The Solar Living Center is unique! We are a 12 acre Permaculture and Sustainable Living demonstration site and the home of the Solar Living Institute and Real Goods Store! This is a public site that hosts: classes, events, volunteers, interns and campers! We are lucky in that we meet many types of amazing visitors from all over the world and our camping guests range from car/van campers and tent set ups to travelling gypsy bands in RVs! Not your typical campground. RVs, and camping trailers, are welcome to set up in our main parking lot along the fence at the back of the lot. Please note that we do not have hook-ups for RVs. Feel free to use the lush grounds for picnicking, or build a fire in the firepit next to the ponds (bring your own firewood). Please note that there is a limited number of shady campsites. If you will be staying in a large group or coming on a busy holiday weekend, we recommend bringing a pop-up shade structure.
Note: Rather than a "destination" campground, camping here is ideal as a "homebase" from which to explore the Mendocino area attractions (wineries and tasting rooms, Redwood hiking trails, restaurants and events), or as an overnight stop while traveling.
Camping amenities include: A rustic camp kitchen, one indoor and one outdoor shower (with hot running water), well-kept public restrooms, beautiful grounds to explore (picnic near the ponds) and a certified organic permaculture garden that usually has an intern or two who can give you a tour or answer questions. Inside the Real Goods store you can shop for gifts and books or get advice on solar and alternative energy. Drinks, snacks and ice cream bars are available for purchase from 10-6pm during summer hours, 10-5pm in winter.
What to eat : Though the town of Hopland is small, it still offers quite a few interesting dining options! Check out Steep Coffee (SLC staff favorite) for your morning brew or the The Bluebird Cafe, a quaint, casual diner open for breakfast and lunch. The beautiful Taverna at the Piazza De Campovida features organic and local meats and vegetables, thin crust pizza from their wood-fired pizza oven, and local hand crafted wines and brews made in collaboration with Oakland’s famed Linden Street Brewery. Hang out at The Hopland Tap House, or go wine tasting at any of the many wine bars or tasting rooms in the area. You will notice that we grow quite a bit of produce on-site. We are happy to share, but please know that this produce is a main portion of our interns food supply, check out the farmstand next to the front entrance of the Real Goods store for fresh produce available to purchase.
- The outdoor kitchen and indoor/outdoor showers are located in the Southeast portion of the property.
- The Front gates open between 7-8AM and close between 7-9PM. The gate code is provided upon booking.
- Self-guided tour maps can be picked up at the Welcome Booth entrance.
- Pets on leash only; please clean up after your pet.
- Garbage receptacles are located in the main parking lot.
- No campfires allowed in the campground. A fire ring next to the main pond is available for use. Bring your own firewood.
- The Intern Village and residences in the Southeast and Southwest corners of the site are private.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Mendo Oasis R V, Trailer
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“The RV Trailer area is conveniently located right in front of the main area in the parking lot. There aren’t any RV hook ups but you’ll find charging stations for Tesla cars and electric vehicles (with outlets to charge your phone if you need to). The bathroom/outdoor kitchen area is short walk away but you can also use the main building restrooms during the day. The SLC grounds are beautifully decorated and well kept to stroll through and explore. There are so many cool features here to check out and you can even do a self-guided tour. SLC isn’t a typical area to camp but definitely more a destination campground that has clean facilities and hosts a wide variety of entertainment. It’s also conveniently located right off the 101 so it’s very easy to get back on the road.”
Its a convenient stop-over that has the potential to be so much better. The outdoor kitchen is not maintained. It was a mess when we were there. The grounds are beautiful, interesting, and worth exploring. I will probably visit again.
We had a great nights stay in sunny Hopland. The vibe was super chill, we just picked a spot, borrowed a fire ring, BBQ'd some food, and had a great nights sleep. Restrooms were top notch, loads of cool details around the site, excellent location for wineries.