About Whiskey Ranch - Camp Pauli
Glamping in the Tee Pee style canvas Bell Tent we brought to Burning Man. Tent Pauli is equipped with two twin mattresses that can be optionally strapped together to form a king size, couch, rugs, string lights and a solar panel/battery pack combination to charge your phones and gadgets. The setting is a historic ranch that has been in my family since 1884. We grow wheat for whiskey currently made at a local distillery. We are far along in the permitting process of hosting our own distillery. The ranch boards horses and hosts events/retreats. There are welcoming cows nearby, a few friendly ranch dogs and chickens in a coop built on the bed of a charming 1962 Chevy. You're in for a great escape from the common world.
Important: due to high fire danger level no open fires are allowed. But bring your portable gas stove!
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 1 month out
- Weeknight discount: 15% off
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Whiskey Ranch - Camp Pauli
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Whiskey ranch is perfect for animal lovers looking for an amazing glamping experience!
My boyfriend and I spent one night at the tent in Whiskey ranch. Albrecht was a welcoming host and took time to walk us around the property, show us the horses that are boarded there, the cows (and baby cows!), chickens, dogs as well as the other houses/cabins on the property. There was even a swing tied to a tree with room for two! Albrecht told us about how the Reinstein family had the ranch for hundreds of years, which can be seen with all of the old farm equipment and the old barn. He let us roam the property on our own while we stayed there, so we hiked some of the hills to watch the beautiful sunset.
We had a great glamping experience in the beautiful tent. The tent has privacy from the rest of the ranch because it's situated right behind an old milking barn and underneath an old oak tree. We were able to pull the car right up to the tent and lugged our gear about 5ft to the picnic tables. We only had to bring our camp stove, food, and some clothes/toiletries. The tent is solar powered, there were some cute string lights as well as a couple battery packs to charge our phones. Inside the tent was HUGE! it had a small coffee table with succulents, a sofa, and a super comfortable memory foam mattress. It was more comfortable than my bed at home. Everything was also very clean, which is almost unheard of for camping! We used the well-maintained porta potties during our stay (about a 100 ft walk from the tent).
Overall, it was a fun ranch experience!
We had a wonderful time at Whiskey Ranch and loved waking up to the rooster! This was our first Hipcamp experience and we found all to be as described. The whole ranch, tepee tent, and bedding were very clean and welcoming, the cows and horses were pleasant to listen to and the stars were truly lovely.
We climbed the far hill for the magnificent sunset and Alvin the ranch dog joined us on a morning walk up the near hill to be greeted by some very nonchalant cows.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful property!
We enjoyed very much our two nights in the teepee and would definitely come back:
- Amazing location: over a century old ranch, gorgeous landscape of rolling hills (the view is worth the climb).
- Extra-nice hosts: Albrecht and Christianna were very accomodating and helpful. We ended up hanging out with them and had a great evening in their company.
- Super cute and comfy tent with a queen bed, warm comforters, batteries, lamp, couch, extra blankets in a little isolated corner of the property. You just need to bring food, water and toiletries.
- Friendly neighbours: squirrels, owls, eagles, chipmunks, woodpeckers, horses, and cows, lots of cows.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Whiskey Ranch for 1 night. With rain on the forecast for the whole weekend we were tempted to reschedule our booking, but Albrecht ensured us that the tent would keep us dry (which it did!). The tent was beautifully decorated, the bed was comfortable, and the extra blankets provided kept us very warm! The rain made it a bit difficult to cook our food on the camp stove, but we managed. Albrecht was very welcoming, encouraged us to explore the grounds, and in the morning with visited with the horses and walked the pastures among the cows. The setting was beautiful and serene, a great escape from the city even for just a night. I had expected the tent to be a bit more secluded, but the barn gives the area enough privacy. Thanks for your hospitality, we will definitely recommend the site to friends and I hope to visit the Whiskey distillery next time we are in the area.
