Note: Only 2 tents per site and only 2 cars per site.
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
Note: Only 2 tents per site and only 2 cars per site.
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). 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: 5/3: Kinky Friedman; 5/4: Josh Abbott Band; 5/16: Harley-Davidson Bike Night; 5/18: Flatland Cavalry; 6/7 : Stoney Larue; 6/8: Kody West; 6/21: Eli Young Band; 7/27: Juan Lobo Tequila Fest. Please check Floore's Calendar 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 an "en plein air" event March 29 & 30th.
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.
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.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Chula Vista Farms in Texas.
Prairie, meadow, or plain
Heirloom tomato and vegetable farm
The vibe at Chula Vista Farms
Places to see near Chula Vista Farms
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
One of the best hipcamp experiences I've had thus far - Judith and her daughter Kelly were so hospitable and friendly. My boyfriend and I arrived to Chula Vista Farms on a cold, misty afternoon and they already had a fire going for us in the outdoor fire pit. They gave us a tour of their property, which includes multiple spots to pitch a tent (or several) in a secluded area away from the main house. We loved our tour of the heirloom tomato beds and hearing about the process of selling produce locally. This property has great amenities - several private, flat areas to set up camp, a covered outdoor table, a private bathroom separate from the main house, an outdoor firepit… And it's a great home base for explorations into San Antonio /Boerne, with wineries and restaurants galore! This is a great site for large camping groups, and for smaller parties too. We loved our stay here and will hopefully be back.
Chula Vista is an awesome campsite that can be used as a sort of "home base" for all sorts of activities. It's in a great location with San Antonio, Government Canyon, Old Town Helotes all nearby. The actual campsite is also very nice with lots of great amenities. There is a shower and toilet, campfire and chimineas, and great chairs and swings to sit back and read a book in. Judith is one of the nicest human beings ever and has loads of interesting stories to share and great recommendations of things to do. Would definitely recommend staying at Chula Vista to anyone who wants to explore the area!
A delightful space with access to facilities, private and separate from the house and plenty of spots to pitch a tent. Sitting areas, a fire circle and cute decorations. The owner is so pleasant!
I loved being able to walk right into Old Town Helotes where there is a nice coffee shop, wine bar and restaurants and lots of other interesting places to see.
A quick few minutes into more metro area and easy access to downtown San Antonio or other hill country spots.
Be prepared for nightly music from local businesses and some moderate road noise, but nothing that would deter me from staying again.
We had a wonderful three nights at Chula Vista Farms! Judith and her daughter are incredibly sweet and kind — they really want you to enjoy your stay and will make sure you're comfortable. Old Town Helotes is a short walk away and has a great little coffee shop, as well as some shops and a wine/tapas restaurant (though I can only vouch for the coffee shop). The nearby City of Grey Forest is a great place to go walking and feels like you've landed in a storybook as it's an artists' collective.
All in all a wonderful spot -- both for sleeping and exploring.
Chula Vista is an amazing place to stay! Judith was wonderful to visit with and the property was large and magical. We came in late at night after a long drive and were able to peacefully sleep in our VW camper. The private bathroom and hot shower was refreshing after taking a morning tour of the property and admiring the tomato plants. We forgot a bag and when we we back, Judith was kind enough to pack us some chips and salsa for the road! Can’t wait to stay again and catch some live music down the block.
Chula Vista Farms was an amazing experience. Located just outside of San Antonio, it provides a piece of the "country living" that we like, while still with the amenities of the city (we made a very short drive to have drinks with friends). We were able to find nearby hiking, as well as explore Old Town Helotes. We only stayed one night, but would have loved to stay longer.
Review of Host: Could not ask for a kinder person. She met us as we drove up and showed us around the campsite. Very friendly and was able to point us in the right direction for our different needs. She was very accepting of our dog as well.
Old Town Helotes Review: Very quaint and cute. Lots to do...from boutiques to drinks to a dancehall. Since our trip was relatively short, we were only able to walk around a little, but we did manage to get coffee at the Cracked Mug (which is within walking distance from Chula Vista Farms).
Overall, great experience and would definitely recommend this camping site!
Judith was such a wonderful host. Her home and backyard are beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay here. It was a very short walk to Old Town Helotes which we really loved. Judith was always willing to cater her recommendations of San Antonio’s many options to what she felt we would enjoy the most. We definitely hope to stay here again and would recommend it to anyone.