Love the outdoors but hate roughing it? Now you can have one without the other. “Glamping”—i.e., glamorous camping—puts a new spin on the old tent-and-campfire ritual, offering outdoor experiences with plenty of luxury.
At El Capitan Canyon
resort, 20 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara, you can sleep in a tent near the Pacific coast—but that tent comes with a plush bed, screened windows, a heater and lamps, and modern bathrooms nearby. Or you can stay in one of 108 cedar cabins, each with a peak ceiling, front porch, private shower, wet bar, kitchenette and down duvet; some even have soaking tubs, access to wireless Internet and a fireplace. Want to grill your own food? A private picnic table, fire pit and grill are right outside your door.
Swedish or hot-stone massages can be arranged right in your cabin or inside a spa cabin that opened this spring. Celebrate the outdoors with hikes in the nearby Los Padres National Forest, bicycling, yoga classes, kayaking or a swim in the heated outdoor pool.
El Capitan Canyon, 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, Calif., 866-352-2729
This article has been adapted from the original, which was published in July 2008 by MSP Communications.