The Basics Drinking Out

6 Glamping Sites with No-Joke Bar Programs

AutoCamp at the Russian River in Guerneville, Calif.

From spiffed-up Airstreams to five-star treehouses, glamping experiences are popping up everywhere, offering travelers the opportunity to get close to nature without getting their hands dirty or sacrificing happy hour. Along with tricked-out tents and Wi-Fi, glampsites are starting to roll out booze programs, proving that camping isn’t just for kids. These are six spectacular spots that will keep you buzzed in the beautiful outdoors.

  • Firelight Camps (Ithaca, N.Y.)

    Set on a 70-acre estate in the Finger Lakes region, Firelight Camps creates an idyllic scene for summertime. Its platform tents, complete with hardwood floors and plush beds, are surrounded by hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, nearby restaurants and vineyards. Every evening at sundown, the lobby tent’s full bar offers complimentary wine tastings to enjoy by the campfire. Keeping it super local, 90 percent of the craft beer, cider, spirits and wines the bar serves are from the Finger Lakes region. Enjoy the laid-back vibe of the bar, bocce court and bonfire with a seasonal cocktail in hand, like the Post-Season, which mixes bourbon with maple liqueur, thyme syrup, local cider and house-made bitters. Also currently in the works is a Firelight white label cider, made from the property’s own wild apples.

  • The Resort at Paws Up (Greenough, Mt.)

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    This 37,000-acre glamper’s paradise in western Montana has everything— safari tents equipped with air-conditioning and four-post beds, gourmet riverside dining and a five-star spa. It even has its own mini-downtown, where local bar Tank serves signature cocktails like the Huckleberry Hound, made with huckleberry-infused vodka, from Idaho distillery 44o North, plus limeade and huckleberry syrup. Instead of bar snacks, request a visit from the resort’s resident s’moreologist, who will guide you through marshmallow roasting at the bar’s cozy fireplace and introduce you to fancy s’more toppings like sea salt caramels and even smoked salmon. Rather not leave your tent? Request a cocktail, courtesy of the accommodating camp butlers.

  • The Ranch at Rock Creek (Philipsburg, Mt.)

    This ultra-luxe property combines the adventure of a dude ranch with the exclusivity of a five-star, all-inclusive resort. Whether horseback riding, trail hikes or rodeo is your thing or you’d prefer to sunbathe by the pool, there’s plenty to keep you busy—and plenty to drink when you’re ready for a break. The resort’s packed social schedule offers a daily cocktail hour in the aptly named Great Room, where resident mixologists shake up seasonal cocktails and pour local craft beer alongside a rotating menu of hors d’oeuvres. The property also frequently hosts whiskey and spirit tastings, in partnership with Missoula-based Montgomery Distillery, which uses Montana-grown grains and native botanicals in its whiskeys and gins. You can also try Montgomery’s spirits in a number of The Ranch’s signature cocktails, like the Rye Stone Sour, a frothy mix of the distillery’s Sudden Wisdom rye whiskey, fresh citrus juices and a dash of cinnamon.

  • Dunton River Camp (Dolores, Colo.)

    Surrounded by 500 acres of meadows, forest and riverbanks, this former cattle ranch from the 1800s now hosts luxe glamping accommodations every summer, boasting eight safari-style tents, each outfitted with giant soaking tubs and mountain bikes for exploring the property’s countless trails. Every evening, wind down at the Smoky Campfire Cocktail hour, during which the Dunton staff serves house cocktails and flights of craft Colorado brews by the firepit. Visitors can also enjoy wines from the property’s own Sutcliffe Vineyards, located an hour down the canyon and whose winemaker regularly visits for wine tastings.

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  • Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (Tofino, British Columbia, Canada)

    This luxurious eco-resort is located within a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve and provides top-notch service for its 50 guests from the moment they arrive via floatplane. Guests spend the long summer days doing everything from horseback riding through old-growth forest to tagging along on whale- and bear-watching tours. But after 4 p.m., the action is at the outdoor lounge, where chefs serve small plates to accompany local wines and barrel-aged cocktails. New this season, the Ivanhoe Glass Lounge Bar, an adults-only space with comfy lounge seating, game tables and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the estuary, serves craft cocktails from its antique bar, and the property's executive chef hosts wine and whiskey tastings, along with cocktail-making workshops.

  • AutoCamp, Russian River (Guerneville, Calif.)

    California-based AutoCamp has taken off since renting out its first luxe Airstream trailer in 2016. Thanks to its prime location in the vineyard-rich Russian River Valley, it’s a sure bet that your glamping weekend comes with a side of wine. The property’s modern Clubhouse pavilion regularly hosts free wine tastings for guests—often in partnership with the local producers known for their pinot noir, like Harvest Moon and Marimar Estate—along with pouring local craft beers. Coming soon: a mini-bar service, which delivers wine by the bottle, accompanied by camp snacks, to enjoy in your tricked-out trailer or by the warmth of the outdoor campfires, surrounded by Redwoods.