We loved our visit to Wondernut Farm! Matt and family were so welcoming. This off the grid weekend was just what we needed. The communal cooking / eating area was amazing — sitting by the fire eating our dinner was the best. We loved getting to meet all of the farm animals and tour the property. We will definitely be back!
Alan's site was far beyond our expectations! He met us to lead us to our site despite our late arrival (9pm).
We set up camp near the communal kitchen area where there's a sink, BBQ, fire ring, lots of counter space, and many picnic tables. We made a fire with firewood provided, and used the BBQ to make our dinner. The sink was sooo handy.
Despite the very hot weather (high 90's during the day) the campsite was cool and shaded by tons of beautiful trees. We visited a nearby winery and Lodi Lake to cool off.
Alan was such a great host — he made us feel welcome, let us know we could ask him for help at any time, but let us also enjoy the campsite alone. He was just a text away if needed.
Even when other Hipcampers were staying there, there was plenty of space to spread out.
One note: if you're a light sleeper, consider bringing ear plugs. The roosters will wake you up early!
We had a great time camping at Jug Handle Creek Farm! We camped with kids and felt that the space was totally safe for them. The sites were far enough away from one another to feel a sense of privacy, but you could definitely see the other sites. The fire pit and picnic tables were great additions to the site, and the availability of firewood for purchase at the office was so helpful. The short walk to the beach was the best — such an incredible view from above! The beach was beautiful and secluded with plenty of space. The pygmy forest was also great to explore!
We had a great time camping at Luis's spot! His directions were spot on and we really appreciated the heads up about the road conditions — we were visiting after a lot of rain and the last 1/4mile of the road was very muddy. We followed his advice and came prepared with 4WD and were fine (thanks Luis!)
The campsite is super close to Big Basin and Butano SP which is amazing! Tons of hiking close by. It's also super close to the beach.
The campsite feels private from the neighbors and the sound of the waterfall and stream was so nice to sleep to. We stayed at site 3 (to the right of the cabin) and there was another group booked for site 2 (by the waterfall) and another couple in the container studio. I had hoped each site would feel more private, but since the other campers were very friendly it wasn't an issue.
The bathroom and sink were helpful (vs. an outhouse or porta potty.) The cabin was a little eerie, especially at night, but I know it's a work in progress.
Our stay was so great! We arrived just in time for the most beautiful sunset, and drove down the mountain during sunrise the next morning which was equally stunning. The site was private, quiet, and had unbelievable views. The site was complete with fire ring, a hammock, a bench, a picnic table, and an outhouse (scenic toilet). The stars were so clear, and the view of Santa Cruz and the water below were super cool. Wish we could’ve stayed longer!
Elena’s directions were so helpful and crucial for finding the farm. Google Maps plotted the address about 30 minutes from the actual location. Highly recommend using her directions in addition to any navigation you have (offline maps are also helpful.) It took us about an hour from Santa Cruz (vs. Google Map’s 25 minute estimate.)
Beach views, perfect hammock trees, and a simple, quiet site. We had a tricky time figuring out where to set up camp since we arrived in the dark, and noticed some sites had picnic tables and chairs while others did not, but ended up getting a great spot. The toilet was simple but much appreciated, and the outdoor sink came in handy for washing dishes. We were super grateful for the fire pits! The beach is a short drive or walk away, as well as the Point Arena lighthouse. We would definitely come back!
The Garden Bungalow is the perfect glamping weekend escape. Under 2 hours from SF, this little cabin is located on the Reinstein Ranch in Livermore and offers the ideal setup to unwind and disconnect. We drove through suburbia en route to the ranch, and found ourselves wondering where this idyllic little bungalow could possibly be. Eventually we turned onto a country road and entered an incredibly peaceful ranch surrounded by rolling hills. Once there, the ranch feels completely remote. It’s wild how disconnected it feels, yet town is just a few miles away (which is also a benefit if you forget anything!)
This spot is perfect for animal lovers — you’re sure to run into horses, cats, and chickens. The ranch is also home to an enormous historic barn, just one of the many interesting features on this historic property.
The tiny bungalow offered far more than we had expected. There was a fully functioning bathroom right inside (no outhouses!), outlets, a space heater, and an outdoor shower. The interior of the cabin is perfectly simple, and Albrecht showed us some of the furniture he was working on in his wood shop. He’s in the process of building a bed frame and small folding table, and adding tons of floor pillows. We were more than happy with the bungalow as is, but these upgrades will make it even better! Despite being on a ranch with other homes and cabins, the garden bungalow feels private.
