Harris Tree Farm is the most charming spot right off of Highway 50! I've already recommended it to so many people who live in the Tahoe/Sacramento area, even just to stop by and pick up some goodies. Not only is it a great Hipcamp to stay at, but it's a working farm with seasonal u-pick offerings (berries!), freshly baked pies and turnovers (SO. GOOD. And the turnovers are vegan!), frozen pies you can grab and go to enjoy at home, homemade jams and pickles, and of course farm animals.
Jane is a wonderful host, so welcoming and thoughtful, and clearly works extra and overtime to make sure everyone is having an amazing experience at her farm — whether just visiting quickly to pick up a pie, or staying overnight. She's carved out three sites on her property that are nestled in a peaceful forest of tall pines, each carefully cleared out and equipped with a picnic table and chairs. It's a short little drive from her main visitor's area to the sites, up a dirt road that can be a little bumpy, but we did just fine in a regular sedan. There's a clean porta-potty, and it's a short walk back to the store to visit the communal campfire and picnic area she has set up. Do keep in mind that Jane needs to show you to your spot, so showing up too late or when she's not there might be more complicated. But she's very responsive so just get in touch!
We had a very short, but very sweet stay at Harris Tree Farm. Will definitely be back!
Great spot for big groups looking for a peaceful and beautiful retreat! Montrese and Anders are the most thoughtful and devoted hosts. Can’t beat the views of the ocean and watching the free-roaming rescue horses enjoy the gorgeous land. They’ve also added some amazing new facilities, structures to stay in, and gathering spaces. Wild Tender is a special place. Go experience it!
Mono Camp in the summer is just as lovely as in the fall! Definitely gets hot during the day (it is the high desert after all), but mornings and long, warm summer evenings with the endless stars are perfect. We can always reliably spot the Milky Way and multiple planets right from our comfy campfire chairs. This spot is closer to the road than the others, so expect a bit more car traffic noise from fellow campers coming in and out, but the site still has expansive area all to yourself. Views of the lake aren’t as clear as from Juniper, but a quick walk up the incline to the water spigot reveals it all.
There’s a clean, site-specific pit toilet with a great view of the mountains, a table for prepping food, and lots of options for tent setup, especially angling so that you’re in the shade from the early morning sun. Firepit with a cooking grate and two chairs. Amazing-smelling plants all over the place. Super easy access to the Eastern Sierra and Yosemite. Still one of my favorite Hipcamp properties!
Sweet little cabin on a great property just a quick little walk to a private swimming hole on the Cosumnes River! The cabin itself is very simple and pretty bare bones with a pullout futon, but has screened windows and a locking door. Great for when you don't feel like pitching a tent (though there's a nice tent site just a short walk away — I can see it being fun to book both for a little group). Bring your own sleeping bag / pillow / bedding. There's a little wood-burning stove if you get cold at night, though by early June, it was already plenty warm enough to sleep with the windows open (in a sleeping bag).
The swimming spot and river access is amazing — so secluded, no one in sight, and a wide expanse of flat rock that makes a nice little "beach" for hanging out on. The river is definitely moving very quickly at this time of year, so be careful.
The road in is dirt and has some private driveways branching off that sometimes look like the main road, as others have mentioned, but there was no issue navigating to Jeralynn's spot in daylight — you can easily tell what's main road and what's driveway with enough light. Just follow her detailed instructions, instead of what Google Maps says. And keep in mind that there's no bathroom and no outside table/space to cook or put stuff on. Lots of grassy space but with tall grass; what you're really getting is a little cabin structure and amazing access to the river for a great deal.
Second time at Crystal Bay Farm and it's as lovely as ever — so fun to come back during different seasons and see the changes to the land! This time we stayed in the tipi, which is huge; you can easily fit a big group inside. The little area for the tipi group is perfect. It has a charcoal grill, firepit, picnic table, spigot, and the bunny hatch (key detail)! Everything's in bloom in the springtime, and on our short walk down the road to the beach for sunset, we saw maybe 10-20 wild rabbits too. It was a perfect camping experience. Thanks Lori!
Songdog and Jim are the best! This is really what Hipcamping is all about. Jim has created an oasis in the middle of the badlands, with a huge variety of sites to choose from depending on what you're looking for. Draw Camp, one of his newest ones, is as the end of the road past the other Songdog West sites, on the far end of the mesa. All of the dirt roads are drivable with a regular little passenger car, and this one dead ends in a loop at your campsite. No neighbors in sight or earshot (the outhouse shared with other sites is a little walk away, but that ensures total privacy). In mid-April, the flowers are unbelievable — there were thick blankets of flowers in every direction. We were lucky with the superbloom, but Jim said every April is still beautiful.
The site has his standard setup with a picnic table, pergola, firepit and grill, trash can, water spigot, and two very comfortable lounging chairs — everything you need to just settle in and stay for awhile. Even though it was still quite relatively cool, we opted to spring for the extra soaking tub to fully enjoy the sun, and we were so glad we did. Jim brings it right up to your site and sets it all up for you — he even knows the best spot to put it for maximum views. When it's hot, nothing feels better!
