About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
Russian River Destination Vacation Home and Organic Farm
***If your stay will include any size gathering (people invited who aren't overnight guests), please use the option to "Ask Owner a Question". We need time to inform you of prices and policies that apply to these events, and that can't be handled in the limited time allowed if you "Request to Book" instead. Any typical rental that doesn't involve gatherings, large groups, or events can still use Request to Book if you'd like. Thank you for your cooperation with this request.***
Welcome to Sabor Mexicano! Enjoy a serene experience (or an exciting adventure) at this 130-acre Farm, Retreat and Event Center in Sonoma County. Nestled in a fertile valley near the Russian River, this historic Colonel Armstrong Home, was built in 1890 and has been completely renovated and recently opened to the public for the first time.
Lodging and full amenities for up to 12 adults and 3 children. If you would like to bring additional guests please contact us, as we can offer other options.
Located on Fife Creek, the farm is adjacent to the majestic Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and close to many classic Californian attractions. Come up and enjoy the weekend – or even a week! We welcome your booking request for any time of year.
PERFECT FOR A VARIETY OF SPECIAL EVENTS: The property is a unique and idyllic retreat spot with gorgeous views and peaceful surroundings, making it the ultimate setting for garden parties, receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and business, yoga and meditation retreats, or simply as your next incredible escape destination.
* 1 ½ hours from San Francisco
* 5 minute walk to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve where you can
marvel at the majestic Redwoods
* 5 minute drive to the Russian River resort town of Guerneville
* 20 minute drive to Jenner by the Sea where the river meets the ocean
* 130 acres nestled in a fertile valley along Fife Creek
* Beautiful organic farm with: tomatoes, chili peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, purslane, spinach, corn, broccoli, watermelon, garlic, onion, cabbage and apples
* Supplies Cancun Restaurant in Berkeley and Tlaloc in San Francisco, and used to create Sabor Mexicano Homemade Chips and Salsa, found in many local stores
The Property features:
* Outstanding view of the surrounding hilltops
* Expansive lawn ideal for a wedding, garden party, or other special event
* Hiking trails winding through a forest of Redwood, Madrone and Douglas Fir
ACCOMMODATIONS: Enjoy plenty of space and modern amenities in this unique and historic setting. Decorated with an eclectic mix of Mexican art and local antiques, as well as with beds made of reclaimed wood from Colonel Armstrong's original home! Accommodations Include:
* 5 bedrooms, each sleeping 2 people
* Sleeping loft for children, off the master bedroom
* Lovely living room with murphy and trundle beds
* Spacious great room with fireplace, sofas & large wooden farm table, perfect for meetings and sharing large meals
* 6 1/2 bathrooms
* State-of-the-art kitchen with commercial stove & wine closet
* Brick back patio & 3-tiered front patio for lounging, eating, yoga and meetings
* 2 fireplaces, outdoor fire pit, large built-in grill and pizza oven
* High-speed Internet available throughout the house
TO DO ON THE PROPERTY:
* Have a picnic, potluck or special celebration, massage, yoga or meditation class
* Pick produce from the garden for your next farm-to-table meal
* Cook in the newly remodeled kitchen
* Lounge with a good book and glass of wine
* Enjoy the late afternoon sun from the porch overlooking the lush gardens
* Sit around the campfire and share stories about the day's exciting adventures!
RECREATION ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA: Sabor Mexicano is the perfect place to have an unforgettable adventure! Besides being a picturesque retreat, the farm is close to a plethora of exciting activities, including:
* award-winning restaurants, sustainable wineries, creameries, bakeries, breweries & farmers' markets
* antique shops, art galleries, movies, dancing, live music & theater
* canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, paddle boating & boarding
* ocean boating, fishing, surfing, kiteboarding & scuba diving
* rock climbing, ziplines, sky bridges, ballooning & skydiving
* hiking, biking, mountain biking, ice skating & horseback riding
* swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard & miniature golf
* zen meditation center, yoga, massage, fitness centers & spas
* green tours, parks, gardens, scenic drives & historic Fort Ross
* whale watching, beachcombing, birdwatching, wildflower viewing, photography and more!
