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Historic Pioneertown Campground

70 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Pioneertown, CA
Pioneertown was built in 1946 as a movie set for Western movies, including the movies of Gene Autry, The Cisco Kid, Annie Oakley, Judge Roy Bean, and Buffalo Bill, just to name a few!Wild West re-enactment performances take place along Mane Street in Pioneertown on weekend afternoons, between early spring and late fall.Learn more about this land:Camp under the stars in historic Pioneertown! Pioneertown Corrals provides a unique setting for campers who want to spend their vacations or getaway weekends in this peaceful desert setting. If you like to ride the trails, barbeque, sit around a campfire, and stargaze in the evening, then you've come to the right place!Pioneertown was built in 1946 as a movie set for Western movies, including the movies of Gene Autry, The Cisco Kid, Annie Oakley, Judge Roy Bean, and Buffalo Bill, just to name a few!Wild West re-enactment performances take place along Mane Street in Pioneertown on weekend afternoons, between early spring and late fall.
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Yosemite Westlake Camp

33 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Coulterville, CA
Located on the John Muir Historic route to Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Westlake Campground and RV Park is convenient to all things Yosemite. Between here and the park is Rainbow Pool, a well-known swimming hole that campers here often visit on their way back to the campground for a refreshing dip in the cool waters. Coulterville was started as a gold-rush town. You can visit the museum and visitor center even try your hand at panning for gold.
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The Ranch at Cross Road

11 sites · RVs, Tents84 acres · Livermore, CA
Welcome to the ranch at cross road! We are a family owned organic farm in the heart of Livermore wine country. We have 10 camp sites spread across the property for you to choose from. The property is minutes from Lake Del Valle and some of the best wineries and breweries California has to offer. Settle in and enjoy amazing sunsets every night with us! We accommodate tents,Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars. Our guests love us too! "I had a wonderful stay at Matt’s ranch! It was easy to find even as it was starting to get dark, and the campsites were well lit and easy to find. The ranch is beautiful. It was such a treat to stay here. I would definitely stay again."
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High Desert Hot Spring Hideout

13 sites · RVs, Tents160 acres · Lake Arrowhead, CA
This property is the perfect place to escape the city and immerse yourself in nature. Nestled in the mountains of the high desert, we invite you to come stay in a peaceful serene setting, where beautiful natural desert scenery and mountain views surround you. The 40 minute hike to the Deep Creek Hot Springs is well worth the effort, and there's so much more natural beauty to see as you explore miles of hiking and OHV trails nearby and right on the property. Weather can be extreme at times, with Winter temps ranging from 20*F to 40* F, and Summer temps peaking at 112F. The cold creek water in the Deep Creek canyon flows all year around, and the 6 creek-side hot spring pools are always full and consistently hot all year around, ranging in temperatures between 90F-108F. The hike to the Deep Creek Hot Springs is fairly steep and can be difficult for some people, especially in warm weather. In order to be prepared with the correct gear to make this hike and know the USFS rules that apply to the area, please educate yourself before coming by visiting the USFS website page for the Deep Creek area and our webpage for the Deep Creek Hot Springs Campground for detailed driving directions to the official trailhead located right on our property. You won't get lost if you park on our property and hike from the trailhead, so make sure you go to the right address. Know before you go! Generally, reservations are not necessary to set up a tent site, but we have a more private area set aside for hipcamp reservations that has separate facilities from the general camping area. We do not recommend bringing children due to occasional nudity that may be seen in the area and the degree of difficulty for the hike. The hike to the hot springs is fairly difficult and everyone’s physical fitness needs to be considered when deciding to take pets, or have children, elderly people, or out-of-shape/over-weight people in your group.
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Walden Ranch

2 sites · Tents300 acres · Linden, CA
Walden Ranch began with the purchase of a neighboring 20 acres. Couple that with the inspiration of Thoreau's lines and life at the real Walden Pond, the ranch has grown to nearly 300 acres and the small ranch pond has grown to a 5-acre lake with a 3-acre forest and home. Scouts, family and church groups use the site for gatherings. Available are canoes, bonfire, and exploring the ranch's 300-head cattle, llamas, poultry and wildlife. Pitch your tent in a forest setting alongside a lake on a working cattle ranch. Watch wildlife or hike to smaller lakes on the ranch. Other animals include dogs, llamas, geese, chickens, and  horses. The ranch is within a 20 minute drive to either Stockton or Lodi, CA and is surrounded by vineyards, orchards and pastures.  Outdoor flush toilets, sink, tables and fire ring available. Forested area is set amidst grazing lands.  This "Walden" even has willow trees slipped from Walden Pond, MA. Owner looks forward to sharing this peaceful, special spot! 
