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Solar Living Center

13771 S Highway 101, Hopland, CA 95449-9607
+1 707-472-2450
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Eco inspiration!

Not much was "happening" when we visited, but we enjoyed strolling thru the gardens to see the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sue L
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Cupertino, California
Very educational and beautiful

We went to visit on the way back from Vichy Springs. The place is very educational, with lots of... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2018
sbudiman
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San Francisco
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The Solar Living Center is a serene, lush 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site. The site features a biodiesel fueling station, electric car charging station, one of Ca.'s largest solar arrays, a certified organic garden, 3 beautiful ponds, the Real Goods store and the Solar Living Institute. The Solar Living Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that manages the site. On site the Institute hosts many workshops, school tours, kids' summer camp, and offers camping and a Tiny House for guest stays.
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  • Average14%
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13771 S Highway 101, Hopland, CA 95449-9607
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+1 707-472-2450
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much was "happening" when we visited, but we enjoyed strolling thru the gardens to see the exhibits, ponds, and veggie garden. There are several eco-cabins you can often tour, but all of them were rented out and not available that day. The Real Goods...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

We went to visit on the way back from Vichy Springs. The place is very educational, with lots of ideas and information on how to reduce our carbon footprint. Some are very easily integrated into our lifestyle. The garden with ponds are really beautiful. We...More

Thank sbudiman
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place to picnic and let the kids explore nature. There are good in the ponds and they sell fish pellets so the kids got a kick out of feeding the fish. The store there is awesome too!

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

I've been here a few times, most recently this past August, and I've always enjoyed it here. It's peaceful, sustainable, and cool. Great store, comfy places to sit, nice to m wander a bit, check out their watery labrynth, etc. They even have a little...More

Thank JDZatSF
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

We've been going here for almost 20 years. After many years, it's still the same, with a few additions, but it hasn't turned into disneyland. It was really wonderful to return to have a picnic with our grown kids and 3 yr. old grandaughter.

Thank newcollege2012
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

We were just driving by and saw this places. It has all things solar and eco friendly. The premises has several displays to show you how things work. A brief walk through a small bamboo grove takes you to a small lake with a dock...More

Thank Off2SeeItAll
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We stopped here on a rainy day in March. This solar-powered, wood-heated facility has a very large shop filled with devices, books and "stuff" to save or produce energy, compost, build structures, you name it. Staff were eager to answer questions. The outdoor gardens weren't...More

Thank Berdley
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Lots of cool stuff to buy & learn about. Great field trip or family fun day! No food or drinks available which is a bummer

Thank letseatnowplease
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

Found this place totally by accident when we spotted a sign on the highway indicating the place was open to the public and we needed a place to stop and stretch our legs and let the dog out. Wasn't sure what to make of the...More

1  Thank DaleMMR
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

SLI is a favorite stop for our family. My children love running around the grounds, playing in the water features, admiring the plants and their recycled bathrooms. I enjoy imagining all of the environmentally friendly creations that I could do at my house. I have...More

Thank Barbara B
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Kila R
26 December 2016|
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YES!!! Lots of open areas (I believe dogs are supposed to be on a leash).
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