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Chula Vista Farms

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· Helotes, Texas
2 acres
4 sites
4 Tent
I was not looking for another house to buy, but my daughter wanted me to look at a "little cottage" in Old Town Helotes. Just to shut her up, I made an appointment on a rainy day so I could not see/access the back of the property. The house was 3,000 sq feet and I fell so madly in love with it that I made an offer two hours later. I saw the potential of both house and land. Only after moving in did I walk the pasture and realize how much land I had bought. The house was featured in the San Antonio Express News (Spaces 2/27/2011) as a home for the arts because I collect folk art—mostly from Mexico.  My daughter Kelly and I worked on the front gardens first—butterfly and cactus gardens, always mindful of choosing local plants and trees. In the spring, the mountain laurels add color; honeysuckle and jasmine scent the land and the flowers on the cacti bloom scarlet and yellow. The summer and fall produce the yellow and orange Esperanza bushes and the Mexican Bougainvillea.  Three years ago, I decided to maximize the use of the back pasture which is separated from the front by a dry creek bed. Kelly and I started an heirloom vegetable farm with raised beds and terracing. We installed some stone steps for easier access. According to the "old folks" here, this property was part of a ranch on the stagecoach line replete with cowboys and Indians, started out as a two-room stone shack and blossomed into a Cinderella home with Moroccan arched ceilings and even a wine cellar.  Learn more about this land: As parking is on one side of the creek and camping is across the creek, RV's and camper vehicles are discouraged. However, if you message me prior to booking, we can accommodate one low one under the oaks in the front and you will have access to front chiminea and back pasture amenities also. 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.  Mardi Gras in the Cowboy Capitol: Bandera, Texas. Fun will begin Thursday, 2/17 and continue till Saturday, 2/19. Please visit website for tickets/events including bull riding. 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--but only one at a time. Please ask before booking. Thanks! 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.
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Helotes, Texas, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Judith H.Joined in February 2018
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Armenta’s T.recommends
January 28, 2023
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith was an excellent hostess and the area is perfect to spend a relaxing day
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Brianna S.recommends
November 15, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Home away from home.
My family had the BEST time here. A home away from home with amazing views, sounds of nature, and a wonderful host. We will be back time and time again.
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Traci B.recommends
July 10, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is an amazing host. She reached out within minutes of booking to ensure we would be prepared for the July Texas weather and was gracious throughout our stay. The grounds and facilities are well kept and there were plenty of flat spots to chose from for our rather large tent. Although we did not attend, the community had events that looked fun. Highly recommend!
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Anne W.recommends
May 17, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
this is a very lovely camping spot. I was there on a very hot day in May but it did cool down around 9 o'clock. I would just say that this was really a walk in campsite because you have to park probably 150 yards to 200 yards past where you park and it's a pretty good downhill and then uphill. I am 71 and I found the hills pretty steep Judith is lovely
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Randon M.recommends
May 12, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Camping Adventure with my kids
We have stayed at Chula Vista Farms several times and would recommend it to anyone who wants a nice get-away. Helotes has many businesses and things to enjoy if you want to venture outside the Chula Vista gates.
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Tristan I.recommends
May 9, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith was so nice and greeted me as I arrived at her home. Campsite was well kept and spacious with plenty of room to stretch out! Would definitely stay here again since it’s so close to San Antonio!
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Baylee O.recommends
April 24, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith was a great host & was so inviting! We loved the location & had a great time. Our dog loved exploring and we loved how secluded our campsite felt. Perfect distance from Old Town Helotes. Would definitely recommend!
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Ryan B.recommends
April 17, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Camping with Pup
I loved the tent camping at Chula Vista Farms. Judith was a very accommodating host. Camping area covers about 1 acre. We were fortunate enough to get the whole camp to ourselves where we could let our pup run around freely. There were many birds that would interest even avid bird watchers. Plenty of things to do nearby.
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Kayleigh B.recommends
April 17, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
We loved tent camping on Judith's land! Judith is a very kind and generous host! Our dog Max loved his first camping trip!
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Kiersten B.recommends
April 14, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is kind, welcoming, communicative & attentive. She keeps a close eye on the place & I felt totally safe/taken care of during my stay with her in Helotes. Her property is in a very dog-friendly, walkable area (the Cracked Mug is lovely, affordable & just as good as everyone says) with everything else you may want or need within a 10-15 min drive. UberEats & InstaCart also deliver here! Wi-Fi was strong from my camp (in the front of the property with my travel trailer). There are giant old shade trees, lots of creative decor, abundant flora & fauna (an armadillo wandered by one night), bathroom with hot/cold shower & fresh towels, clothesline, power outlets, recycling bins, etc. Couldn’t ask for more! Judith even made friends with my dog Archie & invited him to sit with her while I showered & took a Zoom meeting. I greatly appreciate her hospitality!
