Not all ritzy plans come to fruition. Such is the case for the crumpled idea to build a high-end glamping experience in the quiet suburbs of San Marcos. The idea almost became a reality, with multiple structures put in place, yet the slowly decaying remains prove the project ultimately became a dream too big to complete. The abandoned glamping resort now remains gated off to the public, almost entirely forgotten.
Plans For the Abandoned Glamping Resort
In 2014 Lakehouse Resort, a hotel on the water in San Marcos, was prepared to build a luxury camping experience for San Diego residents. The glamping experience would allow those not too keen on tent camping to instead enjoy the wilderness from the comfort of a bed.
The individual glamp sites would have featured electricity, a ceiling fan, and breathtaking views of a private lake. Visitors would only be able to access the clamping sites by boat. While each glamp site wouldn’t have a private restroom, a shower and restroom facilities would be conveniently located nearby.
Perhaps the best part of this would-have-been glamping resort, was the fact that it would have been easy enough to access, but still would’ve given visitors a taste for the outdoors. The sites are located on the 80-acre private lake in close proximity to a suburban neighborhood. Additionally, a small dam about half a mile further past the glamp site, one that I’m surprised I’d never heard of before visiting.
Today, not much remains here, other than a few structural elements. You’ll see the foundations for the sites, as well as electrical where the ceiling fans should have gone. At one point in time, they had already purchased beds for each of the sites, however those have since been removed. It is obvious visitors are not wanted here as most of the area is gated off, likely to detour trouble for the surrounding neighborhood.
While this area was intended to be accessed by boat only, you can now reach this destination by a dirt access road. There is a gate before the road, indicating this area is private property. Although it is private property, it is clear that many residents take advantage of the benches and docks in the area. We saw quite a few people enjoying the lake views and eating picnic lunches while we explored.
Why it Failed
It’s said the reason behind the failure for this plan to launch is due to concerns of the nearly nearby 2,300 residents. The though of having an influx of different strangers on their private property regularly seemed to make their collective vote to be a resounding “no”. Thus became another failure for the 50-year-old Lakehouse Resort, which had been struggling with bankruptcy for recent years.
Out of respect for the nearby residents and their obvious wishes for privacy, I won’t be posting a detailed write up on directions to the forgotten glamping resort and nearby dam. If you do happen to find and visit this area, please be respectful of the residents. Do not leave trash behind or disturb the lake. The area is peaceful, and meant to be a serene place for residents to boat and enjoy the mountain views. Let’s work together to keep it as such.