We had the best time glamping with Scarlet’s class at El Capitan near Santa Barbara, California. The accommodations were more ‘tiny house’ than they were tent, and it was so sweet to share the little space with our kids for the weekend.
In order to have enough space for our family of five, we stayed at the Corral Lofts, which have king beds, lofts for three, a full sized bath and a little kitchen. We couldn’t have been cozier and the kids would have been happy playing in our quaint little cabin all weekend long. When we were able to convince them to leave their “tiny house”, here’s what we did:
Day 1: We arrived and unpacked and were blown away by the cuteness of it all! We set up Shep’s travel crib, put the kids’ loveys on their upstairs beds and laid out their jammies. Then we walked on the access road to where the group’s cabins were (we needed the larger cabin with a closed-door room for Baby Shep) and there was a common area where the kids ran around and played and the grown-ups had cocktails. We all ate, watched the sun go down, and enjoyed seeing our kids be free range and climb trees. That lifestyle is hard to come by in Los Angeles, where we live.
Day 2: We hiked and saw Llamas! Then after lunch, we went to the heated pool and playground, relaxed and showered at our little cabin, and walked back to the common areas for a bonfire, dinner, smores and more free-range kids and grownups!
Day 3: The kids were up late and woke up earlllly, so we packed up, went for breakfast at the cafe, said au revoir to our friends, and headed home. We’re typically leisurely vacationers, but we came, we glamped, and we were ready to get home.
The weather was chillier than we anticipated. I brought layers for my kids (short sleeves that we could add hoodies to, and then jackets on top), but we could have used some extra warm weather clothes. (This was mid-October).
Since we were just going for the weekend, I packed all of the kids together in one medium-sized Tumi suitcase. I also packed all of their toiletries together to keep it simple.
Mommy…and (Daddy packed himself so I don’t have a list of photos for that, hehe)
(This is the stuff that makes me ‘overpack’. Whether it’s a 2-day trip or a 12-day-trip, you still need all your toiletries!
Food + Miscellaneous. *Announcement: Mamas, don’t worry, they have AMAZING LATTES at the cafe!
The food at the little cafe at El Capitan is excellent. I’d recommend the breakfast wrap – they even have vegetarian sausage to go in it! You could literally eat there for every meal, or run into Santa Barbara. (They even have BBQ kits you can have delivered to your cabin). Our class organized meals/catering for most of the meals but we brought snacks and drinks for our own family as well.