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The Top 16 California Glamping Spots

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California is an epic destination for outdoor lovers, with a variety of landscapes, and awesome weather all year round. And for all of us who love to be in nature without necessarily having to rough it, I have good news. Quite unique California glamping sites are available all over the state allowing us to enjoy every bit of our adventure, including the comfortable chic accommodation while experiencing the sound of nature and sleeping under a million stars. 


Whether in a yurt, a safari-style tent, or a rustic cabin in the woods, glamping will be a magical experience. Guaranteed. 

If you are looking for a similar vacation anywhere else you can check out my posts on the coolest glamping spots in the world for more glamping options. 

I was doing research on California Glamping because that’s one of the destinations I am looking at for my next travel plans once the COVID emergency will be over and we can all go back to travel as usual. 

California is one of my favorite states in the US for the dramatic sceneries of its coastlines and the interesting history and spectacular parks. Among the amazing things to do in California, a road trip among the Californian parks and vibrant cities is top on the list. And of course, I will be choosing to stay in one of those glamorous tents or treehouses.

I found the best ones on Airbnb, which is my favorite go-to platform, although in this post I have included also many other properties that are not on Airbnb. If you are anything like me and you prefer to book on the Airbnb platform, you might want to check out my post on the best Airbnb Glamping in California

So without any further ado, here is my favorite California Glamping spots list divided by areas.

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Check out my post on the Coolest Glamping spots in the world, for more Glamping sites inspirations.

Disclosure: As an Airbnb Associate, I may earn if you book using a link on this page. I personally have been using Airbnb as my preferred accommodation when I travel since 2015 for short and long stays. This is why I feel confident in recommending them to you. If you are a first-timer, you will find my guide on how to book on the Airbnb platform very helpful.

Northern California Glamping 

Stretching from Oregon to San Luis Obispo County, Northern California region, more friendly known as NorCal, offers great sceneries and amazing natural landscapes to explore. From the dramatic Pacific coastlines to the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley, the multicultural city of San Francisco, with its iconic Golden Gate Bridge and much more.  

There is so much to explore, and while traveling through its lush parks, why not staying in luxury camping accommodation in the woods? So you get the best of everything, the sound of nature and the comfort of a soft bed. You don’t need to rough it anymore if you want to go camping. 

Here is a list of the best North California glamping sites.

For an easier consultation, I have created specific sections for  Glamping Bay area, and Glamping Big Sur, further below.

Mendocino Grove

At a walking distance to the historic town of Mendocino, Mendocino Grove campsite, offer spacious and nicely furnished safari-style tents, equipped with comfortable beds and hot showers, for an ultimate luxury experience in the woods. Not to mention the dramatic views over the ocean, the perfect spot to relax, and find pace after a full day exploring. 

Mendocino Grove has been mentioned in many prestigious magazines among which Dwell

Check rates & availability:  Booking.com I Hotels.com 
Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Colleen’s Cabana at Wellspring Ranch- Come Rejuvenate

📍 Cayucos – California (US) · 2 guests · 1 private bedroom · 1 bed · 1 private bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲💲

Wellspring ranch glamping California is a dream come true for Jennifer and Richard, owners of the place since 1997, after abandoning the city life for a more nature-conscious and eco-friendly lifestyle.

They indeed managed to make their vision come true with this stunning property that lives on solar panels, and a permaculture garden.

What they offer to their guests is a body and mind holistic retreat, a soulful cuisine, and a connection with nature without giving up on luxury.

The variety of accommodation includes spacious and elegantly furnished yurts, chic cabañas, and a high-end version of air stream.

Couples, family, or single travelers like myself will find here an ideal retreat to spend a few days entertained by the endless activities options.

Wellspring Ranch, is an exclusive nature preserve on the California Coast. Close by (20 minute scenic drive) to either the Paso Robles wine country or the beach.

Check out rates and availability on Airbnb 

What some of the previous guests say:

A wonderful experience for health-conscious vegans. You will not regret your stay here. My wife and I had a wonderful celebration of our first year anniversary here and we loved every minute.

This is such a wonderful place and we enjoyed every minute of our long weekend stay. We really appreciated the check-in and check-out times which allow a very relaxed arrival and departure. From beginning to end Richard and Jen were the most welcoming hosts and prepared lots of delicious food with love. The cabanas are in great shape and very clean and we appreciated the quietness, the mornings and evenings by the fireplace, the jacuzzi and outdoor showers, the hike around the property in beautiful nature, and the surroundings with the beach and the wine country nearby. We can recommend this to everyone seeking a welcoming getaway that offers lots of peace and nature.!

