For any of you familiar with Big Sur, you’ve probably heard of the iconic Ventana Resort. It’s the epitome of 5 star luxury with a modern retro vibe in the most gorgeous, rustic, Big Sur setting. So it only makes sense that Ventana has the best of the best in Glamping – glamorous camping . The minute I heard about these luxurious tents in the Big Sur redwoods, my youngest son and I planned a Ventana Glamping weekend getaway. The idea was a quick trip before college started and it exceeded all expectations!
Ventana Glamping Check-in
Check in starts at the main hotel. You pull up to the valet and they wisk your car off while you head into the living room. The cool vibe of the the hotel is pervasive from the second you walk in. From retro music, to perfect decor to the pool table in the adjoining room, this place exudes Big Sur coolness! After check-in, we walked around the resort, then took the 2 minute drive to our redwoods home away from home.
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Ventana Glamping campsites
Each glamping campsite has a tent, sink/mirror, patio with Adirondack chairs, ice chest, picnic table, wood fire pit and a propane fire pit that starts with the push of a button. Inside the tent is a queen bed, electric blanket, nightstands, lamps, chargers with USB ports, hot water bottles, and netting that can be zipped up to keep flies out. Included is a picnic basket with a S’mores kit, cheese board/knife, tablecloth, wine glasses, mugs, and assorted teas. There is an instant hot water tap at the sink to use for the tea and hot water bottles. It honestly feels a little rustic, in that you know you are in a tent, but it is very luxurious! The bathroom is also pretty amazing. With heated floors, fluffy towels, and amazing products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash), the bathroom isn’t really roughing it either.
Ventana Glamping Dining
The SurStream is the outdoor restaurant/bar where you can order a delicious BBQ dinner, drinks or breakfast in the morning. The area, strung with lights has a great atmosphere where other campers and hotel guests gather for dinner around picnic tables.
We took the BBQ dinner back to our own campsite and ate at our picnic table. The views are so beautiful as the light moves through the redwoods sending streams of light in various directions. After dinner there were yummy S’mores and this girl who doesn’t eat sugar, couldn’t resist a roasted marshmallow – only one, but still! My college boy finished off the rest of the kit!
Big Sur Activities
One of the coolest things about being in this remote part of the California coast is stargazing. My son shot this amazing photo. It was incredible to see the Milky Way and oodles of constellations.
This was a down time type of getaway. It was nice reading, playing games, and hiking through the redwoods. The hotel offers morning yoga but the bed was so comfy, I happily slept in and missed it.
The coast to and from Big Sur is fun to check out. The one question everyone asked me is if there were bugs. I am a tasty treat to any type of biting bug and I did not have one bite from the whole time. There are little flies at dusk that are easily kept at bay with the provided citronella candle and fire pit. There is also zip-up netting on the tent that completely keeps any flies out.
If you’re doing a California Coast road trip or want to get away for the weekend, Ventana Glamping in Big Sur is a bucket list experience that is definitely worth the trip! For another amazing weekend trip in California, try Joshua Tree. If you want a fun day trip is Los Angeles, check out the Fun Things to do in Manhattan Beach.
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