance reservations!
AD-ONS AND PRICING - ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:
We invite our guests to a FARM-TO-TABLE BREAKFAST which is available most Saturdays and sometimes Sundays!
Breakfast is served on the deck.Example of breakfasts include: Farm Fresh Egg skillet, farm raised sausage/bacon/ham, Home-grown and/or local vegetables: Butternut squash, potatoes, dandelion greens, etc.Organic oatmeal with toppings "bar" cranberries, nuts, seeds, sugar, goat milk, local honey, etc.Juices, goat milk and always fresh organic coffee!
$10 donation per adult, $5 donation per child to donate back to the farm (animal feed/care/gardens).
Hot Outdoor baths under the stars. Ready for an amazing "redneck hot tub" experience? Enjoy our two lovely hot outdoor baths. Prepared to be enjoyed at around 9pm. The baths include a pot of farm grown herbal tea and lavender and calendula flowers in the water. A most lovely way to end a day of work on the farm, riding or hiking.
Two hot baths: $40 **note: it is $40 for the baths even if you only want one due to the time it takes to prepare them**
Hot baths need to be reserved ahead of time and only done once per night (so reserve them at booking or they may be taken!)
PONY ride: Our fun pony Elizabeth can give young kids rides! $10 per ride.
HORSES: We have two nice riding horses, Rusty and Angelo. Arena riding/lesson (1/2 hour) $30. Trail ride up the hill (1/2 hour) $30. Longer trail rides to outside locations are also available for 2 with a guide (me)!. These trips take about 4 hours and across beautiful terrain. They can be custom-designed rides to include dinner after at near-by restaurants. $90 a person. Please note: You must have some general riding experience to go on the trail ride. Arena lessons/riding are all levels.
YOGI's Join us for yoga on the deck!Lovely 600 sq. ft. of deck space overlooking our horse pasture and the alpacas. Practice to the sounds of nature with an occasional rooster crow and hello call from the goats.. hey, but they are just encouraging us! It is not uncommon to see red tail hawks pass overhead too. Available most Saturdays (unless my kids have sports games or competitions) 10:30-11:30am.
Yoga is a donation- based class.
Train rides! We have a homemade tractor train and can take kids around in it! (check out the pictures) It was handmade out of an old garden tractor
$5 per child
Thank you for checking us out
We look forward to your visit
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Feel free to ask any questions.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 7 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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This place is absolutely amazing. Christine and David are amazing hosts and have created a truly unique space. From the coffee in the morning to warm outdoor bathtubs at night, this place is exactly what you need away from the city. Hands down one of the best Hipcamps I've been to.
Camping at Rusty Hill is a chance to get to know a lovely family and some great animals: Latin the Pig has the run of the place, as do three slim tabby cats. There's a pony and two horses, goats, miniature sheep, chickens and a handsome turkey that's going to be Thanksgiving. The first night we camped in the horse arena-- sandy. Our site was close to the road and the wind kept whipping through the trees. The next night we camped near the horses-- I'd recommend that, if you can-- the site is sheltered, grassy and close to the kids' play structures. The hot tub is fantastic-- you're lying back and looking up at a sky full of stars! And hot breakfast is a must. Wonderful experience. Our first hip camp-- we'll do it again!
Wow! Christine and David's little goat farm is the best. We even stayed on a weekend that a few families with a gaggle of little ones were there and that didn't take away from the peaceful experience of being on the farm. Christine and David were super friendly and made us feel very welcomed. We opted to have a fresh-cooked farm breakfast with the families in the morning and a open-air bath with essential oils after dark. What a treat! We cannot say enough about this family and their property.
The best hipcamp i have been to. This is a gem of a campsite. It is perfect for families and people who just started camping. Christine and David were so inviting and really took care of me. Such a cool farm that is just outside of civilization. I arrived to my campsite and i had a little welcome basket full of goodies. I took advantage of the horse rides, sweat lodge and the outdoor hot tub. The tub has an actual fire right under it! Worth every penny! Will be back!
Christine and family are genuine and working hard to make a good experience for everyone who visits - they put out stoves, honey, tea, water and made the best breakfast I've had when camping. It's a great place for people who love animals and have kids because the farmers invite the kids to help with chores. My kids are 5 and they enjoyed socializing and I felt comfortable with them running around on the property.
David and Christine were the best hosts! Not to mention they have the cutest family and farm around... We were able to meet all of the farm animals, including the turkeys, chickens, horses, pony, pig, goats and even two new sheep they brought home the weekend we stayed. Christine makes a KILLER breakfast spread and we DEFINITELY recommend the hot outdoor tubs. We had an incredible stay and we would even like to think we made some new friends. We will be back and would most definitely recommend.
We pitched a tent by the goats (which were in the barn, so quiet at night :), and found a perfect fire pit with wood & kindling, plus a welcome basket - a nice touch! While there is some light traffic at night, it didn't really disturb anyone's sleep; the Rusty Hill Farm is about 20-25 min from Palm Beach State Park, great for us beach-goers. We opted in for the very affordable breakfast the next morning which was amazing - eggs with sausages (Christine made also a vegetarian batch), pancakes, great coffee, and lots more! I was traveling with two eight-year olds who said they had a wonderful time. Even though it is a fairly small farm, there is so much to do for the kiddos. Pet the goats, horses, bunnies, pig, etc.! I even got a bareback horseback mini-riding lesson from Christine, who is an experienced rider, after the kids were done with their ride in the arena! David and Christine went out of their way to make everyone's stay an experience - so, Rusty Hill Farm is not only a place to 'crash' when visiting the Santa Cruz area, but also a place to hang out and enjoy. When I was there in September, they planned on adding more amenities, so stay posted.
My daughter and I had a great time at Rusty Hill Farm- I felt like I had known Christy and David and their kids forever and we were just visiting for the weekend! Would love to come back and visit everyone and all the animals! Delicious breakfast and coffee in the morning too!
The owners and family are so friendly, accommodating, and laid back! I went with my girls friends and our young kids for just one night. Our kids had so much fun watching the various farm animals and using the small playground.
I wished I had asked more questions about the campsites. Since we were a larger group, we stayed in the largest space which was great, but it was also in the "horse pen" where it was all loose and fluffy dirt, no grass, and right next to the back road. There was another campsite near the playground where it had a completely different scenery for a smaller group: grass, playground, vegetable garden, rooster/turkey, right next to the main house.
I recommend this place for families that have young kids, they will have so much fun! If you are sensitive to animal manure or smell, this probably is not the right place for you.