Welcome to Rusty Hill Farm. We are open!! Due to our commitment to reducing risk of covid transmission, we have only one site open and hosting one family at a time. If you have another family that you want to camp with, please message me and we can open the second site for them to book with you on those dates. 2 night minimum on weekends and 3 night minimum on holiday week
Welcome to Rusty Hill Farm. We are open!! Due to our commitment to reducing risk of covid transmission, we have only one site open and hosting one family at a time. If you have another family that you want to camp with, please message me and we can open the second site for them to book with you on those dates. 2 night minimum on weekends and 3 night minimum on holiday weekends. NEW this year: vintage tent trailer for guest use at site! Complimentary all organic Farm-to-table one pot/pan breakfast on Saturday mornings, free coffee/tea bar on weekends (Sat, Sun). Please note! we are tent only. No sleeping vehicles, vans or RVs.
Please read entire description before booking and feel free to ask any questions! Happy Farm-stay!
We are a small family farm located near Monterey/Santa Cruz. Guests enjoy a hands-on experience and are invited to help with farm chores, learn to milk goats, bottle feed the babies (during Spring or when we have bottle babies) do art in our art wagon, learn about medicinal herbs in the herb garden, read in the gypsy wagon, explore the farm, participate in farm activities. Our farm stand is also open most Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm (June to October). We have vegetable gardens, medicinal herb gardens, dairy goats for fresh milk daily, chickens for fresh eggs, a shetland sheep along with some loving ranch cats . 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! The farm cats will hang out with you and the rooster and the duck crow early! We have special add-ons such as: horseback riding Packages for all levels( advanced registration required) and hot tub rental. 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.
Description of camp area:
When you arrive, you will find a welcome basket on each table for each group with a booklet describing our farm. Enjoy a mostly fully equipped camp cook area: camp stove with propane, sink and cookware. (yes, you do not have to pack ANY cookware!) Please note- no refrigerator, so bring a cooler for your cold food. 2 picnic tables, and two 2 wooden tent platforms. No tent? no problem! NEW THIS YEAR - Camp also includes use of our vintage tent trailer all set up with solar lights. the tent trailer sleeps 6 (note: you must bring your own bedding and pillows). The tent trailer and camp area is fully cleaned with sanitizing cleaner between each group. There is no parking at the campsite. It is about a 100 foot walk from parking area to camp. FREE hot outdoor propane shower use. The bathroom is a regularly serviced porta-potty.
Complimentary all organic Farm-to-table one pot/pan breakfast on Saturday mornings, free coffee/tea bar on weekends (Sat and Sun).
Please note: One booking is required for each family. When booking it states $130 for groups of 5 (two adults and children) - if you have more than 3 kids in your family, that is fine and no extra fee applies. If you have another friend group that you wish to camp with, please let us know and we will open the second site for them on those dates, so they can book as well. We have a two night minimum on Friday and Saturdays and please note on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends it is a 3 night minimum.
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 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.
Check out our extra add-ons! Want to end the day in a most relaxing way? Reserve our hot tub under stars for an hour. The hot tub is on the private side deck next to the out door shower, has a couple pretty solar lanterns and a towel rack with a shelf for drinks. Reservation is for one hour. $40 two clean towels included. 18 and over 2 people. Horseback riding lessons and trail rides, pony rides and care/grooming lessons. Scroll down for more details.
NOTE : horse and pony rides are only available on certain days with ADVANCED RESERVATIONS made at the time of booking. Helmets, masks and liability release forms are required by everyone who participates.
