California Unusual Accomodations

Enter the real Animal Kingdom

The natural world awaits you... Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California's wine country, Safari West is home for over 400 exotic mammals and birds. Not a zoo, not a drive-through park, it's a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature's most beautiful animals in a natural habitat. Established by Peter Lang in 1979, Safari West gained membership in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, one of only six private facilities in North America to belong to that prestigious organization. The ongoing mission of Safari West is wildlife preservation through breeding, education, research and public interaction. But Safari West is more than a preserve. We are dedicated to raising awareness of our exotic neighbors and promoting understanding through in-person contact. That's why we offer safaris year-round. If your only experience with a zebra or giraffe has been at a zoo, you should see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. You owe it to yourself, and to them.
Bed, breakfast and a room with a view... of giraffes! "The best way to visit is to spend the night, so you can hear the nightly serenade, the likes of which you've never heard outside of an African savannah." Enjoy all the creature comforts when you spend the night in one of our luxury tents—"It’s like having a tent over your room!" Pale-green canvas walls enclose plush beds, hot showers and rustic but elegant trappings. There are polished wood floors, gleaming copper basins in the private bathrooms and one-of-a kind hand hewn furniture. Tents are imported from Africa and are built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks where guests can take in the view of grazing giraffes or enjoy the serenity of the private lake. It's the height of luxury. Rates: Safari Tents: Choose from one king size bed, king size bed with double size bunk beds, or two double beds. Ensuite bathroom with shower. Outdoor sitting area. $225.00 a night for two people, each extra person $25. Maximum occupancy: five guests. Continental breakfast included. (two night minimum stay Friday and Saturday, May through September) Inquire about availability with Guests Services Cottage: If canvas isn't your style, try our charming cottage. Suitable for up to eight guests, the two-bedroom cottage is equipped with a king bed, a double bunk bed and a queen futon. Private bathroom, kitchenette (mini-fridge, sink, microwave and coffeemaker) and outdoor sitting area are all part of this spacious dwelling. $350.00 a night for four people, each extra person $25.00. Recommended occupancy: four to eight guests. Continental breakfast included. (two night minimum stay Friday and Saturday, May through September)
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John L said...

In Long Beach - the Dockside Boat and Bed

Imagine yourself spending an evening aboard your own yacht !

- Pamper yourself -

Smell the salt air. Listen to the gentle lapping of the waves.
Witness a beautiful sunset and the lights reflecting off the water.
Your boat remains dockside as you enjoy the serenity and the peacefulness.
Near by are great restaurants, shops, a multi-cinema complex,
great jazz and even a water taxi. Downtown is just a 1/2 mile away !

- Rekindle your sense of adventure! -

Choose from a select number of private yachts in three different and beautiful locations.

Check-in between 2 and 6 pm - Check-out at 11am

- Prepare to relax and enjoy-

s james said...

The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park offers similar overnight stays.

Roar And Snore Sleepovers

At the Wild Animal Park
Now with upgraded tent options!
Embark on an exciting overnight experience in one of the world's most fascinating natural settings. Bring your sleeping bag, pillow, and camera, and camp near the Wild Animal Park's Kilima Point overlooking the expanse and the exotic residents of the spectacular East Africa Field Exhibit.

Roar & Snore offers a variety of themed nights to choose from: Adult Only nights for those 21 and up begin with hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to purchase cocktails at Kilima Point; Family Nights for families with children ages 8 and up; and for families with children ages 4 and up we have special activities that are geared especially for them; Girl Scout Nights offer adventures geared especially for scouts and their leaders.

All programs include camp activities and an after-hours look at the wild life of our animals, guided walks, animal encounters, a private Wgasa Bush Line Railway tour, a campfire program, and the unique opportunity to experience the Wild Animal Park at night. With the additional purchase of Park admission, you get the opportunity to enjoy the Park starting as early as 9 a.m. on the day of your sleepover and you may also remain at the Park the entire next day , so you get both days for the price of one! Parking fees are not included and are paid upon arrival.

or a Mother's Day Sleepover at the San Diego Zoo Safari Sleepover
Learn about moms with pouches from the evening's special speaker! At the San Diego Zoo
Saturdays, May 6 or 13

Just in time for Mother's Day! Moms can go wild at the San Diego Zoo's Mother's Day Sleepover, a ladies-only event offering a "shabby chic" girls' night out in the Zoo. Don't expect 5-star luxury at Camp Timbuktu, but you can expect star treatment. Dr. Zoolittle will tickle your funny bone as the evening's host, a private Zoo bus tour will get you the dish on animal moms in the Zoo, and the delicious dinner and dessert will please your palate. A keeper will share heartwarming animal tales of mothers with pouch babies, including those oh-so-cute koalas, followed up by an unusual nighttime stroll through the Zoo. One of our animal ambassadors will wake you up for a hot breakfast the next morning—a fitting finale to this rustic pajama party. There will also be a few fun gifts and surprises!

