Guest Season: What It's Like to Stay Here

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Guest accommodations at Tassajara are rustic, peaceful, and range from private cabins to shared dorms. Prices listed on our Rooms and Rates page reflect the cost for a one night stay. Bathing facilities are in the bathhouse, and all cabins and rooms have a private toilet and sink except as noted.There is a two-night minimum stay on weekends (Friday-Sunday).


Three vegetarian meals are served daily to our overnight guests. Breakfast and dinner are family-style. For lunch, you may choose between eating in the dining room or making a bag lunch from a buffet featuring gourmet spreads and freshly baked bread. Coffee and tea are always available.

For people who have food allergies, intolerances or other sensitivities, we offer a supplement to the dinner meal, known as the Restricted Diet. The Restricted Diet meal supplement includes a gluten-free grain, a protein, and a vegetable–all plainly cooked. It must be arranged for in advance through the Reservations office. Those with certain dietary restrictions can generally supplement their breakfast and lunch with options from bag lunch as needed.


Telephone and Electronics

Tassajara has only one public phone and there is no fax, internet, or cell phone reception. Because we are off the grid and generate all our own electricity, we discourage the use of computers and all other electrical equipment. There is a $10/hour fee for recharging laptops, digital camera batteries, etc. In order to preserve the quiet atmosphere of Tassajara, we ask that you do not bring musical instruments, radios, or other audible musical devices.


Skirts, pants, and other casual dress attire may be worn for dinner. Please bring a bathing suit for the swimming pool and wear clothing over your suit in the public areas. Clothing is optional in the bathhouse.  Please help support the monastic setting by not wearing revealing clothing. Slip-on shoes or sandals are useful at Tassajara, as shoes are not worn in the guest rooms or meditation hall.


We strongly suggest that you experience Tassajara for yourself before deciding whether to bring your children. Because we strive to maintain the quiet and tranquil atmosphere of Tassajara, we may request that you address your child's volume level. There is no childcare or designated children's play area, we recommend that children be supervised by someone in your party. We do have certain cabins that are suitable for children; please inquire when making your reservation.

Pets and Service Dogs

Please do not bring pets to Tassajara; this includes the parking area.

New Service Dog Requirements:

1) At Tassajara, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.

2) The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.

3) All service dogs must remain with their human needing service, at all times, while on-site.

4) We prefer that all service dogs wear a service dog vest while moving among guests and in guest-accessible spaces (including but not limited to, guest housing, bathhouse, dining room, trails and retreat hall).

5) Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals and are not permitted at Tassajara.

*No animal can be left unattended in a vehicle, in the surrounding Ventana Wilderness roads or trails, or in/on/near Guest Housing. Anyone not complying with these rules, will be asked to leave Tassajara with no opportunity for a refund.

** Religious institutions and organizations are specifically exempt from the ADA. The exemption covers all of the activities of a religious entity, whether religious or secular. **



During the summer months, there is always an extreme fire danger in the wilderness, and especially in and around Tassajara. No open flames are permitted in the forest except in authorized campsites. Smoking is not permitted in any buildings, on porches or decks, or on the trails. Please check with the office regarding directions to our designated smoking area. Please do not burn candles in your room and, if you burn incense, do not leave it unattended.

Getting to Tassajara

The only vehicle access to Tassajara is via a 14-mile dirt road: a winding, mountain road that takes an hour to drive and cannot be safely navigated by all cars, especially some with automatic transmissions. For more detailed information, see Getting to Tassajara: For Guests.