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Intimately experience a biodiverse farm
We'll start by foraging through the farm to make a diverse "goat salad." We'll walk through the garden, stop to admire the beehives, meet the pigs, and then feed and pet our silly goats and adorable Babydoll sheep. Once our goats and sheep have had their salads, we’ll hand feed our gentle dairy cow, Harper, some of her favorite treats. After washing off any cow slobber, we'll treat you to a light seasonal farm picnic. You'll then walk off those calories by taking our miniature horses for a stroll, and you'll pet and feed these sweeties. Following our horse experience, we'll step in with the chickens and ducks. We'll feed them organic hen scratch and farm greens, if available. We'll watch them happily scratch around and quack and coo, and you can hold and pet them if you’d like too. While they’re scratching around, we’ll step into the coops to check for eggs. We'll compare the various types, shapes, colors, and sizes. We'll finish our experience with a calm and relaxing visit with our bunnies. We'll pet and feed these sweet and soft fur balls. All along the experience, you will learn fun facts about our diverse plant and animal family, and you’ll leave with a seasonal farm gift. Other things to note: Wear comfortable closed-toed walking shoes and clothes you don't mind possibly getting a bit dirty. Boots and long pants are ideal. *Great for teams and team-building too!
Magical llama walk with dogs, goats & flowers
(Dates and times are flexible. I can accommodate most dates and times. ) Each guest will get a llama of their choice to walk with. We will start with snacks and drinks and then go on a full tour of the farm. After seeing all the animal fields we will walk with the llamas on a small forest trail along a seasonal creek. On our walk we will look at some ancient Indian acorn grinding rocks. Cold drinks, a pie & ice cream will be offered on the shady lawn at the end of the tour. If you like shopping: I have a small store with gifts, antiques and book right next door. In the summer guests could take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool. A small pool is available for young children. Minimum group size is 2. If you are booking just one space, I might have to cancel if there are no additional bookings. My dates, times and group sizes are flexible. Please contact me if you like to schedule something on a specific day or time. Group or school tours are available, please inquire. Other things to note: During the rainy season rain boots are best since the fields can be muddy. Good walking shoes or boots are best during the dry seasons. The walk is on somewhat uneven lawns and pathways so if you have difficulties walking bring a cane or special shoes.
Coffee with Critters
PLEASE MESSAGE ME FOR larger group. (I have been vaccinated & follow CDC guidelines) Also can offer animal tour only for discounted rate. Arrive at the Kitty Hotel homestead grab a coffee, fruit or scone before our tour. Visit animal enclosures armed with carrots as the animals come and visit. The horse, donkey & goats love carrots & grapes, the pigs will eat just about anything. Sometimes the alpacas ask for a shower from the hose. Inside the chicken enclosure baby chicks can be held if mommy hen permits. Treats can be offered as the eager hens & ducks as they gather around looking for their favorite snacks. Visit free ranging rabbits inside Mr. McGregor's garden. Beautiful lop earred bunnies hopping about searching for greens. Pet the pigs and give them a carrot. Just sitting back and watching the animals feed and engage with each other is fascinating. Fair warning, some enclosures have rocky unleveled terrain. Safety guidelines must be respected so that the experience is safe for the animals and the visitors. At any time of year there are many rescued animals that live here harmoniously. The circle of life is illustrated in a rich tapestry at the Kitty Hotel, a modest homestead. 100% of your fee goes toward the upkeep and care of the animals.
Experience Llamas
We strive to integrate the natural wisdom of the llama with the cultural heritage of this intelligent creature by relating knowledge of the Andean cosmology and the Andean spiritual path. Here you will have the opportunity to meet, greet, interact with and communicate with our specially trained llama friends. This Experience is about llamas for wellness and educational proposes. We do believe in llamas as healers and messengers of Mother Nature (Pachamama). We want you to experience their medicine and help us on their training too. Safety is always top priority for guests and the llamas, so our program will be different on a winter day after a rainy week than it will be on a hot August afternoon. Please wear comfortable shoes and country clothing. We will put you into situations where you will be able to understand who these llamas are, personally discovering the different personalities that make up our herd. Other things to note We will introduce you to our "Speechless Brothers". Be prepared to learn all about llamas. They are smart, clean and personable. Let them know you are as well.
