With a geodesic dome loft and a large deck in the trees, you will feel like you are in an unique tree house. Located in a quiet yet convenient location we are the perfect destination for both San Francisco Bay area residents and travelers.
Come discover why we were rated as the number 1 listing on airbnb the whole time they were ranking their listings. Shaded by Oak and Madrone trees and next to a Redwood grove, you can enjoy the great outdoors on the large deck or by taking a hike in the woods. (We have 10 acres next to land without fences.)
To check our availability, click on the Calendar link above the cabin photo. And yes, if it isn't available, it is already booked! We do, however, occasionally get a cancellation, so if you want a date that's already booked, you can let us know and we will notify you of a cancellation.
(Please read all of this description before making a reservation.)
Santa Cruz County considers places like ours taxable for the "Transient Occupancy Tax" that is charged at hotels in our county. So since airbnb isn't set up yet to charge this, and we are not allowed to include it in the rates we charge, we will need to collect this 11% tax from any guests that stay here. It is due upon arrival with either cash or check. So generally, the tax will come to $15. a night.
The cozy and clean semi-rustic cabin has a loft under a geodesic dome (the "mushroom cap"). We have recently lined the interior ceiling with 144 (!) plywood triangles. In the loft is a double bed, which is a cotton futon with 1" of latex foam and 21/2" gel memory foam on top. (It is now softer for you folks who like a soft cushiony bed.) We provide clean sheets and pillow cases: you can chose either smooth cotton sheets or cotton flannel. Plenty of blankets are also provided.
In the loft, we have a 24" Flat Screen with a DVD player (no TV) for movies. (We have lots of movies you can view as well.)
On the main floor (a Pentagon) is a couch that doubles as a narrow futon (which could sleep a third person for an extra $10. a night), as well as a mini kitchenette. Here you will find a professional double hotplate, small refrigerator, toaster oven, blender, Hot Air Popcorn Popper, French Coffee press, a salad spinner - even a mixer- and all the dishes and equipment you would need to prepare a snack or a meal or to open a glass of wine. We have 2 tables where you can enjoy meals, games, etc.: 1 inside and 1 outside on the large deck that faces the redwoods. We now have a barbecue grill on the deck. We also provide Organic Coffee, teas, Oatmeal, popcorn, almonds, raisins, butter, nutritional yeast (for the popcorn!) spices, oil and vinegar and various snacks. Our well water is treated by an ozonator, a UV light and a soft water filter.
The cute bathroom has a Travertine shower, custom tiled sink and flushing boat toilet. We provide towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, a hair blow-dryer, etc. (a word of caution: the bathroom has a low ceiling. If you are over 6' you may have to do a little ducking here and there.)
As Saturdays are very much in demand, (and we like to be free on Saturdays), we require a minimum 2 day stay on the weekends. Keep in mind that Friday and Saturday nights are $125. each. Therefore, to stay here on a weekend will cost $250. plus the $30. cleaning fee plus 12% ($34) that airbnb will charge you and the 11% Santa Cruz County Transient Tax of $30. So the total for the weekend will be $344. To stay for 2 days mid-week costs a grand total of $307. On 3 day holidays, we require a 3 day reservation. (This includes Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.)
To stay here for 1 night, midweek, will cost a total (including airbnb fees and S.C. County taxes) $172.
Check-in time is between 4 and 10pm. If you want to come sooner or later, this can sometimes be arranged. Check-out time is noon.
As we have experienced some damage from guests, we are now requiring a $100. security deposit which will be returned to you 48 hours after check-out - as long as you haven't caused any damage!
Although it feels very isolated here, we are less than 10 minutes to Aptos Village where you will find stores, restaurants, a theater, a health food store, Safeway, etc.
We are centrally located on the Monterey Bay: 10 minutes from the beach (Rio Del Mar and Seacliff State Beach) as well as 10,000 acre Nisene Marks State Park for miles of hiking or dirt biking in the Redwoods and along Aptos creek. We are 20 minutes to downtown Santa Cruz, 25 min. to the Beach Boardwalk, 45 minutes to Monterey and the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, 50 min. to Carmel and 1 1/2 hours to Big Sur going south and San Francisco to the North. Yup, we are located in one of the most beautiful areas of California.
One of the attractions that we take for granted is that you can see stars here at night - unless there is a bright moon or clouds.
