Glamping in Northern California the perfect fall family activity that offers the fresh air that you desire with no tent required! These Bay Area glamping spots let you choose from cabin camping, tent cabins, Airstreams, yurts and even treehouses where you can sleep out in nature without having to set up a tent. There’s even dog-friendly camping, WiFi (if you must) and actual bathrooms. Scroll through to book your next Bay Area camping adventure!
Editor’s note: Many glamping spots are open for recreational visitors with social distancing requirements in place. Check the cancellation policies before you book. Follow county requirements for COVID-19 including wearing a face mask. Keep our community safe!
JUST OPENED: Wildhaven Sonoma—Healdsburg
This brand-new 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 four with a queen bed and two cots for the kids (or choose the two-queen version). Larger-sized families can rent multiple tents near each other (but stay tuned as they plan to add tents that sleep up to six).
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 cooking grill, picnic table and additional chairs for your front deck. The new riverside tents have the best views, more privacy and even your own hammock! Shared facilities include restrooms, shower shed and BBQs. Wildhaven recently added an open-air shower right when you come up from the river so you can rinse off before heading to your tent.
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.
COVID-19 Update: Wildhaven is currently open and booking up fast. Showers and shared BBQs are open. Check their website for current precautions in place.
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. Rumpl blankets, Biolite headlamps and Miir mugs available for guest usage during your stay. Coming soon: Borrow city cruiser bikes and demo Fox Racing gear to check out all the amazing biking trails in the area.
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
COVID-19 Update: Check out LOGE's Go Together Code to learn how LOGE is protecting guests and employees.
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 up to eight people. Guests will also find a fully-restored 1951 vintage Spartan trailer with riverfront views, alongside seven custom yurts varying in size and style from 20-foot yurts with full bathrooms to a 16-foot off-grid yurt on a cliffside with incredible views.
For the camping enthusiast, there are expansive campgrounds with various sites for tents and RVs. A wide range of onsite activities include 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. Local fare, grocery and to-go items are available at the beloved Sorensen’s Café and the General Store.
14255 Highway 88
Hope Valley, CA
COVID-19 Update: Wylder Hotel Hope Valley is open for visitors.
Fernwood Resort—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 (which has Wi-Fi), 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. You'll get your own bathroom, a queen bed, bunk bed and pull-out couch. Each cabin comes with a fire ring and outdoor picnic table. The cabins have a full refrigerator, oven and all the dishes/cutlery/serving bowls you'll need. The on-site general store has literally anything you'd need from ice cream to water shoes for the river.
COVID-19 Update: Campground is open.
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.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the on-site Café at the Park. 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.
COVID-19 Update: The resort is open to guests.
Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabins—Yosemite
Tenaya Lodge is elevating the Yosemite experience this summer with the debut of the Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge. The picturesque cabin development will offer guests a unique Yosemite “cabineering” experience that 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. All cabins have access to the clubhouse, daily breakfast and on-site activities. 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
COVID-19 Update: Tenaya Lodge is open and you can read their COIVD-19 response here.
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.
COVID-19 Update: Open for visitors.
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. Your all-inclusive stay comes with twice daily horseback rides and three meals of family-style dining so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy the view. 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.
COVID-19 Update: Greenhorn Ranch is closed for the 2020 season. Book your reservations for 2021!
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
COVID-19 Update: Mendocino Grove is open. Check out their COVID-19 update here.
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. Grab a complimentary cup of tea or coffee before you set out. Forgot something? Head to the AutoCamp Shop for all the essentials.
COVID-19 Update: Open for visitors.
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. Just in time for summer, the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday underwent a renovation of its activity park that includes an outdoor ping pong table, climbing statues, KOA jumping pillow and a new 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). Ride the KOA Express Fun Train around the property, get strapped in to climb the coconut palm trees, watch movies under the stars and enjoy s'mores without the cleanup! Weekends bring extra fun with pancake breakfasts, giga balls and more.
1186 San Andreas Road
COVID-19 Update: This spot is open for recreational visitors. See their COVID0-19 response here.
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 on-site pool, 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 Road
COVID-19 Update: Railroad Park is currently open and accepting reservations. The dining room is closed. See their updates here.
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 seasonaly). Read all about what to do in Siskiyou County here.
4239 W. A. Barr Rd.
Mt. Shasta City, CA
COVID-19 Update: Lake Siskiyou Resort will open for recreational visitors. See their COVID-19 response here.
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. Three of them comfortably sleep six people with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 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. One of the three family suites was recently updated to include a gourmet chef’s kitchen, custom tiled baths and unique artwork.
All lighthouse quarters include unlimited visits to the museum and climbs up the lighthouse tower (a sure-fire way to tire out the kiddos). You will also enjoy a welcome bottle of Husch Vineyards wine and chocolates from Mendocino Chocolate Company upon arrival. 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. Check the calendar for the next Night Tour for an extra-fun adventure!
