Glamping. A term so Southern Californian, you can almost feel the constant 75 degree weather beating down on the surfer dudes and the valley girls as they hop into their electric cars to go grab Vegan takeout.
Glamping is the SoCal slang for "glamorous camping." Previously an oxymoron, glamping has made camping possible for former newbies and those too timid to make it out to the wild blue yonder. These upscale, exotic digs make life in the wilderness seem, well, cooler.
In Ventura County, just 69 miles outside of Los Angeles you can actually go glamping in a Native American-style tipi at Ventura Ranch Resort. These are not just any ole tipis, they're specially designed from the creators of the tipis for Dances with Wolves and The Last Samurai. The interior is spaciously furnished with a comfy queen bed, side twin bed, two low-slung wicker chairs and side table.
Bedding can be furnished upon request, and it can sleep up to six comfortably. The wooden floors and bamboo poles highlight the artistic artwork etched on the taunt leather. The outdoor private patios are perfect for morning coffee while taking in the gorgeous views of the mountains.
To heighten your outdoor experience, Ventura Ranch Resort has spacious outdoor areas with fire pits perfect for a late night glass of wine while stargazing under the clear skies; or sit at wooden picnic tables under the California Live Oaks and Sycamore Trees. A climbing wall, BigFoot watering hole, jumping pillow, horseshoes, nature hikes and bike rental will keep you active.
If for some reason glamping with free wi-fi in your tipi is still not your cup of tea, feel free to move into a fully furnished lodge with full kitchen and bath, A/C, TV, DVD, private suite, sleeping loft, private deck and BBQ pit.
Ventura County Resort
7400 Pine Grove Road
Santa Paula, CA 93060