12 Off-Beat, Ridiculous, & Awesome Places to Stay Near San Francisco

Totally unique and off-beat places to stay near San Francisco!
A local's guide to some totally weird and awesome places to stay near San Francisco, California (USA)! From rustic redwood cabins to lighthouse hostels and everything in between, these budget friendly finds are the perfect travel accommodations for your next weekend trip. A local's guide to some totally weird and awesome places to stay near San Francisco, California (USA)! From rustic redwood cabins to lighthouse hostels and everything in between, these budget friendly finds are the perfect travel accommodations for your next weekend trip.

Weekend trips are like the travel fairy godmother’s answer to living in the San Francisco Bay Area. From anywhere near San Francisco, you can hop in a car on Friday night and drive for a few hours to absolutely anything you could possibly want: beach (actual beach, not that arctic zone they call Ocean Beach), snowy mountains, not-snowy mountains, lakes, dense forests, deserts, sweeping coastal cliffs. It’s heaven for wanderlust addicts like us. As Bay Area locals for years (4 years in Oakland for me, 7 for my husband, who lucked out and got to live in San Francisco before renting a smelly closet cost over $1k a month) we’re well versed in weekend trips near San Francisco. But after a while, it’s like, “but I’ve been to [insert town near San Francisco], I want to do something NEW!” Well, you spoiled fortunate Bay Area resident you (and those of you visiting the Bay Area like omg, I can’t afford to stay here over the weekend, help”) you’re in luck. We’ve found 10 totally offbeat, ridiculous, and awesome budget-friendly places to plan your next weekend trip from San Francisco around. Who needs a list of museums to explore when you’re sleeping in a f***ing tree?! Can you really even say you’ve been to Big Sur if you haven’t slept in a human nest?? The answer to these questions and more, my friends, lie below.  Without further pontificating, here are the weirdest, quirkiest, and most essential places to stay near San Francisco!

Sleep in a historic train caboose at the Railroad Resort Park in Dunsmuir, California in the shadow of Mount Shasta. There's even a clear, bubbling mountain creek for extra mountainy goodness. Sleep in a historic train caboose at the Railroad Resort Park in Dunsmuir, California in the shadow of Mount Shasta. There's even a clear, bubbling mountain creek for extra mountainy goodness.
Sleep in a historic train caboose at the Railroad Resort Park in Dunsmuir, California in the shadow of Mount Shasta. There’s even a clear, bubbling mountain creek for extra mountainy goodness. Photo Credit: Railroad Park Resort.

1. A Quirky Railroad Caboose in Dunsmuir, California

4 hours north on the 5 from San Francisco, you’ll find Dunsmuir (which, yes, TOTALLY sounds like a Game of Thrones reference). Thou shan’t find Casterly Rock laid upon Dunsmuir, but in its stead, seek the Railroad Park Resort. Yes, that’s right. This place is called the Railroad Park Resort, and you’ll be sleeping in a freaking railroad car, like the Boxcar Kids only all grown up and with way better furnishings and a heated pool. The resort is situated next to a babbling brook, which sparkles with the “best water on earth” (that’s Dunsmuir’s official city slogan, so you know it’s true) and in front of the stunning facade of the Castle Crags, part of the Shasta Cascade (yes, as in Mount Shasta). You can even climb up the narrow little caboose stairs and gaze at the mountains from the little caboose roof (does anyone else get a kick out of the word caboose or just me?) If you’re too good for a railroad car, you can book a Vintage Cabin instead, but like … obviously stay in a railroad car, how cool is that?! 

  • What to do in Dunsmuir: Other than go “choo-choo!” a lot, you can hike the Pacific Crest Trail through Castle Crags State Park, take an awesome Instagram photo at the Wagon Creek Bridge, enjoy lakeside scenery at Lake Siskyou, oh and soak up the GIANT FREAKING SNOW-CAPPED MAJESTY of Mount Shasta from like, everywhere. There are so many rad hiking trails near Mt. Shasta, take your pick! Also, the town of Dunsmuir itself is super cute.
  • Cost: $125-$130 for a Caboose. Verdict: Bring a romantic partner and split the bed/cost. You two can cuddle up and choo-choo together all night long.
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 4 hours | Website: Railroad Park Resort
This treehouse redwoods cabin in Santa Cruz, California is both made from salvaged redwood, AND literally built around redwoods - in the redwoods, of course. Oh, and it's next to the Mystery Spot. It's one of our favorite offbeat places to stay near San Francisco!
This redwoods treehouse cabin in Santa Cruz, California is both made from salvaged redwood, AND literally built around redwoods – in the redwoods, of course. Oh, and it’s next to the Mystery Spot. It’s one of our favorite offbeat places to stay near San Francisco!

