We want all of our guests to know that when you arrive to Stone Mountain Retreat in the beautiful settings of See Canyon and the mountains of the central coast, you immediately feel as if you've come to the right place. The energy is sacred. Relaxation immediately sets in, and you feel rested and free from the chaos we often experience on the go everyday. We value your privacy and seclusion - and aim to provide a place where you can rest and relax. You deserve the best – and deserve to be a part of something that matches what you are worth, and the unique gifts this life has to offer you on your journey.”
About the Property:
Recently purchased a few years ago from an amazing family who loved and stewarded the land for over 100 years, this 200-acre majestic property has been a long kept secret until now. Virtually untouched and offering an instant reset from feeling the chaotic and accelerating change going on all around us, Stone Mountain Retreat is an exciting adventure for all to experience.
As you make your way to the main lodge, you’ll start your journey up a 3-mile graded dirt road that takes you into a natural reserve bordered within state parks territory – truly known for its own ecosystem, this land is built for nature to thrive at its finest. We highly recommend taking the drive in with the radio off, sunroof open if you have one, and windows rolled down as it enhances the experience of hearing nature, creeks flowing from the mountains next to your vehicle, and catching the shadows of the sun peaking through the canopy of oak, maple and laurel trees covering the open road to this tucked away sanctuary in the mountains. It truly is the central coast’s Secret Garden, as the See Canyon territories are well known for breathing life into all that come and visit.
Although minutes away from local attractions and adventures of the beach and city, guests will have the unique experience of true seclusion as they approach the property. Our retreat property provides privacy to be free, awake the adventurous heart, and remind us all that it is okay to be a kid again.
a. Main Lodge – Roughly fourteen hundred square feet of mountain lodging modernized with pitched ceilings, and modern furniture and appliances to bring in the feel for a fresh experience.
b. Nature is Calling – As a guest, you’ll get to experience many of the friendly animals on the property - deer, foxes, wild turkey’s, lizards, and bird watching – we see many hawks, blue jays, hummingbirds, swallows, woodpeckers, robins, finches, and owls.
c. Go Explore the Town - We’re close to local favorite destinations within San Luis Obispo County - Here are a few of the local favorites:
See Canyon Fruit Ranch (3 mi), Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards – Live Music/Events on Weekends (3.4 mi), Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (5.7 mi), Avila Valley Barn (6.1 mi), Avila Hot Springs (6.4 mi), Ontario Ridge Hiking Trail (6.4 mi), Bob Jones Hiking Trail (5.5 mi), and Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa, Avila Beach Resort – Golf, Concerts & Festivals (7.4 mi), Downtown SLO Farmers Market on Thursday’s (13 mi). Note: Our Guide entails more details on each attraction upon booking.
d. Hiking the Property/Meditation Spot – If you desire to stay on the property, get on those hiking shoes. All are welcome to explore the property by sightseeing part of the original bootlegger road used by the Davis Brothers (We will be grading more of the wagon road throughout the year as we aim to expand the bootlegger hiking trail to gain access toward another mountain top of the property). In addition, guests can grab a few chairs or hammocks and experience a captivating thirty to forty-five minute hike to the top of the property where you’ll experience panoramic views of the entire central coast (ocean, mountains, and cities)– we call it our meditation spot – a moment to breath and be grateful for a unique connection with the universe and appreciate all we’ve been given. Words cannot describe the views once you’ve ascended to the top.
e. Can’t forget those Games – Because we understand the kid in us all, we keep adding on games to the property. Guests will have access to games for all ages (e.g. Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Twister, Cards Against Humanity, Monopoly, Scrawl, Scrabble, Legos for the kids, Poker Cards, and more…)
f. Outdoor Cooking/Indoor Fireplace – If you would rather get prime live coastal red oak firewood during your stay, we have free red oak chunks across the cabin. So grab the wheel barrel and fill up :)
g. Smart Technology – Although in the mountains and off-grid, we have modernized the main lodge with wifi, remote landscape lighting, and a Samsung TV.
h. Bring the Entertainment Outdoors (Day and Night) – Our deck has been set up to entertain and build fond memories. Our thought was, how could you have a mountain getaway without a comfortable deck to entertain your guests? You just can’t. With thought of comfort and relaxation, we wanted every inch to enhance the experience the property provides, while aiming to be a functional extension of the main lodge. The seating arrangements and throw blankets offer the right setting for great conversations and connections – whether during eating meals, or enjoying some locally picked spirits from Kelsey’s See Canyon Vineyard down the road. And because we enjoy what the evening brings, we carefully brought lighting into our design. As the sun sets, remote activation transforms the property into a landscape lighting ambiance while still giving guests the experiencing of connecting to the moon and stars above.
