Imagine a peaceful, serene neck of the woods. Feel the restorative power of nature building resilience and buffering tomorrow’s stress. Welcome to Redwood Retreat, in the mountains above the sweet town of Corralitos, approximately a half hour to either Santa Cruz or Monterey and 30 minutes to nearest beach. We have 3 individual sites. RV's must be self-contained (and should
Imagine a peaceful, serene neck of the woods. Feel the restorative power of nature building resilience and buffering tomorrow’s stress. Welcome to Redwood Retreat, in the mountains above the sweet town of Corralitos, approximately a half hour to either Santa Cruz or Monterey and 30 minutes to nearest beach. We have 3 individual sites. RV's must be self-contained (and should not exceed 7 meters) . Situated on 16 acres, this spot is perfect for family vacations, company retreats, small celebrations etc.
Enjoy watching movies on a screen (provided) in the grove of redwoods at night while gathered around a fire pit after a day of hiking, biking, beach, wine tasting, tourist attractions...request badminton, screen, or horseshoes. Multiple sitting areas and a designated parking area make it such that the space is wide open for play (but don't wander off the campground).
While at Redwood Retreat
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Hiking in our area: Byrne Milliron Forest off of Brown’s Valley Road in Corralitos/Camp Loma just up from here on Eureka Canyon Road/Soquel Demonstration Forest on Highland Way in Corralitos on the way up to the summit from here/Mount Madonna County Park.
Moss Landing on the coast south of us 30 minutes is a wonderful spot to lunch (Sea Harvest Restaurant has lovely views right on the water, isn’t expensive and is quite good). Then explore nearby beaches or take a boat charter out for whale watching. Also fun is renting a kayak to go up the slough! Speaking of the slough, go to the park entrance of Elkhorn Slough to go on a lovely nature walk/hike in the estuary/bird sanctuary; really picturesque!
The Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos is perfect for hiking. At the top is the epicenter of the 1989 earthquake. Many trails and can be a good workout depending on your choice of trail.The downtown of “Old” Aptos is nice to stroll around. Not far at all is Seacliff Beach and there are many eateries in town. Tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll make recommendations.
The town of Capitola is a favorite with out of town guests. The Esplanade along the beach is rich with shops and restaurants and just up the hill is the famed Shadowbrook Restaurant with its resplendent views over the river, elegant old interior, and of course the tram that takes you down the hill to the entrance and back up (but I recommend taking the stairs down to enjoy the beautifully landscaped terraced gardens. Gayle’s Rosticceria and Bakery in downtown Capitola is a destination for all things picnic & take-out!
In our own charming town of Corralitos you must NOT drive by the Corralitos Market without stopping at least once! Famous for its smoked meats and sausages it also carries local treats such as Marianne’s ice cream, Gizdich pies, and Glaum eggs. Just a bit away is a nice taqueria, Los Pericos, which has a nice patio in front. Great food made from scratch at prices you can’t beat. Stop at Storr’s Winery, Alfarro’s Winery, or Windy Oaks Winery, and make a rezy if it’s the weekend. There is a Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 11-3 at the Grange.
The nearest real grocery store is Safeway in the town of Freedom approx. 30 minutes away. Also there is a yummy “diner”, The Farm Table, and a great old bar, The Wooden Nickel, both of which have excellent, homemade food and generous portions.
Two great breweries right here are Beer Mule (large selection, many on tap, big patios-dog friendly- and awesome food) and Corralitos Brewery on Freedom Blvd. on your way back to camp if you’ve gone south. They have wonderful home brews and a pop up of some sort for food.
Kiddos always enjoy Gizdich Ranch where, depending on the season, they may have u-pick, but always have lots of fruit and their legendary pies. Live Earth Farm doesn’t have set hours but open up for picking.A great place to have a picnic. Glaum Egg Ranch and Pinto Lake are fun too. Loch Lomond Recreation Area (Felton) is a bit of a trek from here but a fantastic place to fish (rent a boat!) and check out Mount Madonna County Park nearby (Watsonville) for all sorts of fun (sccgov.org)
The usual list of recommendations can be found on tripadvisor's website: and I quite agree with The Seymour Center (cheap!) and Wilder Ranch (a real farmstead with animals and all from the olden days :). If you go up the coast I totally recommend the Davenport Roadhouse Cafe for lunch and stopping at a farmstand for some local fruit/veggies.
