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AutoCamp, Russian River

Design-forward, luxury camping among the Redwoods just outside San Francisco

by Josh Rubin
on 22 September 2016

In a stunning native Redwood forest about an hour and a half from San Francisco, AutoCamp's latest location has just been unveiled—and it's unsurprisingly a feast for the eyes. For those who love getting outdoors, but not exactly "roughing it," this is a camping experience that blends beautiful design and luxury with nature. We haven't visited in-person yet, but the photos have us longing for some time in the woods.

There are two main accommodation options—each as charming and design-forward as the other. First, there are the custom Airstream campers (designed by Dan Weber Architecture and built in the USA); shining among the trees, the contrast is highly photogenic. Inside, visitors are treated to a queen-size bed, hotel linen and Malin+Goetz products. They are fully furnished and functional: with modern bathrooms that have everything you need—including a plush robe. Then there's the kitchen, complete with utensils and dining ware, plus a microwave if you don't want to use the fire-pit or grill.

Then there are the tents, though calling them that seems almost insulting—this is "glamping" at its most design-forward. With a proper queen-sized bed and luxe linens, the tents also have lighting and electricity, and patio complete with a fire-pit and grill. People staying in tents use the bathrooms in the lounge building, but they are equally appealing.

The clubhouse is mid-century modern, spacious and super-inviting. There's a reception/adventure desk where campers can find out the best ways to explore the serene area, shared fire-pits and lounging spaces, hanging chairs and quiet spaces for reading, meditating, or just daydreaming. Of course, bicycles are available for use as well.

Within walking distance from Russian River (where visitors can swim and canoe), AutoCamp is also close to downtown Guerneville—so campers can go shopping and enjoy local bars and restaurants if they get tired of cooking over a campfire. Although, on-site, there is a store that sells wine and beer (from nearby producers), as well as snacks and camping gear—so if you're feeling immersed in the wilderness and fresh air, there's no need to leave.

AutoCamp Russian River is open now: Airstreams cost $225 per night, luxury tents are $139 per night, and there is also an accessible Airstream with a ramp for $200 a night. Book and find out more online.

Images courtesy of AutoCamp

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