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Cosumnes River Ranch

25 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Plymouth, CA
We are a family owned/operated ranch, located along the Cosumnes River, one of the last un-dammed rivers in California. As one of the last rivers flowing from the west slope of the Sierra without a major dam, the Cosumnes is a vital example of a healthy watershed. Our goal is to offer a unique outdoor experience for anyone looking for a place to spend time in the great outdoors. Whether you're looking for a single campsite, or a place for a larger gathering, we're excited to have you visit! Take your pick of activities available on site: swimming , gold panning, fishing, camp fires, wildlife watching, floating, hiking, and mountain biking to name a few. There are 3 miles of river to explore. Private and noise free. Porta potties on site.
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Magical Harrison Serenity Ranch

19 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents67 acres · Palomar Mountain, CA
This land has been a community gathering space for the Native's Ceremony and Healing Space for over a thousand years. Feast your eyes upon the Matates and traces of the people that once gathered here so long ago.Upon the mid 1800's we had a Settler named Nate Harrison find this to be the ideal space, and he set up homestead here, and lived an amazing full life. He was to become the first African American to aquire land here in San Diego County, and his homestead remains to this day; studied by archaeology students to this day.Sensitive habitat and magic lies within our gates, and we must approach the mountain as we would any sacred space; with RESPECT.We welcome you to enjoy Nate's land and inspire who you are deep inside your heart.
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Salmon Creek Ranch

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents400 acres · Bodega Bay, CA
Located within 45 minutes of the wine country and 2 miles from the coast, our property is 400 acres of rolling hills and redwood groves, with a creek running along its base. With miles of trails meandering through quiet woods and meadows, you will be able to revel in the tranquility of a private preserve, without sacrificing easy access to some of Sonoma County's most famous attractions. A hundred years ago, this land was used to graze sheep. Remnants of the old fence lines can still be seen in places, along with old cement troughs. Since then, the land has been left to its own devices, passing through many hands, most famously owned by two brothers in the 1980's who built a truly amazing tree house in the forest which has been featured in several magazine articles. It was revamped and updated in 2016 by a master craftsman, using fallen redwood logs found on the property and is now a unique structural work of art, available for overnight stays. We produce 100% grass fed, dry-aged beef on our certified organic pastures and have a store on site if you would like to purchase delicious steaks, ribs, ground beef for hamburgers or some roasts to take home. Our cattle graze on the native grasses, never grain, and drink only water produced from our own springs. We also raise Kiko meat goats and produce pastured, certified organic duck eggs on a commercial basis. Whether it's surfing at sandy beaches, award-winning clam chowder, a wine tour, horseback riding or a hot air balloon ride you're after, you won't have far to drive if you make our ranch your base camp. You may see a family of deer appear suddenly, or a few Scottish Highland cows which we allow to roam freely over the property. There are over twenty species of wild birds that grace this protected spot, so bring your binoculars! A portion of your fee goes towards protecting native flora and fauna as part of our private wildlife preservation program. A limited number of private, widely spaced camp spots are available for visitors. The Eagles' Nest Treehouse (mentioned above) is very isolated and you may or may not even be aware that there are other people within miles of you. For those who value nature, seclusion, quiet and the artistry of old growth redwood, this is the place for you.
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Diamond Gulch

23 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents824 acres · Groveland, CA
CLOSE TO YOSEMITE! Explore the mines and hang out on our Groveland, California ranch! We are 35 minutes to the main gate of Yosemite National Park. A great place to stay just outside of the park. We have 824 acres on a beautiful cattle ranch with two small ponds. On our property, you'll find frogs, turtles, oak trees, pine trees and stunning views of Yosemite. We have several campsites to choose from including RV camping, tent camping, and a glamping tent. Pets are welcome. Campfires are permitted as long as there is no fire ban. Potable water and toilet are available onsite. There's a golf course less than a mile away. We are also very close to town. In just a few minutes, you can drive to our local grocery store and pizza parlour. We are a 10-minute drive to Pine Mountain Lake. Beautiful Pine Mountain Lake offers golfing, dining, horseback riding, water sports and an airport. When you come to the ranch it feels like you are hundreds of miles away from civilization, but still close to everything you need. It is incredibly peaceful! This is a great place for someone who wants to escape city life and enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Much of the ranch is open wilderness for you to explore, and it's not uncommon to see deer, frogs, turtles, quail, turkeys, or other countless species of birds. Diamond Gulch Camp is the perfect place to relax if you’re a photographer, artist, family or a group of friends looking for a place to camp near Yosemite. A small portion of the property was used as a gold mine years ago, and you may find remnants of old home sites if you go exploring. We're not far from Wards Ferry Road, Groveland, Lake Don Pedro and other interesting places.
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Camp RainDale

6 sites · Tents30 acres · Santa Paula, CA
There is a road that leads to the site when you enter the gate the road runs between the stream and the mountain there are 4 Camps to choose from so far. Many more on the way and you can ask if you would like to camp somewhere else on the property and we can work it out. The site runs along a flowing stream consisting of paths from camp to stream. There are many trees enclosing the entire camping area.