Sunsets are amazing up here; you have a line of sight across the whole expanse of the valley, stretching out to the mountains on the other side. And the stars are night are crisp and clear. It's just so quiet and peaceful, and we didn't want to leave.
Jim is such a wonderful and experienced host, too. He has firewood for sale if needed, and is full of local tips and suggestions. We were headed up to Carrizo Plain the next day (just a quick drive up the highway, so close!) and he gave us a map and detailed instructions to get to the best spots. We're already planning the next trip back and can't figure out if we want to try out other areas of Songdog, or stick to this one most perfect campsite ever. Thank you, Jim!
Dana has created a sweet getaway experience with her cute cabin tucked up against a stream. You’re in the forest but close to the main road (a quick little drive to the beach and Morro Bay, as well as great restaurants and wineries), with curious goats keeping you company next door.
The tiny house was adorable and thoughtfully decorated — and most importantly, well stocked! We could cook simple dinner and breakfasts with all she provided: charcoal grill, camp stove, pots and pans, spices, cutlery, tableware, coffee grinder, kettle, even a little fridge and a toaster! Plus a sink and everything you need to clean up afterwards.
The loft bed was incredibly comfortable. The couch below pulls out for extra sleep space too. I was amazed at how much fit into such a little house that seemed so small from the outside. And at how much sunlight came in despite being surrounded by shady oaks. The outdoor shower was fantastic, and the chiminea allowed us to enjoy a fire and the stars without it getting too smoky. As others mentioned, the toilet is a porta-potty (an impeccably clean and well-lit one!) a short little walk up the hill, so not a flush toilet. But so clean!
Dana has set up a glamping tent atop the neighboring hill that’s in view, but when we stayed at Frog Hollow, she hadn’t started hosting guests in it yet — she’s very mindful of wanting to keep each guest’s experience peaceful and private. You can tell she cares so much about her visitors. Highly recommend staying with her if you get a chance to explore this charming little corner of the central coast!
What an amazing spot! Kim is the most gracious host, and has set up her B&B cabin with all of the comforts of home. You'll really feel taken care of here. She only has one spot listed, so you'll have the whole place to yourself, and she goes the extra mile in every detail.
The cabin is heated in winter, cooled in summer, and the bed is so comfortable! It's well-stocked with plenty of games, activities, plus a tea kettle for beverages to warm up with by the fire. The view looking out from the porch is serene, with sheep and goats munching away in front. We saw so many stars at night, too. We'll have to come back when it's warmer so that we can enjoy sitting out there and lazing in the hammock!
The bathroom is in the main house, so a little walk, but you get to go right by the alpacas who are always happy to greet you (as they assume you have food for them). It's a very clean, full bathroom, so you can even take a shower if you wish.
In the morning we woke up to a delicious, home-cooked breakfast featuring fresh, pasture-raised eggs from the chickens outside. Wow! Kim is so kind and easygoing, and it's fascinating to hear about her life on the farm and how much she loves all of her animals. And there are so many animals! We were constantly in awe during our farm and feeding tour — it seemed like we must have hit the limit on meeting a new rabbit, chicken, or cat, but then Kim would have another coop or hutch to show us.
This place is a wonderland for kids. They can be entertained forever here...and get to run around outside while having the time of their lives! But anyone at any age who loves animals would enjoy it. If you're looking for a unique, private farm experience with the best hospitality, come visit Windsor Farm. It's so close to the 101 and Morgan Hill, but you'd be surprised at how different it feels to be there. Thank you, Kim!!
This is a gem of a property tucked right off of Hwy 1 on a beautiful stretch of the Big Sur coast. For tent camping, you have your pick of various sites that are all quite different and allow you to choose something that fits what you came here for: one closer to amenities like the kitchen, parking, toilet, and has a picnic table, or one with a nice view of the ocean with a short hike, or one that’s across a little bridge, secluded and tucked away in the trees by the creek.
There are multiple other listings on the land so expect to run into neighbors and other guests. Ohji and family are kind and welcoming, and it’s nice to experience how they wholly live off the land there. The kitchen is wonderful as others said — stove, sink, pots and pans, plates and cutlery, spices, a fully stocked kitchen but open to the fresh air (though covered from rain and sun). Bring your own cooler with plenty of ice if you have any perishables.
A little semi-private slice of the coastline is a few minutes’ walk away, great for enjoying sunsets or just spending time above the waves. And trailheads to endless miles of running and hiking are a few minutes’ drive in either direction. A great surf spot, Sand Dollar Beach, is also a very quick drive. All in all, can’t go wrong here.
The Cabin on Eagle Hill was a perfect retreat. It's a small little space, but clean, simple, and cozy, set up with two padded cots and additional loft area if there are extra people (bring your own sleeping pad or air mattress if you want to utilize the lofts). There is no heat so I'd recommend bringing warm sleeping bags or blankets if you're coming in the winter months.
