11 Places to Add to Your Bay Area Glamping Bucket List

|June 12, 2019

Glamping and Northern California go together like marshmallows and graham crackers. And rest assured, you’ll find plenty of s’more-making opportunities at these luxury sites.

Ranging from the farmlands of Sonoma County up to the coast of Mendocino and all the way down to Big Sur, this round-up includes Pinterest-worthy cottages, treehouses, yurt villages, safari getaways, geodesic domes, elevated tents and more.

Windsong Cottage

Distance from San Francisco: 1 hour | Get directions

Nestled in the rolling hills of Point Reyes Station, Windsong Cottage is located just minutes from Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. The round, yurt-style cottage is complete with an outdoor hot tub in a private garden, a full kitchen, free WiFi, a television, electric heat and more. For a complete list of amenities, click here.


Distance from San Francisco: 1 hour, 10 minutes | Get directions

Located in coastal Pescadero, Costanoa is a full, Northern California-style resort, complete with farm-to-table dining and an organic garden, a rejuvenating spa and various types of lodging. The latter includes lodge rooms, luxurious, well-appointed cabins, and the stylish, secluded tent bungalows. To make the glamping experience even better, Costanoa offers Comfort Stations, specially designed bathroom facilities that include a courtyard with a fireplace, a 24-hour dry sauna, heated concrete floors, private indoor and outdoor showers, flush toilets, complimentary WiFi and more. To see all the accommodations and make reservations, click here.

Ru’s Farm

Distance from San Francisco: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Get directions

Ru’s Farm combines the best of wine country and Sonoma County farmland with rolling estate vineyards, sweeping gardens and an open lawn, and a picturesque barn built in 1902. On the working farm, you’ll find two farm cottages available for overnight stays which offer private decks, modern amenities and amazing vineyard views. 

Safari West

Distance from San Francisco: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Get directions

Glamping in the Bay Area

Photo courtesy of Ray Mabry via Safari West

Safari West is a Wildlife Preserve and African tent camp fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, but it’s much more than your typical zoo or hotel. Located in Santa Rosa, the facility covers more than 400 acres and is home to nearly 1,000 animals native to Africa and select other regions around the globe. Glamping on-site means you can enjoy the Serengeti right here in Sonoma! Their 30 tents offer private viewing decks, en-suite bathrooms and polished hardwood floors, and special packages can add luxurious wine dinners, rejuvenating massages and more.


Three locations

AutoCamp glamping in the Bay Area

Photo courtesy of AutoCamp

AutoCamp began with their first location in Downtown Santa Barbara and has grown to include sites in Yosemite National Park and Sonoma County, too. These outdoor lodging experiences are catered to adults for glamorous camping inside modern and luxurious Airstream trailers. The nearest location to San Francisco can be found along the Russian River in Sonoma County. This location offers the Airstream Suite, the Redwood Suite and the Luxury Tent, most of which feature spa-inspired bathrooms with walk-in showers, access to the clubhouse and fully stocked shop, indoor and outdoor firepit lounges, dog-friendly options, WiFi and more. And it’s all within walking distance of Downtown Guerneville!

Inn Town Campground

Distance from San Francisco: 2 hours, 30 minutes | Get directions

Open year-round, just minutes from Downtown Nevada City and located on a historic, 15-acre site, Inn Town Campground offers rustic camping and modern glamping. Their sites include pick-your-own tent sites, RV sites and deluxe canvas tents complete with electricity, real beds and linens, but all have access to the communal building. This offers table games, reading nooks, a camp store, laundry and kitchen facilities, WiFi and TV, showers, a swimming pool and more. To learn more about all the options, click here.

Fernwood Resort

Distance from San Francisco: 2 hours, 50 minutes | Get directions

Fernwood Resort is a camping resort tucked in the natural landscape of Big Sur. In addition to a restaurant, tavern and the General Store & Espresso Cafe, their facility includes forest cabins, tent cabins, RV sites, rustic tent camping, motel rooms and glamping in the Adventure Tents. These tents offer luxury tent accommodations complete with a queen bed, an electric heater, bed linens and bath towels. For more information, click here.

Oz Farm

Distance from San Francisco: 3 hours | Get directions

Glamping in the Bay Area

Photo courtesy of Oz Farm

Oz Farm is hidden in a serene, private valley along the Mendocino Coast. On the farm, they’ve been growing certified organic apples, pears and vegetables since 1990. Their beautiful lodging options come with sheets, pillows, blankets, a wood stove, an outhouse and running potable water. And all nine options include access to the community house, which has a shared kitchen, a living space, a bathhouse and more. It’s difficult to choose a favorite cabin, but the most unique is probably The Domes, a double-dome geodesic structure with its own living space, fully equipped kitchen, indoor flush toilet, and hot-water bath as well as five double beds and a wraparound deck.

Mendocino Grove

Distance from San Francisco: 3 hours | Get directions

Mendocino Grove combines woods, ocean and glamping with family-friendly accommodations in the stunning landscape of Mendocino. Their tents encompass 37 acres and come fully outfitted with heated beds, down comforters, crisp cotton linens, lanterns and more. The campground also offers a bathhouse with indoor and outdoor hot showers, bocce ball, walking trails, fire rings, and The Meadow Commons, which hosts Friday dinners and offers morning coffee, chocolate and a 24-hour complimentary tea bar.

Point Arena Lighthouse

Distance from San Francisco: 3 hours, 30 minutes | Get directions

An icon of America’s Pacific Coast, the Point Arena Lighthouse is as historic as it is picturesque. The grounds cover 23 coastal acres and are home to the 115-foot Lighthouse Tower and the 1896 Fog Signal Building. The six different lodging options can sleep groups from two to six people and they all come with unlimited Lighthouse Museum and Tower tours, full access to the 23 acres of grounds, and a welcome gift of Husch Vineyards wine and Mendocino Chocolate Company treats. Additional amenities include free WiFi, fully-stocked kitchens, fireplaces and more. To learn more about all the lodging options, click here.

Treebones Resort

Distance from San Francisco: 3 hours, 45 minutes | Get directions

Glamping in the Bay Area

Photo courtesy of @coreygwin via Treebones Resort

Treebones opened its doors in November 2004 and immediately became one of the most popular lodgings in California. The resort is located along Highway 1 in Big Sur and offers a yurt village, the famous Autonomous Tent, rustic campsites suited for your own tent, a walk-in campsite with a human nest, and a campsite with a hand-woven, two-story twig hut. Additional on-site bonuses include access to the Wild Coast Restaurant and The Sushi Bar, special eco-adventures, massages in the tranquil massage studio and more. To preview the unique and unforgettable Treebones experience, check out the website here.

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