Down bedding. Saunas. Private porches. Nope, it’s not the Ritz-Carlton. We’re talking about glamping, where the creature comforts of home a five-star hotel meet the great outdoors. Here’s where to go when you aren’t up for sleeping on the ground but still want to enjoy nature outside of your fully furnished deluxe canvas tent. And they’re all within driving distance of San Francisco.
Terra Glamping (2 Hours, 30 Minutes)
Best for: A romantic getaway
Cost: From $250 per night
This Sonoma Coast pop-up’s ten safari-style tents come with queen-size memory-foam mattresses and down bedding, plus access to hot showers and flushing toilets. While there’s no Wi-Fi, you will have cell service, and they even stock phone chargers should you run out of juice. But who needs to be online when you have that sunset?
Inn Town Campground (3 Hours)
Best for: Family camping minus the hard work
Cost: From $85 per night
The Inn Town Campground outside Nevada City has a little something for everyone: a campground for tents, RV hookups and, yes, glamping tents with fluffy beds, heated mattress pads and a 3,000-square-foot space called The Commons with a camp store, bathrooms and a swimming pool—so the kids can be entertained while you finish that Great American Novel of yours.
The Autonomous Tent at Treebones Resort (4 Hours, 20 Minutes)
Best for: A once-in-a-lifetime experience
Cost: $595 per night
Though the north and south ends of Highway 1 are closed due to recent devastating storms, the exceptional Treebones Resort is still open, with its one-of-a-kind jewel called the Autonomous Tent proudly standing. You get an outdoor fire pit, 500 square feet of living space, a clawfoot shower and a compostable toilet. Oh, and a private deck with your own view of one of Cali’s most stunning sunsets.
Ventana Campground (4 Hours)
Best for: A rustic-meets-luxe experience
Cost: From $325 per night
This glamp-ground (temporarily closed due to storms) is accepting reservations for October, so mark your calendar for a fall getaway. Choose from one of 15 safari-style canvas tents with king beds deep in the resort’s ancient redwood forest. Hike your way through the grounds with your complimentary wine-and-cheese picnic backpack in tow. Then cozy up to a fire with hot cocoa. Did we mention the daily maid and turn-down service?
Costanoa Lodge (1 Hour, 15 Minutes)
Best for: A close and convenient kid-friendly escape
Cost: From $120 per night
With miles of hiking and beach access, there’s no shortage of things to do at Costanoa. Canvas tent bungalows come with queen-size beds and bunks for the kids, plus electric blankets to stay toasty at night. There’s a general store and restaurant on site, plus “comfort stations” for glampers that have hot showers and flush toilets surrounding a central courtyard with a fireplace, sauna and heated concrete floors.
Rent A Tent from Shelter Co.
Best for: The bespoke outdoor experience of your dreams
Cost: From $2,000
If you’re intent on a truly unique experience and you don’t mind shelling out the big bucks, Shelter Co. will help you plan a glamorous getaway. Specify the location, type of trip, head count, budget and overall vision, and they’ll do the rest. Think bearskin rugs, Pendleton blankets, leather lounge chairs and catered meals for corporate retreats, bachelorette weekends and weddings. Fancy.