Stay out in nature without setting up a tent with these perfect glamping spots
Love the idea of camping but don’t feel like setting up a tent? Then glamping is for you! With the choice of cabins, yurts, tent cabins, Airstreams, yurts, and even treehouses, we’ve collected the Bay’s best glamping and cabin camping spots where your family can sleep outside all without setting up your own tent. Find your next glamping adventure today.
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This spot is perfectly situated right on the Russian River and it's definitely going to be your next favorite glamping spot. Oversized glamping tents sleep up to six with a queen bed and two cots for the kids, a two-queen version, or the six-person bunk bed tent.
Bed linens, space heaters for cool nights, bedside lamps, and a covered six-foot deck are included. (Bring your own sleeping bags for the kid cots). Upgrade to a premium tent and add on a fire pit with a cooking grill, picnic table, and additional chairs for your front deck. The riverside tents have the best views, more privacy, and even your own hammock! Shared facilities include restrooms, a shower shed, and BBQs.
Six acres of land plus another four acres of river area are yours to explore at Wildhaven. Go tubing in the Russian River, explore local roads via bikes, rent a kayak or SUP for the day, and head to nearby Healdsburg for wine tasting and plentiful dining options.
2411 Alexander Valley Rd.
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Russian River RV Campground—Cloverdale
Head up the 101 to Cloverdale for some serious Russian River time at this spot that offers all sorts of glamping and camping options for families. Primarily an RV park, families looking for a glamping experience can book a few nights at the cabins that offer A/C, beds (to sleep up to 6), a full-sized fridge, grilling equipment, and even WiFi if you need it. We found the accommodations to be very comfortable on our recent stay!
The property's highlight is definitely its access to the Russian River. Set up your gear at one of the rocky beach areas and spend the day floating down the river and rock-jumping into the deep pools. Kids can ride their scooters around the property and there's a playground for the little ones.
33655 Geyers Rd.
Inn at Schoolhouse Creek—Little River
If you want some extra space to spread out on your next visit to Mendocino, a kitchen to cook up some farm-fresh eggs in the morning, and a quaint cottage to call home, this is your spot. The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek offers cottages with different layouts to suit the needs of families of all sizes. On a recent visit, we stayed in the Pomo Cottage which had a full kitchen, a bedroom with a king-sized bed, pull-out couches that could sleep up to four people, and a private hot tub for soaks under the sun. The property also has a spa, BBQs for public use, and a gorgeous property and creek for exploring. Dogs are also welcome!
7051 North Highway 1
LIttle River, CA
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LOGE Mt. Shasta
LOGE, the lifestyle hotel group which brings forgotten motels back to life, welcomes families to its Mt. Shasta property where they'll find family-sized rooms with bunk beds and storage for all your gear. Hotel rooms and covered camping sites all come with your very own hammock by Kammok for relaxing after a day on the trails. Other on-site partnerships include Traeger wood fire grills.
Life is easy at LOGE where you'll find an on-site cafe and bar, fire pits for making new friends, and plenty of outdoor recreation nearby. Even your dog is welcome to join in the fun!
1612 S Mt Shasta Blvd.
Mt. Shasta, CA
Mendocino Grove is a newcomer to the glamping scene and they know how to do it right. With 60 fully-outfitted tents with lavish beds, your family will not want to leave once you have arrived. Kids can spend the days enjoying the nearby hiking trails and on-site amenities like cornhole, bocce ball and other games. Campfires and gas barbecues make cooking easy. You can even rent cooking equipment so you don't have to lug your pans with you. Luxurious bathrooms and hot water stations make this a no-brainer for families. Relax on a hammock and enjoy the fresh air. At Mendocino Grove, it's R 'n R at its finest.
