A bit far from the Bay Area, about 3 hours east, you feel like you are in the backcountry of NorCal.
Make sure you follow the host's instructions and you will make it to the site quite easily.
Erin was a great host, making sure that we had everything that we needed. The place is well stocked with the best snacks and there are tons of buds for you try if you are 420 friendly. The cabin is so cute and cozy and you will feel right at home. The tub is a staple and must try, especially after all the time you spent trying to get out here. There is a bottle of lavender essential oil and a scoops of salt to relax you to the fullest. Once you are all soaked, you get to relax on the comfy bed for a great night sleep.
Overall an awesome experience. Highly recommend getting here early to make sure you have enough time to explore the lake nearby and take advantage of all the amenities at this location!!
Camping around the Bay Area is always a challenge, with so many outdoor aficionados it is hard to find a place that is not overly explored. Camp Mesa was the antithesis of that.
Because it is at least an hour and a half away, it is a trek to get out here. Given that, it is definitely worth it. Camp Mesa has so many options in terms of how you want to camp. If you like a bit more of a view, there is a trail to a campsite that has that. If you want more of a river site, you can find one near the river that passes through the property. If you want a bit of a nestled spot with an abundance of shade, you can stay in the Tipi site. Grand Mesa defintely has the BEST views out of all the sites but it's a bit of a trek to get there! Hard work is well rewarded though :)
The scenery and the hikes were all amazing and were easy hikes for the entire group. Overall this is such a welcoming place for people of all camping levels. The staff is so accommodating and helpful and are doing a great job to help everyone enjoy the outdoors as best as possible. Keep up the good work!
Watsonville is a small town close by to Santa Cruz. It is a small farming town with a laid-back feel that is the antithesis of the tech-ladden cities of the Bay Area.
Coming in from the South Bay Area, we were treated to a scenic drive through the windy forest roads of Route 17 and the coastal views of Route 1. The scenery that we soaked in was just an appetizer for what this Hipcamp spot had in store for us.
When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by Jacob, a SoCal native who makes you feel so welcomed on his property. Right off the bat, we knew Jacob was all about hospitality and wanted to make sure that we were as comfortable as possible during our stay. Jacob toured us through his property and gave us the intricate history of the estate and how it became the place it is today, a lush green escape from the bustle of the tech world.
As we walked through the backyard, we could see the white tent stand out prominently in the backdrop of green trees and bushes. The tent sat on a sturdy deck and housed all of the amenities that you would find at a higher end glamping site. Besides a comfy queen bed, the tent had a Nespresso machine, hot water boiler, plates, cups, utensils and some cooking tools (you should probably bring your own stove and pans). There is also a cooler for you to store your perishables. The campsite also allows for campfires in the firepit which is a great way to enjoy an intimate evening with friends. Jacob also provides a space heater for those cooler nights in the winter.
In short, we loved our stay here. Jacob was a wonderful host and we loved this enthusiasm. Although we came during the winter months, I think the site would be even more beautiful in the spring and fall (especially when you can experience the harvest festival of the farm town as well as all the rose bushes on the site!), and we would love to come back and stay here again.
The Cutest Casita on Earth was a hidden gem in the quintessential artist community known as Topanga. Not only was the drive on PCH spectacular, but the mountains and secluded trails allowed us to relax and get away from the bustle of everyday life. Upon entry, we were welcomed with a delightful composition of colorful fixtures appliances and cabinetry, altogether tied with native and adopted plants and trees. Our host, Bill, is truly an artist and it reflects itself in everything he touches.
It was such a wonderfully cute and cozy getaway; the Casita was complete with an incredible outdoor bath and vanity, a beautiful fountain, a rustic outhouse, and a red trailer that houses a queen bed as well asn outdoor queen bed which faces the vast Topanga landscape. Some of us even slept out there and felt very much "with "nature that night. As we enjoyed the nice outdoors we took advantage of the extensive cooking space (including oven, microwave, sink, refrigerator) and appliances (electric kettle, coffee machine, coffee grinder). We had a wonderful time exploring the property, as well as enjoying a nice steamy bath in his outdoor shower! The space was so relaxing that we held an impromptu yoga session in front of his vintage water fountain.
The views of the limitless Topanga landscape is invaluable; combined with the trickling sound of Bill's fountain and the Casita's abundant fresh air, the site is simply extraordinary. This mini paradise gave us the perfect recipe for our girl's trip and we hope to be back soon :)
Given that we were situated in a highly artistic area, we definitely could not leave without visiting the small boutiques and galleries on the main road. The local artists were very friendly and exhibits were plentiful. Here, we were able to enjoy some scenic landscapes portrayed through art and photography as well. So be sure to check them out on your way out of the site!
Staying at this site was one of the most therapeutic outdoor experiences we’ve ever had. From the amazing hospitality from our host Brenda to the beautiful sceneries and friendly animals, the entire experience was golden! We truly enjoyed ourselves in this weekend getaway and couldn’t have asked for a better hipcamp experience.
