Glam camping: Rethink the pitched tent
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!)
A good starter model is the 16-foot Bambi Sport, which can be pulled by a midsize SUV (from $30,000 used).
A kitchenette with microwave, stovetop, refrigerator, and freezer lets you enjoy home cooking on the road, too.
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.
"I like how organized they are. They'd make a great backdrop for my other plantings," Leininger says. "I'm going to try it."
"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."
Among the other restaurants on wheels: Gelateria CiCi, Fruit n' Exotica, Liba Falafel Truck, Sam's Chowder Mobile, and Seoul on Wheels.
"Bitters add complexity and interest," she says. Serving suggestion: peach bitters in a Champagne cocktail, with a slice of peach.