Christiana and Albe have created an amazing space in which you can really unwind and reconnect with nature and her rhythms. The ranch is nestled into beautiful Ohlone territory, between rolling hills and with an amazing grandmother oak tree. We loved going to nearby Livermore for dinner at Range. And checkout if Christiana is teaching yoga anytime during your trip -- her classes are amazing!!
Thank you for both for an amazing retreat into nature <3
Christianna and Albie are amazing hosts who really understand the magic of creating a beautiful place for people to relax, unwind, and connect with nature and the people they love. I can't believe their ranch is so close to the craziness of San Francisco—every time I step out onto their land I feel my whole rhythm slow down and it starts to match the pace of the birds, the wind and the stars instead of my inbox!!!
Be sure to spend some time with Abuelita (amazing grandmother oak tree) and we love Range in downtown Livermore. And ask Christiana if she's teaching any yoga classes nearby during your stay, she's an incredible teacher, every class I've taken with her has had such a positive impact on me.
The Garden Bungalow is AMAZING. This little one bedroom has everything you need for a quick getaway into the beautiful ranch lands of the East Bay. You're only an hour outside the Bay Area but the pace and rhythm of the land will slow you down and connect you with what really matters. Your hosts, Christiana and Albrecht, are some of the most welcoming and loving people out there, who want to make sure you have an amazing experience. Be sure to see if Christiana is teaching any yoga while you're out there, her classes are amazing.
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 :)