The camping spot level and very safe feeling. We had beautiful view of the sun setting. Turn into the driveway for Diamond P Ranch and then you will be shown to the fields across the street. We where met with a very sweet young fella that was so nice and polite.
We got to our site about 6pm and there was a rodeo or something with loud speakers and an announcer that went on until 10 pm that night. It was very loud! Road noise was also very loud for most of the night, so bring your earplugs.
It was very convenient to the west gate of Yellowstone National Park, which was a plus!!
Sean and Helen were wonderful hosts! There property is beautiful, peaceful, and quiet. The directions were accurate and the area felt very safe. Helen and Sean were very welcoming and showed us right where to park. They even offered us an extension cord so we could recharge our computers.
In the morning we were offered French press coff and homemade toast with butter and jam! And they have two dogs that love to be pet!
We were also only an hours drive from Yellowstone National Park! We highly recommend staying here.
Secluded Hilltop Meadow on Farm is a beautiful farm! Hosts Aaron and his wife truly keep their property beautiful. The greenhouses are tidy and bursting with tomato plants, cucumbers, squashes. The tools in the workshop all have their place. Their house is small and handsome. And they are easy to talk with and hard, hard workers!
The campsite is a drive past the asparagus field, thru a fence, and to a mowed area that is very private. It’s all level and easy to find the right place for your tent or vehicle. There is also a fire ring for a campfire and a small shed that houses a bucket composting toilet and some dry wood/kindling. Also hanging on the wall inside the shed are 4 chairs you can use as well!
They recommended to us a brewery a few miles from their place called Two Goats Brewery that has a particularly good view of the lake and vineyards. We headed there shortly after and the beer was SO DANG COLD!!!! It was 95 degrees in the sun, so this was the perfect cool down.
If you are in the area, this place is a must stop. Along with a wonderful time you also might get some fresh veggies!!!
What a cool property this is!!! Caywood Lakeside Campsite is down a winding gravel driveway and you will end at a very tidy two story white house. Park and then walk along the left side of the house and once you are into the clearing (such a beautiful view!) look to your left. You will see the sweetest screened room with a gable roof and a set of steps elevating it over the field. There is also a picnic table for you to use in the grass. There is no plumbing or electricity in the room but there is a queen sized bed with a new air mattress for you use. Bring your own bedding and pillows. There are also candles for some nighttime lighting. We did not meet Bill while we were there, but you can feel the love he treats his land with.
You will find a wide mowed path out front of the screened room that leads across the field. Grab some snacks and head on out. The path will take you down the field and then down a curving rock lined path down to the lake! You will get your exercise on the way back up for sure. Down by the water is a boat house, a small dock, and a rock beach. Its a beautiful view of the lake.
We can’t say enough about this place!!!! It is truly a special property!
Altitude Camping is at June Berry Farm on the east side of Seneca Lake on a piece of property high about the lake. Your host, Guy, is a very hard working fella growing the likes of berries you’ve never heard of! Honeyberries, juneberries, aronia berries, currants, and figs. He chooses to grow these berries for the dense nutrition they pack. The honey berries and juneberries were ripe when we visited and we got to pick some right off the bushes! What a unique experience! Guy’s farm operates mostly as a u’pick farm and he uses no pesticides at all. He also has some chickens running around and a beautiful friendly Great Pyrenees named Sooty.
There is a vintage camper near the driveway tucked into the shade that has a full kitchen, a dining table that makes into a bed, and another bed on the other end. It was a very hot day when we visited but with the camper being in the shade, the temperature was moderate.
Guy also has a tree tent set up way back at the end of a soybean field with total privacy. He has some chairs and tables set up in the outside area so you can make yourself comfortable. The tent has a rain fly on it, but if you don’t use it there is a lot of screens to allow the breeze in. There is a cool zippered access in the bottom of the tent you can enter from or a side entrance that is bigger. The tent is a really neat setup!
Guy is very knowledgable about all he grows and we left there the better off. We recommend this place if you are near the Finger Lakes!
Towner’s Country Paradise is only 8 miles outside of Corning, NY. You will feel like you are a million miles away, though, in the best way. On top of the mountain and part of a christmas tree farm is a wonderful cabin alongside a lake. The cabin has a huge front porch with enough tables to seat 50 people. There are also 6 bunkbeds in a shared room, a full bathroom with stand up shower, and a complete kitchen/living room.
Sitting outside watching the evening descend you can hear birds and load of frogs! If you spend some time along the lake’s edge you will see some large fish swimming around! We weren’t able to use the zipline while we were there, but the ride looks like a blast!
There is also a floating dock in the middle of the lake if you are in the mood for a swim.
Just look around in the cabin and you will find life jackets, decks of cards, flashlights, books - all kinds of things to keep you having a good time.
We went for a run in the early morning around the road up top and thru the fields of christmas trees and it’s gorgeous!
Scott, the host, is happy to take you down to the waterfall also! We weren't able to fit that into our trip, but highly recommend you checking it out. This place was very easy to relax into and highly recommend booking a stay here!
