Janet Mercel

AutoCamp Catskills

  • Where:
  • Why:Baby's first "camping" trip
  • When:July 2022
  • Who:Me, my husband and new baby Sloane
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AutoCamp Catskills The most luxurious bedding experience you'll find in the middle of the woods — and most hotel rooms

The most luxurious bedding experience you'll find in the middle of the woods — and most hotel rooms

AutoCamp Catskills The main Clubhouse — complete with porch swing

The main Clubhouse — complete with porch swing

AutoCamp Catskills Don't forget the local legends

Don't forget the local legends

AutoCamp Catskills 2Queens Coffee and the sweetest AM setup!

2Queens Coffee and the sweetest AM setup!

AutoCamp Catskills (Not) only the basics

(Not) only the basics

AutoCamp Catskills Great essays on local culture and personalities — this little volume is a gem

Great essays on local culture and personalities — this little volume is a gem

AutoCamp Catskills Space worthy bathing

Space worthy bathing

AutoCamp Catskills Obsessed with the Ursa Major bath amenities — complete with takeaway face wipes

Obsessed with the Ursa Major bath amenities — complete with takeaway face wipes

AutoCamp Catskills Not exactly roughing it over here

Not exactly roughing it over here

AutoCamp Catskills Ready to move in

Ready to move in

AutoCamp Catskills The gleaming array of gorgeous AirStreams...

The gleaming array of gorgeous AirStreams...

AutoCamp Catskills ...or your choice of cabins and luxury tents

...or your choice of cabins and luxury tents

AutoCamp Catskills You haven't lived until you've cooked dinner in a fully outfitted trailer

You haven't lived until you've cooked dinner in a fully outfitted trailer

AutoCamp Catskills The enviably equipped kitchen made me want to go out and buy all new everything at home (Pay attention — those knives are SHARP)

The enviably equipped kitchen made me want to go out and buy all new everything at home (Pay attention — those knives are SHARP)

AutoCamp Catskills Ingenious use of space — would happily live here long (ish) term

Ingenious use of space — would happily live here long (ish) term

AutoCamp Catskills Grilled everything!

Grilled everything!

AutoCamp Catskills Indoor/outdoor life

Indoor/outdoor life

AutoCamp Catskills The grill master gets dinner going before the impending storm

The grill master gets dinner going before the impending storm

AutoCamp Catskills A flash summer storm (with a front row seat) was possibly the best part of the trip

A flash summer storm (with a front row seat) was possibly the best part of the trip

AutoCamp Catskills The coziest camp bed

The coziest camp bed

AutoCamp Catskills Family friendly for every possible age group

Family friendly for every possible age group

AutoCamp Catskills The campground at night is peaceful and wild all at once

The campground at night is peaceful and wild all at once

AutoCamp Catskills The Clubhouse fire burns in welcome day and night

The Clubhouse fire burns in welcome day and night

AutoCamp Catskills Cabin chic

Cabin chic

AutoCamp Catskills Unbeatable merch selection

Unbeatable merch selection

AutoCamp Catskills Local brews, adaptogenic elixirs and takeaway treats

Local brews, adaptogenic elixirs and takeaway treats

AutoCamp Catskills We could have stayed for the summer!

We could have stayed for the summer!

Highs & Lows

  • The property was only open a month when we went but you'd never know it. Every detail was in place, and none of the usual staff or logistics snags that come with a new opening.

  • AutoCamp started as AirStream rentals and exploded from there into a luxury outdoor dwelling experience. You can tell it's a well funded operation but it never seemed out of touch or disrespectful to the former ACA campground where it's located.

  • 37 acres of blissful campground and accommodations to roam. You could stay on your designated turf by your tent/cabin/trailer if you wanted, but the common areas are great spaces with skylights, a covered porch, board games and family friendly activities.

  • The AirStreams have showers but if you stay in a tent, the Clubhouse has communal (but luxe) shower amenities.

  • Bring your family! In fact, have a reunion. I talked to several people here for group gatherings and they were all loving it. Everyone was totally unphased by my 3 month old, and she wasn't the only very young baby.

  • The staff. I'm from the area myself and every staff member I spoke to (or overheard) had a love for the region, and an endearing knowledge of the property and their local surroundings.

  • Only one — the common area is a great co-working space if you must, but there aren't any accessible outlets. Even if you're not there to work, there's lots of kids/teens hanging out and I'm assuming everyone wants somewhere to charge their phone in a communal space...

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Mountain Retreat

  • Vibe

    Maximum wilderness comfort

  • Location

    One of the most beautiful places on earth — New York's Hudson Valley. A stone's throw from Saugerties village on one side, a short drive to Woodstock on the other

  • Rooms

    65 Airstreams, 10 Cabins, and 10 BaseCamps (Airstream + Luxury Tent)

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Fab and easy — booking incentives for each property, suggested packing lists, info on the terrain. The service tech really kicks in after arrival, with access to onsite videos with everything from menus to campground tours to How To (Start Your Campfire, Hook Up Bluetooth, Use the Oven, etc.)

  • Future Forward

    High awareness of the outdoor experience and leave-no-trace messaging; the campgrounds are super detail oriented (composite wood logs/firestarters, immaculate waste disposal.) Programming is designed to tune in out-of-towners with their surroundings, ie. guided hiking tours and mindful forest bathing

  • Music

    In common areas, soft jams you'd expect from any chill coffeehouse (Toro y Moi, MorMor, Neil Young)

  • Year Opened

    2022

  • Designed By

    In collaboration with chic NYC design firm, Workshop APD. The main clubhouse is modeled after Hudson Valley farmhouses, in a retro-ish campground palette that never crosses into kitsch. The whole property is sleek, modern and well appointed without being over-designed or anachronistic to its surroundings

  • Health & Wellness

    The all season great outdoors is all around you, but onsite hot tub and pool options are coming soon

  • Food

    Beautiful morning breakfast and coffee service (local faves 2Queens Coffee!) in the Clubhouse, the general store has a ton of snacks and local prepackaged items, BBQ kits, plus wine and beer. There is a full hot/cold menu at the Clubhouse, although it's not a full restaurant situation so I'm not sure how that works. We made use of our fire pit and Airstream kitchen and BBQ'd at "home"

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Check their site for musician performances, but even without programming it's all about hanging out with friends and family at your lot and enjoying the campfire vibes

  • Minibar & Retail

    Extensive offerings from edible treats to solar lamps, reishi mushroom supplements, guide books and wearable merch

  • Accessibility

    Yes! Cabins available with accessible entries, luxury bathrooms and kitchenettes

  • Pet Friendly

    Definitely. Pet kits available when booking

  • Children

    Most definitely

  • Price

    Worth every penny. Great off-season, mid week options

  • Tel.

    +1 866 921 7440

  • Website

    Visit website

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