What does it really mean to be a ‘wanderluster’? I think it’s more than having an intense desire to travel, I believe it’s also a longing to seek out authentic experiences and a requirement to break away from habitual everyday living.
This past weekend, my best friend Kat and I were looking for a local stay-cation that would satisfy our wanderlust and give us a break from our routines. After living in Portland for over five years, I sometimes find it challenging to seek out a local adventure that I haven’t already experienced. But after doing some research I found a brand new gem in Pacific City, Oregon and we immediately jumped on it.
We had the opportunity to stay and review Hart’s Camp, a luxury airstream park in Pacific City. This would be our first airstream experience, only two hours drive from Portland and only one block away from the beach and Pelican Brewery. Winning! Additionally, some of the airstreams are pet friendly so I was able to bring my fur pal Beatrix.
How to maximize a overnight stay-cation at the exciting new luxury airstream park, Hart’s Camp:
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Stay: Hart’s Camp
Having never stayed in an airstream I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was indeed surprised to find our airstream stocked with modern day amenities like wifi, electric heat and even cable. However, since it was a 70 degree day, we spent the majority of our time enjoying the outdoor amenities including a fire pit, BBQ, complimentary bikes, Adirondack chairs and my FAVORITE feature…the outdoor shower. Hart’s Camp combines modern day amenities with outdoor features creating a very unique glamping experience.
Currently they offer two options: ‘The Modern’ brand new airstream accommodations with quality finishes and ‘The Signature’ vintage airstream accommodations with remodeled interiors. You can check out both airstream options here.
We stayed in Vintage Airstream 1 which is a 1970 restored 31 foot Land Yacht Sovereign. Fully renovated, it has hardwood floors, modern furnishings, a full kitchen and four beds. The interior was gorgeous but I think I was most impressed by how new and spacious the bathroom was. I have stayed in RV campers before and always dreaded using what I call the ‘toilet closet’. The airstream however had a decently sized bathroom complete with high-end beauty products. The kitchen provides plenty of storage to cook a family meal or to simply make a cup of morning coffee.
We found the beds comfortable and bedding to be brand new as well.
As I mentioned my favorite feature is the personal outdoor shower located in the yard behind your individual airstream. There is something magical and invigorating about taking a shower in nature. It’s a dream of mine to have one at home. The shower showcases a contemporary faucet and excellent water pressure which is essential. There is also a developing garden wall inside each shower.
Hart’s Camp has some really exciting expansion plans for the future including adding more airstreams and tiny houses, food trucks and an indoor pool/hot tub. Keep an eye on their Instagram page as they continue to grow.
Thank you Hart’s Camp for having us. We had a lovely stay and both agreed if it were with each other, we could live in this airstream for a year!
Explore: Pacific City and Cape Lookout
In typical 100 percent day fashion, we made the most our overnight excursion with hiking, wine, a beach sunset, biking and dinner.
Cape Lookout is rated moderate in terms of hiking difficulty and stunning in terms of its viewpoints. Only five miles round trip, we walked through lush forests of Sitka spruce (local to the Pacific Northwest coast) and on cliffs with blue ocean 400 feet below us. The Cape Lookout trailhead is about 12 miles north of Pacific City.
100 Percent Tip: Wear hiking boots to tread through the inevitable muddy areas. We completed the hike in flip flops on a sunny day but would not recommend open-toed shoes.
Pacific City offers excellent surf, kiting and general beach fun. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle you can drive right down to the water and set up your day-camp. Looking out over Haystack Rock, we relaxed our tired hiking legs with some local southern Oregon rosé and watched the sun sink. Once our reservation was called for dinner we headed up and enjoyed some local fare on a beachfront outdoor table at Pelican Brewery.
100 Percent Tip: Pelican Brewery is extremely busy on a sunny day, put down your reservation name an hour or two before you want to have dinner. They will text you when your table is ready so you are able to hang out on the beach until then.
Since each Hart’s Camp stay comes with a pair of adorable bikes, we went on a morning joy ride before hitting the road back to Portland. There are so many gorgeous places to stop on the drive back to the city. Stop and enjoy the views!