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.
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.
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.
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.
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.