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AutoCamp’s Airstream-Fueled Version of Glamping to Open on Cape Cod

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AutoCamp Cape Cod will feature Airstream lodging, luxury tents, and pod suites as well as a large common area dubbed the “Clubhouse.”

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AutoCamp Cape Cod will feature Airstream lodging, luxury tents, and pod suites as well as a large common area dubbed the “Clubhouse.”

The luxury camping outfitter, which offers tents and pod suites in addition to Airstreams, will open its first East Coast location in December of 2020.

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In December of this year, AutoCamp, a glamping company known for its charming Airstream lodgings, will become the latest luxury outdoors experience to set up camp on the East Coast. In the American West, nature lovers have long flocked to the Instagrammable safari-style tents and Airstream stays that have sprung up around beloved national parks, but until recently, East Coasters had fewer options.

Then, in 2018, a few glamping titans began an eastward expansion: Collective Retreats opened a new glamping spot on Governors Island that year, and last November, Under Canvas announced new locations in Acadia and the Hudson Valley. Now, AutoCamp is giving Massachusetts the luxury camping experience it so badly deserves, starting on December 31, 2020.

AutoCamp Cape Cod will not only be the company’s first East Coast location but it also will be the first AutoCamp outside California. Currently the company has outposts in Sonoma, Santa Barbara, and Yosemite. 

The new spot is just outside of Falmouth, Massachusetts, which is about a 90-minute drive from Boston, or a 3.5-hour drive from New York City.

AutoCamp has locations in Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Yosemite as well.

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Like its California counterparts, AutoCamp Cape Cod will be open year-round and offer three different suite types: Airstreams, canvas safari-style tents, and X Suites, pod- or tiny house–like structures that are ADA-accessible. Each custom-designed Airstream and X Suite, both of which start from $129 per night, will have a queen-sized Tempur-Pedic bed with plush linens, a sofa that converts to a second bed, a bathroom with designer toiletries, and heat and air-conditioning. The  budget-friendly tents start from $159 and are only available from April through October when rates for the other room types are higher. Each is equipped with a king-sized Tempur-Pedic bed, a sofa that converts to a second bed, electricity, and a combination fan and heater. (Bathrooms for the tents are located in the common building.) All suites have private fire pits immediately adjacent to the rooms. 

The property will also feature an 8,100-square-foot common building dubbed the “Clubhouse.” Guests can relax in the midcentury-modern lounge and, in the chillier months, warm up by the indoor fireplace while sipping cold brew and kombucha from the onsite bar. The Clubhouse will also feature a retail shop, where outdoor chefs can buy s’mores kits and meal kits with locally sourced products. 

There will be plenty to do onsite, including yoga and meditation programs, a campfire speaker series, live music, and local beverage tastings. But guests can also catch the ferry from nearby Woods Hole to  Martha’s Vineyard for a day trip or borrow bikes and cycle the Shining Sea Bikeway, a 10.7-mile paved path that passes by cranberry bogs, sand dunes, and the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary. And of course, this area has some excellent beaches.

The sustainability-minded AutoCamp has also pledged to restore over 22,000 square feet of wetlands with native plants on the property, which will not only expand the important local wetland habitat and reduce water runoff but also eventually enhance the natural experience for guests. 

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Better still? AutoCamp Cape Cod is dog friendly and will offer pet kits with a blanket, food and water bowls, and treats. Because Fido deserves a vacation too.

AutoCamp will celebrate its opening with a New Year’s weekend celebration that will include food, music, a football screening, and some wellness programs to start the year off right. But no matter when you want to go, reservations are open now for December 2020 through summer 2021. 

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