In need of a nature fix without the hassle? We found the perfect middle ground between staying at a hotel and camping! No tents needed for these fabulous lodges in the Bay Area, where you can enjoy outdoor activities and the luxury of a spa all in one day. Take the kids on a short vacay, or treat yourself to a romantic weekend getaway with your spouse.
Costanoa in Pescadero
Take a break from the city and rejuvenate in this eco-friendly resort and spa that will make everyone happy. Relax and enjoy a massage while the little ones are out having fun at the kids camps (think tie-dye t-shirts, ice-cream-making and tidepool exploration). Feeling energized? Go horseback riding, hiking or kayaking and finish the day with a wine tasting at the Cascade Bar and Grille, before crashing in one of their simple yet comfortable lodges.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero
This hostel sits atop a cliff and offers stunning views of the lighthouse and the water. Stay in one of their family rooms (for 4 to 6 people) after a day of biking or hiking in the area. At night, reserve a spot in the hot tub and stargaze.
Treebones Resort in Big Sur (pictured)
If you want complete serenity with your family, spend the night in one of their fully furnished yurts — tent-like circular fabric structures with wood lattice frames— which offer spectacular views of the coast. Experience the area through hiking or kayaking and treat yourself to fresh, local, organic food at the Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi bar.
Big Basin Tent Cabins in Santa Cruz
Located in the middle of redwood trees in Big Basin State Park, this is as close to camping as you can get without being cold at night. The park is a perfect place for hiking and is also close to the ocean. At night, grill up some burgers and gather the family around the fire ring for some s'mores.
Windsong Cottage Guest Yurt in Point Reyes
Pick between a cottage or a yurt, both with fireplaces and hot tubs. Either way, you will be welcomed with a basket of fruit, coffee, tea, bread, eggs and butter in the fridge to start your day right before hiking around Point Reyes National Seashore.
Photo caption: A yurt at Treebones Resort in Big Sur. (Red Tricycle )
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