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At the Vineyards

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Terra Bella, CA

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    45+ (ft)

  • Parking Spaces

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    3

  • Max Nights Per Stay

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    5

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    Yes

Camp among Vineyards, Pistachios, Orange Trees, and our Gardens. The wife is an accomplished Gardener who raises flowers, fruits, micro greens, and vegetables. Beautiful Spring days showcase our Transalpine Teroldego grapes as they grow from spring into early summer. Summer days are to hot for camping and your hosts leave to travel among you leaving our adult sons to manage the ranch. Mild fall days precede dormant crops with falling leaves, campfires at the front and back patios, as well as a little stargazing. We are located in the foothills at the bottom of Sequoia National Monument below California Hot Springs and many nearby lakes and parks. Bring your boat, your jet skis, your hiking clothes and go have fun. Come back to your site and enjoy a glass of our fine wine and a good chat courtesy of your hosts. Suggested Local Attractions:Close to Tulare County’s Balch Park (John Muir’s Favorite Sequoia Grove), California Hot Springs, and the Trail of a Hundred Giants. Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP, as well as two large lakes which are just a few miles away. Please visit our Facebook Group “Sequoia National Park Camping & Recreation” which has almost 8,000 members and scroll through the numerous pictures and comments about the nearby attractions of our wilderness in all her glorious seasons.

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

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Outdoor Cooking Allowed

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Generators Allowed

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Slideouts Allowed

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House Rules

No children are allowed. Generators must be built in or operated in your truck. They must be insulated and very quiet. This is a fire zone and generators may not be placed on the ground. Generators may be operated between 8 AM and 7 PM but not continuously. You must clean up after camping. No dumping of anything. This ranch grows wine grapes, pistachios, and oranges. Nothing that threatens the water table or any of the crops is allowed. No smoking at any time. Fires are at the ranch house and by invitation only. Pets must be on a leash at all times. You may walk them on Road 102. Check out is by 10 AM unless otherwise arranged.

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Location

Access Road Conditions: Our sites are level and they sit along road, #102, next to the grape vines across from the pistachio trees. Road #102 must be entered from Road #264. Park completely off the road. You exit by continuing along Road #102 and exiting onto Stage Coach Hwy. Do not enter our driveway, our neighbors driveway, the fields, or the nearby orchards to turn around. There are beautiful views in the spring and in the early summer when the grapes are growing, budding, or green and the sweet smell of the orange groves drifts across our ranch. When temperature near 100 degrees we cease hosting. When it rains and the grass becomes soggy we cease hosting. Our sites do not have hookups so you must be self contained. They hold two of the largest class As or 5th wheels and their tow vehicles, or three trailers, class Cs and their tow vehicles. There is a Harbor Freight, a Home Depot, and a Lowe’s within seven miles. All areas of the ranch use irrigation water which must be filtered before human consumption. Exterior bibs and field faucets are unfiltered and may not be used for drinking water. No fires are allowed at our campsites and generators must be self contained and may not be operated continuously or after 7PM. This is a fire zone and we are not allowed to host any campers creating a fire hazard. Campfires with refreshments are held by invitation only.

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65+

Retired Court Officer, Vineyard Owner, Winemaker, RVr, Boater, & Fisherman Details: Conservatives surrounded by grapes who dabble in winemaking, barbecuing, and outdoor life. The wife is a faculty member at the local community college. The children, young men, are finishing their educations and preparing to abandon us in order to start life out on their own. We welcome those who enjoy a glass of wine, a fire, and some good company. Home Town: Terra Bella, Ca. 93270 is a rural area 7 miles from Porterville, Ca. We are at the foot of Sequoia National Monument we have two great warm water fishing and boating lakes nearby. The closest, Lake Success is 8 miles away and it supports house boating, fishing, personal watercraft, kayaking, and swimming. The largest Lake Kaweah is 30 miles away. We have launched our 26 foot motored sailboat and multiple dinghies, kayaks, etc., in both and they are immensely entertaining for everyone. The local lakes are well stocked for freshwater fishing. They are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, patrolled by watercraft of the Tulare County Sheriff, and by resident Park Rangers. There is a full service Marina on each Lake. Favorite Boondocking Locations: All over North America. Skills or Expertise to Share: All the subjects you failed to study and then some.

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References for this location from other RVers

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    KoryStory

    2 months ago

    As mentioned by others, the host is communicative and specific about the do’s and don’ts of the stay, which is always helpful. I didn’t see anyone else mention the host’s two Ridgebacks that guard their property. We were told to keep our dog on leash and outside the hot wire holding their dogs in or else “they will kill it”. Needless to say we kept our dog close and we had no incidents. Still it seemed like something important to mention to other members traveling with pets! Aside from that it was a short, sweet, quite night’s sleep in a spot devoid of many HH/BW options, so that was great and much appreciated!

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    Csjustice

    2 months ago

    Great hosts provided all the details we needed to park safely for the night. The weather wasn’t great so we didn’t get to meet in person. The fields were beautiful and we enjoyed a lovely sunrise. Nice quiet spot to overnight.

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    Frankorrego70

    3 months ago

    quiet,all around are orchard or vineyard at nigth is fresh and dark nights, that way i life it.

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    Lesandlesley

    4 months ago

    Our host greeted us when we arrived he was very welcoming. We had had a bad day which included an accident before we arrived at the winery. We were unsure if our 38 ft Class A and tow car fit into the space. After some humming and hawing we decided not stay. Thank you so much for offering us your space.

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    Lcoxnas6698

    7 months ago

    The hosts were very welcoming, sharing their property, gardens and a fun evening by the fire. I’m so grateful to the hosts!

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