AutoCamp, Less than Canvas, Huttopia develop in US

Penni Schewe

FALMOUTH, Mass. ‒ Retro-futuristic silver bullet Airstream campers are neatly lined up in small groves on a green hillock higher than 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 Partners and the most recent from California-centered AutoCamp, a luxury Airstream glamping enterprise, which started in 2013 in Santa Barbara, just  before the glamping – that is, glamorous camping – pattern took off.

“It was type of an Airstream motel,” AutoCamp’s co-founder Ryan Miller claims of the authentic camp. “The objective was to revolutionize outside lodging and have attendees encounter fashionable modern Airstreams. Our business design is ‘great design and style meets the terrific outdoors’,” he announces.

In 2016, arrived a California wine country outpost, AutoCamp Russian River. Then, in 2019 the larger AutoCamp Yosemite opened, showcasing a swimming pool and other expanded infrastructure. AutoCamp Joshua Tree will open by the conclusion of the calendar year.

The enlargement will carry on in 2022 with a site in New York’s Catskill Mountains and a further in close proximity to Zion Countrywide Park in Utah.

Glamping has under no circumstances been so common, benefiting from 2020’s pandemic shutdown as vacationers sought social-distancing-welcoming accommodations.

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“We noticed a huge uptick in desire and reservations subsequent last year’s COVID reopening,” suggests Miller. “2020 was file-breaking in conditions of earnings and we are on observe to break records yet again this summer months.”

Campsites across the US ramping up glamping

AutoCamp is not the only glamping firm increasing throughout the U.S.

Bozeman, Montana-based mostly Beneath Canvas has 9 glamp tent websites across the country, each individual situated near national parks and monuments, including new destinations close to Maine’s Acadia Nationwide Forest and Utah’s Lake Powell and Grand Staircase.

A single of the oldest glamping companies, French-started Huttopia has 4 North American houses in addition to more than a few dozen European kinds: the most recent, Huttopia Adirondacks opened this spring and a Southern California camp around the Angeles National Forest is because of to open up in August.

Under Canvas has nine glamp tent sites near national parks across the country including  Zion and Grand Canyon. One of its newest is close to Lake Powell and Grand Staircase.

Many standard camp and RV web-sites are incorporating glamp tents and cabins and smaller household-run glamp internet sites are proliferating on the nationwide camping platform Tentrr.

When features and luxuries fluctuate, the major attraction of glamping is sleeping in a genuine mattress – and a pretty comfortable 1 at that. And for the relaxed camper who will not want to pack freeze-dried meals, start a fire or cook on camp stove, the main lodge will commonly offer a shop and/or a cafe. Some have local food vehicles, too. And cities are never much absent. Most glamp firms are doggy-helpful and provide ADA compliant accommodations, much too. 

There are no camp seats at Under Canvas – just actual, comfortable chairs.

What sets AutoCamp apart are the Airstreams, which trigger a ton of visible buzz, specially en masse in a camp internet site. In addition to layout, there is an additional reward: Most glamp tent sites are seasonal, but Airstreams are bookable year-round.

AutoCamp, which also features luxurious tents, cabins and add-on tents with two further beds at some areas, calls their Airstreams “suites.”

Each individual personalized-intended Airstream has a independent bed room, sitting area and kitchenette and a bathroom with a big shower stall the place a rain shower delivers piping very hot h2o.

AutoCamp prefers to employ neighborhood organizations for meals and beverages and Cape Cod’s decidedly non-camping-like bathrooms are stocked with Vermont’s fabulous, sustainable Ursa Significant toiletries in large refillable containers, introducing boutique hotel-degree cosseting.

AutoCamp Cape Cod’s custom designed Airstreams have a separate bedroom, sitting area and kitchenette and bathroom.

“The intention is to give a sense of luxurious,” claims Miller. “We have beautiful marble walk-in showers and Tempur-Pedic mattresses. But they are still influenced by the spirit of classic Airstreams.”

Just about every features Television set, A/C, heat, fridges and microwaves. Like all AutoCamp camps, just about every has a fireplace pit and outside seating.

AutoCamp Cape Cod’s mid-century modern-style Clubhouse’s lounge looks like that of a posh resort, with plush couches stand on rugs on polished concrete flooring. Sliding flooring-to-ceiling windows open up on to a patio and lawn and on to sights more than mature woodland to the marsh and Buzzard’s Bay.

The store is stocked with everything from s’mores kits to all-all-natural sunscreen. For severe supplies though, you’ll want to pack it in on your own.

Because it is nonetheless tenting – glam or not.

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