We spent three nights at El Capitan over Christmas. It's north of Santa Barbara; not so far at all that you can't buzz there if you need civilization. The check-in was pleasant and someone actually had us follow-him up to our cabin and he helped us get situated as it was dark and rainy when we arrived. The cabin had a deck, a small kitchenette with a couple of chairs and a fireplace. There was a bedroom with a king bed and a bath on the lower level and then a loft with mattresses above. There were four adults and one 1-year old. It was definitely cramped for our size group. I stayed in the loft with my 6'4" husband which was interesting. There is no TV but we were aware of that. We had Christmas dinner back in Santa Barbara. We also had a meal at the store on-site. It was fine and, again, the staff was pleasant. One night we ordered the meal you cook yourself on a grill. That was an adventure in the dark. There's not a ton to do in the winter. The office did recommend a place to go horse-back riding and that was a really great time. If you don't mind a low-key, off-season vacation 2-3 nights here was very relaxing. Bring books and magazines to read!
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