Dale and the family of teachers on their property were wonderful. We had a peaceful pitstop with really clean bathroom and shower amenities after a rainy day of cycling the Olympic Peninsula and we learned all about La Push, the tribal school they teach at and got great recommendations for crab (Fall is crab season!) and old growth forest and beach hikes. They recommend bringing your own drinking water but have great facilities for washing and cleaning etc.
This was the perfect pit stop on the way up north on the 5. It’s just off the highway but so peaceful nestled in the olive grove. We arrived in the dark and woke to mottled sunshine gently warming us through the olive trees. It was dreamy. The directions were easy peasy following google maps and once you turn into the driveway take the right fork to get to the sites (in case the sign has fallen over as it did for us ;) .
It was an unexpected bonus to be able to have a warm shower and use indoor bathroom facilities (I think we got lucky since no one was staying in the lodging site).
We wished we’d had longer to loll under the trees.
Another wonderful stay. Thanks Ashely! We loved the new fire ring setup overlooking the pond. It was cozy and communal around the campfire and we loved getting to know the other campers. The new kitchen had everything we needed too and grilling on the barbecue as the sun set was delightful.
Remember to zip up your tent at night to prevent a visit from a friendly neighborhood racoon!
We stayed at Wondernut farm on a trip to and then back from Yosemite. It's a few hours from SF on the way and then about an hour on from Wondernut to get to Yosemite - the perfect stop.
Matt and the gang who live and work at the farm were so welcoming and friendly. We enjoyed hanging out in the communal kitchen with them and around the stove but were also grateful for the privacy when we retreated to our hidden away cabin. They've done such a remarkable job with the structures and spaces around the farm, they're architecturally impressive and in every space you feel like you're right in the outdoors, except that you're in a cozy, clean and tidy cabin with linens and creature comforts.
Top tip: the wild grasses and flowers in spring time are stunning around the farm, and we got lucky enough to see 2-day old piglets! Also, there's a swimming hole a little ways down the road, perfect for cooling off after a day of hiking in Yosemite.
We had an incredible time at the cabin. We had our own private slice of wilderness, interrupted only by the very sweet donkeys who came to visit us in the morning.
If you’re looking to get off the grid completely, this is the place. We did think for us scardie-cat city folks, however, that we might have been a little freaked out coming here by alone but if that’s what you’re looking for it’ll be perfect. It was an amazing experience to be out on this beautiful land and to have it all to ourselves.
Lorie was a wonderful host. I arrived quite late at night and took off pretty early in the morning, so we never had a chance to meet but she told me everything I needed to know to arrive safely, get settled and be comfortable. She was really responsive over messages right from the moment I booked to my late night and early morning messages about the gate. It made such a difference. The property and where you set up camp is a perfect combination of feeling like your in the wild wilderness of the desert (complete with Joshua Trees), but with the comfort of knowing civilization is close if you need anything. And it was super convenient to stay over on my way travelling south.
Quirky place. Interesting but very dusty so not ideal for anyone allergic. Also we felt upset about the caged birds on the property, they were kept with the best intentions but, as avid twitchers, we could see that they were not living in a suitable environment and the cramped confines of captivity seemed to stress the birds. We won’t be staying here again.
The room was really dusty, so much so that we opted instead to sleep in our van. This might be fine if dust doesn’t bother you. Otherwise, the location was great and the host was super responsive in communication before we arrived.
We were also upset about the exotic birds kept in tight captivity (albeit with the best intentions from the retreat staff), perhaps a subjective opinion but they seemed stressed.