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Top 5 Spots to Go Glamping in California

Written by 9 August 2013 5 Comments

Glamping is one of those travel trends that sounds good & looks even better. It’s the thing to do if you’re a glamorous Travelette who sometimes likes to kick off her heels in a pretty tent cabin before heading out for an afternoon in the trees. We’ve previously shared some of our favorite places to go glamping in Australia, but we’re ready to take it outta the Outback (so to speak) & across the ocean to the California coast. Envision yourself relaxing in style among the tall redwood trees, enjoying a beautiful but secluded view of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean & roasting marshmallows underneath the stars, all before finally retiring to a large bed full of luxurious sheets, the smell of the outdoors still in your nose.

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1. Shelter Co. is a pop-up lodging service based out of San Francisco. These beautiful tents don’t have a permanent location, but they are currently touring the West & providing lodging for glamorous outdoor events & weddings. Their campsite set-ups are some of the most gorgeous you’ve ever seen: on the banks of the seemingly private Leonard Lake Reserve near Mendocino, perched high above the ocean waves in Big Sur, or even right in the very middle of the San Francisco Bay on Treasure Island. We may be dreaming, but who’s up for a Travelettes retreat?

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2. The Treebones Resort along the famous Big Sur Coastline is actually a collection of Yurts. If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in one of these tall, wooden-frame versions of a tent, this is the spot you should splurge for. Big Sur is known for gorgeous beaches along a craggy coastline and quiet wooded forests filled with California redwood trees, so staying here could mean hiking and beach combing a plenty. You might want to stay in the yurt, though: every rental has a deck with a view of the ocean and I can’t think of anything much better than watching the evening fog roll in over the ocean, a glass of red wine in my hand. While staying here is a bit pricy, you can get discounts if you visit in the off-season (November to March) or during the week (Sunday to Thursday).

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3. The glamorous tent cabins (and another chance to stay in a yurt!) at El Capitan Canyon bring back all the excitement of being a kid at sleep-away camp again. It’s secluded, hidden away in the canyon, but accessing the ocean is easy (and you’ll love being lulled by the sound of the waves). In the early spring the sage blossoms and its distinctive smell signals the impending arrival of summer. In the fall, enjoy Monarch butterflies fluttering around the campsite. A visit here is the quintessential summer trip and you definitely won’t want to leave.

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4. If you want a luxury safari experience in wine country (good combo, right?), book a night or two at Safari West in Sonoma. Spend the day mingling with gazelles, zebras, wildebeests and even cheetahs; with over 400 acres of preserve, there’s plenty of space for all kinds of animals. After your meet and greet with the locals, retire to your personal tent which is luxury wrapped in canvas imported from Africa.

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5. The cabins at the Sequoia High Sierra Camp are almost 8,700 feet above sea level and nestled into the stunning mountain scenery. Spend the day hiking through flower-studded meadows, appreciating the dramatic blue peaks of surrounding mountains, and listening to snow melt gurgle down local creeks. At night, high altitudes and significant distance from California’s city centers, the stargazing is amazing. Spending a weekend at this camp is a great alternative to Yosemite, if you want to skip the crowds: there is fabulous scenery, great local hiking and you still get to come “home” each night to a hot shower and a luxury bed.

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California is a state known for her natural beauty and getting outside to explore mountains and coastline is a must. But, as any good Travelette knows, a weekend getaway in the great outdoors doesn’t have to mean a sacrifice of luxury. Spend your day breathing the fresh air and your evening relaxing in the highest of camp-style luxury!


Simone Anne 150x150 Top 5 Spots to Go Glamping in CaliforniaSimone Anne is a photographer & writer currently living in Half Moon Bay, California. She loves spending as much of her time outside as she can and is currently learning to surf. When she’s not hanging out with the Travelettes, she writes about even more adventures at We Are Adventure.




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  • Melissa said:

    I really want to stay in that first tent! No sleeping bag on the hard ground.

  • Chelsea said:

    Most of those “tents” are bigger than my apartment!

  • Wanderlust Camps said:

    Nice post! Washington State offers up some great Glamping, too! Drop by http://www.WanderlustCamps.com and take the easy way out!

  • reisekomplizin said:

    Big Sur is probably our biggest dream…aw that second resort just made us sigh. Someday! :)

  • katrina said:

    ahhh! thank you doll for writing this…I cannot wait to go GLAM as the “Travelette” I am


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