10 Best Places for Glamping in California

By Sameer Kapoor on Dec 07, 2015
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Who doesn't like a luxurious stay? And if it is combined with adventure, the thrill doubles up to make a perfect itinerary. Well I am one of those persons who would like to have the best of everything and an ideal outdoor vacation for me is the one that keeps me safe, and facilitated in every sense. Glamping might come across to you as a new term since it’s a recent coinage that underlines the best of camping adventures with the best of luxury stay. Since California is one place that is world famous for outdoor vacation in the world, let us list down 10 places that you should book if Glamping is in your mind:

1. Redwood Treehouse in the Santa Cruz Mountains


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Northern California is replete with natural wonders that don’t cease to mesmerise visitors. Redwood Treehouse is Northern California’s most luxurious treehouse. Deep in Sequoia forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this elevated cabin has two trees growing through itone in the main living area and one in the bathroom. Beautifully decorated and tastefully furnished, the treehouse boasts all the modern conveniences of home. Every unit here contains a refrigerator, stove, cupboards, coffee maker, raised bed, shower, toilet, deck with outdoor seating andthe cherry on topa hot tub. If adventure entices you, there is plenty of opportunity for hiking, biking and birding right in the forest.

2. Strawhouse Resorts on the Trinity River

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Get to the basic! It’s a single-room cylindrical structure with a conical roof and walls made of felt or canvas. The interior of this resort is decked out with a range of modern conveniences. The bamboo floors, queen-sized bed and open-air deck are to name a few. To keep you warm, this resort comes equipped with heating, air conditioning, an electric fireplace, clawfoot tub, shower and kitchen appliances. So if you are thinking as to what you can do in the Trinity Wilderness area, this area is packed with gorgeous mountains, lakes, rivers and forests with space for hiking, fishing and white water rafting.

3. Canyon Cedar Cabins at El Capitan Canyon


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Arranged in several cabin groupings called "villages," El Capitan Canyon can be considered more as a nature resort. The 108 cedar cabins are available in different sizes, offering king, queen and double beds. All units contain full bathroom facilities, heating controls and kitchenettes with a mini-fridge and wet bar sink. If that’s too fancy, the Canyon also offers 26 safari tents, which are 12 x 14 canvas tents on a raised wooden platform. Located near the ocean, the resort invites guests to enjoy activities that range from whale watching and surfing to jeep tours and Swedish massages.

4. Dome in the desert near Joshua Tree

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Located in the High Desert area of the Marongo Basin in Southern California, the dome is something of a sacred sanctuary in the midst of one of America’s harsher natural environments. The structure contains two private bedrooms (the Temple Room and the Altar Room) as well as a larger group sleeping area (referred to as the Temple Dome). Guests are free to sleep on an outdoor bed or the back patio or go camping near the boulders. Designed with native American decor, strings of neon lights and a hodgepodge of colorful cushions and pillows, this is an exquisite place to stay. While staying here, you can also explore the area’s beautiful desert scenery and rich anthropological history. With numerous hiking paths and impressive biodiversity to explore, this is one place where one to dream wish to stay.

5. Treebones Resort in Big Sur


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The Treebones Resort allows guests to choose between 16 yurts, 5 campsites or what they called "The Human Nest", all of which come with breathtaking views of the Pacific coast. Each unit contains a queen-sized bed, electric lighting, pinewood floors, heating and a sink with hot and cold water. For a truly unique experience, reserve the Human Nestan elevated human-sized bird nest with a futon and unobstructed view of the Pacific.

6. Koa Ventura Ranch


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Tucked into the coastal hills of Santa Paula, a little over an hour north of Los Angeles,  this camp ground is a part of the nationwide KOA chain, with teepees that sleep up to 8 people, as well as tricked-up tent cabins. There are also deluxe and studio cabins with partial kitchens, A/C, and Wi-Fi.

7. San Diego Zoo Safari Park Roar & Snore


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Have a sleepover adventure in one of 46 comfy, safari-style tents that border an expansive grazing area for giraffes, rhinos, gazelles, antelopes, and other exotic animals. Look for special themes throughout the year, like kid-favourite Creepy Camp during Halloween (meet spooky, creepy critters and get special treats), or romantic, adults-only Valentine’s Day overnights featuring a candlelit dinner and wine.

8. Sequoia High Sierra Camp

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Nestled within the giant sequoias of Kings Canyon National Park, roughly a 4-hour drive south of Yosemite Valley, this tent-cabin is located at a remote wilderness site. Canvas tents are outfitted with luxurious rugs and blankets on cozy beds, propane lanterns, and, of course, stunning views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada just outside your tent flaps.

9. Yosemite High Sierra Camps

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Staying in this camp will introduce you to the Yosemite National Park’s most spectacular high country around Tuolume Meadows. To keep you stay luxurious, it offers you fully outfitted cabin tent, complete with woodstove to ward off the chill at the 9,000-foot/2,743-meter elevation.

10. Costanoa Lodge

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This is a coastal eco-adventure lodge in Pescadero, a roughly 1.5-hour drive south of San Francisco. Appealing extras at this pretty resort spread out across meadows include an outdoor hot tub with views of coastal hills, and to completely posh it up-a day spa offering on-site massages and body treatments. Besides tent cabins, Costanoa has snug cabins with fireplaces, skylights, and a group dry sauna, and traditional lodge rooms.

Don’t just wonder at what they have to offer, visit these glamping destinations to make the best out of your vacations in California.

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