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Rainbow's End Farm is in a lush redwood forest setting, one mile from the charming town of Occidental in the heart of West Sonoma County. From your campsite you have private hiking access to a majestic redwood grove (20-acre redwood forest preserve). Relax in nature while only being minutes from gourmet restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping, as well as 20 minutes to Bode

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Rainbow's End Farm is in a lush redwood forest setting, one mile from the charming town of Occidental in the heart of West Sonoma County. From your campsite you have private hiking access to a majestic redwood grove (20-acre redwood forest preserve). Relax in nature while only being minutes from gourmet restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping, as well as 20 minutes to Bodega Bay and Hwy 1.

The permaculture farm has several historic barns and is home to many animals: goats, chickens, and ducks, and is full of lush berries, apples, plums and more. To book a tour of the farm, a guided medicinal plant walk, or inquire about classes (such as how to make jam and essential oils) please contact us in advance.

HISTORY

1917 - 1930: The yellow farmhouse and three historic red barns were built from Redwood Trees on the land. The farm had a large vineyard that was plowed under by the local Sheriff during prohibition. 

1940 - 1950: The farm featured the largest cherry orchard in Sonoma County. Cherry blight in the 1960's killed most of the trees (too much morning fog).  

1950 - 1960: The land served as a cattle ranch and Apple orchard. 

1970: A group purchased the land to build "Esalen North" and host interpersonal growth workshops. A legendary Herbal Gathering, of some of the countries leading medicinal plant experts (founders of Traditional Medicinals and Celestial Seasonings), was held at this time. 

1975: Don and Nan purchased the land and established a home-birthing clinic in the red barn at bottom of parking lot (make sure to look for the historic stained glass of baby in utero). In the ensuing decade, over 1,200 home births are attended to in Sonoma County and thousands of moms and babies are seen at the farm clinic. 

2000: Nan retires from midwifery and devotes all of her energy to permaculture farming selling her farm products (jams, herbs, fresh fruit etc.) at local farmers  markets. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Nan a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Paddling

Kayaking and Canoeing on Russion River and Bodega Bay (5 miles from campsite).

Surfing

Surfing at Salmon Creek and Dillon Beach (5 to 10 miles from campsite).

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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Forest Sanctuary - Campsite #4 in California.

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Hipcamper Forrest

Great spot

Forrest B.
recommends this listing.
November 23rd, 2021

Had a great stay and loved the location and access to Occidental, Sebastopol, Bodega and the coast. The hike down the redwood lined creek was a great way to start our day. The property has a nice mix of sun and shade.

One note, we stayed at Site #3 since it was open the two nights we stayed. Site #4 is a bit cramped for a group of 5-6 with multiple tents due to the slope. The area is open and site well maintained, but there was limited flat ground. If #3 is open book it!

Hipcamper Mariah
Mariah C.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2021

This campsite is so lovely! Beautiful trees. Clean, we’ll set-up site. We appreciated that it was secluded and peaceful. We stayed during the wet season and it was misty/drizzling on and off but the wood chips and pin needles on the ground helped keep us dry and our tent clean. I’m glad another reviewer mentioned bringing ear plugs because there were a lot of nature sounds (frogs, rooster, crickets, rain) but they were charming and not a problem to sleep through. We also appreciated the location: very close to Occidental and not far from the coast and wine country. The communal sink was handy too. We would definitely stay here again!

Hipcamper Maritessa

Perfect camping weekend on a farm!!

Maritessa A.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2021

LOVED IT HERE!! My partner and I had an amazing time here for his birthday weekend in mid-October! So many wonderful, cool details for campers - colorful signs, solar powered lights along the path, a wheelbarrow to use to move our gear, pears from Nan’s farm, a super clean Honey Bucket (it actually smelled like citrus/lavender?!?!?), a cute sink, and more! There is also a short hiking path on the property for campers to use behind the campsites. Also, make sure to book a farm tour - Nan is a terrific host with a lot of great stories to share and on the tour we got to know and pet her animals. We also saw her family milking a goat and we even tried fresh goat milk - it’s so creamy with a slight sweetness and it does not taste like anything from the store. Nan also sells jams and eggs! The blackberry and prickly pear were so good!! The campsites are in a great location - a short drive from Occidental for the Friday farmers market (until the end of Oct) and about 20-25 minute drive to Bodega Bay/the ocean. We can’t wait to come back!

Hipcamper Mary

Quiet & peaceful stay

Mary O.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2021

Beautiful farm, clean campsite, beautiful redwood forest trail, everything easy and accessible. A quiet place to get some rest, sample some pears, and learn a thing or two about the history & continuous care of this wonderful farmland by Nan & her people <3

Hipcamper Ben

Couldn't have asked for better!

