Find Rustic Luxury at the 5 Best Glamping Grounds in Northern California
No other type of resort offers rustic luxury as well as a good glampground. And with the arrival of a handful of cutting-edge properties in recent years, Northern California is now home to some of the best glamping.
From Big Sur’s OG Treebones Resort to the yet-to-be-open Wildhaven Yosemite, our favorite glamping grounds aren’t just great for summer, they’re great getaways year-round.
Wildhaven: Russian River Safari Tents
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With heaters, fans, and covered porches, Healdsburg’s Wildhaven safari-style tents distinguish between creature comforts and wide open spaces. Set up along the Russian River, each tent comes with a personal fire pit, picnic table, and patio furniture (pro tip: hang one on the river bank to get a two-person hammock, too) ). The 10-acre property also has a communal outdoor kitchen, free Wi-Fi, regular events like yoga and live music, and a general store stocked with ample wine, beer, and coffee. of cheese to last for days. If you like the property but want it to be a little more mountainous, you’re in luck: Wildhaven will open a second glampground this fall in Mariposa near Yosemite.
// 2411 Alexander Valley Road. (Healdsburg), wildhavensonoma.com
AutoCamp: Retro Airstreams + More in Guerneville and Yosemite
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AutoCamp, the most popular glampground outfit in the country, has two locations within hours of town. You’ll find the first in Midpines, not far from Yosemite, with a collection of vintage Airstreams, luxury tents and classic cabins with swing sets. The second, AutoCamp Russian River, has the same great stays (instead of cabins, they have retro campers) among the redwoods of Guerneville. While the two properties offer different amenities — Yosemite revolves around a mid-century modern clubhouse and pool while Guerneville offers free Linus bikes — wifi, coffee, and tea are free in both.
// AutoCamp Yosemite, 6323 CA-140 (Midpines), autocamp.com/yosemite; AutoCamp Russian River, 14120 Old Cazadero Rd. (Guerneville), autocamp.com/russian-river
Treebones Resort: The Yurt Resort in Big Sur
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Treebones was glamping before the term was even coined. Opened in 2004, this 10-plus acre resort in Big Sur offers yurts, some with full ocean views, and stunning stand-alone tents, beachfront accommodations with full bathrooms, porches with screens fireplaces and canvas frames that glow at night. Pitches to bring your own tent are also available, including at the Human Nest and Twig Cabin, as well as two unusual wooden constructions built by local artist Jayson Fann. Two on-site restaurants, The Lodge and Wild Coast Sushi Bar, and morning yoga five days a week will keep you full and balanced throughout your stay.
// 71895 Highway 1 (South Big Sur), treebonesresort.com
Sequoia High Sierra Camp: Furnished Tents + Full Meals at Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Perched above Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia High Sierra Camp offers more than 30 canvas tent cabins filled with handcrafted furniture, plush mattresses, and down pillows. Each night’s stay includes three square meals a day in the open-air dining pavilion, including a full mountain breakfast buffet and a five-course prix-fixe menu for dinner.
// Open mid-June to mid-September only;65745 Big Meadow Rd. (Giant Sequoia National Monument), sequoiahighsierracamp.com
Ventana Big Sur: Luxurious Glamping on the PCH
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Glamping takes it to the next level at Ventana Big Sur, the luxury resort on the most iconic stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. The 20-acre canyon features 15 Instagram-perfect raised canvas tent cabins, each with private porches, built-in fire pits, Adirondack chairs, and picnic tables. If you need anything – firewood, s’more kits, a bottle of wine – just use the glampground’s communication system, Zingle. For a more affordable option, try the more basic Ventana Campground, which has 63 available campsites.
// 48123 Highway 1 (Big Sur), ventanabigsur.com/glamping