Love this list (and the web sites included)
The tiny beans website has a good list and I second the Roaring Camp Railroad and the Chardonnay Sailing Cruises, both of which I’ve done with 9 year old grand-daughter!
More to come…
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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Three Course Dinner on the Deck
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Pizza Party at the firepit
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Wine tasting @ Alfaro Vineyards
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1 cubic foot firewood
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Gorgeous redwood grove
This campsite is a beautiful oasis in the Redwoods. Gorgeous grove to camp in. Very close to great hiking. The site had everything we needing- plenty of space for 2 tents, a table and chairs, a fire pit and a little “gazebo” with some Adirondack chairs where we hung out. There was a common space for doing dishes we used too. The hosts were really friendly and helpful. One thing to note: the campsites are extremely close together so we were ~15ft away from a large group with small children on one side and a group of 4 on the other side. We had an awesome time but if you’re looking for privacy, it’s something to note.
Wonderful and quiet location
We only spent a single night here for a quick weekend getaway but we would have loved to spend more nights here! We were greeted very warmly and we felt very welcome by our hosts. Our campsite was very nice and spacious under the beautiful tree canopy. We had a lovely night by the fire making pizza and roasting marshmallows. Can't recommend it enough, bonus points for the cuddly cat!
Perfect weekend getaway
We really enjoyed tent camping at the site! We were greeted by Scott the night we showed up and they even prepared an appetizer for us (per our neighbors, they also made them a cake because it was one of their birthdays!) Even though we were close to the next camping site, they kept to themselves. The communal area is so well stocked. We really enjoyed having a campfire and it was very convenient that they sold us firewood as a part of the booking. Portapotty qas clean and a nice bonus that we have access to a shower and fridge/microwave in the hosts’ basement. They are very strict on quiet hours, but that’s just common courtesy. Mima had some amazing recommendations for daytime excursions around the area! We enjoyed your stay and would definitely recommend to our family and friends.
Graciousness times ten
From the photographs we saw, we expected majestic beauty and of course were not disappointed. But our hosts’ graciousness exceeded all expectations. Stellar in every way.
Great redwood retreat
Great property and quiet location. Mima and Scott put in a lot of effort to make the experience awesome! One thing to note is that guests are required to hang out in a very specific areas due to privacy and other concers from neighbors.
The amenities like shower and grill are great. Please note that there is no potable water andyou need to pack your trash.
Beautiful place for camping. Very private in the middle of nowhere. The host is super lovely. Our kids adored her and were really happy with the dog and the ice creams they got. The little lamps make the place even more lovely.
This is a great little campsite in the trees. It is very well cared for and has everything you need. The host was responsive and kind. We had fun playing darts and petting Riley, the hosts' cat. We camped in our van and had no issues with parking, it is all level.
NOTE: In the directions it says NOT to use the map apps and approach the property from Summit Road. Please take this advice! Summit Road is 10 miles of bumpy, one-lane mountain road. Not the most convenient drive.
All in all, we highly recommend this property!
Easy, beautiful camping
Mima and Scott were fantastic hosts!
Warm, welcoming, and the property had a few really great touches.
The shared common area provided covered picnic tables, a grill that we could use either firewood or charcoals, and a stove to rinse dishes or wash hands. Cute patio lights made the area festive.
Each of the three campsites had their own unique seating areas. Ours had adirondack chairs and a little gazebo canopy. Redwoods truly surround the site.
They have a portable toilet (very clean and well maintained) and a makeshift shower up at the house that was very welcome. They have a campers kitchen in their garage that included a microwave and a small fridge/freezer we could use.
As Mima’s sweet granddaughter was visiting, our daughter and she had fun making mini pita bread pizza over the wood fire outdoor grill.
All in all, this place is almost nice enough to be considered glamping and we look forward to returning.