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: 98%
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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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This place is absolutely amazing. Christine and David are amazing hosts and have created a truly unique space. From the coffee in the morning to warm outdoor bathtubs at night, this place is exactly what you need away from the city. Hands down one of the best Hipcamps I've been to.
Camping at Rusty Hill is a chance to get to know a lovely family and some great animals: Latin the Pig has the run of the place, as do three slim tabby cats. There's a pony and two horses, goats, miniature sheep, chickens and a handsome turkey that's going to be Thanksgiving. The first night we camped in the horse arena-- sandy. Our site was close to the road and the wind kept whipping through the trees. The next night we camped near the horses-- I'd recommend that, if you can-- the site is sheltered, grassy and close to the kids' play structures. The hot tub is fantastic-- you're lying back and looking up at a sky full of stars! And hot breakfast is a must. Wonderful experience. Our first hip camp-- we'll do it again!
Fun, peaceful, and educational
We had a WONDERFUL time at Rusty Hill. The older kids were so nice to our toddlers, we had great conversations with Christine and David and their neighbor Keith (the sea urchin warrior), it’s such a beautiful property and the amenities were great. I was the only one who used the outdoor shower, which I really enjoyed. There was so much to keep us and the littles entertained, from a trampoline to a reading nook to an art trailer, not to mention gathering eggs and milking goats. We also spent a lot of time in San Juan Batista, which is a cool little town (check out Vertigo coffee!)
Thank you! 🙏🏼 We may make it a tradition!
Wow! Christine and David's little goat farm is the best. We even stayed on a weekend that a few families with a gaggle of little ones were there and that didn't take away from the peaceful experience of being on the farm. Christine and David were super friendly and made us feel very welcomed. We opted to have a fresh-cooked farm breakfast with the families in the morning and a open-air bath with essential oils after dark. What a treat! We cannot say enough about this family and their property.
The best hipcamp i have been to. This is a gem of a campsite. It is perfect for families and people who just started camping. Christine and David were so inviting and really took care of me. Such a cool farm that is just outside of civilization. I arrived to my campsite and i had a little welcome basket full of goodies. I took advantage of the horse rides, sweat lodge and the outdoor hot tub. The tub has an actual fire right under it! Worth every penny! Will be back!
Christine and family are genuine and working hard to make a good experience for everyone who visits - they put out stoves, honey, tea, water and made the best breakfast I've had when camping. It's a great place for people who love animals and have kids because the farmers invite the kids to help with chores. My kids are 5 and they enjoyed socializing and I felt comfortable with them running around on the property.
David and Christine were the best hosts! Not to mention they have the cutest family and farm around... We were able to meet all of the farm animals, including the turkeys, chickens, horses, pony, pig, goats and even two new sheep they brought home the weekend we stayed. Christine makes a KILLER breakfast spread and we DEFINITELY recommend the hot outdoor tubs. We had an incredible stay and we would even like to think we made some new friends. We will be back and would most definitely recommend.
We pitched a tent by the goats (which were in the barn, so quiet at night :), and found a perfect fire pit with wood & kindling, plus a welcome basket - a nice touch! While there is some light traffic at night, it didn't really disturb anyone's sleep; the Rusty Hill Farm is about 20-25 min from Palm Beach State Park, great for us beach-goers. We opted in for the very affordable breakfast the next morning which was amazing - eggs with sausages (Christine made also a vegetarian batch), pancakes, great coffee, and lots more! I was traveling with two eight-year olds who said they had a wonderful time. Even though it is a fairly small farm, there is so much to do for the kiddos. Pet the goats, horses, bunnies, pig, etc.! I even got a bareback horseback mini-riding lesson from Christine, who is an experienced rider, after the kids were done with their ride in the arena! David and Christine went out of their way to make everyone's stay an experience - so, Rusty Hill Farm is not only a place to 'crash' when visiting the Santa Cruz area, but also a place to hang out and enjoy. When I was there in September, they planned on adding more amenities, so stay posted.
My daughter and I had a great time at Rusty Hill Farm- I felt like I had known Christy and David and their kids forever and we were just visiting for the weekend! Would love to come back and visit everyone and all the animals! Delicious breakfast and coffee in the morning too!