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AUBURN, Calif. — As winter snows blanket the High Sierra and other mountain areas across California, the thought of a weekend getaway in a cozy mountain cabin comes to mind.
But where can you find them?
One place to check is Camp-California.com, which recently added a search function to help people find campgrounds with the kind of cabins they’re looking for, whether its a rustic unit with bunk beds, a cozy cabin with a river-rock fireplace or gas-fired stove or a luxurious glamping cabin all of the comforts of home.
“Cabin camping is growing in popularity, so we’re trying to do what we can to help people find just what they’re looking for,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director and CEO of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts Camp-California.com and produces the award-winning printed campground directory, Camp-California! The Camper’s Guide to California.
Sipe noted that fully furnished, heated cabins are available in many campgrounds across California in the winter months, from suburban San Diego County to the fog shrouded redwood forests of Big Sur and beyond.
“There are campgrounds with cabin rentals within an hour or two of just about every major city in California,” Sipe said, adding, “Many of them have their own fireplaces, which are perfect for a romantic getaway. Many campgrounds also offer families cabins with fully equipped kitchens and sleeping lofts for the kids.”
Campground operators, for their part, are finding that they can expand their business base by offering rental accommodations, and growing numbers of them are investing in rental cabins with varying levels of amenities.
Here’s a sampling of some of the campgrounds across California that offer terrific escapes in the winter months:
Winter Cabin Escapes in the Sierras
— 49er Village RV Resort in Plymouth: In addition to offering over 300 full-service RV sites, this Sierra Nevada Gold Rush Country resort also features 15 vacation cottage accommodations that are available on a bed and breakfast plan in conjunction with Café at the Park, an on-site deli/espresso café. www.49ervillage.com.
— Mammoth RV Park in Mammoth Lakes: This campground stays open throughout the winter months for hardy tent campers as well as RVers who spend the night in plowed RV sites with electrical hookups. This campground also has two rustic rental cabins. Other amenities include restrooms with hot showers and an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. www.mammothrv.com
— Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley: Located at 7,000 feet in a forested area near South Lake Tahoe, this High Sierra resort offers luxurious cabin rentals with fireplaces as well as a gourmet cafe. Guests at Sorensen’s Resort receive complimentary hot cocoa, tea and coffee throughout the day. Cafe specialties include homemade quiche, classic beef Burgundy stew, seasonal fish, New York steak, garden fresh salads and house made desserts. The resort also owns and operates Hope Valley Resort & Campground, which is located along the West Fork of the Carson River. www.sorensonsresort.com.
— Tahoe Valley Campground in South Lake Tahoe: In addition to accommodating RV and tent campers during the winter months, this campground offers cabins and cottages, the largest of which features a kitchenette with a full size refrigerator, stove and microwave oven. https://rvonthego.com/california/tahoe-valley-campground/rentals
— Yosemite Lakes RV Resort in Groveland: This campground is located just outside Yosemite National Park near the South Fork of the Tuolumne River. In addition to plowing several RV sites during the winter months, Yosemite Lakes offers 49 furnished cabins and yurts.
Its family friendly cabins, which sleep up to six, include bathrooms with showers, flat screen TVs and fully equipped kitchens, so guests can cook their own meals. The yurts also sleep up to the six and include microwave ovens, hot plates, cooking and eating utensils, flat screen TVs and bathrooms with showers. https://www.thousandtrails.com/california/yosemite-lakes-rv-resort/.
