Places To Stay In California

7 Cute & Quirky Places To Stay In California

It’s no surprise that some of the places to stay in California push the boundaries of traditional accommodations. It’s well known for being a fun-loving, free-spirited state! From tree nests in Big Sur to a ghost ship in Sacramento, the Golden State offers some of the most unique accommodation. Here’s our pick of unusual hotels, campsites and treehouses to spend a night in…

Unique Places To Stay In California

1. KOA Campground – Santa Cruz

This campsite features six Airstreams that have everything you need for a luxurious glamping trip – including a kitchen, bathroom, AC and heating – while the site itself plays up the fun, retro theme with pink flamingos and colorful vintage patio furniture. It’s the perfect spot for camping vibes without actually pitching a tent!

2. Treebones Resort

Want an artsy stay in the outdoors? Spend a night in the Twig Hut, which features a hand-woven, two-story structure with spectacular northern ocean views and a full-sized futon pad inside, as well as access to a “writer’s nook” below with an outdoor love seat.

The unusual wood-art in this resort is by Big Sur artist Jayson Fann. Like a bird’s nest, they’re not weather proof, so Treebones recommends pitching a “just in case” tent.

3. Delta King Riverboat Hotel – Sacramento

The historic Delta King riverboat in Sacramento offers guests the chance to stay in another era. Step back to a time when the 285-foot boat did daily trips to San Francisco, serving booze during Prohibition and offering jazz, gambling and fine dining. The hotel has 44 rooms, two restaurants and a theater that some believe is haunted by the original captain. Online Museum - Dave Thomson Wing

4. The Madonna Inn – San Luis Obispo

The Madonna Inn has 110 whimsical guestrooms, each with their own themes including: Caveman, featuring animal prints, a rock pond, stone-age clubs and a waterfall spilling from a stone shower; and the Love Nest, which you access by a quaint trestle bridge. It features an enchanting staircase winding upward into a private viewing tower along with French-styled furnishings surrounded by shades of pink.

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5. Victorian Mansion Bed & Breakfast – Los Alamos

This recently renovated 1864 Victorian has six incredible suites with themes including a sheik’s tent, 50’s drive-in, pirate ship and gypsy caravan. Each room features themed beds, in-room hot tubs, fireplaces and hidden bathrooms. Each theme is then amplified by inspiring music, fragrance, hand-painted murals and tiles, movies and furniture. If you’re looking for somewhere really unique, this is the place to go.

Places To Stay In California

6. Veranda Suite at The Beverly Wiltshire – Los Angeles

You can “rough it” in this legendary hotel in a luxury tent with a queen-size bed, crystal chandelier, marble lamps, fur rugs and antique nightstands. Guests can also indulge in special campfire s’mores made with 24-carat gold leaf, Tahitian vanilla bean marshmallow, and a smoked 55% Valrhona chocolate bar crafted.

Set high above Rodeo Drive, this allows you to sleep under the stars in the ‘City of Stars’. This five-star stay is pure luxury in the heart of LA.

Places To Stay In California

7. Hicksville Trailer Palace – Joshua Tree

Hang with artists at this trailer park motel in Joshua Tree. Consider Western-themed “The Pioneer,” a log cabin trailer with cowboy-print curtains, or hot-pink “The Fifi,” designed by the owners of a New Orleans wig store.

Gather on the fake-grass lawn to enjoy a few cold ones or roast s’mores at the fire pit. There’s also a communal bathhouse, a solar-heated saltwater swimming pool (open March to November) and a rooftop hot tub.

Plus, let’s not forget about the games! There’s mini golf, archery, ping-pong, a dartboard, horseshoes, and a no-coins-required jukebox. Dogs are welcome too; they’ll have fun paddling in their own special pool at Fort Dog.

Places To Stay In California

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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