Move over tents and dirt and mosquitos, and make room for luxury campsites, tree houses, cabins on ocean cliffs, and spa treatments in the wilderness. Travel throughout the Bay Area to discover these non traditional camping gems.

Treebones Resort
71895 Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(805) 927-2390

What could be more unique than a yurt? These round cabins with  charming decks and open-air ceilings on the cliffs above the ocean are the perfect, rustic romantic getaway.  After dining in the communal dining area, snuggle in bed and stare at the stars.

The Blackthorne
266 Vallejo Avenue
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 454-5515
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While you’ve got to rent the entire one-of-a-kind facility, The Blackthorne is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Gorgeous touches, like stained glass, a flower garden, and elevated walkways through the forest make this special hotel near Point Reyes a truly unique overnight experience.
Thuy’s Fave: The Treehouse

2001 Rossi Road
Pescadero, CA 940560
(650) 879-1100
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Great for families, Costanoa is group camping at it’s finest. Camp in tent bungalows and cabins surrounding fire-pits and grills. Nearby, comfort stations offer toilets and showers, not to mention saunas and heated floors. Head to the Ranchhouse for a few snacks at the General Store, or fine dining 3 meals a day at the Cascade Restaurant. Don’t miss a horseback ride!

Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2551

Located in the hills above Santa Rosa, Safari West is a real safari, right here in Northern California. Rhinos, zebras and giraffes all live on the stunning property. Take a 3-hour tour in an open air Jeep, or spend the night in one of 30 tent-cabins. While Safari West is perfect for kids, adults won’t want to miss “Winos”, the scheduled afternoon wine-tasting program. Breakfast and dinner are served up, 5-star buffet BBQ style, in a gorgeous dining room, which is occasionally host to four-legged guests.

Big Basin Tent Cabins
Off of 236/Big Basin Way
In Big Basin Redwoods Park
(831) 338-4745

Big Basin is the oldest State Park in California, and home to an amazing Redwood Forest. Trees at Big Basin are all between 1,000-2,000 years old, and can captivate hikers and explorers for hours. So stay the night on a tent cabin. Costing just $55-$75 per night, the tent cabins sleep 4, and surround with a cozy firepit.

Windsong Cottage Guest Yurt
25 McDonald Lane
Point Reyes Station, CA
(415) 663-9695
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A yurt with cable TV and wifi? Why not! Complete with all bedding and towels, a full kitchen, and of course, a hot tub, these aren’t your average yurts. Cradled in the rolling hills of Point Reyes, Windsong Cottages and the main house are located on four acres on a country road, just minutes from the seashore.

Steep Ravine Campgrounds
Mount Tamalpais SP
801 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley CA 94941
(415) 388-2070

Overlooking Stinson Beach, these rustic cabins offer wooden bunks, bed perches and large kitchen tables for a fun, and slightly funky group or family experience. Bring everything but the tent when you stay in these gorgeous wooden cabins.

Post Ranch Inn
47900 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2200

The Post Ranch Inn is hardly camping. This 5-star luxury resort combines the finest in hotel amenities with breath-taking access to nature. Fine dining, luxurious spa treatments, the occasional celebrity sighting, and unparalleled views can all be found at the world-famous Post Ranch Inn.

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