Want to break out from the standard hotel room with four walls and a view to nowhere? How about making your hotel stay your overnight adventure?
QUIET & CONTEMPLATIVE RETREATS
A Franciscan Retreat Center
Simple rooms, garden walks, time alone to contemplate your place in this universe, time alone with God. Franciscan friars and staff continue a tradition which began in 1943. As close as Malibu, or as distant as the Bay area or San Diego.
Retreat for Spiritual Renewal
The Center for Spiritual Renewal is an interfaith retreat center for individuals and couples who are seeking to deepen their spiritual life through a private, quiet retreat and communal prayer. Located in beautiful Montecito, just outside of Santa Barbara.
Located right outside of Palmdale, the friars and abbotts of this Abbey offer day or overnight retreats and workshops. Enjoy the peace, silence, and rhythm of life of the monks who follow the Rule of St. Benedict.
The Eagles Nest at Blackthorne Inn sits at the highest point of the tree tops in a forest adjacent to The Point Reyes National Seashore.
A Covered Wagon
If that's a little rough, how about a bunkhouse cabin? Just outside of Santa Barbara, it's as close to the old west as you can get.
A 30-foot teepee of concrete and wood on historic Route 66 with all of the essentials.
HAUNTED INNS & HOTELS
The National Hotel
Flo is the resident ghost at the National Hotel in Jamestown, and she is notorious for slamming doors, tossing clothing out of suitcases and turning the lights on and off.
There are apparently four friendly resident ghosts here, that seem to stay in an area of the hotel separate from the guests' sleeping quarters. Located right outisde of Sequoia National Park.
The Queen Mary
Permanently berthed in Long Beach, it has been declared by the "Most Haunted" TV crew as the most haunted location in the world.
A GHOST TOWN
You can choose from two restored accommodations: a 1904 bunkhouse or the 1865 Belshaw House. The Belshaw House comes complete with kitchen and restroom facilities.
Sleep in an authentic African safari tent, with the sounds of the animals all around you. Only non-carnivorous animals reside at Safari West. Located in Sonoma County.
An authentic African safari tent only yards from lion and tiger enclosures. Located in Monterey County.
Right here in Santa Clarita, yet the most exclusive of stays in an authentic safari tent.
ON THE WATER
On a Houseboat
Explore the Delta or Lake Mohave in luxury.
On a Riverboat
Permanently moored in Old Sacramento, this riverboat has been restored to its original beauty. Fine dining and excellent theatre.
An 1898 Steam Ferry
Set sail, move cargo and stand watch aboard the world's oldest active ship. (Ship is docked during event.)
On an Oceanliner
Stay in one of the staterooms or in a royalty suite of the 1930's ship permanently berthed in Long Beach.
AT A WINERY
Luxurious quarters in the owner's home. Wake to a view of the vineyard and head out during the day to explore the central coast's wine country.
ON A TRAIN
A Private Chartered Trip
You've seen the cars right here on San Fernando Road in Saugus. Get on a reservation list for last minute repositionings, and this fantasy could become a reality. Or charter your own trip.
Napa Valley Railway Inn
Although it doesn't move, it sits on the original track of the Napa Valley railroad.
AT A LIGHTHOUSE
Point Arena Lighthouse
Just south of Mendocino, it is the most luxurious we've found. While you'll be sleeping in the keeper's quarters, you can still climb to the top of the lighthouse.
Pt Montara Lighthouse
Private rooms and dorm-style accommodations in the keeper's quarters. Operated as a hostel.
East Brother Light Station
Accessible by boat, you'll need to climb from that bobbing watercraft up a four to twelve foot ladder (depending upon the tide). Guests sleep in the keepers quarters, but because water is in short supply, guests are only allowed a shower if they stay more than one night.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Operated as a hostel, guests choose from private rooms and dorm-style accommodations. Fifty miles south of San Francisco.
AT A ZOO
San Diego Wild Animal Park/San Diego Zoo
Both the San Diego Wild Animal Park and the San Diego Zoo have special evenings of tent camping just for families.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Zoo Snooze includes a pancake breakfast. Guests spend the night in a heated building.
Los Angeles County Zoo
Offered on select nights, sleep in a tent and take part in a pizza party.
AT AN AQUARIUM
Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
On select evenings, bring your toothbrush and sleeping bag.
Wake to find beluga whales, manatees and sharks swimming within inches of you.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Shark encounters and activities for families. Near San Diego.
IN A SNOW CAVE
In the Sierra Nevadas
Of course, you'll have to wait until winter for this experience. They'll even teach you how to do it. (Alternate lodging for those who don't wish to actually sleep in the snow cave with their group.)
ON THE BEACH
Up and down the coast of California you can pitch your tent (okay, or you can park your RV) right on the beach.
CAMP UNDER THE STARS - CLOSE TO HOME
Castaic Lake Recreation Area
All year long, pitch your tent or bring your travel trailer, camper or RV.
You'll have to bring your own water, but they provide the shade, picnic table and fire ring.
This campground even has flush toilets.
Angeles National Forest
The Santa Clarita Guide Wilderness page provides the quickest access to campground info on our end of the forest.
Los Padres National Forest
Pine mountain forests within an 1.5-mile drive. Hunting, four-wheel driving, star gazing and fishing.