A Unique Stay In New Cuyama, CA

The dreamiest little huts in the middle of the dessert!! I was so excited to go after seeing a couple of photos my HS friends posted on their Instagram.

About an hour inland of the central coast is this rural dessert town called New Cuyama – home to the wonderful people of the Blue Sky Center. These kind folks rent out one-of-a-kind Shelton Huts so that you can simply breathe the mountains’ fresh air, sleep under the starry skies, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery around you.

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I guess you could call it #glamping! But by no means are you roughing it. The center has several (clean!!) bathrooms and showers, a beautiful adobe cantina kitchen, and a warm fire pit underneath string lights!

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They have five different huts – Michael and I chose the Lunette hut! It was about $100/night. Some of the huts offer two small beds if you are going with a friend.

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Before You Go:

+ Food?
They don’t offer food at the Blue Sky Center so your options are to go to one of the town’s couple restaurants (I mean 1, maybe 2 lol) or cook! If you’re going to cook (which I recommend), make sure you have your goods before you turn inland on the 166 – after that, there are only liquor stores with cup noodles. The center’s cantina kitchen is soooo cute (reminds me Snow White’s cottage) and already has the essentials like salt/pepper/oil/seasonings/pots/pans/etc

+ Freezing In The Winter!!
Michael and I went at the tail end of Winter and it gets really cold at night! I had to work a few hours and it took me way longer than usual because my fingers were absolutely frozen. However the hosts make sure to provide you tons of blankets, a heater, and even a heated blanket. Once you get under the covers and the heated blanket kicks in, you’re fine~ Though I would still suggest bringing extra blankets and thick pajamas

+ The Bathroom Sitch
No worries about using the bathroom, they have two different bathrooms (unisex) both with several stalls. Their shower is a private locked room –  however they only have one. Both are super clean! They also provide you some bath towels

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I love when AirBnB leave guestbooks! Always nice to leave a kind note telling them what a great time you had.

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What to Bring:

+ Bug Spray – We forgot bug spray but there was only like three small bugs when we went. But I would bring bug spray if you can, just in case / for peace of mind

+ Flip Flops / Sandals – To use in the bathrooms / showers

+ Ear buds For Sleep – There was only one other couple when Michael/I went, but if a bunch of people are there that up till late, you will hear everything. The huts do not have walls, it is only tarp

+ Food – If you are going to cook

+ Water / Gatorade / Sunscreen – There’s a lot of bright sun. Stay hydrated

+ Wafers/Marshmallows/Choco – If you want to do s’mores at the fire pit

+ Cash – To buy their firewood for the fire pit + to tip the workers

+ Extra Blankets / Towels – They already provide them, but I think it is good to pack a couple extra

+ Thick Jammies – It gets really cold at night!

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Look at the view from the window!! Like a painting…

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I’m so happy these people have taken the time and investment to create this community and escape. I had such a lovely time and recommend this to anybody looking for a unique (and instagrammable) trip!

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Thanks for reading everyone!

Love,
Emily