17 best-kept secret places to stay on your next California Vacation

#17 Tree House With 360 Views in Los Angeles

Whether you are just visiting for the first time or you are just rediscovering this beautiful state, here are 17 hidden gems you should visit on your next trip to California.

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#1 Camping Cubbyhole in Joshua Tree

#1 Camping Cubbyhole in Joshua Tree

Enjoy the silence of the desert in a Scamp caravan and experience stargazing under the night sky. This place is only 8 minutes away from a village and less than 15 minutes away from the west gate of Joshua Tree National Park.

City: Joshua Tree
Price: $70
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#2 Yurt Village in Big Sur

#2 Yurt Village in Big Sur

Treebones is a premier Glamping resort. Glamping is defined as a luxury form of camping, blending natural experience of outdoor camping with more glamorous amenities.

City: Big Sur
Price: $300
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#3 Homesteader Cabin in Joshua Tree

#3 Homesteader Cabin in Joshua Tree

This cabin was featured in the New York Times in January, 2017. A magical homesteader cabin embedded in 5 acres of unfenced Joshua Tree desert wilderness, 12 minutes from downtown Joshua Tree. Experience peace, quiet, wildlife and stargazing.

City: Joshua Tree
Price $114
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#4 The Land Yacht in Joshua Tree

#4 The Land Yacht in Joshua Tree

The Land Yacht is a classic 31 foot Airstream travel trailer that has been converted into a fully functional Glamping unit. The Land Yacht has its own private deck built alongside with a super refreshing stock tank pool and is situated at the base of large boulder formations. Right on the boundary of the National Park with stunning views.

City: Joshua Tree
Price $129
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#5 Sly Park Cozy Cabin + Loft in Pollock Pines

#5 Sly Park Cozy Cabin + Loft in Alameda

This cute place in the pine forest, it is conveniently located in Pollock Pines and is only 3-5 minutes from Jenkinson Lake and Sly park Campsite. Also 15 minutes from HWy 50 and Safeway store, Starbucks and CVS pharmacy. Only one hour from Lake Tahoe and 20 minutes from Placerville, Apple Hill and many wineries.

City: Pollock Pines
Price $128
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#6 Star Redwood Treehouse in Santa Cruz

#6 Star Redwood Treehouse in Santa Cruz

Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while enjoying your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine on the private redwood deck. This Star Treehouse is high in a Cathedral of towering Redwoods, all new pine interior with oak floors, modern tiled bathroom with sink and shower. New Queen bed in the loft bedroom. Wooden canyon view. Nice redwood entry deck to enjoy the peacefulness.

City: Santa Cruz
Price $130
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#7 Gold Rush Cabin in Big Bear City

#7 Gold Rush Cabin in Big Bear City

An Authentic Taste of the Old West, Overlooking a Peaceful Meadow and Towering Pines at the Sky Ranch. This is a truly unique mountain Spirit of 1870s cabin, for travelers who want to experience the bygone age.

City: Big Bear City
Price $127
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#8 Redwood Treehouse in Corralitos

#8 Redwood Treehouse in Santa Cruz

A magical Redwood Treehouse located it the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. There is a live tree growing right through the main living area and another in the bathroom! It is simply incredible. You will be delighted by it.

City: Corralitos
Price $145
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#9 Cabin Around Famous Wineries in Templeton

#9 Cabin Around Famous Wineries in Templeton

Cute, cozy, rustic, romantic Cabin completely renovated tucked away in the rolling hills of Paso Robles wine country. Peaceful setting, with many views of famous wineries and rolling hay fields. If your looking to be near wineries this is the place to stay. Right off scenic Highway 46 West.

