Camping is a summertime must-do for many folks.
The list of things to love about enjoying the great outdoors is long, but the preparation takes a great deal of work, and the roughing it part, basically that sleeping on the ground thing, rules out camping for a number of folks.
Glamping, on the other hand, comes with a bed, a nice bed, and in Sonoma County these days comfy bedding is just the beginning.
This is AutoCamp. Accommodations include 23 custom-designed Airstream trailers and 10 luxury tents. The sheer coolness factor aside, the Airstreams are loaded with all the bells and whistles you could ask for. Queen beds, kitchen with sink and refrigerator, and a spacious bathroom. There’s even heat and air conditioning.
The luxury tents have queen beds, complete with electric blankets for chilly nights. Bathrooms and showers are located in the AutoCamp clubhouse.
Both the Airstreams and tents have an outdoor patio area with a sitting area and a fire pit with grill top. So, even if you go out to dinner down the road in Guerneville, plan on making s’mores later.
So your nights are planned, but your days will fill with little effort. You’re in wine country, so tasting options are plentiful, but don’t forget about the Russian River just a few blocks away. Hiking Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve is a must-do. Even on a busy day, it’s crowds seem small. On hot days, the redwoods, some of which have been growing since before the pilgrims arrived, keep the trails cool. On rainy days, they help keep hikers dry.
If you’re an ocean person, Terra Glamping will put a smile on your face. About 2.5 scenic hours north of San Francisco along Pacific Coast Highway 1, ten platform, safari tents face the Pacific Ocean. Each tent is well-equipped; there’s a memory-foam mattress topped with a down comforter, dresser, and even a rug. There’s no electricity, so a flashlight and lantern are provided. It’s a short walk to bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers.
There’s a well-stocked outdoor kitchen area with a gas barbeque grill. Cell phone service is iffy, but you’ll be too busy enjoying the ocean view and star-filled nights, complete with campfires and s’mores.
Homebase isn’t far from the Sonoma County and Mendocino County border, so exploring the coast is easy. Within minutes cushy campers can be hiking the coast along Black Point Beach. Getting down to the beach is easy here, and there’s typically nice shelter from the wind.
But it doesn’t matter which direction you are headed, there are plenty of other coastal stops. You can pretty much just pull off when you see a sign. Fisk Mill Cove is another fun spot to the south, to stretch your legs. There’s a short trail that winds through woods before opening to more stellar ocean views.
Be sure to save time in between beach visits, there’s wine tasting at the Annapolis Winery and crazy good sticky buns at Stewarts Point Store, in case you’re open to options.
Rates at Terra Glamping range from $250 to $300 per night. A light breakfast including coffee, tea, pastries and fruit, is included with every stay. Rates at AutoCamp Russian River start at $300 per night in the Airstreams and $175 per night in the luxury tents. Wi-Fi and parking is complimentary.
Dana’s glamping experiences were sponsored by AutoCamp and Terra Glamping, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.