A Place to Camp has a number of hidden gems - it's generally for folks that are fairly autonomous and independent. Make sure you print out the directions as there will be no cell reception in that part of big sur. When you arrive there is a map near the parking area - check this out to get oriented. The owners may not be there immediately but they will check in with you after you get settled. The kitchen is communal and the owners are cool with sharing food, but be sure to leave some cash in the donation box. One last note - Maggie is a relative in Santa Cruz who helps with booking due to lack of connection - so don't expect communication with hosts en route. We enjoyed our stay - it's a very kid friendly site and has a communal camping feel.
Christine and family are genuine and working hard to make a good experience for everyone who visits - they put out stoves, honey, tea, water and made the best breakfast I've had when camping. It's a great place for people who love animals and have kids because the farmers invite the kids to help with chores. My kids are 5 and they enjoyed socializing and I felt comfortable with them running around on the property.
Richard was a great host, he coordinated with us and showed us where to get water and where to park and use the bathroom. His place is nestled in the woods in a calm quiet spot.
Fortunate farm is a working farm with a CSA. There are three sites positioned around the growing area. Under the avos is the first site and is best for vehicle sleeping. The other two are suited for tent camping because it's harder to park on level ground. The farm is beautiful and it's great to be there on Saturday morning because of the farm stand. They use beer brew castings for fertilizer, so be prepared for some persistent strong odors when they turn the compost piles. We really enjoyed meeting the renters nearby as our children were the same age.
It's a pretty laid back property with a pond and dogs and about 8 sites that are spread pretty far apart. 2 portable toilets near the barn - and you can adapt your campsite. I would go back here if visiting Placerville or to go rafting on the american river in future.
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