9601 California Route 1
Railroad Park Resort—Dunsmuir
Railfans, this is the spot for you! Head north to Siskiyou County and 45 minutes past Redding will get you to Railroad Park Resort where you can glamp in the utmost style. Here families bed down in vintage railroad cabooses that sleep up to five people. You'll have a fridge, full bathroom, WiFi, and microwave as well as an on-site pool, a restaurant (serving breakfast and dinner in a rail car!), and a creek for exploring. They also have an RV and campground with access to the pool. The nearby area is full of waterfalls, fishing spots, and lakes for boating. The perfect family getaway awaits!
100 Railroad Park Rd.
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Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort—Mt. Shasta City
You'll definitely want to bring along some other families when you plan your trip to Lake Siskiyou. This idyllic spot will bring you back to your summer camp days with movies by the lake, a sandy beach with gorgeous mountain scenery, and even an arcade for when you need a little veg-out time. You can bring your RV or pop up a tent in one of the camping sites or glamp out at a cabin lakeside. Cabins come with fire rings for s'mores and kitchens for cooking. You can also dine at the on-site restaurant that serves pizza and other kid-friendly fare. Kids will especially love their time spent in the splash zone—the inflatable water park that offers slides, trampolines, and hours of entertainment (open seasonally).
4239 W. A. Barr Rd.
Mt. Shasta City, CA
Drakesbad Guest Ranch—Chester
Since 1900, guests have made their way to Drakesbad Guest Ranch for some time in nature. Drakesbad's prime location in Lassen Volcanic National Park is only five hours from the Bay Area but a million miles away from the craziness of everyday life. The property offers cabins and bungalows that are perfect for families and all have amazing views of the nearby mountains. There are horses to ride, swings for relaxing, a hot spring-fed pool, and nightly campfires. All rooms come with three meals served at the dining hall so you don't have to worry about cooking for the kids. If you are going to be hiking to Boiling Springs Lake to see the bubbling mud pots, you can opt to take a sack lunch with you.
14423 Chester Warner Valley Rd.
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Point Arena Lighthouse—Point Arena
For a truly coastal experience, you can stay right at the Point Arena Lighthouse in one of their six vacation cottages. They come with a well-equipped kitchen, satellite TV, wood-burning fireplace, and the most gorgeous coastal views. Wake up to hear the waves crashing against the rocks and spend your days exploring the 23 acres of land adjacent to the lighthouse.
All lighthouse quarters include unlimited visits to the museum and climbs up the lighthouse tower (a surefire way to tire out the kiddos). Check for seasonal specials to grab yourself a free night or bucks to use at the lighthouse gift shop. Bonus: you can feel good knowing you are supporting this non-profit in its goal of keeping the light on for visitors for generations to come.
4550 Lighthouse Rd.
Point Arena, CA
These cabins right near wine country are perfect for families looking to explore this area without having to shell out the big bucks for a hotel. This KOA offers tons of amenities for those with kids—fire pits, barbecues, swimming pool, ping pong table, and even a video arcade. Choose from one and two-bedroom cabins that sleep up to six. Grab a cup of coffee from the on-site coffee stand before you head out on your morning hike.
1166 Asti Ridge Rd.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park—Calistoga
This beautiful 1,900-acre state park in the heart of Napa Valley boasts 10 trails that run through coastal redwoods, Douglas firs, big-leaf maples (gorgeous in the fall) and oaks; a spring-fed swimming pool for cooling off on steamy summer days; and an easy bike ride to award-winning wineries. And yurts! The year-round campground has three reservable yurts that sleep up to six people and seven smaller ones that can accommodate a family of four. You can also reserve one of the three cabins on site. All include skylights, lockable doors, an outdoor fire pit, and a picnic table, with bathrooms and showers nearby.
3801 St. Helena Hwy.
Oz Farm—Point Arena
This off-the-grid spot on the Mendocino Coast offers tranquility like you've never had before. Cabins, yurts, and even geodesic domes are scattered around the property to give you privacy and also offer the option of gathering together with multiple families. Some offer kitchenettes for cooking and most are just a short walk to the river. Included in a cabin rental is access to the community house, which is a shared kitchen, living space, and bathhouse for all Oz Farm guests. This working farm also offers a variety of seasonal produce. Pack light as you'll need to walk a short distance from your car to your residence.
