Places to Visit Northern California

Crystal Hermitage is a photographer’s dream. If you do an instragram search for #crystalhermitage you will find a wide breath of photos of our gardens. Here is a blog with samples of her photography and blog written by Claire Toney.

I heard of this magical place filled with 10,000 tulips. Oh how I longed to see it! I finally got the chance this past weekend with my son. It is called the Crystal Hermitage at the Ananda Retreat, Nevada City & it was as magical as I envisioned. Strange as it may sound, I felt a warm sense of peace driving through the area. The road meandered through Shire-like fields; we even saw some people working on the land & signs to watch out for “kids and goats” – I am not kidding!

This year, the volunteers and grounds people have planted nearly 17,000 tulips in 150 flower beds in the gardens all over the estate. Interspersed with the tulips are over 8000 pansies & forget-me-nots. The variety of tulips were a wonderful sight to see & I wish we could have spent more time there. As I mentioned, though, my son came with me, so I didn’t want to push my luck 😉 He did mention that they offered a season pass – could he have been hinting that he wanted to visit again as much as I did? Read More

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