Spotlight: AutoCamp Russian River Valley
Last month we drove up to Northern California to explore Sonoma County's Russian River Valley and stayed at Autocamp. The glamping destination had been on my list for a few years now and I was super excited to meet up with my best friend and her husband to experience this alternative accomodation in wine country. We arrived at Autocamp around dusk, the mist was hanging over the tall redwood trees, bushes were still dripping with recent rainfall. The lobby was a cozy refuge from the damp, chilly afternoon. With a modern roaring fire, board and card games, and a small market selling wine and smore's kits, we knew we entered glamping heaven!
The bathrooms were chic and modern, the lobby architecture showing hints of industrial materials mixed with warm wood, natural tones and sharp edges. We checked in and headed to our campers. Stone paths led the way down an aisle of about 25 airstreams. Each airstream was a shiny hideaway from the world with comfy queen beds, a two person couch, a kitchen, fridge, roomy shower and modern bathroom. Each equipped with a french press, wine glasses and kindling wood for your personal fire pit. The all white decor with warm light fixtures and hints of dark blue and wood, were stark contrasts to the misty, woodsy green outside the window. The surrounding trees made it seem like we were worlds away from responsibility.
Our fire pit was secluded by a huge, ancient redwood stump. We enjoyed wine by the fire while the boys smoked cigars and we watched the wood burn out late into the night. The nights were very cold and the airstream heaters warmed up the bedroom before we hopped in bed. For the record, the beds were super comfortable! In the morning we headed over to the lobby for fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee and pastries. We enjoyed our breakfast by the communal fire pit while we planned our day of wine tasting.
If you're all about glamping, you should know that Autocamp has another location on upper State Street in Santa Barbara and a location in Yosemite opening in May of this year!
For more info on the Russian River Valley watch for a blog post on wine tasting in Healdsburg coming soon!