Gold Panning Crystal Sift@Real Gold Mine
We will meet at our Gem and mineral shop and then caravan to the mine. You will drive your own vehicle and follow me. The creek is located very close to the entrance of the mine. We are very lucky to have yearround water in our spring-fed creek for gold panning. We supply all the tools and pans and you get to keep all the gold you find! My goal is to teach you how to pan so you can go off and be able to find gold anywhere. I am highly experienced and can save you a lot of time and wasted money. I’m always happy to answer questions about equipment and other details of gold prospecting. After the two hour trip you will be a real prospector! I always tell people that I wish I was able to learn how to pan for gold on a real gold mine and gold country! It’s so hard for me to explain but look at the pictures and look at the people having fun. That’s what it’s all about! I love meeting new people and will tell you all about my story on the trip.

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Christmas Themed Photoshoot Experince with Highland Cows
Add some Christmas spirit with a once in a lifetime Scottish Highland photoshoot and interaction experience! Each experience will last about 45 minutes and will involve education about the breed as well as interaction with the cattle such as feeding, brushing and petting. Pictures will be taken in an outdoor/barn Christmas themed setting with at least one cow or calf. Photos will be taken by a professional photographer and will be available within 3 days in digital form. Address will be provided after booking. ***Please follow the detailed directions that are sent to you in the messages and use the address provided by us. Airbnb directions will not bring you to our farm.
Open fire chef's tasting dinner expierence
Looking for an intimate fireside dining experience? Join us for a delicious farm to table meal cooked over an open fire in our lush garden, surrounded by a beautiful oak and madrone forest. I’m Chef Devin. My passion is cooking simple food over fire for small groups, educating and enchanting people with beautiful fresh ingredients, and telling stories about the culinary traditions that bring them to life. Our catering company, the Loaves and Fishes Collective, specializes in local, organic, farm to table menus for large and small gatherings and events. I have over a decade of experience creating cuisine from a variety of cultures. I specialize in whole animal barbeque, but enjoy cooking all types of food over fire, and especially love hosting guests in our garden and home to enjoy good food and share stories. I’m happy to consult over the phone before your visit to co-create a menu featuring the most seasonally available ingredients and dishes that suit your dietary needs and flavor desires. I offer varying levels and types of dining experiences, from fire-roasted vegetables served on wooden boards to multi-course plated tasting menus featuring complex, high level cuisine. I look forward to crafting a beautiful dining experience, creating a meal that is unique and satisfying for you and your friends or loved ones.
Tahoe Wilderness Snowshoe Tour
Join me on one of the most beautiful snowshoes hike in Lake Tahoe! The elevation gain is fairly modest, only about 400 vertical feet. Approximately 3 miles round trip will be well worth it. Here, the mountain chickadees are abundant, I will be happy to take pictures during the snowshoe hike. Friendly dogs are welcome.
Private yacht class boat tour on Lake Tahoe
Private yacht class boat tour on Lake Tahoe for up to six guests Cost is $600 for two hours. We meet at the Tahoe keys Marina after going over safety and rules we get on board and I will be your captain and narrator for a two hour boat tour following the shoreline from the Marina through emerald bay to DL Bliss state park, Rubicon Estates, Sugar Pine Point and back to the marina. See Vikinsholm, Eagle Falls, the tea house on Fannette Island,the cliffs of DL Bliss state park and Rubicon Estates all by boat instead of fighting traffic and Hassle with parking. Meet me between “the fresh Ketch “ restaurant and the boat ramp inside the tahoe keys marina . Look for my sign “ Tahoe Emerald Bliss Boat Tour” your welcome to bring whatever you like to eat and drink please wear sunscreen and bring towels if you plan on getting in the water
Horseback riding on a beautiful local trail
Join us at our family owned ranch, and visit with the many horses we have on our homestead. Saddle up! Lynette will walk you through the process, sharing her knowledge, while keeping it fun and easygoing! First you’ll take pictures, and feed carrots to some of the ponies on our property! Then you’ll join us on a trail ride and enjoy some beautiful local scenery!
