Testimonials

Philip

Airbnb Guest

The best deal ever!

The Ripe Choice Farm and Barn are the best deal ever! Peaceful, beautiful and full of interesting places to walk. Loved visiting the animals each day. Rosie and Buddy, pigs, are very friendly. The tortoise was fun also.

Tammy's cooking is sooooo delicious. Mark is a responsive host and full of wonderful information about the surrounding area. We highly recommend this place and will be returning first chance we are able.

Branson

Airbnb Guest

5 Stars

Great place, lots of space, dog friendly, out in the country where it’s nice and quiet but still close to all the local spots and stores. It is a 5 min drive to the closest launch ramp into clear lake, and the owners are the coolest people! P.S. Have Chef Tammy make you dinner! 5 Stars!

Summer M

Harvest Host Guest

Best Harvest Host experience we’ve had

Our stay with Mark and Chef Tammy was hands down, the best Harvest Host experience we’ve had thus far. Mark has excellent communication skills through the HH app and texting, before your arrival so that they are prepared for your stay.

The day we pulled in, Tammy was there to greet us and guide us to our spot, where we had a beautiful view of their farm. They did have a small last minute event (Celebration of Life) booked on their property on the day we arrived, which Mark communicated to us a couple days before our arrival. He was gracious to recommend other HH places to stay if we were not comfortable sharing space with the event.

We are so glad that we chose to stay with Chef Tammy and Mark! We thoroughly enjoyed watching the kiddos play with the Pot Belly pigs, Rosie and Bud and Tank the Tortoise. I don’t think Rosie’s tail ever stops wagging! Even though Chef Tammy and Mark were making sure their group event was attended to, they also made us feel very much at home. That evening, here comes Mark and Chef Tammy walking through the drizzling rain out to our camper with a greeting of “Hello Lovebirds!” They presented us with a perfectly baked salmon dressed in flavorful Dijon sauce (I think) and a very tender Wagyu Steak, both dishes accompanied by fresh asparagus and potatoes, as well as some warm fresh bread and butter. The second tray held the most beautiful salad I have ever eaten (no lie!) and a delicious apple cobbler baked in a cast iron pan with a scoop of ice cream. With dinner, they also provided us a really wonderful bottle of wine from a local winery.

I strongly recommend you request dinner from Chef Tammy, as not only were the dishes beautifully presented, but the best dinner we have ever had and the proportions were very generous. We had leftovers for our travels! Steak and eggs the next morning and the mouthwatering salmon for lunch! It was so nice getting to know Chef Tammy and Mark, sharing stories and experiences of raising kids and being empty nesters. Tammy is an incredibly talented chef and just as sweet as can be and Mark has a great sense of humor, which we really connected with. We feel like we have new friends and can’t wait to return.

Janine

Airbnb Guest

Atmosphere of relaxation and homesteading

The barn loft was cozy, spacious, and perfect for a week away where I could immerse myself in the details of a business reboot plan. It was super safe, which is important to me as a solo female traveler. I had tons of privacy to do my thing but knew John was close in case anything happened or I need anything. All the animals roaming about create an atmosphere of relaxation and homesteading. Watching the pot-belly pigs and chicken roaming the property eating all day - always brought a smile to my face. Thoroughly enjoyed my st

Steven A

Harvest Host Guest

The highlight of our stay was dinner

We stayed at The Ripe Choice last night and loved it. Mark was a great host, very interesting to talk to.

The pigs, tortoise and dogs, were fun but the highlight of our stay was dinner. We ordered ahead and it was delivered to our RV. Tammy is an incredible chef. The salmon served was the best I have ever had and my husband loved his steak. Portions were more than generous. Oh, did I mention the dessert? Warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. There is no doubt we will return.

Yunzhi

Airbnb Guest

I saw a shooting star for the first time here!

The space was lovely, so was the location, the breakfast, the hosts, the farm animals, the brilliant night sky, etc. We were very happy about picking this place as our weekend stay. p.s. I saw a shooting star for the first time here!

Betsy

Airbnb Guest

Just as lovely as pictured!

