Posted by: Bethany Davis | May 4, 2012

San Fran: Glamping! (part 5 of 5)

massive redwoods

As we drove into Butano State Park, it was hard to believe we were on the jagged coastline only moments before. The redwoods created a shady, lush canopy, which seemed to come out of no where! Although the minimal parking fee is totally worth every penny, it was nice to not have to pay again since our parking fee from Año Nuevo was still valid.

We chose the Butano Creek Trail, which took us along a narrow creek deeper into the woods. The vegetation was thick and we even encountered a few salamanders. We walked with our heads tilted back and kept saying “wow… wow!”

the inside of our glamp with some wild flowers

 

 

 

After our hike, it was time to check in our accommodations, Costanoa Lodge. We had wanted to try out glamping (glamorous camping) when we lived in Georgia, and now was our chance! We had a secluded tent bungalow facing the rolling hills, only a short walk from the beach. glamp had all the necessities: electricity, a heated double bed, reading lights, windows and nightstands. We also enjoyed the hot tub, sauna, and roasting smores at the outdoor stone fireplace. Now this is the way to camp! 🙂 Plus, glamping is half the price of a hotel room!

We drove to the tiny town of Davenport (population 408!) and had a nice dinner at the Davenport Roadhouse. Before turning in, we watched the last rays of light disappear over the ocean and read some psalms aloud to each other.

looking out over the hills

When our alarm went off to get up and head to the airport, it was so hard to force ourselves out of the heated covers. Getting up also meant our vacation was almost over. We said goodbye to our glamp, and headed north to SFO.

It was a short flight back to Salt Lake, and we came home so thankful we had an opportunity to explore more of the west together!

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