Back-to-Eden Farm & Animal Experience
Book a tour and/or book the venue to celebrate your birthday. We will meet at the drive-way and proceed to: 1. Visit and feed our beautiful variety chickens and collect eggs. (chicks-seasonal) 2. Visit and feed the ducks, watch them swim and frolic play 3.. Visit with our talkative geese and photoshoot with "Good Boy" our handsome male goose (depending on his mood) 5. Visit with goats, pet, let them nibble from your hand and take them on a little walk. Meet baby Tiger, and baby Thunder- our gorgeous blue eye kids. 6. Visit and feed the cows, be surprised by how their tongue feels when they take the hay off your hand and perhaps watch their calves nurse ( calves-yes!) 7. Visit with our gorgeous rabbits and cuddle them. 8. Visit with our adorable young and gentle alpacas 9. Shop for delightful home-made soap, fresh fruits, fresh veggies and fresh eggs, adorable succulents-great gifts for the person who has everything 10. Bring a snack to enjoy right after the tour. For stay at our guest houses after the tour:
Guided North Tahoe Ski & Mountain Tours
We will meet at a north shore Tahoe resort. After becoming familiar with your skill level(s) we can adventure to the best ski decents, challenge your skills, explore beautiful mountain scenery, hike the ridges and bag the peaks of these fun Tahoe resort mountains. You will help plan the day according to what type of skiing you are looking for but if you are up for a work out and really getting to know the resort I'm the fun active guide you are looking for. Skill development will be apart of each ski guided tour. Education about the snowpack, avalanche awareness and off piste skiing techniques may apply depending on your skill level. Hiking can be a focus but that depends on your experience, willingness to hike, and the snow conditions. Other things to note: We should communicate about skill levels and the snow conditions prior to our adventure day. Please respond to messages in a timely manner (within 3+ hours is fine) the week of your ski tour. Mountains can close down due to weather, communication is key.
Private mountain bike tour Waranerosa bike park Murphys ca
Private mountain bike tour, and lunch. Experience Warnerosa mountain retreats private guided mountain bike tour. The morning will start with a 2-3 hour Mountain bike adventure throughout 80 acres of private mountain biking trails. Enjoy nature beauty and magnificent views of Warnerosa. Bike and ebike rentals are available through Mountain Aloha bicycles. The tour will end with provided lunch and beverages.
Starry Nights-Telescope Tour Under Dark Country Skies
*** Note we are temporarily pausing bookings for Starry Nights for the month of December 2022 while our StarSense hand control is being repaired by Celestron. We expect to be able to begin viewings again after the moon cycle in January 2023. Merry Christmas! *** Join an amateur astronomer with almost 40 years of experience observing the night sky from Murphys, and take advantage of dark skies unlike anything in the city as we view beautiful astronomical objects through one of the largest telescopes available on the non-professional market (please note the photos of our scope were taken in the Bay Area-the skies in Murphys are MUCH darker!). Depending on the time of year, you will view planets, double stars and star clusters, nebulae and other galaxies through our 14-inch Celestron Edge-HD telescope. Telescopes invoke wonder like you've never experienced! Imagine viewing a galaxy of half a trillion stars as it looked before humans walked upright, or a star that ripped itself apart in a supernova a century ago. You decide how much time you spend with each object-small groups mean you never have to wait to look into the eyepiece (we limit bookings to 4 people each viewing; however, we are happy to accept SINGLE groups larger than 4 - just message us in advance and we'll adjust AirBNB's limits). Note - we don't observe during the first to third lunar quarters.