The setting and views here are just as lovely as pictured! It was delightful to be welcomed by a little black and white pig wagging its tail and a large tortoise hot-footing it across the orchard. We are in our 70’s and could handle the trek up the staircase to the loft with our luggage, but that might be an issue if you have knee problems. Pick up something at a local bakery to go with your morning coffee or evening decaf - the loft is stocked with Peat’s coffee and it’s a peaceful respite. You’ll have a restful, quiet stay at The Ripe Choice!

Camilla

Airbnb Guest

Every single detail is absolutely sweet and cozy

I was looking for a peaceful place to get some resting days on my birthday celebration. And that place was everything I needed. It has a incredible atmosphere of home . And every single detail is absolutely sweet and cozy! Great location, very secure and surrounded by nature. I highly recommend it!

Bud


Review by Carolyn R

Harvest Host Guest

Dinner was fabulous!

Hi Mark and “Chef”, Dinner was fabulous! We loved loved everything, what a treat! We especially enjoyed our dinner guest Mrs Cluck 🐥. I definitely will be visiting Bud before we leave tomorrow🥰 he’s the sweetest!

Manya

Airbnb Guest

Very friendly

Very friendly hosts and good space, the towns were very quiet on Monday. Their breakfast was so delicious and the animals on their farm are so cute.

Stella

Airbnb Guest

Spacious loft on a beautiful property

I was looking for a quiet retreat to prepare for the new year and this Airbnb was perfect. Quiet, calm, and spacious loft on a beautiful property. I immediately noticed the care and attention-to-detail throughout the space when I arrived. Also bonus - I woke up to piglets playing with the chickens in the yard. Hope to stay again soon!

Greg

Airbnb Guest

Expect perfection

Expect great meals and peace and quiet.

The area provides wine tasting, hiking, fishing and shopping.

Baked Chicken from The Ripe Choice

Aimee

Vbro Guest

Plymouth

Each meal outdid the last

The hosts were wonderful: very friendly and responsive without being intrusive at all. The room itself was comfortable, clean and spacious, with rustic charm, yet all the amenities I needed (modern bathroom, fridge, microwave, Keurig, well stocked cupboard of utensils & dishes, etc). The giant windows afforded a lovely overlook of the farm property, and you can drift to sleep watching the multitude of stars from the cozy memory foam bed, watch the little morning bats swooping outside just before dawn, and you can even see a sliver of Clear Lake and the mountains on a non-misty day.

The small collection of adorable resident critters include a couple of friendly dogs, a few curious hens, two charming potbellied pigs, and one slightly shy giant tortoise. Oh and the food. The FOOD! I was welcomed to invite a couple of my local friends to join me for a few meals on the farm, and each meal outdid the last, carefully prepared to suit our dietary requests. Extremely generous portions, and could not have been more fresh and delicious! The hands-down best meals of my entire week in CA. I hope to come back again sometime with my husband, as I know he would love this place as much as I did!

Kathryn

Airbnb Guest

Incredible Stay

We had an incredible stay here. The property is beautiful and the room was clean and spacious with a very comfortable bed. They had plenty of suggestions for local attractions and even included maps / guides within the room. Their farm animals are so cute and friendly.

We enjoyed the 5 course dinner in the vineyard and the breakfast. The food was fantastic and well worth it.

Do not miss out on this unique Airbnb stay! We hope to come back in the future.

Pooja

Airbnb Guest

Perfect spot to rest and relax

An absolutely gorgeous experience! We didn’t leave the barn much as it was a rest stop for us on a month long road trip up the Pacific Northwest. It was a perfect spot to rest and relax and be pampered by Tammy’s amazing food! Our dog came with us and thoroughly enjoyed the property and even made friends with the mini pig bud.

Gary

Airbnb Guest

Relaxing and comfortable

Expect to stay at a working farm and enjoy the relaxation of total silence of a beautiful morning and evening. Bring hiking boots and casual clothes for a good walk around the farm and surrounding hills.

Very comfortable room and great bed. Try to arrange at least one dinner prepared by Tammy. We sat at a private table in the vineyard along with the chickens.

Steve M

Harvest Host Guest

Picnic with wine and music

Ripe Choice is a working farm and catering business. Friends from the area joined me for a delicious dinner which Tammy and team served to us at a picnic table in the vineyard. Wine was included. Mark provided a bluetooth speaker and we had music too.

