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Ventura Ranch KOA Review; Glamping Has Never Been So Fun

Camping has taken over my life, but this past weekend my family and I experienced a different kind of camping at Ventura Ranch KOA. Glamour camping, or glamping, is where you go to a campground and instead of sleeping on the ground in a tent (or in our case a tent trailer), you stay in a tent off the ground and sleep in a bed with cozy sheets, warm blankets, and soft pillows.

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Our tent also had a small refrigerator, a futon for the kids, a heater, a fan, and most importantly, wifi. We were guests of Ventura Ranch, a 76-acre campground, in Santa Paula, for KOA’s (Kampgrounds of America) first ever bloggers retreat. The bloggers stayed in either a glamour tent, cabin, or a teepee. The cabins were beautiful and new with an oven, coffee maker, a bedroom, and a loft. They also had a bathroom and shower.

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The teepees were a little more like camping, but still very comfortable with bunk beds for the kids and a queen size bed for the adults. The rest of the expansive campsite offers tent and rv camping as well as the glamour options. There are more cabins under construction and a pool is being built that should be ready by next summer.

We got there early Saturday afternoon and didn’t stop exploring until late into the evening. We had a great time. The campground has a huge bouncy called a Jumpy Pillow that I think my boys would have bounced on all day if it hadn’t been for the rock climbing wall, the life size checkers game, or the zipline.

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It’s still shocking for me to think that I actually went on a zipline with my 8-year-old son. My boys were too small to go down on their own so they rode tandem, one with me and one with my husband. I was trying as hard as I could to not freak out. I managed to hold it together and it was awesome!

Not only were there fun activities, but incredible things to see. This wild peacock was outside of our tent for hours.

A peacock visited our campsite at Ventura Ranch KOA

Ventura Ranch is a private campground, but it isn’t just for glamping. There is a nice area for tent camping that I think we’ll probably bring our friends out for one of our group camping trips. Camp spots are about $36 a night, teepees $79, glamour tents $119, and cabins run about $199 a night. Rates are based on what season you stay and whether you are there on a weekday or weekend.

We had an excellent stay and I think we’ll definitely be back to Ventura Ranch.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but my family and I were given lodging, meals, and an activities pass. All opinions are my own. 





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