The SpaceWelcome travelers to OM Bear Ranch, we want you feel at home. For first timers: This 3 bedroom, 1 tent , 1 bath rustic farm house has an old world charm that makes it a rural alternative to modern lifestyle. It is a working vineyard and a country property, which means simply, it is not sterile. Expect all the aspects of country living. We have few amenities and we love it. The house is the original house on the property where we have rented here for over 20 years. It is our home.
Your private room is down a narrow, steep stairway and is private. Stairs down are to code as per the time period of 1910. Please be of nimble foot and good spirit. Think more hostel than hotel.
Private downstairs room features: A double Ikea deluxe mattress fold down couch bed, that most people sleep too late in on with a simple table and shelf for your things. There is tourism info, local maps and menus for our favorite eating places. During winter we do not use the door as the house shifts, and it will not shut properly. In the summer enjoy a peaceful outdoor sitting area, parking spot, and locking door. Many a writer, healer, sage has found peace here. Utilities are included; wood, propane, stove, electricity, etc.
This is a hosted house share situation: The main floor features:
a cozy breakfast nook, small but comfy living room, an antique propane stove for cooking, a vita mixer and a shared fridge. Yes, it can be very romantic.
The shared bathroom is small and tight but was remodeled in 2014, guests have a place for toiletries and towels, etc....
What were looking for in a guest: Most of our guests are simply wonderful, smart and kind. We like 'foodies' and all things organic, yummy, and shared.
Plan a meal with us: If I have time, I enjoy home cook meals, potluck style. Please bring a contribution a feast will emerge. I am amazed at the delights our guests bring and contribute. Some great chefs have stayed here and I am happy to relinquish the kitchen to superior cooking! However I enjoy cooking, seasonal, regional, organic and local preferred. We want quiet, peaceful, easy going, respectful, people who don't mind the cleaning up after meals.
Life is hard enough out there, we prefer home to be well, casual and friendly, with a good conversation. Eating out locally is a culinary delight as you discover Sonoma's outstanding organic, local and yummy gourmet food choices.
About us: We are housemates who share the house. Heather is a native of Amherst, MA who is an Artist/ Photographer/ Real Estate Agent. Being from the Berkshires she does a little bit of everything, as country life requires and has many projects that she may include you in if you are open to it. Show and tell is fun and she may discuss recent photos from a fine art series or talk about her recent successes (or defeats) in the art world. Art is her hobby. Heather is verbal and loves to share about life, art and pursuit of happiness, if she has time. While dinner is a social time. Heather is self employed and requests quiet mornings unless, of course, you want to go see a property. Then she is at your service. You will find her curled up on her computer in the living room working often.
Cosmic Dust is a a semi-wild beloved cat (but getting used to domestic life). She likes to think she runs the house (and maybe she does) and is the reigning queen as far as we can tell. We treat her like a family member. However you get couch preference if you want to sit. A treat will get her off the couch quickly. We have cat toys for you if you want to play with her.
Larry hails from Chicago originally and is an older, older guy. Respectful, sweet and kind he is very spiritual. He likes to talk about Cosmic Dust and is into self improvement. Larry does spiritual practices in the morning and is often occupied with them either outside or in his room. Thanks for your interest, we look forward to meeting you. Guest AccessWe have a 'house share' policy. We prefer to forgo too many formalities and just be relaxed. Comcast high speed wireless internet.
For the morning, we offer coffee, tea and half and half, eggs or oatmeal. The bathroom has access through my 'healing' room where I do coaching, massage and yoga during the day, so can be unavailable during work hours of 10 -6.It's very simple and rustic here. We chose to live close to the earth. House Features; NO TV! No dishwasher, No washer and dryer! Exclusive wood heat (with plug in heaters), It is basic and good.
We share one kitchen and one bathroom. But don't worry, we do have wifi if the electricity is on (storms may leave us without it). Downstairs is chilly but the bed is warm. Interaction with GuestsWe like personable guests who are easy going, sweet people but have some personality. We like to share food, and cook. Everyone helps with clean up and we welcome contributions for shared meals. The NeighborhoodCalifornia Wine Country is world famous and a great place to visit. add Coastal range to the usual mix... I have a real estate pinterest page called 'Coastal Wine Country' you can check out for resources and recommendations. Getting AroundYou need a car, we live 4 miles from town on a country lane. Other Things to NoteWe are 4 miles from town. There is no public transportation. Please make sure you find us in unit A, the first house as you come up the driveway.
'Om Bear Ranch' is 26 acres of natural California coastal beauty with a large yard, vineyards, redwood trees and a winter creek. The trees keep it cool and green. Our neighbors - This is a residential farming community. (Note: Om Bear Ranch is a working vineyard and as such it can get dusty! The foreman for the vineyard and his family live in the house to the rear. DRIVE SLOWLY: The driveway can get ruddy in the winter and dusty in the summer.
Make yourself at home for your stay. Don''t feel like you are interrupting if you need something, ask. If you have concerns, tell us. If something needs attention, let us know. Be sure to sign our guest book and leave your contact info. if you want to stay in touch. If you take pics- email them to me, to send us the pic and we will post it.
Note: We gave $7.50 from each bnb visit during the Bernie Sanders Campaign and raised over $366. during the Primaries, which is a HUUUGE contribution over the standard $27. We don't like to discuss politics much but are enthusiastic about the Sanders drive to bring a more Progressive agenda to America.