* Green Traveler Guides:
TESTIMONIALS: "Sabor Mexicano Farms is a magical and special hide-away. This enchanting place invites you to explore the beauty of nature while providing a warm, cozy and safe place to rest your head. Relax, unwind and embrace the power of living the good life!" Lynne Williams, Events Coordinator at Impact Hub Oakland. More testimonials are below, in the “Unique Benefits” section, and also please check out our stellar VRBO reviews!
AVAILABLE TOURS: To help you discover the rich surrounding area please consider booking a tour through Bay Area Green Tours. Their entertaining and educational offerings include:
* Organic Farms
* Artisan Cheese
* Wine & Cheese
* River, Ocean & Redwoods
* Nature Walk with a Renowned Local Naturalist
* Field to Forest
* Fibershed: Local Artisan Fibers & Dyes
* and more -- please inquire for details!
NON-PROFIT SUPPORT: A portion of your rental proceeds helps support Bay Area Green Tours (www.bayareagreentours.org) whose mission is to provide educational tours and events that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action, inspire support of local green businesses, and empower people to incorporate environmental responsibility and social justice into their personal and professional lives.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 15, 2018
About Jorge Saldana
Sabor Mexicano Farm, Retreat and Event Center is a family owned operation. The proprietor, Jorge Saldana, is a 3rd generation farmer who leads with his heart in managing this very special destination. The interior has been decorated by his wife Carmina, a natural host and wonderful designer. Together, they have created an authentic and unique vacation home. Their farm, as well as their specialty Sabor Mexicano Salsa and Homemade Chips business and three popular restaurants, center around their philosophy that good health contributes to the greater good of the environment. All their produce is grown organically, some from heritage seeds that have been handed down to Jorge by his family in Mexico. Nothing goes to waste; for example, alfalfa is grown to feed the goats, horses and chickens. The farm is irrigated by a natural spring that flows through the property. The produce grown in the fields supplies Sabor Mexicano chips and salsas (freshly made onsite at a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen), as well as Jorge’s thriving restaurants: Cancun in Berkeley and Tlaloc in San Francisco. Please note: when you send an email to the owner, it will be responded to by the Property Manager, Batya Gelfand, vs. by the owner, Jorge.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We really enjoyed our stay at Sabor Mexicano. We had 11 adults that the house easily accommodated with plenty of space to visit. The kitchen was wonderful for cooking, very equipped with any kitchen gadget you would need. It's a very beautiful location, we enjoyed a walk to the Armstrong State Natural Preserve. It was an easy to drive to many vineyards and tasting rooms. We would definitely stay there again!
Our non-profit organization held our Annual Board and Staff Retreat at the Sabor Mexicano Farmhouse and it didn't disappoint. The house was absolutely lovely and the grounds peaceful and private. Our group of 15 was the right size for group work sessions facilitated in the living room. Cancun in Berkeley catered our lunch (we dealt directly with the owner, Carmina) and it was DELICIOUS- even had wonderful vegan options. Lunch was set up outside on the long table and we all ate in lunch together in the sun. A nice break! We got to meet the resident German Shepherd who was very sweet and such a beautiful and friendly dog. We didn't stay overnight but we'd love to come back next year. Thank you!
Perfect home for a family reunion
Booked the home for 11 adults for a family celebration and oh my gosh, what an amazing place. There was so much to do! We walked around the gardens, visited the goats and chickens, and used the stone pizza oven. Note, it takes a while to heat but we took advantage of the time and roasted up some marshmallows for s’mores. The house is so well equipped...only thing we wish we had brought was a couple of board games.
Carmina and Jorge, thank you!!!
Special Property -- perfect for a friends' weekend or a small family reunion
This is a very beautifully appointed house with a wonderful open kitchen/living/dining area that is perfect for a gathering of friends and family. We were a group of 6 friends from high school gathering for a two-night reunion, but the six bedrooms could accommodate at least twice as many as we were; it would be nice for a small extended family reunion. The organic farm and wonderfully restored home are set at the front of a gorgeous extended property filled with redwood trees. We took some great hikes up into the woods! Downtown Guerneville is just a couple of miles down the road, but once you are at the home you will hardly want to leave! The owner/farm founder (founder and chef at Cancun restaurant in Berkeley) lives up the hill in another home on the property, and we really enjoyed engaging with him and his sweet dogs; he was there to help with anything we needed and we paid to have him custom make us a fabulous meal on our second night there. We would go back in a heartbeat to this wonderful home in a fabulous part of Sonoma County!