Winter Cabin Escapes Near the California Coast
— Big Sur Campground & Cabins in Big Sur: In addition to offering RV and tent sites, this campground has a wide range of rental cabins, from basic cabins to A-frame cabins with sleeping lofts to two-bedroom cabins with fully equipped kitchens and fireplaces. www.bigsurcamp.com
— El Capitan Canyon near Santa Barbara: Located 20 miles west of Santa Barbara in a hidden canyon filled with sycamores, this glamping resort provides luxuriously appointed cabins, furnished glambing tents and yurts. The resort’s amenities include a small onsite restaurant, a private hiking trail and spa that offers a variety of treatments, including hot stone massage, trigger point therapy, herbal scalp massage as well as a foot massage and salt scrub. El Capitan Canyon owns Ocean Mesa Campground, which is virtually next door, offering RV and tent sites. www.elcapitancanyon.com and www.oceanmesa.com
— Fernwood Campground & Resort in Big Sur: This campground complements its RV and tent sites with furnished and heated glamping tents as well as furnished cabins with fully equipped kitchens. www.fernwoodbigsur.com
— Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in Buellton: This resort complements its RV sites with a variety of rental accommodations, including 32 cottages with full size bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens. Nineteen of the cottages are located inside a private, gated area with its own exclusive outdoor kitchen, barbecue facilities and swimming pool. The remaining cottages have been designed with different themes, including “surf cabins,” “wine country cottages,” and “brewhauses.” Flying Flags’ onsite amenities include a beer and wine bar and a gourmet sausage truck in an Airstream trailer. The resort also has an African themed Safari tent village, with high end furnishings, including upscale wooden furniture and fine lighting with an oil rubbed bronze finish. The tents are set up on wooden platforms and come with outdoor cooking areas with high quality propane powered steel barbecues with adjoining flat top grills, sinks and granite countertops. https://highwaywestvacations.com/properties/flyingflags
— Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina in Newport Beach: This RV resort includes fully furnished cottage rentals with kitchens and bathrooms. Resort amenities include a secluded beach with a waveless swimming lagoon on the bay; a swimming pool; and an onsite bistro. Pet friendly amenities include a dog wash station. Kayak, pedal boat, sailboat and electric boat rentals are also available. www.newportdunes.com
Winter Cabin Escapes Near Major Cities
— Canyon RV Park in Anaheim: Even though it’s close to the 91 Freeway, the pine and sycamore trees are so dense in this campground that you’d think you were in a wilderness area. It’s in a beautiful location next to the Santa Ana River with hiking and biking trails. It also has rental cabins with bathrooms, mini refrigerators, mini microwave ovens and floor heaters. www.canyonrvpark.com
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Tower Park Marina in Lodi: This campground complements its RV and tent sites with basic to luxurious cabins, the largest of which have full size kitchens and lofts and can sleep up to eight. https://towerparkresort.com
— Morgan Hill RV Resort in Morgan Hill: In addition to RV sites, this resort offers cabin and cottage rentals with full size refrigerators, toaster ovens and microwave ovens. https://rvonthego.com/california/morgan-hill-rv-resort/rentals
— Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in Santee: This campground has lakefront cabins as well as floating cabins, like houseboats, for rent. Each unit includes a full size refrigerator, microwave oven, two electric stovetop burners and other kitchen supplies. The campground features seven manmade lakes and has lots of mature sycamore trees, which provide shade for its RV and tent sites. http://www.santeelakes.com
— San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in Petaluma: Located near Sonoma County’s beautiful Wine Country, this campground has furnished cabins with fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms. Rustic cabin rentals without kitchens and bathrooms are also available. https://koa.com/campgrounds/san-francisco/site-type/lodging/
Winter Escapes in Southern California Mountains
— Idyllwild RV Resort in Idyllwild: The 6,000-foot resort, which is part of the Thousand Trails network, maintains 40 RV and tent sites during the winter months in addition to its eight rental cabins and cottages. The cabins sleep five while the cottages sleep six. Both types of units have full size bathrooms with showers and kitchens with full size refrigerators, microwave ovens and toaster ovens as well as dinnerware and cooking utensils. In addition to offering hiking trails and scenic wilderness areas, Idyllwild is a charming mountain town that typically draws weekend visitors to its eclectic shops and restaurants.
— Pinezanita RV Park & Campgrounds near Julian: This park, which gets dusted with snow during the colder storms, features a variety of cozy cabins with fully equipped kitchens and gas burning fireplace stoves. www.pinezanita.com
— Rancho Oso RV and Camping Resort in Los Padres National Forest: This campground is in a remote area of the Santa Ynez Mountains between Santa Barbara and Solvang and features old fashioned Western bunk houses and modern furnished cottages with kitchens and full size bathrooms in addition to RV and tent sites. Every Saturday morning, the ranch offers bull riding and animal herding demonstrations. Guided horseback rides are also available. https://www.thousandtrails.com/california/rancho-oso-rv-camping-resort/
— Stagecoach Trails Resort near Julian: This park, which is actually located in the high desert, but has a Julian mailing address, offers RV and tent sites as well as a variety of rental accommodations, including a cabin with a fully equipped kitchen and a woodburning stove. www.stagecoachtrails.com
For more information about campgrounds with cabin accommodations or to receive a copy of Camp-California! The Camper’s Guide to California, please visit www.Camp-California.com.
SOURCE: Camp-California.com press release