Top 6: Where to Go Glamping in Southern California

Glamp It Up - The 6 best places to Glamp in California

Glamping tent set up

For those familiar with the rugged terrain and harsh elements that campers often encounter, most would concur that overall, camping is far from a beauty experience. As a means to maintain impeccable manicures and an overall a sense of comfort, many are choosing a less traditional camping experience, and opting for a more subtle type of outdoor camping: Glamping.

Check out our list of top glamping destinations in the state. 

Southern California

1. Ventura Ranch Koa-Yurt 

Pricing: $200+ (Price Varies on Preferences) 

Location: 7400 Pine Grove Road Santa Paula, CA 93060

Nestled in the Heritage Valley at the foot of Ventura County’s highest mountain, Topa Topa, this retreat oasis offers guests a unique outdoor experience with a tranquil forest setting close to the creekside, pristine views, and an abundance of wildlife. Settle in and enjoy the night sky views in one of their select four camping accommodations such as their large tent sites, or for the more rustic experience consider staying in one of their authentic Indian-style teepees which comes fully furnished with beds and chairs. If you would like a more glamorous and lavish stay, then consider glamping in one of their glamour tents. Complete with a fully furnished area which includes a queen bed & futon couch, these sleeping spaces can easily accommodate 4 people. In addition, the tent also comes equipped with a microwave, mini-fridge, and electricity inside. As an added bonus guests can enjoy a more private and intimate experience in a secluded setting while still maintaining the convenience of nearby restrooms and showers.

Also Read: 8 Must Have Essential Glamping Accessories 

Ventura Ranch Koa-Yurt - Glamping in Southern California

2. El Capitan Canyon

Location: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

Cost: Tents-$150+ Yurts-$225+ Cedar Cabins $195+

As a go to destination for most “luxurious campers” in the Santa Barbara area, this lodging affords guests the unique camping experience complete with an assortment of comfortable hotel accommodations and amenities. About 15 minutes north of Santa Barbara, and just a five-minute walk to El Capitan State Beach, this glamping gem boasts a gorgeous view. Hidden amongst 350 acres of rolling hills draped in historic sycamore and oak trees that grow along the El Capitan Creek, this location is a prime spot for nature lovers. For those willing to splurge a little on their glamping experience, then consider choosing to stay in either their fully furnished cedar cabins or canvas safari tents which are built completely on raised wooden decks surrounded by screen windows and doors. All accommodations come complete with willow beds, down-style duvets, casual furnishings and western themed blankets. For the more reserved glamper, consider sleeping in one of their most recently built adventure yurts. 

El Capitan Canyon Glamping

3. Santa Barbara Boutique Airstream Lodging 

Location: 2717 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Cost: Starting at $212+, based on Airstream Choice

Looking to stay closer to the city but maintain somewhat of a traditional rv camping vibe, then head on over to the Santa Barbara Auto Camp. Established in 1922, this modern lodging experience offers guests the chance to enjoy lodging in a beautifully renovated Airstream complete with luxurious amenities such as quilted pillowtop mattresses, down comforters, Spa bathrobes, boutique bath products, Flat screen TV and much more. Each sustainably constructed Airstream comes equipped with all new electrical appliances, as well as modern fixtures. If you’re looking for an unparalleled experience that is both a blast from the past as well as city like glamping experience, then this Autocamp is the perfect weekend getaway for you. The only decision left to make is choosing which Airstream best suites your needs: 

One (1972 Airstream)-One Queen Bed, Bathroom, Shower, Full Kitchen 

Two (1959 Airstream)-Suite with One Full Bed, Two Twin Beds, Retrofitted Bathroom, Full Kitchen

Three (1959 Airstream) -Full Bed in Cozy Sleeping Nook, Sleeping Lounge for Two, Bathroom, Full Kitchen 

Four (1962 Airstream)-Full Bed in Cozy Sleeping Nook, Sleeping Lounge for Two, Bathroom, Full Kitchen 

Five (1964 Airstream)-Mid century Modern Queen Suite, Deep Soaking Tub with Air Jets, Full Bathroom & Kitchen.

