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Wine Country Inn

California Wine Country Inns and Lodging

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Romantic Inns

Romantic California Wine Country

Harmony Chapel
Harmony Chapel, Central Coast, N San Luis Obispo

Wineries with Lodging

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These lush resorts listed below cater to crowds, offering food,  wedding venue, party space, luncheon, gift shop and overnight accommodations. These huge wineries are popular places with large facilities, parking lots, golfing nearby and restaurants.

Bacara, Santa Barbara
8301 Hollister Ave
Goleta, CA 93117
855-968-0100

Carneros Resort and Spa
4048 Sonoma Highway
Napa, CA 94559
707-299-4900

Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn
2860 Grand Ave
Los Olivos, CA
805-688-7788
800-841-1104

Inn at Churon Winery
33233 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA

Solage
755 Silverado Trail N
Calistoga, CA 94515
866-942-7442

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
34843 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA
951-587-9463
866-994-6379

Vintners Inn
4350 Barnes Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-575-7350

 

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Wine Country Camping

Central Coast California

Los Padres National Forest

Big Sur Back Roads
Big Sur Campgrounds
Big Sur Camping

Davy Brown Campground
Figueroa Mountain Campgroundcamp
Lake Cachuma, CA
Los Osos RV Ranch
Pozo, California

Northern California

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Ritchey Creek Campground

Calistoga RV Park

Clear Lake Campground RV & Fishing

Clear Lake State Park
Cole Creek Campground
Kelsey Creek Campground
Lower Bayview Campground
Upper Bayview Campground

Lake Berryessa
Putah Canyon Campground
Steele Canyon Campground

Petaluma KOA, San Francisco

Skyline Wilderness Park

Sonoma Coast State Park

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Valley Ford, CA – Doran Park

Southern Californiahiker

Agua Tibia Wilderness

Dripping Springs Campground NFS

Julian Camping

Palomar Mountain Campgrounds

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Palomar State Park

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Wine Country Accommodations


Mike’s Sky Ranch

Baja Resort Off Road

A rare gem: a rustic river ranch in Baja California Mexico. Fully operational, clean hotel with great rates & home-cooked meals. Open year round.dirt bike trails

This historic place is a living legend; well known throughout the tourists circles. A quaint, family run, secluded backcountry lodge – in the middle of nowhere. A motorcycle haven, well known w/ crowds. Hundreds of bikes, buggies, sand rails & jeeps each year make it to this lovely destination.

Also a popular destination for campers with the horses, 4×4 clubs, SUV travelers as well. No motorhomes, caravans of clueless, nor RVs should attempt this remote Baja location.

Baja Ranch Inn
Mike’s Sky Ranch rests on a hillside overlooking the Arroyo San Rafael, which is a somewhat wooded river valley with steep, brush-covered mountains. The ranch offers motel-type accommodations for a very reasonable price: family-style meals, a swimming pool, horse-back riding, sycamore-shaded campsites. The individual hotel rooms are adequate with a bathroom, plus a variety of bed sizes & combinations.

Remote Ranch in Baja

The price is right. Mike’s Sky Ranch charges on a per person basis. The rental includes a bed, plus two meals:

  • dinner the night you arrive
  • breakfast the next morning
  • bring cash for bar drinks
  • bring snacks, lunches & own ice chest
Camping also available; inquire for rates

Mikes Sky Ranch Reservations
write a letter:
667 Twining Ave.
San Diego, CA 92154

Call during the week Mon-Wed
phone # 011-52-664-68-15514

Ask about information regarding nearby day-trips to – the Oberservatory by vehicle or, on foot, into the rugged country to the east. A nice watrerfall is only 1 mile hike up the canyon. Depending on the year and waterflow, this may or may not be impressive. Small rainbow trout sometimes can be found in the river next to the ranch. Hunters may find deer, rabbit, & quail.

Baja Dirt Roads

Imagine the remote, dirt, back roads of Baja Mexico. Dusty, bumpy, undeveloped & adventurous. Some areas may require 4 wheel drive depending on the rainfall & erosion at that time. Road conditions can change from year to year, so come prepared. Although a 2WD truck or SUV can easily make it all the way out to the infamous Mike’s Sky Rancho, it may not always be the case. Let’s just say on a heavy winter rainy season, beware. You may wanna see just how deep that river crosing really is before attempting that last obstacle.

