Much has been made about my stay here. I don't think I have ever received so many questions and comments on an adventure before. I suppose these unique structures are a huge point of intrigue. I understand fully, because that is exactly what got me to go exploring here in the first place. Adventure + Architecture... well, now, that's my formula for a good time. Sign me up!
GLAMPING FASHION VIBES:
MORE FROM MY STAY AT THE BLUE SKY CENTER:
About a year ago, I spotted this place on Instagram. Immediately, I went to their website with the intentions of booking the next available spot. What I didn't know is that www.goop.com had just featured this location and along with that came three full months of bookings. So, I did what any good traveller does. I added it to my imaginary California bucket list and.... I waited... and waited.... and waited...
(The moment you realize your cup of coffee is empty...)
For about a month, I would check their availability every morning just on the off chance that someone had backed out. My daily coffee and Blue Sky Center calendar check proved to be worth it when one morning, they had an opening for the following weekend! And, so, I did what any good wife would do. I booked it for two without even checking to see if those dates worked for the husband. I figured, "Hey, if he can't make it, someone will want to come check this place out with me!" But, luckily, for both of us, the stars aligned and everything worked out perfectly to spend two nights at this little gem of a spot.
We arrived in the afternoon having come from Yosemite. (It's a long story, but I have a tendency to add things on to a road trip that then make the road trip three times as long). Immediately, we were met by the owners and other guests and shown around the property.
Before diving into what the stay is like here, let me just say, this is in the middle of no where. You know how movies make you think California is filled with an endless sea of buildings and fashionable people and trendy little shops. Yeah, that's only really true for the major cities. The rest of California is beautiful, yes, but it's also 100% like the rest of the country's country farm land. And, this was no exception.
Luckily, we still had quite a bit of food left over from our road trip which proved to be a huge asset to our stay here as the grocery store wasn't really a grocery store but rather a few shelves of random canned and boxed foods.
There is a kitchen that is really nice on site. It actually was one of my favorite spots on the property. The bathrooms are in a separate building which makes for an interesting mid-night potty break completely with creatures and such. All in all none of these minimal amenities were unexpected.
This is glamping. It is a quaint little stay out in the mountains. The canvas is not attached fully to the iron structure making it really feel more like a tent than an enclosed building. Again, not a bother for us because we expected a bit of a camping style stay. With that said, the beds were comfortable, blankets were cozy, and the stars in the night sky out of the huge windows made it all worth it.
There was wifi, but for the most part or cell reception was a no go situation. This was a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of daily cell reception. We spent our days cooking or reading or napping without interruption. It was a wonderful experience all around and one that I recommend for a unique stay in California.
CALIFORNIA GLAMPING TRAVEL TIPS:
For this type of trip, pack like you are going camping and not like you are going to stay in a hotel/b&b. The kitchen is stocked with plates and dishwater and all that you would need to cook, but, bring your own food as the stores in the area are rather sparse. There are nice showers in the bathrooms. Bringing an extra set of towels and packing for a walk to the bathroom is recommended. Also, as previously mentioned, there are blankets provided but it is the desert and as such it can get quite cold at night so pack warm layers and good socks! Other than that all you need is a good book and a good hat and you are all set for a weekend in Cali to remember!