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· Los Gatos, California
110 acres
44 sites
44 Lodging
Experience the Joy “One of the great pleasures of life.” “The freedom to be me.” “The total sensations of sun, air and water.” “Surprisingly relaxing.” “No more soggy swimsuits.” “A direct connection with nature.” “Rearranges the gender-power equation.” “An invaluable reality check.” “The feeling of total acceptance.” “A truly spiritual experience.” Going nude in natural circumstances elicits a spectrum of responses as varied as the increasing number of people who also enjoy nudity in a social context. The wider American culture is basically shame-based, vacillating between puritanism and pornography in its attitude towards the nude human form. But there exists a joyous parallel universe, largely unknown and thus unavailable to the general public until the Internet emerged. Sadly, it is still a rare bookstore which stocks, much less displays, any of the long published guides to nude recreation. This web guide is an introduction to an emerging paradigm which not only accepts the whole human body as natural but also celebrates it as the uniquely individual gift of life it is. You won’t find a lot of nude pictures in this site because it is not intended to serve voyeurism. It is designed to help all who are open to experiencing themselves as nature created us, especially nervous first-timers. Introducing Lupin Sited on 110 wooded acres in the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, Lupin is a special blend of private nature park, destination resort, recreational/athletic/fitness/social club, mountain campground, art gallery/clubhouse/restaurant, spontaneous retreat, small conference center and certified massage school. Open daily year-round, Lupin can be experienced as a one-day excursion, a weekend getaway, home-base for a Bay Area vacation or a short-term residence during massage training. It is conveniently located between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz only minutes from San Jose International Airport. Lupin nurtures mind, body and spirit. Members and guests may choose to read, relax, hike, swim, float, soak, chat, play, lounge, snack, sunbathe, exercise, meditate, dine, learn, dance, camp, picnic, stargaze, snooze, volunteer, create, recreate or otherwise enjoy a variety of family-style entertainment and group activities. Who Visits Lupin and Why? Transcending differences of age, origin, appearance, career and gender, many people of wide diversity experience personal acceptance, psychic freedom and social harmony at Lupin. A recent profile reveals our clientele to be productive citizens, thoughtful guests and intelligent free spirits, i.e., pleasant, good neighbors. Generally well-informed and well-traveled, they tend to be friendly, fun-loving and inclusive, yet respectful of any individual’s desire for privacy or solitude. People’s reasons for visiting Lupin vary by individual. Many just seek a relaxing, natural break from stressful careers. Some, perhaps new to the Bay Area, come to meet new friends, while others become regular members to enjoy the familiar company of kindred souls. To the athletically inclined, Lupin offers the best nude volleyball in the Bay Area. Some members rarely miss a liberating opportunity to dance nude. Families enjoy Lupin because it appeals to inner children of all ages and offers choices of things to do both together and separately. For some individuals simply visiting Lupin provides an uplifting spiritual experience. What’s It All About? Social nudity is initially about improving a life-long relationship with one’s own quite unique body, the only possession on earth truly worth having, whatever shape it’s in. Simple “body acceptance” is the healthy, wholesome, inclusive, life-affirming, unifying theme. A rare experience of unselfconscious relaxation and universal acceptance of human reality is often a surprising bonus to the newly initiated. Besides being personally liberating, experiencing social nudity is also both humanizing and equalizing. Without clothing’s message-laden facade people tend to accept one another as the special, sometimes fragile being each truly is. Mutual vulnerability promotes mutual respect, honesty and trust. Civilized behavior and open communications seem only natural within such a disarming context. (For better results our world leaders should try negotiations in a hot tub.) Differentiating Nudity and Sexuality An absence of sexual pressure is fundamental to the naturist experience at Lupin, which has served thousands of families since its founding in 1936. Club rules, naturist values and common sense define a clear difference between sexual behavior (excluded by consensus in all public areas) and nudity (encouraged everywhere on the grounds). Such an ethic of confining all sexuality