Vacation Inspiration: Deluxe Glamping in Carmel Valley - 510 Families
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Vacation Inspiration: Deluxe Glamping in Carmel Valley

Looking for a family camping experience but with more creature comforts (and even luxuries)? Check out The Camp at Carmel Valley which runs Glamping Weekends on select dates between March and September.

Thanks to Kristina Bullock from for sharing this recommendation with us.

Glamping for Bay Area families: The Camp at Carmel Valley
The Camp at Carmel Valley | Photo courtesy Kristina Bullock

At The Camp at Carmel Valley, we enjoyed organized activities as well as plenty of free time. Comprised of basic (cute!) cabins, The Camp offers a 2-night stay for Basic Glamping weekends and 3-night stay for Deluxe Glamping weekends.

Accommodations at The Camp at Carmel Valley

Reserve a cabin for your family or group in one of three camps: Sunset, Sunrise and Solstice. Each cabin has one queen bed and two twin beds. The Sunset Cabins have electricity (new this season) – two outlets with one being used for a bedside lamp with 2 USB plugs plus individual bathrooms for each cabin in a centralized bathhouse. The Sunrise and Solstice Camps have communal bathrooms.

Family friendly glamping near the Bay Area
Cabins at The Camp at Carmel Valley | Photo courtesy Kristina Bullock

Accommodation tips
Bring your own bedding/sleeping bags & towels rather than adding on a linen pack for $60/bed.
Going with a friend? Be sure to add a note in the comments so you can be placed in the same camp.

Food and activities at The Camp at Carmel Valley

Some of the glamping weekends are “Basic” meaning breakfast is included and self-guided activities will be available like swimming, hiking & lawn games. The “Deluxe” weekends (3-night stays) include breakfast with the option to pre-order lunch and dinner through the on-site caterer. Deluxe weekends also include hosted activities like archery and tie-dye.

Glamping with Activities at The Camp at Carmel Valley
Activities at The Camp | Photo courtesy Kristina Bullock

Food and activity tips

  • If you want to dine off-site, downtown Carmel Valley is less than a 10-minute drive with lots of restaurants, cafes, and wine tasting rooms.
  • Bring your own s’mores supplies. The onsite fire pit will be ready for you!
  • You can do some easy hikes on the property or drive 15 minutes to Garland Ranch Regional Park for a moderate 2-mile loop that features the Garland Ranch Waterfall and Siesta Point via Lupine Loop Trail.
  • The pool is not heated but very refreshing on a hot day.
  • For tie-dye, bring your own white cotton items (rubber bands and dye is provided) – get creative and try something like a Turkish Towel or hair scrunchies to dye!
  • The beach is only 30 minutes away.
Swimming pool at The Camp
Swimming pool at The Camp | Photo courtesy Kristina Bullock

Plan your visit to The Camp at Carmel Valley

Location: 33200 E Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
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More tips for your trip

  • Dogs are welcome (with a pet fee of $100 (1 dog)/$150 (2 dogs) for the whole weekend).
  • Pack sturdy shoes for walking around camp but also bring some sandals for the pool/walking to the bathrooms.
  • Clothing: casual clothing, jacket for cooler mornings and evenings, swimsuit, pajamas, hat/sunglasses.
  • Other gear to bring: Bath and pool towels, toiletries, insect repellant, sunscreen, headlamp or flashlight, water bottle (to refill), reusable coffee mug (a metal camping one is perfect) for coffee and tea

Thanks for telling us about this spot, Kristina! For more, see her round-up of 25 driveable destinations from the Bay Area on

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