Point Arena, CA
Safari West—Santa Rosa
Come to Santa Rosa for the exotic animals and stay for the one-of-a-kind overnight glamping experience at the Safari West wildlife preserve. The heavy canvas tents—imported from Africa—have hardwood floors, and the sounds of wildlife give the feel of camping, while heaters and ceiling fans provide home comforts. While the luxurious bedding is nice, the highlight of the experience for all ages is the more than 800 animals that roam these acres. (Note that the tents are separated from the wildlife for safety reasons.)
3115 Porter Creek Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA
Windsong Guest Yurt—Point Reyes Station
This secluded glamping spot in Point Reyes Station comes with a California king bed and pull-out couch, a full kitchen, a wood-burning stove and electric heat, and Wi-Fi. With the gorgeous views, abundant nature, and nearby attractions, you won't even notice the cable TV. Start your day right with your complimentary welcome basket filled with fruit, muffins, and eggs before hiking around Point Reyes National Seashore. At night after the kiddos are off in dreamland, you can stargaze from the hot tub in your private garden. There is a two-night minimum stay, although one-night weekday stays can be arranged for special occasions. This place books fast, so check their calendar in advance.
25 McDonald Ln.
Point Reyes Station, CA
Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort | Midpines, CA
Families looking for the perfect combination of rustic and convenient will love the Yosemite Bug. Located in Midpines on the road between Mariposa and the El Portal entrance, you'll be perfectly located for Yosemite adventures. The Yosemite Bug offers lots of different lodging options—cabins, rooms with private bathrooms, rooms with shared bathrooms, glamping tents, camping spots, and even hostel rooms. There's also an onsite spa.
Yosemite Bug has trails on the property that will lead you down to a waterfall and swimming hole (be careful as the trails are steep and difficult for little ones). You can rent out snowshoes in the winter (as available). The kids will love the outdoor ping pong and foosball tables and parents will love that the rooms do not have TVs (because, nature!).
6979 Highway 140
Part glamping adventure and part cowboy getaway, Greenhorn Ranch offers the best of both worlds to families who come back year after year (and once you experience it, you'll know why). Horseback riding gets center stage at this ranch in the Lost Sierra that's just four hours from the Bay Area. Saturday night BBQs are a highlight so make sure you book your stay over the weekend. Families will love the rustic elegance of the creekside cabins that will sleep up to six people.
2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.
Wylder Hotel Hope Valley
Tucked away on the eastern edge of Hope Valley in the mountain landscape of the Sierra Nevada, Wylder Hotel Hope Valley is an iconic, 165-acre all-season resort built with equal parts relaxation and adventure in mind. Only 25 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, Wylder Hope Valley celebrates the spirit of its natural surroundings, as the West Fork Carson River meanders through the ground’s expansive alpine meadows.
Wylder Hope Valley’s accommodations include 30 uniquely built cabins made across different decades for the past 100 years—ranging from riverfront cabins for two to homesteads for groups of up to eight people.
For the camping enthusiast, there are expansive campgrounds with various sites for tents and RVs. A wide range of onsite activities includes relaxing in a wood-fired sauna, enjoying wine or hot cocoa by the fire, hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing—while off-property adventures await such as hot springs, swimming, kayaking, fishing, skiing, and so much more.
14255 Highway 88
Hope Valley, CA
Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite
If you are looking for modern conveniences in a woodsy setting, pick Evergreen Lodge for your next stay when you visit Yosemite. Right now, Evergreen Lodge is celebrating 100 years of welcoming families to Yosemite and it's the perfect time to visit. The property is located about 10 minutes off highway 120 on the road that takes you to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. You'll feel like you are totally away from it all when you visit.
