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Under Canvas

Under Canvas has nine sites located near national parks. Credit: Travis Burke Photography

Retro-futuristic silver bullet Airstream campers are neatly lined up in small groves on a green hillock above Little Sippewissett Marsh in Cape Cod’s southwestern corner, according to USA Today.

This is AutoCamp Cape Cod, opened in April in partnership with Boston-based developers Blue Flag Partners and the latest from California-based AutoCamp, a luxury Airstream glamping company, which began in 2013 in Santa Barbara, just before the glamping – that is, glamorous camping – trend took off.

“It was kind of an Airstream motel,” AutoCamp’s co-founder Ryan Miller says of the original camp. “The goal was to revolutionize outdoor lodging and have guests experience stylish modern Airstreams. Our business model is ‘great design meets the great outdoors.’”

In 2016 came a California wine country outpost, AutoCamp Russian River. In 2019, the larger AutoCamp Yosemite opened, featuring a swimming pool and other expanded infrastructure. AutoCamp Joshua Tree will open by the end of the year.

The expansion will continue in 2022 with a site in New York’s Catskill Mountains and another near Zion National Park in Utah.

AutoCamp isn’t the only glamping company expanding.

Bozeman, Montana-based Under Canvas has nine glamp tent sites, each near a national park or monuments, including new locations close to Maine’s Acadia National Forest and Utah’s Lake Powell and Grand Staircase.

One of the oldest glamping companies, French-founded Huttopia has four North American properties in addition to more than three dozen European ones: the latest, Huttopia Adirondacks, opened this spring, and a Southern California camp near the Angeles National Forest is due to open in August.

Many traditional camp and RV sites add glamp tents and cabins, and small, family-run glamp sites proliferate on the nationwide camping platform Tentrr.

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