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Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 4 Salinas B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Los Angeles, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great Place for Families”
Reviewed November 24, 2011

We stayed here in November and can honestly say this is an absolutely unique experience. The staff was friendly and informative. The animals, especially the elephants are great. Our kids, ages 6 and 9, had a great time feeding them both at their bedtime and at breakfast. The pictures I was able to take are priceless and memorable.

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Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

My wife found this opportunity, and I admit I was skeptical at first, but it was a fun and enlightening experience! In the morning, a staff person brought us our continental breakfast (not skimpy on the portions!), and a trainer brought an elephant for us to feed (from fresh fruits and vege's they provided for the elephant) from the front deck of our bungalow. Maleika the elephant was very tame and well-behaved. She put her trunk up to the railing on our deck, and we were able to hand the food to her directly, touching her trunk with no fear of any aggressive behavior. Later, we took the 1 pm tour of the rest of the animals at their compound. We had no idea they had this many animals! The animals were inside their cages for our tour, and we weren't allowed to touch them, but we were just a few feet away from them, and it was an educational experience.
The bungalow was nice--probably better than we expected for a "tent cabin," though since the day had been very cold, it was quite cold in the bungalow when we first arrived. The small, portable floor heater took a long time to heat up the room, but the heated mattress pad on the bed helped a lot.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

My wife, boy and I went for two nights and had an absolute blast! We were arriving past the check in time, which is tough for any B&B to accommodate but they did. Having the elephants Butch and Maleika serve us breakfast was an unbelievable experience. The afternoon was a cold driving rain so instead of the seeing the parade of animals they offered to let us help put the elephants to bed. We are telling everyone they should visit, and we are sure to return. The staff was very courteous and knowledgable. They were also very patient to answer all 1,000 of my wife's questions. :)

Room Tip: If you have a kid(s), bring a ball or frisbee to throw around. All the tents have great views, but...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Pacific Grove, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2011

My wife and I have stayed here several times over the last 3 years and always find it tobe an excellant stay. All the cabin/tents are great.

Room Tip: Tent 8 has a soaking tub which was great
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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los angeles
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Vision Quest is a great family getaway that is both a one-of-a-kind experience and educational! See elephants and zebras from your porch, fall asleep to the lions' purrs, and get breakfast delivered by Butch the retired circus elephant.

The bungalows are very lux --- the ultimate in safari glamping with heated beds and outdoor soaking pools. Ah the wild life of Visions Quest - a memory sure to last a lifetime!

PS. Because the lions, tigers and hyenas like to chat (roar) at night, be forewarned that your sleep maybe interrupted but it's all part of the adventure.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Berkeley, CA
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

What a unique experience for me and my mom! The tents are gorgeous and incredibly comfortable and clean. The small heater and electric bed-warmers kept us toasty even on a cold night. The highlight was definitely putting the elephants to bed - a must do extra!!!!! We learned about these beautiful animals from their trainer, got to feed them and feel their powerful trunks and tusks. I will definitely stay here again and again!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2011
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kona, hawaii
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Being an animal lover, I have always wanted to meet an elephant, so when I read about Vision Quest Ranch, I knew I had to go. We went the end of September and were the only guests there, a big plus! We got the whole experience for just the two of us. The guides were knowledgable, friendly and considerate. They brought a monkey and the lynx up to our cabin our first evening and even though we couldn't touch them it was great. We participated in "Butch's Bedtime," which was our first encounter with the elephants and the following day did the "pachyderm package" and the tour of the small but humane zoo. Everything was top-notch. And our cabin/tent/bungaloo was really nice, beautifully decorated and spacious. I would highly recommend the wonderful Vision Quest Ranch to anyone wanting to experience a "mini-Africa," without the long flight and expensive ticket!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast
Address: 400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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Location: United States > California > Salinas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Salinas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Listen to the lions and tigers roaring only yards away from your authentic African style bungalow...go on an African Safari in Monterey! ... more   less 
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