Don’t hesitate: if you can go here, do it! This place is magical. Nature, the food, no signal (loved it), hot tub, yoga, small cute details, everything will make you so happy. And the food: wow. Seriously, book now, you will not be disappointed. Wish I lived closer to Cayucos so I could visit again. Jennifer and Richard are the kindest people. Thanks for everything!

Please note that Wellspring Ranch is momentarily closed and will reopen for their beloved guests in April 2021. Check out the availability on Airbnb.


Autocamp Yosemite

The luxurious Autocamp, immerse in lush vegetation, only 1-hour ride from the Yosemite National park, offers different kinds of elegant accommodations, although the guests’ favorite one seems to be the finely furnished Air stream.

The entire complex feels rustic and modern at the same time, with wooden furniture and minimal stylish decor, which perfectly blends with the natural scenery of the outdoor space. 

Despite being immersed in nature you are at a close distance to bar and nice restaurants and, most of all, at an easy reach to the main natural attractions for beautiful hikes such as Merced Briceberg River,  Yosemite National Park, Half Dome, and Glacier Point.

Check rates & availability:  Booking.com 
Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Dome by the Creek

📍 Ukia – California (US) · 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · Half-bath ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲

Completely off the grid in 80 acres of permaculture farm and forest, this dome is the perfect place for a digital detox, to disconnect from the world and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the woods.

Independent, with electricity and a wood-burning stove the place is completely functional with:

  • Outdoor cooking and dining area
  • self-composting toilet.
  • Internet is only available in designated areas in the property.
  • A gazebo, a perfect area for meditation, yoga, study, etc.
  • no cell reception

The dome
The geodesic dome offers a large window perfect to see the stars, the trees, and the wildlife around you from your bed while you are in a protected, calming space.

Other things to know:

  • Child-friendly, but no pets.
  • Shoes must be removed indoors.
  • Fresh produce from the farm available upon request and appointment.
  • Tours of our farm available by appointment.
  • The shower is currently out of order, but guests can use the common shower at the community yurt.
  • To access the Dome by the Creek you need a 4-wheel drive vehicle or hike down. Owners can drive you to check-in and check out in the farm vehicle.

Read more and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

This place is amazing! Incredible setting and the dome is is amazing. The giant window inside makes you feel like you’re in a space ship floating through the forest.

The creek dome is such a beautiful, peaceful, and remote place! My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the space and it’s a natural beauty. The dome is oh-so-comfy and magical! I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a unique and rugged experience! I can’t wait to visit again!.”

What a gem! If I could have stayed longer, I would! I went for a solo get away and it was perfectly rustic. I totally unplugged. So happy about the no-wifi.



Bay Area Glamping

No Place Like Dome

📍 Pescadero – California (US) · 2 guests · 1 bed · Half-bath ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

It sells fast! Hurry up!

Located in a green open field with spectacular and serene ocean view, close to a horse sanctuary and below a bed of stars. 

It includes:

  • comfortable bed
  • huge windows to see the surrounding from the comfort of your dome
  • a picnic table and propane fire pit if propane bottle is purchased for $28. 
  • Propane Space heater available for $20. 
  • Off-grid (no electricity and no wifi)

Please read all the info regarding precautions, preparations, and guidelines on what you must take with you, before booking.

two new stall and shared shower house is ready and available to you for your stay! Please bring your own towels. Out of consideration for social distancing we are dividing up and assigning bathrooms to particular camps.

COVID  PRECAUTIONS FROM THE OWNERS

“Wiping and spraying All surfaces down daily with peroxide and/or bleach – which are proven to kill the coronavirus easily and effectively. We also wear gloves and a mask. We are removing any reuse items that cannot be wiped down such as comforters, blankets and decorative pillows.”

Read more and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

Pretty and amazing. Highly recommended..

Super cute getaway! I loved the views, the remoteness of the location, and being so close to nature. Make sure to pack layers and take some extra external batteries!

Just an amazing place for a quick getaway, we fell in love with everything, the view is amazing. Montrese is great at what she does..


Cozy Alameda yurt, great for a weekend escape!

📍 Alameda – California (US) · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

This super cozy Urban yurt offers a great escape from the city and yet it’s very close to the major bus lines and ferry services to San Francisco. It’s located in a quiet street with pedestrian traffic, near parks and waterfront trails.

The place:

  • A private fenced-in courtyard with sink, bathroom, and shower with hot and cold water.
  • A large side yard with seating and a fire chimney is shared with others
  • Inside the yurt, there is a simple kitchenette with utensils, plates, microwave/fridge, and shelves all around for storage.
  • SF is only 15 minutes drive away.

Read more and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

5 stars all the way. This Yurt is so fun and truly a getaway. I felt like I was on an island. Thanks Ethan!

I did not want to leave this place! Ethan and his dad are some of the coolest people here on planet earth! LOVE the ambiance of this place! Everything was perfect =) If you are looking at this place book it now it’s worth the money!

