#ToplessSummer: Coolest Glamping Destinations in Southern California
By Vanessa Payes
These summer months in Los Angeles can be a bit of a grind for Angelenos as we to relax and kick back while hordes of tourists descend upon the city. The crowded beaches and parks in Los Angeles can be total buzz kill if you’re just looking to take a break outdoors.
While some people are perfectly comfortable roughin’ it out on a good ol’ fashioned camping trip, hip and glamorous Angelenos need a little more fluff. With a dash of color, comfort, style and novelty, glamping is a next level camp out.
While glampers are over the world are trekking to far out sites to spend the night in tree house, tee pees or pods, urbanites from Los Angeles don’t have to go far for a stylish nature fix.
Whether you’re getting away for the weekend, or just taking off for a night, take a short drive outside the city and try sleeping under the stars at one of these cool and quirky glamping spots in Southern California.
Ventura Ranch KOA
KOA’s Ventura Ranch campground really takes their glamping seriously. The glamour tents at the ranch, which is nestled in Heritage Valley, are decked out in posh decor. The furnished tents boast a queen sized bed, lounge chairs, futon sofa, lamps and linens for the sophisticated glamper that wants a five-star feel when nature lodging. Check out their Indian tee pees if you want to spend the night snuggled up Sioux style. Relax by your very own fire pit as wild peacocks come by to greet you. Take this adventure up a notch with trek through the forest in search of Bigfoot or go for a ride on the zip line. This glamping site is not only chic and spiffy, but also fun.
El Capitan Canyon
Santa Barbara is a haven for couples retreats, foodies and wine lovers who just want a quiet peaceful getaway. It’s no wonder that glamping has become a part of the Santa Barbara experience. Just outside the city, El Capitan Canyon offers up luxuriation outdoors in a sexy safari tent or a domed adventure yurt. Settle into a cozy bed and gaze up at the night sky from inside of a yurt or roast marshmallows outside your safari tent from your own fire pit when you stay in one of these modish glamping spots.
Yurt In Cayucos
Glamp like the glitterati when you stay in one of Glampinghub.com’s unique and elegant nature lodging structures. Check out their listing for this luxury yurt at a private secluded ranch. Just a short drive in from the coastline at Cayucos State Beach, this location features three distinct yurts to choose from. Fresh linens, memory foam beds, ceiling fans, fireplaces and the shade of surrounding oak trees give glampers comfort while provisional art supplies and yoga classes relax their minds. Take it up a notch and arrange to have a personal chef prepare your meals.
If you think you’re too earthy for a snazzy glamping tent, but don’t want to rough it out in the woods, consider checking out some of the glamping spots offered on airbnb.com. You may never have thought of using their services for a glamping adventure but they actually some funky glamp rentals. Check out this kitchy vintage trailer in Altadena. The retro-Southwestern interior decor is shabby chic and a total trailer park throwback. Complete with a kitchen, bathroom, portable air conditioning and a television, this campy glamping adventure is a fun and quirky get away.
Rustic Yurt In Ojai
This private yurt in Ojai is another one of airbnb.com’s really cool glamping spots. Reminiscent of the Far East, the interior decor of the yurt recreates the mystical atmosphere of these ancient nomadic dwellings. Draped in colored silk and adorned with ornate rugs, the yurt is lined with charming rustic wood furniture and offers up 21st century amenities. Relax with an outdoor bath or kick back in the private garden area while on this bohemian glamping adventure.
Autocamp is a quaint little pit stop along the California coast that rents renovated airstream trailers with a sleek mid-century modern interior design. Each of the four trailers has its own uniquely nostalgic atmosphere. The sexy and sophisticated vintage Airstream trailers include luxury bath products from New York’s Malin and Goetz, high thread linens, custom wood floors and come with complimentary beach cruisers attached. Sit back and enjoy your morning coffee on a private deck outside your trailer. When it comes to glamping, Autocamp really gets it.
Unique A-Frame Cabin in The Mountains
Another one of Glampinghub’s fancy little treasures is this secluded pyramid shaped cabin in the woods of San Jacinto. The pebble tiled bathroom and wood burning fire place are cozy and classy, but the coolest part of this glamping adventure is the bedroom. With a touch of fairytale flair, this cabin has as a tiny spiral staircase leads to a dreamy loft at the peak of the structure where a plush and sumptuous bed is framed by sunbeams that seep through a triangular window. This is a truly sublime glamping experience.
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park’s Roar and Snore Safari is just about as fun as it gets for a night outdoors. You’ll get all the comforts of glamping while taking in the sounds of white rhinos, giraffes, crowned cranes and zebras from a tent that overlook the park’s African Plains exhibit. Wake up, hop onto a safari caravan, and check out the African wildlife. The Roar and Snore Safari is an exotic glamping adventure right in your own backyard.