Calla Lily is a beautiful open gazebo, tucked away in a small valley of Calla Lilies and facing west toward the sunset. It is equipped with a large outdoor platform and wood-burning stove and hammocks (upon request)! The structure is perfect for 1 tent and 2 hammocks, providing just enough protection from the elements without feeling removed from nature. Light a fire in the stove and feel cozy all night long. Bathrooms and showers are located less than five minutes away, and a porta-potty is one minute away. This site is 300 ft from the main area of the ranch.
wind could be up to 30 mph
CHECK-IN TIMES: 12 PM (please call if you planing to arrive here after sunset).
This site is one of the few accessible by vehicle, 4x4 recommended. Please help preserve our environment and do not drive beyond your site.
72 hour cancellation policy.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
- Response time: Within 24 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Calla Lily Platform
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We stayed one night at the Cala Lily Canvas tent. The posting mentioned there would be a lantern and 2 chairs but the tent wasn't equipped with either. Luckily we had thrown a couple chairs into the car last minute. The fire pit was a ring of cinderblock but it worked fine for a campfire. The tent was well constructed and kept the chill/dampness out nicely. It was also very dark in the morning so no sun hitting you in the face and the cots were VERY comfy. Best night's sleep camping I've ever had. Semi-secluded spot right off the main road, lots of cars driving by and people walking but it was private enough.
Our stay was great! The campsite is within walking distance to the bathroom (includes a shower). The existing tent is pretty handy and can withstand a lot of wind. There's a distant view of the ocean. I would not recommend driving your vehicle all the way down to the campsite unless you have all-wheel-drive or something. There's a big dip and you can get your vehicle stuck in mud... like we did.
When we booked the Calla Lily Platform, there wasn't yet a review of the site *without* the tent that previously came with it, so here's an update of what this campsite is like currently.
Overall: It's a great location, although we didn't feel the platform doesn't provided any real benefit apart from being a flat spot to pitch your tent. Note that it's not as big as it appears in photos! Only one biggish tent (we have the 4-man-size REI "Hobitat") will fit on the platform. We did pitch a second tent on the flattest area we could find—it was a little sloped but doable. We hung hammocks on the platform behind the tent as well and lit a fire in the woodstove—that was kind of fun, but wasn't really a feature we would have sought out. The fire ring was much better for evening hangouts. We booked the site because we were two couples camping with three really little kids (two 2-year-olds and a 3-month-old baby) and wanted to make sure we chose a spot that was sheltered and close to a water source, restrooms and the exit. This site delivered on those needs, but we felt it was way, way overpriced for what it is. We would totally come back to Chanslor Ranch but we would choose a "normal" tent-camping site next time rather than this one.
-Chanslor Ranch is an absolutely stunning property in a convenient location close to a lovely beach with a great surf break, great trail running, horseback riding and cycling—it's an excellent base for outdoor adventures.
-This particular campsite is just below the office/restrooms/stables, and you can drive your vehicle (all-wheel drive seems pretty necessary) right up to the site.
-It's nicely nestled into a hillside, making it feel private even though you're close to "civilization." It's sheltered from the wind and also quiet—there was a large group partying just up the hill from us, but we somehow didn't really hear them, which was great.
-The way the site is situated created a small area for our little kids to run around, but it feels contained, so they weren't trying to roam very far.
-$90/night is super pricey for camping! I actually asked at the office because I thought maybe they forgot to adjust the pricing from when there used to be a glamping tent on this site, but they said it was intentionally priced this way and so far no one seemed to mind besides me! LOL
-There are only 4 toilets for all the sites and the stables (when we were there, this probably comprised 30 people). They're in one of those restroom trailers used for special events and were pretty clean at the start of the weekend, but got a little grungy with all the use. Toilet paper was scarce and there was always a wait to use them. Also, weirdly, there were no lights in the bathrooms! Don't forget your headlamps!
-There was firewood for sale for $10/crate, but it was all wet. Bring your own firewood.
Great place to go glamping! Spacious, kind of private, no water source, bathrooms and water spigot a few minute walk up the hill. Great views, 4 bunk beds that are comfortable. We walked to Salmon Creek beach past the pond, a gorgeous hike! Went horseback riding and fishing in the pond. Overall a great experience. The ranch can be a little bit more user friendly in marking where to wash the dishes, where the trash bins are, etc. Overall great!
We stayed at Calla Lily campsite for 2 nights over the New Year and really enjoyed it. The tent is spacious and warm, the cots are 2 bunkbeds with roll out pads included. We slept on top of the pads in our sleeping bags and it was very comfortable. There were plenty of people staying for the holiday but it felt private. Kids and dog could run around and not bother too many people. Everyone in the office went out of their way to get us anything we needed. The property is great, with plenty of hikes, close to the beach, and horseback riding. Great for getting out of the city for some fresh air.
Very helpful and friendly staff; bathrooms and showers are in good shape and clean. Check the facilities for each tent closely -- they are very differently appointed. Cala Lily tent is very basic, with bunkbeds; no way to create a share bed for couples.
I would definitely stay at Chanslor Ranch again, but I wouldn't stay at Calla Lilly Platform. If you are looking for a spot that is very close to the entrance, the restrooms/showers, and the horses, then this is the spot for you! If you want privacy and seclusion, this is not the spot for you.
We spent our first morning walking around the Ranch, and found many gorgeous spots that we would certainly want to camp at. Calla Lilly was on the main road into the Ranch. There is a very small "peek-a-boo" view of the ocean and sunset, which we were bummed to find out. But there are many other campsites that have gorgeous views that we can't wait to try!