The place is very quiet and well located. A different experience. My wife and I found the place incredible and hope to return soon. Ethan was very helpful and received us very well.


Exotic getaway in Sobrante hills

📍 Richmond – California (US) · 3 guests · 2 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

Located about 90 feet from the street in the backyard under pine trees, this traditional Mongolia Yurt will make you feel at home.

There is a beautifully decorated, half around, full bathroom outside the yurt just 2 steps away.

  • No TV and no WIFI (sometimes) for a complete digital detox
  • self-check-in
  • there is a heater in case of cold.
  • a fan if you are hot
  • basic kitchen accessories

Read all details and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

Our stay at the yurt was definitely one to remember! It’s a beautiful and very well maintained private cottage that will live up to your expectations and beyond! Suren is a very thoughtful host and will do all they can to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. We’re already talking about booking the yurt again. It is guaranteed that you will enjoy your stay here! Also, parking was very easy to find.!

The yurt is definitely a unique and pleasant stay. Would definitely do it again and recommend it to others

This was such a special place to stay and truly an unforgettable experience! I never would have thought a yurt would be so cozy and feel so much like home. Suren’s attention detail, communication, and hospitality were wonderful.


Also Read: Best Airbnb in Monterey


Glamping Big Sur California

Luxury tent in Carmel by the sea

📍 Carmel by the sea – California (US) · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

This cute and cozy Luxury tent located just outside Carmel-by-the-sea comes with a comfy bed, outdoor seating, propane fire pit, and Barbecue.

There are community restrooms with hot showers and a basic kitchen sink with a counter just steps away from your Tent site.

The tents are not heated but they come with a cozy electric

Full access to amenities featured at the campground.

  • seasonally heated pool (end of May-end of October)
  • hiking trails
  • playground
  • horseshoes
  • NO PETS
  • 1 car park

Read all details and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

Such a cute and fun place to camp! The heated blankets were perfect for the cold nights! If you are looking to camp near Big Sur, this place is perfect!

Super cute and cozy! The bed was so comfy and the heated blankets were a must! Definitely will be back again!

Honestly amazing. This place was so cute and so clean. My boyfriend and I had such a lovely trip. They were very accommodating and covid safe. I can also say it was probably the best sleep I’ve ever had!


Read also the amazing Airbnb in Carmel By the Sea


Treebones Resort 

Spacious luxury yurts and cabins with dramatic views of the ocean, two popular restaurants overlooking the bay, and serving locally sustained cuisine, all surrounded by flowers and lush woods. 

They pride themselves in striving for sustainability practices, relying 50% on solar power, besides recycling and growing their own vegetables and chickens.

Among the activities available, guests can enjoy numerous hiking trails, explore Sand dollar beach or just enjoy a good book or a massage. 

Last but not least you will find a friendly environment and world-class service. 

Read reviews on TripAdvisorVisit hotel website


Ventana Big Sur

Nestled among the meadows and redwoods and with dramatic ocean views over the jagged California coastline, Ventana Big Sur is one of the most elegant properties in California, as it masterly combines a rustic feel with an elegant look for a total luxury experience in nature.

The beautiful cabins made in sun-bleached cedar wood harmoniously blend with the natural environment, while the interior decor provides a soothing and elegant ambiance.

The world class service and friendly atmosphere also makes this place so special. Guests enjoy a variety of activities including yoga and meditation and amazing educational hikes.  

Check rates & availability:  Booking.com 
Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Glamping Southern California

Southern California comprises Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties, home to some of the most incredible and worldly popular natural attractions. Many tourists frequently travel to South Coast for its popular beaches, and to the eastern Desert for its dramatic open spaces, including the spectacular Joshua Tree National Park. I have selected the best Souther California Glamping places for you.

Urban Glamping at La Boheme

If you think that Glamping is a countryside thing, think again.

This trendy luxury camping is located in the heart of Los Angeles, at a close distance to the coolest restaurants and bars but also near hiking trails and cycling lanes. The best of both worlds.

The safari tents offer all the comfort you need and right behind the property it runs the golden line train in case you wish to enjoy downtown LA bustling scene.

Needless to say, it’s a unique experience. You won’t be hearing the sound of silence that you have in nature, as the owner herself points out. City noise is included in the package, but also earplugs :). 

Check rates & availability:  Booking.com I Agoda 


Skyfarm Yurt Los Angeles

📍 Los Angeles – California (US) · 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

This unique property is located at a very close distance from Down Town Los Angeles and yet you will feel like you are in a completely different world, surrounded by beautiful gardens and farm animals. A real bohemian country-in-the-city lifestyle experience. 