My husband Andrew and I had an enchanting time visiting Whiskey Ranch! We were booked to stay in the Tee Pee tent after a pretty epic week of Bay Area rains. I had read reviews that the tent can handle rain and keep its inhabitants dry (plus, we have a sense of adventure) so we forged on without rescheduling the trip, which turned out to be a super-duper plan. Once we arrived, Albrect (Albie, as we came to calling him) greeted us with a smile and said, "I have good news and bad news...."
The bad news was the intense rain had only caused a small nuisance to the tent which was, on that evening, being repaired and the good news was that Albie & Christianna (Reinstein) had no guests staying in the Historic Hetch Hetchy Cabin on the same property - so it was ours for the same price. Upgrade! So, while this review doesn't cover the Tee Pee, it's indicative of the hospitality we received and we hope you'll find a reason to make a trip to Whiskey Ranch for any one of the lodgings available.
The cabin was brought over to the ranch from Hetch Hetchy dam in the early 1900s. It's still standing and fully functional! It looks sort of like a darling old garden shed but the inside is very inviting! The double bed was snug but comfortable, and the heater kept us warm on an otherwise chilly and windy night. We were also delighted by the old cowboy books in the room and the old-timey radio unit with an audio jack that made it easy to connect to music on our phones. We felt a bit like we had traveled back in time, which is just our style.
During the day, Albie invited us to walk around the ranch and we took full advantage. The horses and chickens stood watch us and made bewitching noises we snapped pictures of the beautiful two-story barn, the rustic reclaimed truck that doubled as the chicken coop, the antique tractors and farming tools, and the golden, rolling hills. All the ranch exploring brewed up a mighty thirst in us so we took a short trip down the road to Sutherland Distilling Co., where the whiskey is made from wheat on the ranch. This is where we met Albie's wife, Christianna, the descendant of the original Reinstein ranch owners. She is a wealth of whiskey knowledge, naturally, and very nice. After our whiskey tasting and free tour of the distillery, we made it safely back to the ranch to BBQ our dinner and settle in by fire pit. We were joined by Christianna and Albie, who regaled us with family stories and their future plans for Reinstein ranch. We were delighted to have made fast, new friends who have such a marvelous place to call home. We recommend taking a trip to the ranch for your next down-home getaway (or event) to anyone looking to unwind!
This was a really fun, really easy campsite for my family (including my 1 year old and 3 year old). The tent was cozy, the surrounding nature was lovely, and our hosts Albrecht and Christiana were very welcoming. We can't wait to book again for later in the summer.
We loved our stay at Whiskey Ranch. We had such a lovely time at the ranch, walking around and seeing all the horses was such a treat! We spent the day off wine tasting and beer tasting, all about 20 minute drive away. Perfect weekend away!
Two moms and two six year olds had a wonderful overnight camping trip! The tent was very spacious with plenty of room for all four of us. Spent the morning exploring the grounds and loved the historic wagons and old farming equipment, chickens and horses were a fun touch and the kids got to see a real working ranch.
I got a little lost trying to find the tent, since the place is a fully functioning ranch. It was located behind the barn on the left after you get in from the driveway and pass a few of the houses. The place exceed my expectations and I was in love with the ranch. I had no idea that they had so many horses there, and quickly learned that people board their horses there in the stables. Some of the horse owners were kind enough to let us meet their horses and allow us permission to pet them. The tent was beautiful, with a very comfortable bed. I have a tough time sleeping at unfamiliar places but fell asleep immediately. Albie provides a battery pack for you to charge your devices, but I suggest bringing an additional battery pack if you go with other people. The tent is also perfectly located between two trees that are right next to the barn, which allowed for the perfect set up with the hammock I brought with me. Be mindful of the rattlesnakes if you go exploring beyond the tent as we found one out in the open who greeted us with a shake.
