Because camping is often too in-tents
Luckily, California is host to boundless glamping hotstops that are, indeed, beginning to rival stays at high-end hotels. So, whether you wish to head up north or revel in a glampcation™ (you heard it here first), we’ve devised a list of glampsites up and down the coast to enjoy some good ol’ natural luxury.
The Joshua Tree House | Joshua Tree
This glampsite doesn’t involve any tents, so you can rest assured that luxury is totally primo. But, it’s required that you slow down and truly immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings. Enveloped by silence, open desert views, wildlife and a breathtaking starry sky, you’ll find it remarkably easy to disconnect.
AUTOCAMP | RUSSIAN RIVER & SANTA BARBARA
And, for an even greater touch of luxury, both AutoCamp sites feature a sweet array of amenities. In Russian River (90 minutes north of San Fran), you have access to a fully-appointed clubhouse with fire pit lounges, local beer & wine (because real camping involves booze) and an adventure concierge. In Santa Barbara, all airstreams feature luxurious beds and baths (with boutique bath products, of course), kitchens, patios, lounge chairs and two beach cruisers. If it’s simplified adventure you’re looking for, this is it.
TREEBONES RESORT | BIG SUR
Replete with snug beds, cozy comforters, well-appointed baths and generous redwood viewing decks with Adirondack chairs, each yurt reminds you of how life is supposed to be lived: slowly, simply and in harmony with nature. You can also stay in their Autonomous Yurt, which has garnered serious attention for its architectural singularity. Here, secluded on the edge of the resort with your own private deck and outdoor fire pit, you’ll experience some of the greatest sunsets in Big Sur.
You thought we were finished? Nope. Treebones Resort is also home to Wild Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Strong emphasis on the sushi here. Now that is campfire cuisine totally redefined.
Mendocino Grove Tent Camp | Mendocino
And, what’s even more impressive is that you’re located directly amidst Mendocino’s untrammeled beauty. Just beyond your modern canvas tent lie hundreds of hikes within the Redwoods while the area’s most gorgeous beaches are just five minutes down the road. Cook a delish campfire meal for breakfast then head into Mendocino’s charming downtown for dinner. Here, the luxuries that glamping and nature afford are limitless.