When you go, say hello to the dogs, Tank the turtle, and Rose and Bud, the two pot belly pigs for me.

Henley

Airbnb Guest

We loved it!

We loved the breakfast and dinner. Their animals are adorable, and space is comfortable. 5 stars 🙂

Ellena

Airbnb Guest

Great Bay Area getaway

As someone who lives in the Bay Area, this was a nice way to get away from the hustle and bustle of it all. It's a super cute farm with some friendly animals.

Anthea and Michael

Harvest Host Guests

We will be back...

We were welcomed by Mark and provided two amazing meals by Tammy. We enjoyed our stay adjacent to a small vineyard with our hosts pigs, chickens, and dogs to keep us company. Tammy's menu selections were incredible. The food was gourmet and abundant. Looking forward to a future stay.

Janice

A relaxing destination

It is a spacious and comfortable loft. The surroundings are so peaceful, and it’s fun to see the animals on the property. The hosts were so welcoming, and we would recommend it as a relaxing destination.

Suzanne

Really enjoyed our stay!

We really enjoyed our stay at Ripe Choice! The apartment over the barn was clean and very comfortable. We loved walking the grounds with our dog mingling with the pigs, chickens, tortoises, and dogs. The hosts are super friendly and accommodating.

We didn’t have the opportunity for a meal (because of schedule), but we spoke with someone who stayed there and she really enjoyed her breakfast.

Heidi

Great place to celebrate our anniversary

Really enjoyed our time on the farm. Dinner in the vineyard and with the animals was wonderful. Tammy and Mark communicate quickly and were very thoughtful as we celebrated our anniversary.

Samatha

Bed and Breakfast Guest

We had such a good time...

We had such a good time staying here. It was cozy, clean, and relaxing. The dogs really loved the morning walk in the farm, saying hi to all the animals there. Definitely order their breakfast! It was soooo good! Wished that we tried the dinner too! Overall it was an awesome farm stay experience! Will definitely recommend this place!

Alexa

Delightful stay

We had a delightful stay at Ripe Choice Farm. We were warmly greeted by two dogs, two sweet pot belly pigs and five chickens.

The loft above the barn was comfortable and well equipped with a Keurig coffee maker, fridge and microwave. The wonderful aromas of cooking wafted up announcing our dinner and then the next morning we enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast beautifully prepared by chef Tammy.

We enjoyed learning about the farm and the community. We visit Clearlake often but had not explored this bucolic valley. We look forward to our return.

Reva

Loved our stay...

We loved our stay at The Ripe Choice Farm. Tammy greeted us briefly when we arrived, and we met Mark later on a walk around the farm. It’s always nice to meet the host(s).

The six acre farm is secure and you can’t help but love the dogs, chickens, pot-bellied pigs, and elusive tortoise who remind you where you are. The barn loft was cozy and clean with plenty of room for an extended stay. It was a bit warm on our visit in June, but they have AC and plenty of fans. It got comfortably cool at night. The bed is big and soft. The bathroom is nice with a big shower. There is a frig but no stove or sink (other than the bathroom).

The town of Lakeport has all the necessary conveniences and is a short drive away. Clear Lake is much bigger than we expected with plenty of water sports. We rented a Wave Runner and explored much of the shoreline and hiked around Clear Lake State Park.

The Saturday morning farmers market was excellent with the freshest fruits and vegetables and amazing breads. Try The Ripe Choice focaccia. Red’s at the airport is a good spot for dinner. Tammy cooked us an amazing dinner that we enjoyed next to the vineyard along with a bottle of wine and wonderful dessert.

This was a unique and enjoyable experience. Well worth the trip.

Vincent

and his dogs

Great retreat!

Couldn’t have stumbled upon a better retreat. All very last minute but our host was more than prepared for our stay. It’s a busy little farm with all sorts of deliciousness pouring out of Tammy’s kitchen. Definitely take advantage of their hosted dinners/meals to go. This was a very pleasant stay for us and our dogs.

Yimei

Airbnb Guest

La dolce vita

It is truly “la dolce vita” at this dreamy place. Your are greeted by the cutest dogs and pet pigs, the place is set on a nice farm with fruit trees, grape vines and more important our lovely hosts. Mark and Tammy made us feel so special and welcome, would love to return in the fall!

