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#3 of 17 Specialty lodging in Santa Barbara
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11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117-9789
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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport11 mi
Santa Maria Public Airport39 mi
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El Capitan is a treasure. It’s a large complex with something for everyone. It was springtime when I visited and the woods were full of beautiful sights and aromas. The on-site market has a convenient restaurant and anything you might need for a stay in the woods. I visited with friends who wanted to surf and Travis, at the entrance gate, gave us all the information we needed being a surfer himself. Mark, in the office, was more than understanding when I needed some moral support, which was above and beyond the call of duty. I definitely recommend this “glamping” evperience.
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Super clean cabin. Super comfy bed. Had to cook our food on the fire pit which was fun. Deer around our cabin in the mornings. You can buy snacks, drinks, firewood at the general store at the campground. Really nice staff and escort to our cabin on check in. Highly recommend,family friendly. Can't wait to go back. Lover our stay!
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Our first visit to El Capitan Canyon was a great experience from start to finish. Despite some torrential rain and stormy weather building up to our visit, the property was well equipped to handle the weather and our cabins were cozy and warm. The kids could run freely and play, not to mention borrow the free bikes provided to ride around the expansive property, and hike up the hill to visit the Llamas and the organic vegetable garden. The property has a cute market for any food or drink items you may need and a restaurant if you don't feel like preparing your own food at any time during your stay. Board games in the restaurant if the weather gets too hot or too cold is another delight for families to enjoy. We enjoyed making s'mores in our personal fire pit, with the s'mores kits they sell in the market complete with handy long prong devices which are always useful! Later on the kids enjoyed the freedom to explore under the full moon while the adults relaxed by the fire in the evening. It was so peaceful sleeping in the cabin, since the hotel has a no noise policy after 10pm and additionally no amplified music which really made for very an extremely optimal sleep experience! Waking up to open the drapes and seeing the sun shining on the beautiful mountains was just pure joy, and lingering in bed with a fresh cup of coffee such a treat. We are definitely looking forward to more visits in the future to this very special and relaxing place!
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Please see the following email I sent to El Captian after our visit. I received a phone call and was attacked verbally after I had sent it. The woman would not let me speak and she went off on me about service dogs and laws in CA. If she had delivered the same information in a polite manner and taken the time to LISTEN and empathize with a guests concerns, rather than attack me, this review would be different. Here is what I sent. Does it sound rude or threatening? Thanks for changing my reservation to reflect the promotion that you were offering. Over all We had a good time-the bikes were fun and the folks working in the cafe were very personable. I'd like to express my appreciation for Abel, a shuttle driver who was extremely accommodating when others at the entrance were not! Is there a way to tip him? We were, however, VERY disappointed in how other guests did NOT follow the rules, when we did. There were 2 cars that were left overnight at the tent sites-one who idled and left their lights on for an extended period of time. In the tent between mine and my daughters children were screaming and singing at 6AM-we asked them to keep it down and they continued. Might be better if you had an adult only area since there wasnt a way for us to contact you to ask them to allow us our peace. Also, There was a DOG staying in the tent next to us and we saw two other dogs with guests on the property. We paid $90 to house our dogs for the night and think it's only fair that you reimburse us. If you allowed dogs for some, you should make that clear. We would have loved to have brought our furry friends, but we followed the rules. Thanks, Meg
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We took the kids here right before school started. It wasn't too crowded and we didn't stay in the loft cabins as they didn't recommend it for kids under 5. That being said, you can drive your car up to the cabin on the day you come and and the day you leave. That was great as there were minimal cars you had to worry about. Kids loved being able to go places without us (not far). Our cabin had the bathroom, bed and pull out sofa and bathroom. Water pressure and heat were great! better than expected. they do daily maid service - another plus. There is no stove or anything inside the cabin - only a small microwave, coffee pot, small sink and small refrigerator. So if you bring lots of food, you will need your own cooler. No mosquitoes when we went and they kept the poison ivy well trimmed back away from where the kids would be, so no worries there unless you go hiking through the brush. they also advised us that the poison ivy was in the creek and not to go down there there's a pool area with a play area - warning tho, your kids shoes will get very dirty at the play area as it is over all dirt and no grass. that being said, kids had a great time playing on the tire swing and the pool area is enclosed. you need to bring your own towels tho. no hot tub. it is also very close to the common bathroom area where the YURTs are and the cabins with no bathrooms. we did the tri tip dinner the first night and they delivered it to us. if you don't pre-order, it requires a 2-3 hour lead time. We are a family of 4 with a 4 and a 6 year old. We ordered the trip tip dinner for two and added on two cheeseburgers. The burgers were so big, the kids split it and we saved the other one for the next day. the Tri tip was more than enough for two people and came with salad and dressing, garlic bread, baked beans, a good size tri tip, smores enough for all of us for two nights and firewood plus everything you would need to cook it. Next day we did the salmon. We bought firewood at the market near our house and it was the same price as buying it from the general store, so they are reasonably priced. There were chairs on the porch but we also brought our own camping chairs to sit near the fire. Picnic bench not far from the fire pit made it very convenient to cook and eat. We hiked up to the llama farm and the lady there wasn't particularly friendly (she seemed like she had better things to do) so we didn't actually get to go into the pens like the people who were there before us, but they did have a large bale of alfalfa that you could use to feed the animals through the fencing. Although it's a bit of a hike with the kids complaining the whole way up, once they were there, they said that was their favorite part. the general store was pretty cool and was attached to a little cafeteria/grill with seating. food was much better than i was expecting and prices were way reasonable considering you'd have to get to your car to drive somewhere else or cook it yourself. we brought the kids bicycles since they don' t have ones for kids. My little one fell asleep in the restaurant and we were lucky enough to catch a ride with one of the workers going our way so i didn't have to carry him all the way back. She even put his bicycle in the back for us! so nice! overall, its the same price as staying in a hotel and more like glamping, but i thought it was a great compromise, especially with little kids
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