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The Hidden Knoll -- 360 Degree View

8 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Peaceful 5 acre private mountaintop above the wine country (possibly an extinct volcanic cinder cone) with breathtaking 360 degree views of ranches, vineyards and the 4,000 to 7,000 foot Mayacamas Mountain Range all around in every direction. Each of our glamping tents and campsites are spaced far apart from each other on 5 acres, and each has a different ever-changing view, North, South, East or West, of Sunrise, Sunset and Moonrise as the seasons change and the Earth spins. Truly you feel a connection with the heavens here in this special, sacred place. EPICENTER OF CALIFORNIA'S NEW AGE According to legend, a network of seven points of spiritual power forms a ring around Harbin Hot Springs, giving people who tap into their arcane energies the power to dream, see visions, and reach “between the worlds.” This is a dormant volcanic region, and one of the most active geothermal regions on Earth. It's possible that this land is one of those points. And we invite you to decide for yourself. Our "knoll" -- a small mountain -- directly faces Mt. St. Helena, Mount Harbin and the most active geothermal site in the world, The Geysers, can be seen shooting steam towards the heavens. The red volcanic soil has an energy that feels energetic, clear yet still -- much like the power points and vortices in Sedona, Arizona. No wonder so many meditation centers and spiritual communities have been quietly thriving here since the 1960s. Our property is in the center of the most active geothermal site on Earth -- steam visible from geysers and literally hundreds of pristine cold and hot mineral springs all around us. Sunrise and Sunsets are spectacular, (no exaggeration) -- every day is a miracle of ever-changing views of mist rising over the Valley, the mountains spanning from Angwin and Napa Valley, to Mt. St. Helena, Harbin Mountain, Cobb Mountain and sometimes, snow-capped peaks of 4,700 foot Mt. Konocti. Rarely visited State Parks all around us with no crowds, no lines, and in many cases -- no fees. Clearlake is the oldest lake in North America, and inhabited by humans, including Pomo, Miwok, Wappo, Yuki and Patwin groups, for least 2,500,000 years. And no wonder why -- fertile volcanic soil, with a mild year round climate, teeming with over 100 streams, springs, and lakes, and abundant fish and wildlife -- including largemouth bass, and year-round populations of ducks, pelicans, grebes, blue herons, egrets, osprey, and bald eagles. The basin supports deer, bear, mountain lion and raccoon. (Even, according to locals, the elusive Bigfoot.) The native Pomo tribes are said to have planted the forests of Buckeye and California Oak for their seeds and acorns, and also planted and cultivated the abundance of medicinal fruits and wildflowers, including Elderberry, Mulberry, Blackberry and Yarrow. It feels like going back in time -- grocery stores are locally owned and still have humans working the register, the crafts and pottery at the farmer's market and local galleries are literally made by hand, and many restaurants and shops here take only cash. Kayaking on Cache Creek, teeming with wildlife. We are 25 minutes to Calistoga in Napa Valley, 5 miles from exquisite Guenoc Valley wine country and Lake Bordeaux/Lake Burgundy, 5 miles from Six Sigma Ranch and 6 miles from Harbin Hot Springs. Dog friendly You can walk (with a dog) to a nearby clean swimming lake with a dog beach, go on a dog friendly kayak rental on Clearlake (with 11 free public boat launches!) or a dog friendly wine tasting tour at Six Sigma Ranch. Lake County has many pet friendly patio restaurants, too. Secret wine country Explore over 40 wineries in California's "New Secret Wine Country" -- many are organic and biodynamic, and they are mostly family owned, not big corporate brands as you find in Napa Valley, just over the hill. Visit a saffron farm, flower shop and fruit stands on the honor system! Spring - Fall has local farmer's markets with live music and hand crafts, fresh long fermented sourdough bread baked in someone's kitchen, wood fired pizza (baked over grapevines or oak), local wildflower honey, grass fed beef. Fishing is world class here -- with many stocked lakes and some of the largest Bass on Earth. Lake County reminds me much of the South of France, and many immigrants from around the world (including Eastern Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Italy, Israel, South Africa, France, and Mexico) have settled here because it reminds them of their homeland. Camping options: - Luxurious and romantic 16 foot "glamping" Stout Pro Belle tent yurt ....with electric fireplace and Bohemian style furnishings and bedding. Up to two queen beds. Porch awning, huge private campsite with fire ring. (Great for couples.) - Posh 14 x 10 foot Retro Classic Jack Springbar tent with PANORAMIC MOUNTAIN VIEWS .... and Western retro 60s style furnishings -- including stone outdoor fire ring, Winnerwell woodburning stove, up to two queen beds with memory foam Novilla mattresses, full cotton and down bedding, wool carpet, wool Mexican blankets, vintage picnic basket, retro lighting, and retro canvas butterfly chairs! Plus electric power and wifi! (Great for families or working vacation.) - 2 RV/Van Campsites with gravel parking and views - 1 tent campsite 16x20 with