After a much-needed rainy winter in Northern California, Mendocino County, located three hours north of San Francisco, has exploded with color and life.
Gentler breezes replace winter’s stronger winds. Wildflowers dot the dramatic bluffs and roadsides. The sun is out, but the recent rains have given a boost to bubbling streams and powerful rivers and leant an emerald-hue to the verdant fields and rolling hillsides of grapevines. In short – Spring is the perfect time for visitors to enjoy this spectacular paradise of coastal splendor and towering redwoods, before summer ushers in higher rates and larger crowds.
Before you get back to San Francisco, stop once more in the Anderson Valley and experience Camp Navarro. Founded as a logging camp in the early 1900s, the camp was once a turnaround for the railroad that rebuilt post-earthquake San Francisco with precious Mendocino redwood. Since then the pastoral compound has been reborn as a nature retreat and unique event destination, welcoming groups to experience the great outdoors in an unspoiled setting that is not too far removed from civilization. Available for corporate retreats, weddings, festivals, concerts, and other creative events, Camp Navarro has a capacity for over 400 people in a variety of cabins, Adirondacks and Teepee tents.
The camp features miles of nature trails, an archery and shooting range, a 10,000-square-foot main lodge with a dining and meeting hall, swimming holes, a meditation platform, an amphitheater and much more. Wifi, artisanal coffee, and delicious cuisine – including pizzas from their new Mugnaini wood-fired oven and savories from their hand-built smokehouse – allow you to immerse yourself in nature without being deprived of creature comforts. Camp Navarro, 901 Masonite Industrial Rd, Navarro, CA 95466, www.campnavarro.com.