7 Luxurious Campgrounds for Families
Those commercials for Visit California sure make us feel lucky to live in such an amazing state. And here in the Bay Area, we have access to everything from beaches to forests, all within driving distance. With warmer weather and longer days ahead, the time to escape the city for some rustic camping has never been better. Sure, family camping in the great outdoors can be lots of fun, but sometimes roughing it with little ones in tow can be more of an ordeal than a relaxing getaway. For families who want to rough it while still having ready access to showers and toilets, we’re rounded up some camping locales that are more glam than grime. Reservations are filling up fast, so be start planning your trip soon.
This Russian River Ranch lets you control exactly how much “roughing it” you want to do. Choose from either RV or tent sites, both of which offer various features. You have the option of a more rustic site with spectatular views of the river and secluded pockets of heavily wooded areas, or large and expansive areas great from large groups. Every site includes picnic tables and a fire pit with nearby access to running water. Their full hookup sites offer electricity up to 50 amps with water, sewer, and almost 50 TV channels. Don’t forget to bring your smartphones and laptops, as there are various WiFi hotspots scattered throughout camp.
Take a break from the city and rejuvenate in this eco-friendly resort and spa that will make everyone happy. Relax and enjoy a massage while the little ones are out having fun at the kids camps (think tie-dye t-shirts, ice-cream-making and tidepool exploration). Feeling energized? Go horseback riding, hiking or kayaking and finish the day with a wine tasting at the Cascade Bar and Grille, before crashing in one of their simple yet comfortable lodges.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
This hostel sits atop a cliff and offers stunning views of the lighthouse and the water. Stay in one of their family rooms (for 4 to 6 people) after a day of biking or hiking in the area. At night, reserve a spot in the hot tub and stargaze.
If you want complete serenity with your family, spend the night in one of their fully furnished yurts — tent-like circular fabric structures with wood lattice frames– which offer spectacular views of the coast. Experience the area through hiking or kayaking and treat yourself to fresh, local, organic food at the Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi bar.
Hidden away in the heart of wine country is a little piece of Africa. Spend a night on the Serengeti in their authentic African style tents. The heavy canvas and hardwood floors give the feel of camping, while still boasting essentials like heaters and ceiling fans. A Cottage is also available which has further amenities like a private bathroom, kitchenette, and outdoor seating area (but tents really are the way to go). The highlight of your stay far and away is the abundance of wildlife like zebras, wandering the safari area. A bonus for parents: since you’re located right in California wine country, a visit to their tasting room for Wine on the Wild Side is a must-try activity.
Big Basin Tent Cabins
Located in the middle of redwood trees in Big Basin State Park, this is as close to camping as you can get without being cold at night. The park is a perfect place for hiking and is also close to the ocean. At night, grill up some burgers and gather the family around the fire ring for some s’mores.
Windsong Cottage Guest Yurt
Pick between a cottage or a yurt, both with fireplaces and hot tubs. Either way, you will be welcomed with a basket of fruit, coffee, tea, bread, eggs and butter in the fridge to start your day right before hiking around Point Reyes National Seashore.
Where does your family set up camp?