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The Most Luxurious Glamping Sites in Northern California

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Updated: 7 October 2017
For those who don’t know, glamping is a wonderful portmanteau of camping and glamour. It goes above and beyond the traditional sense of what camping is. Glamping has soared in popularity in recent years; it allows those who want adventure and escapism to indulge in nature without losing a certain degree of luxury. As a result, glamping sites and resorts are popping up all over the place. But few combine the best of both wilderness and opulence as these glamping sites in Northern California.
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Sequoia High Sierra Camp, Kings Canyon National Park

Just south of Yosemite National Park is where you’ll find the ultimate glamping experience at Sequoia High Sierra Camp. Just a mile hike from the parking lot leads you to the site. There’s tent cabins, complete with either king size or twin beds, and even beautiful, plush Persian rugs. Staying here also includes breakfast, a picnic buffet which you get to pack yourself, as well as indulgent five-course, Mediterranean-inspired dinners. They didn’t forget about the booze either, as wine and beer is available to purchase. High Sierra has all this, plus the fact you’ll be at 8,282 feet of elevation, meaning that the views are absolutely breathtaking. Tents for two are $500, and there’s a two-night minimum. Sequoia High Sierra Camp is open seasonally, from early June through September.

Sequoia High Sierra Camp, 65745 Big Meadows Dr, Sequoia National Park, USA, +1 559 565 3672

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Safari West, Santa Rosa

This is the place for animal and wilderness lovers. Safari West is an exotic wildlife preserve, home to 900 animals like giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and other savanna-native creatures. Hop on a safari tour for the day and relax as night falls in a real canvas safari tent that was actually imported from Africa. The savanna wildlife (including lots of chatty flamingos) awaits, as does the grandeur of the African safari experience. Tent rates start at $260, including breakfast.

Safari West, 3115 Porter Creek Rd, Santa Rosa, USA, +1 707 579 2551

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Treebones Resort, Big Sur

Traveling down HWY1 to Big Sur will not only lead to awe-inspiring ocean views, but it’ll also lead you to the infamous Treebones Resort. Ocean-view yurts and tranquil surroundings are just a couple of the many appeals Treebones offers. Glamp while listening to the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Beautiful Sand Dollar Beach, Limekiln State Park, and Mill Creek are also nearby for visiting and unforgettable photo ops. And for those who aren’t into chowing down at a campfire, the resort has its very own restaurant. Book a yurt starting at $320 and come dine at Treebones’ Wild Coast Restaurant and Ocean View Sushi Bar.

Treebones Resort, 71895 California 1, Big Sur, USA, +1 805 927 2390

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Costanoa, Pescadero

This eco-friendly resort and spa is the perfect getaway from the city be among nature… without having to sleep on the ground. Just a few things Costanoa offers are rejuvenating massages, exciting horseback riding, fine wine tasting at the resort’s Cascade Bar and Grille, and more. If that’s not convincing enough, the resort is very kid-friendly, such as ice-cream making, exploring tide pools, and creating tye-dye T-shirts. A couple of different options for lodging are available at Costanoa, but for those who are a little more open to roughing it there are the Comfort Stations—still glamping except there are communal bathrooms—and for those who want the most out of their glamping trip there’s the more beguiling Lodge.

Costanoa, 2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero, USA, +1 650 879 1100

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Terra Glamping, Sonoma Coast

This relatively new glamping encampment has been getting some stellar reviews. And how could it not? Perched right on the enchanting Sonoma coast, Terra Glamping offers only 10 luxurious tents, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as s’mores at sunset. With the motto “where modern luxury and the Milky Way collide,” this place will surely make a glamper out of anyone.

Terra Glamping, 33005 Coast Hwy, Annapolis, USA, +1 646 801 8076

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Mt. Madonna County Park, Watsonville

Mt. Madonna has been called one of the most majestic regional parks in Santa Clara County. Nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, visitors can stay in lovely yurts among the redwoods, big enough to fit groups up to 10. Glampers will also get to take part in exploring hiking trails, soak in the gorgeous forest scenery and ocean vistas, and even explore the historic ruins of former cattle baron Henry Miller’s summer home. This might be for the slightly rougher-at-heart glamper, but don’t mistake: Mt. Madonna glamping will give you a pristine trip in these mountains.

Mt. Madonna County Park, 7850 Pole Line Rd, Watsonville, USA, +1 408 842 2341

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Inn Town Campground, Nevada City

Inn Town Campground is another safari-style glamping adventure. It’s an entire campground, offering traditional camping sites and RV hook-ups. But you can’t beat what Inn Town glamping has in store for its visitors. There are only 15 glamping tents, furnished with plush beds and vintage décor and other effects. There’s even electric blankets. As you enjoy the picturesque wilderness that makes up Nevada City, make sure to take a stroll to the Inn Town’s camp store. There you’ll find Sauvignon Blanc and gourmet marshmallows. Can you want anything else from nature? Glamping tents run anywhere between $90–$100. If you’re still not convinced, take a look inside here.

Inn Town Campground, 9 Kidder Ct, Nevada City, USA, +1 530 265 9900