Pitch your tent or use my tipi. Bring your pillow and warm bed-clothes. Affection for cats highly recommended.
See my other Watsonville (Royal Oaks) listing for "Trailer or tipi camping" for more reviews/description.
RVs under 20 feet welcome.
(Arrival before 9pm...no... 8:45, but ideally BEFORE DARK. This is really important!)
Good luck finding a flat spot....
But if you do you will be rewarded by the pastoral beauty, affectionate cats, the local screeching donkey, the warbling turkeys, and the distant purr of some neighbor kid's dirt bike.
The Homestead is a 16 acre private property with a few small gardens, fruit trees, and ongoing green/alternative projects (solar, biodiesel, garden compost, and organic gardening.) The Homestead is NOT A FARM; just folks. But I like to pretend. (FYI: I am also a WWOOFing host.)
It's semi-rural, fairly isolated: a mile to the bus stop and the gas/food mart, 6 miles to the edge of town (Watsonville or Prunedale), and 30 minutes to the good surfing waves in Santa Cruz or the tourism in Monterey/Carmel. There are cats, chickens, and goats. It's a peaceful scene, and you would often have the place to yourself. It is often WET and COLD here in the winter. If you are comfortable with 3-season tent camping you will do just fine; but please remember that everything is OUTSIDE: bathroom, shower (heated), etc. That's what makes it FUN! There are bicycles available for use (nominal rental fee), WiFi, campfire rings, and un-even parking for small RVs (under 20ft).
The Homestead is all about tranquility and simplicity. It's a bit too rustic for some (see: "everything is OUTSIDE" above.) Please note that my definition of tranquility does not preclude screeching donkey or Jurassic goose sounds . =-)
See "AMENITIES" and "HOUSE RULES" before booking please!! Remember, the word "CAMPING" is in the title. 'Be prepared.' Oops, I think that motto is already taken.
Late night arrivals are not welcomed, with rare exceptions (e.g. some holiday weekends and/or you bring me a bottle of Mescal or Sotol from Mexico). But once you're here and settled in, come and go as early/late as you please.
Outdoor warm shower with adjustable modesty measures working most of the time.
Toilet is a hole in the ground which we call the 'cat hole.' I am not joking. You will love it; I promise.
Propane stove and cooking supplies/utensils are available (in a trailer), but you are welcome to bring your own stove.
Drinking water provided.
If you do NOT bring a sleeping bag/pillow, I can provide pillows/linens/blankets for the same "cleaning fee" as is listed in my "Trailer or Tipi camping" listing, i.e. 9 bucks.
(Unpredictable bonus prize for those staying more than one night: possible/probable use of my Monterey Bay Aquarium passes (2). No promises, but I'll try to make them available. Oh, the thrill of uncertainty!)
Interaction with Guests
My neighbors are just the right balance of private and helpful, eccentric and practical.
The bus stop is about a mile away.
Bikes may be available for a nominal hassle/maintenance fee (like 10 bucks).
Other Things to Note
I love your dog, too. But you cannot bring your dog here.
PLEASE recycle or re-use everything possible. I actually enjoy digging through the trash, but my time is limited, so please save me the trouble.
Don't smoke. It's bad for you. Cigarette butts send me into a blood-curdling, mouth-frothing fugue.
No smoking inside living spaces.
Not able to welcome dogs due to the risk of mishaps with our cats, chickens, and goats.
Arrival BEFORE 9pm, but ideally BEFORE DARK; it's not easy finding your way around, and we have to get up early!
Wendell was nice and left us the tipi all ready for us, helped us with the campfire and the outdoor shower. This the second time I've camped in his yard and I love it- definitely recommend it to everyone!
We really enjoyed our stay at Wendell's whimsical homestead. He was very welcoming and a lovely person to meet. Hope to make it back for a visit again some day!
Staying at Wendell's is an adventure within itself! His property has so much character! If you're a lover of the outdoors, you need to stay there! The tipi was very unique to stay in and the fire pit area doubles as a cooking area for a grill. It's pretty much impossible to describe in words the experience you will have there, so just go ahead and book it now! Wendell is super chill and easy to talk to.
My friend and I were looking for a place to stay near Monterey during our Thanksgiving scuba diving trip, and we're so glad we stayed here. It's a unique place with a homey vibe, plus GOATS. We stayed here for 3 nights in the tipi, which is roomy enough for 3 or 4 people. It was a little over a 1/2 hour drive from here to Monterey. Thanks Wendell, we'll be back!!
Wendell's place was amazing! If you're looking for an adventure, you should definitely stay here. Wendell was so kind and the teepee was awesome!
Stay here! Wendell is so kind and the teepee was awesome! Definitely for the adventurous traveler!
Wendell's place was awesome and his attitude towards our large group was awesome too. He recommended we arrive in the daytime but of course we arrived in the dark so it took us a bit to grope around and understand the layout but within an hour we were exploring and loving every quirky, homey inch of this place. It has all the necessities like a campfire, stove, fridge, microwave, shower, and outside bathroom AND it's fun to find them all. From the welcoming to the farewell Wendell was the greatest host. Thank you Wendell!
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Interests: eventually getting organized; not screwing up the world. Hobbies: bargain hunting; cycling. Favorite Holiday: Nat'l Donut Day. Culture: blend of California, Midwest, Texas; moderately responsible professional with organic granola topping.