Mushroom Dome Cabin: #1 on airbnb

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Trout Gulch Rd, Aptos, CA 95003, United States
Kitty And Michael
Your host, Kitty And Michael
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The Space

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, 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.)
Our summer calendar fills up fast - especially the weekends. So if you want to stay here on a weekend during Spring or Summer, plan way ahead.

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 $120. each. (during the summer months, they are $125. each) Therefore, to stay here on a weekend (non-summer months) will cost $240. plus the $30. cleaning fee plus 12% ($32) that airbnb will charge you and the 11% Santa Cruz County Transient Tax of $29. (We were just notified by the County that the tax has been raised from the 9.5%! Sorry) So the total for the weekend will be $331. 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 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)

Guest Access

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 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.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Our second time back to the mushroom dome, and it was just as wonderful as the first. Tranquility, peace, and beauty - What a perfect honeymoon!

    July 2014
  • Enchanting place with gracious hosts, not to be missed. Every detail was perfect. Wish I could have stayed for a month, not just a night. I hope to return. Highly recommended.

    July 2014
  • Kitty was an excellent host! We arrived much later than expected, but she was still available to greet us late at night. She is full of interesting stories & facts about the area, her family, and nature. The listing is in such a beautiful area, it really felt like an escape.

    June 2014
  • Kitty was a great host - very personable and informative! The cabin was adorable and had everything we needed for a relaxing get-away. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the scenery, the fresh air, and we even saw a deer family that grazed the grass along the path we took up to the cabin! We hope to go back soon!

    June 2014
  • It's definitely for the green, outdoor enthusiast, conservation-minded traveler. Nature all around you! Lovely to wake up in a peaceful surrounding. Kitty was wonderful!

    June 2014
  • Me and my friend stayed one bight in the sopp dome. We got to watch the hummingbirds, play with the dog elliot and greet the goats, who also provided milk for breakfast:) overall a great place with great hosts!

    June 2014
  • Very quiet, and away from it all.

    June 2014
    Kitty And Michael
    Response from Kitty And Michael:

    Sorry about that the Hot Water Danniel. The pilot had gone out.

    June 2014
  • Where to start?!
    The whole experience was brilliant. Easily the most memorable part of my holiday.
    The Mushroom Dome is super comfortable and very spacious.
    The location is easy to find and 10 minutes out of town.
    Kitty was a fantastic host, so welcoming after our long 7 hour drive! We were greeted at the drive way by dogs and goats and the highlight for me had to be the hummingbirds.
    Cant wait to visit this magical place again.

    June 2014
  • It's a beautiful, beautiful location, and we hope to return and stay longer. It's definitely best for 1-2 people--the space is really just one smallish room, with a loft area for the comfortable bed. Still, though small, the space is brilliantly organized, well equipped but uncluttered, and generally very "livable"; plus there's the magnificent deck, which really opens things up. Those with knee or back issues might find the ladder to the loft a bit challenging.

    June 2014
  • The Mushroom Dome is charming and unique, but be is VERY small, especially for three people. Kitty was very friendly, but we were gone a lot and came home late and after telling them our outside light didn't work it still wasn't repaired. Still, it's in a beautiful setting and was an adventure!

    June 2014
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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.
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