This 3-acre property is truly a hidden gem at Stinson Beach. Private, direct access to the beach on one side, and a short walk to Parkside and steps of the Dipsea on the other side. We went for an awesome trail run in the morning, grabbed the world's biggest mussels at Parkside in the afternoon, and then watched a gorgeous sunset on the beach!
There are about 5 structures throughout the estate, but Steve has done an amazing job making them all feel very private. The landscaping is incredible—towering hedges, crazy-big ginger plants, and bamboo are everywhere.
The Airstream wasn't available on the weekend we visited so Steve kindly set us up in a Bali-like cabin called Lily Pad. It had a full sized bed that looked out to a beautiful pond.
Steve is very responsive and accommodating, and the self check-in is super easy thanks to clear signage.
I highly recommend staying anywhere on this property for the weekend—once you park, you won't need to drive again until you leave.
John and Lesley are incredibly interesting and gracious Hosts! They gave us a tour of the property, introduced us to their adorable show-winning pups, and told us the history of their beautiful land. We drove left of the mercantile (wrong turn!) and got our van stuck, but they kindly towed us out.
This is one of the most diverse, vast Hipcamps I've been to - 400 acres of rolling hills, redwood groves, creeks, and meadows. It's perfect. You should go.
Wow, my family has lived in Sonoma for 7 years and I had no idea this little gem existed so close to the square! The barn is tucked behind Roger's house (Chris's dad) on a spacious lot COVERED in bright wildflowers. Palm trees line the walkway to the rustic yet eclectically-decorated barn, where we followed the sound of an old Italian record crooning inside. (The record collection is awesome.) There's a wood stove if it gets chilly, plus a fire pit outside. Bathroom is attached to the barn.
The location of this Hipcamp is amazing. 5 minute drive to downtown, where there are tons of restaurants, bars, and shopping, yet somehow, it feels remote.
It's the perfect weekend getaway! Book it before it gets too popular ;)
Once again, Jim was a phenomenal Host and went above and beyond to make our stay incredible. I was so happy to share this beautiful, unique property with my family—they're hard to please, being avid backcountry campers, but they're already talking about heading back to Songdog. The reliably-amazing sunsets, friendly pups Jill and Gypsy that hung out at our camp, and gorgeous landscape won 'em over on night one. Can't wait to head back and stay at Jim's new Tin Can Camp!
Wow, what a gem. Book it before everyone finds out how adorable it is. Here are the highlights / need-to-know's:
- Super, super private, nestled in a forest
- Two cots with pillows, bring blankets/sleeping bags
- No electricity but there is some lighting (bring headlamps)
- Most amazing outhouse I've ever seen (flushing toilet!)
- Full bars with Verizon
- A bit of a windy drive up from Placerville, but worth it
Christina is incredibly responsive and helpful. I'll definitely be back!