Your Next Spring Break
Courtesy of El Capitan
Relax: El Capitan Canyon, California
Why go: Planning, packing, and schlepping gear—camping is nothing if not a lot of work, which is why someone invented luxury camping. Get used to the concept at El Capitan Canyon in Los Padres National Forest, near Santa Barbara, California.
Why it's relaxing: You'll snuggle under a comforter on a queen-size bed in a roomy, wood-floored safari tent—the only thing you might have to pitch is your Pack 'N Play. If you still manage to strain your back, spring for a massage from a Canyon therapist in your tent or under a secluded sycamore. Meanwhile, your brood can hop on horses, swim in the pool or the ocean, or hike the 15 miles of trails. Provisions?Bug spray, hotdogs, s'more kits, even lattes are available at the resort's market.
Winning detail: This trip is easy on the pocketbook—and you'll forever be one of those parents who really did take the kids camping. (Psst: Cabins—with bathrooms and kitchens—are also available.)
Info: Twenty miles from Santa Barbara, Calif.; 866/352-2729; www.elcapitancanyon.com; tents from $145, cabins from $225.