Emandal is more than just a place on the map. Generations of families and friends have been coming to Emandal each summer for over 100 years, not only to relax and recreate, but to slow down, to escape from the pressures of everyday world, and, most importantly, to reconnect with nature and with one another. Here there are redwood cabins beneath towering Douglas firs and mighty madrones, lovely enthusiastic folks working diligently, a flower infused vegetable garden, farm animals, chairs in the shade of the old apple trees, hammocks in which to lie, star studded night-time skies, shapely rocks on which to enjoy the summer sun, or from which to jump into the cool, clear water of the Eel River, and colorful lines of laundry, waving in the afternoon breeze.
Emandal came into being in 1908 when Em and Al Byrnes moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Hearst, just outside of Willits, in Mendocino County, bringing with them friends and relations wishing to vacation away from the city. The place they bought had an old barn, a log cabin and a few other outbuildings. As time went on, Al built a garage, shops, a house for a friend (Pop), the barn and the majority of today's cabins. At the same time he and Em created a vigorous, working farm for themselves and their guests. They grew and harvested hay for raising their meat, cultivated vegetables and fruit; milked the cows; gathered eggs; and did whatever it took to maintain the space for all the folks who loved their place in the country. Emandal has continued to host guests even now, over 100 years later.
There are 19 redwood cabins on the oak and fir clad hills, most built by Al Byrnes between 1910 and 1925. Each cabin is furnished with beds (along with bed and bath linens), ceiling fans, cold spring water and electricity. A hammock is generally found adjacent or nearby. Bathrooms and shower facilities are located throughout the camp area. Capacity is about 70 people, but we prefer to keep it around 60 to 65. We serve three meals most days (beginning with dinner your first day and ending with brunch on your last), family style. There is no bar.
Believing that families truly need time to be together in an unstructured, pressure-free environment, we provide limited programmed activities. This allows you and your family to create your own adventures without feeling the stress of an overly burdensome schedule. You have the choice to be as active or inactive as you like!
The Eel River borders the ranch for three miles, offering all types of natural swimming holes, driftwood gathering, rock hunting, and/or sand-castle building. There are numerous hiking trails throughout our 1,000 acres of wooded hill-land. Perhaps you and your kids would like to gain some hands-on experience as farmers. We always welcome help with farm chores. Throughout your stay you'll have the option to try your hand at egg gathering, cow milking, tending our organic garden, harvesting vegetables for our kitchen, or a variety of other daily tasks.
All Meals, Family-style Dining, Organic, Farm Fresh Eggs
Linens provided, Phone, Fire pit, Camping - showers, Camping - toilets, Camping - running water, Ground-floor bedroom, High chair, Crib, Great View, Massage, Library, Farm Store, Refrigerator, Microwave
Activities & Animals
Animals, Chickens, Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Gardening, Planting / harvesting, Bird Watching, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Cows, Ostriches, Bees, Llamas, Rafting, Milking, Swimming, Berry picking, Music, Board games, Organic farming, Volleyball, Help with Chores, Canning or Preserving, Egg Gathering