panoramic Mountain View, parking. - 1 Walk in tent campsite in gorgeous Mountain View meadow, 9 x 7, total privacy. - 3 Tent/Van campsites with farm/ranch view and dark sky for stargazing, stone fire ring, use of amenities. ASK US ABOUT A FULL PROPERTY BUYOUT -- with 3 Bedroom Farmhouse Wedding? Family reunion? Birthday for your kids? Ask us about booking the entire property for groups of up to 30 -- including newly renovated 50 year old 3 bedroom/2 bathroom "Modern Farmhouse" with panoramic view 30 foot pine ceiling tongue and groove pergola. Perfect for a gathering of 6 sleeping in beds, plus sleeping for additional 12 in glamping tents, and up to 10 more in campsites with large fire circle. SHARED AMENITIES - New panoramic view well water filled 4 person hot tub - 15 foot cold plunge pool. - Trellino composting toilet - Camplux outdoor hot propane on demand shower - Solar outdoor shower - 30 x 20 tongue and groove pine shade pergola with stunning view, picnic tables, barbecue area, patio heater, Edison lights, patio misters, ceiling fan, wifi and Bluetooth enabled surround sound/TV big screen. - Vintage Oak Wine barrel Adirondack chairs with terra-cotta chiminea pizza oven and panoramic mountain views. - Fenced dog kennel with dog deck, and allow dogs to roam free on our 5 acres. (Cats can also stay with you here, if you have a crate.) CENTRALLY LOCATED TO SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY, MENDOCINO COAST, SONOMA COAST, NAPA VALLEY Epic, un-crowded, un-Yelped and undiscovered hiking, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and hot springs in the most active geothermal region on Earth, with the cleanest and clearest air in California for dark skies and stargazing. The Geysers of Bottle Rock are visible from our land. Our private mountain is on the edge of open space and wilderness, but in a safe, upscale residential/rural area with high security and fire department / ambulance just 2 miles away. If you are looking for "remote" you might be disappointed -- but we attract travelers on the road, and many who use the Hidden Knoll as a rest stop on long road trips, as well as San Franciscans who arrive, weary, just to sleep and rejuvenate. We have a strong cell signal and wifi -- ideal for "working vacations" for remote workers. Solo Women travelers and busy families especially appreciate the safe, convenient location. Less than 2 miles from groceries, hardware store, restaurants -- yet we also have abundant wildlife, eagles, hawks, deer, rabbit, hummingbirds and native oak forest, and the sounds of rushing water, crickets, cicadas, cows, horses, donkey, sheep, alpaca, goats and roosters on neighboring ranches. With some of the cleanest air in the USA and no streetlights, we have a very dark sky, bright moon and stars and on New Moon. The Milky Way galaxy is visible with your bare eyes. The property is in Bortle 4, bordering Bortle 3 on the North side, --but the clarity of air makes stars brighter. NEAR RESTAURANTS, GROCERIES Guests LOVE that they can leave in the morning and get a smoothie, juice, or breakfast (even an all you can eat buffet) or a good organic latte 1 mile away. There are Oaxaccan, Wood Fired Pizza, barbecue, classic American, Thai, Chinese and Taco restaurants nearby. Two grocery stores and an organic local farmer's market, too. We are five miles from two popular wineries -- Six Sigma and Langtry Estate., with 40 Lake County wineries to explore, many biodynamic and organic. Also five miles (13 minute drive) from Harbin Hot Springs, with hot/cold mineral plunges and sauna available for day use for $35-55. Pet owners appreciate that they can leave their dog in our Dog Kennel (up to 3 hours) while they soak. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA'S HEALING EPICENTER Meditation centers, yoga classes, Watsu massage, kirtan, and sound healing therapy concerts abound throughout this region, where San Franciscans have historically come to revitalize and restore their body, mind and spirit in the dry, sunny climate since the 1800s and "take the waters" of cold and hot geothermal mineral springs. Due to abundant geothermal activity and deep springs of varying temperatures and mineral content, there remain a century long history of hot spring spas and yoga/meditation retreats here. A spiritual community grew in isolation around several intentional communities -- including Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement, at (now defunct) Hobergs Resort. There are still thousands of devotees here of Vipassana, Osho, and the guru Adidam's oldest Sanctuary, The Mountain Of Attention. Hare Krishna have recently restored Mandala Springs on Cobb Mountain. Further North, are clothing optional Orr Springs and Wilbur Springs (still redolent of their bohemian roots). There are also many elegant spas like Vichy Springs, (with a replica of Monet's garden), Konocti Harbor Resort, and Indian Springs in Calistoga. This area was integral to the birth of the Human Potential Movement, and the Human Awareness Institute, the invention of several styles of bodywork, including Harold Dull's underwater Watsu massage, the early roots of veganism and the "Blue Zone" diet in Angwin -- and even the early work of Dr. Timothy Leary at Harbin Hot Springs. A community of artisans, visionary painters and energy and sound healers are drawn to the silence, stillness and peacefulness of the land. VIEW CAMPSITES All campsites have