If traditional camping isn’t for you, here are five luxe vacation spots you must visit this year.
By Lauren Modery, founder of Hipstercrite
Whether you’re spending the weekend in Big Bend National Park or just looking to get away from city life, look no further than Basecamp Terlingua in Terlingua, Texas. Relax in the 100-year-old remodeled casita, which accommodates as many as four, or unwind in one of the three 400-square-foot teepees, which sleep as many as six. Founded in 2017, this funky campground is a nice addition to the ghost town of Terlingua. As for things to do in the area, there isn’t much, but that’s the beauty of West Texas: There’s limited civilization, beautiful nature and big, open skies. Rates average $149 to $179 a night.
Sinya on Lone Man Creek
This safari-inspired lodge offers only one place to crash, but it’s well worth a trip. Located near Wimberley, Texas, Sinya on Lone Man Creek offers a light and breezy 300-square-foot tent high among the treetops. Featuring panoramic views of nature, swimming holes and luxury furniture, this charming sojourn is perfect for a romantic getaway. Rates begin at $325 a night.
Marfa, Texas, has been a destination hot spot for years now, and nothing exemplifies the spirit of the small West Texas town more than El Cosmico. Owned by famed Austin hotelier Liz Lambert, this hipster go-to features a playground of teepees, yurts and vintage trailers. Choose to socialize at the compound’s hot tubs or hammock grove, or stroll to the town’s main hub, which is within a 15-minute walk. El Cosmico is a must if you’re looking to gaze at the stars—or the Marfa Lights—or partake in any one of the fun activities occurring throughout the year, like the Marfa Film Festival or Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love. Accommodations start at $85.
Featured in both Dwell Magazine and Apartment Therapy, this rustic-meets-modern retreat, located 25 miles outside Austin in Elgin, Texas, offers Instagram-worthy interiors, donkeys and alpacas to pet and 25 acres of unbridled nature. Founded by artists and entrepreneurs, Green Acres focuses on inspiring and relaxing surroundings with an eco-friendly edge. This ultrahip spot is perfect for a weekend away, a wedding or a getaway with friends. Sorry, pets are not allowed. Rates vary, but begin at about $185 a night.
Geronimo Creek Retreat
If you’re looking for a water haven, Geronimo Creek Retreat, located just one hour outside Austin, offers playful and idyllic accommodations on picturesque Geronimo Creek. Perfect for groups, this laid-back compound features fairytale-esque tree houses, teepees and cabins. Guests can enjoy any number of social activities on the grounds, including fishing, swimming, kayaking and grilling. This spot is great for those who want to decompress yet stay active. Prices vary depending on the time of year.