We live on a 1-1/4 acre property with a large, main house in front (rented) and our small house/shop in the back.
We only host travelers and vacationing RVers and enjoy reciprocating the hospitality we enjoy when we travel. We self impose some limits to the frequency and duration of guests so as to not annoy our neighbors/renters. It is possible I may need to decline your request even if our calendar is open based on how 'busy' we have been.
We will not host 'local' RVers who live in their RV and work in the area.
The main house on the front of the property and the driveway in front of the house for the exclusive use of the renters. We have several places on the back half of the property where you can park depending on your size. The best and largest spot is under large camphor trees and would get quite a bit of shade in the morning and mid-day. It's close to our house where you’ll be the closest to water (10ft). You can dump in our septic access with about 15ft of hose (please ask us to direct you). We have a portable power pedestal with connections for 50A/240V, 30A/120V, and 15A/120V that can reach all of our spots. There are over a dozen various citrus trees on the property which you are welcome to pick to your heart's content.
Pets are welcome on a leash but the yard is not fenced. We also have a dog...Mr Cooper.
If you have any repair or maintenance needs, we have a large shop and lots of equipment. Steve may be able to help you or at least provide an out-of-the-way place for you to work.
This area is semi-rural and with that comes animals. You will hear dogs, cats, birds (large aviary 2 doors down), owls, and a rooster. Additionally, we have squirrels in abundance and raccoons, possums, and rarely a skunk are around at night. We can have, annoying mosquitos based on the weather.
We try to stay out of other's business but we also need to be responsible to our neighbors. This is a very quiet neighborhood. We rent the house on the front of the property and are concerned about annoying those near us. We 'ration' our stay requests somewhat, so our calendar may be open but if we've had recent guests, we may need to decline. In keeping with the quiet neighborhood, we do not allow the use of generators or smoking. We welcome children of all ages. They are welcome to climb my trees and pick fruit (as long as its eaten and you supervise).
The street has a wide bike lane on the side of the single lane that is wide enough to stop without having to worry about obstructing traffic or looking for a parking spot. It is also a good place to drop your tow. Just pull over in front of the first house after crossing or u-turning at John St. I am the 2nd house (white picket fence), walk west and take a right turn down the long straight gravel driveway and come see us. We can give you an orientation and you can decide how you want to approach ‘your spot’.
Once you find us, we can show you the most likely 3 spots (described below). Key to getting into your spot is to walk back on foot first and decide if you want to back down the drive or pull straight in. There is some room to turn around but I don’t think you should plan on turning anything longer than 30ft.
Getting to the back of the lot requires negotiating a somewhat narrow gravel drive on the side of the lot. There are several obstacles of note;
• The driveway is 14ft wide pea gravel when you enter. There is a concrete stop for the electric gate (which is always open) about 6ft from the road on the small rise just off the street. It’s about 3” tall and can be driven on but with it being located on a 'hump' and the low clearance of some RV’s, it could be a problem.
• About 40ft from the road, the driveway is narrowest, about 9ft, where it passes between a tall fence and a hedge. Watch your mirror’s hitting the fence.
• About 80ft back, the driveway becomes concrete for 30 ft then becomes dirt. Just past the concrete re two steel tree anchors painted red.
There is plenty of parking available but you will need to unhook before turning into the driveway
We're on the road often and keep our block out's up to date.
Things to do
1. Victoria Ave trail / bike path (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/victoria-avenue-trail)
2. The Citrus Park. http://www.parks.ca.gov/CaliforniaCitrusSHP/
3. The metrolink commuter train/Amtrak station is 2 miles away off La Sierra and Indiana and has routes into Orange County (beaches, Angel Stadium, etc) or LA (Union Station).
4. Other Hiking –one of our local favorite areas is to head to Skyline Drive trail in Corona: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/skyline-drive
5. Further away areas that could be of Interest:
a. Idylwild - http://www.idyllwild.com/ - day hikes and quiet mountain town (90 min drive)
b. Palm Springs – Tram, Downtown, Golfing, Shopping, Dining (90 min drive)
c. Temecula – Wine Country (45 min away 15 South)
d. Joshua Tree National Park (90 min)
e. Anza Borrego Desert State Park (2 hours)
f. San Diego (2 hours)
Steve and Cheryl were such gracious, generous hosts, offering to let us pick from a variety of citrus fruits from their orchard. This was one of our all time favorite boondocking experiences!
It's been nearly a year since COVID became a serious issue for full timers like us. We spent most of a great winter in Southern California last year and coming out of Death Valley National Park recently on the western side where temperatures were a little lower than we wanted, we headed south and found the Citrus Orchard, a great place to spend a few days.
They offered water, electric and a needed dump for us. And, they're building a great state-of-the art off-road camper. We were also given a nice information sheet for their place with information about the surrounding area. Great stop. Definitely recommended.
Cheryl and Steve were absolutely wonderful! Helpful in every way, plus you're living beside and orchard and all you can eat oranges.
Thank you again for the amazing stay :)
We really enjoyed our stay at the Citrus Orchard. Our kids loved picking oranges and lemons from their trees (and Steve graciously lent us his juicer so we could make fresh-squeezed juice--yum!). We also enjoyed chatting with our hosts and seeing their new, custom-built rig. Highly recommend a stop here. Location is convenient and safe.
