Last Saturday the husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary by spending two nights at the El Capitan Canyon, just a few miles north of Santa Barbara. We splurged on their “Canyon To Wine Country” vacation package which got us two nights in one of their Creekside King Cabins (with jacuzzi tub for two!), with a bottle of wine, two glasses, firewood and a package of ‘smores making materials. Sweet!
For a “Close to LA” getaway spot, this one was ideal. Ensconced in your cabin, there is hardly any noise but for the birds during the day and crickets at night (and maybe an owl?). And it is dark, something you never get in LA without a major catastrophe. Our first night was foggy but the second night was clear and we stood in the meadow, looking up at the Milky Way. Gorgeous.
More details and photos after the break. (Don’t worry, no photos of any hot jacuzzi action. Plenty of other places on the series of tubes for that.)
As you make your way to your cabin, these fish sculptures welcome you in.
Near the fish sculptures is the gift shop and deli. As there are no restaurants close by (you have to drive back down south to Goleta) you can bring all your own foodstuffs to cook or stop in the deli to pick up fresh sandwiches, salads, snacks, drinks, wine, etc. In the summer time they have evening concerts outside the the deli/market.
Our cabin was at the top of the canyon, in the “Upper Meadow” area. You can park at the cabin only to unload, then you must put your car in a designated parking area. This creates a (mostly) car-free environment during your stay. There are cabins and tent cabins to stay in, and also yurts and other larger structures to use for group gatherings and meals, if you choose.
We spent the afternoon of our second day on a trailride at El Capitan Ranch. I haven’t been riding in at least 10 years so that jacuzzi tub came in handy!
If your budget doesn’t allow for a cabin or even a tent cabin at the Canyon, there are plenty of other camping spots nearby at El Capitan Beach as well as a new spot called Ocean Mesa Campground. Me? I like having a bed and bathroom. I’m not ashamed.
El Capitan Canyon
11560 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Toll free for reservations: 1 866-352-2729