Terrific place. My group reserved 4 of the 6 spaces, which may have gone a good ways to making it feel so magical, but magical it is. Driving in the first day to an absolutely empty campground, devoid of any "beautification" of the sites themselves, we were initially disappointed. Just seemed so stark. Once we were settled in, however, and listening to the roar of the nearby ocean, meeting the very friendly and easy-going camp host, Jay, the place began to really grow on us. We were in Space No. 2. Come prepared with your girl/boy scout fire building skills as this fire pit has no holes cut into the sides for oxygen, not such a big deal, BUT your kindling gathered from the campground will likely be wet. Heavy fog at night leaves a just-rained feeling and serves to make a morning fire a challenge.
We took a walk down to the beautiful Manchester Beach, a super long, super wide gorgeous piece of nature. It is a no-dog beach, be forewarned, and fines for violation can be as high as $200 per dog - or so I heard after sneaking my dogs down there first thing Friday morning. It is apparently host to 4 endangered species (birds) whose eggs in the dunes can be destroyed by dogs. Mine showed no interest in anything but SAND!!!! OCEAN!!! KELP!!!! but no dogs means no dogs and I should not have violated the ban. The campground is an excellent leash-free zone for dogs, and according to the host, there are a few dog-friendly trails and beaches off the road to the lighthouse, only a few minute's drive south. Other than the beach, there's not much to do around the campground except relax, maybe bring a game of horseshoes or bocce ball - a pretty hilarious endeavor with the lumpy and slanted nature of the ground.
The sunsets are beautiful and easily visible from every site. After dark, the stars are bright and plentiful - including an ability to see the Milky Way! - and the sound of the ocean is seemingly amplified by the dark. The only slight bummer is the 24/7 lights from the KOA camp/cabins/playground/store/et cetera directly across the road. The plus, of course, is you can walk over to get ice or whatever other little things you may have forgotten.
From what I've read, this campground is in its first year. The owner was there working every day, so I have high hopes that it will only improve - maybe supply hot water to the dish washing sink? Perhaps lantern poles near the picnic tables? Maybe large potted plant/tree?? at each campsite? Just some suggestions. Along with my high hopes, of course, is my fear that this place will totally take off and become impossible to find a space when I want to return, which I absolutely will do :)
Ron, Kristin, Donna and Tyler are terrific, could not be more accommodating. When we were there, we were the only guests and had the place to ourselves. Enjoyed boating and floating in the pond, listening to the bullfrogs, using the awesome outdoor kitchen, exploring the property. They even got the sweet little gorgeous train running. If you're there in mid- to late August, as we were, bring plenty of bug spray and a strip of sacrifice bacon or whatever to draw the gazillion yellow jackets away from the kitchen area. They're not really aggressive, thankfully, but super in-you-face annoying. All in all, we loved this place, and we especially loved the family who own it.