We woke up with the sunrise and spent our weekend reading in the sun-drenched bungalow, making breakfast outside with the company of the ranch’s cat, and wandering the property to peek at the horses and the old barn.
Albrecht was super helpful and eager to share the story of the ranch — it’s been in his family since 1884! He was available for help throughout our stay, but also allowed us to explore on our own.
I absolutely loved the A-frame. It was the perfect weekend retreat for my boyfriend and I — just 3 hours from San Francisco so it's feasible in a weekend, but far enough that you feel that you can fully disconnect and unwind. The lack of cell service was an added bonus which allowed us to unplug (although rest assured, there is wifi if you need it.)
The cabin was clean and perfectly decorated. While minimalistic, it had all of the things we needed: the kitchen was stocked with what we needed to cook a meal, the 2 bedrooms and bathrooms was more than we needed, and the cozy living room with the fireplace was the perfect compliment for a chilly winter weekend. They even had a projector if you're interested in a movie night!
Andria was so kind as to leave plenty of suggestions of things to do in the area. At her recommendation, we explored the town of Murphys (which was on our way to the cabin) about 15 minutes away. The main street was adorable, chock full of wine-tasting shops, restaurants, and stores. We went for a 6 or 7 mile hike on the Arnold Rim Trail which can be accessed just a short walk from the cabin. We also explored Calaveras Big Trees State Park, just a short drive away. Before heading back to the city we stopped at The Red Apple for the best hot apple cider and apple cider donuts I've ever had.
All in all, we had a great stay and hope to be back someday! Thanks Andria!
We loved the Desert Pensione! Jimbo was very helpful and met us in town to show us how to get to the hipcamp site. We were very close to the town and close to the park. Grocery stores were fairly close, there were some spots in town for food and some little shops. The cabin was perfect for our needs — we brought our sleeping bags and sleeping pads. We also brought a tent in addition, and some of us slept outside. The one thing that was a bit of a bummer was the proximity to the road; this could be seen as a positive or negative depending on whether you want to be able to skip into town easily, or whether you want solitude. Overall, our stay was great! Thank you!
Our stay in the cabins was amazing! Three friends and I rented two of the three cabins on the property for a night, and had a great time. We lucked out on weather, but the property is incredible no matter the weather (in fact, I imagine it would be beautiful on a foggy day.) Quaint cabins, access to a beautiful farmhouse with a communal kitchen, and plenty of trails to explore — what more could you want?
There was a trail leading to the beach, just a ten minute walk away, with unbelievable views. I highly recommend a walk to the bluffs above the beach during sunset. Our host suggested this, and we are so lucky she did! There was another trail leading to a pygmy forest. The hike was roughly 5 miles out and back, with well-maintained stairs leading to the main trail, and a boardwalk through the forest. Our host kindly provided us with a map with information on the plants and history of the pygmy forest.
The cabins themselves were so great. We stayed in the Eucalyptus Cabin and the Orchard Cabin, both with adorable lofts. There was a third cabin on the property as well. No need to bring your own bedding — this is provided for you! The cabins had wood stoves and the hosts left us with firewood for our stay.
Beautiful views, welcoming hosts, great trails to explore, and the perfect cabins made our weekend amazing. I'd come back in a heartbeat!
I came to Laytonville Ecovillage expecting your run of the mill, traditional camping experience. What I ended up experiencing was so much more. The hosts have developed the ecovillage with a focus on community and sustainability. It's clear from a short conversation with the hosts just how much they care about the land. I learned so much about permaculture during my short stay, and have been truly inspired by the land owners.
It's important to highlight that this is a green community in the making. Visiting the ecovillage will allow you to see how a community of this sort is developed. If you become particularly interested in learning more, they offer workshops and work trades (separate from Hipcamp.)
The ecovillage is located in California’s Mendocino county, which is a very rural area far from the bustle of the city. We visited nearby Cahto Peak at the recommendation of our host, Dan. The peak was absolutely amazing — 360 degree views of the surrounding hills, and the ocean in the distance. You can drive up almost to the top of the peak, which is a perk for some.
I'd recommend this site to anyone who has an interest in permaculture. Come to Laytonville to learn, to relax, to soak in the beautiful surroundings. You'll leave with a deep appreciation for what they are building here.