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Glamping In The Santa Cruz Mountains

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

If you are experiencing zoom fatigue, want to break away from the norm, or just want to escape from civilization, I have a perfect place for you : A mountaintop yurt in the middle of nowhere in the Santa Cruz mountains. This is a great glamping experience perfect for a couple, and gets booked months in advance.


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As seen in the picture above and video below, this yurt is HUGE. It has a small kitchen area, a luxurious queen size bed and a comfortable couch made cozy by an old-fashioned gas fireplace. The yurt is decorated beautifully, with hints of spirituality and mindfulness in everything you see. There is ample natural light with a glass dome at the top, and windows all around. Although this place is great to disconnect from the digital world, wifi is available and the signal is strong throughout the yurt. The outdoor open-air shower and pit toilet remind you that this is a glamping experience, and not a resort style stay.

The yurt is located on Summit Road in Watsonville. Surrounded by redwoods, the view of the starry sky at night is magical.

It is adjacent to the tranquil Kim Son Buddhist Temple, and you are sometimes woken to the sound of gongs and chanting by the monks. The number of giant sized Buddhist statues that adorn the temple premise is astounding. At times peacocks wander on the premise and so do a number of deer.

A mile down on Summit Road is Mt.Madonna Center and Sankata Mochana Hanuman temple, another spiritual place worth a visit.

The closest grocery store is 30 minutes away in Watsonville, so come prepared with food and all necessities. If you do feel the need to get back to civilization or want to go out for a nice dinner, Watsonville has a quaint little downtown. We tried Ellas At The Airport for Italian dinner one night, and as the name indicates, the restaurant is located in the small Watsonville airport. It was fun watching small aircrafts land and take off as we ate dinner.

Need to stay active? Mt.Madonna County Park is just a few miles down Summit Road. It offers a number of trails for every ability and elevation. BlackHawk-Ridge-Sprig Trail loop is the most popular trail in the park. We started out on it, missed a turn and ended up curating our own loop across a number of trails. This park of redwoods is massive and but well marked. And the enormity of the Redwoods always astounds me no matter how many times I hike through them.

So the next time you are in the mood for a romantic getaway, or just want to be lost in nature, do consider this hidden gem of a place. You can thank me later!

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