Located less than two hours away from Los Angeles, we were amazed by the pastoral landscapes in Oak Glen. Who would’ve known such a lovely small town was tucked in so close to an urban setting. As our car approached the property, we were greeted by an extensive dog brigade running down the dirt road to meet us. Brenda welcomed us with warm hospitality and gave us a tour of the property as well as introduced us to all the different animals. Brenda’s knowledge of her animals are extensive and she was so patient with our numerous questions.
Along with the dogs and cats, we were excited to see so many types of animals--llamas, alpacas, sheeps, goats, pigeons, chickens, geese, horses, donkey, and even peacocks! As animal lovers, we immediately knew this weekend was going to be a blast and were delighted to find her cats, dogs, and peacocks keeping us company throughout the night. If you’re lucky like we were, you’ll be invited to take a hike with the llamas either on their extensive 5 acre property or in the nature preserve nearby. There seems to be a never-ending amount of activities to do on her property, from collecting some of the chicken’s “freshly-squeezed eggs” to feeding her livestock, we always had something to look forward to!
We had the option of setting up our tent in multiple areas: the grassy area up front (which had a big table, a firepit and chairs), another grassy plot further inside which was next to a treehouse, or in the treehouse which houses two cots. The site features utilities such as running water and a portapotty (a luxury compared to my backpacking days) as well as sweeter “moments” of outdoor chairs and decorative lighting to illuminate the dark nights. We had a blast chatting and laughing the night away as we made our banana boats and roasted marshmallows.
The site is supposedly at its peak beauty during spring, summer, and fall. Especially when it’s apple-picking season. We’ll be sure to come back :)
Given the initial description and pictures of the listing, we had very little expectations on our accommodations. However, the host was very very good in communicating with us and hyping us up on what we were to expect (when we were told there was a hot tub, our eyes lit up).
The listing is away from any large city and is actually in a quaint little neighborhood near the local waterfall trailhead. It was dark when we arrived, but we were pleasantly greeted by the Christmas lights that welcomed us to the front door. The running creek and a few crickets were the only sounds that we heard, making us feel right at home and away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. It was also a chilly night, but the cabin was nice and cozy. Making and sipping on our hot cocoa only made us wonder what it would be like when we were cozying up on the couch in the wintertime.
The place just emulates the picturesque winter cabins you see in the movies. There are candles everywhere to help you set the mood for a romantic evening, or just relax overall. There is a fridge and a stove for you to keep and cook your food. Everything you need is right there. The jacuzzi was a just the icing on the cake. You have to wait for it to warm up, but it is well worth it to get a nice soak after a long day (or strenuous hike).
Speaking of hike, the creek next to the house runs into the waterfall if you follow it up stream. If you are not looking to hike through the creek, feel free to drive upwards where you can hike about three quarters of a mile in and out.
Overall, the listing is in an amazing spot and is a warm and cozy place to spend some time with a few friends or family. The host made sure we were well taken care of and the cabin had everything we needed to take care of ourselves. We wished we had more time at this listing, but we hope to be back very soon!
This place reminded me of the wild Wild West with modern amenities.
We booked the spot for early October so it was still hot and everything in the area felt like the desert still. Driving here felt like you were definitely going off the beaten path; the roads were unpaved and bumpy (hey you're trying to escape the city, right?).
When we finally reached the property, we saw a cute home with a nice awning like structure to provide reprieve from the heavy sun. We didn't get much direction besides how to get to the property, so we ended up setting up shop on the pavement. We were told we could camp anywhere in the property, but given that we learned that is was still snake season from another listing that we stayed at a few weeks earlier, we didn't want to get too adventurous.
The place has quite a few amenities and is generally a nice place to relax, however, the place is shared with Airbnb guests. This meant that we had to share the bathroom with those guests as well. But if you are looking to rough it, I am sure you will be just fine.
There are three dogs on the property, a German shepherd, a toy poodle of some sort and a massive (insert breed here). The former two dogs are not that friendly and will just bark at you until they get tired. However the latter is sooo playful. Albeit massive, the dog thinks he's a puppy and will jump at you to greet ya.
We ended making food on equipment that we bought, so do not rely on there being a kitchen as it's part of the Airbnb listing. We also were told that the massive dog runs out at night chasing coyotes away at night, which may give you a bit of a spook (or a thrill) at night. We were able to spend some time using the fire pit and got a chance to do some star gazing which was a romantic way to end the night.
Overall we thought that the stay was pleasant, and that the property has a lot of potential to be a great camping spot. If there was more communication with the host and that there is a dedicated spot for the hipcampers on the premise, I think the stay would be even more special.
