Savor a slice of rural life in Mendocino County. The region is known for its wines, waves, and wilderness, but also has a rich agricultural heritage available to adventurous travelers through farm stays. A night at one of the county’s working farms, ranches, or vineyards will refresh your perspective and rejuvenate your spirit.

Words and images courtesy of Holly Madrigal and Torrey Douglass; content from their publication “Mendocino County Farm Stays,” which you can download here.


Philo: The Apple Farm

Sleep among the apples. With three cottages sat back in the orchard and the Room with a View above the main kitchen, The Apple Farm is an ideal escape. Three generations are busy running the farm, but you can sit by the river, take a walk in neighboring Hendy Woods, or kick back on your porch with a loved one and a glass of local wine.

Better yet, come for a Stay & Cook weekend and help prepare wonderful meals and then savor them together.


Willits: Emandal – A Farm on a River

Since 1908 Emandal farm has welcomed guests who want to get away from city life to enjoy a country vacation with farm grown and home cooked meals. Redwood cabins sit in the cool shade of the fir and madrone trees, the Eel River meanders through the property, and usually you can find an unoccupied hammock when you’re ready for a snooze.

Join your loved ones for Family Camp, come up for a Farm Stay, or delve into your untapped creative reserves at the late summer/early fall Art Stays.


Fort Bragg: Nye Ranch

Nye Ranch grows fog-loving vegetables, strawberries, and specialty cut-flowers  that beautify events, restaurants, and weddings all along the Mendocino Coast. Expect your stay to be big on beauty if you rent their four bedroom, two bath guest house on the six acre property. The historic redwood home sleeps 16, and a short trail takes you to the sandy beaches of MacKerricher State Park and the coastal bike path that goes south to Fort Bragg or north to the Ten Mile Dunes.


Potter Valley: The Oak Granary

The Oak Granary is a land-based community and non-profit environmental education center dedicated to regenerating ecosystems and communities through nature-based learning. Education programs include summer camps, workshops, and longer immersions, with a focus on nature connection, permaculture, and wildtending.

Rustic chic facilities include a steel dairy barn with event space for up to 175 people, the Farm House (sleeps 10), the Hill House (sleeps 4), and a campground for up to 50 people.


Point Arena: B. Bryan Preserve

B. Bryan Preserve is actively committed to the breeding and preservation of endangered African hoof stock. They offer two cottages and their Carriage House for overnight guests, and you can sign up to join them on one of their twice-a-day feeding rounds. The preserve is home to African Antelope, Zebra and Giraffe. Your visit not only makes great memories—it also makes it possible for your hosts, Judy and Frank Mello, to continue this important work.


Hopland: Campovida

Reconnect with nature while tasting world class wines. Guests are invited to explore all 50-acres of the working farm and vineyard, including lush gardens, magical spaces, and Campovida’s wine tasting room. With 10 private rooms, a salt water pool, bocce ball courts, and restored 1890s barns, farm stays are a wonderful way to unplug. This private estate is open for wine tasting by appointment daily.  Overnight stays are open to Campovida’s Pura Vida wine community members.


Yorkville: Groundswell

Groundswell is designed for groups of 20-150 and features 10 cabins, a dining hall, commercial kitchen, plentiful meeting and bathing facilities, and a large group spa. The 200 acres of rolling oak meadows and steep redwood forests include a long stretch of creek and a quarter acre pond for swimming year-round. In addition to renting the facilities out to groups and individuals, Groundswell Institute produces programs that help LGBTQ people lead healthier, more fulfilled, and more impactful lives.


Point Arena: Oz Farm

Bordered with redwood forest and graced by the Garcia River running through its 240 acres, Oz Farm has been growing certified (CCOF) organic produce since 1990. It sustainably manages its forest and is ‘off-the-grid’, using solar and wind power for all its operations. The farm offers nine different accommodations: one large Community House, five cabins, two yurts, and geodesic domes that host parties of 30 or more. The entire farm can be reserved for long weekends or just a single cabin rental for a relaxing get-away!


Hopland: Terra Sávia

Terra Sávia produces award-winning organic wines, extra virgin olive oil, and olive oil products with a special commitment towards land conservation and wildlife preservation. Their two bed, two bath guest house is a secluded and peaceful vineyard hideaway. Nestled at the base of Duncan Peak, it overlooks their 35 acre organic vineyard and surrounding mountains. Enjoy the pool on summer days and the hot tub on cool nights, as well as Tesla and EV charging stations.


Ukiah: Yokayo Ranch

Yokayo Ranch hosts weddings, retreats, parties, and events, and offers group lodging for 20 or more guests. It boasts two large houses and two cabanas. Each house is historically decorated while providing all the amenities of modern life. The houses surround lawns, covered patios, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen. The property also is home to Yokayo Roots Farm, where draft horses help turn the soil and special attention is paid to preserving and increasing soil fertility.