About this listing
Welcome to Wellstone Center in the Redwoods! We're a writers' retreat center surrounded by redwoods with an ocean view. Our week-long writers' retreats provide an ideal escape for writers looking to develop their craft in a peaceful setting.
Please read the full description of the Library House:
The Library House is our favorite place to be on the Wellstone Center premises. This newly renovated stand-alone cabin lies a bit remote from the main house and has no electricity or running water. It is the ideal hideaway for a couple or someone looking to enjoy nature and candlelight. From the porch of the Library House you have the most amazing views of the ocean below, especially at sunset. It's quiet and undisturbed there - here the world seems in peace.
Enjoy candelit solitude and the many books that we have carefully selected. We provide a propane heater in case it gets cold. There is also an antique washing bowl and pitcher, which can be used for washing one's face or brushing teeth.
Every one of three months we host a writer-in-residence at the Library House. This distraction-free environment makes it the perfect place for anyone who needs to focus on their creativity in solitude. Our week-long writers' retreats are an excellent cure for even the worst cases of writer's block.
The home of the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods offers people who seek tranquility and peacefulness the perfect spot to spend a long weekend or restful week or two. We are ideally situated for day trips to all the magical sights this part of California has to offer. Up here at the end of the road you will find luscious flora and fauna, a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere and you can experience the best of two worlds: the redwoods that literally grow in the back yard and the ocean that is only a short drive (or bike ride) away.
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Guests are encouraged to use everything that our home has to offer, including:
-Swimming pool and hot tub: Complete with several lounge chairs and comfortable seating, we encourage you to lounge by the pool while enjoying a good book (or borrow one from our library). We are happy to turn on the hot tub by request - it takes less than an hour for it to completely heat up. We do turn it off again by 10pm at night.
-Shared library: We have books from genres as varied as travel, literature, Buddhism, meditation, writing, and even some works by past writers who've stayed here and Steve (our resident writer and co-director).
-Fully equipped kitchen (shared): Complete with pots, pans, utensils, and almost any kitchen gadget and dishware you can imagine. There is also the possibility for BBQing outside. We recommend to all our guests that they - depending on their preferences - go to one of the great local restaurants close by or bring with them food that they can cook here (and yes, store in our fridge!).
-Private trails: From the back of the house you can take private trails through the redwoods.
-Bocce ball, small putting green: If you need a break from writing or just love to play bocce or golf we have both steps from your room.
-Pizza oven: Bake your own pizza! (This might require that you bring your own wood).
-Community courses, such as yoga and OpenMic Night, and weekend workshops on topics like nature photography or a "Find Your Voice" writing workshop with a best-selling author. For more information, visit our website at www.wellstoneredwoods.org
**The only thing which is off-limits is the upstairs section of our home (where our family resides). We request that guests are respectful of this, especially because we have a relatively new addition to the family, our daughter Coco.
Interaction with Guests
While we do offer solitude, we also enjoy interacting with our guests when they'd like to be sociable. Your level of interaction is up to you, but we do suggest that you share any creative talents you have at our Open Mic Night on Tuesday at 7pm.
We are surrounded by nature on all sides, but we are just a five-minute drive from 'civilization'. You can enjoy the solitude of this setting and company of our residents and guests or easily head down to Capitola or Santa Cruz and the coast for a different kind of inspiration.
There is no public transportation to drop you off here. A car is recommended, but you can also take a taxi.
Other Things to Note
Please do not trust your GPS and instead follow the directions that we give you! :)
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Being at the top of Amigo Road one quickly realizes what a special place on earth this is. The great beauty of the outdoors, including lush plants and trees, hummingbirds and hawks, invites visitors to a serene retreat from the stress and chaos many experience in their daily lives.
We ask our guests to treat our premises, but especially flora and fauna, with gentleness and respect.
To fully experience relaxation, we suggest guests refrain from using computers or cell phones or cranking the tunes. Please use your laptop only in the designated area in the living room (or your own room). Actually, we'd really, really appreciated it, if you even left your cell phone in your room or refrained from using it in the kitchen and outdoors. We hope you can understand our motivation for keeping a largely digital free environment - thank you!
We discourage those who want to have parties from coming to the Wellstone Center, but people who love to hike, to be out in the fresh air, eat wonderful, healthy food and live in a more balanced and aware life are very welcome!
Once arrived we'd like to ask you to take off your shoes inside the buildings. Ideally, bring your own slippers or sandals for indoors! If you are coming with a dog, please understand that dogs are not allowed in the main house, but only in your room. Otherwise, our Sally would get very jealous.. :) Also, please do not let your dog sleep on the bed - it makes cleaning very difficult. And unlike many other places, we do not charge a cleaning fee, so thank you so much for being so respectful.
The Library House is outfitted with a small wash basin for brushing your teeth or washing your face.
About the Host, Sarah
We are the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, a small community in the California redwoods seeking to promote an atmosphere of tranquility and calm, to bolster the talents and capabilities of people through workshops and author talks and writer residencies, including programs for writers under the tutelage of a New York Times best-selling author, and to work to make a difference bringing attention to issues such as climate change, respect for the environment and nature, development of the young, organic gardening and healthy, active living. We are accepting visitors through Airbnb for private retreats, offering an introduction to the beautiful setting in all its variety in the hope that those who are enchanted by Amigo Road - and so far we have yet to meet anyone who has come here and not been enchanted - will come back later to participate in Wellstone Center in the Redwoods programs and activities.