Heartland was perfect for a city getaway in a remote pocket of Yuba County. The last 8 miles or so was on unpaved road with lots of small rocks so be warned - journey might take a little longer than you think. But oh was it worth the drive from the Bay Area. The pictures did not do justice to this property! Lots of space to roam around and explore and private access to the lake is literally 5min walk from the campsite. The sunsets are amazing and the hosts were so friendly and helpful. Be sure to arrive with all your supplies and plan to stay a bit. The communal kitchen was adequate - they plan to upgrade soon on more stable platform and refrigeration. There’s a cute little dining area with picnic tables and pretty lights to enjoy dinner and drinks. The outhouse is well ventilated and the showers were clean and had a great view of the rolling hills! The tent itself was nicely set up with bedding and mattress (small full size) - was unbearable during the day when temperatures were in the 100s but a nice retreat in the night time. Lots of nature sounds, chatty birds in the middle of the night....but so much nicer than the constant barrage of fireworks in the city! I’m looking forward to the evolution of Heartland and will return when it’s not too hot!
The tiny house at the Velasquez Tambo Ranch was exactly what we were looking for! A secluded retreat with some, not too many, animals for us city folks :-) Carolyn and Julio were super responsive to any queries we had ahead of traveling up to Paradise and were always available on the properties should we have any questions. We arrived to a lovely welcome of freshly baked lavender banana bread and a nice walk through of the tiny house and surrounding property. We traveled with another family friend who stayed in the Airstream trailer just across the driveway from us. Our kids had a fantastic time roaming the grounds, feeding the chickens and collecting eggs for daily breakfast. We were also happy to a cow, sheep, and alpaca roaming the grounds. Horses were grazing in the property adjacent to our tiny house. Caspian, our host dog, kept us company the whole time we were home. There was a nice picnic table that we could use under the shade by the animals but the kitchens are definitely small to be doing any full fledged cooking. We tried, it was difficult, so we kept to simple things like burgers, pasta, salads, take-outs :-). It was also extremely hot for 70% of the time we were there, so we were so so glad the AC was super efficient in cooling the tiny house quickly! We were 20 min to Chico and to Oroville, with lots of swimming holes to choose from. The town of Paradise is still slowly rebuilding, the folks were friendly and there's a decent supermarket in town. We had a great time here!