10 Unique Glamping Destinations Near Sacramento
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a camping trip. It’s one of the best ways to feel completely immersed in nature, as you take in scenic views, create your own fire, listen to wildlife and get a breath of fresh air.
That sounds nice and all, but sometimes it’s nice to skip tent setup frustration, unpredictable weather conditions and other unforeseen camping mishaps. You have probably heard of “glamping” — or glamourous camping — which has become a growing trend in the travel world. Glamping provides a unique combination of rustic outdoor living with modern luxuries and conveniences, like a canvas tent, running water, electricity, and in some cases, an enclosed structure.
Take a look at these incredible glamping destinations throughout Northern California, including canvas tents, yurts, treehouses, trailers and more unique accommodations! Plus, we included an array of beautiful settings, including mountains, vineyards, lakes, rivers, the ocean and more.
If you’d rather skip the glam and pitch your own tent, check out these incredible campgrounds within two hours of Sacramento!
Nestled within a grove of native redwoods in the heart of Sonoma’s wine country, AutoCamp offers luxury airstream camping with all the modern amenities you could imagine. Accommodation options include fully appointed Airstream campers, luxurious canvas tents and a handcrafted Redwood Suite, all of which feature plush, modern interiors, hotel bedding, linens and towels, and spa-inspired bathrooms — some with walk-in showers. Access the mid-century modern clubhouse stocked with local wine and beer, snacks and camping essentials. It also features a number of indoor and outdoor fire pit lounges for relaxation.
The campsite is located within walking or biking distance to the river and downtown Guerneville. Head to the Russian River for swimming, canoeing or relaxing on the beach, and peruse downtown for dining, drinking and shopping galore. The campsite is a short drive from area vineyards, the Redwood Forest and the ocean. AutoCamp is geared towards adults and has limited activities for children and there are pet-friendly Airstream accommodations available.
Photo Courtesy of Christopher Berger via Oz Farm
Oz Farm is tucked away in a quiet, private valley on a pristine stretch of the Mendocino coast. The site is also bordered by a redwood forest to the east, adding to the farm’s tranquility and natural beauty. Experience this idyllic setting with a stay in one of Oz Farm’s unique accommodations, including a variety of cabins, yurts and a dome. The Domes is a double-dome geodesic structure perched over the south bank of the Garcia River. It comes with five double beds, its own large living space, a fully equipped kitchen, an indoor flush toilet, a wraparound deck and a hot-water bath. Other options include the Rainbow Cabin, the Tai-Chi Yurt, the Newbird Cabin and more.
Guests at Oz Farm can easily access the Pacific coast, which is only about 2 miles from the farm as the crow flies. It is also near a number of charming coastal towns and parks, each with their own recreational and cultural offerings.
Take your getaway to new heights at this adorable treehouse nestled in a vineyard with a view of the entire Monterey Bay. The treehouse was built on giant Douglas Fir trees within Lago Lomita Vineyards. Travel up the ladder and staircase to reach the 400-square-foot platform with a real bed within a canvas tent, a seating/dining area, electricity, and wifi. Enjoy panoramic views of the gorgeous vineyard, the bay, and surrounding scenery. Access a full bathroom on the bottom floor of the main house just below.
If you’re not a fan of heights or you have more than two people in your group, you might want to stay in a yurt, another accommodation option at Lago Lomita Vineyards. Whether you stay on the ground or up in the trees, you will be near a myriad of desirable destinations, including San Jose, Capitola Beach, San Francisco, Monterey and more.
Photo Courtesy of Ray Mabry, Team Photographer, Safari West
Take a walk on the wild side with a stay at Safari West, an exotic wildlife preserve in Santa Rosa. That’s right — you can extend your daytime visit to a thrilling sleepover by staying in one of the luxurious canvas tents, amidst the wildlife roaming the property, such as giraffes, water buffalos and rhinos. Each of the 30 tents was imported from Botswana and customized on site, featuring a private viewing deck, an en-suite bathroom, polished hardwood floors and luxurious bedding. But a highlight of the experience is listening to the various wildlife sounds of the Sonoma Serengeti at night!
Complete your stay with a safari, where you’ll encounter many of the nearly 900 animals from over 90 unique species roaming the 400-acre preserve. Take your safari experience to the next level of luxury with an Ultimate Private Safari, featuring a private vehicle and guide, plus options for wining and dining amidst wildlife. Speaking of wine, you are never far from some of the area’s most renowned wineries when you stay at Safari West. This is a perfect basecamp for exploring the area with a day trip to Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley.
Photo Courtesy of Basecamp Tahoe South
Whether you’re visiting Lake Tahoe in the fall, winter, spring or summer, you can make Basecamp Tahoe South your temporary home. This modern hotel situated in South Lake Tahoe, just steps from the California-Nevada state line, has a unique indoor camping setup, called The Great Indoors. The room looks like your typical hotel room — oh, except for the giant indoor tent cascading over a king-sized bed. The faux camping feel is enhanced with a rack for storing and drying your outdoor gear, a faux log fire, a picnic table and camping chairs. The room offers all the luxurious amenities you’ll need to complete the glamping experience, including luxurious bedding with triple sheeting, high-speed wireless Internet, a walk-in shower, beautiful artwork, a balcony and more.
