About This Listing
Our pop up has all the amenities of a small house. You can enjoy your own private patio with an eating area warmed by a propane heater. I offer a state park pass to guests who stay 2 or more nights.
if you like camping but want something a bit more luxurious than a tent, you have come to the right place!
this large pop has two spacious beds, one king and one queen with real sheets, pillows, and comforters. most summer nights are in the 50s and the beds have several layers of thick blankets.
there is a mini fridge (no freezer), and a 2 burner propane stove. there is a small kitchen sink with hot and cold water. there is a small inside shower and toilet. the shower/toilet stall is somewhat like that on a boat or in a sleeping car on a train. it affords very little privacy!
the inside of the pop up is narrow. the pop up has 3 electrical outlets, 2 inside and 1 outside.
there is an eating area outside on the patio. there is also a propane heat lamp on the patio.
I supply the kitchen with pots, pans, plates, bowls, mugs, ect. there is tea, honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil. there is a by the cup coffee filtration system ( or starbucks right around the corner if you are into that!).
we are located in live oak, 2 miles from pleasure point or capitola village. we are very close to the capitola mall and other bus stops. trader joe's and whole foods are within walking distance! we are about 7.5 miles from ucsc and 4 miles from the boardwalk. we have a local farmers market every sunday from 9 to noon about a mile away and another on wed from 1-6 about 3 miles away. there are many eateries within walking distance.
i have a state park pass that is available to guests on most days of the year. just check with me.
the pop up is in its own small fenced yard right next to my house with bamboo creating privacy screens. there is a fountain and lots of beautiful bamboo. this safe and quiet neighborhood is a cluster of dead end streets with plenty of free parking. there is room in the driveway for one car.
I do have set check-in/check-out times but I can often be flexible about the timing....just ask.
I have 3 dogs, and I also have 2 cats who may feel like visiting the pop up. they have been known to wander into the pop up on occasion. my kids and I live in the main house and may be in the adjoining backyard playing at any given time during the day.
I use doterra essential oils and can put your favorite scent on the pillows and bedding if you like.
you can park on the right side of the driveway and enter the gate by the bamboo. please do not use the hose in the front yard. we are on severe water restrictions and i don't have extra water to spare.
the main back yard is off limits without prior discussion.
Interaction with Guests
i like to meet my guests and show them around. the pop up is self- sufficient though and i mostly leave my guests to themselves. if for some reason i am not available at check in time, it is possible to do a self check in.
I live in an area that is made up of cul de sacs. Most of the homes are 2 story houses that are well maintained. Many of the neighbors have lived here for over 30 years and that gives the neighborhood a feeling of stability. It is generally quiet; however, i do have new neighbors who have loud gatherings on occasion. Usually, I am able to ask them to quiet down but if there is an exceptional amount of non stop noise past midnight, and you notify me for help to no avail, I am willing to give a partial refund. There is plenty of free street parking. It is great to be within walking distance of major shopping (trader joe's) and the 2 different great beaches.
the bus stop is about 4 blocks away. the bus station at the capitola mall is a five minute walk away. You can walk to the beach(15 minutes) or shopping and restaurants.
Other Things to Note
We are centrally located right off of the 41st ave exit of highway 1. We are 2 miles from capitola village and pleasure point.
I have a state park pass .
If you are staying for a week, the long term price of $550 will include up to 3 extra people at no charge!
if possible check in with me when you get here so i can show you the ins and outs. you can text me upon arrival or just come to the front door of the house and ring the bell (a real brass bell not a doorbell ). in the case that I am not able to be here when you arrive, just go on through the gate on the right side of the driveway and I will leave notes detailing the most important features of the pop up! Absolutely no cigarette smoking anywhere on the property!
no parties or extra guests without prior discussion. quiet hours 10pm to 7am. i consider this to be a family friendly place but it is important to know that the patio is near 2 bedrooms and children who cry for extended periods of time can be too much for the neighbors.
please wash up your dishes. i provide buckets for food waste. I supply extra towels for water on the floor so please wipe up those spills and shower drips.
only enter and exit thru the gate leading to the driveway (otherwise you might get a huge greeting from a huge dog). both gates should remain closed. if there is something you need, you can always ask! you can come to my front door or text me.
no animals allowed in pop up yard or pop up without prior consent!
both the sink and shower are on a grey water system. sometimes the sink drains slowly. please notify me if it is not draining!
please let me know when you leave. you can text me, call me, or come to the front door to say goodbye! whatever works for you!
The caravan was a super cozy and comfortable experience. Perfect for a night or maybe 2. Dara was a fabulous host and made herself completely available to us.
Dara was extremely welcoming and responsive even for a 1-night stay. Pity we had to leave in a hurry and didnt get to say bye!
I'm very happy we stayed in Dara's caravan for our family weekend vacation. We stayed for one night only, but I slept like a baby in that bed, breathing fresh air. Dara was very nice, and showed us how everything worked. Dara was also prompt about getting back to me. There isn't a whole lot of space, but she had everything we needed for our stay ( clean towels, tea, coffee, extra blankets, Santa Cruz magazines) there's a table outside of the caravan perfect to have a nice meal, or just hang out. I just felt very serene there. I would highly recommend a stay in this quaint caravan.
We really enjoyed our stay in the caravan. It felt a little like sleeping in a tent (which we love), but cozier, and of course no set-up work! Everything you need is there, ready to go. Neighborhood is quiet. We added a couple of blankets for a little extra padding on the bed (we're older), and slept very well. Also took an easy bike ride down 30th to the beaches at Pleasure Point. Definitely plan to go back!
La caravane près de Santa Cruz était d'un confort rudimentaire mais très adaptée à une nuit ou deux (nous avons passé une nuit). Ma fille de 6 ans était ravie. Dara est très hospitalière. Bon rapport qualité/prix.
The trailer close to Santa Cruiz is really nice for one or two nights. My 6 year old daughter was delighted ! Dara is a really nice host. Thanx !
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About the Host, Dara
I am originally from the Midwest but have been in California for over 20 years. I garden a lot. I am an avid reader and spend most of my free time with my kids and my dogs. I love the beach and the redwoods. I know lots of wonderful hiking trails, beaches and river spots. my family and I love to travel and just went on a cross country train trip. we love to see new places and meet new people!
I want my guests to be comfortable. i am flexible and accommodating.
if you like dogs and want to meet the danes, no problem! i would love to show off my garden, too. just ask!
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