We had a great stay here! We were a group of 5 and had the whole campground to ourselves.
Lake Francis is just a 5-minute drive down the road and an excellent spot for paddleboarding and swimming. A little bit further, about 15 minutes, is New Bullards Bar Reservoir. The water is a beautiful turquoise color! It is set up a bit more for boaters, but we were able to find a beautiful beach at the Dark Day Campground. It's also just about a 30-minute drive to Oregon Creek and Yuba River swimming. Would definitely recommend this spot if you're looking for water activities!
Dan and Marian were very hospitable and welcomed us in for a wine tasting. It was great to learn more about the history of their land and the local community.
This cabin is such a gem! We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving here. Lake Isabel is just steps from the cabin and you can walk around the small lake. We also checked out Bishop's Castle about 6 miles from the cabin. If you stay at this cabin, make sure you don't miss Bishop's Castle! The day after Thanksgiving we headed to the Sangre de Cristo mountains to hike Humboldt. It was about an hour and a half drive from the cabin so it's a good jumping off point.
Bill and Michelle are such lovely Hosts! I've been fortunate to stay in both of their treehouses now and love them both. The Treehouse at Swallowtail Studio has pretty spectacular views of the surrounding hills that glow at sunset. It also has a lofted bed which not only frees up space but also makes for a super cozy night of sleep. The Treehouse Magic Grove is equally as enjoyable and feels as if it was decorated by fairies!
There are toilets in both treehouses but there is also a communal bathroom with a lovely shower. After a day of mountain biking near by in Fairfax, we were both in need of a shower and felt very refreshed after!
If you're at all on the fence about visiting - go!
We had a lovely stay at Creekside Camp, site #2. The huge trees surrounding our site added to it's secluded feeling and felt like a big hug around our tents. We went for a walk around the ranch and up to the mercantile to grab some duck eggs. We could have stayed up there for hours watching the baby goats play with each other but headed back down to our site to make pizza over the fire grate. The Hosts were very communicative and came down to check on us after our arrival. An awesome spot with so much beauty on the ranch and surrounding area.
Myrna is such a delightful host and she thinks of everything your group might need! We had fun walking around Mare Island up to the very top to visit the spirit ship and take in the views. The Old Tennis Court Yurt is great for larger groups as there are three beds inside and plenty of space still! Go visit Mare Island and learn more about its cool history!
We had an amazing time staying at the Guest Cabin. Driving on Highway 49 to the farm we were treated to an amazing sunset over the valley. Then, once we arrived, we had a fun tour of the farm and got to pick up day old lambs and goats.
The kitchen area was a great spot to cook up some fajitas and we were offered cheese made from milk from the farm animals. We chatted with a few people working on the farm and they were all very delightful and accommodating. Couldn't ask for better hospitality from the farm crew!
We had an awesome stay at Light House View! Wild Tender is in such a beautiful location where the lovely coastal views below are matched by the surrounding horse pastures. My boyfriend and I spent Friday and Saturday night and had a great time. It rained pretty heavily and we had to be smart about where to park the car so it didn't get stuck but the platform made for a great set up from the damp ground.
We headed down to Año Nuevo State Bark and Big Basin State Park on Saturday and then swung by Highway 1 Brewing Company before heading up to our campground for the night!
Fred and Jinger have a really amazing place. We had originally only planned to stay Friday night but after spending about 45 minutes knew we needed to extend our stay.
The greenhouse is beautiful and looks out on the ocean. We pitched our tent in the main area of the greenhouse but there are also little huts within the greenhouse that you could just unroll your sleeping pad and bag. Each hut has a little bit of it's own character - one is a 'wine bar', one is a meditation room, etc. The shower was super warm and looked out on the ocean.
We made dinner using the pizza oven and watched the sunset down on the private beach where there is also a picnic table and covered shelter. It rained most of Saturday so it was really nice having a bit of extra coverage. The roof of the greenhouse is missing a few windows so the rain came through but it was much more protected than being outside.
Mare Island is such an incredible place. Just an hour from San Francisco and it feels very remote and natural. The history of the preserve is super interesting and the visitor center is an awesome resource to learn about it's former naval ammunition depot days. We spent the afternoon hiking around different trails of the preserve and loved the views of the water and sunset.
On our drive up, we saw quite a few storks and pelicans in the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It would also be an awesome spot to hike around.
Myrna, the host, was incredibly accommodating sending us up to our yurt with a bottle of wine. Once at our yurt, there was everything you could need to cook - two grills, pots and pans, plates, bowls, cups, utensils, napkins, sponges, water, etc. Inside the yurt there are really awesome details, outlets and lighting. Everything you need!