to “consenting adults in private” helps defuse sexual tension, as does an explicit non-harassment policy, which is enforced. Thus, public or predatory sexual conduct of any sort is quite rare (and, if illegal, also subject to prosecution). Gawkers may be asked to leave and not return. Though people who meet at Lupin may often form close friendships and sometimes develop intimate relationships, just being nude at Lupin clearly does not signify sexual availability. In addition to being in bad taste, unwelcome sexual solicitations (especially from a new acquaintance) would be considered harassment and are grounds for expulsion. Rediscovering Eden Being clothes-free in a natural setting may theoretically reactivate some long-dormant genetic memory of a primordial existence well before smelly animal skins and scratchy fig leaves became fashion edicts to our ancestors. (Couldn’t an Eden “au naturel” be reflected in our DNA, as well as in our creation myths? After all, we humans survived tribally nude for a much longer time than the few centuries we’ve lived compulsively clothed.) In plain fact, it just feels sensuously good and intrinsically wholesome to accept ourselves so completely and to experience nature and other people on an entirely “as is” basis. It’s refreshing. It’s relaxing. It’s liberating to mind, body and spirit. It’s just so completely natural. Have you ever wondered what you might be missing by always remaining confined within a body-alienated society’s compulsory cover-up? In the final analysis, nude recreation has to be experienced to be believed. Try it, you’ll probably like it. No body’s perfect. Come as you are. Still Nervous About a First-Time Nude Experience? If you were typically raised (religiously indoctrinated?) within a patriarchal, judgmental, censorial, body-shaming culture (or if you’re among the 80% of Americans who have not yet experienced the enlightening joys of coed skinny dipping), then even the thought of social nudity may stir strong feelings and induce strange images much different from the truly relaxing nature of the experience. Some nervousness is common for almost everyone before taking the first plunge. (Acclimatization rarely takes more than an hour for even the most modest.) Anxiety, guilt, self-rejection, embarrassment or fear of sexual arousal are not uncommon reactions stemming from the unnatural repressiveness of society’s widely enforced nudity taboo. If these negative responses in any part describe your feelings, then a thorough reading of this site (including Lupin’s expected behavior standards) is suggested before attempting a personal visit to Lupin or any other naturist locale. A Network Node for Nude Recreation An adventuresome 20% of experiential North Americans (and a far higher percentage of blase Europeans) are seeking out nude recreation and clothing-optional getaways in growing numbers as a matter of leisure choice. Many now vacation only where they can avoid the need to bring a swim suit. Besides introducing Lupin and exploring social nudity, this site also links to many other naturist related web sites, including clubs, resorts and organizations around the world which support or offer wholesome nude recreation. Reciprocal links with appropriate sites are welcome.
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Hosted by Lori Kay S.Joined in October 2017
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215 ratings · 124 reviews
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Kathryn B.recommends
December 18, 2022
Chez La Ronde
Yurting!
It was very welcoming and nice! The yurt we stayed at was very spacious. We also sung Christmas Carols and they had musicians there too! The only thing was we didn’t realize that it was nude optional until we got there but that was my own fault haha
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Laura Z.recommends
September 30, 2022
Yurt 4
The yurt was very comfortable. And the neighbors were nice and polite. Remember to bring everything you would if you were on a camping trip. Especially a corkscrew! Lol They do have a microwave in the common area. It’s good to know that the restaurant is only open on the weekends so bring food for yourself. And be careful exiting on the autobahn, I mean the 17. Bear Creek Road, I think it’s called, is a safe way to cross the freeway without having to try to cross two lanes of traffic to get to the other side. We will definitely be back and book way in advance for fun or special weekends.
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Reece J.recommends
September 25, 2022
Clothing Optional Forest Camping!
Wonderful & quirky hidden gem
A total hidden gem for those who enjoy clothing optional or for those who are comfortable with it. Eclectic feel and good vibes. Staff here is great and so were all the guests. I’m definitely coming back!
