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El Capitan Canyon & Market {local glamping}

We mentioned El Capitan Canyon in our Favorite Local 805 Campgrounds post and wanted to share a bit more about why we love it. El Capitan Canyon caters to luxury campers in the Santa Barbara area and offers two choices of glamping experiences with their Cedar Cabin or Safari Tents. If you’re more like us — you’re on a stricter budget and enjoy “roughing” it — then you can still enjoy many of the El Capitan Canyon amenities without staying overnight here. {or you can plan your next trip here for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary!}

Typically we camp at Refugio Beach and/or El Capitan State Beach, which are both within biking distance. There’s a bike trail along the coast, extending from Refugio to El Capitan State Beach — which we love! More often than not, we will camp at one of those campgrounds and pop in for a day visit to El Capitan Canyon Market.

Bike Trail Loop from Refugio State Beach to El Capitan State Beach

One of our favorite amenities here — look at how inviting and cute it is!

El Capitan Canyon Market

Picnic area

As you might be able to tell, the Canyon Market is not your average camping general store. It vends books, toys, camping gear, BBQ kits, wine, fresh baked goods (the cookies are our favorite!), WiFi, a full-service kitchen & cafe, and more!

Full-service Cafe at Canyon Market

We absolutely LOVE the breakfast at the Canyon Market — the breakfast burrito is a must-get! Caveat: make sure to share. It’s huge!

Freshly cooked breakfast at the Canyon Market

They also make delicious coffee drinks.  I especially like their cappuccino with soy milk 🙂

Latte from El Capitan Canyon Market

El Capitan Canyon Market

El Capitan Canyon has a large, sweeping picnic area with benches, an outdoor fire pit, and lots grass. This is also where they host the Summer Concert Series on Saturday evenings. The music is complimentary for guests, and $10 entrance fee for visitors.  Typically, the bands play from 7-9pm — but check the website for details. You can bring your own wine and picnic food to enjoy, or you can enjoy the famous Canyon BBQ which is $20/person and $14/child from 6-8pm.

They also recently opened a store nearby — just over the bridge to the left of the Canyon Market. You can get more wine, picnic gear, and adorable camping wear (Patagonia and bohemian styles).

The Canyon StorePicnic Gear!

So, if you’re heading to Santa Barbara area and looking for a breakfast stop, Saturday evening plans (concert & BBQ) or simply for an excuse to try out “glamping” – make sure to check out El Capitan Canyon. It’s right of the 101 and is the perfect distance for a local getaway!

El Capitan Canyon

PS. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time if you’re planning to partake in the glamping experience.

Complimentary bikes on premises.

Lots of fun and exploring to be had! {you’re welcome}

Have you ever glamped before? #spreadthelove


Hayley {LL805}

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