Community campfires, homemade s’mores, twinkling fireflies — it’s camping season in the United States. Fall asleep under the stars, hear the wind rustle through the trees, be one with nature but forget about sleeping on rocks. New generations of campsites are all about plush, luxury beds, pre-pitched tents and wine tastings. You read that right. As glamping or lux camping sites, once only someplace you stayed at on safari gain popularity stateside, some of them are becoming a retreat for wine lovers looking for a different type of vineyard vacation. Spend your days learning about wine from the vintners and your nights taking in the beauty of Mother Earth at these five sites.
TreeHouse Point, Issaquah, Washington
You’ve probably had wine from Washington State, but did you know that the Evergreen state is the second largest wine producer in the country? There are more than 800 wine producers in Washington, bottling bright, crisp whites and ripe, fruity reds. And with 100 vineyards in Woodinville Wine Country alone, you have your choice of which one or two or three to explore. Pick up a favorite bottle and retreat back to your campsite at TreeHouse Point, where you’ll learn about the forest and soak in the mountain views as you toast to summer before falling asleep among the trees.
Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
In Montana’s breathtaking Granite country, you’ll find a luxury guest ranch nestled into rolling hills that give way to mountains on one side, a forest on another and a meadow on the other. Spend your days horseback riding, soaking in the spa and exploring the historic town of Philipsburg and the cities of Missoula and Butte home to breweries and Montana’s burgeoning vineyards, where you’ll be able to taste French-American reds and whites.
el Capítan Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara is one of California’s hidden gems, and el Capítan Canyon is one of the state’s most magical places to stay. Surrounded on three sides by oceanfront, the campsite features both safari tents and cabins in a private tree-shaded setting where you can whale watch, kayak and taste local wine. The on-site wine cellar features some of Santa Barbara County’s best and often hardest to come by wines.
Firelight Camps, Ithaca, New York
15 safari inspired tents (think Moroccan Bedouin tents), hardwood floors with Persian rugs and bright textiles, a king or queen bed, furniture that is light, foldable and durable, each with a covered porch, all make up this campsite in the backyard of Buttermilk Falls State Park. Work up an appetite hiking and then indulge at one of the nearby restaurants, markets, pubs or wineries producing goods that are truly made in N.Y. Wind down your day back at the campsite with a happy hour featuring Finger Lakes wines. And s’mores.
Slattery Vintage Estates, Nehawka, Nebraska
“Come as you are” is the motto at this glamping site located on a vineyard in Nehawka, Nebraska. It’s not quite sleeping in the vines but it’s pretty close. The cozy elevated tents feature breathtaking views of the vineyard outside, while inside, antique furnishings provide a charming throwback experience. In the vineyard tasting room, you’ll find Slattery’s own vintages like the versatile, fruity red St. Bridgid’s Blend along with other Nebraska wines and a curated selection of some non-Nebraska beers and wines.