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Sabor Mexicano Vacation Retreat, Event Center and Organic Farm

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Russian River Destination Vacation Home and Organic Farm

***If your stay will include any size gathering (people invited who aren't overnight guests), please use the option to "Ask Owner a Question". We need time to inform you of prices and policies that apply to these events, and that can't be handled in the limited time allowed if you "Request to Book" instead. Any typical rental that doesn't involve gatherings, large groups, or events can still use Request to Book if you'd like. Thank you for your cooperation with this request.***

Welcome to Sabor Mexicano! Enjoy a serene experience (or an exciting adventure) at this 130-acre Farm, Retreat and Event Center in Sonoma County. Nestled in a fertile valley near the Russian River, this historic Colonel Armstrong Home, was built in 1890 and has been completely renovated and recently opened to the public for the first time.

Lodging and full amenities for up to 12 adults and 3 children. If you would like to bring additional guests please contact us, as we can offer other options.

Located on Fife Creek, the farm is adjacent to the majestic Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and close to many classic Californian attractions. Come up and enjoy the weekend – or even a week! We welcome your booking request for any time of year.

PERFECT FOR A VARIETY OF SPECIAL EVENTS: The property is a unique and idyllic retreat spot with gorgeous views and peaceful surroundings, making it the ultimate setting for garden parties, receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and business, yoga and meditation retreats, or simply as your next incredible escape destination.


The Location:

* 1 ½ hours from San Francisco

* 5 minute walk to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve where you can

marvel at the majestic Redwoods

* 5 minute drive to the Russian River resort town of Guerneville

* 20 minute drive to Jenner by the Sea where the river meets the ocean

The Farm:

* 130 acres nestled in a fertile valley along Fife Creek

* Beautiful organic farm with: tomatoes, chili peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, purslane, spinach, corn, broccoli, watermelon, garlic, onion, cabbage and apples

* Supplies Cancun Restaurant in Berkeley and Tlaloc in San Francisco, and used to create Sabor Mexicano Homemade Chips and Salsa, found in many local stores

The Property features:

* Outstanding view of the surrounding hilltops

* Expansive lawn ideal for a wedding, garden party, or other special event

* Hiking trails winding through a forest of Redwood, Madrone and Douglas Fir

ACCOMMODATIONS: Enjoy plenty of space and modern amenities in this unique and historic setting. Decorated with an eclectic mix of Mexican art and local antiques, as well as with beds made of reclaimed wood from Colonel Armstrong's original home! Accommodations Include:

* 5 bedrooms, each sleeping 2 people

* Sleeping loft for children, off the master bedroom

* Lovely living room with murphy and trundle beds

* Spacious great room with fireplace, sofas & large wooden farm table, perfect for meetings and sharing large meals

* 6 1/2 bathrooms

* State-of-the-art kitchen with commercial stove & wine closet

* Brick back patio & 3-tiered front patio for lounging, eating, yoga and meetings

* 2 fireplaces, outdoor fire pit, large built-in grill and pizza oven

* High-speed Internet available throughout the house


* Have a picnic, potluck or special celebration, massage, yoga or meditation class

* Pick produce from the garden for your next farm-to-table meal

* Cook in the newly remodeled kitchen

* Lounge with a good book and glass of wine

* Enjoy the late afternoon sun from the porch overlooking the lush gardens

* Sit around the campfire and share stories about the day's exciting adventures!

RECREATION ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA: Sabor Mexicano is the perfect place to have an unforgettable adventure! Besides being a picturesque retreat, the farm is close to a plethora of exciting activities, including:

* award-winning restaurants, sustainable wineries, creameries, bakeries, breweries & farmers' markets

* antique shops, art galleries, movies, dancing, live music & theater

* canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, paddle boating & boarding

* ocean boating, fishing, surfing, kiteboarding & scuba diving

* rock climbing, ziplines, sky bridges, ballooning & skydiving

* hiking, biking, mountain biking, ice skating & horseback riding

* swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard & miniature golf

* zen meditation center, yoga, massage, fitness centers & spas

* green tours, parks, gardens, scenic drives & historic Fort Ross

* whale watching, beachcombing, birdwatching, wildflower viewing, photography and more!


* Green Traveler Guides:


TESTIMONIALS: "Sabor Mexicano Farms is a magical and special hide-away. This enchanting place invites you to explore the beauty of nature while providing a warm, cozy and safe place to rest your head. Relax, unwind and embrace the power of living the good life!" Lynne Williams, Events Coordinator at Impact Hub Oakland. More testimonials are below, in the “Unique Benefits” section, and also please check out our stellar VRBO reviews!

AVAILABLE TOURS: To help you discover the rich surrounding area please consider booking a tour through Bay Area Green Tours. Their entertaining and educational offerings include:

* Organic Farms

* Artisan Cheese

* Wine & Cheese

* River, Ocean & Redwoods

* Nature Walk with a Renowned Local Naturalist

* Field to Forest

* Fibershed: Local Artisan Fibers & Dyes

* and more -- please inquire for details!