Anonymous said...

East Brother Lighthouse, or more accurately a Light Station, is a beautifully restored Victorian Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Inn
perched atop an island in the straits that separate San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.

Located 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco, the lighthouse Bed and Breakfast is close enough for a weekend jaunt or as a unique complement to your San Francisco/Northern California visit. Once on the island, visitors take in the spectacular
views of the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais, and the Marin coastline.

East Brother Light Station is celebrating its 130th year as a fully functioning lighthouse
and its 23rd year as a B&B Inn. With its uncommon combination of both a "lighthouse bed and breakfast" and an "island bed and
breakfast", it makes for a completely unique destination. Accessible after a 10 minute boat
ride to the island, the lighthouse B&B seems as if it is a "world away".

irishlass said...

Orbit In to the palm springs modern vibe, and leave your worries behind as you lounge in luxurious mid-century style. Breathtaking mountain views, poolside breakfast and cocktails, cruiser bikes and spa services - all served up at a small boutique hotel called the Orbit In, where vintage modernism meets the 21st century.

Whether you prefer the social atmosphere of the Oasis, with its intimate poolside bar & courtyard, or the peaceful seclusion of the Hideaway's expansive grounds, these bastions of hip sensibilities with their premier location, designer furnishings, fun amenities, and friendly staff will have you coming back for more!

Anonymous said...

Live the fabulous life, like a Hollywood celebrity atBob's At The Beach
Luxury Vacation Rental
South Lake Thoe, CA

Featured on "Life Styles of The Rich & Famous",
"Ski Magazine" and "Cigar Aficionado"

This is a spectacular nautical 3-story contemporary home located in an exclusive, electronically - gated community consisting of 13 beachfront multi-million dollar homes, minutes away from 6 major ski resorts and casinos. Extensive use of glass, mirror, tile, marble, copper, brass and mahogany throughout the approximately 7,000 square feet make this an elegant environment for a luxury vacation.

4 - Bedrooms, 6 1/2 Baths, 6 - Fireplaces, 12 - T.V.'s, Commercial Kitchen, 6 - Bar Kitchens, 40' Boat Dock, Private Sandy Beach, Indoor Tiled Swimming Pool, Waterfall, Out Door Hot Tub, Habitat, 7 - Decks, Garage.

3 - Story Entry
Guest Bedroom with full bed, T.V., Wet Bar/Kitchen (Hot Water Dispenser, Refrigerator, Sink & Microwave) and Private Bath.
Pool Bathroom
Habitat Kohler (Sun, Steam, and Rain)
Indoor Tiled Swimming Pool with 2-story Copper Waterfall.
1949 Chris Craft Boat Bar (Beer Tap, Soda Fountain, Dishwasher, Microwave, Refrigerator, Freezer, Ice Maker, Hot Water Dispenser.
Conversation Pit with T.V., Fire Place.
Dance Floor
Laundry Room

irishlass said...

My Friend With A Boat

Lake Tahoe

The Overnight Cruise
The ultimate romantic get-a-way! After cruising the lake at sunset, spend the night alone on the boat in Emerald Bay! While you enjoy the boat's comfortable cabin we will be nearby on another boat for your safety and convenience. Includes evening cocktails, snacks and breakfast. This cruise generally starts about 7 pm and ends around 10 am.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Lost Trail Lodge... the comforting ambiance of a glowing fire, massive timbers and soft golden pine welcomes you.

Lying six miles northwest of Squaw Valley and four and a half miles northeast of Truckee, the Lost Trail Lodge offers modern amenities in a rustic atmosphere, making for a comfortable backcountry destination.

