The Wildflower Village is a beautiful gathering of hand built cob houses that form the perfect retreat for your group to cook, watch amazing sunsets, and enjoy the incredible private trail network on this massive property!! The kitchen was excellent and the bathhouse (complete with a clawfoot tub!) was a favorite as well.
Alicia mentioned she's open to hosting mountain bikers, which would be insanely cool -- these trails are great, and hand built (and maintained) by her and her husband Michael. Plus the river is just a short drive away, as is the very cool Nevada City. Highly recommend adding on a horse trail ride if it's available as well. And be sure to check out the book Living Wild, which you should be able to find in the main cob house -- Alicia wrote it, and it's all about California's native plants!
Slide Ranch is an incredible non-profit that teaches upcoming generations about wildlife, ranching, farming and how these systems can all live together in harmony. Their team is dedicated, passionate, and committed to educating future generations on a better way to live with the earth.
It’s a real pleasure to support their powerful work while also staying at this insanely gorgeous glampsite on a private bluff over the Pacific Ocean.
They also were offering one of their famous farm to table dinners the night we came, the food was delicious and the view of the sun setting into the ocean wasn’t bad either :)
The history of Slide Ranch is fascinating. Original funding was provided by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and I believe their work today continues to support this movement to push our culture forward towards a better future for all of life.
Thank you Maika, Damien, Elena and team for all your important work for our people and our planet!!
Oz Farm, and especially the Domes, must be one of the most magical places to spend time in all of California.
These gorgeous unique structures are nestled into a curve of the Garcia River and surrounded by beautiful forest—it doesn't get more private and secluded than this!
And yet, you're just a short walk away from the center of Oz Farm where you can enjoy the company of your fellow Hipcampers, the communal library, pizza oven or bath house. Dean, Margaret, Abby and their amazing team have created a truly beautiful community experience where you can relax, recharge, restore and soak in the incredibly good vibes of Oz. They are doing radical work with organic farming in a way that leaves the land better, including corridors for wildlife to move through and really great medicinal herbs as well. Recently they've started making a delicious cider too. Be sure to ask any of the team about their work with food, it's really inspiring and important for our future.
I highly recommend the library—so many amazing books to read! And the pizza oven works really well, we even used it to cook a full salmon we bought in town.
Back to the domes.... the amazing bathtub is big enough for two and a great spot to watch the sunset from. The kitchen has all the tools you need for a great culinary adventure (be sure to get a CSA box from Oz Farm! With five beds, there's plenty of room for this to be a great retreat for a group of friends looking to really unwind and connect with each other and nature.
There's so much to do around the area. Our favorite spot is the Stornetta Lands out by the lighthouse -- big cliffs and islands with waves crashing all around them. Next time we'll paddleboard around them, this time we paddleboarded from the Domes down the river!
In town, we loved Roots Apothecary and wished we'd made reservations for Bird Cafe's Saturday supper club -- will do next time. Point Arena Pizza down by the cove was super great too.
The surfing around here is awesome, check out the cove, which Magic Seaweed calls "easily one of the best spots north of San Francisco." I love Moat Creek too, it's so pretty. And ask Dean—he knows whats up!!
Thank you Dean, Margaret, Abby and team for all you to do to create this magical world called Oz and sharing it with Hipcamp!! <3
Camping under this beautiful oak to the sound of the babbling creek is magic. John and Lesley have created a beautiful natural oasis for you to relax and enjoy. Definitely plan on stocking up on their meat, honey and eggs -- we got carne asada and made delicious tacos. Can't wait to come back!!
Montrese and Anders have done an incredible thing in creating this very special place for groups to gather. We came here for a team offsite and I can't recommend this highly enough. The dome was great for planning and when it got too hot, the gorgeous ocean was just a few minutes away. We also enjoyed amazing catered lunch by DASHA, be sure to ask Montrese about this option. It's incredible to be somewhere so beautiful and also know you are supporting an incredible cause to provide a sanctuary for animals! Thank you Montrese!!
