by Courtney Elko
Mendocino Grove is a glamping destination situated just outside of Mendocino Village. The property has always been a camping site, but was recently revamped to become a glamping site.
Families seeking time away from screens and more time the among trees will love a stay here. The platformed canvas glamping tents offer heated beds and electricity, and the nearby Bath House allows for showers and bathroom time in comfort. Families will love to go on hikes, rent a canoe nearby, play lawn games in the large meadow area and sit around the campfire reconnecting under the starry night sky. Mendocino Grove, open seasonally, allows families to have a camping experience with a little less of the roughing it portion. Pets are welcome to stay.
Our Editor Loves
- Glamping platform tents
- Heated beds and electricity
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms & Rates
The campsites are situated in tent clusters, each with a different view, amount of privacy or level of access to the Bath House. Each cluster area features platform canvas tents, a grilling station and a designated parking area. At the parking area, families can also find large wheeled wagons that can be used to unload cars and transport all of your stuff to your tent. Every tent has its own picnic table, fire ring and grill for open fire cooking. Firewood can be purchased onsite by the bundle, and there is a Camp Fire Valet for hire who is happy to build and start your fire for you. Some tents are dog-friendly. Bath towels are provided.
Most of the spacious platformed canvas tents can sleep between two and four people. There is a heated queen bed with down comforters so there’s no chance of being cold in the night. There are bedside lamps and USB ports for charging, a small table, coat rack, lantern for heading to the Bath House at night (pathways are also lit) and an outdoor deck with chairs to enjoy the view. A cot for children under 12 years old can be added to these tents.
The family tents are very spacious at 16 x 20 feet and can accommodate between four and six people. The family tents feature a queen bed and two sets of bunk beds or two twin beds. The beds are heated and offer down comforters. There are bedside lamps and USB ports for charging, a small table, coat rack, lantern for heading to the Bath House at night (pathways are also lit) and an outdoor deck with chairs.
Restrooms and Shower Area
While this is a glamping destination, you are still camping and there are no restrooms or showers inside any of the tents. The Bath House area is situated in the center of the property. Depending where your tent is located, it could be about a two- to five-minute walk to the Bath House (the tents with the best views are also furthest away from the Bath House). At the Bath House, families will find beautifully large, tiled indoor showers with an area for changing, as well as restrooms, sinks, a full length mirror, hairdryer and plenty of bath products.
In addition to the indoor portion of the Bath House are additional outdoor showers. There are more of these showers available, but they are a bit more rustic with an open roof. The outdoor showers are also large and offer a changing portion, but these lend more to the camping side and less toward glamping.
There are also a few restrooms (nicer versions of port-o-potties) placed near the campsites that are furthest from the Bath House. Bath towels are supplied in your tent. We recommend bringing footwear and a shower caddy.
Felt like I was camping in the presidio of San Francisco. Amenities are great but feels more like a rustic motel then camping. Be warned you will not have the feeling that you are “in nature” with the quiet and solitude one looks for in camping. Sure it is nice to have a comfy bed and a tea bar, but I’d give that all up to feel like I left the hustle and bustle of city life. PS the temperature during the day didn’t get above 54.
We got to stay in a tent that gave us a peak of the ocean through the trees. Comfortable bed with cozy heated mattress pad. Loved the tea bar! Would sit around the fire in the morning and sip our teas. Also took advantage of the s'mores kit -- daughter loved it! A great stay and will definitely be back.
While there is no pool or kids’ club at Mendocino Grove, kids will love being outdoors and running and playing in large grassy fields among tall trees.
The large grassy meadow, situated in the center of the property, offers families a great place to play. There is a Bocce ball court, hammocks are dotted around the area, and horseshoes and corn hole are available. A large selection of books and board games are also available to borrow in the office.
Hiking and Canoeing
Hiking trails and canoe and bike rentals are located nearby. There is a loop trail families can explore, as well as a direct trail to the Catch a Canoe and Bicycle Too rentals (not associated with Mendocino Grove). An expert guide and naturalist is available to take kids and families on a complimentary, guided hike on Saturday mornings.
Located in the large Meadow area is the Commons, an open-air pavilion where families can find complimentary coffee each morning and some light breakfast treats. Breakfast is available from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. daily.
Gas BBQ grills can be found throughout the property for guests to use. There is a gas grill station and a wash station for every cluster of tents and also a station at the Meadow Commons.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available near the office and Meadow. Internet and cell service can be spotty, depending on your cell provider, so be prepared to not be constantly connected.
Free parking is available within walking distance to your assigned tent cluster.
- Pet Friendly
Mendocino Grove is a pet-friendly destination and dogs are welcome to stay in designated tents.
The Best Time to Visit
Mendocino Grove is a seasonal resort, open from May through November (weather dependent). At the beginning of each season, the tents and most of the property is re-constructed and then it is all stored away at the end of the season.
Most families visit during the summer months, with July and August being the busiest. Mendocino is in Northern California so expect cooler temperatures. Temperatures stay around 60 degrees most of the year, with it being a bit cooler in the winter and a bit warmer in the summer.
Mendocino Grove is located in Northern California, about three and half hours north of San Francisco. The Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa is located about two hours away. Both the Sacramento and San Francisco International airports are located about three and a half hours away.
A vehicle is needed when staying at Mendocino Grove. The small village of Mendocino is located about a two-minute drive away from the campsite. The village area is easily walkable. But you can’t walk there from the glamping site. Also, parking is limited in Mendocino Village and could prove difficult during peak tourist season in the summer months.
A yoga/meditation/sunset viewing platform can be found amongst the trees. Morning yoga sessions are held here on Saturdays, but anyone can stop by at any time throughout the day. The water views through the tall trees offer a breath of fresh air.