Glamping here is defined as any campsite where I had access to a toilet and didn't set up a tent. Sites below are arranged in no particular order.
Safari West in Santa Rosa - Antelope Alley Base Camp King ($310/night in Sep 2017)
75 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101.
Access to pie: Noble Folk Ice Cream And Pie Bar in Healdsburg, CA is a short drive north of Santa Rosa.
|Outside Safari West tent|
Bottom line: Stay here if you love animals.
|Safari West tent bedroom|
|View from the tent front window|
|Giraffe view from private viewing deck|
|Safari West flamingos|
|Slice of pie from Noble Folk|
AutoCamp Russian River in Guerneville - Standard Airstream ($310/night in May 2018)90 minute drive north from San Francisco on Highway 101.
Access to pie: Follow the signs for pie on River Road heading into downtown Guerneville.
|Airstream, private fire pit and dining area|
The camp was fairly quiet on a Wednesday night stay in May 2018. The Airstream came equipped with a private bathroom, flat-screen TV with cable, free wifi, 2 bottles of Voss water, 3 roasting logs for our personal fire pit, and everything else needed to enjoy a meal outdoors. Breakfast featured fresh-squeezed juice and individual packs of Nutella. Bikes and helmets were available for exploring the surroundings and restaurants in downtown Guerneville. If you’re feeling lucky, stop at Graton Resort & Casino on the way back to San Francisco for slots and cards.
Bottom line: Stay here if you love Instagram.
|Inside the Airstream|
|View from the Airstream bedroom|
|AutoCamp blue bike|
Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero, California – Pine Village Tent BungalowsOne hour drive south from San Francisco on Highway 1.
Access to pie: Stop for pie at Pie Ranch in Pescadero on Highway 1!
|Pine Village Tent Bungalow|
|Bring your headlamp to the bathroom at night|
I stayed here with two girlfriends in March 2015. Our bungalow had one double bed, one twin bed, and a personal fire pit. The reservation included access to free wifi, sauna, and public bathrooms with showers. Guests can visit the on-site spa, Cascade Bar & Grill, and General Store for necessities including synthetic firewood. Big Basin State Park is a short drive away, and beautiful secluded beaches are accessible by foot.
Bottom line: Stay here if you love secluded beaches.
Yosemite Curry Village (now Half Dome Village) – Heated Tent ($138/night in May 2015)Three hour drive east from San Francisco.
Access to pie: Visit the Pizza Patio for a hot slice after a long hike.
The waterfalls in Yosemite peak in May when snow is still present in the park. I stayed cozy in a heated tent with my then-boyfriend in 2015. Each tent has a bear locker for storing food and is an easy distance from the public bathrooms and many hikes. Guests can also access a free shuttle bus, ice skating rink, and swimming pool.
Bottom line: Stay here if you love chasing waterfalls.
|Half Dome Village Heated Tent|
|Inside Half Dome Village Tent|
|Half Dome Village Pizza Patio|