Also, if you are a photographer of any kind... bring your camera and some lenses. My best friend who accompanied me is a photographer and he had a field day. We wound up with so many beautiful photos to frame and use for our websites. Albie is a wonderful host and you'll be very comfortable there. Port-o-potties available as well as an outdoor shower.
We just came back from Reinstein Ranch and had a great time! We met Alby, he was a great host, friendly, responsive, and helpful. The tent was spacious and clean, the property is so full of character, and friendly animals. We hiked up the big hill right by the tent and caught an amazing sunset, highly recommended. Tip for dog owners: there are lots of foxtails and dry grass, make sure you check you pup's coat and paws. Overall I recommend this place for a quick glamping staycation, thanks for hosting Alby!
Lively working ranch by day, natures paradise by night. I'd recommend this place to anyone wanting to get away without the hours of driving (its close, yet far!). Oh and the tent was VERY comfortable....the bed was decked out with comfortable bedding. All you need to bring is your food & cooking gear. I'll be back soon.
It is a cozy set up! It got too cold inside the tent, I wish there was a small heater or they would allow a small fireplace. We liked the USB charger and light. Thank you for the the extra blankets and pillows but the bed was too soft and we did not sleep well.
Not only did we have a great time staying at Reinstein Ranch but the Whiskey Ranch yurt was awesome too! For those of us who want the pleasures of waking up outside to a beautiful scenery but don't want to deal w setting up a tent and sleeping on the ground, this is the solution. It was hella cute, there was a rug, queen bed and small furniture to make our yurt welcoming and comfy. We enjoyed the Ranch so much! Went on a little hike over the hill and explored the land. Loved all the horses and cow noises humming in the background.
I would most def recommend Whiskey Ranch for a little romantic getaway! We had a great time, thank you Albrecht!
This was such a fun experience! The site is just far enough out into the hills to have that great disconnected experience but close enough to the city to pop in you want. We went wine and whiskey tasty and brought a bottle back to enjoy as the we watched the sunset. I highly recommend this site!
Awesome place and easy to get to from the city.
Great hike to the top of the hill to see an amazing sunset
Had a little bonfire (allowed due to recent rains) where we made some hot dogs
Tons of blankets inside of the teepee in case it's cold
Morning noises (creek, toads, chickens, horses, cows, etc)
Beautiful spot nestled behind between steep hills and a beautiful barn. Can get a bit chilly at night, even if it's 90 during the day. The bed was very comfortable, and Heinrich took good care of us. My allergies were a bit piqued, but it's been a bad hay season this year.
Relaxing stay at the Whiskey Ranch! My husband and I stayed one night and it was everything we had hoped for. We stopped by Sutherland Distillery first and had tasting flights before purchasing a bottle of the wheat whiskey (made from wheat grown at Reinstein Ranch). We headed to the ranch, found our tipi and a couple of adirondack chairs, and sipped the whiskey through the afternoon. Dinner was at fantastic The Last Word in downtown Livermore before returning to the ranch and whiling away the night. We went on a quick morning stroll with our dog before departing, and we couldn't have asked for a better one-night retreat. Thank you Albe! Good luck with your Ph.D. defense!
We had a great time at the Whiskey Ranch. You pull in and there's all sorts of vintage farming equipment and interesting oddities around, like the pickup truck chicken coop. We found the teepee immediately and set up camp. Then we walked around a bit to introduce ourselves to Albie, or other caretakers at the ranch, but didn't find anyone, just horse owners. It was about 100 degrees F when we arrived, so once the sun started setting and it cooled down we roamed up one of the trails to get a good view of the sunset. The setting was beautiful, and the occasional cow grunt or moo only added to to the atmosphere.
When booking it, I read camp stove and mistakenly thought that included my tiny charcoal griller. So when we started cooking burgers, someone came out and kindly let us know that was off-limits. We had a fire extinguisher with us and were very careful, but I felt terrible for the mixup, as I would never want to put such a beautiful place at risk of fire. So be sure not to make the same rookie mistake as me!