Gourmet Picnic Experience
Our private location places you lake side under a beautiful willow tree at the Sierra Meadows Resort in Ahwahnee, California. With a beautiful California sunset in the back drop we provide the ultimate gourmet picnic experience. Chef Robert's menu paints a culinary journey that includes local California cheese plate, seasonal tea sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries. Seasonally inspired dishes sourced from the greatest central California farmers markets and local producers. Our unique picnic experience settings conduct our guests to feel elegant, comfortable and relaxed. This experience is great for traveling groups celebrating birthdays, engagements or a perfect for a romantic getaways. Special menus are available for vegan and vegetarians. Enjoy the our culinary journey as the day comes to rest. We want our guest experience to be perfect from start to finish. Our guest show up, have fun, eat great food and leave with wonderful memories of the day's end.
Yosemite Cider Orchard Tour and Tasting
Take a break from the rigors of Yosemite hiking and take a relaxing stroll through our orchard. Learn about what makes our 19 varieties of apples so special (and why you probably don't want to eat them), a brief history of American cider, some slightly embellished tales about the local wildlife, and some jokes that will either make you laugh or groan, depending on the weather. Then kick back at our tasting room to enjoy some bar games, beautiful views and a meet and greet with some really nice dogs and some really goaty goats. Oh, and cider of course. You'll get to drink cider. One sip, and you'll understand why call it "Campfire Champagne."
Party with the animals at Bluebird Farm
At Bluebird Farm we offer an intimate family-friendly experience for all ages. When you arrive we will say hello, go over the farm rules, give a quick tour of the property and amenities then the fun begins. There's no strict timeline, you can enjoy the 3 hours at your own pace. You can meet all the animals like our alpaca, Scottish Highland cows and calf, horses, goats, mini horses and mini donkeys. We have a small critter corner where you can hang with a bunny, ducks, a tortoise, guinea pigs and chickens. Mini horse rides are available for kids (75lb weight limit) and a hayride is available for everyone! ***mini horse rides and hay ride NOT included on discounted weekday tours*** Kids can roam and use their imagination at the outdoor play area. There's a mini farmers market, play house, flower shop, garage with power wheels, mini garden, mud kitchen, sandbox and swings. Make sure to bring your own lunch and snacks. Between the activities you can sit down at the picnic tables and enjoy your lunch under the oak trees. There's an outdoor hand washing station and bathroom available. We ask you please wash your hands before and after petting and feeding the animals.
Fused Glass class in Artist Studio
When you enter glasshead studio, you will notice the large workspace for you and your group to create your fused glass project. Once we are all acquainted, you will learn the basic skills on how to use the cutting tools, and how to arrange the glass for a proper fusing. You will have a variety of glass to use to create your fused glass plate or bowl. We begin with a clear glass base and from there your imagination can run wild. Whether it is an abstract design or a specific drawing; you will have 2 hours to enjoy creating with a variety of shapes and colors of compatible glass. We use Bullseye glass which is of the highest quality and standard. After your pieces are completed, they will be fired overnight in the kiln. You may choose to have your glass piece slumped into a plate or bowl mold, or left flat as a tile. The slump will require a second firing. The overall return time is 3-4 days. Shipping options are available. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.
Learn to throw on the wheel out of my cozy backyard studio
During this one hour personal pottery lesson, I will teach you the basics of wheel throwing. I will first start with a short 5-7 minute demo on the wheel, giving a narrated, step by step process of throwing. After that, the rest of the hour is yours to throw! If you decided to bring a friend you will be throwing right along side each other. You will be given 2-3 one pound balls of clay to throw and attempt to make any vessel of your choice. Throughout the hour I will be your guide, helping you along the way. The goal is for you to learn, have fun, create and have something that lasts a lifetime. After the lesson is over, the ceramic process is not done. I will then trim, fire and glaze your piece, and ship it back to you within a 3-4 week period. Packaging and shipping IS included in the price.
Meet and greet with a ranch horse
We will start with pairing you with the perfect horse for you! Then you’ll grab a brush and start grooming your horse. Lynette will walk you through the process of brushing, and general maintenance for her horses. Next you’ll be able to enjoy a walk in our round pen with your horse! Spend some one on one time walking, petting and feeding your horse carrots. Once you’re done, you’ll help walk your horse back to their pasture. This is the perfect experience if you’re looking to be around horses, but not ride them.