Matt Johnson

Best Glamping in Northern California

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Dec 2, 2020Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Northern California, known for it’s majestic scenery of Redwood National Park and Lake Tahoe, has some of the best glamping you can find. Ever been glamping in the redwood forest? How about the Santa Cruz Mountains? From amazing hiking trails to beautiful glamping tents, Northern California has unmatched luxury camping.

Regardless if you’re looking for outdoor adventures such as kayaking or hiking through millennia-old Redwood forests, or perhaps something more relaxed such as wine tasting or a yoga session, these are destinations for you. They have everything you want and so much more.

We’re going to show you some of the best glamping sites you’ll ever find when glamping NorCal. Here are the best ones we’ve tried on our adventures.

A Treehouse in the Sky

Treehouse Camping in Northern California
Photo from Airbnb

You can literally sleep in a Redwood Tree. This 4 bed, 4 bath treehouse in the sky is truly a one-of-a-kind Airbnb. When the reviews include, “This has got to be one of the coolest Airbnb’s I’ve had the pleasure of staying at” and “This place is amazing” you know it’s going to be good.

These accommodations include a full home with all of the amenities you can imagine (wifi, hot tub, etc). However, the real magic is in the 80′ high treehouse nested in 100 year old Redwoods! Only accessible by pirate ladder and suspension bridge, once you in the California King bed you’re not going to want to leave. And no, there is not a hot tub in the 80′ treehouse, but you get the idea. The hot tub is in their other glamping accomodations.

Ideally located in Woodacre, CA, you have everything you need to enjoy your stay. You will be a short drive from Stinson Beach, Alamere Falls, and countless preserves and state parks if outdoor adventures are your thing. If not, you’ll be very close to San Francisco, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and many other attractions within the city.

Mendocino Grove

If you’re looking to get away, disconnect, enjoy your surroundings, and take a load off – this place is for you.

Glamping at Mendocino Grove
Photo from Mendocino Grove

Over 37 acres located in Mendocino, CA, this glampground consists of over fifty luxurious 2-6 person tents. That may sound like a lot and like it is a potentially packed campground, but keep in mind these tents are spaced between 20′-40′ apart on average.

You’ll find more than enough to keep you busy right at the campground between the yoga on Saturday mornings, bocce ball, and the ideally-placed hammocks, you might not want to leave.

While not staying cozy in the lush bedding, there is so much to do. Enjoy the beaches, explore the cliffside trails at the Mendocino Headlands State Park, or take in a romantic dinner at a seaside restaurant in Mendocino Village.

This resort is ideal for the newlywed couple or a large group get together. We’re quite sure you won’t be disappointed.

Windhaven Sonoma

Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping Tents
Photo from Wildhaven Sonoma

Windhaven undoubtedly delivers on a luxury, outdoor getaway.

The Russian River riverside resort in northern California offers various sizes of air-conditioned tents with either 1 or 2 queen-sized beds and all of the amenities and furniture you need. The options range from a standard tent with a single queen to a premium riverside tent with 2 queens, so very reasonable rates. The downside is that the standard sites are smaller and therefore don’t have private firepits, but the premium sites do.

In their backyard there are plenty of activities for you to get into. There are countless wineries and vineyards (Alexander Valley and Bella Winery are some goodies!), the Russian River and Lake Sonoma, and the cutest little towns of Healdsburg, Guerneville, and Jenner to spend your days wandering.

Don’t hesitate to book a tent cabin at Wildhaven Sonoma for your next riverside retreat.

AutoCamp Russian River

AutoCamp Airstream and Glamping Resort
Photo from Google Maps

Think about your ideal northern California glamping experience, we’re willing to bet that AutoCamp Russian River is it. They deserve bonus points for camping in style.

You have the option of enjoying your stay in a beautiful 31′ iconic Airstream, a luxury canvas tent, or a retro-modern Happier Camper! No other resort offers all of these options at the same time. However you want to get cozy, AutoCamp will provide.

While not directly on the Russian River, you’re still only a few hundred feet away from the waterfront. There you can spend your day swimming, lounging on the beach, fly fishing, or kayaking down the river. Maybe something more romantic is what you’re after such as a drive down the Bohemian Highway or a walk through 1,000 year old Redwoods. The world is your oyster.

TreeBones Big Sur Resort

TreeBones Resort at Big Sur Glamping
Photo from TreeBones

Of all of these resorts, TreeBones is probably the most full-featured of them all. It has everything you need and so much more that you don’t even realize you need. Glamping Big Sur has never been better.

When it comes to lodging, you can choose to stay in a comfortable Pacific ocean-view yurt, an autonomous tent (totally amazing with beautiful views), or camp in a human nest with twig hut (you read that right). These are the craziest but most amazing stays you’ll be able to find when glamping in northern California.

You’ll get hungry at some point, so spend some time hanging out in the TreeBones Redwood Bar or in the Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi Bar. After that, go for a swim in the pool, lounge in the hot tub, or get a full-body massage. This resort has the offerings of a luxury spa!

Getting away has never been more comfortable or luxurious as it has at TreeBones Resort.

The best glamping NorCal has to offer!

Those are our favorite places and we highly recommend checking them out if you’re on the Golden Coast.

Are you familiar with any of the sites or have stayed at one of them recently? We would love to hear what you have to say about them and get your perspective. Better yet, if you have a hidden gem that you feel is the best glamping in northern California just drop a link in the comments below as I’m sure others would love to check it out!


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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