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Tree Bones Resort, photo by Ryuji Morishita
If you love the great outdoors, but would rather avoid all the fuss of camping, then glamping — glamorous camping — is just the ticket. Where better to combine nature and luxury than on the stunning California coast?
Here are five glamping hot spots between L.A. and San Francisco.
About 20 minutes from Santa Barbara, El Capitan Canyon offers a mix of safari tents, yurts and rustic cedar cabins nestled in a grove of oak and sycamore trees across from El Capitan State Beach. Cabins come complete with kitchenettes, down-filled comforters and deep soaker tubs. Bonus: the resort offers complimentary bikes to get around the 120-hectare property, which includes a heated swimming pool.
Tree Bones Resort in Big Sur offers 16 yurts with stunning vistas just off the cliff-hugging Highway 1. Yurts have queen-sized beds, cozy comforters and their own sinks with running water. While the restrooms and showers are shared, the heated ocean-view pool and hot tub help make up for it. Guests enjoy a well-provisioned complimentary breakfast and there’s an ocean-view sushi bar to take in Big Sur’s incredible sunsets.
Glen Oaks Big Sur is part funky, upscale motor lodge, part glamping heaven. The property’s cabins are located in a grove of Redwoods along the Big Sur River and feature amenities like heated bathroom floors, organic bedding and kitchenettes. For the ultimate bathing experience, book the Big Sur Cabin, which has a pair of clawfoot tubs in a private courtyard. Be sure to check out The Big Sur Roadhouse to sample local cuisine from Chef Brendan Esons.
For more of a summer camp atmosphere, check out Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero. The property features tent bungalows with communal “comfort stations” complete with showers, heated concrete floors, outdoor fireplaces and saunas. The tents are wood or metal-framed with canvas walls and feature locking, sliding doors and electricity. Activities include guided hikes, yoga and horseback riding.
For the ultimate in luxury, nothing surpasses the exclusive Post Ranch Inn, perched atop a 1,200-foot cliff in Big Sur. There are 39 guestrooms and two private homes to chose from, with amenities like wood-burning fireplaces, soaker tubs and patios. Two stunning infinity pools, a lap pool, hiking trails and morning yoga classes help guests get their exercise so they can indulge at Sierra Mar, the resort’s decadent ocean-view restaurant.