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The Ultimate Guide to Glamping in Northern California

Glamping, or glamorous outdoor camping with luxurious amenities, is a popular way to enjoy nature in comfort and style.

Northern California has an abundance of amazing glamping opportunities, and we’ve listed our five favorites below.

Take a look at these gorgeous places to go camping in NorCal, including sites at Mendocino Grove and Carmel by the Sea. 

What Makes Glamping in Northern California Unique?

While Southern California is known for a host of beautiful places to go glamping, redwood forests and easy access to the Pacific coast make glamping in Northern California unique. 

Northern California is the ideal place to go glamping because of the mild temperatures and scenic views of the ocean and woods.

Check out our five favorite glamping experiences in Northern California, where you can enjoy luxurious accommodations in scenic locations. 

Our 5 Favorite Glamping Experiences in Northern California

#1: Foxfern Forest

For a beautiful glamping adventure in the woods of Mendocino Grove, head to Foxfern Forest, where a glamping cabin sits alongside a forest of redwoods, pines and oaks.

The two-story wood cabin is secluded, with large windows that give great views of the surrounding landscape.

This site also includes an outdoor firepit and picnic table.

The cabin sits on an 8-acre property and is only a seven-minute drive from the nearby city of Mendocino, with great access to local beaches and hiking trails. 

This cabin fits four guests and allows leashed, house trained pets. The hosts provide firewood, a barbecue, easy fire starter sticks and a tea kettle.

Trash bins and a pit toilet are also located on site.

For two adults, a one-night stay costs $275 including taxes and fees.

A 20-minute “Mini Portrait Session” at Foxfern Forest is available for purchase at checkout for an additional $150. 

#2: Redwood Retreat

Redwood Retreat is located in Watsonville, a little town just south of Santa Cruz.

There are a variety of accommodations at the Retreat, including a cottage, tent cabin with a queen bed and two camping sites.

This 16-acre campground is the perfect spot for a getaway to the woods.

According to the site description, Redwood Retreat is ideal for family vacations, company retreats or small celebrations but noise must be kept to a minimum.

There is a curfew from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m., and amplified noise is not allowed during those hours. 

The price varies based on which site you choose. Site 1, a flat pull-in with picnic and BBQs close by, costs $75 per night for four guests.

Sites 2-4 range from $90 to $120 based on the amenities provided.

For $85 per person, you can also sign up for a 3-hour cooking class with the host, Mima, who has experience as a chef and caterer.

#3: Redwood Treehouse

The Redwood Treehouse is another hidden gem in Watsonville.

To access the treehouse, park in the designated area, then take a short 4-5 minute walk along a trail until you come to the site.

Found in the old growth redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this cute glamping option includes a private hot tub and one high-bed with linens as well as a kitchen with a refrigerator and small stove.

The host provides basic cooking items in the kitchen including spices, oil and vinegar. 

The Redwood Treehouse has a two-night minimum stay on weekends and a three-day minimum on holiday weekends.

According to the host, this site has a moderate cancellation policy where guests must cancel a full seven days before their reservation.

You will be charged 50 percent of the cost of your stay if you cancel after this grace period.

The Treehouse costs $165 per night plus taxes and service fees, and an additional $60 cleaning fee will be charged per stay. 

#4: Saddle Mountain Ranch

Take a glamping trip in Carmel by the Sea and stay at Saddle Mountain Ranch, a campground located on 89 acres of oaks, redwoods and Monterey pines.

Saddle Mountain Ranch has a variety of cabins to choose from, including a two-bedroom cabin suite with a full bathroom, kitchen and loft.

Other options include standard, deluxe, premium or pet-friendly luxury tents each of which is furnished and includes outdoor seating, a propane fire pit and a barbecue grill.

A bath house located close to the tents gives easy access to a basic kitchen sink, toilets and hot showers. 

The price varies widely at the campground based on which sort of accommodations you choose.

With a 21 ft RV, the standard site full hook-up is $100 for one night, a luxury tent costs $172.38 per night and a 5-person cabin suite costs $244.21 nightly.

The most expensive option is the bunk house with a luxury tent, which can fit 10 people and costs $408.85 per night. 

#5: Costanoa

One hour south of San Francisco lies Costanoa, a coastal glamping retreat along California’s famed Highway 1.

Costanoa has several luxurious options to choose from including cabins, tent bungalows and a lodge.

The retreat’s Douglas Fir duplex cabins each include a private back deck, fireplace and skylights, as well as a mini refrigerator and hot tub access. Costanoa’s tent bungalows each have a wood or metal frame with waterproof canvas walls and include electricity and lighting. 

Prices differ depending on your desired accommodations.

The Lighthouse View bungalow costs $327 per night and a double bed duplex cabin costs $332.40 per night, while the price of a Coastal Studio cabin is $427.40 per night.

A pet-friendly Coastal Studio cabin is also available for $427.40 per night plus a $50 non-refundable pet fee. 

The Bottom Line: Glamping in Northern California

Glamping is the perfect way to spend time in nature while staying in modern accommodations.

Spend time investigating these beautiful glamping locations to decide which one works best for you — consider what amenities you want on your vacation before making your final selection. 

Enjoy the best of Northern California glamping when you visit these scenic destinations.


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