As far as sleeping accommodations, the teepee was great. The solar charger/batteries hadn't been powered up, so we charged one in our car and used it to turn on the light once it got dark. The bed was comfy, all was quiet, and overall it was a very peaceful trip.
Our stay at the ranch was great! Super spacious tent, right at the edge of the property with beautiful views of the surrounding golden hills 🙌🏼 Close to the campsite is a (steep) little trail going up on the hills where you can hike up to enjoy a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. We unfortunately didn't meet any of the owners, but we just walked around the ranch to explore it ourselves. Very cool old barns and lots of cows, goats, chickens and cute horses. Horses are boarded there so they are off-limits for petting but fun to walk around. You'll see the horse owners come and go throughout the day. Only thing i would've liked is a little more info about the ranch itself (maybe a little welcome sheet with some fun details/history) but other than that; it was perfect. Highly recommend for a quick and relaxing countryside getaway!
Would definitely recommend. We needed a campsite relatively nearby for a low-key birthday get-away...and this spot at the Reinstein Ranch delivered in spades. First off, it's dog friendly, though we did opt to keep our city pups leashed most of the time, so as to keep them from running off and disturbing any of the other nearby farm or wildlife animals. That said, when we arrived, we were greeted by the ranch owner, Thom. Super nice guy, very welcoming and gave us the lay of the land. Soon after we settled in, we actually headed back out to the nearby Sutherland Distilling Company for a tasting and a brief break from the heat - the distillery is air conditioned and pet friendly! Back to the camp site, the tent was set-up with all the glamping basics, we enjoyed cooking dinner outside and got to see and hear sooo much nature, it was just awesome. Coyotes howling in the night, we *think* we may have heard a bobcat - unconfirmed, we saw a barn owl and a couple bats flying overhead, we visited the horses that were boarded at the ranch, the chickens in a nearby coop, and got to enjoy the beautiful view of rolling hills with cows, deer and squirrels all around. It was just stunning. Beautifully kept ranch, would and have been recommending to others. Thanks for such a nice stay!
This place is amazig. There are so many beutiful spots for photoshoots. It just looks exactly the same as the photos you see on his profile. I went there to pop the question to my girlfriend and she said yes. Thanks to Albe. He helped me to light up at the perfect moment to give her the big surprise.
The host, Albe was a nice guy, he was informative and friendly, and the ranch was quite beautiful/picturesque. However, there were some down sides. The teepee had a portable battery pack that didn't work, so the lights inside didn't turn on. It wasn't too big of a deal because my friends and I had plenty of flash lights of our own and we were only at the ranch for a very small amount of time each day (we stayed for a total of three nights), at night to sleep, basically. On the bright side, there was an outdoor shower available for us to use, it was quite spacious and had hot running water. It wasn't very well maintained though, cob webs and something like dog feces on the ground... all in all, we weren't looking for too much, we wanted an experience that was a little more than camping and we got it. The ranch is very close to downtown Livermore which is convenient for grabbing coffee or breakfast. We even drove into San Francisco just about everyday after traffic hours (takes about 45 min to an hour). Overall, it was sufficient for a pack of photographers on a road trip.
I would not recommend staying here at all. The online representation was not what we found when we arrived. Online it listed the tent had a couch and memory foam queen mattress. Then tent we had had no couch or queen mattress. Instead there were two, very small, twin size blow up mattresses.
Also, the string lights shown in the picture were much larger and brighter than what was actually there. There were small very dim lights that barely lit up the tent.
I booked this place as a surprise for my boyfriends birthday, and unfortunately it was so disappointing we drove all the way back home because the air mattresses were so uncomfortable.
My friends and I had a delightful stay at the Whiskey Ranch! It's a great getaway from the city, like camping but way more comfy and without all the hard work! The views are great and it's fun to walk around the ranch to see the horses and old farm equipment. Albie was a great host and made sure we were comfortable. The outdoor shower was pretty sweet and the tent was cozy. Highly recommend for a quick night away!