Located in the campground of a 12-acre "permaculture oasis", home to Real Goods Store & the Solar Living Institute, this campsite features a "Bare Bones" tent, permanently set up. It is situated on level decking and has twin foam mattresses and a small table. Bring your sleeping bags and cooking gear, or use the outdoor kitchen a short stroll away.
- 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 Tent Cabin
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I had a great time staying at SLI! Everyone at SLI was super friendly and helpful during my stay. The campsite is conveniently located in the front entrance. The tent sites are a little close to the road so you may hear cars whizz by during the night if you're a light sleeper. Just pack some ear plugs and you're good to go. The property itself is super interesting with lots of really cool things to explore. You can take a map and do a self guided tour as there are lots of signs with information to learn from. My favorite area on the property was probably by the pond where there are lots of picnic tables to have lunch on and relax. There are lots of art structures around the property like the giant metal dragon and decorated egg pieces. The property is very beautiful, well kept and is just fun to walk around and explore. It is also dog friendly so you can take your pup along as well. It's a very peaceful environment and would make a great getaway from the city. I would highly recommend visiting if you're in the area regardless if you're camping or not!
What a unique place to stay! The camping area is pretty bar bones and so is the cabin we stayed in. But it comes with two twin foam mattresses and a little side table. So no fussing with setting up your tent, just bring your sleeping bags and some camp lights. Didn't use the shared kitchen area, though we did check it out and it wasn't kept. We did stay in the heart of the winter season, so it was a bit cold and not much happening on the property or in town (Hopland). But I'm betting in the summer months it feels a bit more lively all around.
Please be sure that hornet's nests are not infesting the tent before folks visit. Also, please be clear that the irrigation system turns on at 4:30-ish in the morning. And if you advertise a small community kitchen and shower space, be sure to tell the campers how to access these services. We ended up sleeping with hornets, and had spoiled food that we planned to cook but had no kitchen in which to do so. We left a day early because it was an unpleasant experience.
Easy to find. The Solar Living Institute is a cool demonstration site for various sustainable living projects (solar, aquaponics, compost, etc). The tent was totally fine overall, but some of our things and one of the mattresses got wet during a daytime shower. The tent had several rips and tears in it where rain came in. The campsite is near the highway so you do get car noise, but it's minimal and didn't bother us. However, it is also immediately adjacent to a lumber mill that starts work early on week days. Bring ear plugs. The outdoor kitchen is a dirty stove and sink with essentially no cookware. Bring your own pots, forks, plates, etc. It is also not super close to the campground area. If I stayed again I would just bring my own Coleman camp stove, but didn't this time bc I came by plane. The shower was fine, hot water, not clean, but not filthy - it is a campground afterall.
This was a cool spot, better than expected but could also use some improvements:
- The signage is off - the tent cabin was confirmed on our reservation as #1 but on the post, infront says #2.
- There were also people inhabiting the cabin when we arrived - it could have a reservation name clipped to the door or something.
- there is a bee hive forming on the liner of the tent