a view, Oak trees, a stone fire ring or Solo type woodstove (when fires are legal in season), vintage teak or metal chairs/tables. Plus shared access to: - Rustic camp kitchen in cute farm shed stocked with everything a camper needs, plates, pots/pans, fire starting tools, kindling, barbecue tools, grill baskets, butane and propane stoves, coffee maker, spices, water, dishwashing area -- even s'mores and skewers! - Borrowed use of Solo-type stove/grill for grilling over wood. (Sorry, no propane BBQ here! We are giving you an intentional rustic experience.) - Electricity outlets to charge devices - Wifi and cell service - Tasty filtered well water - Fire chiminea - traditional terracotta wood fired pizza oven - Hanging macrame hammocks and chair/s in season (not in rainy season) - Complimentary local tea, coffee, and drinking water. - Dog run/kennel - use at your own discretion up to 3 hours while you soak in hot spring or golf. Includes dog toys, water bowl, leash and dog bed, with door into sheltered garage if it gets cold. - 30 foot protected wood pergola with tables/seating for 12, Edison lights and panoramic view - Huge outdoor flat screen TV with Bluetooth sound system on Apple and Chromecast - Shared use of our renovated indoor guest bathroom in our Zen Farmhouse with large walk in stone tile hot shower, two massage heads, flush toilet Dr. Bronner's soap, Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion by local company EO made with real essential oils. NOTE: We are building an outdoor hot on demand propane shower and Trellino composting toilet a little closer to the campsites for warmer weather. In the Winter, we GENEROUSLY allow campers to share our warm, clean guest bathroom, which is 50-250 feet away, depending upon which campsite you book. MOST campers are THRILLED. However we got some "Karens" who complained that it "wasn't private enough" and they would prefer an outhouse. NOTE: If you prefer a "private" bathroom, the Hidden Knoll is not for you. Does camping ever have a private bathroom? We've camped in hundreds of campgrounds worldwide and this bathroom is a massive upgrade over ANYTHING we have seen. - Cowboy type plunge pool and outdoor solar shower. (Good in Summer.) - 110 power and water available by additional charge (50 cents/kilowatt hour) for your RV or to charge an EV. - Most sites have a stone fire ring, grate, and kindling. We have oak firewood available for a fee and a Solo type stove campers can use, plus barbecue baskets, barbecue tools and skewers. You can also borrow a butane or propane stove. Even...complimentary s'mores! STARGAZING Some sites are very quiet, face wineries and ranches to the North, and have DARK SKY for meteor watching -- you can see the Milky Way. Some of the sites face East for Sunrise and have twinkling lights of surrounding ranches and homes, and incredible views of the Mayacamas Mountains from Angwin/Mt. St. Helena. Some are facing West and the view spans 300 degrees all the way to Mt. Harbin, Cobb Mountain and Mt. Konocti to the West There is some distant traffic noise on this side, though the view is worth it. VIEWS ALL AROUND Each campsite at the Hidden Knoll has different inspiring ever-changing views above the vines, ranches, and Native oak forests facing Mt. Saint Helena, the Mayacamas Mountains towards Calistoga and the clouds and mist of the Pacific Ocean and Sonoma Coast beyond. Our Moon Dance sites face the moon rising over a ridge. Manzanita and Stargazer are quietest with the brightest stars and darkest sky. The Oak Meadow campsites have a sunrise to sunset East to West view, filtered through a native oak forest and a big fenced space for dogs to run. Sunrise Site, our most popular Van/RV/trailer space, faces sunrise East over Angwin, Napa Valley and Mt. St. Helena Sunset Camp has the most stunning view of all--almost 300 degrees all around and you can see geysers on the mountains. DOGS (AND CATS) WELCOME Your pet can go off leash while you are here (at your own discretion) and we have an 8 x 15 foot fenced kennel with a sunny deck perch and dog bed for your pet. (3 hour maximum, not supervised, use at your own risk, bring a crate if you want your pet to stay warm in rain or snow.) Due to presence of wildlife, we recommend that pets are either crated in your tent or kept inside your camping vehicle at night. Dog friendly walking trails nearby and also in Middletown and our neighborhood. CLOSE TO HOT SPRINGS, GOLF, WINERIES Just 5 miles from Harbin Hot Springs (available by reservation on a day pass), 1 mile from golf, 5 miles from several swimmable and fishable lakes, like Lake Burgundy and Bordeaux, and long walking distance to Hidden Valley Lake. We are 5 miles from the Guenoc Valley wine appellation and Langtry Estate winery and several organic and biodynamic wineries and farm-to-table experiences to explore (usually with free tours and no reservations or hoity-toity Napa attitude.) LOTS OF NATURE TO EXPLORE Uncrowded dog-friendly walks, hiking and mountain biking all around, swimming holes, waterfalls and other un-Yelped, secret undiscovered treasures. Clearlake is 20 minutes North, with 11 free boat launches and many places to rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks. Six Sigma and Boggs Forest are popular for mountain biking and hiking. Some swimming and fishing lakes are within 1/2 mile walking distance, others just 5 mile drive. LOCAL ART SCENE Lakeport has a