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Nate H.recommends
April 11, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Great experience!
Judith was kind, considerate and helpful. I was traveling for work and this spot offered a great escape from the city. Convenient location. Clean property in a peaceful setting. I’ll be back!
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Nikki C.recommends
April 7, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is the kindest host I’ve had the pleasure of knowing in a very long time. She went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and didn’t need anything. I’ll definitely be coming back here soon!
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Nikki C.recommends
April 5, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is beyond an amazing host and goes out of her way to make you feel comfortable.
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Amanda G.recommends
April 4, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith was an amazing host, very welcoming and sweet! Her location is within walking distance to a few shops, bars, and coffee shops 😊 We will definitely be staying here again! Thank you Judith and we hope to see you soon!
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Amanda M.recommends
March 29, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
We loved our camping on Judith’s property! It was our first camping trip using Hipcamper and she really made our experience great. She was very welcoming and hospitable! The land was a fun setup. We loved hearing the birds and the sounds of farm animals during the day. We definitely want plan on coming back in the future.
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Laura A.recommends
March 29, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is an amazing host! She gave us tips on parking and things to see in San Antonio. Very peaceful campsight. Thank you!
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Geraldine S.recommends
March 27, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
We enjoyed spending the night at Judith land. She was helpful when arrived and attended to my call right away. Very sweet lady, and cared for the guest. We arrived late at night she stayed up to welcome us and showed us our camp 🏕 side. It was a great experience it is in a good location for tourist. Although, you can still hear the city life going on.
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Noah K.recommends
March 20, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is amazing!
LOVE me some Judith and Chula Vista. Just what the doctor ordered. Judith is an amazing woman, gave me spices for my cooking and was the perfect balance of involved but not noisy. I loved the camping experience. The proximity was closer to conveniences than expected. The other campers at the spot were great as well. A few things to be aware of: it can be very noisy at times with a concert venue nearby and the camp spots are relatively close to each other so not much privacy.
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Raileen M.recommends
March 19, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is an amazing host, very kind and helpful. We enjoyed watching the baby goats next door and the relaxed atmosphere with just a few sites. Nice to have a flush toilet and hot shower available, too, plus electricity to charge the phone. Convenient to everything San Antonio and Old Town Helotes. Loved it so much we stayed an extra night!
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Christian F.recommends
March 19, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Peaceful camping !
Property was beautiful and peaceful , perfect to enjoy relaxing time with family! Old Town Helotes is an awesome little town . Judith was extremely nice and helpful. Will definitely come back .
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Vicki S.recommends
March 18, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is a wonderful host. We loved getting to know her and she was very helpful with directions and suggestions for our activities. It was a great campsite for our family. She always had clean towels for us and the private bathroom/shower is a nice camping addition.
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Carolina V.recommends
March 16, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Amazing time at Chula Vista. Judith is the nicest person I’ve ever met. Great experience, not too far from the shops and trials. Really nice property to set up camp!! Will definitely be coming back!!!
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Chris T.recommends
March 15, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Feels like the country
Judith has a very quaint spot that is within a few miles of anything you could need but doesn't feel like being in town. l like so much this is my second stay. She is a warm and inviting host both trips have been rewarding experiences.
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Sherri P.recommends
March 6, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Her place was so peaceful and inviting. Judith was super nice and helped me. It was also at a awesome location. I hope to come back again.
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Douglas L.recommends
February 23, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Such a wonderful property and very gracious and informative host! I absolutely highly recommend staying here. The best
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Alan F.recommends
January 15, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is an incredible host, she has a great setup for camping. I highly recommend staying with her at Chula Vista farms.
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Andie M.recommends
January 9, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Judith is so welcoming and made us feel comfortable right away. The property is peaceful and so pretty.
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Annette K.recommends
January 9, 2022
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
We loved camping on Judith’s farm. It’s a beautiful place and we enjoyed our time.
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Hilaria M.
December 29, 2021
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Not a very good stay.
I went to Chula Vista Farms for a small getaway for a game night for my birthday and there was absolutely no privacy. I was expecting a good stay from all of the reviews but the stay definitely did not live up to it. We were constantly getting flashlights pointed at us and every time we went to use the restroom the host was outside watching us. Noise was at minimum and the host kept discreetly threatening to call the police and stated there were firefighters nearby. We ended up leaving early after we felt that she did not want us there any longer. I'm not sure if it was because of our age, race, etc. but I would not recommend.
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Wyatt C.recommends
December 28, 2021
Chula Vista Farms Tent Camping
Camping at chula vista farms was great mrs Judith was very welcoming and me and my dogs loved it definitely will come back and visit
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