Camp in style with a new generation of streamlined trailers and deluxe tent cabins
A streamlined teardrop trailer, hanging lanterns, mod shade structure set the scene at Sunset's Menlo Park headquarters.
Table, chairs, and lanterns from Ikea. Cooler by Coleman. Umbrella by Brelli. Deck chairs by Gallant & Jones. Teardrop trailer by Vacations-in-a-Can. Shade structure by Aaron Jones. Turf by SYNLawn.
This little room on wheels is so easy to handle, it can be hitched to a Mini Cooper.
Its standard design includes a bed, kitchen, and cabinets, but custom add-ons get as crazy as espresso makers and solar showers.
Teardrops range from $3,500 for used to $12,000 for a custom model. Buy or rent them at Vacations in a Can (from $175 for two nights) in Penngrove, California. (Read more in Sunset's July 2010 issue!)
The iconic Airstream is a mini hotel on wheels. Most have gas burners, showers you can actually stand up in, and an ingenious amount of storage
space. It's smooth to tow, with a retro interior that conjures up a first-class train cabin circa 1955.
A good starter model is the 16-foot Bambi Sport, which can be pulled by a midsize SUV (from $30,000 used).
Chairs and table from DWR. Cooler from Coleman. Umbrella by Brelli. Perforated-paper banners from mexevents.com.
The kitchen and dining area in this 25-foot Airstream International has room for 4 to dine in style.
With this much room, you can "think about decorating the same way you'd decorate an apartment," says Sunset style editor,
A kitchenette with microwave, stovetop, refrigerator, and freezer lets you enjoy home cooking on the road, too.
Colorful melamine plates from Ikea make it fun to set the table. Plastic glasses are sturdy enough for the dishwasher and reuse all summer. Plastic folding
chairs pack away when not needed.
We borrowed this luxury tent from The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT, where “roughing it” means canvas platform tents with oil paintings hanging above feather beds, terry-cloth
robes as fluffy as Big Sky Country clouds, and elk-antler bedside lamps.
At the resort, the tent also comes with a camping butler who welcomes you back from a hike with frosty iced tea, fresh-baked cookies, and fresh fruit. From $725.
Forget the air mattress. There’ll be no sore necks after a night on “The last best bed” in the luxury tent from The Resort at Paws Up.
A place to savor morning coffee or something to sip at sunset.
Camping got glam at Sunset's Celebration Weekend 2010. Sign by Charlie Carlisle.
Sunset magazine's Jess Chamberlain, Miranda Jones, and Sarah Gaffney.
A trellis bench frames the view of the test garden's raised garden beds and other edible plantings.
Maggie Leininger and Jane Broome of Morgan Hill, CA, get inspired by the towers of potato plants created by Sunset test garden coordinator Johanna Silver.
"I like how organized they are. They'd make a great backdrop for my other plantings," Leininger says. "I'm going to try it."
Sisters Cynthia Spencer of Union City, CA, and Valerie Johnson of Stockton, CA on their third Celebration Weekend.
"It's our day," says Johnson while sipping Paso Robles white wine in the Savor the Central Coast Courtyard. "It's our girls' day out."
Karisa Curtis of Menlo Park chooses a Sweet Vanilla cupcake from the Kara's Cupcakes Karavan.
Among the other restaurants on wheels: Gelateria CiCi, Fruit n' Exotica, Liba Falafel Truck, Sam's Chowder Mobile, and Seoul on Wheels.
Mixologist and author Maria Hunt gives tips on making a memorable cocktail.
"Bitters add complexity and interest," she says. Serving suggestion: peach bitters in a Champagne cocktail, with a slice of peach.
Danielle and Sara of Fremont, CA, paint terra cotta pots in the hands-on garden booth.