Think of a being on a walk through the grape fields on a hot summer day in the hills of Italy where the only reprieve is the oasis at the top of the hill in the form of a Spanish-styled villa, complete with cuddly Golden Labs and an infinity pool lagoon to cool off in. This is what you are treated to here at Victoria's Vineyard
I have been meaning to check out this property with some friends for awhile, as it was a nice balance between getting away from LA and staying cool (as opposed to straight up camping). As we got here, Gabriel greeted us warmly and gave us such a detailed tour of the property. We came a bit late due to the traffic on the 405 and as Gabriel showed us all the property had to offered, we were a bit overwhelmed by all the amazing amenities that we could check out.
First off, we stayed in the guest house, which is a cute 2BR building halfway up the hill. The house has everything you need to live on your own for a weekend. The bedrooms were really comfortable and the bathrooms were spacious and the tall ceilings and natural lighting created such a relaxing atmosphere. We recommend you bring food as there is a fully equipped kitchen to make a feast for you and your companions. After you make food, you have an amazing backyard space with sofas, umbrellas, tables for you to enjoy a meal.
Outside of the guest house, there is a BBQ/cooking/lounging area near the entrance of the property. We spent the majority of our evening here listening to music, using the grill to make steaks and make s’mores in the fire pit. It does get a wee bit chilly in the evening so make sure you get a blanket to snuggle up in! If you need a place to nap, the hammock is a nice place to do that here!
Outside of sleep and food, the property also has a swing area where you can lull yourself to relaxation. Or if you are looking to challenge yourself, there is a 15 ft or so rope climb that you can impress your friends with. But onto the lagoon. The property owners are nice enough to allow us to use the pool. It is well shaded and the water is a nice way to cool off from the summer heat. The pool is an infinity pool looking out onto the vineyards giving you a nice romantic view. But of course, that serene moment may be interrupted by the playful puppies that run around and play in the pool as well.
Overall, I can’t say enough about how wonderful the property is and how welcomed the property owners made us feel. They made sure we had everything we needed to have a good time and even let us sample some of their home made wine. If you are looking for a relaxing intimate weekend with a few close friends, look no further than Victoria's Vineyard!
We spent a wonderful girl's weekend at Diane's cabin which was so wonderfully comfortable. From the moment we opened the thick 1940's wooden door, we knew we were in for a treat. The cabin is fully furnished with an adorable kitchen, comfy living room couch, upstairs office/loft, and beautiful private back bedroom with wood burning fireplace. One step outside the backyard and you're surrounded by the trees of the Los Padres National Forest, a nice change of pace from our busy LA lives.
We drove an hour east to explore the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve and were not disappointed--definitely a must-see if you are visiting during the bloom!
This cabin was the perfect for spending a relaxing weekend with friends, we loved just hanging out in the living room together watching dvds and chit chatting while eating dinner. Everything about the place made us feel comfortable like we were in a second home. Would definitely recommend staying here if you're visiting the area :) Their backyard opens up to the Los Padres National Forest -- acres and acres of land to explore!
If you are looking for a romantic getaway from the city that is not a plane ride or a cross country trip away. Look no further.
Van and Laurie's spot in the back country of San Diego really gives you a sense of an alternate way of life, where life is meant to be enjoyed through the amazing things nature has to offer.
The theme of their home can be distilled down to: make do with what nature has to offer. The tree house was amazing. The way the house is built to accommodate the way the tree is growing is beautiful and extremely comfortable. Despite the home built around the tree, the interior is extremely homey and luxurious. The treehouse is a 2 minute walk down the mountain from the main house (where the bathroom, outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower) is located.
Everything you could have wanted, it is provided for you. And on top of that, most of the accommodations, from shampoo to adult beverages are either made by hand on the property or sourced locally.
Van and Laurie made every effort to ensure that we were comfortable and had everything thing we need.
OH! And do take the time to listen to the story behind the property and the way Van and Laurie enjoy all it has to offer (you may be even able to snag a taste of the honey produced on their lands!). A truly fantastic experience :) They will be opening up their "glamping tent" site as well so be sure to check that out!
I had a wonderful stay here at the Hobbit Cobin with my boyfriend for a quiet weekend stay-cation. The city of Petaluma was a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Coming to the Hobbit Cobin, we did not know what to expect, but upon arriving, we realized how cozy and warm the site was. We got an amazing and informative tour of the property from Miguel (which included tons of farm animals - chickens and goats!) and last but not least, the hobbit cobin. We learned so much about how sustainable housing really works and how it can be such an effective way to build shelters in such a creative way. The site makes great use of the environment and the resources has to offer (firewood stoves for heating, the earth to help build the structures, etc.)
Besides the amazing lodgings, the city of Petaluma is a really great place to explore. The downtown is filled with quaint shops and great restaurants. Lagunitas brewing is also in the area. Definitely find time to explore the small city and grab a quick bite.
Over all, the campground "Hobit Cobin" and the city of Petaluma made us feel right at home. So at home that we left with lots of smiles and and a half dozen of fresh organic eggs! Until next time, Hobit Cobin!