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El Capitan Canyon
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

we arrived late at night (another booked host cancelled our stay 1 hour before arrival), so we asked here for a room. they offered us a great cabin on short notice to a very fair price, and in distance to the group of children nearby. so the night was quiet, the room hat even a fireplace and we could use the pool til 10 pm. great place to stay longer than 1 night, and very friendly serivce from anyone.

Room Tip: there are small cabins, bigger cabins and also tents.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Julia_Held
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We went to El Capitan on Mothers Day weekend 2013 We had a Cabin Creek King. Beautiful cabin! The oversized tub with the big window that looks out to the trees was awesome. Bring your bath bubbles! Also bring all your cooking utensils. They have paper towels and toilet paper and bedding that's about it. Bring your own pillows because theirs are not the best. Bikes are a must. because it's a car free canyon. They have bikes, but you can only have them 2hrs. at a time. At the canyon store they pretty much have everything you need. Pricey though. Bubble bath was $20.00. It had dust on it. The Canyon grill was ok. I would bbq your own food. Don't forget the charcoal. They also have a small frig., microwave and coffee. Housekeeping service too. There were tons of kids there on the weekend. If you want a quite camping experience go during the week. We had a wonderful Mothers Day Weekend at El Capitan!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Thank WENDYLALA
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

For the price, the cabins are very overpriced - granted, we were there for New Year's, but for the cost, I would've liked some better amenities, like even a bundle of starter firewood or s'more fixins'.
The bathroom was super dated & no hot water after one person took a shower. Utensils not provided in the kitchenette, which seemed amiss. Would stay there again, but have lowered expectations & our friends who slept on the pull out sleeper sofa in the living room were super unhappy as it was very uncomfortable.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Joyroll
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

My wife and I first stayed here in 2008 (before we were married) as part of a birthday trip to Santa Barbara wine country. We were amazed by how beautiful the property is, how clean and comfortable the tents and cabins and all the amenities are, and how helpful and friendly all the staff are.

Two years later, we were looking for the perfect wedding venue and we both thought how amazing it would be to get married there, but didn't think it was even possible. We spoke with Terry, the manager/event coordinator who spoke to the owners and we were able to have all of our friends and family stay on the property and be with us for the most amazing wedding weekend we could have possibly imagined.

Since then, my wife and I have stayed at El Capitan Canyon when she was pregnant, when our son was 9 months old, and just recently, after he turned two. We plan to come back as often as we can as our family grows.

This is a perfect spot for families, for a romantic weekend, or for getting away in quiet solitude for a while. The property combines first rate amenities and all the comfort of staying at a glamorous resort with the feeling of being out in nature and away from the hustle bustle.

I can't say enough about how amazing this place is and can't wait to stay again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank J L
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Why we chose El Capitán for our wedding:

We love camping - in winter, summer, rain or shine (we admit that it is easier to camp in winter, summer, rain, or shine in California)!

A few years ago we began a tradition of camping every January (New Year's time) in Big Sur, California. It is one of our favorite places. Each year we have stopped and camped at many different campgrounds on our way to and from.

The first year we went to Big Sur, El Capitán State Beach was closed for camping. We drove through and thought, "sweet spot!" But that was all we got that year. The second year, we missed camping in El Cap because of the time of day we passed it (it's pretty close to home). Trips in between we needed to get up to Big Sur quickly because we were crunched for time, or for some reason or other we just never ended up there. El Capitán was this place we imagined as beautiful and amazing, but that kept eluding us!

Finally, we said forget trying to work El Cap into our Big Sur trips - let's just make a weekend trip of it.

When we arrived it WAS beautiful, and amazing, and so peaceful. But we had no firewood. The camp host sent us across the street to El Capitán Canyon Resort for firewood..."Where is that?" "What is that?"

The minute we set foot on El Capitán Canyon Resort we were SO SURE we wanted El Cap to be our wedding location. We immediately began plotting the fun we could have in this beautiful place. Woods AND ocean AND canyon AND camping AND cabins AND marriage AND a party!!

We thought we couldn't ask for more...and then Terry, John, and all of the staff who worked on our wedding at the resort were super helpful and awesome. They were the perfect combination of laid back and on top of everything, and all went beautifully according to plan without the stress and hassle we imagined was inevitable with wedding planning.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Grace K
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