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Lloyd R.recommends
September 13, 2022
Camping with our Glamping Tents.
Lovin' Lupin!
I spent Labor Day weekend at Lupin Lodge. It was truly amazing! The weather was warm with a slight breeze. The accommodations were perfect with a private tent secluded but centrally located. This place has everything! Pool, hot tub, tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, billiards table tennis and much more. There was a gourmet restaurant and nightly music with 3 bands on Saturday. The staff was very helpful. In all everyone was kind, courteous, friendly and respectful, oh, and fun. I will make this my regular get away!
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Kisira H.recommends
August 9, 2022
Yurt 4
Bestie getaway!
BOOK THIS if you’re a nature loving, hippy-adjacent, ready toe-dip into nudism, community-based person. I am that person, and so is my bestie that I surprised with this getaway!! We stayed in a yurt, lovely inside with a mini fridge for our food. Shared kitchen on-site, restaurant as well. There were plenty of fun activities over the weekend on-site to participate in, including a yoga session we attended and a outdoor DJ set. The activities change by the week, I’m sure. Great place to get to know the folks that live permanently or semi-permanently on-site as well. Loving and welcoming friends here! Highly recommend. Will absolutely be returning!!
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Jennifer F.recommends
August 5, 2022
Yurt 3
This is such a sweet place. I am a solo woman and felt welcomed and safe. People were friendly and well boundaried. The yurt was so lovely and comfy. It was a wonderful place to hang for a few days.
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Kendra H.recommends
July 14, 2022
Yurt 6
Naked camping for the win!!
My partner and I stayed in one of the Yurts and it was the best vacation we’ve been on. We’ve been to other naturist camps but this place won our hearts right away. The property is gorgeous, the communal kitchen and showers had such a warm and welcoming atmosphere, everyone was so kind and friendly, and the sinning deck is magnificent.
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Aidan S.recommends
June 22, 2022
Yurt 3
Wonderful place. Would love to stay again
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Grace Z.recommends
June 17, 2022
Site 13 - Clothing Optional Yurt Glamping!
Absolutely loved my stay at Lupin! It was my first time and I’ll definitely be coming back. The yurt accommodation was so comfortable and the staff are friendly.
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Javier H.recommends
June 10, 2022
Clothing Optional Forest Camping!
First stay of many!
Lori Kay and crew took great care of us. Ample parking. Lots of spots to set up camp. Swimming, hiking and so much more. Our stay even included a black light party and s'mores!
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Vanessa C.recommends
May 30, 2022
Yurt 6
Good Yurt Experience
Overall a great stay at the yurt! We got yurt 10 which is on the end and has more privacy. The table outside made it easy for us to cook on our hot plate and enjoy yoga on the deck. The communal area was overall well kept. There are toilets in a clean area and then open showers to the outside world, which make it a little chilly to shower in the evening. The pool area was the only place you must be nude. The people at the site were pretty friendly, tho I did my best to keep private as it was my first time and also (covid) times. Loved the lawn for sunbathing!
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Katie G.recommends
May 17, 2022
Yurt 6
The yurts were fun to stay in. The pool and hot tub were lovely and the restaurant had delicious fresh and colorful food. Wonderful stay!
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Zola C.recommends
May 10, 2022
Yurt 4
A wonderful place
Beautiful location, plentiful amenities, friendly staff, calm and welcoming atmosphere. Will definitely come back
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Tarandeep S.recommends
May 3, 2022
Camping with our Glamping Tents.
This was a nice place to be in the silence of the hills. The best part was the stay in the Yurt. There's fan, heater you want to use according to weather. The dome like ceiling had a clear glass vent you could see sky and trees at night. They have community kitchen, pools, restaurant and entertainment rooms there with some outdoor activities on the weekends
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Alexa G.recommends
May 2, 2022
Camping with our Glamping Tents.
Lupin Lodge
Lupin lodge is gorgeous and quite the interesting community. The host was super friendly and accommodating. Our campsite was remote and quiet, right next to a bathroom. We will be back!