2. A Redwood Treehouse in Santa Cruz, California

Some redwood cabins are in or near the redwoods. Other redwood cabins are made from salvaged redwood. This cabin? It’s both. Sitting in and around redwood trees – as in, the cabin has been gently built around them – and also made from reclaimed fallen redwoods, this gorgeous treehouse in Santa Cruz, California is as close as you’re going to get to living in an actual redwood, which is the dream, right?! Full disclosure: we’re mildly obsessed with redwoods. We got married in them. We want redwood tattoos. They’re our fave! Don’t be surprised if we both run off and live in one at some point. By the way, the other big awesome plus to this redwood treehouse? It’s like, AT the Mystery Spot. Like you have to drive through the Mystery Spot to get to the treehouse. If you concentrate real hard, you can feel the space-time continuum shift as you enter & exit the parking lot. We loved the quirky, eccentric Mystery Spot, but we also loved being able to literally walk there. This was one of our favorite places to stay near San Francisco, and Santa Cruz makes a perfect weekend trip!

READ:  The 10 Best Weekend Trips from the San Francisco Bay Area: A Local's Guide
An old covered wagon. You can stay in one of these in California. It's one of the most ridiculous places to stay near San Francisco!
Looks cozy, doesn’t it? Admit it, you totally want to stay here and relive the Oregon Trail like it’s 1998. Er, 1848. Just try not to die of disentery. Original photo credit: “Covered Wagon” (CC BY 2.0) by snowpeak

3. A Historical Covered Wagon in Bridgeport, California

Relive ye olde Gold Rush days in a covered wagon in Bridgeport, California, in beautiful Mono County. Yes, that’s right. A covered wagon. Like the Oregon Freaking Trail (the best PC game of all time, amirite?) Also, apparently John Wayne stayed in a log cabin here once, which gives this place mad cowboy cred. What else is rad about visiting  this part of the Eastern Sierras? Bodie Ghost town. There is no better way to relive the heady days of the Wild West than by peering into the saloon windows of a decaying, abandoned Ghost Town and then coming home to cook some fresh-caught fish over a fire and climb into your covered wagon for the night. Oooh, I get goosebumps just thinking about it! Grab your rifle and your role-playing hat, y’all, and head to this totally off-beat place to stay near San Francisco.

  • What to do in Bridgeport: Give yourself the heebie-jeebies at Bodie Ghost Town, take in the stunning natural beauty of Mono Lake, relax in a natural hot spring, go fishing for Brown Trout in the Bridgeport Reservoir.
  • Cost: $36 for a covered wagon. Verdict: You don’t need nobody. You’re a lone wolf, always have been. Maybe always will be. *Cue a moody gaze into the distance* Also, it’s cheap enough that you don’t need to share, so.
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 5 hours | Website: Virginia Creek Settlement 
READ:  The Mono Hot Springs Incident: The Importance of A Good Travel Companion
Stay on an actual riverboat from the 1920's in Sacramento, California! One of the most ridiculous & totally essential places to stay near San Francisco, California.
Stay on an actual riverboat from the 1920’s in Sacramento, California! One of the most ridiculous & totally essential places to stay near San Francisco, California. Photo Credit: Delta King

4. A Glamorous Riverboat in Sacramento, California

Stay on an actual riverboat right next to bustling downtown Sacramento. The Delta King is a real, historical riverboat. From 1927!! The Delta King used to shuttle passengers from the California capitol of Sacramento to bustling San Francisco and back again – until the construction of the much more iconic Golden Gate Bridge relegated it to the land of Myspace and Betamax.  Now, it’s a fabulous hotel in a prime location. Other than staying on an actual freaking riverboat, the best part about the Delta King is that they have MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE. You guys. Fake gunshots. Twiddly mustaches. Suspects. Victims! It’s like IRL Clue and the only thing cooler would be if Tim Curry was the host and it was Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room with the revolver all along.

