Find rustic luxury at Northern California's 5 best glampgrounds
Leave it to the luxurious resort Ventana Big Sur to take glamping to another level. (Courtesy of Ventana Big Sur)

Find rustic luxury at Northern California's 5 best glampgrounds

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No other kind of resort does rustic luxury quite as well as a good glampground. And with the arrival of a handful of design-forward properties in the last few years, Northern California is now home to some of the best glamping around.

From Big Sur’s OG Treebones Resort to the yet-to-open Wildhaven Yosemite, our favorite glampgrounds aren’t just ideal for summer, they are great escapes year-round.


Wildhaven: Safari Tents on the Russian River

(Courtesy of @wildhavensonoma)

With heaters, fans, and covered porches, the safari-style tents at Healdsburg’s Wildhaven toe the line between creature comfort and the great outdoors. Laid out along the Russian River, each tent comes with a personal fire pit, picnic table and patio furniture (pro tip: snag one on the river bank to get a two-person hammock, too). The 10-acre property also features a communal outdoor kitchen, complimentary wifi, regular events like yoga and live music, and a general store stocked with enough wine, beer, and cheese to last for days. If you love the property but wish it were a little more mountainy, you’re in luck: Wildhaven will open a second glampground this fall in Mariposa near Yosemite.

// 2411 Alexander Valley Rd. (Healdsburg), wildhavensonoma.com

AutoCamp: Retro Airstreams + More in Guerneville and Yosemite

(Courtesy of @aaronleitz/@autocamp)

AutoCamp, the country’s most popular glampground outfit, has two locations within a few hours of the city. You’ll find the first in Midpines not far from Yosemite, with a collection of vintage Airstreams, luxury tents, and classic cabins with porch swings. The second, AutoCamp Russian River, has the same great stays (instead of cabins, they have retro sleeping campers) among the redwoods in Guerneville. While the two properties offer different amenities—Yosemite revolves around a mid-century modern clubhouse and swimming pool while Guerneville offers complimentary Linus bikes—wifi, coffee, and tea is complimentary at both.

// AutoCamp Yosemite, 6323 CA-140 (Midpines), autocamp.com/yosemite; AutoCamp Russian River, 14120 Old Cazadero Rd. (Guerneville), autocamp.com/russian-river

Treebones Resort: The Yurt Resort in Big Sur

(Courtesy of @treebonesresort)

Treebones was glamping before the term was even coined. Opened in 2004, this 10-plus-acre resort in Big Sur features yurts, some with full ocean views, and stunning autonomous tents, seaside lodgings with full bathrooms, front porches with fire pits, and canvas frames that glow at night. Bring-your-own-tent sites are also available, including at the human nest and twig hut, and two unusual wood constructions built by local artist Jayson Fann. Two restaurants on site, The Lodge and Wild Coast Sushi Bar, and five-day-a-week morning yoga will keep you full and well-balanced throughout your stay.

// 71895 Hwy 1 (South Big Sur), treebonesresort.com

Sequoia High Sierra Camp: Furnished Tents + Full Meals at Giant Sequoia National Monument

(Courtesy of Sequoia High Sierra Camp)

Perched above Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia High Sierra Camp features more than 30 canvas tent cabins gussied up with artisan furniture, plush mattresses, and down pillows. Every overnight stay includes three square meals a day in the outdoor dining pavilion, including a full mountain breakfast buffet and a five-course prix fixe dinner menu.

// Open mid-June through mid-September only;65745 Big Meadow Rd. (Giant Sequoia National Monument), sequoiahighsierracamp.com

Ventana Big Sur: Luxurious Glamping on the P.C.H.

(Courtesy of @ventanabigsur)

Glamping goes next level at Ventana Big Sur, the luxurious resort on the Pacific Coast Highway’s most iconic stretch. The 20-acre canyon features 15 Instagram-perfect elevated canvas tent cabins, each with private porches, built-in fire pits, Adirondack chairs, and picnic tables. If you need something—firewood, s’mores kits, a bottle of wine— just use the glampground’s communication system, Zingle. For a more affordable option, try Ventana’s more basic campground, which has 63 campsites available.

// 48123 Hwy 1 (Big Sur), ventanabigsur.com/glamping

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