4. Shelter Co. 

Location: Wherever your adventure spirit wants to go!

Cost: $750+

Have a location for camping in mind but don’t want to deal with the hassle of setting up camp, then this California based "pop up lodging company” is right up your alley. As an ideal service meant to help glampers maintain the comforts of home while incorporating the rough elements of traditional bag-on-the-ground camping, Shelter Co., allows their guests the simplicity that glamping encompasses. Simply pick out a location, (or ask for their expert opinions on preferred spots), and they will provide as well as set up the tents, bathroom facilities and furniture inside the tent. Although they are a California based company, they will travel anywhere based on a calculated fee per location.

There are several packages for glampers to choose from, but the most basic package, includes a fully furnished tent and restroom facility. For the glamper without any budget constrictions, then consider having the company handle all the details of your trip. For an additional cost, Shelter Co will handle every aspect of your trip which includes planning your event, food catering, and activities. They also provide a wide array of options to consider adding to your experience, from basic items such as sunscreen to the more extravagant add ons such as an outdoor movie theater. With all the details handled and nothing but the great outdoors to enjoy, this will definitely be one of your most relaxing getaways yet. 

Glamping with Shelter & Co.Glamping with Shelter & Co.

Central California 

5. Wellspring Ranch: Bed & Breakfast/ Retreat Center 

Location: 9150 Santa Rita Rd, Cayucos, CA 93430

Cost: $390+

If you’ve never heard of the word “yurt” chances are you will if you camp in Cayucos.  Just a short distance along the coastline at Cayucos State Beach, and located on the secluded  Wellspring Ranch, guests can choose their stay preference amongst several lodging options which range from: three distinct luxury yurts, lodging in an Airstream, and for the least outdoor individuals they also offer private suite lodging in their 4,000 square foot straw-bale private home. All guest accommodations include fully furnished interiors complete with fresh linens, ceiling fans, memory foam beds, and fireplaces. With a gorgeous backdrop of oak trees, glampers will be pleased to know that their guest experience does not stop there. As a means to  ensure guests have an enjoyable and relaxing experience, the Wellspring Ranch also provides a vast amount of amenities and services which include Yoga lessons in their private studio, available paint supplies for even the novice painter, organized hikes, and much much more. As a true home away from home, guests will relish in the beauty the surrounds this amazing property, and all that you will experience at this breathtaking location will leave you feeling rejuvenated. 

Wellspring Ranch: Bed & Breakfast/ Retreat Center

Northern California

6. Treebones Resort

Location: 71895 Hwy. 1, Big Sur CA 93920

Cost: Starting at $215 with two night minimum March-October & All Weekends

As a hidden sanctuary located in the Los Padres National Forest, this getaway provides guests an opportunity to discover their inner hippie. Along with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, its’ accommodations include some of the most comfortable yurts you will encounter. Each yurt comes fully furnished with a queen-size bed, pine flooring, and decks with spectacular ocean views. Guests also are afforded the opportunity to discover the local 65-foot ocean-view bar, gift shop, sushi bar, Wild Coast restaurant, and organic gardens that helps to promote their farm to table cuisine. Amongst the numerous activities to encounter, guests can spend the day hiking through the redwood forests, kayak, then relax in a private yurt massage. After all that adventure, rest your paws in their heated ocean-view pool or hot tub while watching the sunset. If you’re looking for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and want the perfect weekend retreat, then consider this remote haven for your next glamping adventure. 

Treebones Resort

Quick Glamping Tip-Depending on where you choose to stay, be sure to contact the location of choice and ask if any amenities come with your stay. This will save you the headache of taking any additional items you don’t need. Some places also offer gourmet meals and a private chef so you don't have to worry about packing food.