The Most Gorgeous Glamping Spots in California
Nail-head leather sofas. High thread-count sheets. Soaking spas. Private decks. Is it the Four Seasons? No, it’s glamping, and there’s a little bit of luxury in these outdoor experiences all over Cali. Here are our favorites, at every budget.
FLYING FLAGS RV RESORT & CAMPGROUND (2 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES FROM L.A. BY CAR)
Best for: Exploring Santa Barbara wine country
Cost: Under $200 per Night
Stay in a safari tent at the that sleeps four (and includes a leather sofa) smack-dab in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country. After a day spent galloping on horseback or swimming in the huge pool (with Jacuzzi), unwind over a bottle of local Alma Rosa sparkling rosé, while your kids nosh on hand-dipped cones from the Campfire Café. And of course there’s Wi-Fi and cable television.
WARNER SPRINGS CABIN (2 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES FROM L.A. BY CAR)
Best for: Dog owners
Cost: Under $200 per night
Bring the dogs with you (it’s fenced in) to this dessert escape outside San Diego. The raised cabin has a queen bed with a heated mattress pad and is outfitted with hand-hewn willow furniture crafted by the artisan owners and…huh? Oh sorry. We drifted off there daydreaming of counting stars while lying back in the hot tub.
MALIBU AIRSTREAM (1 HOUR OUTSIDE DOWNTOWN L.A.)
Best for: An epic staycation
Cost: $145 per night
You’re staying in a rehabbed 1957 Airstream set on a secluded hilltop with 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina, Santa Barbara Island and the Santa Monica Mountains. There’s a queen-size bed and Wi-Fi, but what you’ll really enjoy is hiking the extensive trails and flipping lazily through the Sunday L.A. Times (yep, it’s delivered).
SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST YURT (5 HOURS FROM L.A. BY CAR)
Best for: Disconnecting from the world
Cost: $111 per night
While there’s a comfy queen bed and a kitchenette, there’s no private bathing facilities (you have to go to a nearby trailer, where showers cost $6 per person, including a towel). But what you give up in amenities you gain in fresh air and quiet. After all, you’re staying steps from a pristine lake in the Sierra National Forest. Time to journal and “find” yourself.
LE HAUT DESERT AERIE (2 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES FROM L.A. BY CAR)
Best for: Exploring hipstery Pioneertown
Cost: Starts at $129 per night
Prepare to get real groovy, real fast at the (sort of) Bedouin-influenced house and safari tents in this artsy desert community. Don’t worry though; you’re not roughing it too hard. You’ll sleep on a fluffy queen bed, get clean in an outdoor shower (swoon) and hike and bike to your heart’s desire. Plus: that fantastic soaking spa.
INN TOWN CAMPGROUND (7 HOURS FROM L.A. BY CAR)
Best for: That classic family camping trip without the hard work
Cost: Starts at $85 per night
The Inn Town Campground outside Nevada City in NoCal has a little something for everyone: a campground for tents, RV hookups and, yes, glamping tents with fluffy beds, heated mattress pads and a 3,000-square-foot space called The Commons with a camp store, bathrooms and a swimming pool.
THE AUTONOMOUS TENT AT TREEBONES RESORT (6 HOURS FROM L.A. BY CAR)
Best for: A once-in-a-lifetime experience
Cost: $595 per night
Though the north and south ends of Highway One are closed due to recent devastating storms, the exceptional Treebones Resort is still open, with its one-of-a-kind jewel called the Autonomous Tent proudly standing. You get an outdoor fire pit, 500 square feet of living space, a clawfoot shower and compostable toilet. Oh, and a private deck with your own view of one of Cali’s most stunning sunsets.
RENT A TENT FROM SHELTER CO.
Best for: The bespoke outdoor experience of your dreams
Cost: Starts at $2,000
Imagine the twee sensibility of Wes Anderson combined with the money-is-no-object tech know-how of Bill Gates and you’ll get the tents of Shelter Co. This glamping outfitter will send you one of its minimalist tents and accoutrements (like cowhide rugs and leather butterfly chairs) to set up wherever you want, for a minimum $2,000 order. We like this splurge if you’re going in with a group, or if you want to just bite the bullet, you can buy a tent ($250 and up).