Glamping is the abbreviation for ‘Glamour Camping‘. Glamping is for those who enjoy the outdoors, but the fear of complexity tents, sleeping bags, dirt, bugs and excessive campground bathroom. It combines some of the luxuries that you would expect to find in a four-star resort with some of the best aspects of the camp. Glamping accommodation, increased cabin tent with porch, running water, electricity, a standard bed with blankets, heating, bathroom with shower, kitchen with microwave and much more. We only know three campers in California that we would consider a real glamping experience; El Capitan Canyon north of Santa Barbara along the Pacific Coast, Treebones Resort is located along the Central Coast of California at Big Sur and Sequoia High Sierra Camp Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park.

Treebones Resort is located in the heart of Big Sur on the California Central Coast. Located 25 miles north of San Simeon and 65 miles south of Monterey, Treebones located on a hill overlooking Highway 1 and the Pacific. There are many exile located in the plane and redwood forests without major cities within 25 miles and less complete cell. They offer 16 yurts with polished wooden floors, redwood decks, luxurious queen-sized bed with sheets and blankets, stoves, electric lights, sink with hot and cold water and a French door entry. Showers and toilets are located in the center. Facilities at the resort include a restaurant serving fresh gourmet food from sushi to filet mignon, pool and spa, massage and music on Saturday nights during the summer. Resort activities include hiking, kayaking, surfing, swimming and beach combing.

El Capitan Canyon is located approximately 20 miles north (west) of Santa Barbara on Highway 1. Take exit El Capitan State Beach and Campground. On the ocean side of the highway is the El Capitan State Beach campground and lots of beach access. On the land side of El Capitan Canyon and offers more than 130 cabins and luxury tents along the beautiful El Capitan Creek. Cedar cabins they have porches, ceiling tops, bathroom, king, queen or double beds, heating, fine linens and towels, kitchen with microwave, mini refrigerator, wet bar sink and coffee maker. A picnic table with benches, barbecue and fire pit located outside each cabin for meetings outdoors. Safari tents are equipped with many facilities in common with reduced cabin full bathroom and kitchen. El Capitan Canyon Adventure yurt recently added to its accommodation options. This round tent cabins have wooden platforms, electricity, a standard bed and vaulted ceilings. Resort facilities include Market & Deli, swimming pool, complimentary beach cruiser bicycles and Saturday summer concerts. The market sells camping gear and gifts souvenirs, while a deli serving gourmet cuisine and barbecue kit from hot dogs to tri-tip. Access to the beach is just a short walk down the highway and into the woods by plane to the coast of the state. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the canyon, so visitors are shuttled to their cabin.

Sequoia High Sierra Camp is located along Highway General between Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park and Grant Grove in Kings Canyon. Choose to get through strenuous 12-mile walk from the highway 198 at Lodgepole visitor center, or one-mile journey from Marvin Pass trailhead parking lot at the end of the Great Meadow Horse Corral Road. Sequoia High Sierra Camp offers 36 tent cabins with wood floors, carpet, plush-top beds, pillows, extra-large windows with windows, chairs and tables, daily maid service and a shower. Three meals a day are included and served in the dining tent containing a wide selection of gourmet cuisine. Including private bathroom shower stall, dressing room, sink, toilet, towels and toiletries. Local activities include hiking, fishing, sightseeing, caving and horse riding.

At anywhere from $ 150 to $ 500 per night for two people, glamorous camping is not a cheap alternative to hotel accommodation. In fact, most sites could glamping more per night than the nearby resort. But there is something to be said about being in the open air with no more than a canvas layer separating the fresh air and the wind brushing through the trees … especially if there is no dirt involved. One could argue that the resort provides facilities can offer more value than any resort brick-n-mortar other. For those who want to spend less on something between camping and glamping, there are several options for the economy cabin and yurt tents throughout California. Some of them are more resorts with lots of features for High Sierra camps that can only be reached on foot through miles and miles. These camps are Big Sur Campground and Cachuma Lake in Central Coast, Coloma Resort Camp in the heart of the gold country, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, White Wolf Lodge, Curry Village tent cabins and several High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park, Bearpaw High Sierra Camp in Sequoia National Park and two ports camp and Hermit Gulch Campground on Catalina Island in Southern California.

California Revealed consists of California who has spent a lifetime traveling and exploring California. We can provide local insight about popular destinations, but also let you know about the darker, less traveled destinations that only locals would know this country. This is not California the most comprehensive list of goals, but the long list of places and adventures that are sure to have you please. Simply put, we want you to have a fantastic, memorable time in California.

By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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