NON-PROFIT SUPPORT: A portion of your rental proceeds helps support Bay Area Green Tours ( whose mission is to provide educational tours and events that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action, inspire support of local green businesses, and empower people to incorporate environmental responsibility and social justice into their personal and professional lives.

More Details

Jorge Saldana
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Jorge Saldana

Sabor Mexicano Farm, Retreat and Event Center is a family owned operation. The proprietor, Jorge Saldana, is a 3rd generation farmer who leads with his heart in managing this very special destination. The interior has been decorated by his wife Carmina, a natural host and wonderful designer. Together, they have created an authentic and unique vacation home. Their farm, as well as their specialty Sabor Mexicano Salsa and Homemade Chips business and three popular restaurants, center around their philosophy that good health contributes to the greater good of the environment. All their produce is grown organically, some from heritage seeds that have been handed down to Jorge by his family in Mexico. Nothing goes to waste; for example, alfalfa is grown to feed the goats, horses and chickens. The farm is irrigated by a natural spring that flows through the property. The produce grown in the fields supplies Sabor Mexicano chips and salsas (freshly made onsite at a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen), as well as Jorge’s thriving restaurants: Cancun in Berkeley and Tlaloc in San Francisco. Please note: when you send an email to the owner, it will be responded to by the Property Manager, Batya Gelfand, vs. by the owner, Jorge.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Guerneville, California

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Loud outdoor noise ends 8:30pm, all outdoor noise ends 10pm
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
  • 6.5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Upstairs, sleeps 2
    Annex Bedroom A - 2 single bed , Downstairs, in house but accessed outside - most private
    Annex Bedroom B - 1 large double bed , Downstairs, in house but accessed outside - most private
    #1 Bedroom Which Shares Deck - 1 bunk bed , Upstairs, small room, sleeps 2
    #2 Bedroom Which Shares Deck - 2 single bed , Upstairs, 2 twin beds which can transform into 1 king bed
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Sabor Mexicano Vacation Retreat, Event Center and Organic Farm
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Memorable experience

  • 5 of 5

I’ve always said if I could start all over again, I’d live in a farm, so for our 45th anniversary my daughter, who had stayed at Sabor Mexicano in a work related retreat, suggested we come to Sabor Mexicano for a family reunion. What a wonderful experience. 12 of us, including 2 grandchildren, spent 4 days in an idyllic, pastoral and very private farm. The house is lovingly restored and decorated, with all modern amenities, yet retaining the feel of a rural farmhouse. Kitchen is well stocked with dishes and any utensils you might need to feed a large group. Plenty of seating, indoors and out. One night we used the wood burning pizza oven outdoors to make individual pizzas, for another meal we grilled steaks outdoors. The children enjoyed visiting the goats and the chicken coop. What a great learning experience, picking fresh laid eggs for breakfast! Wish we could have had access to the gardens – even just to weed if not to harvest the produce, just to experience farm life. Carmina, the owner, welcomed us when we arrived, and answered our every text asking for help/information promptly. The owners have two dogs, Duvalin (a big one, not sure of breed), and a smaller one. They would scamper down to the house late pm’s and we all enjoyed their company, especially the children. It felt just like home!

We all hiked in Armstrong State Park, a short 10 minute walk from the farm. Runners in our group enjoyed the trails. The town of Guerneville is a 5 minute drive, and the town tennis courts were enjoyed by the tennis players in our group. We also spent one morning kayaking at Johnson’s beach.

All in all, truly a very memorable experience. When we return, we will for sure look into one of the Bay Area Green Tours – this trip there just wasn’t enough time to do all.

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Sabor Mexicano. We had 11 adults that the house easily accommodated with plenty of space to visit. The kitchen was wonderful for cooking, very equipped with any kitchen gadget you would need. It's a very beautiful location, we enjoyed a walk to the Armstrong State Natural Preserve. It was an easy to drive to many vineyards and tasting rooms. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 18/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our non-profit organization held our Annual Board and Staff Retreat at the Sabor Mexicano Farmhouse and it didn't disappoint. The house was absolutely lovely and the grounds peaceful and private. Our group of 15 was the right size for group work sessions facilitated in the living room. Cancun in Berkeley catered our lunch (we dealt directly with the owner, Carmina) and it was DELICIOUS- even had wonderful vegan options. Lunch was set up outside on the long table and we all ate in lunch together in the sun. A nice break! We got to meet the resident German Shepherd who was very sweet and such a beautiful and friendly dog. We didn't stay overnight but we'd love to come back next year. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 24/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Booked the home for 11 adults for a family celebration and oh my gosh, what an amazing place. There was so much to do! We walked around the gardens, visited the goats and chickens, and used the stone pizza oven. Note, it takes a while to heat but we took advantage of the time and roasted up some marshmallows for s’mores. The house is so well equipped...only thing we wish we had brought was a couple of board games.

