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Southern California’s Most Romantic Camping Retreats

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It’s time to bring out all the stops this Valentine’s Day (or, any romantic day!). By stops, we mean the most romantic camping spots you could possibly imagine. Some of these are definitely off the beaten path, but totally worth an excursion to be shared between two lovebirds who love the outdoors. If you add any of these destinations to your camping list, your loved one may just ditch their normal pair of sunglasses for rose colored ones the whole year through.

Southern California

*See Northern California below*

The Pioneer’s Penthouse

The Intrepid Wild, Temecula, California

With a name like The Pioneer’s Penthouse, this magical semi-glampsite takes rustic, bohemian romance to a whole new level. For nature-seeking couples, there are incredible vistas of nearby mountains to enjoy with your boo. We recommend taking advantage of the plethora of biking, horse, and hiking trails on and around the penthouse during your stay.

Pianetta Ranch and Winery Camp

Paso Robles, California

Camping in the middle of a vineyard next to an old oak tree? Yes, please! This campsite gets two thumbs up for location and for the bounty of great vino at the camp!

Private Beach Farm

El Capitan State Beach, Santa Barbara, California

You had us at greenhouse campsite with private beach access. Oh yeah, and the pizza oven out back? It’s fully functional and ready for use. We’ll have a slice of pepperoni, please!

Yurt in Malibu Mountains

Great Spirits Ranch, Malibu, California

Calling all animal lovers! This yurt’s location in Great Spirits Ranch makes it a perfect location to spend time with horses or rescue animals on the property. Plus, your stay in this traditional, Mongolian-style yurt will make you feel like you got away without the hassle of airport layovers.

Beach Canyon Tipi

Topanga, California

Camp like you are VIP guests at a 5-star resort without breaking the bank. This romantic retreat pulls out all the stops, including a hot tub and complimentary bottle of wine.

Honeymoon Cottage

Historic Sturtevant Camp, Angeles National Forest, California

We guarantee your significant other will say, “Hubba, hubba” to this hike-in only campsite. A perfect fit for two or a double-date, this cottage dates back to the 1920s and is the third oldest building at the historic Sturtevant Camp.

Wine Country Camp

Temecula, California

Camping with your honey in the heart of wine country has never been so easy at Wine Country Camp. Centrally located near 40 wineries and with over two acres of creatively landscaped land to roam, this location is perfect for the whimsical at heart.

Romantic Rustic Tree House

Miracle Valley, California

Living off the grid has never been so romantic. This treehouse is a total love nest of rustic charm. Don’t forget to pack your selfie stick. The 360 panoramic views here are to die for.

Northern California

Jug Handle Creek Farm

Casper, California

Picture this: a couple’s therapeutic massage following by your own private yoga session in a coastal forest. And that’s only the beginning of your romantic getaway to Jug Handle Creek Farm, a spacious, private campground surrounded by enchanting meadows bluffs, and forest landscapes; not to mention an easy 5-minute walk to Jug Handle Beach, where you can cuddle the day away along the secluded dunes. Photos by Madison Kotack, Ezekiel Gonzalez.

Elk Tipi

Chanslor Ranch, Bodega Bay, California

We are getting seriously cool, camp vibes from the Elk Tipi. This artistic teepee is snuggled on a grassy hill, so you and your honey can enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific. Photo by Jon Ching.

The Pond House

Mendocino Magic, California

Once a bait shop, The Pond House has since been converted into a private, boho-sheek studio. We are so digging its serene, pond location. Did we mention The Pond House comes with your own private dock? Located on what used to be a trout farm, this couple’s retreat is surrounded by serene pond views and private trails to explore with that special someone. Photos by Beth Saravo.

Wild Tender Ranch Light House View

Pescadero, California

Located in the heart of the “Slow Coast,” Wild Tender Ranch Light House View is a sanctuary getaway and minimalist’s paradise. A teepee set among a Native American prayer site and horse sanctuary, Wilder Tender Ranch Light House View provides a tranquil experience of the coast unlike any other. Unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and Pigeon Point Lighthouse will surely fill your heart with love. Photos by Juliana Linder.

Yurt on Urban Permaculture Farm

Solusan Urban Farm, Oakland, California

Perfect for first-time glamping couples, you can experience that “home away from home” feeling as you enjoy some incredible bay views, walk the property’s sustainable gardens, or put your feet up on the yurt’s organic mattress. A few steps away from your private yurt is a cabin fully stocked with food and creature comfort amenities, including a claw-foot tub to take a soak in. We seriously recommend ditching the road trip to stay at this local, Bay Area gem. Photos by Sabrina Xx.

Vintage Shepard’s Wagon

Placerville, California

Take a step back in time with your stay in this uniquely converted wagon nestled on a walnut orchard in the foothills of gold country. The Vintage Shepard’s Wagon embraces shabby-chic living with rustic, functional accommodations that transport you to the Gold Rush Era. Weather you watch wildlife from the wagon or enjoy a moonlit rinse in the outdoor shower, this romantic retreat will help you get in touch with your inner cowboy. Photos by Jay Kijai.

Vista History Garden Yurt

Mare Island Preserve, Rowser Garden, Vallejo, California

A cozy 2 feet of romantic bliss, the Vista History Garden Yurt overlooks the expansive Napa River and Carquinez Bridges, with Mt. Diablo, the Napa Valley, and Mt. St. Helen all as your backdrop. Plus, the 21st Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival takes place February 10-12, a perfect add-on to your weekend! Photo by Madison Kotack.


Mendocino Magic, California

Mesh tent cabins provide shelter for your tent for two along the Cahto Creek. There are 4 private campsites, so feel free to extend the invite to your besties and their Valentines. Photos by Maxwell Siles.

Coast Camp

Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes, California

Coast Camp is a Point Reyes staple and the penultimate location to whisk your significant other off to a picturesque, beachy campsite. Although it is a moderately strenuous 2-mile hike from your car to the campsites, this hike offers stunning views of wildlife, meadows, and coastal woods along the way. Campfires are permitted on the beach, so pack in some wood to enjoy a beach campfire.

Modern Camping Mendocino

Mendocino, California

True to its name, this place is a modern take on traditional camping. With each campsite, you get your own, spacious safari tent decked out with a queen bed and two sling back chairs to take in your private, tree lined view. Wake up each morning to a complimentary breakfast, or snuggle away the day entirely and wake up just in time to walk hand-in-hand along the nearby beach. Photo by Teresa Raffo.

The Cowboy Room at FlipJack Ranch

Santa Cruz, California

Replace camping with serious cabin living at FlipJack, a farm to table bed and breakfast that provides sustainably sourced meals. Other amenities include a campfire ring to read by, swimming pool, hot tub, and the rustic charm only the Santa Cruz redwoods provide. Photos by Karen Grubb.

Whiskey Ranch

Tassajara, California

Burning Man meets glamping set among wheat fields. In fact, the wheat on the property is harvested to distill Whiskey. Sometimes a book really does reveal a lot from its cover. Photos by Sabrina Xx.

Eagle’s Nest Treehouse Farmstay

Salmon Creek Ranch, Bodega, California

A treehouse turned architectural phenomenon, the Eagles Nest Treehouse Farmstay is suspended among Douglas Firs, complete with a spiral staircase down to your redwood deck. If that wasn’t cool enough, there’s a suspension bridge too! We give you permission to let your inner child run free among the tree canopies during your stay. Photo by Lisse Lundin.

Elizabeth is a tree hugger, Mother Nature lover, and backpacker enthusiast. Follow all her outdoor adventures on Instagram or Twitter.

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