We absolutely adored everything about our stay at the Little Arnold A-Frame. We arrived just after a few days of snow storms, so the drive up was perfectly easy, and the cabin was covered in several feet of snow.
The place heated right up and was perfectly cozy. We had everything we needed in the kitchen, cooking both dinner and breakfast in.
We chose to sleep in the loft, as it was a bit warmer from the stove and we enjoyed waking up with the view.
The decor is just perfect. Clean, stylish, cozy. I was imagining the fun Andria’s had putting the place together. Her taste is fantastic.
In the morning, we drove to Sierra Nevada Adventure Co to rent snowshoes ($12/pair, such a deal), then to Big Trees to explore, then to Murphys for lunch in my new favorite town!
Regrets: not staying longer, not bringing more friends (although, it was an exceptionally quiet and relaxing night away from the city life).
We absolutely adored staying in these charming cabins. We were a group of five, so we rented both cabins, easily sleeping two in the loft of the red cabin. The cabins were warm and clean, the beds comfy, with nice pillows. Each cabin has great windows and a wood burning stove. If it's too cold to be outside, you can still enjoy the scenery. The yellow cabin even has a skylight in the loft, so you can fully enjoy the starry night sky!
The property wasn't difficult to find from Highway 1. Upon arrival, were greeted by a beautiful friendly dog who liked to follow us around. We unloaded our gear in the wagon provided and set up for happy hour on the picnic table as the sun got low. We went back into town for dinner of clam chowder and fish 'n chips right along the pier. After dinner, there was enough space and seating in the yellow cabin for us to all sit around the table together with the fire going.
We made eggs and coffee in the morning in the kitchen, which is well-equipped with plates, cups, utensils, and pans. By the time we were done, it was warm enough to eat on the table outside. We even had a chance to walk some of the trails and check out the outdoor shower, pizza oven, greenhouse, and chickens. My only regret is we didn't have time to spend the morning relaxing and taking in the beautiful property.
We adored our time at the FlapJack Ranch and were so sad to have to leave! As fans of shows such as Treehouse Masters, we were quite eager to stay here, but the experience far exceeded our expectations. First of all, it's more like a tree mansion. It has a very charming, comfortable, and well-appointed living room and bedroom with a central furnace that warms the place effectively (if needed), full electricity and lights, a mini fridge, and a bathroom with a toilet and sink and shower (with hot water) just a few steps away on the expansive deck of the treehouse. Lots of windows overlook active farm life, including turkeys, chickens, roosters, and even a peacock wandering around, and if you stroll about the property, you'll encounter rabbits, cows, and an organic garden, as well. There is internet access in the club house (a 30-second walk down the hill), which also includes board games, and other amenities, as well as an outdoor hot tub and fire pit.
The property is easily accessible by Hwy 1, a quick drive to dinner and lunch options in Davenport or Santa Cruz.
We were quite taken with the place, and with all the little, thoughtful touches that enhanced our stay, such as the basket that you pull up with a rope to get your coffee in the morning, and the multi-course breakfast inspired from the hosts' travels, served with lots pride and eggs and produce from the farm.
We were in a constant state of smiling and disbelief that this rural, secluded paradise existed, that at the same time was so close to town, and that we were actually staying among the trees.
We had such a blast staying in these tents. Everything at AutoCamp is extremely well done. The modern-meets-rustic aesthetic will make you want to move in permanently.
The tents themselves are spacious and clean with lots of helpful additions like extra towels and blankets, an ice chest, and water heater. The bed was super comfy and toasty with the electric blanket. We stayed in tent #33 close to the clubhouse.
We loved cooking dinner and breakfast in the AutoCamp-provided cast-iron skillet over the fire right outside our tent. We'd brought minimal cooking supplies with us and AutoCamp was able to supplement anything additional we needed. In fact, if you run out of wine, cheese, or marshmallows, they can help you with that, as well.
We were up pretty early with the light. The fog had come in which was charming, and we spent the morning sipping coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice around the fire in the club house, catching up on work emails: we were playing hooky and service is spotty around the Russian River. I was happy enough to not have to fetch and boil water for my morning coffee, but to follow that with a luxurious hot shower? Yes, please.
The sun came out and we decided to slowly make our way back to San Francisco along the coast so we could stop for oysters in Marshall. We'd enjoyed the grounds so much, we barely left!
The setting at Happy Valley Ranch is absolutely dreamy. When you come down the road into the property, you are greeted with a view of horses grazing with Mt St Helena in the background. The tent is spacious and complete with a real bed, dresser, couch, table, and stove. The deck of the tent faces the dawn and overlooks the cooking area, swimming hole, and valley beyond.
We were greeted by Sarah and the property caretakers who showed us around and shared the story of the property and animals, who are rescues.
