About this listing
Welcome to Bay Terrace, a quaint and historic neighborhood on the banks of the Napa River. My whole house is available; it sits in front of a small fruit tree orchard, vegetables, and beehives. I live a few blocks away and tend to the house and garden when needed.
House: The house has two real bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed, one with a double bed, plus a third smaller room which has a loveseat. There is an extra long REI camping cot in the closet if you need a third bedroom for one person. The cot is not a "real bed," but it is comfortable and accommodates adults or kids. The house also has a light-filled dining room, a bathroom with deep bathtub/shower, an upright piano, three decks, a fireplace, and a spacious, stocked kitchen (oil, spices, pots, pans, etc all provided). There is a small TV, cable, central heating, and wireless internet. The whole house is spotlessly clean, and there are clean linens and towels ready for you. There is no air conditioning, but the house stays cool in summer if you close the front curtains and blinds when you leave for the day.
Location: Bay Terrace neighborhood sits at the foot of the Napa Valley, right where the Napa River meets the San Pablo Bay. If you like birds, this place is paradise. We are right next to the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge, and the wetlands all around Vallejo are a stop on the Pacific Flyway where birds rest on their annual migrations. In fact, every February Vallejo hosts the Annual SF Bay Flyway Festival (look it up!) Last year, a pair of Great Horned Owls nested in the redwood tree next to my backyard, and I often see barn owls, raptors, woodpeckers, bluebirds, robins, hawks, and a lot of little birds I can't identify around my backyard and in the neighborhood. The locals say that Rudyard Kipling lived here for a time, and he said that Vallejo had the best sunsets of anywhere he'd been in the whole world. I believe it.
Getting Around: The house is in a neighborly neighborhood. It's a 20 minute drive to Napa or Sonoma wine country, 20 miles (30 min) to Berkeley, and 30 miles (45 minutes with no traffic) to San Francisco. From the house, it's 1.5 miles to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal where there is ample free parking and you can take a 55-minute ferry or even faster bus directly to San Francisco. It's 10 minutes to the lovely town of Benicia which offers antiquing and fine dining, 12 minutes to Infineon Raceway, 5 minutes to California Maritime Academy and numerous historical museums, 10 minutes to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Amusement Park, and 5 minutes to Mare Island, the former Naval Shipyard. Mare Island is now home to Touro University Medical School, the USDA Forest Service offices, and St Peter's Chapel, the oldest Naval Chapel in the nation.
1. Security deposit: $100 (held by AirBnB, returned 48-hours after your departure)
2. Cleaning fee: $30
3. No smoking inside.
Interaction with Guests
I do not interact very much with my guests. I am always available by phone or text if you need me, and I live and work very close by, but I generally leave you to your holiday in peace! Some guests meet me because I stop by to take care of the trees in the backyard, but many guests do not meet me in person. Of course, if you WANT to meet me, I'm happy to come say hello!
There are great views of the bay in my neighborhood. If you don't mind hills, it's a great area for walks. I know many of my neighbors, and people really look out for each other here. Neighbors host regular happy hours and potlucks and get-togethers --it's a friendly place!
Unfortunately, there is not good public transit within walking distance. The ferry terminal and transit center are about 1.5 miles away, and because of the hills, you're best off driving and parking in the parking lot there. The parking fee is $3/day.
From the transit center, there is a $5 bus to the El Cerrito del Norte BART station. There are many buses that head up to wine country. The ferry goes to San Francisco and leaves about once an hour-- more often during rush hour.
No smoking in the house.
Pets may be okay. (Tell me a bit about them when you write.)
I expect guests to wash their dishes, pots, and pans at the end of their stay. No need to put them away -- just clean and in the drying rack or dishwasher is fine.
Just loved staying at Amanda's home.
Wonderful back yard with delicious pears and apples to nibble.
Warm surroundings in a lovely area. The Resturant guide she left on the frig was spot on.
Great communication when a few things needed to be tweaked.
Would definitely recommend you put her home on your favorites list.
We were pleased with our stay here. We found it to be a convenient "home base" for travels in the Bay Area. A quick drive from wine country and easy access to the San Francisco Bay Ferry. We appreciated Amanda's suggestions for restaurants as well as things to do in and around Vallejo.
My friend and I stayed at The Peaceful Ranch house for 3 days for a wine tour trip to Napa.
Absolutely loved staying there!
- Amanda was very responsive and her customer service was awesome.
- The house was spotless when we arrived, and it was great to come 'home' after a long drive up the coast to a clean and inviting environment to rest.
- Amanda provided us with all the info we needed to orient ourselves with the house and location.
- It was only a 15-20 min drive to downtown Napa - which was our meeting point with several friends in the area for our wine tour.
- My friend and I had a taste of the wonderful fruit in the backyard with breakfast - loved it!
- Everything we needed was available. The coffee grinder was missing which wasn't a big deal given our short stay - but as soon as we let Amanda know, she went out of her way to provide us with one immediately.
- wifi is available- this came in handy a few times.
- there's a small TV in the living room which was nice to veg out in front of after a long day of wine tasting / sightseeing ;)
- the only thing missing was a washer / dryer, but again for a short stay it's not needed.
Lovely place to stay. We were very comfortable and are planning on returning some time in the future.
We had a great time, especially the fruit bearing nectarine, pear, and apple trees provided a great complement to our meals. The location is also excellent, striking distance of SF, Oakland, and Napa/Sonoma. Also, a great kitchen. On the whole, we had a great stay.
The location was perfect for our trip to the wine region. Amanda was a great host, she replied quickly and provided all the information we needed.
The house was nice if a little dated. It could have been cleaner and the kitchen was crawling with ants on the work surfaces, floor and even the dishwasher, which wasn't that pleasant.
Amanda made us feel welcomed by answering any questions we had before and during our stay. The description of the house was close to what the pictures look like, except it appeared like the yard needed major TLC. Overgrown plum trees and plants all over the front and back yard. When we first entered the home, I smelled gas. Apparently, someone left one stove knob on "lite." I had to immediately open all doors and windows. My child and I were blessed that the house did not explode! Kitchen stove, microwave and bathroom was dirty. Amanda was quick to remedy all problems as soon as she could. I had to purchase cleaning supplies to clean the bathroom. I was tired and exhausted after traveling cross country. The house does not have central air, only ceiling fan in the bedrooms. The living room was void of a fan. The first two nights were extremely warm. Amanda brought over a fan, but it was unassembled. Luckily, the temperatures cooled down and we didn't need to use it. Over all the neighborhood was quite. We hardly saw neighbors. The driveway is steep, so be careful. I choose to park on the sidewalk and it worked out just fine. Aside from the little mishaps we encountered, Amanda was very hospitable and prompt in making our stay comfortable.
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About the Host, Amanda
I'm a native Californian, and I grew up visiting my grandmother in Vallejo every summer. She would take me to San Francisco on the Baylink ferry and to the Vallejo Farmers Market. The market still runs every Saturday morning, year round. After living in many other places, I came back to the Bay Area for the weather, the friendly people, and a fun job with a conservation organization. The music is great here too: I like old time and bluegrass music in particular, and there are jams, festivals, and performances very close by.
I am lucky to have stumbled upon this neighborhood when I moved to Vallejo: my neighbors are very friendly, and people look out for each other. Come check out this lovely corner of the Bay Area-- we are right in between wine country, the wildlife of the San Pablo Bay wetlands, San Francisco culture, and the East Bay food.