If you love hummingbirds, bring your camera. Our garden is the year-round home to many Anna Hummingbirds. (We have about 150 - 250 year-round: currently we have over 200-300!) During the summer, we are also called home by many Rufus Hummers as well. So you have got to see our "Hummingbird Airport" where we feed them about 2 - 4 quarts of syrup a day!
Please, no smoking in the cabin or on the property. We used to let smokers stay here, but they stink up the cabin.
Some cell phones don't work here, but since we have free wifi in the cabin, if your phone works with a wifi network, you are good to call. You can get Verizon service on the swinging seat by the driveway.
To learn about things to do in the area, do an internet search for Santa Cruz, CA.
Dog are welcome to stay here but with a few requirements: since we have so many animals, we require that your dogs be kept on a leash when outside (the goats get very nervous with loose dogs). Also, we don't allow dogs in the loft or on the couch downstairs so please bring a doggie bed. (your doggie can go on the couch if you bring a cover for it) If that is difficult, let us know and we will provide a doggie pillow.
If you are bringing a small child, we can put a folding futon next to the bed which will provide 2/3rds of the futon. The other 1/3 leans up against the rail. Just let us know ahead of time.
As we are about 3 miles to the nearest bus stop, it is pretty difficult to stay here without a car.
You are invited, if you feel you would be harmonious here, to come join us on our developing Permaculture farm. Pet the goats, check out our chickens, cats, miniature dogs and enjoy the very fresh air. We will give you some goat milk if you would like to try it. And if you come here when there is no moonlight and the sky is clear, you will see lots of stars.
Tired of the heat in the summer? Since we are on the edge of the "fog belt", it can be both sunny and cool here. If you want a noisy place, you won't like it here: most of the sound here comes from the birds chirping and the breeze blowing through the trees. People do live on the land here though, so don't expect it to be totally devoid of human sounds and the occasional saw. : ) (We feed the goats oak branches)
There is free wifi in the cabin, great well water and some good hiking trails right off the deck as well as a nature sandbox in the dry creek bed under the redwood grove. Guests are also welcome to wander around, visit our animals on our little "farmette" (3 goats, lots of chickens, 2 small dogs and cats) and ask questions.
Interaction with Guests
I almost always interact with our guests. I love to make them feel welcome and at home, show them the hummingbirds and share my knowledge of the great places to go in our beautiful area.
Even though we live only a 7 minute drive to Aptos village and the beaches, it feels very remote and private here. It is usually very quiet at night - sometimes we can hear the ocean waves crashing on the beach. There is lots of land to hike on and explore here as well. We have a little community of artists, musicians, healers, construction workers - all enjoying the wonderful nature and shared living here.
We are 3.5 miles to the closest public transit, so is someone needs a ride from Aptos, I am willing to pick them up.
There is parking for the cabin, a short walk down the driveway.
• Please, no smoking
• If you want to bring a dog, please send a request. (We have goats and cats)
• Dogs must stay on a leash when outside.
• Dogs are not allowed in the loft.
• No wild parties, please.
• Please don't drink wine on the bed.
• If you use the barbecue, you are required to clean it.
• Please wash and put away your dishes, pots, etc. before leaving.
• Please don't bring a lot of food or water in plastic. (those #1 clamshells can't be recycled)
We provide all the dishes you will probably need, so please don't bring disposables either.
• If you want to use real candles, please talk to us first. We provide fake ones.
This place, the experience, and the folks were simply amazing. We had the best time. I took my two children, ages 5 and 8, on a little get-away for a few days. We felt like little elves in the forest. Kitty even came to get us in the morning to go milk the goats! The cabin was true to advertising - charming, clean, equipped with just about anything you could need. We will DEFINITELY be coming back - if we can find available nights - we now understand why it is so popular.
This Property has absolutely lived up to it’s reputation of being a #1 rated property on Airbnb.. in fact it has far exceeded my expectations as I’m certain it will yours!
I can now say, after having the distinction of staying there for longer than anyone else has, that I completely understand why this place is so popular! It is probably the most unique place I have ever stayed!
The first thing I immediately loved was the long drive on the narrow driveway through the tunnel of trees! There is something so mysterious about not being able to see where you’re staying until you’re almost on top of it! This Mushroom Dome Cabin sits right within a grove of redwood trees which is on more than 72 acres of land. I love the way this place was designed! From the loft bed, you can see outside day or night! The cabin is actually so much better than it looks in any of the pictures! There is even a meditation room on the property!
The property is home to many different animals and hosts an impressive array of hummingbirds that are beyond beautiful ! Remember to bring your camera !
