Destinations, Kids

Emandel Farm, a Family Camp in California

February 10, 2013 by

Gathering eggs is just one of the optional chores

Gathering eggs is just one of the optional chores

If your kids want to go to summer camp but you’re not ready to let them go to a strange place without you, consider the Emandel Farm, a family camp along the Mendocino coast.

It’s located northeast of Willits at the heart of Mendocino Country and is one of the highest points in the Coast Range. It’s not only beautiful, it’s historic!

Emandal a Working Farm since 1908

Emandal is a historic farm on 1,000 acres located on the riverfront. While it is considered a camp, it is also a restful getaway with non-structured activities.

Unlike “real” farm life, farm chores here are optional, but the kids usually like to try their hand at milking a cow, collecting eggs, or harvesting garden produce. These activities can actually be fun for the whole family, or you may just want to relax in a hammock and enjoy the scenery.

Milking a cow

Accommodations

Lodging at the Emandal farm includes 19 cabins built in the early 1900s. Cabins feature a variety of sleeping accommodations including queen, single, and bunk beds.

In all, the cabins can sleep 64 people comfortably. Cabins are equipped with electricity, cold spring water, and a shared bathhouse. Two farmhouse rooms offer a private bath. 

Fresh Bread

Bread is made fresh almost daily.

Eating Family Style

Meals include three family-style meals served each day made with food from the garden, eggs from the chickens on site, and they raise their own grass-fed beef and free-range pigs. Meals are made from scratch, and offer healthy portions of fruits and vegetables.

The farm roasts its own coffee, cans its own jams and syrups, and bakes fresh bread almost every day. Family camp starts officially with dinner on the first night and concludes with a late breakfast on the last day. 

2013 Reservations

The Emandal Farm Family Campy in California provides an opportunity to build memories for the whole family and unique experience to share with friend. Like any camp, family camp reservations need to be made in advance.

For more information you can email Emandal Farm at info@emandal.com or check their website for current information. 

Photo credits: cheeseslave, cheeseslave, allesok

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