Sharon

Airbnb Guest

Peaceful Getaway - Highly Recommended

What a relaxing, peaceful getaway! We came here after a couple recommended it to us for a weekend trip. The barn was bigger than expected and the piglets, chicken, tortoise, and dogs were so much fun to play with! Tammy’s food is amazing, it is a must try. The steak and salmon were cooked to perfection. The lemon blueberry deconstructed cake was to die for. Highly recommend!

Baker

Airbnb Guest

Wonderful weekend getaway

What a wonderful weekend getaway and birthday celebration! Mark and Tammy are fantastic hosts and have such a lovely place.

Please be sure to get a meal from Tammy, they’re delicious!

Vbro guest

Hard to leave...

My stay was absolutely nothing short of perfect.

There are so many highlights- Chef Tammy’s exquisite meals, the kindness and generosity of the owners, the peacefulness of the farm and surrounding area, and the adorable extended farm family (2 dogs, 2 pigs, 5 chickens, a tortoise, neighborhood cats, as well as all the birds fluttering around).

I spent one day enjoying the farm in various spots, such as reading in the hammock, sitting on my picnic blanket with the animals, and watching the star come out at the fire pit. I enjoyed Chef Tammy’s excellent dinner after hiking the peaks of nearby Mt. Konocti.

Another day I enjoyed Chef Tammy’s box lunch while out exploring the towns around the lake. Hands down, Chef Tammy’s breakfast was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. She was very thoughtful and creative in accommodating my dietary needs/preferences and is clearly a talented chef.

The barn loft was serene, clean, comfortable, had many thoughtful touches, and was filled with the good energy of the morning breezes and sunset skies pouring through. It was hard to leave and I look forward to my next visit.

Patricia M

Harvest Host Guest

OMG the food was absolutely wonderful

The farm had chickens, little rescued pigs, some older dogs, and a very large tortoise. The owners were very nice, and even allowed us to feed a little bit of fresh veggies to the pigs and tortoise. Their farm had vineyards, and orchard (apple, peach and a very large persimmon tree).

We ordered from their catering service, dinner the night we arrived and breakfast the next morning before we took off. OMG the food tasted, looked, and smelled absolutely wonderful. Fresh farm ingredients cooked and delivered directly to my table. We have been speaking about their food nearly everyday sense.

Highly recommended. The site was easy to get into and out, level enough we did not have to use blocks, and it was great looking out our windows and seeing the animals.

Melissa

Airbnb Guest

Perfect place to relax

Gorgeous place to relax. The room is bigger than I expected. I loved the local tips and the location was the perfect place to relax for a couple of nights. Thanks for having me!

Cindy Bastian Christensen

As posted to Facebook

Great love and passion from Tammy and Mark

Love the farm and the owners. Their love and passion for everything they do shows from the way they welcome you to the farm and make your stay amazing. Great food, great stay. Loved the animals. We are looking forward to another visit.

Harvest Host guest

We arrived late afternoon on a rainy, blustery Sunday. Tammy was right there to meet us and direct us to a wonderful parking location near Rosie and Bud (their two cute little pigs). We had pre ordered dinner for two and both Tammy and Mark delivered the most wonderful meal right to our van!! We were in a blissful state all night after that meal!! Highly recommend!!

Wonderful barn loft

The barn loft at Ripe Choice was a wonderful place for a two-night stay. The space is light-filled and spacious but still warm enough during cool nights. Breakfast was delicious and included some of the best scones I've had.

We had a great time!

Great property with great views, delicious food if you opt for that! we had such a great time staying at your property this past weekend. will definitely return again. thank you so much for the hospitality!

Happy Harvest Host Visitor

We stayed here in our 35 ft Class A.

The owners are exceptionally nice and welcoming. They showed us around their farm, and introduced us to their animals including chickens, miniature pigs, a tortoise and their two dogs. They then allowed us to let our dog roam free in their fenced off farm.

We ordered breakfast and it was delivered to our door. It was delicious, and enough food to last a couple of days!

If you get the chance, be sure to stay here!

Perfect trip... Don't forget the Stars

Perfect trip solo, with your lover, your BFF, or even your dog!

