This is high-end camping and it’s perfect for you if some like it “haute.”
I just spent three nights at AutoCamp Cape Cod in Falmouth, and I’m here to tell you it was a wonderful experience.
AutoCamp Cape Cod is the third outpost and first East Coast location of this award-winning hospitality brand that debuted in Santa Barbara and was wildly successful. This posh camping company features 10 luxury tents, five accessible hotel suites, five X Suites that are tiny homes – and 88 silver Airstream mobile homes that are right out of the Fifties. It is all one big happy hideaway.
“This place is magical,” General Manager Mimi Dufault told me. “We offer the comfort of a hotel room, but you can also step outdoors and connect to nature. Plus we offer beautiful views – that’s what makes it so special.”
Indeed this is glamorous camping done right. The adorable Airstream suites and X suites offer a luscious queen-sized Tempur-Pedic bed (which is worth the price of admission), spacious spa-inspired bathrooms with Ursa Major amenities offering natural bath and skincare products, a sofa that converts into a second bed, flat-screen TV with cable (perfect for watching Netflix and Hulu), microwave, mini-fridge, cookware, barbecue accessories, and a private fire pit outside with dining area. AutoCamp Caoe Cod is also dog-friendly offering pet kits that include a cozy blanket, food, water bowl and treats.
When COVID safe to do so, AutoCamp cape Cod will offer on-site activities for guests including yoga and meditation, a campfire speaker series, music programming, local food and beverage tastings, and occasional farm-to-table dinners.
Breakfast is included in your room rate, and it consists of homemade granola and milk plus locally sourced coffees and teas. Other menu items are available for purchase. Breakfast is served in the Clubhouse, which also features a General Store, upstairs meeting space, and luxury showers – which you can take advantage after checking out and visiting the beach. (It is a great amenity.) Oh yes, the beach is close by. Your best bet is to pay the $20 daily parking fee at nearby Old Silver Beach – or else just bike there (bikes are offered complimentary on a first-come, first served basis). Other beaches are close by and you can also take a Uber there to obviate the daily parking fee. The property is also located right on the Shining Sea bike path, for your walking, running and biking pleasure.
When we visited the entire camp was sold out. Since opening, AutoCamp Cape Cod has received “overwhelming interest” and will be open year- round, Ms. Dufault told me.
As part of the company’s commitment to preserving and improving natural ecosystems, AutoCamp is restoring more than 2,000 square feet of wetlands with native plants on the property. It also contributes one dollar from each room rental to the 300 Committee Land Trust, a Falmouth, Mass., nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving and protecting natural lands. “We are taking care of what is in our backyard,” said Ms. Dufault.
AutoCamp is where great design meets The Great Outdoors, and upcoming locations will open in Joshua Tree, Zion and in the Catskills. And if you forget your graham crackers and chocolate, don’t worry – the General Store offers gourmet s’mores for $15. Happy trails!
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published 2022-06-09 08:47:29