Activities

Bring your family to our Farm and have the experience of a lifetime. Learn how the farm works and some life skills of your own. Daily activities include feeding hay to the cows, feeding a calf a bottle and gathering the eggs from the hen house. Other activities such as weeding the garden, mucking the chicken house etc. are on an as needed bases. You get an “Up Close” chance to pet a cow and spend time with all of our “peoplefriendly” farm animals that have all been raised with love. We offer tours, classes and child care for parents who want to visit the nearby Casino’s or tour our local vineyards, go on a Wine Tour or shop in our local stores. Our ranch is an ideal destination for an entertaining or an educational field trip. We’d be happy to customize a hands-on “ranch life” experience for your family, scout troop or class. Watch our video as shown on PBS. www.americasheartland.org episode 1109. http://vids.kvie.org/video/2365577979/

We offer overnight Farm Stay or Day Tours.

DAY TOURS

We are open for Day Tours (weather permitting) from April 1 – December 31.

Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day with us and get an UP-Close experience with our friendly farm animals. Day Tours are Daily by appointment from 7:30 a.m till 12:00 Noon.

Day Tour Prices:

Adults …………………………….$17.00

Children …………………………………$9.00

Children (Under 5 yrs)………………………….FREE

FAMILY GROUP RATES…………..10% off with coupon

Willow Creek Farm Stay Ranch goals are to provide an atmosphere of “California Gold” hospitality, “Country Living with a Southern Flair” coupled with physical activity. Limited Internet access is also available  (no streaming, as we are on a sattelite and only get 15gb per month). Other country style meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be included that are prepared with our own natural grown meat, seasonal vegetables and dairy products for an extra fee.

Activities include daily farm chores such as picking weeds from the garden, mucking out a barn, repairing a fence or outbuilding, milking cows, feeding baby animals a bottle, gathering our farm fresh eggs and enjoying our wonderful farm animals including calves, puppies and kittens.

In season, we will churn butter with milk from our own Willow Creek Ranch cows, snap beans, can or freeze vegetables, make cheese, learn some fundamentals of quilting and embroidery. There are many activities to do on a farm and each day the list changes. Your participation is dependent on what is happening on that day. When chores are done you can use a sluice box or gold pan and see what you can find in our creek. We have found color but there are no guarantees.

FAMILY GATHERINGS

You won’t find a a better location and accommodations than the Willow Creek Farm Stay Ranch for your next family reunion. If your group enjoys the outdoors, magnificent scenery, and individual attention then you should seriously consider us for your next gathering. Take a look at what we have to offer and then give us a call to go over dates and additional requests. We’re easy to work with and can tailor a program package to fit your specific needs. *NEW* We have a 20 x 20ft tent for large gatherings for an extra fee. At our Ranch you’re invited to be as busy as you choose but to be a guest at Willow Creek Ranch you can choose to participate in the farm activities or sit back, relax and read a book or take a nap. If you’re considering us for your family vacation destination, we will be happy to work with you to make your stay memorable. As always please don’t hesitate to call with any questions. Hope to hear from you soon.

FARM STAY

We plan to have our Farm Stay open from February 1,  – December 31. If you wish to plan a stay during our off time (January -February ) we are very flexible. Just give us a call and we can work something out.

Farm Stay overnight rates

In our Rustic Country “Cabin” ($200. per night). You can add a Southern Breakfast, Lunch, and/or Dinner for your family. *requires a 2 night minimum stay on Holidays. (Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter etc.). For those of you who enjoy attending Church on Easter and other days we have a community Sunrise service at the Park on Easter or your can join us at our church.

At Willow Creek Farm Stay Ranch all activities center around farm life interspersed with our beautiful and friendly farm animals in gold country. So why face the stress of every day life in the city when you can escape to an electronic free environment with the whole family or special friends to enjoy the rewards of one of the country’s most desirable vacation ranches.

Our 40 beautiful acres have so much to offer such as hiking, stunning views, historical American Indian Grinding Rocks, and our twin seasonal creeks with georgeous cascading waterfalls when water is present in the North and South fork of Willow Creek. We even have an old abandoned gold mine on the property. We offer the option of panning for gold in our creek as well. We are in the heart of California Gold Country! In dry weather we have a water sluice box that will allow you to shovel your sand into the sluice box and sift through to see what you come up with. This is the affordable place you can bring your children and spend that “Quality Time” with them in the Country.

Thank you for your interest in Willow Creek Farm Stay Ranch. The Ranch is available by the night with prices starting at $200. for the “Rustic Country Cabin” When booking there is a 10 guest maximum. Our Cabin sleeps 8 persons and accommodations Master bedroom features a King sized bed & furniture, 2nd bedroom enjoys a  bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom plus a twin on the top and a double bed futon.  The “Common Room” has a double bed futon, and a table with six chairs and a 36″ flat screen dish tv. We have added a 20x20ft tent if your party is larger for an extra fee. and camp out. Over 8 persons $30. per person extra charge. Our Rustic Country Cabin has a full private bathroom inside and 1/2 bathroom accessible from outside. The kitchenette has a cook top, coffee maker and microwave oven, plus utensils if you choose to cook meals. If you wish to add a meal an additional fee is required. The Common Room has an air conditioner and both bedrooms have fans for your comfort.

Due to popular demand this is our Standard Cancellation Policy: For small groups or families: Full refund less a processing fee of $75.00 up to 48 hours prior to your booked date. No REFUNDS after 48 hours prior to booking date. This does not apply to large groups call us for details if you are a large group.

Willow Creek Natural Farm Stay Ranch is your perfect and unique solution to finding the best getaway at the best prices. If you’ve never had a farm experience in the country you don’t know what you’re missing. Call or e-mail us today to learn more about how you can create timeless memories at our Willow Creek Farm Stay Ranch. Check our calendar page for availability or look at the calendar on airbnb and/or call us to verify openings then scroll down to Terms and Conditions on the contact page. Click on and Print the two page form. Fill it out and fax, bring with you or mail it to John Orr, 5125 Michel Rd. Mountain Ranch, CA 95246

EXECUTIVE RETREATS

Willow Creek Farm Stay Ranch is an internationally recognized retreat that is centrally located with a “get your hands dirty” experience. The Willow Creek Farm Stay is an international destination for guests for good reason. The ranch is surrounded by Yosemite to the South, Lake Tahoe to the North, San Francisco to the West and Sacramento to the North East. Combined with unequaled beauty and a variety of farm activities. The ranch is an ideal location for week long group retreats. During the course of a weekly retreat guests can both accomplish the group business and recreational relaxation.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY REUNIONS

You couldn’t find a better location for your family get-together’s than Willow Creek Farm Stay Ranch. Come share your family with ours at Willow Creek Ranch. Enjoy the outdoors and magnificent scenery and seriously consider us for your next gathering. Have an experience that can’t be beat.

ANNUAL FESTIVALS

Calaveras County offers it all when it comes to having the most beautiful locations in the country. Willow Creek Ranch is centrally located for all activities and festivals. Mountain Ranch’s original name was “El Dorado”. El Dorado is a legendary city of great wealth and opportunity. Nearby Sheep Ranch had a Gold mine that was a mother lode for gold finds and was discovered by Sheep walking the same path across the pasture every day and uncovreing the gold treasure. Be our guests to discover for yourself a wealth of exciting “get your hands dirty” farm experiences for a lifetime of wonderful memories with friends and family.

Thank you for visiting us! Please e-mail or call us soon we’d love to answer any questions you may have. Willow Creek Ranch is Better Business Bureau Accredited. Thanks. Willow Creek Staff