charming lakefront stroll with galleries, local crafts, farm to table goods, premium local cannabis boutiques, brewpubs and exciting new restaurants. Super charming creekside Kelseyville has an up and coming art, maker crafts, food, wine bar and microbrew scene. Cobb has a world-class ceramics kiln with classes and tours, as well as several public swimming pools in Summer, beautiful golf courses, and uncrowded single track mountain biking. ZEN FARMHOUSE VIBE The Hidden Knoll's structures and landscape are uncluttered and what we call "Zen Modern Farmhouse" -- the 40 year old ranch was renovated by master craftspeople in typical wine country Modern Farmhouse style -- sparse, humble, simple, practical -- using repurposed and reclaimed materials due to the lack of outside design influences here. The landscaping is sparse, and indigenous native plants -- mostly rock in order to protect the property from fire (it did not burn in the 2015 Valley Fire.) WARM DRY MICROCLIMATE Lake County has historically been a retreat from San Francisco's damp coastal fog. The mountain range and 4700 foot pass over Mt. St. Helena blocks the coastal fog and sea air, creating a dry, warm microclimate isolated from the Bay Area, geographically and culturally. We are astonished that we're usually above the frost and mist of the valley, with frequent sunny days in the 60s-70s, even in December! Sometimes this feels more like the Desert. The air is crystal clear on most days, (cleanest air in California) and due to the absence of street lights, stars are bright, guests say they see the Milky Way with their bare eyes on New Moon. EV ACCESSIBLE If you have an EV, you will appreciate that most RVs can get here from San Francisco round trip without a tedious recharge--95 miles each way. There is an EV charging station about 7 miles away at the Twin Pines Casino, as well as inexpensive gas here -- $1 a gallon less than you will find in the Bay Area. HAVE YOU DISCOVERED CALIFORNIA'S "SECRET WINE COUNTRY?" California's remote and little visited Lake County is somewhere in between the Wine Country, Sonoma County and the Mendocino Coast and only 2 hours North of the San Francisco Bay Area or West of Sacramento. The dry, sunny climate, on the 39th Parallel North, ideal for growing grapes, is similar to other beautiful grape growing climates at this latitude, like Crete, Ibiza, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Sardinia, Turkey and Mongolia. MYSTIC VOLCANIC LANDSCAPE In the Pacific Ring of Fire, the landscape often reminds me of the Big Island of Hawaii, or upland Maui. The volcanic landscape has active geothermal and hot springs, and a potent spiritual power much like Hawaii, Sedona or Mt. Shasta. The red volcanic soils create a unique fertility and character and enable a wider variety of grapes than Napa Valley. Lake County has a long wine history that dates back to the 1850s when early settlers first began planting vineyards, which flourished in Lake County’s Mediterranean microclimates and soil rich in volcanic ash. In the 1870s, acres of vines were planted by visionaries such as Serranus C. Hastings, the founder of Hastings Law School. In 1888, acclaimed British actress Lillie Langtry purchased 4,190 acres in Guenoc Valley (five miles from us) which included vineyards that had been planted in 1854. But due to the isolation of the steep mountains, Lake County has remained isolated and iconoclastic, less concerned with the outside world. Many businesses here still only take cash. Many locals are third generation farmers. The food here is amazing -- including local wine, honey, pears, grass fed beef, pastured eggs, olive oil, saffron, microbrew beer, and bread. The county has several boutique legal dispensaries with some of the finest sun grown and organic canabis and CBD on Earth. There is an Italian and Mexican heritage -- so you will find wood-fired pizza, Mexican food and markets, and locally baked sourdough bread and pastries--as well as old fashioned American wood grilled barbecue and roadside smokehouses. There are few chain stores--most businesses are small and locally owned. Many only take cash -- so carry cash. RING OF FIRE The volcanic field, part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, contains seven volcanic vents from 10,000 to 2.5 million years old. The Xa-Ben-Na-Po Band of Pomo Indians inhabited the region as many as 12,000 years ago – 4,000 years before Egyptian civilization. In 1874, steamers began ferrying locals and tourists from town to town around Clearlake. Hotels and retreats were built at a feverish pace throughout the region, prospering even though the Clear Lake Railroad never made it to Lake County, keeping the region isolated. By the 1880s, the hills were dotted with luxurious resorts built around mineral springs. Wealthy visitors and celebrities from San Francisco frequented the resorts, traveling to “take the waters” and indulge in lavish parties at establishments such as Hoberg’s Resort. It is believed that the 1906 earthquake caused many of the hot springs to stop, slow down, or go underground because most springs changed around that time and in the years that followed, fires destroyed most of the resorts that remained. We fell deeply in love with Lake County, the people and this land, and are excited to share it with you. We're just getting started. Bear with us as we learn how to host, improve the property and grow from your feedback.
