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 and home to the famous OST (Old Spanish Trail) cafe and four miles away is Government Canyon -a primitive hiking experience.
Chula Vista Farms has five private camping sites in the back pasture. But this field is also ideal for group camping-- I would say 20 tents could be accommodated. We have a communal fire pit, tables, adirondack and gravity chairs and three chimmineas for easy, romantic fires.
You could spend a week here and not run out of things to do: shopping, sight-seeing, walking, hiking, eating, drinking, relaxing, cooking, 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: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
The vibe at Chula Vista Farms
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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.
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.