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ESCAPE ARTIST: AutoCamp, Russian River Making Outdoors Even Cooler

ESCAPE ARTIST: AutoCamp, Russian River Making Outdoors Even Cooler

Set amidst towering redwoods 90 minutes north of San Francisco on a hip, epicurean enclave of the Russian River, AutoCamp has opened its second boutique camping property in California. With 24 luxury Airstream trailers, 10 fully equipped luxury tents, and a midcentury modern-inspired architectural lounge pavilion – AutoCamp Russian River offers its turnkey glamping to everyone from romantic couples to active families and freedom chasers.

When you get to AutoCamp, you’re greeted with a strikingly modern lounge and reception Clubhouse designed by noted Santa Barbara architecture, planning, and interior design firm Dan Weber Architecture (who recently changed their name to ANACAPA - keep up!). With a design philosophy that translates into the perfect anchor for the AutoCamp experience, the lounge has become a community hub and intersection of both indoor and outdoor style.

Then you’re shown to your custom Airstream trailer – designed by ANACAPA and built in the USA by Airstream – or your luxury tent. With interior furnishings and decor fashioned by Geremia Design of San Francisco, each special touch – from mattresses by Casper and linens by Coyuchi, to custom art pieces and Malin+Goetz bath products – has been included to complete the picture.

With the Russian River area’s bountiful location, its close proximities to the Pacific Ocean and the premier wine growing capitals of North America make it an fabulous area to visit. Home to artists, creatives and outdoor enthusiasts, weekend homeowners and tourists also flock to the area year round. An amazing variety of activities are also available to plan a weekend around; including canoeing, hiking, great food and wine, giant Redwoods and beaches of both river and ocean. Nightly rates start at $225/night in the Airstreams and $139/night in the Luxury Tents.

The first AutoCamp property debuted in Santa Barbara, California in 2013 and has enjoyed almost continuous sell-out occupancy, often wait-listing more than six months in advance. An officially licensed partner of Airstream Inc., AutoCamp is a vacation experience like none other – providing complete access to modern conveniences while also being in the heart of the mighty outdoors. With wooded walking paths, indoor and outdoor lounges and campfires/ BBQs at each guest suite, the property also provides easy access to the Russian River. Curated artisanal food and drink offerings, included a Canteen stocked with local beer and wine selections, are also available; along with thoughtful amenities such as Linus cruiser bicycles, outdoor games, tennis and more.

AutoCamp was created by California natives Neil Dipaola, Ryan Miller and their team at Mesa Lane Partners (an innovative real estate firm in California), AutoCamp is an outdoor, design, and community experience for people who love nature while still addressing their need for proper amenities and the luxury of a no-fuss hospitality experience. As an easy, clean, and stylish escape, this is camping anyone can do. Luxury linens, down bedding, bathrobes, top tier bath products, and spa-inspired bathrooms welcome guests after their active outings.

Book today at autocamp.com

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