One thing that I love about family is that they have lots of fun ideas. My mom is no exception. A few years ago, she and her husband bought a vintage 1950s Airstream and have taken it to some of the most picturesque camping spots in California and Oregon.
Because she loves to spend time with my two kids, she started an annual tradition of going (pseudo) camping in Northern California in May, with them staying in the Airstream and us staying in a lodge about 75 feet away.
What’s so cool to me about this new tradition is that staying at a campground in California is a whole lot more than a campground. This one, which is a KOA, by the way, is on a hill overlooking gorgeous Alexander Valley, in the middle of one of California’s finest wine countries. This is very rural, but it’s also very chic.
It’s also a way for me to experience one of the things I love most about life: being in nature. For my kids, just being there, with family and outdoors all around, is endless fun.
These are photos of our second trip to Cloverdale, California, from late May.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the best view of all– the night sky, so full of stars that my husband and I stood outside in the cold, heads cocked back in amazement. However, there’s much more to this area of California than camping and hiking. You can find out about a local sustainable winery here and my favorite restaurant in the area here.
What are your favorite places to get away from daily life and experience nature?