We were delighted to find this great spot with terrific hosts in Riverside. It is in a quiet neighborhood but is close to walking and biking trails, a huge park, and lots of local produce growers. They even have lots of citrus trees on site and they encourage you to help yourself. The hosts are super-friendly and, if you ask, great sources of information about camping locations all over the western states. And Steve designs and builds (from the ground up) his own campers — amazing! Thank you Cheryl and Steve for hosting us.
Amazing hosts! This was our first boondockers stay and they were so helpful and just great!
Our hosts at The Citrus Orchard couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating. We are just blown away.
The driveway is tight between the hedge and the fence at one point but this is a small inconvenience for the opportunity to stay here.
We had a wonderful stay! Our hosts were more than helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming to say the least. We recommend their beautiful orchid to anyone needing a stop for a few nights in Riverside! Highly recommended.
Very responsive and helpful with directions and where to park. We have a smaller vehicle. (21'). So, it's easier for us to maneuver.
Beautiful and quiet location with an abundance of oranges!!
The Citrus Orchard is located in a lush, green, historic neighborhood, full of trees bursting with fresh juicy sweet oranges. The host location itself is incredibly beautiful, and sets a whole new standard for "Welcome"--from the very first step, the wonderful hosts go out of their way to ensure you land in an ideal location, guiding you all along the way--then offer up best connections to electricity, water, and even sewer!
They also made their candy-sweet oranges avail for the plucking...
And all of that wasn't even the best part! They made a fire our last night there, and invited us to join them--wonderful, fun, enlightening, engaging conversation, all made complete with cuddles from their sweet, smart doggo, Cooper.
We were truly overwhelmed by their generosity and kindness--and hope to return the great favor someday when we land on our own solid ground :) .
I couldn't recommend more. Wonderful, cool people I'm grateful to now call friends.
Our first BW stay and the bar has been set high! Cheryl and Steve gave us a warm welcome guiding us to a spot to park and showing us the property. Hookups and bonus internet connection were great. Great area to walk around.We picked enough various citrus to ward off scurvy for a while. Steve super helpful with his RV knowledge and some fixes. Great fun sharing stories around the fire pit. We will be back!
We had a great stay here! Wonderful hosts and super helpful with everything! They let us pick from their many orange trees, and they really helped us out with RV information/mechanics. We highly recommend this place and hope to come back again! Thanks for the awesome stay!
These guys are great people! Very helpful and knowledgeable with anything you need to know about your RV or other mechanics! They had a great piece of property surrounded by many different fruits, it was beautiful! We even had a nice campfire with them and their dog Cooper!
Thanks for the great stay!
CherylandSteve has a beautiful yard full of citrus trees. Quiet setting away from the main road. Steve let me pick his brain on RV's solar/electrical system and he's a wealth of knowledge in everything electrical. I had a wonderful stay.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Cheryl and Steve! They are so good natured and accommodating. The kind of people that leave everything better than they found it. Their place has everything you need to regroup and get on your way with plenty of confidence because you get an education here. We will be coming back to visit on our way back down south.
Our hosts were extremely welcoming. They taught us all about their little orange orchard and generously allowed us to pick oranges which were delicious! It’s a nice private and quiet spot. They were generous and kind hosts. A+!!
The company is amazing! As well as the wealth of knowledge these two have is unbelievable! You will enjoy conversations with them about a variety of topics. Plus if that wasn't enough there oranges are so sweet! Can't think of a reason not to come.
We had a wonderful stay. Picked some oranges and avocados. Also spent the evening chatting with our hosts and looking at their RV projects. Lots to learn from these two if you are interested.
There location and where you will meet them is in the back. The front house is a studio. Follow the instructions on their page so you look like a pro! I goofed and knocked on house door, but it was okay. Just do better than me! There lot is very accommodating and level! They have nice lights to have around your home at night so you will be well lit. I was about to knock out some long overdue projects with their help. He was so eager to help anytime I had a question he would stop and offer advice and educate me to the next level. Their knowledge on electronic/electrical is amazing. But more importantly their hospitality is next level! You will fill at home the entire time you are their. It was fun to walk the orange Grove, unfortunately I didn't make the time to go and enjoy them. Lovely stay
Great hosts and a wonderful spot! We had nice talks and also a lot of privacy in a charming citrus garden. Mr. Cooper, the dog, is well educated and quiet. We can recommend this location to every BDguest.
Our visit to Cheryl and Steve was short but we filled our fruits reserved, water, electricity, discharged extra energy of the kids. There is a rides and water park nearby that cost almost nothing if you reserved 4 days in advance. Like 10-15$ although it's 20$ if you don't! We decided we would not go since we were coming back from Legoland ans San Diego Zoo... Thank you so much for everything!!!!
Thank you so much to Steve and Chery! we stayed there 2 nights and everything was just perfect! The kids even enjoyed making fresh orange juice in the morning with the oranges they pick up thereself. Thank you again!
We had a good time at Cheryl and Steve's place. Definitely recommended. Coming from Canada, citrus trees were fun for us and the kids. Oranges taste way better in California than in Canada!!!