After hibernating for much of this wet and rainy winter we were itching for a little winter-weekend getaway. We missed being outdoors, specifically camping, and we love boutique hotels so what better idea and place was there than to go “glamping” at AutoCamp Russian River! AutoCamp is 90 miles north of San Francisco. Just far enough to feel like a getaway. We were so excited at the idea of staying in an Airstream camper, or as wifey calls it, a silver twinkie, complete with a queen Casper bed, luxury linens, a spa-inspired bathroom, and a well equipped kitchen with a microwave and the essentials you need to grill and make a pot of coffee. Being nestled and surrounded by redwood trees and the river just behind our Airstream was so refreshing during this cold winter and a breath of fresh air. We unfortunately were unable to take advantage of the outdoor activities, i.e. hiking, canoeing the river, or even taking their bikes out for a cruise, but we did soak in all the quiet and and had fun making breakfast over the outdoor grill, grabbing a beverage and huddling around the clubhouse fire pit, playing board games, and making s’mores under the misty rain. If grilling isn’t your thing the town is just a 2 min drive away with shops and quaint little places to eat. We can’t wait to come back during the summer to stay in the luxury tents (not setup or available during the winter) and enjoy the outdoor activities.
Being avid campers we are well equipped, but going glamping we weren’t sure what to bring or what not to bring. Once we got there and inspected every nook and cranny in the Airstream we realized – we brought too much. The one essential that was definitely a luxury necessity for us is our Chemex coffeemaker and Hario kettle duo. We brewed fresh Philz grinds and we were definitely happy glampers.
No camping or glamping trip is complete without making s’mores! We didn’t even have dinner yet but we wanted to get these going before sunset. There’s nothing like toasting marshmallows and smooshing it between the graham crackers and watching the chocolate melt and ooze out at first bite.
Wherever we travel we (mainly the Wifey) loves to discover local coffee shops, cafes, and bakeries. Before we hit the road home we stopped in at the Big Bottom Market – home of Oprah’s favorite biscuits. Their biscuit breakfasts definitely did not disappoint and was the right amount of fuel we needed before our drive back home.