Hipcamp host Judith H.,
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Big weekend coming up with American Aquarium on Saturday night (11/13)  at Floore's Country Store. Walk to the show or listen to the music under the stars at our campsite.

We are proud to announce that our campsite has been nominated for Best Hipcamp in Texas for 2019 and was recently featured on television to promote Hipcamp. The video can be found under S A Live Hipc

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Big weekend coming up with American Aquarium on Saturday night (11/13)  at Floore's Country Store. Walk to the show or listen to the music under the stars at our campsite.

We are proud to announce that our campsite has been nominated for Best Hipcamp in Texas for 2019 and was recently featured on television to promote Hipcamp. The video can be found under S A Live Hipcamp and provides a visual description of the layout of the property.

Note: Only two tents per site and only two cars per site. 

So you want to spend a weekend at Chula Vista Farms and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Here is the recipe for a unique experience. You check in Friday afternoon and set up camp. Then you walk into Old Town, shop at the antique shops and gallery (Hill Country artists), have a beer with the old-timers at an outdoor picnic table at the Country Club, have dinner at El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant or Big Daddy's BBQ. Then you kick back-- sipping a glass of wine at Wine 101. Then you carefully walk  back to the farm, sit in the zero-gravity chairs, watch the stars, and listen to country music coming from Floore's Country Store.

 Next morning, you walk to the Cracked Mug in Old Town for coffee, and then, for breakfast,  drive 30 miles through the Hill Country to the  famous OST Cafe (Old Spanish Trail) in Bandera--the Cowboy Capital.  Not only is the cafe famous for its western saddle bar stools, its John Wayne room, its down-home cooking--it is also the destination for the leather-clad,  serious-helmeted motorcycle riders from San Antonio who rendezvous and ride up there every Saturday. So you end up with quite an eclectic crowd: serious old-time ranchers, drug-store cowboys, the Steve McQueen type motorcycle racers, and the tourists. And the prices are right! Then, after visiting Bandera, you head out Hwy 73 for 13 miles to Camp Verde--an old Army Camel Fort from the 1840's with a still-functioning post office, and a gorgeous restaurant along the banks of the river (best onion rings this side of heaven).   On the return on Hwy 16 (Bandera Road), turn off on PR-37 and visit Medina Lake., Then you return to camp for siesta--before  repeating last night's adventure.

 Next morning, you walk into Old Town and have breakfast at the Helotes Bakery--full breakfast and baked goods--Texas-size Cream Puffs. On the way home, you stop in Grey Forest and walk/hike through the one-lane roads of this enchanting artist colony with its 300+ cottages and rock homes.

 Some important dates for Floore's Country Store where you can camp and walk to the shows American Aquarium  (11/13); Kody West:  11/19;  Kyle Nix of the Turnpike Troubadours: 11/27; Kolby Cooper: 12/3; Last Bandaleros & Vandoliers: 12/9; Read Southhall Band: 12/10; Mike and the Moonpies  (12/11). Please check with Floore's  to make sure of dates.  

Also every first Saturday, Old Town hosts Market Days--music, crafts and food. We are beginning to host artists who want to paint the Texas Hill Country--what a neat idea: camping and painting. Old Town has just opened its first art gallery featuring local artists and Chula Vista Farms is hosting its second "en plein air" event in the fall.

Ten miles from the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Chula Vista Farms, in Old Town Helotes,  lies at the gateway to the Texas Hill Country. Camp under magnificent old oaks in the front area or up in the back pasture ( with our heirloom tomatoes) across the creek. See the stars (no city lights) and experience total tranquility. Old Town Helotes is home to several antique stores, wine and coffee bars, El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant and Floore's Country Store—the oldest honky-tonk in Texas where Willie Nelson plays twice a year and country music bands play on weekends. You can hear the music from your campsite. 

Chula Vista Farms is part of Old Town Helotes so you can walk to the restaurants and shops. Across the highway (four miles) is the quaint town of Grey Forest with hundreds of artists' cottages and gorgeous walking trails with hills; three miles away is HEB plus—a mega-grocery and wine store; 10 miles is downtown San Antonio with the  Riverwalk;  30 miles is Bandera—the Cowboy Capital of the world—a stunning drive of hills and western panoramas--home to the famous OST (Old Spanish Trail) cafe and 13 miles from Bandera lies Camp Verde-with,  serene streams, lovely picnic area, a still-functioning post office (from the 1850"s), and a famous restaurant with panoramic views. Camp Verde sits on land which housed a civil-war-era army fort which experimented with camels from Egypt. Four miles away from Chula Vista is Government Canyon -a primitive hiking experience. 

Chula Vista Farms has five private campsites in the back pasture. This field is also ideal for group camping--20 tents could be accommodated. We have a communal fire pit, tables,  adirondack and  zero-gravity chairs  and four chimmineas for easy, romantic fires. We can accommodate small pop-up campers under the oaks in front area.

You could spend a week here and not run out of things to do: shopping, sight-seeing, walking, hiking, eating, drinking, relaxing, cooking,  painting, sitting by the fire, listening to country music and, of course, camping and being close to nature.    And if that is not enough, we can put you to work with our heirloom tomato, herb and vegetable farm where names such as Eritrea Basil;  White Icicle Radish; Ruby Queen Beets; and tomatoes with exotic titles: Black Vernissage; Black Beauty; Indigo Apple; Ananas Noire; Pork Chop; Lucid Gem and my favorite- Chestnut Chocolate- constitute the language of the day.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
5 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Judith a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Location great for mountain biking-- several trails around Old Town and Grey Forest area and Government Canyon is a four-mile r...Read more

Boating

Medina Lake is close by

Fishing

Medina Lake is close by.