  • What to do in Sacramento: What more could you possibly want than mystery dinner theatre?! But if you insist … rent a bike and hit the epic 32-mile bike trail, cool off at Raging Waters or Golfland Sunsplash (which are both water parks even though one of them has golf in the name), hit up apple hill and pretend it’s real fall, go white water rafting, and check out the hip downtown Sacramento Grid.
  • Cost: Rooms from $107 per night.  Verdict: I feel like this would make a pretty good third date, but only if your date is into Clue.
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 1.5 hours | Website: The Delta King
Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa in Reno, Nevada is plush luxury at a fraction of the price you'd pay elsewhere.
The posh spa at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada. World-class luxury at a fraction of the price, all within a few hour’s drive from the Bay Area? Yes please! Photo Credit: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

5. A Luxurious Casino in Reno, Nevada

You didn’t think this list was going to be all cabins and wagons and roughing it, did you? No. We love luxury – we just usually can’t afford it. Enter Reno: The Biggest Little City in America! Reno is actually awesome (stop judging it, you haven’t even been, have you?) but when visiting Reno, you absolutely must stay in a casino. Not just because it rhymes. But because it’s Nevada, baby! Staying in a plush casino in Reno is just a luxurious as staying in a casino in Las Vegas, except you get to keep more of your money and spend a lot more quality time outdoors. Our favorite pick is Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. First of all, it’s totally affordable. Second of all, check out that freaking spa. It’s legit one of the best casino spas in the world (like, according to an actual magazine about spas, not just me.) And thirdly, because some dude from Redding said “The Atlantis is an amazing place, if there is ever a zombie apocalypse it would be a great place to be.” Like, this an actual quote on the website. Sold, you guys.  Sold.  You can thank us later, after your Milk and Honey Cocoon at the spa has transformed you into a heavenly goddess, you’ve tucked into a melt-in-your-mouth steak at the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse, taken a dip in the whirlpool (or one of the other pools – there are 3!!),  and won a few bucks at the slot machines (you high roller you).

Stay at this rustic sunlit shanti in Mendocino! It's one of the most awesome and off-beat places to stay near San Francisco. Sassy adorable child not included in rental.
Stay at this rustic sunlit shanti in Mendocino! It’s one of the most awesome and off-beat places to stay near San Francisco. Sassy adorable child not included in rental. Photo used with permission.

6. A Sunlit Shanti Cabin in Mendocino, California

This adorable little cabin (made from salvaged redwood, of course) on an adorable little farm serves up quintessential northern California vibes. It’s so chill, y’all. There’s an outdoor shower so you can embrace your eco-goddess, a delicious and beautiful organic garden right outside your tiny little cabin door, and you can co-create food with the friendly host! We stayed in the rustic Shanti cabin in 2015 and fell in love with Mendocino! If you’re new to AirBnB, get $40 of free travel credit by signing up with our link.

  • What to do in Mendocino: Eat an amazing breakfast and watch wild quails and bunnies at Circa ’62, take a guided sea cave tour and view wildlife from atop a kayak, catch the sunset at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, go hiking at Van Damme State Park, explore the tidepools at MacKerricher State Park, go wine tasting in Mendocino’s famous vineyards!
  • Cost: $72 per night. Verdict: Bring an adventurous romantic partner to cozy up with on your quirky weekend getaway. But maybe first check and see see how they feel about outdoor showers.
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 3 hours | Book on AirBnB: Sunlit Shanti
This ridiculous human-sized nest in Big Sur is one of the most unique places to stay near San Francisco.
Climb up the ladder into your little nest, cuddle up into your sleeping bag, and spend the night gazing up at the stars while you listen to the waves crash far below. This ridiculous human-sized nest in Big Sur is one of the most unique places to stay near San Francisco. Original photo credit: “Big Sur Nest” (CC BY 2.0) by richardmichaelshaw

7. A Ridiculous Human Nest in Big Sur, California

Human Nest … it sounds like something you’d find at Burning Man, right? But this is in Big Sur (close enough). A human nest, as you might have guessed, is a human-sized nest. It’s also probably the least frills that money can buy for $175. Not only will you need to bring your own tent in case of rain (we didn’t say waterproof human nest, did we?) but you’ll have to bring your own linens and a cookstove, too (or just like, eat at the delicious restaurant on-site. No judgement, dude. You’re still sleeping in a nest).  You’ll be rewarded for your roughing-it efforts by sweeping views of the ocean and twinkling stars overhead as you snuggle into your little twig burrough. Fall asleep after watching the sun set from your nest. Lay in your nest listening to the waves crash far below. Wake up in your nest like “um, where’s the ocean?” as you soak up that Big Sur fog. Hey, if a human nest is too weird for you, there’s always the much cozier Yurt option also available at Treebones Resort (which my husband can tell you, from experience, makes a fantastic location for a bachelor party).