City: Templeton
Price $170
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#10 Cozy A-Frame Cabin in Cazadero

#10 Cozy A-Frame Cabin in Santa Rosa

This little a-frame cabin would make a productive retreat for an artist, writer, or musician, or a romantic getaway. Surrounded by redwoods on a private road in Cazadero, an hour and forty-five minutes north of San Francisco: a roughly ten-minute drive to the beautiful Sonoma Coast, and just fifteen minutes to Guerneville and wine country in the other direction. Head west and you’ll hit the charming town of Duncans Mills; go east to Monte Rio, and catch a movie at the historic Rio Theater.

City: Cazadero
Price $175
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#11 Rustic Retreat in Fairfax Hills

#11 Rustic retreat in Fairfax Hills

A mile from town, in nature with great views. The views make it worth it, and so does the private feeling. There are no immediately visible neighbors. There is a tram railway for supplies and luggage. Great access to hiking trails right from here.

City: Fairfax
Price $175
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#12 Cabin on Sequoia Crest in Springville

#12 Cabin on Sequoia Crest in Springville

Enjoy privacy and soothing views into the forest from this cabin in Sequoia Crest. Wander down easy trails among giant sequoias, climb 9115′ Jordan Peak or enjoy Poppy Lake. Sequoia Crest is surrounded by the Giant Sequoia National Monument located in the Alder Creek Grove of Giant Sequoias. It is home to the Alonzo Stagg Tree the 5th largest tree in the world. Sequoia National Park is a three hour drive.

City: Springville
Price $180
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#13 Berkeley Hills Maybecks Home in Berkeley

#13 Berkeley Hills Maybecks Home in San Francisco

Built in 1925, Maybecks’ “Cubby” is a private, rustic, 750 sq ft, carriage house located less than a mile from CAL’s campus. Homey and basic, it’s within walking distance down to the gourmet ghetto, markets, buses and BART, a car is recommended as it is located in the hills. Fencing is limited and it is not baby proofed, so sorry, no pets, babies or toddlers. The deck is a great place for lunch or dinner, and the garden changes depending on the deer’s appetite.

City: Berkeley
Price $191
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#14 Romantic Rustic Off-Grid Treehouse in Escondido

#14 Romantic Rustic Off-Grid Treehouse in Escondido

Lovely romantic treehouse perfect for a young couple. The treehouse is very romantic and very rustic-no plumbing. Inside the tree house we have a propane fireplace to keep you warm.

City: Escondido
Price $200
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#15 Zen House in Sonoma

#15 Zen House in Sonoma

A tranquil contemplative nature retreat, in a magnificent setting surrounded by a creek, meadow and woodlands. You’ll love this place because of the light, the comfy beds and the location.

City: Sonoma
Price $350
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#16 Redwood Forest Suite/Hot Tub/Piano in Mendocino

#16 Redwood Forest Suite/Hot Tub/Piano in Mendocino

Looking for a unique experience? Enjoy the peace and quiet, hot tub under the stars, play the piano and walk the labyrinth in the meadow. You won’t find another place quite like this. Great hiking out your door and in the State Parks nearby yet you are just minutes from town. Wildlife sightings are possible. Press the pause button on your busy life. Find your creative spark! Light your creative fire! Let nature nourish you.

City: Mendocino
Price $130
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#17 Tree House With 360 Views in Los Angeles

#17 Tree House With 360 Views in Los Angeles

This house is constantly featured in magazine editorials and it has the undisputed best views of LA

City: Los Angeles
Price $700
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8 responses to “17 best-kept secret places to stay on your next California Vacation”

  1. Beth says:

    Howdy! I would simply like to give you a big thumbs up for this list. Great information.

  2. Lulu says:

    # 5 Sly Park Cozy Cabin is located in Pollack Pines and not in the city of Alameda. There are no redwood trees in Alameda.

    • Luis Posselt says:

      Thanks for the correction Lulu, we are going to look into this and make the proper correction asap. Much appreciated.

  3. Vi Li says:

    Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons are in Wyoming, not California.

  4. Steff says:

    OMG I love the #17, is the most expensive but still :) and #3 for stargazing. love it….

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