i. Fire Warms Our Hearts and Toes – Whether if its relaxing with family and friends to a good show on Netflix or playing Giant Jenga, warm yourself next to the lodge’s main fireplace with romantic shadow lighting and an opportunity to relax with an endless supply of fur blankets. The outdoor firepit and tiki torches outside are not to be used given California’s recent battles with fires.
j. Stargazing – One of the many benefits of being away from the city is the ability to see the moon and stars at night. Download the one of many constellation applications on your phone and discover the universe above and the story behind each constellation.
k. Sleeping Arrangements: The main lodge offers sleeping for a maximum of 9, but 7 comfortably (Master Cal King – 2; Loft Guest Bedroom – 4, 2 in Queen Below, and 2 in Cal King Loft Above; Living Room Day Bed – 1). The livingroom has 2 super comfortable velvet down feather couches that can be pulled together to make a bed, or guests can bring a queen/king blow up mattress if they desire.
l. Additional Amenities (Modernized Cabin):
• Access to a kitchen
• Bedrooms with a view that have curtains and shades for privacy
• Closets with hangers and/or drawer space within a dresser
• Easily accessible and available on-site parking (No limit to vehicles)
• Iron and ironing board
• Multiple power outlets w/ power strip on kitchen island
• Premium bedding, blankets and pillows
• Secure lock on the bedroom doors
• Shampoo, conditioner, soap, other extra toiletries in the bathrooms
• Television with Amazon Firestick available (Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, Youtube, etc. – Youtube Videos can be played from Phone on TV’s)
a. Hosting – Although as busy as we are running a retreat property, we do our best to meet with guests and welcome them onto the property and answer any questions; to include responding to any issues. We are open to socializing and making your experience that much more special as we are the stewards of the land and love the experiences it provides. We aim for 5 stars each visit and care about your comfort. If you would like a tour and/or help with fire building, etc…please inquire and we’ll be happy to help!
b. What to Bring – We recommend you bring plenty of food, spirits, firewood for the fireplace during winter, keurig coffee cups, and anything else you need for a seamless transition in case you would prefer to stay on the property the whole visit. There is plenty of room in the modern kitchen cabinetry and commercial fridge to store whatever you need. The host will provide open cabinetry and fridge spaces adjacent to their belongings for you to have your own space. We’re transitioning into an eco-friendly off-grid destination; therefore, a large cooler is stored near the front entrance for any frozen food you may want to bring. So don’t forget the ice :)
c. Booking – Stone Mountain Retreat typically carries an occupancy rate between 70-95% and books fast. We’re happy to answer any questions; however, we’ve built our vacation rental site up to provide an all encompassing data point to help you instantly book without losing a calendar spot.
d. Social Media – Please visit us for more info to support your guest inquiries: Instagram: #StoneMountainRetreat
Experiences (Please inquire 7 days in advanced notice for booking an experience):
2. On-site massage services.
3. On-site yoga services.
4. On-site cooking services. Sometimes we would rather have someone else cook for us. We have connections to local food favorites who can cater to your needs.
a. Basic (2 guests) minimum. Based on SmartPricing feature.
b. Extra people w/ bed accommodations - $45/person/night after 2 guests up to 9 guests. 8-9 guests can use the couches or use of a blow up mattress that could be used in the living area should guests wish to bring a blow up mattress.
c. Cleaning Fee $150 (Applied once per trip)
d. Mountain Bike Rental: $25/day
e. Surf Board Fee: $25/day
f. Dog Fee: $40/dog/night. Aggressive dogs are not allowed on property. Dogs must be potty trained. Given this is a retreat property, we ask that you keep your dogs on leash at all times. We also ask that you pick up their bathroom duty, and not allow them on our nice furniture and beds. If they have a dog bed, please bring it with you. If you allow your dogs to sleep in the bed with you at home and you believe this will be difficult to enforce, we ask that you cover the bed’s white linens with a blanket for them to sleep on.
Guests will have full access to the property with the exception of the garage where the host has personal belongings stored. The back 100-acres is open for retreat use.
Other things to note
The road enroute to the property has a few bumpy / rocky areas from the natural terrain of the mountains. Calfire grades our road and we perform maintenance on the road consistently to keep driving conditions optimal in which any vehicle can make it out to the property. Nobody seems to mind as they naturally expect a few little bumps along the way when traveling to connect with nature.
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