  • What to Do in Big Sur: Go hiking, eat delicious food (and baked goods!) at Big Sur Bakery, relax in the hot springs, check out the famous McWay Falls, and generally soak up the coastal beauty of Big Sur. Important note: the roads are currently closed through parts of Big Sur thanks to the winter rains. Check before you go!
  • Cost: $175 for a nest, $320 for a Yurt Verdict: Bring a friend. Both to split the cost, and also because it’s a shame not to share such an incredible view!
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 4 hours | Website: TreeBones Resort
Iconic Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel in Pescadero, California. Watch the sun set over the Pacific ocean in a cliffside hot tub ... for only $31 a night. See why we love hostels so much?!
Iconic Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel in Pescadero, California. Watch the sun set over the Pacific ocean in a cliffside hot tub … for only $31 a night. See why we love hostels so much?! Photo Credit: “Pigeon Point Lighthouse | 2016” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Frank Schulenburg

8. An Iconic Lighthouse in Pigeon Point, California

I know what you’re thinking. First you want me to pretend I’m a giant bird in a nest, now you want me to sleep in a f***ing lighthouse?! Are you insane?! First of all, maybe, because both of those sound awesome to me. Secondly, this lighthouse is the coolest hostel ever. That’s right: this lighthouse is a hostel. And you know how we feel about hostels (which is that we love them, because they’re affordable, social, and generally wonderful budget-friendly places to stay). Not only is this hostel in a lighthouse, but there’s a cliff-side hot tub looking out over the ocean. Yup, you heard me right. A hot tub. Looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Sunset watching? Check. Falling asleep to the lulling sound of waves and barking seals? Check. Budget-friendly? CHECK! A bed in a dorm room (cuz it’s a hostel) costs $31, or you can upgrade to a private room (maybe with that extra cash you won from the penny slots in Reno, you big spender!) for $82. Travel Tip: Book hella early. Like, many months early.

  • What to do in Pigeon Point: Whale watch, explore the coastal tidepools and beaches, hike the redwoods in  Butano State Park, watch majestic elephant seals elegantly flomp around at Año Nuevo State Reserve, sample goat cheese at  Harley Farm Goat Dairy, and grab a beer at Highway 1 Brewing Company.
  • Cost: $31 for a dorm room, $82 for a private. Verdict: Bring a group of buddies to share the car and, if you’re lucky, a whole dorm room with.
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 1 hour | Website: Book on Hostelworld
The rustic Tent Cabins at Big Basin State Park are surrounded by majestic, towering redwoods. Never been camping before? The tent cabins are the perfect place to stay near San Francisco!
The rustic Tent Cabins at Big Basin State Park are surrounded by majestic, towering redwoods. Never been camping before? The tent cabins are the perfect introduction! Photo used with permission from The California Parks Company.

9. A Rustic Tent Cabin in Big Basin Redwoods Park, California

Situated among the towering old growth redwoods in Big Basin Redwoods Park (the first state park EVER!) are the quaint Tent Cabins: not quite camping, but also not quite glamping, either. The rustic tent cabins are like going camping without needing a tent: you’ll have beds and a roof over your head – and even a wood burning stove in the corner, so cozy – but that’s about it (although bedding and other supplies can be rented for an extra fee). Cook your food around a roaring campfire, gaze up at the majestic redwoods around you, make a few s’mores, and enjoy the tranquility. You can almost smell the pine-scented air just by flipping through photos of the tent cabins. One small warning: the raccoons at Big Basin are crafty little sneaks, and you may find 2 adorable critters running distraction while a third makes a lunge for the bag of marshmallows. Like, what does a raccoon need with marshmallows, anyway?! They’re not even real food. Anyway, I’m obviously speaking from personal experience: I had my bachelorette party at the Big Basin Tent Cabins! And yes, 3 raccoons made off with our s’mores supplies, while we were still using them. So sneaky!