After a refreshing dip in the spring water swimming hole, we used the well-equipped outdoor kitchen to barbecue our dinner. We even made a fresh herb salad with pickings from the garden!
While the tent and bathroom area are cordoned off from the horse pasture, the pool and kitchen are not. Curious horses came right up to the table to sniff around and see what we were up to. It was a surreal and pretty entertaining experience, but we finally ended up moving up to the higher deck to get a little space while we ate!
The sun rises directly into the door of the tent, so be sure to draw that closed if you want to sleep in. The kids were excited to see the sunrise and bolted out of bed when the sky turned pink, even though it was another hour until the sun actually came over the mountain! I was grateful for a french press and cozy couches and blankets to curl up with. The valley cools down quite a bit at night and morning was pretty brisk compared to our 90 degree arrival!
The place is really well-equipped with hot water and solar lights. It was so nice not to have to think about stuff like that. While it's a huge step-up from a sleep-on-the-ground camping experience, we did encounter a lot of cellar spiders in the tent and around the sink. A composting toilet going in soon will be a great addition!
My only regret is we missed the feeding time with the alpacas! Such a memorable trip!
We adored our stay at the tiny house. Trevor and Rachel were great hosts, we loved meeting them and their family. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and fresh baked cookies, which we enjoyed on the patio after a hike up to the pond. Up the road past the pond are a set of couches and a cooler at the perfect look out spot to end the day, or watch the sunrise, if you're feeling ambitious!
The house itself is really well-done. It's beautifully crafted with charming decor and, for a tiny house, has plenty of room to cook and relax. We loved having the windows open to the night air, but the upstairs has a stove if you are staying during colder winter months.
The location is beautiful and would be great alternative lodging for events at local wineries (although, the drive up the hill is no joke). We saw several deer and rabbits and loved meeting the family chicken and peacock!
Our stay at the CowGirl Ranch was an absolute dream. Upon entering the property, we were greeted by donkeys, horses, a llama, and several dogs freely roaming about the property. It felt like a petting zoo for grown-ups. Many of the animals took interest in us and followed along as we toured the property.
As a bit of a city-girl these days, I was so surprised by how comfortable and friendly the majority of the animals we encountered were; it seems to say a lot about their lifestyle and Marybeth! The dogs are very sweet and have a lot of freedom, but also very well-trained. It's fun to watch them round up the herds for the evening. I also loved learning about their little animal dramas and fell head-over-heels for an adorable baby goat.
The bunkhouse sits across from the main barn, behind the property owner's home. It comfortably sleeps a large group in bunks and a loft. It definitely gets toasty up top, but there are windows and fans available. We loved hanging out on the couch and watching the horses lazily pass by and I especially loved having my coffee outside in the morning sun while the dogs and donkeys came to visit. You could cook a meal camping-style on the picnic benches, or BBQ. We went into town for dinner and brought an ice chest with us for some morning snacks.
I felt like I could sit for hours listening to the birds and watching the animals. It was such a great respite from the city. There's also tons of wine tasting on the way to Calaveras from the Bay Area, nearby caves and Big Trees if you want to head further east, and we enjoyed the views of the reservoir and nearby pioneer graveyards!
We had a fantastic time at the Oak Granary property! When we arrived, Cliff greeted us at the main house and garden and showed us up to the Hill House. The house was more spacious than we'd expected, with plenty of room to sleep, cook, and relax in the living room.
It was a very hot day and so we drove out to the river to cool down. Later, we enjoyed a beautiful farm fresh meal on the patio with Cliff and Lindsay and some of the other members of the community. It was great to have the opportunity to chat with them about the land and the programs they offer. After, we wandered in the garden and up to the barn.
In the morning, a gorgeous layer of fog sat in the valley below the house. Coyotes called from the hillside as I came out to take some photos of the sunrise. Cliff took us out for a walk on the property, where we visited the chickens, learned about the native plants, and came across a beautiful pond and views of the valley.
Our whole time was beautiful, relaxing, and educational! I would love to visit again!
For most of the weekend, we shared the picturesque homestead property with no one but the horses and a few lovely birds. There are several great locations for camping: one just inside the property if you'd prefer easy access to HWY 120, several up on the ridge with an incredible view of the valley, or you could even camp inside the barn to stay dry on a rainy night and for easier access to the cabin.
Our stay was rainy and we were lucky enough to stay in the cabin, but able to enjoy hiking along the ridge. I'd love to come back in summer with a group, two in the cabin and the rest in tents around the property, and make use of the proximity to Yosemite and the barbecue area behind the cabin!
Natalie and John were incredibly helpful and accommodating and it was a treat to meet Bob, the 17-year caretaker who showed us around his workshop.