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Cheryl E.recommends
February 20, 2022
Yurt 1
Lupin weekend escape
Super fun! Loved our relaxed stay at Lupin. Friendly people, nice hiking, pools, tennis, restaurant, sing a long, snake charmer, yoga…. Loved it!
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Stef M.recommends
January 11, 2022
Yurt 3
Best NYE!
Loved the yurt! Was very warm and cozy. Beautiful property & made connections with the people who help manage it. Would stay again!
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Stephanie S.recommends
September 19, 2021
Camping with our Glamping Tents.
What an amazing experience!
We had our reservations upon arrival but rented a yurt and decided to take a leap and fully embrace Lupins Lodge for what it is, naked and all, no regrets! A truly life changing freeing experience with so many amazing people and amenities amd activities. Bathrooms and showers were clean and the food was literally out of this world! The staff really cares about this place and it shows. We ate dinner and breakfast and everything was beyond fresh and flavorful! At night, the dance party experience under the stars and trees was unforgettable as well! Overall, we will be making the trip out here again in the future for sure!!!
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Jennifer H.recommends
September 13, 2021
Yurt 8
Best Birthday Ever
This was the best experience EVER! The Yurt was cozy, everyone we met were so nice and friendly. I loved the hikes, the pool and the naked! I WILL most definitely be back! Maybe even as a member!
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Carla H.
September 8, 2021
Yurt 6
Awesome people and terrible beds
Great vibe but very uncomfortable bed in the yurt! Overall a very chill experience and had a great time, but we literally dragged the mattress onto the floor to sleep the second night because the bedframe was so uncomfortable. “Glamping” is definitely a stretch, but we had a wonderful time just chilling, going to the pool and sauna. I would say it has a very earthy and more bare-bones feel, but still a fun experience and very kind people working there!
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David C.recommends
September 7, 2021
Clothing Optional Forest Camping!
Great people, beautiful location, near a 3 hour redwood hike. I loved it!
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Leslie C.recommends
September 7, 2021
Yurt 9
SO relaxing!
Wonderful experience! This was me and my husband's first time and we felt completely at peace and comfortable the whole time. Everyone was super friendly. We didn't experience any loud neighbors like other reviews have stated but we could have come on a quieter weekend perhaps. We swam in the pool, relaxed in the hot tub and hiked the trail to the overlook. Fun to see all the wildlife that roams around! We will definitely be back!
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Carson L.recommends
September 5, 2021
Camping with our Glamping Tents.
Great place to stay!
Great location, great amenities, easy access and friendly staff and community!! If you’re interested in this lifestyle or experience I would highly recommend visiting Camping on the Go!
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L S.recommends
August 16, 2021
Camping with our Glamping Tents.
Wonderful community and location
It was a wonderful Spot! Beautiful location. The tent we reserved was clean, and roomy. The pool and Hot tub were wonderful. There is a wonderful resident as well as guest community to hang out with, and there was on and off live music through out the day. We loved our stay, and will be back.
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Patricia J.recommends
August 16, 2021
Camping with our Glamping Tents.
Tent camping in nature
Helpful host upon arrival, quiet during sleep, friendly neighbor who brewed coffee and shared conversation and coffee in the morning, beautiful clean surroundings with chirping birds. I didn’t use pool or do yoga. I hope to return soon!
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Monica P.recommends
June 23, 2021
Clothing Optional Forest Camping!
Sauna was not working but we met such lovely people out disappointment faded. Very Laidback vibes. The Qi gong class on Sunday with Michael was suburb. Can’t wait to go back
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David G.recommends
June 21, 2021
Clothing Optional Forest Camping!
We camped as a family (2 parents and a 4-year-old daughter) and had a lovely time at Lupin Lodge! We were surprised by the amenities--the kitchen had everything we needed, the pool was big enough for lap swimming, the playground kept our daughter busy, and the trails were peaceful and well-maintained.