  • What to do in Big Basin: There are plenty of hikes in Big Basin – enough to keep you coming back for weekend trips from San Francisco again and again.  Our favorites? Sempervirens Falls if you want an easy hike to a waterfall, Slippery Rock if you want a slightly longer hike past a waterfall, the Berry Creek Loop if you want a good long hike to (you guessed it) a waterfall! We recommend Berry Creek Loop if you’re up for a 10-mile day hike: it’s one of the best old growth redwood hikes near the Bay Area, and the falls are absolutely stunning. 
  • Cost: $85 per night Verdict: This is a great friend group camping trip (or bachelorette party)! Bring a few pals who are curious to try camping but don’t have their own gear yet, and impress them with your mad fire-cooking skills (pro tip: you CAN flambee bananas with bacon grease and bourbon in a cast-iron over the fire, and it looks REALLY COOL).
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 2 hours | Website: Big Basin Tent Cabins
READ:  The 8 Best Hikes Near San Francisco
A cozy cabin in Lake Tahoe, California. One of those essential places to stay near San Francisco!
A cozy cabin in Lake Tahoe is one of the essential places to stay near San Francisco. Just look at it! How serene is this?!

10. A Cozy Cabin in Lake Tahoe

Staying in a cozy cabin on Lake Tahoe is one of those right-of-passage essential experiences that you must have at least once (or, more likely, kind of often, actually). Whether it’s winter and you’re gazing out at the softly falling snow from the hot tub (or carving up the slopes, you total badass, you)  or summer and you’re spending your days sitting on the beach and enjoying boating and other athletically-inclined water sports: you need to stay in a Tahoe cabin. It’s just the best way to experience Lake Tahoe. Luckily, there are loads of them – we can’t pick just one! Your needs will vary based on the number of friends you can get to come with you, and the cost will get lower as you move further away from the lake. 

  • What to do in Lake Tahoe: During the winter, hit up a resort for skiing and snowboarding (or snow tubing, if that’s more your speed. It’s more mine). During the summer, go hiking, rent a boat, go kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding, or just chill on the beach and swim!
  • Cost: Depends on the size of the cabin and the number of friends you can round up to join you, but you can pretty much always find a Tahoe cabin that works out to under $100 per person! Verdict: Bring friends. The more, the merrier. And the merrier, the cheaper for everyone!
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 3.5 hours | Website: Book at Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals or search on AirBnB (psst! Want $40 in free AirBnB credits? Use our link to sign up!)
Fire Lookout Tower
You can rent Fire Lookout Towers from the US Forest Service all over the country for a super rustic, isolated stay.

11. An Isolated Lookout in Plumas National Forest, California

Looking to get away from the rat race? Want to feel like you’re above it all? Look no further than Black Mountain Lookout. The tiny one-room ranger station is the only accommodation you’ll find in Plumas National Forest. It literally towers over the park (like, it’s up on a tower) and you can see nothing but nature and stars for miles and miles around you. You’ll feel blissful serenity and isolation (or sheer panic. Don’t stay here if being isolated in the forest terrifies you). The lookout cabin is a step up from camping: there’s electricity, a fridge, a stove, and actual bathrooms.  But, there isn’t any water … so… bring some. It’s just you and the bald eagles, buddy.

  • What to do in Plumas National Forest: Um, hike. Look at stars. Birdwatch. Read a book. Contemplate existence. Look, this isn’t Reno, there’s no nightlife. Don’t go to an isolated ranger station expecting to be entertained. 
  • Cost: $60 per night Verdict: If total aloneness isn’t your thing, bring a low-stress companion who is down to just exist and chill and gaze at stars and think about like, life.
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 4 hours| Website: Black Mountain Lookout
The Zaballa House Bed & Breakast in Half Moon Bay California. One of the best places to stay near San Francisco, Half Moon Bay makes an awesome weekend trip from San Francisco!
This adorable little Bed & Breakfast in Half Moon Bay, California features pink floral wall-paper, a charming ribbon wall decoration, a cozy fireplace, and a reminder that there is still good in the world. Photo Credit: Zaballa House

12. An Adorable Bed & Breakfast in Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay: a small coastal town just south of the Bay Area recently made famous by the award-winning film Birdemic: Shock and Terror!, (actually I think it won “Worst Film Ever Made” or something, so obviously we love it, please go watch the trailer, and then watch the hanger scene, and if you want to discuss this masterpiece please leave us a comment). But there’s more to Half Moon Bay than terrifying clip-art birds and gorgeous beaches. There’s also an awesome pumpkin festival every October, with the best Hay Mazes and pumpkin patches anywhere within a weekend trip near San Francisco. And there’s an adorable quaint little downtown. Which is fitting, because our favorite place to stay in Half Moon Bay is the cutest, most adorable little Bed & Breakfast, the Zaballa House! Way back before AirBnB, they had actual BnBs, with things like frilly tablecloths, friendly hosts serving meals to their guests, and antique furnishings. Harken back to the days of yesteryore as you stuff yourself with the gourmet breakfast buffet,  sip complimentary wine and nibble complimentary cheese, soak your worries away in a whirlpool or giant antique tub,  cozy up with a book in the study by a crackling fireplace,  and – potentially – make friends with other people’s dogs (yay)! And of course, we wouldn’t be recommending it if it wasn’t totally budget-friendly!