Aric is the host of the The Nut House, which is located not too far from Corning, NY. He was a really friendly guy and was easy to communicate with via text leading up to our trip. His property includes not only a bed and breakfast where campers can get a meal the next morning for $7.00 but also a lake, a dock and an efficiency.
The efficiency is cute. It has a little porch off the front and is tucked into the woods so it’s shady on even the hottest days (we visited when it was 94 degrees outside!) and it was still cool inside. The inside has a queen size bed (linens and pillows are provided) and is really tidy. Though there isn’t a bathroom inside the efficiency, there is a shower, flushing toilet and full kitchen just a short walk away.
Also on the property is a vintage bus that’s now dubbed the “Love Bus” as well as a couple mobile homes and outbuildings. You can drive on down to the efficiency or park up near the bed and breakfast like we did and walk on down.
It’s important to note that this property is also clothing optional. Though we visited on a day when Aric and his family were having a birthday/Father’s Day party and everyone was clothed, you have the option to bare it all out here on his property.
If you’re looking for a getaway that’s clothing optional and on a lake, give this one a look!
Dolly Little’s property, Crosspatch Horse Ranch, is located in the town of Salamanca, New York. It’s a great spot for anyone wanting to tent camp or bring their small RV or van. We found an easy place to park next to an old wagon and by an old tree. The spot was also level and offered a good bit of shade. Dolly herself is super friendly and made us feel welcome and right at home.
The site itself is unique. It almost felt like we were part of an old town. There are some old stage coaches and wagons on the property, a cabin, a treehouse and even a small store. At this time campers only have access to the composting toilet and the pavilion as well as a place to park or pitch a tent but that may change in the future. There’s also a fire ring (Dolly will provide firewood for you!) and several places to hang out and just relax.
As far as local attractions, this site is not too far from allegheny State Park, Allegheny Seneca Casino and the Pat McGee Trail. We could see people choosing to stop here on their way to or from Niagara Falls which is just about an hour and a half from here.
If you’re in the area and looking for a unique getaway, give Crosspatch Horse Ranch a try!
Brad, our host at Close to I-86 Expressway - RESTSTOP is a super nice guy. He showed up on a tractor almost as soon as we arrived and was really easy to communicate with via text. He showed us where we could camp, gave us some tips about the surrounding area and really made us feel at home. His sweet Jack Russell Terrier, Maggie, was the icing on the cake. Couldn’t have met a sweeter pup. She followed us around as we explored the property and made it hard for us to want to leave.
As far as Brad’s site goes, we found a great, level spot that was easy to pull up into. The area was mowed and tidy and though we parked in the sun, there were plenty of spots to get into some shade. There is also a road that wraps behind Brad’s house with a few more cleared areas for camping. You can either drive up there yourself if you have 4x4 or he has a side by side you can use to get around the property.
Just down the road from Brad’s property is the town of Cuba. It’s small but worth a look! We bought a pepperjack and swiss at the retail store at Cuba Cheese! They’ve got a great little cheese shop there so be sure to stop in and pick some up before heading out of town.
We had a really difficult time finding this property. The directions were unclear and the GPS wasn’t helpful. After driving around for a good bit we got lucky and found a neighbor who was able to direct us to the site. Unfortunately, when we arrived, the site was already occupied. The campers were nice enough to let us snap a few photos but told us that they had spent a good bit of time cleaning it up and that it was really dirty when they arrived. (There was trash and glass bottles in random places. There was also an old jet ski on the property that was filled with standing water and lots of other random junk.
We were never able to get in touch with the host.
In addition to the above we would not recommend trying to access this property during or after rainy weather as the dirt road was already full of ruts. Turning into the driveway, the first ten feet was solid water. We were not able to pull off the road into the property in our vehicle and the road had no shoulder to park on the side.
It’s possible that this site could be cool in the future but in our opinion, it needs a bit of work before we send other campers out there.
Look for the farm stand by the road as you head to Jara Farms and do yourself a favor and stop to get some supplies before you head up the hill! There are some fresh eggs for sale ($3.00 for a dozen - hard to beat that price for fresh eggs!), homemade cookies & bread, maple syrup and even flowers. Once you’ve paid for some treats then hop back in your vehicle and head on up the dirt road that’ll take you to your campsite!
James is your host at Jara Farms and he’s a really nice guy. He was happy to show us around and even led us out to our campsite in his vehicle. You’ll have your pick of sites out in the back pasture as most of the land is flat. If you like peace and quiet, this is the place for you as the only neighbors you’ll be able to see are cows. Find yourself a nice patch of field to pitch your tent or park your van and then make yourself at home. We were delighted to be in a field with a smattering of wildflowers. It was quite a picturesque place to camp. The road out to the site became quite rutted but we had no problem driving alongside it in the grass!
If you’ve ever wanted to stay at a working farm, we recommend giving this one a chance. It’s a beautiful place to spend a night under the stars.
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