5 Upscale Camping Getaways That Don't Involve a Tent
Because sleeping on the ground is a little too rustic
Feeling like it’s about that time to get out of Dodge and explore the great outdoors? There’s just one little thing holding you back: You don’t do tents.
We hear you--sleeping on the ground is no fun (for us). So we’ve rounded up a few rustic-chic alternatives that will satiate your outdoor desires but give you a fluffy place to rest your head.
FOR THE ARCHITECTURE BUFF
Russian River weekends just got a whole lot cozier. AutoCamp’s arsenal of 24 luxury Airstream trailers just parked in Guerneville, bringing modern design and hotel-style amenities to an otherwise rustic retreat. But think beyond the soft linens, Casper mattresses and walk-in spa showers and consider the outdoor amenities: wooded walking paths to bocce courts and lawn games, a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired communal pavilion and fire-pit lounges for every guest suite. Shacking up in the woods isn’t looking so shabby anymore, eh?
FOR THE BIG SPENDER
If you’re game to pay a premium for your weekend jaunts out of town, we’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn’s luxurious tree houses are nestled in the woods on nine-foot stilts above the forest floor. Curl up with a book in a window seat overlooking the Pacific, cuddle in front of the fireplace and then stargaze through the skylight as you drift off to sleep under organic linens in your king-sized bed.
FOR THE ADVENTURER
No boys allowed. REI’s Outessa Summit is a series of weekend getaways--and it’s for ladies only. You pick the place (right now the two options are near Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City), activities (from backpacking and kayaking to outdoor cooking and yoga) and accommodations (think cozy alpine lodge to woodsy cabin). Then let the experienced guides and professional athletes (again, all ladies) show you the ropes.
FOR THE PERPETUALLY PLUGGED IN
Skip Yosemite (no cell service in the valley) in favor of a Gold Country getaway in the Sierra foothills. Nevada City’s Inn Town Campground has plenty of spots for regular old tents, but its new custom canvas tent sites are the way to go. The tents are outfitted with plush beds and linens, actual furniture and light fixtures designed by local artists, but the real draw here is the electricity--so you don’t have to go all weekend without Instagramming your Yuba River rafting adventures.
FOR THE ANTI-OUTDOORSWOMAN
We get it: Your husband is an aspiring John Muir and you don’t even own a pair of hiking boots (how tacky). But at some point, you have to meet him halfway. That’s where Lotus Belle comes in. Part bell tent, part Mongolian yurt, these upscale tents are seriously the most stylish way to set up camp in the great outdoors. They’re big enough to accommodate intimate dinner parties and spontaneous yoga retreats. You can even dress them up--with everything from your favorite Chanel pillows to warm bearskin rugs.