Rustic romantic getaway on California’s central coast

For either a rustic romantic getaway or a fun-filled family camping trip, El Capitan Canyon on the coast of California just north of Santa Barbara should be on the top of your list. El Capitan Canyon offers all the luxury of hotel amidst the staggering beauty of nature and wildlife. A babbling creek runs through the middle of the property where about 108 cedar cabins and 26 safari tents nestle between the tall trees. A comprehensive deli/market that carries everything from wine to retail clothing is close by, and the beach is within strolling distance. The hotel makes a point of having a car-free canyon, so they have set up considerate shuttle services for their guests' convenience. There's even a chauffeur service to bring you to your cabin when you check in or when you need to bring up firewood or groceries. El Capitan also rents out beach cruisers on a complimentary basis if you want to explore the grounds on two wheels. Also on the activities menu: horseback riding and carriage rides. Spa services can be performed in your cabin for additional fees. A spacious room complete with king size bed, electric fireplace, Jacuzzi tub for two, microwave, refrigerator, closet space, and telephone will run from $245 to $285 depending on the season. Each room also includes a beautiful patio and a firepit for relaxing outdoors. A bunk cabin with four bunk beds ranges from only $135-$185 depending on the season. The only negative comment we have about El Capitan Canyon is that it does not motivate you in any way to return to work. Contact them for reservations (866) 352-2729 or Ask about group reservations or special events, and check their website to learn more about their Summer Concert Series.