FALMOUTH, Mass. ‒ Retro-futuristic silver bullet Airstream campers are neatly lined up in small groves on a eco-friendly hillock earlier mentioned Small Sippewissett Marsh in Cape Cod’s southwestern corner.
This is AutoCamp Cape Cod, opened in April in partnership with Boston-based mostly developers Blue Flag Associates and the latest from California-dependent AutoCamp, a luxury Airstream glamping organization, which began in 2013 in Santa Barbara, just before the glamping – that is, glamorous camping – development took off.
“It was form of an Airstream motel,” AutoCamp’s co-founder Ryan Miller suggests of the initial camp. “The goal was to revolutionize out of doors lodging and have company encounter stylish fashionable Airstreams. Our business design is ‘great style fulfills the excellent outdoors’,” he announces.
In 2016, arrived a California wine country outpost, AutoCamp Russian River. Then, in 2019 the greater AutoCamp Yosemite opened, that includes a swimming pool and other expanded infrastructure. AutoCamp Joshua Tree will open up by the stop of the year.
Glamping has under no circumstances been so well known, benefiting from 2020’s pandemic shutdown as vacationers sought social-distancing-pleasant accommodations.
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“We observed a massive uptick in demand and reservations subsequent very last year’s COVID reopening,” suggests Miller. “2020 was history-breaking in conditions of profits and we are on monitor to break documents again this summer season.”
Campsites across the US ramping up glamping
AutoCamp is not the only glamping corporation increasing across the U.S.
Bozeman, Montana-dependent Beneath Canvas has nine glamp tent web-sites across the nation, each and every situated near national parks and monuments, which includes new spots shut to Maine’s Acadia National Forest and Utah’s Lake Powell and Grand Staircase.
One particular of the oldest glamping firms, French-launched Huttopia has four North American homes in addition to about 3 dozen European ones: the newest, Huttopia Adirondacks opened this spring and a Southern California camp near the Angeles Nationwide Forest is due to open up in August.
Many traditional camp and RV sites are incorporating glamp tents and cabins and small loved ones-operate glamp internet sites are proliferating on the nationwide tenting platform Tentrr.
Although facilities and luxuries change, the primary attraction of glamping is sleeping in a real bed – and a very cozy 1 at that. And for the casual camper who would not want to pack freeze-dried meals, start a fireplace or cook on camp stove, the major lodge will generally present a shop and/or a cafe. Some have nearby food items vans, way too. And cities are by no means far away. Most glamp providers are pet-welcoming and offer ADA compliant accommodations, far too.
What sets AutoCamp apart are the Airstreams, which result in a good deal of visual excitement, especially en masse in a camp site. Other than design and style, there is an additional advantage: Most glamp tent sites are seasonal, but Airstreams are bookable yr-spherical.
Each individual custom-designed Airstream has a individual bedroom, sitting place and kitchenette and a toilet with a big shower stall the place a rain shower provides piping sizzling drinking water.
AutoCamp prefers to employ local businesses for food and drinks and Cape Cod’s decidedly non-tenting-like bogs are stocked with Vermont’s magnificent, sustainable Ursa Significant toiletries in massive refillable containers, adding boutique lodge-degree cosseting.
“The intention is to give a feeling of luxurious,” states Miller. “We have beautiful marble wander-in showers and Tempur-Pedic mattresses. But they are even now inspired by the spirit of classic Airstreams.”
Each individual consists of Television, A/C, warmth, fridges and microwaves. Like all AutoCamp camps, each has a fire pit and outside seating.
AutoCamp Cape Cod’s mid-century contemporary-style Clubhouse’s lounge looks like that of a posh hotel, with plush couches stand on rugs on polished concrete flooring. Sliding floor-to-ceiling windows open up on to a patio and lawn and on to sights above experienced woodland to the marsh and Buzzard’s Bay.
The store is stocked with almost everything from s’mores kits to all-natural sunscreen. For severe materials however, you’ll need to pack it in yourself.
Mainly because it is still camping – glam or not.