Luckily the weather was nice, so we played some basketball, hugged piglets Rose&Bud, gave some love to the chickens, chilled in the hammock, chased the doggos Chief+Annie, & spotted the huge tortoise!! & as recommended by everyone else, I am here to reiterate that you shall order at leasttttt a breakfast meal while you're visiting. We fully enjoyed dinner, but I mean the breakfast...hands down a D-E-L-I-G-H-T.

The loft was spacious, relatively warm even when the weather was cold, space heaters were 100% effective. We went wine tasting, olive oil tasting, and ordered pizza for takeout. The TV, roku, portable speaker, fridge, and microwave were greatly appreciated.

Don't forget to step outside once it gets dark, the stars are marvelous.

Thank you Tammy & John for sharing your beautiful space with others!”

Second time even better

This is now our second time staying and we enjoyed it even more than the first. This loft is spacious and provides you with everything we need for your stay. The hosts are very communicative and accommodating. Their food is wholesome and delicious. If you are looking for a place nearby this area, this is the one!

Hosts

Mark and Tammy

Exceptional Hosts

Tammy & Mark were exceptional hosts! Beautiful area for a stay. Tammy presented us with the best ever dinner, dessert and bottle of delicious wine. Loved playing with the two pot bellied pigs 😊 Highly recommend a stay.

First Harvest Host

"This was our first Harvest Host and we loved it! Ripe Choice is the best choice!

Having a gourmet meal delivered to your camper is glamping, not camping. We opted for breakfast for 2 the next morning. A basket stuffed full of delicious gourmet goodies was delivered to our door.

We stayed in January when there was nothing growing on the farm, but we enjoyed walking around the vineyard; and the baby pigs chasing the chickens was fun for us city folk to watch."

A note left behind...

Vivian

Airbnb Client

Photos don't do it justice

Photos don't do this place justice. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted by Tammy and John's adorable and friendly dogs and the smell of Tammy's delicious cooking.

The Airbnb is spacious yet cozy, well-decorated, and has any amenity you could possibly need. The surrounding farm is beautiful and was the perfect place for us to walk around, hang out with the animals, and catch up on reading. My boyfriend and I can't remember the last time we felt so relaxed. The hospitality and communication was top notch, yet you definitely have privacy if you want it.

What was maybe the best part of our entire visit was getting to enjoy Tammy's talent with cooking and baking. My boyfriend is vegan, and Tammy was happy to accommodate and made the most creative, delicious meals for us. My boyfriend commented that it was one of the best vegan meals he's ever had.

We will be dreaming about this place until we can return, and couldn't recommend it enough. Do yourself a favor and book a getaway here, and definitely reserve at least one meal!

Hosts

Mark and Tammy

Erica Ratiner

Facebook Review

Incredible hosts, best meals ever!

Stayed in our travel trailer as part of Harvest Host. Mark and Tammi were incredible hosts. Our breakfast and dinner were two of the best meals we’ve ever had, let alone when camping. Super fresh ingredients expertly prepared by Tammi. The food was delicious and the farm is lovely.

Suzanne Lindsey

Valentines dinner ... so darn good!

We have always had tasty, incredible food from Ripe choice. Valentines dinner was just the best 😊😊👍🏻 so darn good!

Caroline

Great say in Lakeport

A wonderful stay in Lakeport!! Absolutely must get a meal or two - a true highlight of the trip. The place is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend and to explore Lakeport from. The room has a great kitchenette, lot’s of books and games, and great heaters for the colder nights. An ideal Airbnb experience.

The Ripe Choice is a MUST

We absolutely loved our stay at The Ripe Choice Farm. Mark and Tammy were wonderful hosts, we ordered breakfast and dinner and couldn’t decide which meal was better! Both were flavorful, beautiful and left us feeling satisfied.

We traveled with our one year old daughter who thoroughly enjoyed the meals and loved helping daddy pick the delicious grapes and walnuts they allowed us to take home with us. Mark helped us find the giant tortoise, which was a definite highlight.

If you love food and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere then The Ripe Choice is a MUST. We can’t wait to go back!

Eavan

Absolutely Worth It!

“If you are thinking of staying here, book it! The loft is luxurious and cozy. It was the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the local wineries and fishing on Clear Lake. Follow John’s recommendations, all of them were spot on, and take advantage of the food. It’s absolutely worth it!!”