This place is truly one of a kind. The pygmy oaks are unique to this area and the host Bryce has built a beautiful spot incorporating the mystical trees. With the Elfin Forest right behind the campsite, there’s totally Lord of the Rings vibes in this area. To get to the campsites you pass through the Rivendell gate and each campsite is named after Lord of the Rings regions.
When we arrived Bryce showed us to the campsite and was so helpful in making sure we had everything we needed to be nice and cozy in our campsite. We took a couple of trips to get everything to the campsite, there’s a little wagon available to assist in the unloading process :)
There are a couple of different grill options to use ( standard coal grill or the wood-burning Santa Maria grill) I was curious about the Santa Maria one, so we ended up grilling our marinated steak and veggies on that one. Super yummy dinner!
After dinner, we sat around the gas-powered fire pit and chatted for hours while the fire kept us warm. Since it’s so close to the coast you may get some coastal mist, so make you sure you have everything covered or inside your tent if you want to keep it dry overnight!
I was definitely impressed with the bathroom amenities as they installed a touch-less sink faucet (definitely helps with covid safety) and a heated outdoor shower.
I would definitely recommend this spot if you’re looking for a unique camping experience with a walking trail right by your campsite!
We had such a great stay on Carolyn and Julio's property! They greeted us warmly and we had such a good time listening to their stories. We were also greeted with warm pastries, they really know how to make you feel right at home as soon as you get there :)
It definitely feels like you've gone back in time to the 60s while in the airstream, it's in impeccable condition and spotless from top to bottom.
I highly recommend stopping by here on your next road trip through Northern California.
A peaceful winding drive through the El Dorado County countryside marks the start to this beautiful gem off the beaten path. We met our host Justin when we arrived - he showed us where we could find some fresh eggs for our breakfast and the path down to the yurt. It’s a bit of a walk down to the yurt, so make sure when you’re packing you can haul your belongings down the mountain for a good 5 min hike. It feels almost like you’ve discovered this amazing hideout yourself once you see the red canvas through the trees. Once you’re inside the yurt, it feels quite home-y :) The wood-burning fireplace & couch combo make it quite cozy. There’s a kitchen section with plenty of water, camp stove, and some pots and pans for your cooking needs. There are a couple of different sleeping arrangements - perfect for a family trip or you and some friends!
If you want to explore around the yurt the creek is pretty close, just follow the sound of the babbling brook :) There’s also plenty of trails around to keep your legs a-walkin’ for a bit.
It was so nice to get away here and spend some time at this secluded spot, definitely feel recharged after our visit.
This cute little cottage in the backyard of V&V’s property made for the perfect start to our trip. Since the hosts are musicians there are little touches of music notes around the property - from piano keys that greet you as you step on the front deck to music note towel hooks in the bathroom. It’s quite cute :) We had a great time talking with them and learning about the music they perform in the surrounding areas. The little cottage has the feeling of a seaside getaway inside with the wood beams, flowy curtains, and pastel interiors. The hosts showed us around in the evening and made sure we knew how everything worked. The bed was quite comfy and we had plenty of blankets to keep us warm. There’s an internal heating/cooling system that made for the perfect inside climate too. There’s a little kitchen section with a microwave, coffeemaker, wine glasses, and even some wine available to purchase if that suits your fancy. There was a nice bathroom as well. The hot water shower time is about 7 minutes, but that was just long enough for us and we were grateful to have a shower on our trip :) The whole place was sparkling clean inside from top to bottom. I would definitely recommend this spot!
A quaint beach town gives away to a lush garden pathway leading to the trailer tucked behind the greenery. Feelings of seclusion tempered by the crisp ocean breeze. There’s a comfortable atmosphere surrounding the trailer, with the encouragement to spend time outside. Just a step outside is a sort of outdoor living room with a couple chairs and a soft rug, letting you jump barefoot into the outdoors without getting your feet dirty. A few more steps out front of the trailer under a tree canopy lies an already set up picnic table with cutlery and the works. Feels a bit like an enchanting Alice & Wonderland tea party.
The trailer comes with pretty much everything you would need from pots and pans to extra blankets in the cupboards. The hosts gave us a rundown on how everything works in the trailer, so you’ll be good to go once you’re on your own.
We enjoyed a relaxing evening cooking dinner and taking a sunset stroll to the beach (which is only 10 minutes away on foot). They also have bikes and boogie boards you can take to enhance your beach activities. This is such an ideal location on the California coastline, right in between Ventura and Santa Barbara - you’ve got plenty of options of other things to see just a short drive away.
The open road and open skies led us to this beautiful property on a pleasant desert January afternoon. We arrived on the ranch and were warmly greeted by our hosts. They showed us around the property and made sure we had everything we needed. The tiny house was definitely stocked with everything we might need from shampoo & conditioner to oatmeal for the morning and a bit firewood outside already by the fire pit.
We got right to building our fire and getting it ready for our dinner of stuffed sweet potatoes. In the sunset-hued evening light, we had stunning views of Kingston Peak and the Nopah Range to the west of us. Quite the backdrop to cook your dinner to. We finished up our dinner prep inside and sat down at the two-seater table to dive in. The craftsmanship and woodwork inside are off the charts! I can definitely tell the care they put into building this unique tiny home.
After dinner, we bundled up in our down jackets and enjoyed the night sky full of stars. It gets quite chilly there in the evening/morning time, so be sure to bring your heavy coats in the cold months! The heater was definitely a lifesaver inside. It was even cold enough that the pipes froze, but they left water jugs in there in case that happened.
They have quite the range of accommodations here, including a wooden wagon and teepees. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of tiny houses or other unique structures!