We are retiring! THANK YOU to all guests who stayed - when they left they were more like friends!
FLIPJACK RANCH has been a destination for rustic luxury stays for both San Francisco Bay residents and global visitors over the past nine years. "Guests have returned two and three times over the years." says Robin Colleen, proprietor of the farm to table BnB. "We were privledged to host so many interesting guests." But after 9 years hosting, Robin is keen to retire.
Closing the bed and breakfast was not an easy decision. "Having a farm doesn't really mean retirement," quips Robin. "Its more of a move to spend more time doing the things for the ranch that are meaningful." Her plans include replanting 5 acres of pasture to enhance soil health and multiplying the number of perennial blooming plants that nourish natural pollinators. "Just caring for our bees takes a substantial amount of work. And with all the fire mitigation, that is an ongoing project," she says.
The ranch will continue to provide olives, grapes, stone fruits, cider apples, eggs and flowers, all of which Robin will make use of with her canning and preserving skills. Perhaps in the future, this master canner will offer day classes.
Never one to sit still, you may find Robin painting watercolors at Davenport beach, weaving traditional ash baskets or playing her ukelele. And if you ever need advice on starting a farm or running a bed and breakfast, Robin would love to hear from you!
It takes a team to create a perfect guest experience and FlipJack Ranch had the best staff. Running a BNB means more than changing beds and ironing linens. Our staff woke up early to feed chickens and rabbits before serving tea trays to our guests. They were the ones out foraging for wild sorrel before our guests even woke up. By 8:30 am, they had already put in a couple hours getting ready to serve a farm to table breakfast.
Keeping up a historic property was no easy task, but our staff cleaned rooms for Covid, busted down cobwebs, and made beds to perfecting standards. And after that, they watered our gardens, pruned flower beds and whacked weeds.
Over the years we had remarkable staff members. Huge thanks and warm wishes to Teri Colebrissi, our ranch manager who ran a tight ship for more than 6 years. Grateful thanks to Sonja Jones and Natalie Lyons for their great ideas and attention to detail for more than the past year. Thanks to Bonnie Chope and Rebecca O'Neil who saw us through the CZU fires. Thanks to Connie Molinarius, Claire Gaston, Jack Woolf, and numerous others who made FlipJack Ranch a resounding success.
The Cowboy room is the second story bedroom of the founders redwood plank cabin. Our most rustic room, it has a log Queen bed with premium linens, a twin bed, desk and a wood burning fireplace. It is perfect for couple who like a larger room or three friends traveling together. Ensuite bath with shower.
Suspended in a fairy ring of giant redwood trees, the palacial treehouse is the perfect for special birthdays, honeymoons or romantic reconnections.
Spacious living room with gas fireplace welcomes you to relax and unwind in luxury. Mini Fridge, fresh flowers, chocolates and complimentary selzers.
Comfortable King Bedroom, adjoining bath with composting eco toilet and an outdoor shower under the redwoods with piping hot water.
The Cowgirl Room has contemporary decor, a King size bed, premium cotton linens, ensuite bath with shower, and mini fridge. Very private room.
This secluded tent cabin nestled in a glade of trees offers a retreat from city life. Chilly evenings are dispelled by a portable gas heater and mattress warmers. Electric lights and wifi add to the comfort.
Coffee and tea delivered right to your room, followed by a sumputous Farm to Table Breakfast.
Fresh seasonal flowers. mini fridge with refreshing seltzers, chocolates. Streaming WIFI.
Our lagoon pool is seasonal and refreshing in the summer months. The Hot Tub is always hot and ready for your relaxation.
Planning something special? Let us provide upgraded flowers, chocolates or a Welcome cheese tray.
Meet our comical chickens and gather a fresh, warm egg. Cuddle our soft bunnies. Learn about our approach to farming and sample honey from our bees. Not to be missed. Free to guests.
Visit nearby beaches and State Parks. Enjoy restaurants and shopping just 3-10 miles away. Walk to wine tasting from the ranch.
We celebrate BIG for July 4th!
Seasonal Mushroom Hunting starts after the first rain. Gather specimans with your experienced host. November-March
Learn to cast dry and wet flies. Practice in our pond and learn how to catch panfish.
Learn the basics from a Master Canner and take home a savory treat and a sweet jam.
4600 Smith Grade Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060 US
While we have retired from raising sheep, pigs and goats at the ranch, our farm to table commitment continues in the spirit of this video of FlipJack Ranch produced by a Taiwan based team who filmed a documentary about California Organic Farms 5 years ago.
Presently we are honoring reservations thru Oct. 1, 2022
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