Poolside MSR Baja

The swimming pool is clean & the properties water source is straight from the mountains via the year round flowing river next door. Camping out is an option down by the river.

There is a small bar that is open nighly; but please don’t expect poolside Palm Springs style service. This is a rustic place that caters more to the ‘roughin’ it’ types.

Getting there is half the fun. I wouldn’t try your first visit arriving at night, since the small dirt roads can get confusing with limited signage. There are no telephone poles out here, or even electricity wired this far out, so the small ranch uses a generator every night from dusk until 10pm.
“Man, when that generator goes off. Poof … the stars come on!”

30 mile Dirt Road access only

MSR Baja California MX

Located approx. 50-60 miles; south east of Ensenada, Baja south off MX Hwy 3

DIRECTIONS: From Ensenada & Hwy. 3 East bound: This road to Mike’s begins at signed junction 10-11 miles south east of Valle de Trinidad. High-clearance vehicles are necessary; 4WD is not required. The entire route is on rough dirt roads. The first part rises over rural dry brush landscape & then decends down into a wooded river valley – where the resort is located. The overall mountainous region has few large trees & plenty of dust. The road becomes rougher as it winds down & approaches a junction at mileage 13.8. Bear left to continue 8 miles to the ranch. Creek crossings and river crossings, slow down!

MAPS:
NatGeo Baja Map Set
North BAJA Norteoverview MAP

Baja Topo Map
Baja Almanac

The BAJA ALMANAC is by far the best back roads guide to Baja California MX. Numerous versions span from 1990-2001. May be difficult to find cuz it is out-of-print. Fast becomeing a collectors item, since so few can be found on the ‘used book market’

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Rainy New Years Eve
River Crossing at Ranch
River Crossing at Ranch
Tent Camping
Tent Camping MSR, Baja California

Baja Roads

Bar Crew in 2003
2003 Bar Crew @ Mike’s


Prefab, Not Bad

TINY HOME – MODULAR – MOBILE – PRE FAB

From motorhomes to mobile homes, California has vacation and retirement appeal. Pre-fabricated homes from the 1960’s still line canyons of Northern California. New luxury homes, geodesic dome homes, with a moldy-oldie cabin, all right next to each other. Plenty of 1970-something mobile homes still in use.

The tiny home revolution may take California by surprise, as more people choose to downsize their life and amount of belongings. Yurts, cabins, ranch homes, cottages, kit cabins, log cabins. Shipping container homes, double wide, single wide with roof awning, 5th wheel with slide-outs – and woodstove?

Wild Land Ranches
Wild Land Ranches on Road 308, Mendocino

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konkow camp
Konkow @ Lake Concow, CA

Living in the wild has some disadvantages. Wildland fire is one of them.

MOBILE culture: temporary shelter, motorhomes, kit homes, cabins, yurts, inexpensive homes

new modular homes

Build New or Rebuilding options and ideas, some under $200k

kit cabins & log homes

tiny house homes

Small homes are becoming a preferred method of home ownership in California. Most models under $40k

tinyportablecedarcabins.com

ASPIRE – Tiny House on Wheels DIY Kit
Best Tiny House Kits 2018
Tiny House Builders in California

other links of interests:
Best Prefab / Modular Home Builders in US
ConsumerAffairs – Best Modular Homes
Simple Solar Homestead Plans
inhabitat.com
off-grid.net

Why you shouldn’t buy log cabin kits

building materials for erosion control

gladly sharing favorite products, links and experiences.

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DanaMite built a 100 foot long retaining wall back in 2005.

Verdura Block

Quite simply, the easiest RETAINING WALL system available. Plant with wildflowers or bushes to ensure stability.

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best retaining wall

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Polystyrene Forms
construction foundations

SmartBlock Twenty 8 inch
Insulated Concrete Forms
Create an energy-efficient and sustainable building with lightweight polystyrene (EPS)

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Cabins

Historic California Lodges

Historic Lodges in California

Oldest hotels in California, West Coast US

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While the well-known explorers Lewis and Clark were both freemasons and some of the first white men to walk across the continent to reach California, we are not interested in ‘Masonic Lodges’ of the West Coast. Nor any ‘Worshipful Masters’ that came after.

