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Your Gypsy Convoy Awaits
Ilana Diamond | Photo: Chad Kirkpatrick, Courtesy Caravan, Ilana Diamond, Alex Drysdale | May 12, 2014
Five different kinds of lodging for lodge haters.
Huts Gone Glam
Methow Valley, WA
The Rolling Huts (From $135, rollinghuts.com) are as contemporary as camping gets. The six rectangular shelters are all au naturel wood on the inside, with a rusty steel exterior. Each roof angles upward on one side, allowing for a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass that offers unfettered mountain views.
The new Tiny House Hotel (From $125, tinyhousehotel.com) feels like a micro-neighborhood. The convoy of four miniature homes is outfitted with quilts, blown glass, and other crafts by local artists. Come nightfall, guests roast s’mores made with local chocolate while they swap stories.
Climb a staircase up the eucalyptus tree at Swallowtail Studios to enter one of Airbnb’s best finds: the Tree House (From $175, airbnb.com/rooms/1546306) overlooking vineyards and ranches. The birdhouse-like digs use their small space efficiently, with a love seat, a loft sleeping area, and even a deck with a patio table.
Nevada City, CA
Solo travelers looking for in-the-know hosts and a quiet room in gold country will find them at the Covered Bridge House (From $185, airbnb.com/rooms/562526)—an unusually long house near icy swimming holes. The guest room opens to a backyard patio, a chicken coop, an organic garden, and maple trees.
Santa Barbara, CA
Think of Autocamp (From $39, autocamp.com) as a trailer park with a vogue makeover: Its five refurbished Airstreams have touches like sleek, bright interiors, pastel accents, and deep soaking tubs. A grassy yard comes decked out with a barbecue, fluorescent Adirondack chairs, and two beach cruisers for coasting the nearby boardwalk.
Originally published in the May Issue of San Francisco.