Description of add-ons:
PONY CARE AND RIDING CLASS for small children Do you have little ones who are interested in horses? The "pony care class" might be just the thing. This class is 30 minutes long and starts with learning about how to safely be around a pony/horse. Kids will learn about the different brushes and grooming tools and will groom the pony. We will learn about tack and putting on a saddle. The kids will get to practice on our barrel before finally getting a lead-line lesson riding the pony. One parent must accompany child(children). Cost $30 Per child 30 minute class. ages 4-7 (flexible) beginner group size negotiable (will be longer time if more than two children)
HORSES: We have two nice riding horses, Rusty and Dove. Arena riding/lesson (45 min) $50 adults and kids over age 10. Amazing 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. Read below for a full description of available ride packages. Please note: You must have some general riding experience to go on the trail ride. (masks required)
REDWOOD FOREST TRAIL RIDE Beautiful meandering trail ride through the redwood trees in a magical forest setting. The trail starts in a beautiful meadow and winds down into the forest and around through the woods until finally returning. 4 miles 2.5 hours $150 per rider
BEACH RIDE This is a lovely one hour jaunt along the beach and dunes. Bird watching, sea life and even deer and fox are sometimes seen. The ride lasts about an hour. After riding, you can stop at one of several famous restaurants for dinner or lunch pick up. This ride can be arranged at Sunset too! There are porta potty bathrooms at parking area 2 miles 1.5 hours $150 per person 2 people max ages 12 and up.
WHAT TO BRING/PACK: bedding, tents (if not using our tent trailer or needing more space) clothing (layers- we are coastal -our mornings and evenings are cool and the days are warm), masks, personal items, flashlights or headlamps or other fun gadgets that you like to have, cooler of food if you plan to make lunches/dinners here (no need to bring any cookware or dishes as our camp kitchen is fully stocked!).
Boots or low-heeled shoes (hiking boots) if you plan to do horseback riding, also good to have on a farm in general.
Thank you for checking us out. We look forward to your visit. Feel free to ask any questions.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Rusty Hill Farm Tent and Breakfast in California.
Beach is 15 min away by car. Kayaking in Elkhorn slough 25 min away by car.
Forest hiking trails 25 minutes away by car
Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough 25 min away by car
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The kids played & i read my book!
This was such a fun weekend! Perfect for kids. They played on the playground, did art in the art shed, snuggled the cats, helped feed the animals, did a pony ride. And that left me to read. I read more of my book in one day than I have in 6 months.
Christine and her family were very welcoming and helpful :)
Loud roosters and playful kittens
This campsite has everything you need and more. They have showers, outdoor kitchen, toilet, reading barn, etc.
I personally just was not a fan of the rooster battles every morning from 5-7AM & the kitten crawling between my tent and my rain fly all night.
A middle of the road stay for me, but my brother who camped with me said it was his personal favorite. He sleeps like a rock. If you sleep hard this place is perfect. If you don’t, be prepared for a 5 AM start to the day.
This farm is a wonderful place for families with kids. My children (8 and 6 years old) and their friend (5 years old) did enjoy everything there - feeding animals, riding a pony and horse, picking up eggs, milking goat, play equipment such as a trampoline, slide, and swing, art wagon etc.
This farm has a fully equipped kitchen with gas stoves including propane tank. It was convenienet that we didn't have to take cooking gear. As mattresses were installed in the camp wagon, there was no need to bring air mattresses. Just sleeping bags were enough. Breakfast was provided on Saturday morning - it was really tasty!
It was unfortunate that it was rainy from the morning to early afternoon on Saturday. Nevertheless, we truly enjoyed staying there thanks to hospitality by David, Christine, and their daughter.
Laid back artsy vibe great for kids
Rusty Hill Farm has a laid back artsy vibe great for kids, with many different animals, an art trailer, a reading nook wagon, and optional add-on horse rides. My daughter especially enjoyed the super-friendly farm cats and dogs, and I enjoyed the fresh produce welcome basket and "help yourself" access to fresh eggs from the coop.
New favorite family getaway!!
My son and I had such a great time on the farm! We were super comfy in the vintage trailer and had a blast exploring all of the fun things to do. Dave was a STELLAR guide with my son, leading him through the daily animal chores and teaching him little tidbits along the way. My son really loved it!! Thanks Dave and Christine for creating such a perfect, family friendly getaway!