Sarah has created a beautiful healing sanctuary for all animals, including people! It is a surreally awesome experience to have this gorgeous valley to yourself, and enjoy the excellent outdoor kitchen, swimming hole, outdoor bathtub, comfy safari tent, and stunning views of Mt St Helena. It's a total dream. My friends and I also organized for massages from Simple Touch Spa in Healdsburg (707-433-6856, $150/hr). They came to the ranch and set up right by the swimming hole as the sun set, I can't recommend this more highly. This is the perfect place to recharge and relax while also supporting a very important cause!!
This is a beautiful glampsite in the midst of a super cool neighborhood in LA, Highland Park. You’re so close to great food, yoga and more—and yet sitting outside the tent at sunset I felt like I was at a beautiful park away from it all! You’re also right on the train line so can take the train to all sorts of adventures.
Perfect for first time campers who might be a little nervous to get too far out there, or for locals who want a midweek microadventure, this would be such a cool thing to do in the middle of the week! And of course if you are passing through the area and want to stay in the city but keep that outdoors vibe going strong.
Hillary has done an incredible job outfitting the glampsite—the bed was super comfy, great linens and I had a luxurious morning sipping tea in my robe :) Thank you Hillary, hope to come back soon!
The Desert Pensione is AMAZING. Beautiful cabins tucked into the desert with epic stars and beautiful views. Cheryl and Jimbo are so cool and have really poured their creativity and hard work into this camp and it shows—it feels like you get to stay in someone's dream. This is an amazing basecamp for exploring the park, I was lucky enough to be there during the early days of the superbloom which I only found because Cheryl and Jimbo told me where to find it :)
Wow wow wow. Yuba River Retreat is a dream. Nestled into bluffs over a gorgeous stretch of the Yuba, you have two beautiful stone cabins to yourself complete with a bathroom, shower, woodfire, electricity, stove, and great trails. Your hosts Alicia and Michael have prepared an incredibly thoughtful experience for you to connect with nature. One of my highlights was taking a hot outdoor shower with a view of the churning river during a rainstorm. The nearby pools are beautiful and there are great hiking trails throughout the 1.2K acre property. Your host Alicia is also a native plants expert—be sure to keep an eye out for her great book Living Wild in the cabins. We loved learned about Manzanitas, and had no idea you could make so many delicious foods from these local plants.
Nearby Nevada City is super accessible and provides a super fun destination for eating out (we loved Elixart), fun gold rush era bars, and shopping.
Can't wait to come back—in fact I booked my next stay on my drive home <3 Thank you Alicia and Michael!!
WOW! Private American River Camping is an incredible group camp. Nestled right along the South Fork of the American River, this camp offers unparalleled access to super fun river rafting, tubing, kayaking and paddle-boarding. It also has the amenities you need to make hosting a big camping group fun and easy.
I had my birthday party here with 25 friends or so. We arranged a shuttle for us up to Marshall, which is a great drop-off spot that makes for the the perfect couple hour float back down to the campsite (check out Coloma Shuttle for this). Our group had a mix of inner tubes and paddle boards and had so much fun we ended up going again the next day! There are some real rapids, so definitely be up for adventure and everyone needs to wear a life jacket! It’s a county regulation and also just good for safety.
You can rent life jackets at the nearby River Store (http://theriverstore.com/services/rentals) or buy them.
The kitchen area is really helpful for cooking for large groups. Tons of counter space for prep and cooking, a great cabinet to store your food, and a big double sink with soap and sponges made everything feel so easy. There is also plenty of table space for eating, we could have sat seventy probably. The bathrooms and showers were nice and clean.
Overall this was just the perfect spot to host a big group of campers who want to play on the river. I can’t wait to come back and maybe book a rafting trip down the more intense part of the river as well. Thanks Jeremiah and team for an amazing adventure!