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Our venues

Bell valley retreat center &
The boonville hotel
Boonville, CA (Mendocino County)

The properties

Bell Valley Retreat Center sits on land originally settled by Native Pomo people. In the late 1800s, it became the stop-over point for stage-coach travelers riding from Ukiah to Boonville. It also operated as a well-known hops farm where the unusual dialect called Boontling was born.

Bell Valley lies in a watershed that spans more than 600 acres. There are more than 5 miles of hiking trails, a pond for swimming, a hot tub, and a stunning yurt for meditation or yoga.

The famous Boonville Hotel (a 10 minute drive from Bell Valley) is a stylish roadhouse, full of beautifully crafted rustic details. Rooms are situated inside the hotel, as well as scattered around the gardens. There is a gorgeous courtyard where (weather permitting) breakfast is served.

A word about the food

All meals will be provided by our on-site caterer, Carin McKay of Culinary Magic. Meals at Lit Camp will be vegetarian...and delicious. (Carin catered our recent retreat and received rave reviews from even our most omnivorous attendees.) There are also several kitchens at Bell Valley in case you'd like to bring any special treats or beverages.


how lit camp will use the two properties

We will hold four of our morning workshops at Bell Valley, and one at the Boonville Hotel. Your workshop location will change every day, as will your workshop leader. 

Panels and readings will be held at Bell Valley. We will provide shuttle service between the two locations.

Lit Camp is taking over the entire Bell Valley Retreat Center, as well as the Boonville Hotel.

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