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Freedog Farms @ Cactus Flower Ranch

14 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents43 acres · Buellton, CA
When you camp with us it’s a full experience including a tour (upon availability 99% of the time), welcome drink and access to our common area which offers BBQ, wash sink, cold dunk tubs and shady lounge area under our pepper trees (see photos.) That said… Our base site rental fee is $75 for the first person which includes the propane tank and propane fire pit rental. We charge an additional $50 per person after the base site fee. Children under 15 are FREE. We love sharing our property with friends, family, HipCampers and dogs. Our property consists of: 43 rugged/hilly/mountainous acre with numerous flat plateaus and fantastic views. Each plateau has several great spots to car/van/truck camp, pitch a tent or park small trailers and small RVs. Larger RVs/Trailers fit on the front side of our property. SUMMER/FALL: Expect the landscape and views to be golden brown (not green and lush like in a lot of the photos posted which were taken this past winter/spring.) Thank you for your interest in camping with us! We look forward to your potential booking request. We have been doing this for a while now and we absolutely love it. We’ve learned a lot along the way so the following information, I know it’s a lot of info, please read in its entirety so that you get the most out of your stay with us. We chose to offer sites on a PER PERSON PRICING bases rather than a flat rate for each site. This way solo campers have affordable pricing and access to our camp. When you camp with us it’s a full experience including a tour (upon availability 99% of the time), welcome drink and access to our common area which offers BBQ, wash sink, cold dunk tubs and shady lounge area under our pepper trees (see photos.) That said… Our base site rental fee is $75 for the first person which includes the propane tank and propane fire pit rental. We charge an additional $50 per person after the base site fee. Children under 15 are FREE. Our property consists of 43 rugged/hilly/mountainous acres with numerous flat plateaus and fantastic views to pitch a tent or park small trailers and small RVs. Larger RVs/Trailers fit on the front side of our property. SUMMER/FALL: Expect the landscape and views to be golden brown (not green and lush like in a lot of the photos posted which were taken this past winter/spring.) PICKING YOUR CAMPSITE: When we are not sold out we place campers at campsites on a first-come-first-serve basis upon arrival. If we are sold out we will pre-pick your campsite based on where we feel each of our campers will be happiest given their individual camp set up, i.e. Tent, Van, Trailer, RV, and size of the group. All of our sites are spread out with plenty of space for social distancing. DRY CAMPING: All of our sites are DRY camping (no water/electricity.) We provide a picnic table and one umbrella and a propane fire pit with a propane tank. Please bring additional shade structures if you think you’ll need more shade. Our best sites, with little-to-no traffic noise, (and the best views) are on our back property. Best suited for tents, camper vans, trucks, and SMALL trailers or SMALL RVs. There is a semi-steep hill up to our upper property if you're towing a trailer you will need a powerful vehicle to make it up the hill. Sites on our lower property by the common area are easily accessible with views up the hills/mountains but come with some highway noise. We imagine it sounds like waves crashing and call it the "steel river." For your private camp area, please bring your own drinking water, water to wash dishes and if think you'll need: chairs, camp tables, umbrellas or shade structures, trash bags/cans (throw your trash in the dumpster out side our entry gate when you leave. Plan on being fully self-sufficient. Otherwise, feel free to use the common area BBQ, Sink, tables and chairs at the barn until 10 pm. MOST DOGS WELCOMED... WE PROHIBIT UN-neutered aggressive breed dogs. DOGS ARE FREE TO RUN UNLEASHED ALL OVER OUR LAND. The front of our property is all. Fenced. The back property just has barbed wire. ABOUT OUR DOGS: We have one female dog and three male dogs (one of the three is UN-NEUTERED) a 10-year-old yellow lab (Titan-Dan.) A 14-year-old American Dingo (Reno.) 5-year-old Great Pyrenees (Bandit.) And then there is Cannoli a 7-year-old female Great Pyrenees who adopted us we saw her come through the bushes from the neighbors property across the highway… She ran across the highway and jumped the medium and ran up to our gate, she hasn’t left since… COMMON USE AREA: Inside and near the barn include tables, chairs, hammocks, wood fire pit, outdoor propane BBQ and stove, wash sink and outdoor mineral shower, and mineral cold plunge tubs. FIRE