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Ventana Glamping in Big Sur the Best Family Trip


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.

Ventana Glamping pool table
Ventana Glamping pool
The pool area has a bar, sauna, infinity jacuzzi and expansive Pacific Ocean views.

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Ventana Glamping campsites

Ventana Glamping Tent

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

Ventana Glamping Surstream

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.

Ventana Glamping BBQ

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!

Ventana Glamping Welcome Tent
The Welcome Tent offers coffee and pastries in the morning. You can also head up to the hotel for a full brunch at the Sur House, which is a restaurant with amazing ocean views and a delicious menu.

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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52 Comments

  • Reply
    Layla
    September 17, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Oh wow – this looks beautiful and like you had so much fun! Loving all the photos as they’re beautiful and the location looks so pretty!

    Hope you’re having a lovely start to the week!

    Layla x

    https://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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      admin
      September 19, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! It was such a beautiful spot and great getaway. Hope you’re having a great week too!

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    Kate
    September 15, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks like such a fun trip! And that starry view is beyond gorgeous…I backpacked in the Sierra Nevadas a few years ago, and it looked very similar β€” you’re making me want to go back!
    -Kate // http://www.classyandkate.com/a-tropical-getaway-at-omni-cancun-hotel-villas

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      admin
      September 19, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it. The starry view was amazing and I was so proud of my son and his mad photo skills πŸ˜‰ Hope you get a chance to do more starry travel soon!!

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    Vicki Rutwind
    September 13, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    I’m showing your post to my husband tonight! He would LOVE to do something like this!!!

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      admin
      September 19, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! I’m always so inspired by your travels! You both would absolutely love Ventana!!

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    Valerie
    September 12, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Wow, this glamping experience looks absolutely amazing! I love the luxurious tent, and the dining options look so good! I definitely would love to visit this place someday!

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      admin
      September 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Hi Valerie!! It’s an amazing place and as luxurious as you mentioned. Definitely a fun experience for those of us that might not be willing to pitch a tent. πŸ™‚ Hope you get to visit!

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    Nina
    September 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    THis place is so cool! I hope you had a great time!!
    Take care dear! xx

    La ilusiΓ³n de Nina – http://lailusiondenina.blogspot.com/

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      admin
      September 19, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      It was so much fun. Thank you!!

  • Reply
    Karen
    September 5, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Great trip and great photos! Love the “idea” of camping but not the dirt and discomfort. And so many hotels separate you from the place/culture you’re trying to experience. Ventana Resort is obviosly an exception and nice that they offer more than one level of luxury accommodations. Thanks Jenifer!

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks Karen! Ventana is such a special resort that definitely has the super cool Big Sur vibe and luxurious accommodations for glampers and resort guests alike!

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    Yasmin
    September 4, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Just my speed! This seems like a great way to enjoy the outdoors with the comforts of home. Plus I’d definitely get that smores basket.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      It is so much more civilized than camping and the s’mores basket was a great touch πŸ˜‰

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    Jessica
    August 31, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Now that’s a fab way to go camping! Love the pool!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks so much! The whole resort is fabulous!!

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    Nicole
    August 31, 2018 at 3:45 am

    I’ve never heard of glamping before actually haha! I hate regular camping, so maybe I’ll enjoy glamping. Great post!

    xx Nicole
    http://www.nicolegramcko.com

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thank so much! I hate regular camping too. This is definitely not that, hehe!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    August 30, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go Glamping…
    this post really made me want it even more. it looks fabulous and so do you my friend

    • Reply
      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Michelle. I love anything adventurous and I was so excited to go to Ventana and glamp in the redwoods!

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    Olga
    August 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    This place looks amazing!Wonderful pictures:-)

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    MP Allegaert
    August 30, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    What a dream weekend getaway! And so cute that you got to share it with your son. Of course, it’s added to my bucket list. Loved all the pics, too. Your son’s “stargazing” one is truly frame-worthy!

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much for the comment about my son’s photo. It’s always a treat to spend some low key time with them and glamping was perfect for that!

  • Reply
    Lisa ende
    August 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Bucket list is all I can say…. WOW!!

    • Reply
      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Definitely a great bucket list trip!!

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    Lovely Amusan
    August 30, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Now this is my kind off camping, this looks like so much fun, I will be checking this out!

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    • Reply
      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      It’s the perfect camping luxurious experience! Thanks for reading.

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    Jenn Yang
    August 30, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Wow these shots are so beautiful! I want to add this place to my bucket list so badly–thanks for sharing!
    xx jen
    http://lilthoughtswithjen.com/

    • Reply
      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you liked it!

  • Reply
    Jo
    August 30, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Omg this is so amazing I can’t wait to get home and show Chris! This is perfection! Thank you for sharing doll!

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      So glad that you got a chance to read it. You guys would love the trip and they have a great gym too!

  • Reply
    Emily
    August 30, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Ohh my gosh this looks like the BEST glamping trip ever! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I want to go!

    -Emily | http://www.TheEmilyEdition.com

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      It was so much fun. You would love it!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    August 29, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, this place is absolutely stunning, I’ve just added it to my must-visit travel places! I love the idea of going camping but still having some home comforts.

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      admin
      September 7, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Definitely worth a spot on your list! You’ll love it!

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    Simone
    August 29, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    This really sounds like a true adventure. I love to be out in nature but still don’t want to forgo a comfy bed. This glamping place has caught my eye and I want to do this too. Got to check if Switzerland offers glamping sites as well.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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      admin
      August 29, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      It is definitely a great way for people to camp and be really comfortable. Can’t wait to hear if you find interesting spots to glamp in Switzerland.

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    Yvonne
    August 29, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    This seems to be a great thing to do with friends and family. Would love to have such an experience. Thanks for sharing!

    xo Yvonne
    https://www.aproposh.com

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      admin
      August 29, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      It is such a fun trip with friends and family! Thanks for reading!!

  • Reply
    Jennifer Basa
    August 29, 2018 at 11:16 am

    This sounds so unique and fun!! And how great is it that you had a bonding trip with your son!!! Thanks so much for sharing all the info!! Xo

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      admin
      August 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks for reading Jennifer! It was so much fun and definitely nice to get some time with my son without all the usual distractions.

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    Patricia & Miguel
    August 29, 2018 at 10:38 am

    This is the ultimate glamping experience, the vibes are so amazing πŸ˜€ We love to discover new glamping sites so thanks so much for sharing this one with us, the facilities are so cool!
    Wishing you a wonderful day πŸ™‚

    xx

    With love and light β˜€
    Patricia & Miguel

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      admin
      August 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you for reading! It was really incredible! Seems perfect for you two!

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    vanessa
    August 29, 2018 at 8:58 am

    what a beautiful location!

    https://vanessaciliberto.com/
    https://vanessaciliberto.com/

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      admin
      August 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you Vanessa! It was amazing!

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    Emily
    August 29, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Oh my gosh! How fun is this?! For sure a part of the country I need to see sometime!

    • Reply
      admin
      August 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Hope you get a chance to see the California coast soon! Ventana is a great place to stay!

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    Shannon Seaback Snow
    August 29, 2018 at 12:36 am

    This makes me want to glamp! I live in cali too, so I’ll have to look into this place!! Thank you!
    xoxo Shannon

    http://www.ThatsSOShannon.com

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      admin
      August 29, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks for reading Shannon! You would love it. Such a cool experience!!

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    kara
    August 28, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    i’m going to do this glamping trip. looks like so much fun and i love that you can mix luxury with the outdoor experience. and…the s’mores…wow!!!

    • Reply
      admin
      August 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      You will absolutely love it!!

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