Accommodations include cabins of every size including the two-bedroom family cabins that we definitely recommend for those visiting with little ones. You'll get a bedroom with a king-size bed, another with two twins, and a central living room with a pull-out couch. Custom camping is also available if you really want to get a taste of the outdoors.
33160 Evergreen Rd.
Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabins—Yosemite
You need to check out the brand-new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge as families love them. The picturesque cabin development combines the refined comforts of a modern cabin, personalized service, and the perks of a full-service resort—all in a pristine mountain setting. At 650 square feet, the “mountain modern” cabins sleep up to six guests and include a living room, kitchen area, two bedrooms, and a private deck from which to unwind after a day of adventure. The family cabins, outfitted with bunk beds in the second bedroom, are nestled in the interior areas and grouped for easy socialization and community gathering. Kids will especially love the Kids Adventure Course, archery, flashlight hikes, and mountain bikes available for rent.
1122 Highway 41
PO Box 159
Fish Camp, CA
49er Village RV Resort—Plymouth
Nestled in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County, 49er Village RV Resort provides the perfect destination for you and your family. They offer a wide selection of accommodations with hundreds of full-hookup sites and charming cabin rentals. Take a dip in the beautiful swimming pools and hot tub. Enjoy a game of shuffleboard, horseshoes or billiards. Then, get in touch with nature at the fishing ponds.
Offsite, visit the over 35 award-winning wineries and numerous championship golf courses nearby. Or, breathe in the natural beauty of Amador Flower Farm in the Shenandoah Valley.
Inn Town Campground—Nevada City
Are you a tent, trailer, or pillow-top mattress kind of family? Whatever your camping style, the new Inn Town Campground has an option for you, from woodsy tent sites, to spacious RV sites with full hook-ups to prime glamping sites. There are 15 glamping sites available, and each features a large canvas tent erected on an elevated platform and includes perks like private decks, electric lighting (and outlets), and of course, cozy, fully-made-up beds—configurations range from 1 (queen) to 4 (twin) beds. Each glamping tent is decorated with an individual theme and unique furnishings, and some are even designated dog friendly. The back decks feature camp chairs and electric lanterns. There are even extra cots available to accommodate bigger broods.
9 Kidder Ct.
Nevada City, CA
AutoCamp welcomes guests to their new Yosemite property that's perfect for families. Nestled on 35 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Yosemite property features 80 deluxe Airstream trailers as well as 15 luxury tents and three cabins. Airstreams can accommodate up to two adults and two kids (queen bed + pull-out sofa) and the cabins sleep up to five. After a day of hiking, relax by the on-site (heated!) pool or canoe in the freshwater pond. Nights will definitely be spent roasting s'mores around the fire pit and making new friends.
Stargazing events and nature talks among other programming are available. YARTS shuttle service will take you from the property into Yosemite so that you don't have to worry about jockeying for a parking spot. Forgot something? Head to the AutoCamp Shop for all the essentials.
Lake Camanche—Valley Springs
Venture up to Amador County for some glamping along the shore of Lake Camanche. With both cottages and vacation homes available to rent, there's something for families of all sizes. The cottages include fully-equipped kitchens and a large deck for enjoying the outdoors. The vacation homes can accommodate up to 12 people and include a kitchen, washer/dryer, outdoor dining area, and even a TV. Lake Camanche offers swimming, watersports, fishing, summer movie nights, and more.
2000 Camanche Rd.
Fernwood Resort Cabins—Big Sur
Big Sur's heavenly mix of forested mountains, rugged coastline, and lack of cell service make it the ideal locale for getting away. But even if you wanted to sleep on the ground in a tent, scoring a summer spot in the popular Pfieffer Big Sur State Park can feel like trying to win the lottery. Just up the road, and with access to the same trees and beautiful coastal amenities, is the Fernwood Resort. Their tent cabins run alongside the Big Sur River and come with raised beds, picnic tables and fire pits, and access to the camp store and the Fernwood Bar & Grill, for when you don't feel like grilling.
