Rancho Oso Resort
I had a fantastic vacation at Rancho Oso Resort, so I’m happy to recommend this destination in the mountains above Santa Barbara.
Rancho Oso is part of the Thousand Trails network of campgrounds. This location offers RV spaces with hookups and, also, Petite Retreats lodging options. If you are looking for a rustic experience, you can stay in a covered wagon, teepee or cabin in the Western Village. If you are like me, you can stay in a plush cabin while enjoying views of the charming rustic accommodations.
The property is absolutely beautiful, so it’s easy to settle in and feel right at home. There are plenty of amenities and activities, so you can have a good time by yourself or get social and make new friends. Activity information was provided, when we checked in. Many activities were free, wine tasting was just $5, and horseback riding was very reasonably priced.
One of the two swimming pools is heated, so it was warm enough for a Winter swim. Other outdoor activities include hiking trails, mini golf, volleyball, horseshoes, pickleball and basketball. A country store has food, basic supplies and souvenirs. Also, there is limited restaurant service and there are many picnic tables around the property.
The adult lounge has WiFi that worked well enough for me and a cell phone booster that may help you connect. Also, the lounge has games, puzzles, a pool table, free library and plenty of seating, so it’s a great place to hang out. The Stone Lodge is open to all ages, so there are more kid-centric activities and supplies there.