You wake up with sunlight filtering through the pines outside the windows, and can sit on the little porch to enjoy the peacefulness of the forest. The spot backs up to National Forest, and it's hard to believe just how quiet and calming it was to be there, surrounded by the tall trees and nothing else. You can't see any neighbors and are set up and away from the driveway, which is on a private dead-end road. At night you can see a ton of stars through the clearing's gap in the canopy.
Christina has put in a lot of care to manicuring and designing the space so that it's seamlessly part of the outdoors while also being comfortable, clean, and functional. I loved looking at the craftsmanship of the cabin and the outhouse, which was impeccable and has a real flushing toilet! There's also a picnic table and a beautiful firepit with a grill. Sometimes there are burn restrictions so be sure to check with Christina.
It's a bit of a long windy road to get up there from Hwy 50, but a beautiful drive. If you can do it during the daylight hours, you should! This time of year, the trees lining the local roads were in gorgeous autumn colors that were so nice to drive under in the sun. It can be hard to immediately see the cabin if you arrive at night, but Christina is extremely responsive if you have any problems finding it.
Holum Hill is only about a 30 minute drive to the Sly Park Recreation Area, which has ample trails for running, hiking, mountain biking, and the lake for fishing and boating. Can't wait to come back and get another dose of the forest!
Mono Camp is my new favorite Hipcamp. I almost don't want to tell people about it, because I want to be able to come whenever I want without the calendar being booked up. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it. You have your own private view of Mono Lake and the expansive vistas in all directions. There's a nice firepit with chairs and a grill rack. And it's so easy to get to — just off the main road, and minutes from the 395. From there you can go anywhere in the Eastern Sierra with ease.
If you're coming in the colder seasons, definitely would recommend snagging Juniper Camp out of the three sites, since it has this amazing little cabin. It's simple, but very thoughtfully made and has double pane windows! When it's 25F outside at night, having that to sleep in when you were expecting to tent camp feels like an incredible luxury. I didn't even need to use the wood stove. And it's the most private of the sites, I think, set back further on the property with a few trees in front. If you have a large group then one of the other ones might be better to fit more tents.
The best part of Mono Camp is how totally quiet it is. You can sit there forever in utter silence, day or night, aside from a very occasional car on the highway or visits from the beautiful, diverse birds. It may be different if your camp neighbors are louder, but I was lucky and mine were just as happy to also sit around their campfires saying nothing. Just enjoying the stars and the reflection of the moon on the lake. Oh, and there are so many stars. (Also saw Mars, Saturn, and a few meteors!)
If you're looking for somewhere to get away, this is it.
We loved Sindisa Sanctuary! It's a great place for a special occasion or to treat yourself. You're definitely glamping in full force out there, with real beds, pillows, blankets, a well-stocked kitchen and bath, and comfortable amenities. Someone even mentioned that the beds were more comfortable than their bed at home!
The best part of the visit was, as others have said, the horses. It's a rescue sanctuary with two distinct herds, and every day at feeding times (9:30 and 3:30) you have an opportunity to get a tour from a staff member, learn about the history of the place, and interact with the animals. And there are a lot of animals! More horses than you can count, plus alpacas, pigs, and adorable dogs. The horses have the freedom to roam the 125-acre property, though the area around the camping and glamping is now sectioned off so that the horses don't come up to the kitchen/tent, as past reviews and photos show. Even though those older photos of horses in the kitchen were epic, I think we ended up being glad that there's now a fence. We were able to cook and enjoy the ranch fully, with the animals grazing right in front of us (they're still very close and you get the full experience! They are so sweet), but without having to worry about food or objects we left out.
The stories of the horses and other animals on the property are amazing. Highly recommend joining a tour and getting to know the people who work there, and the animals who call it home. It's a special place doing good work.
The Meadow Tent really has the best view of the horses' grazing area all day, with the valley and Mt. St. Helena in the background, plus full access to the swimming pool. Be warned that the swimming pool can be really cold this time of year, even if it's hot out! Since at night it gets chilly, so the water doesn't have much of a chance to warm up. This tent also has an amazing kitchen with a grill (which has a propane burner attached to it). We were able to grill pizzas and make fairly elaborate stuff with what was available. Cleaning up and washing dishes for a group was easy with the sink and space. There's no fridge, but we brought our own cooler (there's also one there already) and extra ice. The campfire fit is right next to the pool and already came set up with five metal chairs. Bring your own wood though! There's a hose right next to it for putting out fires, which makes it very easy to do a thorough job — which of course you have to, given the area's high fire danger. They really thought of everything!
Sarah and her staff are great hosts. Sarah wasn't on the property when we visited, though she was really responsive via messages. There's always at least one staff member on the property, and Morgan was there when we were. She gave us an awesome tour, with plenty of time with all of the animals, and patiently answered all of our questions. Thanks Sarah, Morgan, and the whole crew at Sindisa!