Just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, El Capitan Canyon sits on 300 acres of California's serene Pacific coastline. The luxury campground beckons lovers who long for a romantic but outdoorsy escape. Fully furnished cedar cabins and yurt tents are set among babbling creeks and undeveloped foothills. Explore the nearby beach with one of the grounds’ free bikes, or take to the 15 miles of hiking trails.
Butch Anthony began building his log cabin in 1988 and is still tweaking it. It is made from heart pine salvaged from an old mill in Columbus, Ga., and put together with the help of his home-made rigging — cables and pulleys strung from the branches of pine trees. Mr. Anthony made the chandeliers on a screened porch from twigs and cow bones; the 1930s quilts came from his Possum Trot auction.