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Remember being a kid and setting up a fort in the woods? Chairs, old blankets and The Boxcar Children?s worth of foraged junk were the stuff of dreams.

Now, imagine that transformative outdoor wonder recreated--but with 300-thread-count sheets. Grown-up luxe camping is the work of Shelter Co., a new California-based pop-up-lodging service. Shelter Co. pitches retro-cool peaked-roof cotton tents, then fills them with wooden bed frames covered in down quilts and Pendleton blankets, butterfly chairs, batik pillows and cowhide rugs. Out front, the team will put a couple of Adirondack chairs around a fire pit and schedule everything from an outdoor movie to boating and yoga.

The best part of the experience is the customization--starting with the campsite. You can have the company set up tents almost anywhere, from your own property to places it works with, such as Leonard Lake Reserve in Mendocino County or Dawn Ranch Lodge among the redwoods on the Russian River.

Shelter Co. requires a minimum of three tents at $750 each per weekend, or at least $2,000 a weekend in services. But waking up to the whisper of mist off a lake? That?s priceless.

Shelter Co.; 415-967-3630 or

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