Kitty graciously went out of her way to show me around and it didn't take me long to realize this place wasn't just beautiful , it was truly spiritual as well .
What good would the ultimate spiritual retreat be without the ultimate spiritual hosts? If a Sunday happens to fall within your stay you may get an opportunity to do a meditation with Michael and Kitty and a whole lot more- but I won’t spoil it all for you, you just have to get here to see how incredible this place really is! Please make sure you get a chance to talk to both of these amazing people!
I really can't say enough about this place. Magical is the closest I can get to describing it !
There are so many things to do and places to see that are free or very inexpensive in this area. You may want to consider staying a little longer to make sure you don't run out of time to see and do it all ! Seacliff Park at sunset is a must!
Not only is this place rated number one on Airbnb, but it is featured everywhere, House Crazy, Tiny House Blog, Pinterest, Relaxshacks, Grist; the list goes on and on .
I’m honored to be able to write this review for the one and only Mushroom Dome Cabin. Everything was amazing and I can’t wait to return again .
Kitty and Michael were very gracious guests. Kitty showed us around the dome the first night we arrived. She had everything we needed and even shared some goat milk from her goats for our morning coffee. Kitty also showed us her humming bird station where birds flocked throughout the afternoon to get a drink and the hiking path to a hilltop spot on her property that had a nice view of the area.
The mushroom dome was a great place to stay. The directions to the listing is very detailed, but be sure to follow them because it can be easy to get lost, especially driving late at night. The room itself was very comfortable. It had everything we needed for our short stay, even DVDs, board games, and air-popped popcorn. The bathroom was different, but easy to use once Kitty showed us how.
The advertised photo's make the dome look expansive and secluded, however, we were unpleasantly surprised to find that this was not case. After spending what seemed like eternity brushing through endless trivial rules, the host finally left us alone.
Yeah the dome may have been cool, but HIGHLY OVERRATED AND PRICED.
There is nothing exceptional, special or out of ordinary about this listing so I would think twice before forking over $160 plus I almost the forgot the "transient taxes"- which of course have to be collected in tax.
This is a very unique cabin and we loved our stay. We are avid cyclists and the cottage is very close to some great MTB routes. Kitty was very friendly and knows a lot about the area. She showed us the humming birds, they were beautiful. The cottage is extremely well organised and they are Airbnb pro's... anything you may want is in the cabin including an awesome popcorn maker :) Thanks for a great stay!
We arrived later than we anticipated, but Kitty was wonderfully welcoming. A trip in the Mushroom Dome is a must for the adventurous soul. The space is exactly as described - it's small - but I never felt like I wanted it any bigger. If the 'dome in soma is all booked up, snag a weekend in the original, in the middle of the Aptos redwoods. Kitty and Michael are awesome hosts!
We had a delightful time staying at Kitty and Michael's Mushroom Dome Cabin in Aptos. The area was stunning and the cabin on the property was peaceful and perfect for the relaxing trip we hoped for.
Kitty was very welcoming. She greeted us and our dogs and made us feel at home. The cabin was exactly what we expected. It was charming and had everything we needed. We would definetly like to come back to Aptos and visit the community furher.
We live on 10 beautiful acres of sun, oak forest, redwood groves and gardens with a small community made up of ourselves (Kitty and Michael), 1 of our adult sons, 4 other young adults, a Chiropractor, a plumber, and a retired mason, 3 goats, 2 parrots, 2 cats, 2 small dogs, 14 chickens and 100's of hummingbirds.
Kitty teaches Universal White Time Gemstone Healing, is a healer, artist, builder, farmer and musician.
Michael works at the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension in Silicon Valley, managing the International Education program. He bikes, runs, swims, sometimes all in the same day. Together, Kitty and Michael teach Meditation classes with the "Teaching of Intuitional Metaphysics" under the guidance of the Masters Babaji, Jesus, and St. Germain.
The young adults here are all photographers, artists and/or musicians and budding farmers.
We are slowly turning this land into a permaculture farm and a center of creativity, learning to live simply, with joy and kindness.
We hold a public non-denominational meditation at our house every Sunday night: you are welcome to join us if you are here.
We have been hosting on airbnb since July, 2009 and really love what this company has made possible. We have met so many wonderful people from around the world that we would never have met if we hadn't had this opportunity with airbnb! Some of our guests (especially the ones from Europe) have never seen a hummingbird before and here they get to see them up close - just a few feet from them as the birds "hum" around the feeders.