Amenities: Queen beds, sleeper sofas, full kitchens and baths, front porches, charcoal BBQs, fire pits, TVs, Blu-ray/DVD players
How to book: Reserve online
The four blond-wood cabins here -- Condor, Eagle, Falcon and Hawk -- give you front-door access to a wide-open patch of sky where you’re likely to see all four types of birds soaring high above you. You’ll also be surrounded by two mountain ranges and a shimmering lake, where you can go boating, fishing, or take a naturalist-led wildlife cruise. Each cabin has at least one bedroom with pocket doors and a sleeper sofa in the living room -- you’ll need to bring your own sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels -- and summer rates start at $110 a night. For a per-dog fee, you can also bring along your pooch(es).
San Luis Obispo
Amenities: Full kitchen, hot tub, BBQ, deck, Queen bed
How to book: Reserve online, via VRBO, or by phone at 805.801.7128
Set on 11 acres of former ranchland with views of (wait for it) olive trees (!), this rustic former tack room has a retro ‘60s interior full of vintage stuff that ranges from quirky to cool. There’s no TV, but there IS a hot tub and comfy bed that sleeps two -- so bring along a book, another person, or both. (If you want to travel with a group, know that there’s also the adjoining Libretto Cottage that sleeps four.) Tap into the hippie vibe of the property and book a workshop for Creativity Awareness or go on a fasting retreat. Not your thing? Check out some of the 15 nearby Central Coast wineries -- and know that you’ll find a wine opener and glasses in the kitchen. Rate is $165 per night with a two night-minimum, up to five nights.
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Melanie Wynne is the Travel Editor of The Points Guy, and while she loves winging off to exotic places, she’ll never kick a California road trip out of bed. Find her on Instagram at @wynne_win and on Twitter at @wynnewin.