With hundreds of acres of undeveloped forest surrounding the lodge, summer activities are as boundless as the terrain itself. Perhaps your goal is to cover some ground on mountain bike or foot, discovering untouched wildflower meadows and waterfalls. Or maybe you’ll just want to read along the banks of a lazy stream, by chance sharing the landscape with a deer or beaver passing by. Whatever your desire, the Lost Trail Lodge will invite you in at the end of your exploration and adventure.

Options for accessing the lodge in the summer abound. Folks desiring a true adventure from start to finish can hike or mountain bike from the pavement’s end in Truckee, a 4 mile jaunt. Hiking or horse back riding in from the Pacific Crest Trail is also a great possibility.

For those guests who don’t want to work so hard on their vacation, the summer months allow the luxury of driving to the lodge. 4-wheel drive vehicles park on site. There is a designated summer parking area for 2 wheel drives ½ mile from the lodge.

Hidden four miles deep in Coldstream Canyon, the lodge offers an ideal starting point to access some of the Sierra Nevada's best skiing and ice- climbing terrain. With its proximity to I-80 and the historic town of Truckee, the lodge is in the perfect location for a week-long adventure or a weekend getaway.

Proponents of the idea that getting there is half the fun, we suggest that guests access the lodge under their own power. The meandering stream beds and stunning views are much more spectacular on skis or snowshoes than inside a machine. As we strive to be a free-heel backcountry retreat, and in an effort to minimize user impact, we ask that all of our guests opt for mechanical assistance from our snowmobile as a last resort.

Anonymous said...

The Bearpaw High Sierra Camp is only accessible by an 11.5 mile hike from inside Sequoria National Park.

Nestled 11.5 miles into Sequoia's backcountry, high atop a 7,800 ft. granite saddle overlooking the Great Western Divide, Bearpaw High Sierra Camp has been pampering overnight guests for the past 71 years.

Friendly, warm hospitality, led by Carolyn Pistelli, who has been the Bearpaw Camp Manager for 12 years, will ensure that your stay at Bearpaw is an unforgettable backcountry camping experience.

Six tent cabins, with wooden floors and canvas siding, each with twin beds, linens and down comforters.
Each cabin can sleep three people total (one person on the floor; no bedding provided).
Central shower house with hot showers and flush toilet.
Generous home-style breakfast and dinner served daily, included in the daily room rate. Box lunches can be purchased separately.
Numerous trails and day hikes, ranging from 3 to 18 miles round-trip begin from the Camp. Great local lakes for fishing.

You won't go hungry at Bearpaw. Meals are generous, home-cooked and served family-style.

A typical breakfast epicurean adventure may include: Tomato and Cheese Frittata; Oatmeal Raisin French Toast; Sausage and Egg Scramble; Broccoli-Squash-Pepper Quiche; Fresh Fruit Compote.

Dinners may include such delicacies as: Grilled New York Steaks or Tri-Tip; Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin; Indonesian Chicken; Portabella Lasagna; Sautéed Asparagus with Almonds; Grilled Zucchini, Orange Wild Rice and Twice Baked Potatoes.

Desserts are a specialty and home-made from scratch, such as: Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream; Fresh Baked Berry or Apple Pie; Chocolate Layer Cake; New York Style Cheesecake and Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce.

A vegetarian option is available at every meal.

Wine by the glass is available for purchase.

The hike to Bearpaw is 11.5 miles one-way, along the High Sierra Trail. The trailhead starts at Crescent Meadow, approximately ten miles south from Wuksachi Lodge. The elevation begins at 6,800 ft. and ends at 7,800 ft. The hike is considered moderate, with several creek crossings and dramatic views of the Great Western Divide. The average hike in/out takes approximately seven hours.


Wilderness Permits are required and free of charge, issued at the NPS Lodgepole Wilderness Office. For permit information, trail maps, conditions information, call 559.565.3761. Permits cannot be mailed; they must be picked up in person the morning of your Bearpaw arrival date. The Lodgepole Wilderness Office is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in summer; limited hours in the off-season. For current weather conditions, call 559-565-3341.

We recommend that you consider staying at Wuksachi Lodge the night before and after your hike, so you can acclimate yourself to the elevation and get a good night’s rest before hiking or driving home.

Reservations for the 2006 season will be taken beginning January 2 after 7 a.m. PST by calling 888-252-5757.

Cancellations throughout the year happen, so check back often for newly available dates online, or by calling our Reservations Office.