Nicole Tj
April 6, 2022

6 Unmissable Glamping Spots in California

Camping in the woods can be attractive to many people and glamping makes it accessible to everyone, providing amenities and comforts that allow people to get close to nature in style.

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That's why glamping has become an increasingly popular trend. Despite living in tents, this nifty activity means you get to experience the best of both worlds, with well-equipped sleeping areas, toilets, and other amenities. Call it camping in style.

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A glamping trip through California offers endless opportunities to see and do awesome things in one of the most diverse places on Earth. If you are into surfing, hiking, wine-tasting, or road trips, or simply want to relax and take in the amazing scenery, California has it all.

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So, what do you do when you want to experience all of those good things in the Californian wilderness while still enjoying a comfortable bed and running water? You go glamping. 

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Here are some of the best locations in California where you can get the ultimate not-quite-camping experience. 

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Why California for glamping?

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In addition to its stunning coastline, California boasts towering redwood forests, making it a glamper's paradise, especially along the seaside. At its most basic level, it’s just a super fun way to spend time outdoors without pitching a tent and bringing a sleeping bag.

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Get a taste of the good life by staying in one of the beachfront glamping sites we’ve listed below, combining style with comfort. There's something for everyone in these coastal destinations, including yurts, cabins, treehouses, and tents.

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1: Caravan Outpost

317 Bryant St. Ojai CA (from $210/night)

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This Caravan Outpost resort consists of 11 Airstream caravan trailers that house the guestrooms. With one queen bed, one single bed, and one small bunk bed for a child, the Diego trailer is ideal for families.

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Many of the trailers feature free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, heating, kitchens, and private bathrooms. A fire pit, garden, and bicycles are available to guests at the hotel. Meanwhile, you can find a good feed at several restaurants within half a mile of the hotel itself.

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2: Mendocino Grove

9500, 9601 CA-1, Mendocino, CA (from $200/night)

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Mendocino Grove provides a modern glamping experience on the picturesque Mendocino Coast of Northern California, where you can fall asleep to the sounds of the nearby ocean waves.  

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Known for its scenic seaside villages, cliffside trails, and beaches, Mendocino is an ideal spot for those who enjoy a slower pace in life. Here, visitors can enjoy a peaceful and authentic glamping experience in the midst of stunning natural beauty with deluxe amenities and comfortable sleeping arrangements.

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Located on 37 acres, Mendocino Grove offers 60 spacious tents – including family options –  fully equipped with comfortable beds, clean, crisp linens, down comforters, wool blankets, and lanterns.

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3: AutoCamp. 

Locations at Yosemite and Russian River. (From $210/night).

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Autocamp gives you choice in your glamping adventure. You can stay in Yosemite National Park or the mighty Russian River and enjoy the choice between fully decked-out glamping tents or kitted-up Airstream accommodation.

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Although these California resorts have many throwback features, they are also heavily equipped with kitchens, nice linens, and usually a fire pit and Adirondack chairs outside. Every California AutoCamp has its own distinct atmosphere, and each has its own set of amenities. 

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4: Cedar Cabins

El Capitan Canyon, 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA. (from $239/night)

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Santa Barbara's coast is a spectacular location for activities and adventures, filled with the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. Get a taste of nature in a camp-style setting with all the creature comforts you crave.

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Glampers seeking comfort with nature experiences have the opportunity to stay in cedar cabins, adventure yurts and safari tents nestled along seasonal El Capitan Creek in historic groves of oaks and sycamores.

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5: Dome in the Desert

Joshua Tree National Park CA. (from $200/night)

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This modern bohemian dome offers solace under the desert sky with many handmade items designed by the owner. While you enjoy the views of the sprawling mountains by day and the twinkling stars by night, allow the natural wood and stone building elements to stimulate your mind and spirit. A wood-burning stove and space heaters keep the dome toasty in the winter and cool in the summer.

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6: Treebones Resort

71895 CA-1, Big Sur, CA. (from $195/night)

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A unique glamping experience awaits you on the Big Sur coast. Treebones Resort offers luxury yurt accommodations and a unique dining experience at its Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi Bar. The retreat is a great way to unplug and enjoy the California coastline. The Treebones Resort is a family-run resort with 16 yurts and a campsite located in the best possible location with breathtaking views.

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Quick tips for glamping – Californian style

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  • Location: Making an experience worthwhile requires the right location, so if you're planning a glamping adventure, select a safe area that offers a spectacular view. 
  • Bedding: Camping differs from glamping mainly by comfort, so we also recommend making sure there is plenty of luxurious bedding and climate control available.
  • Light: Traditionally, camping requires only a flashlight, a campfire, or a typical lantern. But with glamping, you want access to reliable electricity and lighting.
  • Food: Some sites provide food, others provide cooking facilities while others provide neither. Be prepared by researching what the food situation is, and what you will need to bring yourself.

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