SAFETY and PROPANE FIREPITS: We have “very safe” propane firepits and fire extinguishers at every site. Under the right conditions, we will light a real wood fire at the common area by the barn. Feel free to join us in the early evening until 10pm. PORTA-POTTIES: We have porta-potties next to the Barn, the Garden, Running Dog Flats, and the Art Studio. They are pumped clean every Thursday and are generally very lightly used. If you don’t want to use the porta-potties we recommend/encourage you to bring your own camp toilet, bags, and absorbent. WILDLIFE: Our dogs do a great job of fending off the resident bobcat and coyotes on the front portion of our property and by the barn, if they are barking in the night there's a reason. If you end up camping on the front portion of our property and think their barking will affect your sleep, bring earplugs ;-). Drinking-WATER, Dish Washing Water and Shade: All of our sites are dry camping i.e. there is no potable water available. Please bring all your own drinking/dishwashing water. We have a picnic table and 1 umbrella at all the sites. Please bring additional shade i.e. easy up or other shade structures if you think you'll need it. Cold Mineral Dunks and Hot Outdoor Mineral Shower: We have huge aluminum cowboy cold dunk tubs available at what we lovingly/jokingly refer to as our very own “Cactus Flower Beach,” which is not a real beach… It feels like a beach because we’ve decked it out with lounge chairs, a daybed cabana, 150K pounds of sand and tiki-hut umbrellas. It’s fun to hang out there when it’s hot under the shade of the pepper trees. NOTE: The Outdoor Shower screening is a tad see-through. If you are shy, wear a bathing suit. Please limit showers to 3-5 minutes max. Mineral Water Definition: Water from a mineral spring or well (i.e. our well) that contains various minerals, such as salts and sulfur compounds. TRASH: Please pack all your trash out to the large trash bin located at the entrance to our property. Please take your recycling with you. ELECTRICITY and Wi-Fi: We have charging stations in the barn for your computers, phones, etc. Password: HowdyDoody (Accessible in and near the barn common area.) COMMISSARY: We have farm fresh eggs and meats from the pork palace across the street, and other swag i.e Hats for sale in the barn. FEED THE CHICKENS AND GOATS: Please feel free to feed the goats and chickens your vegetable scraps and or bring them a treat they love full heads of cabbage, lettuce, cantaloupe and watermelon. CHILDREN: For safety, children must be always accompanied by an adult! OUR RECOMMENDATIONS for THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU VISIT THE AREA: WINE TASTING We are in the heart of the wine country with a tasting room less than one mile away and/or a few short miles into the bst wine tasting rooms and wineries in Buellton, Solvang, Santa Ynez. Google search some of our favorite: Babcock Winery, Brick Barn, Dierber-Starlane, Folded Hills winery (which is on mile south of us.) BEACHES, HIKING and the brand new ZIP-LINE and ROPES Adventure Course! 15% off Zip-line and Ropes Adventure Course. If your into adventure and not afraid of heights this is a must do while your in our area its a short 5 miles from our camp ground… (If you have a pet with you you can leave your pet in our kennel while you do this adventure.) Google search High Line Adventure in Bulletin and use 15% off code: FREEDOGFARMS15 Book on line open: Thursday - Sunday HIKES: You can hike all over our property (stay within our boundaries i.e. fence lines) , 1. Nojoqui Falls (1.5 miles south of our ranch) 2. Gaviota Wind Caves (6 miles south of our ranch) BEACHES: We are 5-6 minutes from the beach and Gaviota coast line. 1. Gaviota State Beach (6 miles south of our ranch) 2.Tajiguas Beach (15 miles south of our ranch) 3. Jalama Beach County Park (30-minute beautiful windy drive, but well worth it especially if you want to get one of the worlds best burgers at the campground store) RESTAURANTS/DINING: 1. Industrial Eats, Buellton 2. Ramen Kotori, Solvang 3. La Tequila Mexican Restaurant, Buellton (NOTE: They don’t actually serve tequila but the food is GREAT!) 4. Ginos Pizza, Buellton (they will deliver to our gate) 6. Hitching Post, Buellton 7. Trattoria Grappolo, 2 locations: Santa Ynez and Solvang 8. HOOK’d Bar and Grill at Lake Cachuma (20 minutes to the lake) FARM STANDS: 1. Folded Hills Winery and Farm Stand (farm animals to visit as well) (1 mile south of our ranch) 2. The Blueberry Farm (Seasonal Pick your own blueberries stand closes end of September-ish) (1 mile south of our ranch) FUN for KIDS and ADULTS: 1. Ostrich Land USA, Buellton (Feed the Ostriches and Emus) 2. Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, Buelton We look forward to hosting you. Sincerely, Sierra and Darin.
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