Glamping in Wine Country
Updated: Sep 8, 2020
Perfect for the whole family and a great activity in Sonoma County besides wine tasting. Keep reading to learn more about my night of glamping at Wildhaven Sonoma in the heart of California's Wine Country!
First of all, what is "glamping"? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, glamping is defined as "outdoor camping with amenities and comforts (such as beds, electricity and access to indoor plumbing) not usually used when camping".
Basically, you get the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, without sacrificing all the conveniences of the modern world! Now this is my kind of camping. I've always said, I'll only go camping if I have access to a comfortable mattress and a warm shower.
Wildhaven Sonoma offers just that. Each of their tents has one to two comfortable queen size beds, nightstands with lamps, power outlets, wifi, and fresh towels and linens. At each tent site there is also a picnic table, patio furniture for two, fire pit, and one parking spot. Other facilities on the property include showers with warm water; bathrooms with a sink, soap dispenser, and a powered hand dryer; communal BBQ area with sinks to wash dishes; a general store to purchase firewood and other random necessities; another communal area to gather and play lawn games.
Wilhaven Sonoma is located in the northern part of Sonoma County, just a quick 5 minute drive outside of Healdsburg, California. Check-in at Wildhaven Sonoma was super easy. Before arriving to Wildhaven Sonoma I received an email and a text message letting me know my tent number, recommendations on what to bring, what to leave behind, general rules and regulations and fun things to do in the area.
Check-in is at 3pm, and right when you pull into the driveway there's a small kiosk with an employee to check you in. We were pointed in the direction of our tent for our stay and we also learned about the general layout of the campground. We got to our tent and started unpacking! The inside of the tent was super spacious. We were given one of the premium two bed tents (number 10). There was plenty of room for the three of us and our belongings. Freshly cleaned towels were laid out for us and we were also provided with ear plugs for when we went to bed. Inside of the tent there was also a rug that gave it an extra homey feel, wall hooks to hang wet towels and bathing suits, fire extinguishers and a small trash bin.
One of the best perks about Wildhaven Sonoma is they have private access to the Russian River. Normally any good beach access to this summertime staple is super packed with river goers. We were able to find a great spot near the entrance to tie off our inner-tubes and float for a while.
You also have the option of actually floating down the Russian River from their location! It's about a 30 to 40 minute float time down to a rope swing they have set up, then you walk back about 15 minutes to the campground on a side street.
Even though this campground is located just a 15 minute drive from where I live in Sonoma County, you definitely get the feeling of being in a totally different location. Surrounded by trees, hearing all the nature sounds and the smell of campfires totally transports you. The staff are so friendly and helpful and are readily available to help you with anything you might need. The rest of the guests were also very respectful. There were many families and all the tents were clearly occupied, but not once did the campground feel over crowded.
Wildhaven Sonoma is still a very new operation and they have some updates currently in the works; like small hedges between the tents to add more privacy, more upgrades to the communal BBQ area, etc. However, I would still 100% recommend staying here.
Looking for some great cooking ideas for your next glamping trip? Head over to my friend Libby's blog page UncorkAndFork.com ! She made some amazing meals for us while we were staying a Wildhaven Sonoma.
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