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8 Camps and Cabins Where You Can Feel Like a Kid Again

Why should grade schoolers have all the fun? Here are eight summer camp–inspired lodges where adults are welcome.

Sometimes treating yourself to glamorous camping—or "glamping"—is the best way to experience the outdoors. (Courtesy of Far Meadow)

Why should grade schoolers have all the fun? Here are eight summer camp–inspired lodges where adults are welcome.

Canoeing, lakeside cabins, starry nights, campfires. Summer camp was always a good time, and it doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. These eight lodges and camps around the United States offer a more grown-up version of the summer-camp life, complete with bunk-bed cabins and group suppers.

Taylor River Lodge

Crested Butte, Colorado

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Set on the banks of its namesake river, the new Taylor River Lodge, which opens in June, has six stand-alone cabins and two single-family homes (from $1,720 per cabin). Picture archery, ax throwing, a climbing wall, bikes for borrow on site, a casting pond, and a private concierge to orchestrate your stay. Fly-fishing for trout on local rivers and mountain biking nearby Crested Butte’s legendary singletrack are both on tap. Cabins come with steam showers, minibars stocked with fresh food, and an in-house chef who cooks you three meals a day.

Grünberg Haus Inn and Cabins

Waterbury, Vermont

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Grünberg Haus is what summer camp would look like if it took place in the Austrian Alps. The 11-room European-inspired chalet and neighboring cabins (from $110) are located in Waterbury, with the Green Mountains for hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and ice cream eating. Your stay includes a gourmet breakfast spread and an on-site tool shed for storing and tuning your bike. As a bonus, the Ben and Jerry’s factory is right out your door.

Camp Wandawega

Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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This place started as a Prohibition-era brothel and speakeasy, then became a Catholic church camp in the 1960s. In 2004, a husband-and-wife duo bought it and set about turning it into a hip summer-camp-style escape. You can now rent vintage lakefront bunkhouses and cabins (from $550) at Camp Wandawega—they’re not fancy, but you’ll have access to the ground’s canoes, treehouses, and campfire pits.

Under Canvas

Zion National Park, Utah

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A new luxury tent camp is opening on the outskirts of Zion National Park this August. Called Under Canvas Zion, this village of luxury tents (from $189), set against the backdrop of Zion’s redrock desert, will be open for lodging from August through November. Sign up for activities—rock climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, horseback riding—and skilled guides will show you the way. Plus, breakfasts and dinners are cooked for you under the open sky.

Far Meadow

Oakhurst, California

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You can rent a one-bedroom cabin or a retro-chic A-frame (from $250) 12 miles from the south entrance of Yosemite at Far Meadow, located on 20 acres of private land near a high-alpine lake. Rock climbing, lake swimming, and Yosemite hiking are all in your backyard. No mess hall or color wars, but you’ll have a kitchen to yourself and can organize your own yard games.

Camp Lucy

Dripping Springs, Texas

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There’s no roughing it at Camp Lucy, located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, where you’ll stay in plush cottages (from $269) with stone bathtubs and wake to homemade waffles and freshly brewed coffee. But it does feel a little like camp: you’ll have access to gear for fishing, biking, and birding, plus an evening supper club and outdoor fire pits with s’mores supplies.

Sleeping Lady Resort

Leavenworth, Washington

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You can sleep up to eight people in the Rookery, an upscale stand-alone cabin (from $740 for eight guests) with queen and twin bunk beds (plus bathrobes for walking to the sauna) at the Sleeping Lady Resort, outside the funky Bavarian town of Leavenworth. (If bunks aren’t your thing, you can choose a more standard hotel room.) Some packages offer activities like fly-fishing and whitewater rafting, or you can explore the Cascades on your own. No matter which package you choose, there’s yoga on the premises, and breakfast and dinners are included.

White Pine Camp

Paul Smiths, New York

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What was once the summer house of President Calvin Coolidge is now White Pine Camp, a historic Adirondack compound with 13 cottages (from $165) on the shores of Osgood Pond. Relax in the iconic Japanese teahouse that’s accessible by a wooden bridge to a small island, go hiking or biking into the northern Adirondacks, or grab a canoe to paddle into the nearby St. Regis Canoe Area.

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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

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Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.


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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.