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There’s nothing like going off the grid to recoup from the stresses of metropolitan life. But sometimes the grit of mother nature can be just as intimidating during a regular camping trip–enter glamping.
Glamping = Glamourous Camping
Glamping combines the gorgeous outdoors with the luxe amenities of a 5-star hotel. Although some lodging comes in the form of teepees or tents, each site is fully furnished with all of the comforts of a hotel, and adjacent to some of the most beautiful vistas in California. Continue reading for the hottest glamping spots near Los Angeles.
1) Ventura Ranch Koa-Yurt
7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Pricing: starts at $200
Ventura Ranch Koa-Yurt is a popular camping resort located at the base of Ventura County’s tallest mountain, Topa Topa. The area is nestled in a forest setting replete with a creek, gorgeous woodland views, and local fauna. Ventura Ranch Koa-Yurt offers four styles of accommodation: large tent sites, RV sites, authentic Native-American-style teepees furnished with beds and chairs, glamour tents complete with a queen bed, futon couch, electricity, and other cooking amenities.
Find out more about Ventura Ranch Koa-Yurt via their website.
2) El Capitan Canyon
11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Pricing: Tents-$150+, Yurts-$225+, Cedar Cabins $195+
El Capitan Canyon is a favorite among Santa Barbara locals in search of a camping experience with 5-star hotel amenities. The site is 15 minutes north of Santa Barbara and a five-minute walk from the El Capitan State Beach. If you’re searching for a classic camping experience, the site’s yurts are ideal. For those who want the ultimate luxe experience, stay in one of the resort’s fully furnished cedar cabins or canvas safari tents which are built on elevated wooden decks surrounded by screen windows and doors. El Capitan Canyon’s generous amenities include willow beds, down-style duvets, casual furnishings, and gorgeous Native-American themed blankets.
Find out more about El Capitan Canyon via its website.
3) Treebones Resort
71895 Hwy. 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Pricing: $215 with 2-night minimum. Open March-October and all weekends
Treebones Resort sits in the heart of the Los Padres National Forest and offers breathtaking views of the woodlands and Pacific Ocean. Most of the camping in the resort is done in furnished yurts complete with a queen-sized bed, pine flooring, and decks with gorgeous vistas of the surrounding landscape. Spend the day hiking through the redwood forests or kayaking. Afterwards, relax with a private yurt massage. Take in the local culture at the 65-foot ocean-view bar, sushi bar, gift shops, ocean-view pools, hot tub, or Wild Coast restaurant. Visitors are also welcome to explore the organic gardens that provide the local restaurants with their fresh, organic ingredients.
Find out more about Treebones Resort via its website.
4) Wellspring Ranch: Bed & Breakfast/Retreat Center
9150 Santa Rita Rd., Cayucos, CA 93430
Pricing: Begins at $390
If you’re after a coastal glamping experience, Wellspring Ranch’s prime location along Cayucos State Beach is an amazing experience. The resort offers guests three lodging options: luxury yurts, lodging in an Airstream, or a private suite in a 4,000 square foot straw-bale home. Accommodations include fresh linens, ceiling fans, memory foam beds, and fireplaces. Wellspring Ranch also offers yoga lessons in their exclusive studio, painting supplies for artistic guests, organized hikes, and more.
Find out more about Wellspring-Ranch via its website.
5) Starry Safari at the Living Desert
4790 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260
Price: $78 for members, $93 for non-members
For animal lovers, The Starry Safari at the Living Desert in Palm Springs offers guests an unforgettable experience in California’s desertscape. The resort is open every year from March to May, and features private tours of The Living Desert. Animal lovers will love the safari which showcases animals from the world’s various deserts. After touring the animal resorts, visit the site’s botanical gardens and explore the hiking paths near the Santa Rosa mountains. During the evening, fall asleep in a cozy tent to the sounds of the desert or gaze upwards at the glittering nighttime sky. It should be noted that cots are provided by the resort, but guests will need to bring their own sleeping bags and toiletries.
Find out more about Starry Safari at the Living Desert via its website.
6) Sequoia High Sierra Camp
65745 Big Meadow Rd., Giant Sequoia National Monument, CA 93633
Price: $250 per night
Tucked away among the towering sequoias of Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia High Sierra Camp offers visitors tent-cabin camping sites away from the bustle of the city. The site sits on an expansive lot of 8,282 feet and consists of a compound of tents. Dining at the resort is nothing short of a five-course meal with hand-selected wines and candlelight. The site’s canvas tents are furnished with gorgeous rugs, lush blankets, propane lanterns, and soft beds. Breathtaking vistas of the Sierra Nevada are all visible from every tent. After eating a hot breakfast in the morning, go for a hike in the mountainous meadows or along the glittering alpine lakes.
Find out more about Sequoia High Sierra Camp via its website.
7) Yosemite High Sierra Camps
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite, CA 95389
Price: Starting at $252 per night
For those in search of an active glamping experience, Yosemite High Sierra Camps offer guests a plethora of hiking trails. Open from June to early September, many visitors choose to go horse-packing from site-to-site. Each of the five camps is approximately six to ten miles away from one another, and they all lie on the 49-mile High Sierra Camp Loop trail. Once arrived, the views of Tuolome Meadows are some of the most gorgeous in the park and surrounding area. Cabin tents are fully furnished with woodstoves to stay warm at the 9,000-feet elevation.
Find out more about Yosemite High Sierra Camps via its website.
2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero, CA 94060
Price: Starting at $120 per night
Named after the Costeños-coast people who used to inhabit its shores, Costonoa considers itself an “adventure resort” dedicated to encouraging visitors to discover the pace of nature. Unlike other resorts which only offer hiking and horseback riding, Costanoa offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, music, art exhibitions, educational lectures, kayaking and more. In addition to the Cascade Bar & Grill which specializes in California cuisine, the resort’s spa offers amazing packages to relax after an active day of exploring.
Find out more about Costanoa Lodge via its website.
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