I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while – better late than never I suppose. I couldn’t let this one slip by without writing about it – it was THAT amazing.
So, the 3 days before I backpacked the Lost Coast in Northern California last year, a group of us planted ourselves at a place call the AutoCamp on the Russian River in Sonoma County, California. It’s roughly 90 minutes from San Francisco, so not too far from a major airport. The name doesn’t exactly sound like a super cool place to stay does it? Oh my gosh, this place is the coolest.
It is essentially a luxury airstream campground! In addition to always wanting a retro van, the Life Bus drools all over airstreams. This was our chance to check one out without having to tow the trailer. Wish I was there right now, sleeping on one of their memory foam mattresses – best sleep of my life! If an airstream doesn’t interest you, or the price point is out of range, they do have super cool glamping tents available as well.
The airstreams themselves are de-luxe with high-end boutique hotel bedding, linens, and towels, as well as, spa-inspired bathrooms with walk-in showers (not available in tents). The one we had was perfect for two people, though there is an option to make another bed from the sofa if you have kids or a third wheel friend! We grabbed a bottle of wine and hung out by our campfire – it was dreamy. The attention to detail was present everywhere, from the airstreams themselves, to the lighting on the property, the check-in area, wine tastings in the evening, fire pits, hammocks, and the coffee in the morning!
What did we do for fun while we were there? Since the river is close by, we rented kayaks and paddled down the river, road bikes to town and around the neighborhood close by and also played golf in a redwood forest! There are some awesome redwood hikes nearby and the beaches of Jenner are super close as well. We went in April so there were seals having babies on the beach (LOVE). Wineries are in the area, but we kept to our Life Bus roots and spent our time adventuring outdoors. Every day was a new experience!
The town of Guerneville where the AutoCamp lives is a funky little Northern California town, with some pretty good restaurants! I found a great summary of what there is to offer via this link 48 Hours in Guernville, California. One thing to note, this area was hit hard by the floods this year, so if you plan to go, I would call the AutoCamp and see how things are recovering.
It looks like they have a new location in Yosemite – which I think would be incredible! They are also in Santa Barbara, California. I highly recommend you check this place out – you won’t regret it!