The cabins are a great option for families who don't want the hassle of setting up a tent. Each cabin comes with a fire ring and an outdoor picnic table. The on-site general store has literally anything you'd need from ice cream to water shoes for the river.
Right down the road are two other Big Sur glamping options: Riverside Campground & Cabins and Big Sur Campground & Cabins.
47200 Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA
Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday—Watsonville
If you have never brought the kids to a KOA for camping then you are in for a real treat. This spot near Manresa State Beach and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk offers Deluxe Cabins with bunk beds or a sleeping loft for the kids and brand-new Glamping Cabins that are perfect for a romantic getaway. The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA's activity park includes an outdoor ping pong table, climbing statues, KOA jumping pillow, and a pool.
Perhaps the best part of a KOA is that there are loads of activities for kids that are hosted by on-site counselors (translation: parents can relax). Get strapped in to climb the coconut palm trees, watch movies under the stars, and enjoy s'mores without the cleanup!
1186 San Andreas Rd.
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Pigeon Point Lighthouse—Pescadero
This hostel recently converted its rooms to private rentals and they are perfect for families. There are three units available and each sleeps up to 10 people. You'll have your own kitchen and an outdoor dining area with gorgeous views of the California coast. Walk just north of the lighthouse and there are some easily-accessible tide pools—perfect for exploring. Swing by downtown Pescadero or Pie Ranch for some tasty grub.
210 Pigeon Point Rd.
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Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground—Buellton
Head south on the 101 and just past San Luis Obispo you'll be in the Santa Ynez Valley, a picturesque spot to plan a weekend getaway. Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground takes glamping to a whole other level with swimming pools, a splash park, a playground, an on-site restaurant, WiFi, and even a dog park for Fido. The family-friendly cottages with loft sleep up to six people and include a full kitchen so that you don't have to eat out for every meal. The property also has safari tents, Airstreams, and cabins, as well as tent and RV camping spots. Nearby attractions include OstrichLand, wine tasting galore, and the adorable town of Solvang.
180 Avenue of the Flags
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With words like “spa” and “eco-adventure” in the description, you might think Costanoa was a retreat for grown-ups. And you'd be right, but this place understands that kids need a break from the daily grind, too. Drop your kids in a two-hour nature-themed camp on weekends and Wednesdays, then check into the spa for a massage, head out on the adjacent trails on bike or horse (rentals of both available on site), or just crawl back in bed with a good book (or iPad: even the tent cabins are equipped with free Wi-Fi). There are many levels of "roughing it" here. There's also a KOA campground on site, for tents and RVs. Shared Comfort Stations throughout the campground offer clean bathrooms, showers, and dry saunas.
2001 Rossi Road at Hwy 1
Treebones Resort—Big Sur
It's hard to top a stay in one of the fully furnished yurts at Big Sur's Treebones Resort. These circular fabric-covered structures with wood lattice frames offer private decks, breathtaking ocean and mountain vistas, and an ideal jumping-off point for coastal exploration, on foot or by kayak. The Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi bar offers fresh, local, organic food. Yurts large enough to host a family are booked well in advance—weekends are especially scarce—so do plan ahead. Also, kids must be over age 6 to stay at Treebones.
71895 Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA
Treehouses in California That You Can Rent
If life in a treehouse is just what you need in your life, check out this list of 14 California treehouses that are available on Airbnb. California is full of whimsical treehouses where you can sleep closer to the stars from deep in the forest or right in the heart of a city.
Loads of Options on Glamping Hub
When searching for the perfect glamping sites to visit with your loved ones, be sure to check out Glamping Hub. With over 1,000 family-friendly accommodations in Northern California, glamping families are sure to find the best spot to spend their next adventure. Some must-visits include a stylish yurt nestled among the Redwoods, perfect for a family of four looking to disconnect in the heart of the forest, or these two stunning tree house cabins for four guests found tucked into the thick of Carmel. From yurts to tree houses, safari tents, and more, you and your family will be sure to have the most unique experience when booking a glamping getaway in California.