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Redwood Retreat: Camping & Cooking

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· Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California
16 acres hosted by "Mima" L.
2 lodging sites · 2 RV/tent sites
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Located on 16 acres, Redwood Retreat is nestled among majestic redwood trees. It is a cool relief from hot temperatures elsewhere! We have a cottage, a tent cabin with a queen air mattress, and two camping sites for up to 4. Sites 1 & 2 combine nicely for a group of up to 8 and site 3 can accommodate a group of 6 (w/ host approval). Enjoy the owls, ravens, doves, hummingbirds, and salamanders and NO WIFI. Our common area includes bbq's, propane burners, picnic tables, dish-washing area and all cooking must be done here during fire season which is NOW. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE ANYTHING THAT HAS AN OPEN FLAME IT WILL NEED TO BE DONE HERE where there is less danger and plenty of fire extinguishers. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO HALT ALL ACTIVITIES THAT INVOLVE FLAMES AT ABSOLUTELY ANY TIME. The terrain on our property is NOT hikeable but we provide you with links to many trails as well as recommendations for lots to see and do in the area. We are equi-distant between Monterey and Santa Cruz (also approximately 30 minutes but depends on traffic) for all of your more "touristy" desires. Under 2 hours to San Francisco. PLUS, Chef Mima has a host of things to offer in terms of culinary temptations like a whole line of SENSATIONAL SKILLETS or the more upscale 3 COURSE DINNER. Menus are sent when you book. Why not line up a 3 hour COOKING WORKSHOP that includes DINING ON THE DECK with your new culinary creation? Mima spent 6 years at renowned Chez Panisse restaurant before starting a career as a caterer in the food industry. SEE EXTRAS! Imagine a peaceful, serene neck of the woods with NO WIFI. 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 20 minutes to nearest beach. If you are the type of camper that likes to play music or be loud, this is not the camp for you. This is a refuge from that. When multiple sites are reserved, this spot is perfect for family vacations, company retreats, small celebrations etc. It is strongly recommended that you book all three sites if you wish to entertain. No amplified noise. A noise curfew is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. for anything but talking. Sound carries and we must respect neighbors and other campers.THX!
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Lauren D.recommends
July 10, 2024
The Humble Cottage
Best Campsite Experience
One of the best camping experiences of my life to date! Mima was so helpful in providing directions to the site as well as local recommendations and tips for camping on the property. My partner and I stayed in the cabin and it was so clean, accessible, and still felt like a part of the campground area. We were happy to note a friendly rooster trotting about our feet one morning. The communal cooking area made meals easy, with a gas stove, a sink, a dartboard, beautiful lights, and mosquito-repelling candles in the evenings. Perhaps most magical about this land are the giant trees that make their home here. Waking up and falling asleep beneath them made me feel so connected to Earth and rejuvenated after the weekend away. Highly recommend and will absolutely be returning in the future!
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Kamilla S.
July 6, 2024
The Humble Cottage
Cottage not secluded at all.
It was not what I expected and I was not able to achieve what I went there for. From the pictures and description I was expecting more seclusion. Needless to say, you are literally in their backyard. The driveway and house are only about 15 yards away. You feel like a part of the household with the comings and goings. Also, the road is very close so you hear the local traffic. (it is up in the woods, so not a lot of traffic but enough to be a distraction). Although I do love animals, the cat was a little assertive and demanding of attention, and the chickens were around pecking at whatever they can find. I wasn't expecting the common area to be so close. Fortunately, I was the only one camping so it wasn't an issue. Lots of mosquitoes. The cottage itself was very quaint. The bed comfortable. My only issue with the cottage was the second night I had a friendly bat that I could not get out. It was midnight and didn't want to wake up the hosts so I ended up leaving at about 1 AM. The food was delicious!! Both hosts were friendly and attentive to any needs!
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Seung Jae H.recommends
July 4, 2024
Site 1 - Wide Open
I loved it. Very private and lots of amenities were available, which sets it apart from other camp sites at the public parks. There are not many trails connected to this site, but that was not my priority at this time. Easy to book and the owner kept giving me information with details prior to my departure.
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Jay M.recommends
July 1, 2024
Site 3 - Independence Way
We had a lovely stay on mima’s land in our campervan. It was the perfect Friday evening jumping off spot for our family getaway escaping the heat and work in the Valley. We purchased the 3 course dinner option, and what a luxury that was. Mima and Scott served us generous portions in their magical redwood grove and provided containers for us to enjoy the leftovers. Try the panna cotta if you can! We met some assertive chickens, played darts and were off the next morning to Corralitos for lunch, a lavender farm, the beach and then Aptos for dinner. A short trip back over the hill and we were back home Saturday night. Chez Mima is a real gem, a short drive from Silicon Valley yet the vibe is perfect for clearing your head. We look forward to returning.
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Lynnette C.recommends
July 1, 2024
Site 1 - Wide Open
Waking up under the Redwoods 😍
We loved camping under the Redwoods at this campsite! The hosts were very helpful and welcoming to our family. The common area was lovely and our kids enjoyed playing darts there. We liked not having to bring our own chairs and kitchen supplies too, besides food. The hot water shower was a huge plus as well. The only downside for us was the portable toilet but we knew that when booking so as long as you’re aware, it’s not a huge deal.0
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Kyle L.recommends
June 28, 2024
Site 2 - Tent for a Queen
Great spot. Beautiful location with everything we needed. Bring bug spray in the summer.
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Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Popeloutchom (Amah Mutsun), Ohlone, and Awaswas First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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