The Basics Drinking Out

6 Glamping Sites with No-Joke Bar Programs

Drink well at these spots while you’re not in any way roughing it.

AutoCamp at Russian River, with view of Airstream trailers
AutoCamp at Russian River’s glammed-up Airstreams. Image: AutoCamp

From spiffed-up Airstreams to five-star treehouses, glamping experiences are everywhere. The appeal of these not-quite-roughing-it campgrounds is the opportunity for travelers to be close to nature without getting their hands dirty––or sacrificing happy hour.

Along with tricked-out tents and Wi-Fi, glamping sites are starting to roll out serious drink programs, proving that camping is no longer child’s play. These are six spectacular spots that will keep you well lubricated as you frolic in the great outdoors.

  • AutoCamp at Russian River (Guerneville, California)

    Autocamp open-air Clubhouse pavilion

     Prospect Hotel Management

    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 local producers known for pinot noir, like Harvest Moon and Marimar Estate—along with pouring local craft beers.

  • Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (Tofino, British Columbia)

    Clayoquot Wilderness Resort’s Ivanhoe Glass Lounge Bar interior with floor-ceiling glass windows and views right onto a river

    Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

    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 day horseback riding through old-growth forest or on whale- or bear-watching tours. After 4 p.m., the action is at the outdoor lounge, where small plates accompany local wines and barrel-aged cocktails. 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 hosts wine and whiskey tastings and mixology workshops.

  • Dunton River Camp (Dolores, Colorado)

    Dunton River Camp firepit with a tree-filled mountain in the background

    Dunton Destinations 

    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 trails. Every evening, wind down at the Smoky Campfire Cocktail hour, during which the Dunton staff serves house cocktails and flights of craft Colorado beer by the firepit. Visitors can also enjoy wines from the property’s own Sutcliffe Vineyards, located an hour down the canyon.

  • Firelight Camps (Ithaca, New York)

    Firelight Camps lobby tent and outdoor bar

    Firelight Camps 

    Set on a 70-acre estate in the Finger Lakes region, Firelight Camps creates an idyllic scene with its platform tents, complete with hardwood floors and plush beds, surrounded by hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, 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% of the craft beer, cider, spirits and wines served are from the Finger Lakes. Enjoy the laid-back vibe, 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.

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  • The Ranch at Rock Creek (Philipsburg, Montana)

    The Ranch at Rock Creek bar with saddled bar stools

    The Ranch at Rock Creek 

    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 hiking or rodeo is your thing or you’d prefer to sunbathe by the pool, there’s plenty to keep you busy. The resort’s packed social schedule offers a daily cocktail hour in the aptly named Great Room. The property also hosts tastings in partnership with Missoula’s Montgomery Distillery, which uses homegrown grains and native botanicals in its whiskeys and gins. The spirits figure in a number of The Ranch’s signature cocktails, like the Rye Stone Sour, a frothy mix of Sudden Wisdom rye, fresh citrus and cinnamon.

  • The Resort at Paws Up (Greenough, Montana)

    The Resort at Paws Up lobby lounge with a roaring fire in the fireplace and a cabin/lodge look

    The Resort at Paws Up

    This 37,000-acre glamper’s paradise in western Montana has 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, 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’mores toppings like sea salt caramels and even smoked salmon. Rather not leave your tent? Request a cocktail, courtesy of the camp butlers.