The most interesting Historic Lodges of California are the ones located deep within nature, surrounded by grandeur and real beauty. The historic hotels in which we list here have been accommodating guest for well over 100 years. Ideal locations, from rustic mountain cabins to impressive beach resorts, gold country to desert oasis, this is Total Escape, California off the beaten path.

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California Deserts

Amargosa Hotel
Amargosa Opera House
Death Valley Junction, CA
760-852-4441
Historic mining location; Mojave Desert, east of DVNP

The Inn at Furnace Creek
Inn at Death Valley
Furnace Creek, California
Death Valley National Park
Palmed poolside resort with luxury, opened in 1927

So Cal Mountains

The Julian Hotel
Julian Gold Rush Hotel
2032 Main Street
Julian, California
800-734-5854
760-765-0201
East San Diego Mountains
Oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California

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California Cities

Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado Island, CA
800-468-3533
619-435-6611
West of downtown San Diego
Wooden Victorian Beach Resort, facing the Pacific
Oldest lodge on the West Coast, established 1888

U.S. Grant Hotel
326 Broadway Avenue
San Diego, CA
800-237-5029
619-232-3121
Downtown, directly across from Horton Plaza

The Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA
909-784-0300

BeverlyHills
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, CA

Biltmore Hotel
The Biltmore
downtown Los Angeles

Queen Mary Hotel
The Queen Mary
Historic Cruise Ship
Long Beach, California
Port of Los Angeles, busy harbor w/ seaside village

The Fairmont Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Mountain Lodging

Sierra Nevada Mountains

Camp Nelson Lodge
Camp Nelson, California
559-542-0904
Western Sierra Nevada
near Giant Sequoia National Monument

Evergreen Lodge
Groveland, CA
800-935-6343
West of Yosemite National Park
Hwy 120 (CA SR 120)
88 cabins w/ historic mountain lodge, built in the 1920s

The Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite National Park, CA
559-252-4848
Next to the granite walls of Yosemite Valley

gold country lodge
Murphys Historic Hotel
457 Main Street
Murphys, CA
800-532-7684
209-728-3444
Gold Rush California, Historic Mining Community


Rainbow Lodge
at Royal Gorge
Interstate 80, west of Donner Pass
Sierra Nevada

The National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA
530-265-4551
Oldest continuously operating hotel in California, built in 1852

Wawona Hotel
Wawona, California
South Yosemite, Hwy 41 (CA SR 41)
Meadow setting inside Yosemite National Park

Silver City Resort
Mountain Cabins
Mineral King Canyon, CA
Southern Sequoia National Park

Tioga Pass Resort
Tioga Pass, Hwy 120 (CA SR 120)
Eastern Sierra, east Yosemite National Park
Oldest resort in the Inyo National Forest, established in 1914

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[soon, more to come]

High Sierra Lodges

The phrase ‘High Sierra’ commonly refers to the highest mountain peaks in the U.S.  Located in the Eastern Sierra region of California, as seen all along US Highway 395. The tallest granite ranges protected by Wilderness Areas. No roads, no building, no development.

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various types of Sierra lodging

wilderness camps – hike-in access
rustic cabins – big snow country
fishing lodges – river front
historic forest lodges, inns & resorts
lakeside resorts – often closed in winter
tent cabins – summer months only

Listed below is a small selection of Sierra lodges in Calif. The list will grow over time as we add more recommended stays. Follow the links and call ahead for reservations, cuz some of these remote places close seasonally, or they can get damaged during winter storms.

Vaulted ceilings, large windows, huge wooden beams and granite rock fireplaces are typical of interiors inside the large, historic lodges. Hotel rooms, log cabins, maybe a huge dining room and even a bar. Usually no swimming pools; since alpine lakes and rivers abound.

Sierra Lodges can be found on paved access roads, along busy highways or interstates, near railroads, in neighboring small towns, close to hiking trailheads, and always near mountain destinations. Often open during winter months, but not always.

