Following up on my previous email suggesting a story idea for Jetsettersblog that asks, “Is fall actually the best season to experience nature?”
>> While summer might be the best time for tent camping, fall’s brisker weather makes it the perfect time for no-tent-necessary experiences. Ever tried staying in a treehouse? In a micro cabin on an alpaca farm? Fall’s the time.
Enter Hipcamp [www.hipcamp.com/discover]—a startup that creates new places to stay in nature by unlocking access to beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches. With 3.5 million users, Hipcamp helps campers enjoy the outdoors—in all seasons.
To celebrate the start of fall, Hipcamp has hand-picked the most unique nature stays around the country:
>> Wondernut Farms: California (near Yosemite)
Camp in the midst of a working farm. The best part? The floor is made out of an old bowling alley!
>> Vintage 1850 Log Cabin Camping: Indiana (near Kokomo)
Calling all alpaca-lovers: this cabin is in the middle of an alpaca farm.
>> Dockley Ranch Camp: Missouri (between Sparta and Ava)
Get ready to hike to your own private waterfall.
>> Muir’s Muse Retreat: California (near Tahoe)
Enjoy a private view of Tahoe National Forest at 5,000 feet.
>> Fern Creek Tiny House: South Carolina
Go fishing in the reservoir behind this farm—then snuggle into your cozy tiny house.
>> Forest Yurt/Palace: Washington (North Cascades National Park)
Check out a secret swimming hole—then have dinner using produce and meat produced on the farm.
>> Enchanted Forest Yurt: California (only 1 hour north of San Francisco)
If llamas, rainbows and redwood trees won’t make you happy, what will?
>> Yurt Glamping and Stargazing: New Mexico (near Albuquerque)
This yurt is fully equipped as a home, so you can gaze at the stars in comfort.
>> The Birdie Treehouse: Maine
Go disc-golfing all day, then have your own private barbecue with the included grill.
>> Ojai Mountaintop Treehouse: California (minutes from Ojai)
Go hiking on your own private mountain.
>> Eagle’s Nest Treehouse (an hour and a half from San Francisco)
Stay amid redwoods on a working ranch.
SEE HIPCAMP’S FALL FOLIAGE MAP HERE:
Let me know if you need any hi-res photos of any of the listings above, or more info on unbooked campsites in your area. Also, I’m happy to arrange an interview with Hipcamp CEO Alyssa Ravasio. Ravasio is available for phone and Skype interviews until October 31.