Carmina and Jorge, thank you!!!

  • Review Submitted: 11/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Special Property -- perfect for a friends' weekend or a small family reunion

  • 5 of 5

This is a very beautifully appointed house with a wonderful open kitchen/living/dining area that is perfect for a gathering of friends and family. We were a group of 6 friends from high school gathering for a two-night reunion, but the six bedrooms could accommodate at least twice as many as we were; it would be nice for a small extended family reunion. The organic farm and wonderfully restored home are set at the front of a gorgeous extended property filled with redwood trees. We took some great hikes up into the woods! Downtown Guerneville is just a couple of miles down the road, but once you are at the home you will hardly want to leave! The owner/farm founder (founder and chef at Cancun restaurant in Berkeley) lives up the hill in another home on the property, and we really enjoyed engaging with him and his sweet dogs; he was there to help with anything we needed and we paid to have him custom make us a fabulous meal on our second night there. We would go back in a heartbeat to this wonderful home in a fabulous part of Sonoma County!

  • Review Submitted: 09/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I would say Sabor Mexicano is one of those homes that you catch yourself thinking twice about writing a good review in the hopes that this gem doesn't become too popular. In a nutshell, my wife and I had our wedding their and it was absolutely perfect.

The Home:

The whole house is so well thought out and decorated. The interior design was just our style: a rustic mix of old and new. There are so many nooks for people to sit and hang out. All the rooms have full bathrooms and were very comfortable. The kitchen was perfect for cooking for large groups and had all the dishs/pans/cups you could need. The outdoor patios were perfect for sitting out and enjoying the wonderful afternoons and there's even had a large wood fire oven and bbq that we didn't get to use.

The Property:

We had our wedding ceremony in the redwoods behind the house. It was a little clearing at the end of a hike up a fire road, but it was the perfect place to have the wedding. We made it work with a couple shuttle cars. There is also a large grass lawn, vegetable gardens, and some farm animals on the property.


The home is really close to the Armstrong redwoods and across the street from the Forest view apple ranch, not to mention close to the Russian river and beyond. So, many things to do!

Batya was great at explaining all the details and just a joy to speak with. Carmina was very responsive and had a everything how we wanted when we arrived.

I can't wait to get another opportunity to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 15/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Monte Rio
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Russian River & Sonoma Coast
Car: recommended

RECREATION ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA: Sabor Mexicano Vacation Retreat, Event Center and Organic Farm is the perfect place to have an unforgettable adventure! Besides being a picturesque retreat, the farm is close to many classic Californian attractions and a plethora of exciting recreation activities, including:

* Armstrong Redwoods Park, only minutes away -- take a deep breath and enjoy the unique energy of the towering Redwoods

* The Russian River - two miles away

* Jenner By The Sea - the dramatic spot where the river meets the ocean

* Award-winning restaurants, sustainable wineries, creameries, bakeries, breweries & farmers' markets

* Antique shops, art galleries, dancing, live music & theater

* Canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, paddle boating & boarding

* Ocean boating, fishing, surfing & kite boarding

* Rock climbing, zip lines, sky bridges, ballooning & skydiving

* Hiking, biking, mountain biking, ice skating & horseback riding

* Swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, skate park, horseshoes, shuffleboard & miniature golf

* Zen meditation, yoga, massage & spas

* Parks, gardens, scenic drives & historic Fort Ross

* Whale watching, beachcombing, birdwatching, wildflower viewing, photography and more!

AVAILABLE TOURS: To help you discover the rich surrounding area and enjoy your trip even more, consider booking a tour through Bay Area Green Tours, the non-profit organization which facilitates Sabor Mexicano bookings. Their entertaining and educational offerings include:

* Organic Farms

* Artisan Cheese

* Wine & Cheese

* River, Ocean & Redwoods

* Nature Walk with a Renowned Local Naturalist

* Fibershed: Local Artisan Fibers & Dyes

* and more -- please inquire for details!


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$506.89
Property Damage Insurance AU$133.82
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$675.85

Catering menu and cleaning service during your stay available upon request. Sonoma County TOT Certificate#: 1527N

For rentals that have more than 10 overnight guests, a flat fee of $75 will be added to the total due. Rates subject to change and negotiable until booked.

3 night minimum for certain holidays, including: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, New Year's Eve. 4 night minimum for major holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas. We will accept less than our minimum stay if the house is still available 30 days prior to your proposed booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY:​ Please note that our cancellation policy is different from the one VRBO states below (which we are not able to override). Our policy is the following: A thirty (30) day notice of cancellation is required in order to receive any refund. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date will incur a processing fee which will be 20% of the first payment. Cancellations or any changes to the booking that are made less than 30 days before the arrival date forfeit the advance payment(s). An early departure does not warrant any refund. Weather is not a condition for cancellation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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