Ben W.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2021

What a great spot! A perfect shady retreat on a hot day. Everything was great.

Hipcamper Mara
Mara K.
recommends this listing.
September 26th, 2021

This is a great little place in a very beautiful area. Highly, highly recommend!

Hipcamper Derrick
Derrick W.
recommends this listing.
September 25th, 2021

Wonderful experience and great amenities. Campsites were really well-maintained with cute signage!

Hipcamper Jeffrey

Immersive, cozy experience

Jeffrey L.
recommends this listing.
September 19th, 2021

Overall experience:

Our group of four stayed for just one night at Rainbow’s End but what a night it was! As far as campsite go, this was one of the cleanest and most comfortable campsites I’ve ever stayed in (compared to other Hipcamps, State/National campsites, BLM, etc). 


This review has been written about ~1 month since this listing has been on Hipcamp and so I think the hosts have taken great care to curate and set up the experience. I’m looking forward to coming back in the future and seeing how they’ve built out more pieces of the campsites.


I’ll break out the review into a few key components that I thought were the highlights and how I personally judge campsites: 


// Getting there
Beautiful way-finding signage (designed by Nan’s son, Josh) all throughout the campsite. It made directions very self-explanatory and easy to find the campsite (#4). Easy directions, although if you come at night keep note that the GPS says you need to drive an additional block down the road, when in fact it will be on your left about 50 feet up ahead. We were warned that we might not have signal but I ended up having about 1-2 bars of LTE the entire stay.

//Amenities
Porta-potty (cleanest one I’ve ever used in my life) and a sink are in the middle of all the campsites. Very clean, with soap and sponges for cleaning dishes also provided. Nan left some delicious Asian pears at the sink for everyone to grab and try. The only thing that missing that would make this a clamping experience would be having a shower to use as well.

// Cleanliness, comfort, and layout
Very thoughtful layout of the campsites, which weren’t too close or too far from each other. There’s a general parking lot, and then private pathways well marked with signage and solar lighting that lead about 40 feet to your campsite. Just know you’ll be carrying things a short distance to your site. 

Our campsite came with two beautifully crafted chairs and a picnic table, with an flat area that could hold 1-4 person tent and 1-2 person tent. The tent area had a nice layer of woodchips that insulated and softened the ground where our tents were set up. I don’t think I’ve ever stayed at a campsite that had the foresight to add woodchips for the comfort of their visitors.

// Noise/ambience
It was great to hear the crickets and wildlife chirping softly at night, and we were under the coverage of trees in the shade at all times. It drizzled slightly while we were there but the canopy mostly covered us. 

The only caveat I might suggest is that you bring earplugs if you are sensitive to noise. There are 2 roosters on the farm and although some distance away, you can definitely hear them crowing pretty early.

// Host attentiveness
Host was super responsive - they replied typically within the hour of our text when we had questions. I highly recommend the tour, Nan took us on a walk as she went through her farm duties and talked about the history of the land, introduced us to animals, and shared in some of the unique fruit on the farm. Her loyal guard dog joined us for the trip, which enjoyed great many belly rubs. If you have your own dog, best to let Nan know ahead of time as her dog can be defensive to other animals.

Hipcamper Maureen

Beautiful, private site!

Maureen W.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2021

We really enjoyed our stay at Campsite #4 on Rainbow's End Farm!

Leading up to our stay we had a few questions for Nan and she was quick to reply with helpful responses.

Upon arrival everything was clearly labeled so we knew exactly where to park to be nearest our site. The site was a very short walk from the parking area and we were happy to find it quite private. There was a nice, level area for us to set up our tent near the site's picnic table, two chairs and a side table.

Near the parking area, there was a sink with soap and sponges provided for cleaning up. There was also a portable toilet. Everything was very clean. I believe most sites could hold up to 5 people, so I could see there being more of a demand for the facilities if all of the sites happened to be completely full at the same time, but we never had to wait for the sink or bathroom.

One afternoon we went on the redwoods hike on the property that started from our site. The forest was beautiful and it was great having that right there.

Even though you're very much in the middle of nature, it was also a very convenient location. We visited the nearby Occidental Community Farmers' Market, went on a hike along the coast on Bodega Head and went wine tasting at some wineries around Sebastopol.

We would definitely recommend staying at Nan's property!

Our site with picnic table, chairs and side tableOur tent on siteRedwoods trail on propertySink and trash area
Property
Rainbow's End Farm
State
California
Country
United States
$65/night
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