We loved our visit to Mission Peak Wine. Brittni, the Host was very communicative leading up to our trip and gave us a warm welcome and lay of the land upon arrival.
We set up camp in the Clubhouse area where you'll find a firefit, grill, flush toilets, picnic table, shower, and plenty of shade under the trees. The camping area borders open space but still feels private as the main house and other structures are surrounded by lots of greenery. The structure visible in the photos behind the tent is the clubhouse, not a residence. (Currently undergoing renovation.)
Parking is available right next to the site as well, so it's easy to carry your gear over. The clubhouse area would be a great location for a larger group camping trip.
We also ventured over to "One Tree Hill" to check out the 360 views. At the top of the hill you'll find views of the Bay, Mt. Diablo, Mission Peak, the Altamont Pass, and everything in between. We brought our small 1P tent over to lounge in while taking in the views and to see what it would be like to camp at the top. Be sure to message Brittni before booking if you're interested in camping on the ridge, she may be able to make the site available if there is interest. (Please note: there are no amenities at this site along the ridge other than a great large bench)
Last but not least: The communal lake area is a dream, theres plenty of area to lounge out by the lake, and there are even canoes that you can borrow to paddle around in!
We absolutely loved our stay at Wendi's place! We felt welcomed and cared for from the moment we pulled into her driveway.
Wendi gave us a tour of the well curated and comfortable vintage trailer, her gorgeous property, and beautiful A-Frame home.
The trailer is nestled between the backside of Wendi's A-Frame and lots of greenery creating a great private area. It was +100 degrees when we visited so the trailer was warm as expected, but the provided fan which kept us cool throughout the night.
Highlights: Private river access and soaking pools right on the property, shared fire pit and picnic area for trailer & tent campers, friendly goats and cats, and the fact the property is only a short 5 minute drive into town where there is great coffee, food, and grocery.
The south entrance to Sequoia/Kings Canyon is also a short ~10 minute drive away! Great basecamp for exploring the park. I'll definitely be back.
We stayed at Paradise Shores over Memorial Day Long Weekend and absolutely loved our stay. Veronika was very responsive and helpful and made the booking process easy.
The tent sites sit literally right on the reservoir so you get to fall asleep to the soothing sound of the water lapping on the rocky shore. The communal fire pit, kitchen, and bathrooms were all meticulously maintained and a joy to use.
Paradise Shores is the perfect basecamp explore the Eastern Sierra. We spent one day hiking up in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite, and the next day biking up to old abandoned mines just east of the property. (The climb to Chemung Mine was a fun moderate ride.) We also took some time to explore around Mono Lake, Bridgeport, and Bodie.
We can't wait to visit again, we'll definitely be back.
Free Grazing Land is a idyllic property just outside of the Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon area. It's close enough to town that you can still explore downtown Livermore & Pleasanton during the day, but far enough away that you get a real, peaceful, countryside experience.
Greg and his wife were amazing Hosts! They greeted us upon arrival and helped us get settled near the back of the their property were we set up under a large tree. Their amazing organic garden separates you from their RV on the property. (They gracefully shared some green onions and mint—truly farm to table style.)
I would also highly recommend this property as a great place to relax and recharge for road trippers and travelers making their way between the Sierras / Yosemite and San Francisco!
This was our second visit up to Camp Owl Pine and once again we were blown away by Cat & Michael's hospitality and the new additions to the camp. (Brand new awning over the trailer, new space heaters, new compostable toilet, and new decor!)
We last visited Idyllwild in the warmth of late August—this was our first trip up in the winter months which made for quite the fun adventure. We had a blast exploring the town and hanging out at camp as it transformed into a winter wonderland. (It snowed during our stay and dipped into the twenties!)
Even with the low temperatures and snow coming down the trailer remained very warm and cozy. (There is a small space heater in the trailer and heavy duty covers.) Dare I say that we were almost * too * warm.
Definitely take Michael up on his offer of scones and coffee in the morning, they are amazing!