There’s a new glamping outpost just outside of Yosemite Park with Pan Am-style Airstream trailers, decked out tents, and souped-up cabins. There, craft beer and kombucha are offered to accompany yoga classes and group fire pit kumbayas quartered at the deluxe 4,000 square-foot clubhouse. Autocamp Yosemite is the third and perhaps the most luxurious within the franchise, with two other properties in Santa Barbara and Sonoma County.
The 35 acre grounds house a kush collection of leisure spaces designed by Anacapa Architecture and Geremia Design. Each lodging is accommodated with a steel Stahl fire pit and compressed logs to reduce fires, without sacrificing the experience of the nostalgic fire pit camp smell. Meanwhile, there are also five ADA wheelchair-accessible suites designed by L.A.-based M-RAD design and architecture studio.
The architecture and structural considerations were conceived by Santa Barbara-based Anacapa Architecture, while all things interiors were devised by San Francisco-established Geremia Design. Together, the design team employed a holistic, yet non-rustic, aesthetic that avoids the typical summer camp tropes. The material palette consists of raw concrete, unfinished wood, and glass with splashes of minimal decorative furnishings in a neutral color scheme.
At the heart of the complex, located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, the two-story clubhouse nestles in a grove of pine trees on an ever-so-slightly sloping enclave. With a shop stocked with “camping” supplies, the ground level comprises public congregation areas, expansive communal tables, a bar, and decadent bathrooms with spa grooming products. Upstairs, guests will find an event space for occasions like weddings or corporate meetings. The glass-enveloped room leads to a terrace with views of the heated swimming pool, just a few steps below.
For those looking for a more “streamlined” experience, 80 Airstream trailers—outfitted queen-size memory foam mattresses, bathrooms with showers, kitchens, and living rooms with convertible sleeper-sofas—provide nostalgic comfort. Each unit is equipped with heating and cooling, as well as cable TV—a convenience, if not, an outright luxury. The style is more or less subdued with white walls and cabinetry paired mahogany-hued wooden flooring. The bathroom maintains this aesthetic with marble subway wall tiles, obsidian hexagonal floor tiles, bespoke vanities, and moon-inspired artwork by New York-based Bronsen.
With only slight differences, a similar stylistic approach was given to both the tents and cabins. Incorporating king-sized bed,s the canvas tents are furnished with sofas, storage shelves, and cozy textile elements. The gabled-roof cabins offer more space, with a front porch, nearly full-sized kitchens, and a dining table.
Three hours outside of San Francisco and only 45 minutes from the central valley of Yosemite National Park, the northern California campsite is just steps away from waterfalls, picturesque hiking trails, and views fit for the cover of National Geographic.