5 Magical Big Sur Glamping Spots to Soothe your Soul

Immerse yourself in giant Redwoods and comfort while glamping in Big Sur, CA

Big Sur is a lovely mountain escape located along California’s Central Coast nestle between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific ocean. Abundant in lush forest, giant Redwoods and breathtaking coastal views, glamping Big Sur is sure to make for a magical experience. Here are our picks for the best glamping sites in Big Sur to recharge and reconnect.

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yurt glamping at Treebones Resort in Big Sur California
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Treebones Resort

71895 Highway 1 South Big Sur, California 93920

Yurt Glamping  –  Glamping Tents –  Twig Huts  –  Shared Restroom  –  Onsite Dining

Treebones Resort is a family-owned premier glamping site in Big Sur, offering yurts, glamping tents, twig huts, human nests and campsites. Most lodging options only accommodate maximum two guests with the exception of two family yurts. All yurts feature a comfy bed with linens, table and chairs, a sink and redwood deck with Adirondacks.

The full ocean view yurts have king beds and the partial view have queen beds. The Autonomous Tents are luxury cocoons that have king beds, private bathroom and private deck with a firepit. For the campsites, you have the option of pitching a tent, sleeping in a human nest or a twig hut. The nest and hut offer futon mattresses and are more exposed to the elements. 

On the property you have access to the main lodge, where the restrooms are located and two onsite dining at the Wild Coast Restaurant and the Sushi Bar. You can also relax by the pool and hot tub or with a massage or yoga session. Although kids are welcomed, there is a minimum age requirement of 6 and over. They really focus on the serenity of the glamping site and only allow registered guests to wander the grounds, making this the perfect tranquil escape to Big Sur glamping.

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glamping cabins at Glen Oaks Resort in Big Sur California
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Glen Oaks Big Sur

47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Glamping Cabins –  Private Bathrooms  –  Onsite Restaurant  –  Eco Friendly

Glen Oaks Big Sur is surrounded by Redwoods and offers several types of cabin styles for those looking for a wilderness escape. The Adobe Motor Lodge is a vintage 1950’s lodge with original adobe walls. The refreshed rooms are made from all recycled, natural and green materials with cozy fireplaces and comfy queen or king beds.

There are two options with the Oak Tree Cottages – the Cottage is a one bedroom house with kitchen while the Archies is a studio cottage with a kitchenette. Redwood Grove is a collection of one bedroom cabins while the Bridge House is the best for families because it is the largest. The Bridge House also has two detached sleeping glamping quarters if more beds are needed.

At Glen Oaks Big Sur you are nestled within Redwoods and just steps from amazing hiking trails, river views, nature-based local attractions and more. Onsite you can dine at Big Sur Roadhouse for a hearty locally-sourced meal. If you feel like you need a little relaxation, book a massage in your cabin or at the CannaSpa.

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glamping adventure tents at Fernwood resort in Big Sur California
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Fernwood Resort

47200 Highway 1, Big Sur, Ca 93920

Cabins  –  Glamping Tents  –  Private Bathrooms  –  Shared Bathrooms  – Live Music

Established in 1932, Fernwood Resort has everything you need for a fantastic glamping Big Sur experience. There are several accommodation options to choose from, including tent cabins, motel, adventure tents  and forest cabins. Fernwood also has RV and tent camping available. The Forest Cabins sleep up to six and have a bedroom and two bunk beds, kitchen, dining table, living room and private bathroom.

The Adventure Tents is a total glamping experience with queen beds that sleep up to two people, electric lamps, heater, fire pit and picnic table. The Cabin Tents are similar to the Adventure Tents, but are more rustic with bunks and you have to bring your own bedding or sleeping bags. The Motel rooms can sleep up to four. One room even has a private hot tub on deck! 

Fernwood Resort is located in the heart of Big Sur near the river and with access to numerous outdoor activities. In addition, the property has a general store/cafe, bar & grill and historic tavern that often has live music. Now that’s what I call glamping in style!

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glamping tents at Ventana Resort in Big Sur California
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Ventana Big Sur

48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920

Glamping Tents  –  Shared Bathrooms  –  Onsite Activities  –  Onsite Dining

At Ventana you have the option of staying at their luxury resort or in one of their luxurious glamping tents that sleep two. The safari-style canvas glamping tents are located on 20-acres of Redwoods. Glamping tents are equipped with plush beds, electric lamps and outlets, a fire pit on a private deck, two adirondack chairs, picnic table,  portable sink with hot and cold water, towels, hand held lanterns and communication devices. The glamping tents don’t have their own bathrooms, but do have newly remodeled bath houses that are very nice and luxurious. 

When glamping at Ventana, you will not have access to the resort grounds, pools or fitness center at this time, but you do have access to SurStream for snack and drinks and Big Sur Smokehouse for meals. You can also add enhancements, like a s’more kit,  beer and wine, a cheese and wine picnic basket, and more. There are also unique events to participate in such as falconry on the property. There are a number of hiking trails to enjoy exploring the ancient Redwoods that surround the canyon.

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glamping tents at Saddle Mountain Ranch in Carmel-Big Sur California
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Saddle Mountain Ranch

27625 Schulte Road, Carmel CA 93923

Family Glamping  –  Glamping Tents  –  Cabins  –  Pool  –  Shared Bathrooms  –  Private Bathrooms  –  Playground

Surrounded by Oaks, Redwoods and Monterey Pines, Saddle Mountain Ranch is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bask in nature. At Saddle Mountain Ranch you have the option of glamping in one of the camping cabins, glamping tents, pool house rooms, bunk house, or you can pull in your own RV or camping gear to a campsite.

For my glampers, there are two styles of glamping tents. Both the Luxury Tents and the Gazebo Tents sleep two and offer queen beds with linens, a deck, BBQ, fit pit, table and chairs and have access to campground amenities, electric and wifi deck and share bathhouses. The difference is that the Luxury Tent is a canvas safari-style tent, while the Gazebo Tents is a wooden structure. 

For bigger groups and families, there are ten cabins to choose from, sleeping anywhere from four to seven people. The cabins also have private bathrooms and kitchens. There are also the five Pool House suites that sleep up to 10  with two bathrooms, if you rent out the whole house. The Bunk House is more rustic style with six beds, BBQ, kitchenette, seating area and lighting. The Bunk House does not have a private bathroom, but rather it is located next to the Gazebo Tents with access to the shared bathhouse. Saddle Mountain Ranch has a pool and playground for you to enjoy as well as access to over five miles of hiking trails.

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That’s a Wrap!

Don’t you just want to hop in the car and head to Big Sur right now? Glamping in Big Sur is a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and soothe the soul. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get glamping!

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