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Has anyone stayed at the Mountain Home Ranch outside of
Calistoga? We're considering spending a few days there this
summer with our 3 yr old, 5 yr old, and dog. I've seen their
website, but don't actually know anyone who has been there.
Would you recommend it?
We stayed at Mountain Home Ranch in January, with several other
families (lots of kids), for a reunion. We had a great time
there, and it suited our group well. However, the accommodations
are pretty old and funky and the place is need of some TLC.
(Possibly things are better kept during the summer, when they
have more guests.) We enjoyed the grounds, the kids loved
feeding carrots to the horses, we took several short hikes, some
kids swam in the (not very clean) pool, we had a potluck in the
lounge area, and we gathered for a fine breakfast together in the
main dining room. Feel free to contact me with specific follow-up
I went to Mtn. Home Ranch with my then-3 year-old two years
ago. We went during Spring Break, so some of the amenities
weren't in use - the pool, for instance. It rained while we
were there, too. But she loved it. It is small and old and not
at all fancy. The breakfast is very nice, as I recall, and
served in the main house. There are a few horses, and carrots
out all day for you to feed to them. This was basically our
main activity. There are also goats and a cow. That was enough
for us! We went ''fishing'' - she didn't know you need a hook,
and I didn't tell her! - at the little pond nearby, and we went
into town for dinner. It was nice and slow.
We stayed at MHR about 2 years ago and really enjoyed it. Our
kids were 3 and 1. They enjoyed the animals - horse, goats,
chickens, dogs and the swimming pools. We went for short hikes
and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. The food was fine and
people were really nice to us. We stayed in one of the cabins
(Joy?) and I recall the bed as being pretty uncomfortable.
Re: Large Reunion in the Bay Area (Sept 2003)
Look into Mountain Home Ranch in the hills/mtns. above
Calistoga off the road to Santa Rosa (Petrified Forest Road?).
The family owned and run collection of cabins has two swimming
pools, a small lawn area, hiking, and a communal dining area
outside. It's rustic, they provide breakfast only, you'd have
to bring in caterers. It's a FABULOUS place for families,
provided they are not expecting treatment of a Four Seasons'.
Triple J ranch is right there also. Have fun-
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