Just a short drive off the highway, north of Sacramento, is where this quiet family farm sits. The property and space was great. You can barbecue by the pond and relax in the shaded area of the grass during the day then snuggle up in the teepee at night. The toilet and outdoor shower are located just out of sight of the teepee but closer than you think.
The farm houses many animals as well as grows most of their own vegetables. You can see some of the chickens roaming around throughout the day and the cows in the field next to you. Try to check out the pigs and ducks in their pen area. See if you can spot a pig or piglet doing some self care with a mud bath haha. The teepee is on a level surface with carpet, a couch, and table inside. For the maximum comfort though, we suggest a camping air mattress or something to sleep on. The host is thinking about adding some lawn games to pass the time during the day as well as a platform for the teepee eventually. This is a great space to get out of Sacramento and relax for the weekend or just stop as you are passing through the area.
Remember you are on a working farm and everything is in motion. When you are walking around pay attention to your surroundings so you don’t accidentally spook an animal or fall in the pigs mud wallow!
The view was one of the best parts of the trip beginning to end. A drive through rolling hills turned to mountains, filled with endless trees and wildlife brings you to the property, with a similarly wild view on the 50 minute drive into Yosemite. Once you reach the site you can explore a bit of the property and take in the views of Yosemite valley in the distance. If you look closely you can see Bridal falls and Half Dome. We were able to go on a short hike down to the creek on the property and go gold panning with one of the hosts. It was exciting and relaxing to be able to dig up some dirt, sit by the stream, pan a bit, and come back with a few flakes after only about an hour. This is a great camp to stay at if you are looking to visit Yosemite. You can skip the morning park traffic one day and relax while panning for gold in the morning then head to Yosemite in the afternoon, or you add a day in the middle of your Yosemite days. Give your feet a break by wondering around the property and cooling off in the creek before venturing out on another full day in the park. No matter how you plan your trip this is a beautiful camping spot away from the crowds in and around the park with spectacular views and great hosts. I can’t wait to come back and visit this place again.
The drive out to this campsite is full of rolling hills and vineyards in all directions. The spot is secluded and quiet with minimal buildings in view and little unnatural light at night. Camping reaches a new comfort level in the tent though. With a fully made bed, lounge chairs, and a bottle of wine provided, I don’t know why anyone would want to leave. So pick your favorite pair of chairs set up around the property, pour some wine, and enjoy the beautiful sunset and the night sky views this camp has to offer.
This spot allows you to park your van or recreational vehicle in the vineyard amongst the vines. You get the unique experience of waking up among the grapes, if it is the right season. The parking spot is close to the main house but separated by a few rows of vines which provide a decent amount of coverage and privacy. They can take you on a short tour of their winery just explaining a bit about their processes and storage. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a nice weekend away in wine country.
This is a great getaway to a peaceful pond. The parking spot is a short walk from the camping area, but close enough to easily set up camp with everything you need from your car. You will set up right next to the pond in a clearing that is nicely shaded by trees. The trees around the pond give a good amount of shade to hang out in when the sun become too hot mid day. Bring your friends or family for a quiet spot by the water and wake up to the ducks and geese swimming around and greeting you on the shore.
This is a cute space for a nice relaxing night by the fire. The host set up a tent and provides a sleeping cousin for two, some blankets, and tables for a homey feel. This campsite is next to the host’s beautiful garden and backs up to tons of sand stone “moon rocks” to explore and climb. A path leads you from the tent past a potable water spigot and a bigger communal fire pit then up into the rocks. The host also has chairs placed within the rocks at easy spots with good views. These rocks are so interesting to explore and examine, and this is one of the only places in the area where you can actually touch, climb, and physically learn about these rocks. Not only is the geology cool, but the view from up there was amazing. Depending on the time and day you will get an endless ocean or a layer of clouds reaching up through the trees but never making it to you. This is an awesome spot to unwind and feel secluded up in the mountains.
Getting to camp on a Christmas tree farm was unique. It is a perfect grassy area to pull up, pitch a tent, and relax for the night. There is potable water and a toilet a few yards from the campsites. The location is easy to find and the highway is easily accessible making it a short, stress free drive to Pismo beach. We were able to arrive late in the day, set up camp, and gets to the beach with time to drive around and hang out before sunset. The property houses some beautiful oak trees including one of the oldest in the country and is also down the road from one of the oldest settlements in the state. If you are looking for an easily accessible, private campground with friendly atmosphere and a unique view this is it.
The drive deep into the woods takes you into a different land of towering trees and little critters. While exploring the space we found banana slugs, newts, and salamanders without even trying. The trees create an almost completely shaded area which can be nice and refreshing. The container camper was cozy then unveiled this beautiful view of redwoods once you open up the doors. There were a few sitting area and fire pits as well as space around the property for other tent campers. Bring your friends, explore, and have a fun time in the redwoods. Make sure to have the directions in some sort of maps/gps before you head out there. There is actually no service and the written directions can be confusing. The googlemaps took us close to the driveway then just look for the landmarks like the surfboard and heart then the driveway is on the right side. Have fun!
This is an incredible space where almost everyone can find something to do. There are normal yard games like corn hole but for those who want to challenge themselves they provide a giant slingshot game. They also have a stage for their big events like weddings and open mic nights each month, so when staying there you can have a karaoke night or play charades. They are pretty close to the Paris skydiving center too, so if that’s your excitement look no further. Wondering around the property itself was fun. The dogs were a lot more welcoming than the horses and cows who were just grazing on the edges of the property and didn’t care much about us, but that’s ok. The hosts have placed all sorts of random things around as well as canopies and bridges made out of wood from the property. They already have water and restroom areas for the main camping and event area. Their plan is to eventually have spaces that aren’t strictly tent camping. Possibly platforms for tents or canvas tents to stay in, but they are still in the developing stages of that idea. I can’t wait to come back and see what they form it into. This is definitely a spot you won’t regret staying in. Bring your friends, have a gathering, or keep it small, you can’t go wrong.
This is the perfect spot for comfort, fun, and all the space for you and your friends to hang out and enjoy. There is a swing nicely shaded by the 150 year old oak tree it hangs from and a deck outside the airstream complete with a couch and umbrella for all day relaxation. The air stream is complete with a bed, sink, and bathroom area. The host provides a grill, picnic table, and lawn games for the perfect barbecue steps away from camping and your cozy airstream. Take your friends on a 20 minute drive to Vasquez Rocks and explore a landscape that seems to be from a different planet. The wildlife and geology in this area is diverse and you would be surprised what you find or see around you. Whether you spend your time exploring, relaxing, or just hanging with friends the host wants to share his space with people who will utilize and enjoy it.
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