Romantic California Getaway: El Capitan Canyon Is a Cozy, Eco-Friendly Glamping Retreat
For Californian couples looking to embark on a Valentine’s Day weekend escapade, here are some hotel stays to fulfill all your romantic fantasies. "Glamping" has been a sexy travel trend for a few years, but there is one luxury nature resort that practically pioneered the concept. Just twenty miles north of Santa Barbara right on the Pacific Coast, El Capitan Canyon is a collection of canvas tents, adventure yurts and heated cabins surrounded by 300 acres of creekside woodlands.
All the cedar cabins at El Capitan Canyon include a spacious bed, a wood-burning furnace, a mini-fridge and an adjoined bathroom with a bathtub. The Safari Village is the campground's version of a presidential suite located on its own private hilltop, with a living room, kitchen, a roof-deck patio and an outdoor shower for a truly-refreshing morning rinse.
But just because El Capitan Canyon focuses on luxury accommodations does not undermine the resort's responsibility to the environment and providing a relaxing, stress-free retreat in nature. The campsite is a car-free zone, and vintage bicycles are provided for free to all guests.
El Capitan Canyon also has its own organic farm onsite (with llamas and goats!), which provides vegetables and cheese to local farmer’s markets and restaurants around Santa Barbara. And just across the highway, it's the balmy beach where Katy Perry filmed her puppy-love "Teenage Dream" music video.