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Lodging is super scarce in the wilderness high country. Rustic cabins, community dorms, bunk houses or tent cabins are typical overnight shelter. Daily meals may be provided (when requested in advance). Much desired time frame: June through September, wilderness accommodations can be reserved up to a year in advance, with a hefty fee, of course.

Most popular mountain areas could have seasonal outfitters that provide access to the remote backcountry; usually by horseback, snowmobile, or cross-country skiing. Reservations are needed for such services.

High Elevation Lodges & Cabins in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

elevation: 4000′ – 9000′

Overnight lodging in California; alpine country, located high in elevation. Mountain peaks, fire lookouts, cabins, historic inns, guard stations.

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The highest of elevations – cabins, lodges, small inns, all in perfect locations, totally immersed in alpine wilderness. Many of these are accessible only half the year, due to deep snow. A few can be reached by snowmobile or snowshoe in winter months. Some also have snow ski resorts nearby.

Lodging in Aspendell, California
elevation 8500′
Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra
Highway CA SR 168
West of Bishop, CA

Lodging in Lone Pine, CA
elevation near 4000′
Mount Whitney Motels
Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra

Lodging in Mammoth Lakes, CA
elevation 7860′
Mammoth Mountain ski resort
Mono Divide, Ansel Adams Wilderness
Eastern Sierra

Lodging in Bucks Lake, CA
Bucks Lake Resorts
Plumas National Forest

Chalet View Lodge
Highway 70 @ Graeagle, CA
Plumas National Forest
East of Quincy, CA

Gray Eagle Lodge
5000 Gold Lake Road
Graeagle, CA

Kit Carson Resort
Silver Lake CA
Carson Pass, Hwy 88
(closes for winter)

Tioga Pass Resort (TPR)
elevation 9000′
Tioga Pass, Highway 120
East Yosemite NP

High Sierra Camp (HSC)
(horseback or hike-in only)
Giant hiking loop in high country = Tuloumne Meadows, Vogelsang, Lake Merced, Sunrise Camp, May Lake
elevation 9000′ – 12,000′
Tioga Pass, Highway 120
Within Yosemite NP

Rainbow Tavern & Lodge @ Royal Gorge
Interstate 80 @ Old Route 40
West of Donner Pass
Soda Springs, CA

Lodging in Sierra City, California
elevation 4187′
North Yuba River
Northern Gold Country, Hwy 49

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
elevation 6400′
(closed in winter, sno mo ok)
Gold Lake, CA
Packer Lake Lodge
Sardine Lake
Elwell Lakes Lodge
Bassetts Station
North Gold Country, Hwy 49

Lodging in June Lake Loop, Hwy 158
June Mountain ski resort
Double Eagle Resort, Whispering Pines
N of Mammoth Lakes, CA

Lodging in La Porte, California
elevation 5000′
La Porte Road
East of Yuba City, CA

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LaPorte Union Hotel

Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Montecito Lake Resort & Cabins
open year round
Sequoia National Park

Sequoia High Sierra Camp
elevation 8282′
(hike-in only)
Sequoia National Park

Sorensen’s Resort
Cabins & Cafe
elevation 6000′
South of Lake Tahoe
Hope Valley, CA

Lodging in LAKE TAHOE, California
elevation 6229′
many lodges, inns, condos and resorts
located at Calif & Nevada state border

Truckee Hotel
Donner Lake Inn Bed & Breakfast
Donner Pass I-80
Truckee, CA

Twin Lakes
elevation 7092′
Eastern Sierra @ Bridgeport, CA
Hoover Wilderness access
Toiyabe National Forest

Vermilion Resort
elevation 7643′
(closes for winter)
John Muir Wilderness
JMT = John Muir Trail access
Sierra National Forest
Lake Edison, CA

Whitehawk Ranch Golf Resort
Vacation Rentals
Plumas National Forest
Graeagle, CA

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National Forest Cabins & Fire Lookout Towers

NFS

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Snow melts from MAY into JUNE. Expect closure or mud on dirt back roads. Wildflowers bloom APRIL through AUGUST in the Sierra Nevada, above 3000′. Autumn arrives with aspens and fall colors in the Eastern Sierra, through OCTOBER.

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