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Camping 2.0: New Outdoor Options for Those Who Are More Brooke Astor Than Bear Grylls


Photo Credit: Far Horizon's 49er Vilage RV Resort

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For those of us who are a little more Brooke Astor than Bear Grylls yet still want to enjoy the outdoors in a not-so-rugged environment, there are perfect options available all around the country.

No longer do you have to worry about pitching a tent and sleeping on a rock, or hassling with bringing your own cooking supplies. Many campgrounds now offer the ability to enjoy the same outdoor experience while providing the home-away-from-home amenities that many appreciate including real beds, dining areas, private bathrooms, kitchens, air conditioning, heating, WiFi, electricity, and more.

There are many campgrounds sprinkled throughout the country that cater to the Brooke Astors of the world. Here are a few you can check out this summer and beyond:

West

Canyons of Escalante RV Park in Escalante, Utah - Located on Scenic Byway 12, this campground offers easy access to some of the country's most magnificent rock formations like Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef and the Grand Staircase-Escalante. Stay at one of the deluxe cabins, which come with amenities like air conditioning, full bedding linens, nightstands, lamps, chairs, heaters, and power outlets, leaving guests the ability to explore during the day and then relax with comfort.

Deer Lake Resort in Deer Lake, Wash. - Secluded in the evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest, the resort sits right near Deer Lake, a 1200-acre spring and snow-fed lake, and offers many outdoor activities. It also featuresa variety of cabin accommodations, from prairie cabins to houses that sleep up to six people. All of its accommodations feature bathrooms, kitchens, refrigerators with freezers, tables and chairs to keep you comfortable indoors.

Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort in Plymouth, Calif. - Conveniently located close to more than 35 award-winning wineries and Amador Flower Farm in the Shenandoah Valley, the 49er Village has resort amenities including swimming pools, an enclosed spa tub, billiard hall, volleyball court, paved roads, deli and espresso cafe, free WiFi and many others. The cottages follow suit with daily continental breakfast, full bath with showers, outdoor seating areas, full kitchens, coffee makers, cable TV, heat and air conditioning, and bedding and towels.

Northeast:

Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins & Campsites in Milford, N.Y. — Nestled in the wooded hills and rolling meadows of upstate New York, this campground offers 20 one- or two-bedroom cabins all featuring fully equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi. It also has a great location - just a few miles away from the Village of Cooperstown, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Doubleday Field.

Colonial Mast Campground in Naples, Maine - Guests can stay in one of Colonial Mast's comfortable park models (think small house) while enjoying such amenities as an indoor pool and hot tub along with beautiful sunset waterfront views. And with adventure activities like a sea plane trip to view the awe-inspiring Maine landscape, guests are sure to enjoy the outdoors without all the hassle.

Martha's Vineyard Family Campground in Vineyard Haven, Mass. - Described as an island resort, this family campground has the same quaintness and charm that the Martha's Vineyard area is known for. With fully featured cabins, one can enjoy the no-fuss camping experience while being surrounded by the beauty that makes the vineyard one of the most popular northeast destinations.

South:

The Vineyards Campground & Cabins in Grapevine, Texas -Located on Grapevine Lake just outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, The Vineyards can serve as your perfect base camp for exploring the city, attending the award-winning Grapevine festivals, or exploring the surrounding wilderness. The campground boasts fully furnished cabins supplied with fresh linens, Wi-Fi, central heat and air units, cable TV and a full kitchen with dishes.

Elite Resorts in Salt Springs, Fla. - This 70-acre resort is uncrowded and nature rich. Thirty-eight fully-furnished cabins are available on-site, all with at least 650 square feet, and amenities including full-sized kitchens, parking for two cars, lake views, and linens, towels, dishes and cooking gear to keep the basics covered.

Adventure Bound Camping in Resorts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. - Surrounded by woody acres of the Smoky Mountains, this campground has several kinds of cabins to choose from: deluxe, log, Tennessee, and rustic. Adventure Bound is only 12 miles away from the quaint town of Gatlinburg, which is known for its modern comforts, one-of-a-kind attractions and its setting in unspoiled wilderness.

Midwest:

Compton Ridge Campground & Lodge in Branson, Mo. - In the heart of the Ozarks, Compton Ridge offers home-away-from-home cabins that feature full baths, kitchens, fireplaces, air conditioning, cable, WiFi, and linens and towels. And of course, all of this within close distance of the area's biggest attractions including Table Rock Lake, Silver Dollar City and the shows of Branson.

Fort Welikit Family Campground - This campground has a great location near Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Custer Parks. On site it features cozy cabins equipped with bedding, dishes, towels, coffee makers, fridge, stove, microwave, TV, air conditioning and heating. On the outside, the cabins also come with wood decks, picnic tables and fire pits.

Bar M Resort in Branson, Mo. - If you haven't stayed in an A-frame cabin before, it's an unique guest experience. It feels large with its dramatic ceilings stretching from the ground to the apex, yet still channels the cozy experience guests want from a cabin. Bar M Resort has three A-frames and all feature a full kitchen, bathroom, large deck, and can sleep up to nine people. Plus, if you book with them for six days, they'll give you a seventh day for free.

Still want more suggestions? Just go to the Find a Park page on GoCampingAmerica.com and search by the type of amenities and site options you want, to find the perfect campground that fits you best.

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