Access the community amenities at Basecamp, including an intimate bar, a rooftop hot tub, two fire pits, communal dinners in the winter, and more. The hotel is located a short five-minute walk to the lake and an even shorter four-minute walk to the Heavenly Gondola. Basecamp is an ideal option for the outdoorsy and adventurous traveler who still wants access to the comforts of home.
Photo Courtesy of Mendocino Grove
Go camping with an ultra-modern twist at Mendocino Grove, a new addition to the region’s glamping scene. The campground rests on a forest bluff above the bay and the picturesque town of Mendocino. Choose from dreamy accommodations straight out of a magazine, including a myriad of roomy canvas tents with modern amenities and luxurious details. The 12-by-14-foot Classic Tents sleep a maximum of two, and the 16-by-20-foot Family Tents sleep 5–6 people. Each tent is situated on a wooden platform and comes fully outfitted with comfortable beds, warm down comforters, wool blankets, cotton linens, lanterns and more. Each deck has leather butterfly chairs perfect for relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the forest. Plus, each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit. Access nearby bathrooms with hot showers, towels and organic bath products.
Guests are situated within close proximity to a number of picturesque state parks with towering redwood forests, sweeping meadows, coastal bluffs and white-sand beaches. Enjoy endless opportunity for outdoor exploration at Mendocino Grove, including hiking trails and beaches. Plus, there is so much to do in the charming town of Mendocino, from dining to shopping, and everything in between.
Head to the coast for a cozy winter getaway at Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero. Get the full luxury experience with a stay in their lodge or a cabin, or opt for a more rustic glamping experience in one of their distinctive tent bungalows. You can take an even more rustic approach at Costanoa’s 98-site RV park with space to pitch your own tent! The tent bungalows come in four different configurations, accommodating anywhere from 1–6 guests. Each is constructed with a wood or metal frame and waterproof canvas tent walls. They have electricity, sliding windows, and a locking door. Plus, guests enjoy access to three dedicated comfort stations with restrooms, indoor hot showers, heated concrete floors, a 24-hour dry sauna, and an outdoor fireplace.
The setting at Costanoa Lodge is equally as impressive as the accommodations, and you can enjoy a myriad of activities in the area all year long, such as hiking, horseback riding (April–October), kayaking and more. Plus, during the summer months, Costanoa Lodge offers activities for children, an outdoor pizza and beer pavilion, stargazing, a mushroom hike, a flower hike, raptor displaysand more. Unwind at the end of the day with a meal at their full restaurant and bar, plus a visit to the Costanoa Lodge spa, offering a variety of massage therapy services.
Photo Courtesy of Windsong Cottage Guest Yurt
The special and secluded Windsong Cottage Guest Yurt offers the ultimate peaceful experience, as the yurt is located on a country road far from city lights in the village of Point Reyes Station. This elegant and cozy circular structure is fully equipped with a full kitchen, a cable TV, free high-speed wifi, a wood-burning heat stove, a California King bed, a fold-out couch, and more conveniences. Each stay includes a welcome basket with fruit, English muffins and jellies, and the fridge is stocked with eggs, butter, milk and orange juice. Take in the peaceful surroundings in the outside hot tub nestled in a private garden, the perfect spot for stargazing at night.
Windsong Cottage is located just minutes from the Point Reyes National Seashore Park, an idyllic natural sanctuary along the Pacific coast. The Tomales Bay Trailhead, an easy 2.5-mile loop, is just steps from the cottage.
Photo Courtesy of Treebones Resort
Treebones Resort is an extensive yurt village nestled along the coast in Big Sur. Choose from a number of yurts, each equipped with plush, comfortable beds with linens, cozy comforters and colorful quilts. The “full ocean view” yurts have king-sized beds and the “partial ocean view” yurts have queen-sized beds. Additional features include a small table and chairs, reading lights, a sink vanity with hot and cold water, bath and hand towels, and generous decks with Adirondack chairs.
Opt for the ultimate luxury experience with a stay in the Autonomous Tent, a one-of-a-kind structure resembling the shape of a giant cocoon. It is secluded on the edge of the resort with its own private deck and outdoor fire pit, and comes equipped with a gas fireplace, leather lounging chairs, an en-suite bathroom with a clawfoot tub and flushable composting toilet, over 500 square feet of living space, a king-sized bed, and more luxurious features.
Nestled near the shore of South Lake Tahoe just across the state line in Nevada, Zephyr Cove Resort offers a myriad of accommodations for travelers, including Airstream camping. For a minimum of two nights, book your stay in one of their newly built Airstreams offering luxurious finishes and spacious living areas. This is the perfect option for experiencing the great outdoors of this scenic area while still maintaining access to modern-day conveniences. Each Airstream includes a queen bed, a convertible dinette table, a lounge/bed, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, a gas grill with utensils, a fire pit, Adirondack chairs, a picnic table and two bundles of firewood per night. The convertible dining table and lounge/bed can each sleep one person, so the Airstream accommodates up to four people total!
The options for adventure in the Lake Tahoe area are endless. Use Zephyr Cove Resort as your homebase as you enjoy the many activities in the area, including swimming, fishing, horseback riding, parasailing, boating and more!
We hope we have made you a happy glamper! Which unique glamping destinations have you been to in the area? Or which ones are you dying to try? Let us know in the comments below!