  • What to do in Half Moon Bay: Stroll the mile through the adorable downtown to the shore and spend a day on the beach;
  • Cost: $94 mid-week, $100+ on weekends, but usually available under $150 Verdict: The perfect romantic weekend for you and someone else’s dog. Or like, whoever. We don’t judge.
  • Distance from the Bay Area: 1 hour | Website: Zaballa House

I hope you liked our roundup of the most off-beat, ridiculous, essential, and totally awesome places to stay near San Francisco (on a budget)! How inspired are you to go book yourself a weekend getaway in a fabulous (yet affordable) luxury resort, a rad lighthouse hostel, or a rustic cabin right now?! Hey, where’s the coolest place that you’ve ever stayed? Drop us a comment!

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A local's guide to some totally weird and awesome places to stay near San Francisco, California (USA)! From rustic redwood cabins to lighthouse hostels and everything in between, these budget friendly finds are the perfect travel accommodations for your next weekend trip. A local's guide to some totally weird and awesome places to stay near San Francisco, California (USA)! From rustic redwood cabins to lighthouse hostels and everything in between, these budget friendly finds are the perfect travel accommodations for your next weekend trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Laura says: Reply

    These are amazing! I absolutely love quirky places to stay. And San Francisco is just as amazing too.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks Laura! We totally book weekend trips around cool places to stay, and go from there. I never would have heard of half of these places if it weren’t for the quirky accommodations we found there, honestly! But I’m psyched to visit all of them!

  2. Some of these places look so surreal! I love the look of the human nest. I’d definitely stay there and enjoy star-gazing and hearing the waves.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Definitely! I’m so jealous that my husband had his bachelor party at Treebones (in a yurt). So maybe I’ll just go back and stay in the nest without him 😛

  3. Awwww I want to stay in so many of them! The sunlit cabin and the lighthouse especially. Have really been enjoying quirky architectural gems lately: this is a lovely roundup!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks Alice! We’ve stayed in a few but the lighthouse is one that we actually made a reservation in and had to cancel at the last minute, so it’s at the top of our list.

  4. Iva says: Reply

    I would love to spend a weekend in that treehouse or the cabin in Mendocino. I showed my husband the “human nest” cause I thought it was awesome as he is a birder. We live in the Bay Area and we would keep this list in mind.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Yesss definitely go check them out! I’m glad to give you guys some good weekend trip material 🙂

  5. Jamie says: Reply

    What a fun idea to find ‘out of the ordinary’ places to stay! I’m fairly close to California, I’ll need to try some of these. Saving to Pinterest for sure!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks, Jamie! Glad you enjoyed the post!

  6. What a great round-u. I want to stay in the covered wagon. Always wondered what that would be like!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      We’re curious too! This is now my official weekend trips checklist for the next few years!

  7. I love this post because I always love finding unique places to stay. Have to say, my favorite is the constoga wagon. I would stay there as long ad I don’t die of dysentery. That always happened to me in the game!!! And I just love San Francisco in general. Such a great place!!! Great post!!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Hahaha I would totally be reliving my Oregon Trail days in that wagon!!

  8. Wow these are all so great. Can’t decide which one I’d want to do first. I have this dream of moving to Bay area (even though expensive smelly closet…ugh). So this list will be handy. I must stay in a human nest! And I love that you references Boxcar Kids, one of my favorite books ever!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Yesss the Bay Area is amazing! Expensive, yes, but soooo worth it. Hit us up if you do move out here!

  9. Jen says: Reply

    I would love to stay in a tree house! I recently saw a shell house in Mexico. These are so cool!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks Jen! I’m putting all of these on my list and making it a point to sleep in every single one of them – tree house and all!

  10. Leah says: Reply

    Ummm these places are ridiculously cool and beautiful! I’m so into the outdoorsy ones, like the treehouse and the shanti and the fire lookout tour! My bf and I are getting great ideas for a road trip to California!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks Leah! There’s a huge variety of things to do and see in California and nearby, and I wanted to represent them as best as I could! There are some incredible outdoorsy places to explore – you’ll have a great time!

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