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James P.doesn't recommend
June 12, 2021
Clothing Optional Forest Camping!
No Quiet Hours, Not Relaxing
My first night I set up my tent on one of the wooden platforms on the hillside. These sites are fairly close together and other campers (residents?) in nearby yurts were partying after 11pm, and a nearby tent site had set up a bright spinning multicolored light I haven't seen since Burning Man. Two of my friends were planning to join me to relax and camp the following night, but I packed up my tent and planned to tell them it wasn't worth it. Upon leaving I learned that I could set up my tent in a beautiful isolated grassy area near the "Nudome" event space. Since there weren't any events in the Nudome scheduled, my friends and I set up camp nearby and looked forward to a peaceful night. We went to the hot tub at sunset to find a worker testing the water and a crowd waiting to use it. He said that really only 6 people should be in it at a time, so we didn't even get to go in it. The hot tub is surprisingly small for how much capacity the rest of the property has. We went to sleep and were awoken at midnight by very loud music coming from the Nudome. I checked the website for quiet hours or camphost info but couldn't find anything. Shortly after, I saw someone walking into the Nudome so I asked him to please turn down the music. He was inebriated and barely coherent and trying to figure out where he was going. The music got quieter temporarily but at 2am it was blasting again. I had to pound on the door for them to eventually hear me and was greeted by a confrontational lady who was trying to debate how loud her music could be at 2am. It continued through the night and we just wanted to pack up and find a hotel, but figured we shouldn't have to since we already paid $169 for the three of us to sleep in a tent. At 4am we had to listen to another guest cruising into the Nudome and talk very loudly about his sexuality. Around 4:30am we finally got to sleep and woke up just before checkout time at 11am. We expressed our frustrations to the front desk and explained how the "Behavior Standards" on the website are not enforced, we were not given any camp host contact info, and they need to lock the Nudome door. The assistant manager gave me her phone number and email but I have not received a response to my voicemail or email I sent more than a week ago. Our stay was ruined by other guests breaking most of the Behavior Standards, but the staff brushed it off as "Oh we can't control guests behavior. It's a holiday weekend."
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Sarah M.
June 2, 2021
Yurt 5
Not what I was looking for
The property was beautiful and I met some lovely people, but the social environment overall was not what I was looking for. There was nothing in the listing to suggest that there would be daytime and late night parties on the lawn adjacent to the campsites, but that’s what I found upon arrival. On Saturday night, there was a DJ dance party in the lodge and another group with loud music partying in the open communal kitchen area up the hill. My yurt was right in between them and even though I wore ears plugs to bed (which I don’t appreciate having to do), I could still hear both groups. On Sunday there was a DJ playing for hours on the lawn/stage and again, I had to wear ear plugs to bed. Then I was woken up at 2am by a loud group 2 yurts away and I had to get out of bed and go ask them to keep the noise down. Both nights I heard people having loud sex in their yurts (despite the ear plugs). Look, enjoy yourself but be considerate of the people around you and keep your noise contained. Had I known this all would be my experience, I never would have booked here. I wanted peace and quiet, and the typical yurt & tent camping sites observe quiet hours at night but this place does not. My fault for assuming otherwise. If you want a party atmosphere in nature, then you’ll probably enjoy it here. Before booking, I suggest you call the property and find out what they have planned for your travel dates. The cafe serves wholesome, delicious meals and fresh cocktails but hours are very limited so plan in advance. Definitely take the upper trail around sunset to the overlook.
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M.E. F.recommends
May 29, 2021
Clothing Optional Forest Camping!
A lovely spot!
A great spot! Not the calmest at night but if you're looking for fun and nice people, you won't be disappointed. The shared kitchen is well supplied, the restaurant is homey, and the hot tub was up and running. To be clear, you will see naked people if the weather permits. You don't have to be naked yourself but it's best if you come with that expectation. If you don't want to be nude or see nude people, choose another place that's cheaper!
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