For those among us who can’t fathom abandoning our stable Wifi connections and thousand-thread-count sheets in order to experience the great outdoors, there’s an alternative right-up your indulgent ally: glamping.
Ahh, the cool crisp smell of a dew-swept Bay Area morning, wafting into an open-faced tent, your fire-side coffee warming your blood-temperature hands. Birds chorusing from the understory of redwoods; cetaceans leaping through the air like olympic gymnasts. Oh, the mighty and magnificent splendors afforded by the great outdoors.
But, yea, there’s also mosquitos behind the treeline. And obnoxious grasshoppers and heat waves and rain storms and next-to-nothing in the way of creature comforts. Not exactly a sound endorsement for our millennial, tech-savvy ilk, right?
Glamping, on the other hand, harps along a much more resonative narrative:
“Yea, we hear you. Here’s a beachside view from your memory foam mattress. And feel free to tile your IG handles with a litany of hashtag-no-filter shots, courtesy of our Wifi connection.”
With an emphasis on modern-day amenities, hot showers, and pet-friendly accommodations—all wrapped-up in hella cozy confines—Yurts and treehouses are where it’s at.
So, gang, let’s all embrace the outdoors—with our feet perched atop a feather pillow, a half-eaten Odwalla bar to our left on a queen-sized mattress, brushing-up on the latest sustainable vintage trends.
Book these Bay Area glamping getaways listed on Hipcamp for you next weekend of R&R:
Old Tennis Court Yurt Camp: “Come stay in our 16 foot ‘Yurtastic’ camping yurt tucked in a corner of the historic 1920’s tennis court surrounded by old acacia and native oaks with glimpses of the Napa River/Mare Island Strait from your cooking/eating area.”
Eagle's Nest Treehouse Farmstay: “Once inside the treehouse proper, the rich hue and grain of the polished and oiled old growth redwood floor, walls and ceiling is astounding. Residential standards of construction throughout include two sets of 8 ft high french doors, sliding windows, insulated walls, a queen size bed, propane heater, battery-powered electricity for lights and your personal (low watt) accessories, separate bathroom with flush toilet, hot and cold water, sink, and an amazing copper-lined shower with floor to ceiling windows looking out on the forest below.”
Treehouse at Swallowtail Studio: “Nestled securely in a majestic multi-trunked 110 ft. eucalyptus tree is our romantic, magical and peaceful multi-leveled Tree House. Spacious deck, relaxing area on main level, cozy queen bed in the loft. Beautifully rural yet 5 minutes to lovely downtown Petaluma in Sonoma County. Easy drive to San Francisco, multiple wine regions, Pacific coast.”
Enchanted Forest Yurt: “Isolated on a hilltop overlooking the bucolic Coleman Valley, this secluded 24 foot diameter Pacific Yurt has private access to a pond with singing frogs, beautiful Redwood groves, compost toilet, outdoor shower, indoor sink and a comfy, round king-sized bed. In fact, round is the theme inside this yurt with its round coffee table, nightstand, dining table, rug and more!”
// Even though you’re glamping as opposed to roughing it up, we urge you to, please, practice the Leave No Trace principles of camping. Be a good house guest to your warm, hospitable hosts—and our ever-generous Mother Nature.