The casita was a great stay if you're visiting Santa Cruz or on the way down to Big Sur. It is a new construction, however, so Connie and her husband are still working out some minor kinks (the shower right beside the casita isn't functional yet so you need to walk down to the front of the property for a shower; would be great to have a sink/tap on the side of the house). But, overall, it was a lovely place nestled in the mountains. Also note that the casita wasn't as removed as I thought it would be since it's pretty close to the main house and you may be sharing the outdoor spaces with other guests who are staying in the VW bus parked on the property, but it depends on whether you feel up for mingling or doing your own thing!
The yurt was such a treat! Extremely well equipped and conveniently laid out. We comfortably fit 5 people in there. The couch pulls out into a large bed. 2 people shared that and 2 people shared the round bed. Elizabeth included a single mattress for our 5th person. Surprisingly, there was ample floor space; we could've laid out a few yoga mats and done yoga too if we pushed the coffee table aside. Having the sink inside to wash up was a plus. The space heaters kept the yurt cozy despite the rain.
Speaking of the rain, it was the only circumstantial downside for us; it rained the entire weekend we were there. Note that the yurt covering amplifies all sound, so the rain shower sounded much louder and more forceful from inside the yurt than it actually was. While a couple of us found it hard to sleep through (which you can easily rectify with earplugs), others found the drumming of the rain soothing, so it just depends on your sleep style. Tip: Just pick a clear weekend!
Sadly, the rain also meant that we missed out on the outdoor shower, which we were all really hoping to try. It also deterred us from hiking and walking through the surrounding area, which is supposedly beautiful. We did, however, get to check out Occidental and a few wineries and breweries in Sebastopol. Ask Elizabeth for recs – can't go wrong with her suggestions!
Also highly recommend Elizabeth's farm to table offering. Gabe (a WWOOFer) prepared really delicious sheep and tempeh taquitos. If you're up for it, ask to not only get a tour of the farm, but help out with some of the farm work too! I loved that I got to learn about permaculture and gain more of an understanding of truly living off the land.