Luxury in the woods!
When we were planning our wedding, we were looking for a house large enough to host our wedding party. We found Sabor Mexicano Farm and the fact that we could host the actual wedding and reception there, too, was just icing on the cake. The home is stunning and perfectly maintained. It's large enough so everyone has their own room and bathroom (though we made the singles double up) and there's plenty of room to relax and unwind.
The wedding itself was met with rave reviews and our guests were impressed not only with the beautiful house but also the beautiful setting. Working with the owner of the property as well as the staff that runs the non-profit associated with the farm was good as well, everyone we encountered whether on the phone, via email, or in person, was absolutely lovely. I would highly recommend a stay here and hope to go back again someday.
I would say Sabor Mexicano is one of those homes that you catch yourself thinking twice about writing a good review in the hopes that this gem doesn't become too popular. In a nutshell, my wife and I had our wedding their and it was absolutely perfect.
The whole house is so well thought out and decorated. The interior design was just our style: a rustic mix of old and new. There are so many nooks for people to sit and hang out. All the rooms have full bathrooms and were very comfortable. The kitchen was perfect for cooking for large groups and had all the dishs/pans/cups you could need. The outdoor patios were perfect for sitting out and enjoying the wonderful afternoons and there's even had a large wood fire oven and bbq that we didn't get to use.
We had our wedding ceremony in the redwoods behind the house. It was a little clearing at the end of a hike up a fire road, but it was the perfect place to have the wedding. We made it work with a couple shuttle cars. There is also a large grass lawn, vegetable gardens, and some farm animals on the property.
The home is really close to the Armstrong redwoods and across the street from the Forest view apple ranch, not to mention close to the Russian river and beyond. So, many things to do!
Batya was great at explaining all the details and just a joy to speak with. Carmina was very responsive and had a everything how we wanted when we arrived.
I can't wait to get another opportunity to go back.
RECREATION ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA: Sabor Mexicano Vacation Retreat, Event Center and Organic Farm is the perfect place to have an unforgettable adventure! Besides being a picturesque retreat, the farm is close to many classic Californian attractions and a plethora of exciting recreation activities, including: * Armstrong Redwoods Park, only minutes away -- take a deep breath and enjoy the unique energy of the towering Redwoods * The Russian River - two miles away * Jenner By The Sea - the dramatic spot where the river meets the ocean * Award-winning restaurants, sustainable wineries, creameries, bakeries, breweries & farmers' markets * Antique shops, art galleries, dancing, live music & theater * Canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, paddle boating & boarding * Ocean boating, fishing, surfing & kite boarding * Rock climbing, zip lines, sky bridges, ballooning & skydiving * Hiking, biking, mountain biking, ice skating & horseback riding * Swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, skate park, horseshoes, shuffleboard & miniature golf * Zen meditation, yoga, massage & spas * Parks, gardens, scenic drives & historic Fort Ross * Whale watching, beachcombing, birdwatching, wildflower viewing, photography and more! AVAILABLE TOURS: To help you discover the rich surrounding area and enjoy your trip even more, consider booking a tour through Bay Area Green Tours, the non-profit organization which facilitates Sabor Mexicano bookings. Their entertaining and educational offerings include: * Organic Farms * Artisan Cheese * Wine & Cheese * River, Ocean & Redwoods * Nature Walk with a Renowned Local Naturalist * Fibershed: Local Artisan Fibers & Dyes * and more -- please inquire for details!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Catering menu and cleaning service during your stay available upon request. Sonoma County TOT Certificate#: 1527N For rentals that have more than 10 overnight guests, a flat fee of $75 will be added to the total due. Rates subject to change and negotiable until booked. 3 night minimum for certain holidays, including: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, New Year's Eve. 4 night minimum for major holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas. We will accept less than our minimum stay if the house is still available 30 days prior to your proposed booking. CANCELLATION POLICY: Please note that our cancellation policy is different from the one VRBO states below (which we are not able to override). Our policy is the following: A thirty (30) day notice of cancellation is required in order to receive any refund. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date will incur a processing fee which will be 20% of the first payment. Cancellations or any changes to the booking that are made less than 30 days before the arrival date forfeit the advance payment(s). An early departure does not warrant any refund. Weather is not a condition for cancellation.