My boyfriend and I spent a night at the riparian sanctuary. We were greeted by the host, Eleanor and her puppy, Leyla when we arrived and gave us a map and showed us around the grounds. It was a short (probably .5 mile), but steep hike to the Plaza campsite, but when we arrived, there was a tent pitched for us, which was great! The campsite was extremely private and had an amazing view of the hills. We roamed the grounds, relaxed in the hammock, and lounged around in the creek waters. There are mosquitoes and poison oak around, so I'd recommend bringing long pants, bug spray, and Tecnu just in case. This place is great for people seeking and adventurous camping experience!
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Flying Pig B'n'B for one night and had an amazing time! Kim was a wonderful host, she showed us around the farm when we arrived and introduced us to all the animals (chickens, ducks, turtle, dog, cats, sheep, goats). All of the animals were very friendly and we even got to feed the 1 week old baby lambs! We also got to jump on the huge trampoline.
The small cabin was cute and cozy. It has a sofa and a comfortable bed with electricity to charge our devices as well as a heater which kept us warm all night. There was a real bathroom and shower in the main house (a short walk away).
In the morning, Kim made us a hot breakfast with fresh eggs from the hens which was delicious!
Overall, we had a wonderful time at the Flying Pig B'n'B and would be great for families and adults alike :)
Whiskey ranch is perfect for animal lovers looking for an amazing glamping experience!
My boyfriend and I spent one night at the tent in Whiskey ranch. Albrecht was a welcoming host and took time to walk us around the property, show us the horses that are boarded there, the cows (and baby cows!), chickens, dogs as well as the other houses/cabins on the property. There was even a swing tied to a tree with room for two! Albrecht told us about how the Reinstein family had the ranch for hundreds of years, which can be seen with all of the old farm equipment and the old barn.
We had a great glamping experience in the beautiful tent. The tent has privacy from the rest of the ranch because it's situated right behind an old milking barn and underneath an old oak tree. We were able to pull the car right up to the tent and lugged our gear about 5ft to the picnic tables. We only had to bring our camp stove, food, and some clothes/toiletries. The tent is solar powered, there were some cute string lights as well as a couple battery packs to charge our phones. Inside the tent was HUGE! it had a small coffee table with succulents, a sofa, and a super comfortable memory foam mattress. It was more comfortable than my bed at home. Everything was also very clean, which is almost unheard of for camping! We used the well-maintained porta potties during our stay (about a 100 ft walk from the tent).
I visited the Oakgrove with my boyfriend for a quick weekend getaway. Dayle was an excellent host; he showed us around the campground, the water, and showers and was available to answer any questions that we had. He let us roam the ~100 acres of property that included smaller redwoods growing out of old growth redwoods, open fields, and oak trees. We also saw some deer hopping through the trees when we arrived. We mostly stayed at the campsite, but the Santa Cruz is a short drive away.
Dayle has multiple sites at Oakgrove and there were others staying there, but our campsite was very private. We couldn't even hear our neighbors. The site had an area for cooking and some benches made from old trees. On a clear day, we would be able to see the ocean. Our car was parked up the hill and it was a short walk to the campsite. The water and showers are near the entrance of the property (about a 10 min walk from our campsite) and there is a porta potty and some compost toilets about a 5 min walk from the campsite. The other sites were closer to the amenities compared to the site we stayed in. There was a small firepit in our area, but since we were in the trees and it was very dry, we joined the community fire at night to meet other campers and make s'mores. Everyone was very friendly and Dayle has created a beautiful community where people can enjoy nature together.