4550 Lighthouse Road
Point Arena, CA
COVID-19 Update: Open for visitors!
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, splash park, playground, 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. Get more tips for what to do in the Santa Ynez Valley here.
180 Avenue of the Flags
COVID-19 Update: Flying Flags is currently open for reservations but the swimming pool and other amenities are closed. Check the website for updates.
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. They’ve even figured out how adults and kids can find their own bliss simultaneously. Drop your kids in a two-hour nature-themed camp on weekends and Wednesdays (ages 6-12), 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. Tent cabins are perfect for families of three (double bed and twin), with larger cabins to suit larger families, with kitchenettes and showers. There's also a KOA campground on site, for tent and RVs. Shared Comfort Stations throughout the campground offer clean bathrooms, showers and dry saunas. If ensuite bathrooms are a must, book a room in the lodge. Check their activity schedule for fun family-friendly events, like the open-air live music and BBQ on Saturday nights throughout the summer. Follow that up on Sunday morning with a cooked-for-you breakfast and group yoga and head home refreshed and ready for what the week has in store.
2001 Rossi Road at Hwy 1
COVID-19 Update: Lodge, Tent Bungalows, Cabins, Tents and RV sites are open at this time. Restaurant is open for to-go orders only. Check website for updates.
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.
Drakesbad Guest Ranch
14423 Chester Warner Valley Rd., Chester, CA
COVID-19 Update: Drakesbad is closed for the 2020 season. Book your 2021 visit now!
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 Road
COVID-19 Update: This KOA is currently open.
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 the 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. There will even be a stack of fluffy towels waiting for you! 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.
Inn Town Campground
9 Kidder Ct., Nevada City, CA
COVID-19 Update: Inn Town is open for recreational visitors. See their COVID-19 precautions here.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park—Calistoga
This beautiful 1,900-acre state park in the heart of Napa Valley was slated for closure during the state's 2011 budget crisis, and is now managed by the nonprofit organizations that helped save it. It 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 picnic table, with bathrooms and showers nearby. Keep your eyes (and ears) out for the six different woodpeckers that call this park home.
3801 St. Helena Hwy
COVID-19 Updates: The campground is open to campers.
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.
North Shore: 2000 Camanche Road, Ione, CA
South Shore: 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs, CA
COVID-19 Update: Open for camping.
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—hardwood floors (albeit polished), 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 are the more than 800 animals that roam these acres. (Note that the tents are separated from the wildlife for safety reasons.) The on-site Savanna Grill offers indoor and outdoor dining and wines from area vines, as well as Africa.
3115 Porter Creek Rd
Santa Rosa, CA
COVID-19 Update: Safari West is currently open for guests. Check the website for updates.
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 bath house for all Oz Farm guests. This working farm also offers a variety of seasonal produce. Request a box for $20 and it will be awaiting your arrival on the farm. Pack light as you'll need to walk a short distance from your car to your residence. Read all our Mendocino recs here.
COVID-19 Update: Currently open to glampers.
Windsong Guest Yurt—Point Reyes Station
This secluded glamping spot in Point Reyes Station comes with a California king bed and pull-out couch, 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. If the yurt is booked, ask about the guest house on the same four-acre site.
25 McDonald Lane
Point Reyes Station, CA
COVID-19 Update: Currently open.
Rob Hill Campground—San Francisco
You will have to sleep on the ground in a tent here (unless you bring your double-decker AirBed), but there is something luxurious about camping in a national park without having to leave San Francisco. Take-out for dinner, anyone? There are two group campsites for up to 30 people available at the Presidio's Rob Hill campground above Baker Beach, with its unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge and stunning sunsets (and moon sets, if you time it right). Each site includes a stand-up grill and a large fire pit that's perfect for s’mores and campfire songs. The campground is open from April through October, and reservations are available on a rolling basis. Weekends are snapped up fast, but there are still weekday sites available for a summer staycation. Rob Hill’s clean and well-lighted bathrooms and city location make it ideal for first-time campers. If you don’t have your own camping supplies, Sports Basement Presidio has tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, camp stoves and more for rent. Read more.
1475 Central Magazine Road
San Francisco, CA
COVID-19 Update: Open for campers.
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
COVID-19 Update: Open for visitors.
Retreat into the Redwoods at Camp Navarro where your whole crew can enjoy bonfires, archery, hammocks, games and water activities on the Navarro River. Camp Navarro is available to be rented out by groups and offers a variety of sleeping accommodations including teepee tents, cabins and Adriondacks (open air cabins). Just 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco, the gorgeous Anderson Valley home to Camp Navarro welcomes your group to enjoy the outdoors like you never have before. Read all our Mendocino and Anderson Valley recs here.
901 Masonite Industrial Road
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 this 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.