This was the last stop on our four-stop camping odyssey and even though the weather was heinous -- pouring rain all night -- Sierra & Darin made this our most memorable stay. They have so much pride in their land and passion for their lifestyle that we left inspired, though a little soggy. Sierra took us on a tour of their property, which is like something out of a movie. Oak trees with Spanish moss, green grassy fields for days, wildflowers like you read about. They have created an artsy, eco-conscious haven tucked right off of the 101, which you can hear very faintly from most places on the property, but as Sierra calls it, the "tin tide" was actually soothing. We chose a spot with an artist's studio, which came in handy for the rookies in my family who needed shelter from the rain, but two of us slept in a waterproof tipi and let the rain lull us to sleep...But here's the kicker...our spot was remote, the weather lousy, which make trekking to the bathroom sad, so they built us a composting toilet. Read it again...Sierra & Darin built. Us. A. Toilet. Now if that's not over the top attentive, well, I don't know what is. Cactus Flower is worth the stay just to meet these amazing people.
As a Steinbeck nerd, I couldn't help channel my inner George (and Lennie?) at the Rock Canyon Glamping Tent, which is a can-beans-throw away from the Salinas River. The tent was amazing -- and surprisingly warm when the night temps dipped into the 50s. There are several friendly farm animals waiting to say hello, a covered area with basketball, foosball, a couch & pool table. The bath house, which is sparkling clean & includes a toasty shower opportunity, is a short stroll from the tent. There is a clearly marked trail around the glamp site and down to the river. Loved it!
We only stayed one night, but if I hadn't already paid for the rest of our adventure at other places we would still be at Windwood Ranch. The weather was howling rain, but the outdoor kitchen was well-sheltered and easy to use right next to our trailer, which did not disappoint. We played games and Bowie records while the weather stayed angry, then in the morning were greeted by the most beautiful views of wineries and trees for miles. If you have a big event coming up, check this place out first -- it would be a fantastic destination wedding, reunion, anything! Oh...and the cleanest bathroom you will ever see, including your own. Jeffrey and his wife were over-the-top accommodating. We'll be back!
We camped at Site 1, Songdog East and it was beeeautiful. Tiny yellow flowers as far as the eye can see, plenty of room to roam, and a clean toilet within range. A little tricky to find at night, so get there early and take in the sunset. Our neighbors were a little exuberant, so we did hear them, but we could not see them. We will be back to try out the tepid tub when the weather is a little warmer.