A so called urban farm with the most modern facility and ultimate comfort and yet in a bucolic setting. 

The beautifully furnished accommodation is an elegant chic remake of the traditional Mongolian yurts for a special stay and ultimate  city glamping experience

Find out more and check rates & availability on  Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

This place is truly a hidden gem!! We had such a great experience staying here. Ilse was super sweet and friendly. She immediately made us feel welcomed when we first met her. Will definitely return again!

This place is unbelievable! We loved our stay. We will definitely go back

Exactly as pictured, beautiful and bohemian. Ilse was great, animals were a fun activity each day for the kids and the outdoor living experience was a perfect urban getaway!


The castle House Estate Joshua tree

📍 Joshua tree- California (US) · 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

A unique design property completely blended in the desert colours and vibes, with its white washed walls and  minimal elegant design for the ultimate glamping experience. 

Located in the heart of Joshua Tree at a few minutes from the National Park surrounded by desert but close to many hiking trails, restaurants, and other resorts. 

The property includes 8 homes a rooftop terrace a Conference center and meeting room, free WiFi, and free parking.

Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com 
Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Stargazer Yurt on 40 Acres Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Park

📍 Joshua tree – California (US) · 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

Robert and Bonnie will welcome you in their cozy spacious yurt located at only 15 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park in Yucca Valley. Whether you want to go for a walk among the spiky Joshua trees and explore or just sit and contemplate the desert, this is the perfect location to escape from the bustling city and relax, disconnect and reconnect with the inner being. Or just do nothing. 

Find out more and check rates & availability:  Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

“This place is truly a hidden gem!! We had such a great experience staying here. Ilse was super sweet and friendly. She immediately made us feel welcomed when we for this place is so worth your money! It was a great way to unplug from the real world (even though phone reception was still excellent despite being in the desert) without electricity. The place is very isolated and is maintained very well. I highly recommend this place and hope to go back in the near future! Will definitely return again!”

Great getaway in the desert. Had everything we needed and the yurt was decorated beautifully. Stargazing was unmatched. Would recommend.

Really amazing yurt in an excellent location. It gets cold in the winter so bring plenty of firewood!



Dome in the desert 

📍 Joshua tree – California (US) · 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

Kathrin And Brian welcome you in their beautiful modern-bohemian dome located in the middle of the desert under a million stars. 

The unique design in natural wood and decorative stone elements, the combination of antiques and modern pieces are a few of the precious details that make this space so special and cozy.

Also, the natural wood-burning stove and space heaters warm the home on chilly evenings, while AC keeps the dome cool on hot desert days.

Find out more and check rates and availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

Sweet little hut perfect for a few desert days!!! We very enjoyed spending time here, cooking, playing games and talking… A great option, close to JT park and easy to access.

“Incredible stay! This was our first Airbnb Plus and it exceeded our expectations. If it’s available book it! You won’t regret it!

I loved Kathrin’s dome in the desert it’s homey, cozy, and the best way to fully experience the Joshua Tree national park and Twentynine palms.


Blue Jay Nest | Tree Tent Glamping, Laguna Campground

📍 Mount Laguna – California (US) · 8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 2 baths ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

Located in the Cleveland National Forest, in the Laguna Campground, Blue Jay Nest is a cozy space that includes 2 bell tents a double bubble 2 story tree tent and trillium hammocks. The glam camp is nestled among giant pine and conifer trees for a private setting.

A very remote and secluded area, the glamping sites are located right off the Sunrise Highway.

With an elevation of over 6000 ft. laguna Mountain is one of the highest peaks in San Diego. It’s part of the Cleveland National Forest network and one of the most bio-diverse habitats in all of Southern California, boasting some of the tallest pine, conifer, and oak trees in the region.

FACILITIES

  • Hot shower/bathroom available with either flush or a composting toilet.
  • Inside the tent: sleeping pad, sleeping bag & pillow.
  • Drinking water
  • Towels, soap, and shampoo
  • Hanging compartments & bins to keep things organized
  • The firepit is provided for your lounge & seats around the campfire (wood fires only permitted in designated fire pits)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Camp kitchen with cooking & serving utensils –
  • Nearby restaurants available
  • communal bathroom facilities

ALSO NOTE:
One of the team members will be on-site when you arrive to give you a short orientation on the site layout, safe practices, tree tent equipment, & responsible tourism.

Read more and check rates and availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

We had the best experience of any Airbnb we’ve ever stayed at. And we’ve stayed at a lot. Loved our host so much and the atmosphere was something you can’t find everywhere. We will be back! Highly recommend!.

“This was actually my first Airbnb experience and it was such a fun one! The Blue Jay nest was such a cool location and we’d definitely do it again. It’s definitely popular during the weekend so if you want a more private space, I’d recommend a weekday!”



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