LUXURIOUS was the 1st word that pop right up as I entered AutoCamp Russian River during Labor Day 2016 weekend.
Don’t get me wrong—I love pitching a tent (big or small) and probably wouldn’t trade it for just luxury accommodations going forward but I had to try it. I have driven down roads while an airstream is being hauled by and I always turn my head for a quick glimpse. My quest for a superb solo glamping experience to embrace this not so vintage beauty brought me to AutoCamp Russian River in Sonoma. I first heard of AutoCamp from their Kickstarter campaign a co-worker forwarded to me stating, ‘you probably will enjoy this’ in April 2016. I supported the campaign which was to approximately have a late summer 2016 opening. I only expected a t-shirt or mug but they sent me a coupon code for a 1-night stay, THANK YOU! I booked my one night airstream suite right away for Labor Day weekend (luck gave me the last airstream open). The project manager was very friendly and it was seamless to book with her as they were just gearing up for the launch. They have an established camp in Santa Barbara, CA area but this post will focus on the AutoCamp Russian River location near the town of Guerneville, CA. Guerneville came off to me as a fun funky, free-spirited, relaxed, delicious food, and small town feel place. To my delight, I went biking, kayaking, wine tasting, and had my luxury stay (a girl can possibly get use to this). AutoCamp has 24 Airstreams, 10 canvas tents and 1 accessible modern suite surrounded by a native Redwood forest. Every last detail with the beauty of simplicity was provided in and out of the airstream suite including the camp. Red wagons around the property to help lift your luggage around, communal modern fire pits, Wi-Fi throughout property, a small camp store, bikes to roam around town, full spa like shower, kitchen, private fire pit and deck for each airstream, (MALIN+GOETZ) bath products, casper mattress, built-in auto system, basic utensils…I mean this place was off the hook! If your want to hit your reset button…check in and exhale.
Start-Stop Sunday to Monday - Airstream Premium #23 Drive from San Francisco,CA to Guerneville,CA (90 mins)
The See’s + Do’s
- Coffee Bazaar – Relaxing spot to get out of the traffic and the blended ice-coffee was √
- Walk the Guerneville Historical Bridge (Near River Rd + Armstrong River Rd) – took me 15 mins
- Johnsons Beach– I enjoyed renting a kayak. Go early to avoid the summer crowds!
- Korbel Winery – Free sparkling wine tasting was fine by me. Great service!
- Stumptown Brewery – Laid-back, wood-paneled brewpub
- Seaside Metal Oyster Bar– It was closed during my stay but looked pretty solid
- El Barrio– I went for happy hour and sat by the window. Sleek bar highlighting its tequila- & mezcal-focused cocktails & Mexican light bites.
- Boon Eat + Drink – Brunch or dinner, you cant go wrong here! Popular spot with the locals and visitors. (A MUST)
- Nimble & Finn’s– MUST grab ice cream from this local shop. I had some and loved it.
- The Garden Grill – Near AutoCamp via a short walk providing good hamburgers, pulled pork dishes with a dog friendly patio.
- The airstream does fit 4 adult people but it seem tight for my comfort (still doable)
- Airstream Standard $175.00/night ~ Airstream Premium $200.00/night
- You can book a pet-friendly airstream
- I found the airstreams backed up by the creek were best for privacy (I was in #23)
- There is a Safeway Grocery store nearby in case you forgot any picnic goodies
- You can play sports at the facility next door, they have basketballs, tennis racquets and lawn games.
- Wally Byam built the world’s first Airstream trailer in the late 1920’s
Ended up as the WOW factor
It was surprisingly quiet throughout my stay despite sold out accommodations.