Whether you’re a put-up-my-own-tent camper or looking for a different glamping experience for your next vacation, Autocamp has it covered. Think of spending a week in a cool Airstream Trailer outfitted with a queen size bed, modern kitchenette and tiled bathroom with luxury amenities. Just outside the trailer is a dedicated fire pit, small four-person dining table, and patio chairs. And to be clear, you will not be “roughing it.” The campsite clubhouse is stocked with necessary reinforcements, including beer, wine and cheese. I know. That’s why I call it glamping. Autocamp has another location in Santa Barbara but, since we live in the Bay Area, Russian River seemed like the perfect mini road trip for our holiday.
10 Things to Do at Autocamp
1. The Drive
If you’re driving from the Bay Area, make a pitstop for lunch Healdsburg, followed by coffee at the Barlow. Check in starts at 4:00pm so you have time to meander through some of my favorites spots in Sonoma. We love the market and food at SHED in Healdsburg. Order their in-house shrub, drink made with fresh fruit, vinegar, and sugar, and tasty food. Stock up on a few snacks for camp and bring home a bottle SHED Shrub for your homemade drinks. After a walk in the square, take a short drive to the Barlow where you’ll find some of the best organic coffee at the Taylor Made Farms Coffee Shop.
Whether you’re glamping or camping, leave the screens behind and enjoy your temporary surroundings and each other! Autocamp has a well-equipped and super comfortable game and lounge area in the clubhouse. Scrabble, Monopoly, chess, go old-school with your favorite board game. Our 10 and 12-year-old had some withdrawal issues on the first day (What? No computer time?) but ended up having loads of fun – playing games, roasting marshmallows, riding bikes, and exploring. However, if you need it Autocamp has wifi.
3. Big Bottom Market
Home to Oprah’s favorite biscuit, Big Bottom Market is both a market and cafe located in downtown Guerneville. And it has the best coffee for early risers. Have their famous biscuit or one of the tasty breakfast sandwiches, which are made with biscuits, eggs, greens and optional bacon. We ate here every morning, but they are also open for lunch.
4. Armstrong Redwoods
Take a morning hike or afternoon stroll among these giants. You’ll uncover all the shapes and sizes of planted trees as well as fallen trunks with exposed roots that look more like an intentional sculpture. Armstrong Redwoods park is majestic, breathtaking, and should not be missed on your stay in Russian River.
Bring lots of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for nightly s’mores at your very own fire pit. If you forget or run out, the clubhouse sells kits for about $9.00 for six s’mores.
6. Canneti Roadhouse
Located in nearby Forestville, this was our favorite dinner place. The staff is very friendly and the homemade pasta and bread are delicious. Our entire family loved eating here. If you have, I would suggest going early.
7. Boon Eat + Drink
Small family-friendly place that serves up good food and wine. Boon Eat + Drink is located near Big Bottom Market and is only open for dinner. YES to the fried chicken.
8. Rent a Bike
Bikes are available at the clubhouse. Bike to town for lunch or just down the road to the Russian River for some fishing.
9. Chile Pies Baking Co.
Enjoy handmade pies and ice cream inside a downtown Guerneville old bank that was converted into a multipurpose space that includes a cafe, shop, and wine tasting. After trying their signature green chile apple pie, take a picture in the photo booth vault in the back.
10. Clubhouse Showers
While the trailer showers are quite nice, you should indulge at least once in a shower at the clubhouse. Inside you’ll find two well-appointed shower rooms in each bathroom and more hot water. Note: The trailers only have about 10 gallons of hot water per day so if you need more, this is the place.
Autocamp Russian River
14120 Old Cazadero Rd
Guerneville, CA 95446