Top luxurious campgrounds

Swap your sleeping bag for a feather bed at one of these super-cush sites

 Costanoa Lodge & Camp

Wake up to: Waves crashing and coyotes yelping. Follow your ears to the ocean a mile down the road across State 1 to the rugged bluffs and empty coast, where you might spot a hawk wheeling by with a mouse in its talons, or an elephant seal sprawling, profoundly still, on the sand.

The digs: The downside is that, yes, you have to leave your cozy tent bungalow to use the bathroom at 2 a.m., but the "comfort stations" are exactly that: private, clean, and inviting, with skylights, saunas, and outdoor fireplaces.

The dirt: 76 tent bungalows from $115; cabins, lodge rooms, and basic tent sites also available; 877/262-7848. -A.W.

 Sequoia High Sierra Camp

Wake up to: Absolute silence, views that run deep into Kings Canyon, and ― before a day of hiking, fly-fishing, and swimming in the surrounding 2 million acres of wilderness ― breakfast prepared by Bruce Springsteen's former chef and served in an open-air pavilion. As the sun sets, Ryan Solien cooks an impressive five-course dinner too (foie gras mousse, braised lamb shank; fleece jackets suggested).

The digs: Clinging to a steep hillside are 36 canvas bungalows linked by pine-needle-strewn paths illuminated by solar power at night. Feather pillows and Pendleton wool blankets keep you snug at 8,282 feet, until the midnight stroll to the bathhouse pulls you away.

The dirt: To get to camp, choose between an easy 1-mile hike or a strenuous 12 miles along the Twin Lakes Trail. $250 per person, $100 ages 11 and under, including breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner; 866/654-2877. -Rachel Levin

 Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes

Wake up to: Boisterous boys zipping around by bike, pigtailed girls singing along to their iPods, and small fish rising in Neva Lake below, one of (no surprise) three on Lakedale's 82 woodsy acres.

The digs: Admittedly, they're more camp-y than luxury. Among traditional tents, RV sites, and lodge rooms are new canvas "cabins" with retro lanterns, flannel sheets, s'mores fixin's for your private firepit ― plus a basket of cushy towels and Molton Brown products to cart to the shower. Lakedale doesn't serve lunch or dinner, but Duck Soup Inn ($$$; 50 Duck Soup Lane, Friday Harbor; call 360/378-4878 for hours), the best restaurant on the island, is within walking distance.

The dirt: 14 cabins (4 are adults-only) from $139, including breakfast; 800/617-2267. – R.L.




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