Hiking

We have many official runs on my road so many areas to walk with some hills. Very walker-friendly. Also Government Canyon--abou...Read more

Horseback riding

Trail Rides and riding lessons are offered by Diamond C Stables on Toutant Beauregard --about 7 miles from camp.

Swimming

Medina Lake with two restaurants is close by

Wildlife watching

We have hawks and several species of birds--sometimes roadrunners. Deer will sometimes come onto campsite

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Chula Vista Farms in Texas.

Field

Back pasture/meadow

Farm

Heirloom tomato and vegetable farm

Driveway

Circular so easy access

Lake

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Hipcamper Ryan

Thanksgiving week stay

Ryan M.
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November 28th, 2021

I booked a stay here at Chula Vista Farm for Thanksgiving week without any expectations to try something new. Her camping site was beautiful and well decorated with Texan decors. It made me feel welcomed and cozy while staying. The site was close to the city and shopping centers too, so supply runs were convenient and didn’t require long drives. I was greeted by Judith once I arrived. Let me tell you, she is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. She checks up on you here and there to make sure your stay is good(we have some first time campers and she helped their camping experience a lot more memorable for them, especially when the weather wasn’t ideal). Also, she knows the area so well and recommended me places to visit while I was staying. Old Town Bandera and Camp Verde is a must when you visit San Antonio. I enjoyed the old timer atmosphere with the cowboys and Camp Verde is just a beautiful interesting experience. Enjoyed my stay here and I do wish I can come back soon!

Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on December 1st, 2021

Thank you, Ryan. So glad you and your friends had a positive experience---despite the bad weather. And I am pleased you followed the suggestion to have breakfast in Bandera and a drive to Camp Verde. Hope to see you again, judith

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Hipcamper Lee
Lee R.
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November 21st, 2021

Judith is a wonderful host! Plenty of space to stretch your feet and relax. Located super close to Old Town Helotes, it’s an easy walk to anything you want to do. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on November 24th, 2021

Lee: thanks for your recommendation. I already miss Rip. Hope to see you and Chelsea again (go Navy!)

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Hipcamper Katie
Katie L.
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November 15th, 2021

Judith is the most welcoming and kind-hearted soul! The grounds are well-kept and full of love. This is a perfect little secluded spot, but it's still in spitting distance from good music, lovely trails, and some righteous tacos.

Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on November 15th, 2021

Katie: thanks for taking the time to leave a review. And for appreciating the property (and the tacos) the way I do. Please come back....we have lovely bike trails of our own--particularly in Grey Forest. judith

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Hipcamper Sheen

Gem right next door

Sheen L.
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November 14th, 2021

So happy with our stay on Judith’s little farm. My boys lived exploring the land and finding shells, the ambiance of the property is very peaceful. Thank you for sharing your land.

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Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on November 18th, 2021

Sheen, thank you for your feedback. I know Jorge and both sets of kids had a lively time. I hope to see you again, judith

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Hipcamper Melissa

Beautiful spot, wonderful host

Melissa M.
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October 30th, 2021

We stayed for a quick overnight while we were in town, and I wish we had been able to stay longer! Judith is a wonderful host and person, and we truly enjoyed getting to meet her. Her property is beautiful, and in a great location close to tons of music venues and the city. I would love to stay again sometime, hopefully during the summer when the tomato farm is in bloom!

One note; definitely bring bug spray! I'm used to the mosquitoes here in central Texas, but if you aren't you should definitely bring a repellent and maybe some citronella candles!

Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on October 31st, 2021

Thank you for the heartfelt review. I enjoyed meeting you and Trixie--such free spirits! And thank you for reminding campers to bring insect repellant. Everything is bigger in Texas--especially the mosquitoes. Judith

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Hipcamper Rose
Rose H.
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October 25th, 2021

Chula Vista Farms is the perfect little spot for a peaceful getaway from the daily routines of busy life. Judith is an absolutely beautiful and gracious host in providing a home away from home atmosphere. BONUS - all furry family members are openly welcomed and made to feel at home!

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Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on October 26th, 2021

Rose, thank you for taking the time to leave a review....and such a heartfelt one. Hope to see you again-- especially my furrry friends , Cooper and Duke. judith

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Hipcamper Erica

Lovely

Erica H.
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October 24th, 2021

Chula Vista is a serene, reflective, inspirational place in all regards. Please be respectful of this place, it's right.

Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on October 25th, 2021

Thank you for a unique perspective and for your welcome visit, judith

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Hipcamper Chris

Great place to stay.

Chris T.
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October 24th, 2021

Judith has very quaint space in a unique location. The grounds are perfect for a tent and the spaces are arranged so that people can be social or private.
Food and drink are only a short walk and there are several choices.

Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on October 28th, 2021

Chris, thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review. That is what makes this venture worthwhile--close to nature and like-minded people. I was chasing your bike down the driveway to say goodbye but missed so thank you, judith

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Isabella M.
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October 24th, 2021

Very welcoming nice area not too far from town !

Hipcamper Judith
Response from Judith, the Host, on October 28th, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review. Please come back when you need to relax, judith

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Awards

Best of 2019 Texas
7th place
Property
Chula Vista Farms
State
Texas
Country
United States
$35/night
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