November 30, 2020
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Is pitching a tent and sleeping on the ground too rugged for your taste? Thankfully, there are more than enough luxurious accommodations in the Golden State where you can camp in comfort. Offering the perfect escape from the cold, winter glamping in California is as serene as it gets. There’s nothing better than snuggling in a pod or a geodesic dome where you’ll be fully immersed in nature but also protected within the walls of your cozy space. Imagine being curling up with your partner in a glass-walled igloo while camping in freezing weather—sounds like paradise. Plan a romantic winter getaway with your boo at these winter glamping spots and let your love bloom.
The Best Places To Go Glamping In The Winter
Winter Glamping in Northern California
1. Treebones Resort
Location: 71895 Highway 1, South Big Sur
Treebones Resort features 16 yurts perched on redwood platforms with the best vantage point of the Big Sur coastline. Offering guests the best eco-lodge experience, the resort is set in a rustic setting that’s the ideal blend of luxury and nature. Glamping in the winter here is an impeccable experience— you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific, and if you're lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of whales swimming in the ocean. Get in touch with nature at this wonderful spot while birds glide through the sky above you.
2. Sequoia High Sierra Camp
Location: 65745 Big Meadows Drive, Sequoia National Park
For a proper glamping experience in Northern California, Sequoia High Sierra Camp is your first choice. You can choose from 32 different deluxe cabins that are essentially ensuite tents. This snow glamping spot provides all of the luxurious amenities you can think of—the dining pavilion with a cozy fireplace is just the tip of the iceberg. The wilderness site boasts remarkable views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada. A weekend here will allow you to experience the national park in true California style.
3. Mendocino Grove
Location: 9500, 9601 Highway 1, Mendocino
Mendocino Grove has redefined the meaning of camping. Nestled in Mendocino’s coastal woodlands, the grove offers guests the opportunity to stay overnight in safari tents and retrofitted Airstreams. The location is just as convenient as the lodging—miles of scenic hikes and the best California beaches are only a five-minute drive away. Guaranteeing mind-blowing adventures as well as a tranquil and restful experience, Mendocino Grove will make you want to stay much longer than you intended. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the best parts of glamping in the winter here?
4. Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping
Location: 2411 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg
Extra-large, safari-style tent cabins in the heart of Wine Country? Yes, please. Camping in the freezing weather at Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping is irresistible—the blend of nature and comfort helps you rediscover how breathtaking mother nature truly is. Situated in the famous Alexander Valley wine-growing region, the winter glamping destination has direct access to the scenic Russian River and offers many exciting nearby activities. Guests here are only minutes away from many farm-to-table dining spots and ancient redwoods to explore. Your dream of waking up to the beauty of Sonoma County comes true here.
5. The Trailer Pond
Location: 2825 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles
Winter or snow glamping doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be in a fancy yurt or a pod—vintage trailers are just as exceptional. The Trailer Pond is the finest spot to enjoy a combination of both. Nestled on the 130-acre, organically farmed Alta Colina Vineyard, the trailer campground takes you back in time and offers a glimpse of what the American Dream meant in the 60s. A dip in the relaxing pond is just what you need to unwind among the rolling hills of Paso Robles. The quaint and adorable spot is the ideal place for stargazing and putting your mind at ease.
Location: 2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero
Go on a digital detox this weekend at the eco-adventure resort Costanoa. Acres of undisturbed wilderness surround you at this shabby-chic destination. From luxurious to rustic, your lodging options are plentiful; an RV campground is also available for people living on the road. The amenities at Costanoa are exquisite—a spa, biking opportunities, horse stables, and picnic and barbecue areas make your stay even more enjoyable. Winter glamping with a hot tub has never been this good.
Winter Glamping in Southern California
1. El Capitan Canyon
Location: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara
Hidden among 350 acres of rolling hills dotted with oak and sycamore trees, El Capitan Canyon offers guests a relaxing Santa Barbara winter glamping experience. Hair-raising views of the Gaviota Coast, Pacific Ocean, and Santa Ynez Mountains alone are enough to make your getaway unforgettable. The picturesque grounds are home to an organic garden, a llama farm, a heated pool, a relaxing spa, and miles of trails that lead to different adventures. Escape the city for a weekend and refresh your soul with the spirit of El Capitan Canyon.
2. The Ranch Estate Glamping
Location: 69655 19th Avenue, Desert Hot Springs
The Ranch Estate Glamping runs circles around every other luxurious camping spot. The upscale destination allows guests to soak in the peace and quiet of a rural area with impeccable views of the city lights and starry nights. With stunning decor, lavish rooms, a steamy sauna, and a natural mineral water jacuzzi, the Ranch Estate provides the perfect setting to enjoy winter glamping with a hot tub. Only a short drive from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, the extraordinary place offers guests the opportunity to rejuvenate and reset their energy. Pamper yourself to the max and feel like royalty at this glamorous location.
3. Caravan Outpost
Location: 317 Bryant Street, Ojai
Offering a unique overnight experience, Caravan Outpost is the ultimate spot for camping in freezing weather. The winter glamping destination is an oasis in downtown Ojai—it provides luxurious accommodations in classic Airstream caravans. A haven for creative minds, the Caravan Outpost brings together artists, musicians, photographers, writers, and other like-minded individuals for authentic Ojai experiences. Caravan Outpost also offers massages, yoga, hot springs, and meditation for people of different tastes. With endless outdoor activities to get your heart pumping, this Ojai gem is the best place to snuggle by the fireplace and make unforgettable memories.
4. Valley Center Glamping
Location: 29701 Mactan Road, Valley Center
Looking for winter glamping spots in San Diego County? Valley Center Glamping is the answer to your question. This good old-fashioned, get-back-to-nature destination is nestled among the foothills of the Palomar Mountains. From the outside, you'll see large safari-style tents on a deck; private seating areas along with a fire ring complete this paradisiacal glamping spot. Step inside and voila, you’re in a fancy hotel room. With 34 acres of healing space at their disposal, guests are welcome to meditate, stargaze, and go on nature walks.
5. Dome in the Desert
Location: Joshua Tree
There isn’t a single person in the world who’d say no to a Joshua Tree winter glamping experience. Dome in the Desert offers you the opportunity to revitalize your spirit under the desert sky. Natural wood, handcrafted items, and stone elements carpet the modern-bohemian dome. The vacation home rental is everyone’s go-to Joshua Tree winter glamping spot. It’s in a secluded location in the middle of the desert yet only a few minutes away from restaurants and Joshua Tree National Park.
6. Alter Experiences - Laguna Campground
The best winter glamping spot in San Diego County is at Alter Experiences’ Laguna Campground. Providing a one-of-a-kind mountain getaway, this glamping hot spot offers both tree and bell tents and can host groups of up to 24 people. The area has many trails and attractions to explore—Big Laguna Trailhead and Little Laguna Lake are a few of the wonders the region has to offer. Lake Cuyamaca is only a 15-minute drive from the campground. Alter Experiences is also building a cabin and geodesic dome on North Peak overlooking the lake, where snow glamping opportunities await you.