Every once in a while, the family sure could use some time together to unplug from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Go fishing, hiking, make campfire s’mores, and enjoy the big Texas nights sky. There’s no time like the present for a nice fall getaway — especially now that there’s an easy & luxurious new option at LRCA Parks’ Lake Bastrop North Shore Park. The park system recently launched its new glamping accommodation that features five new, top-of-the-line Airstreams that your kids will be thrilled to stay in! Read on for details and notes about our own experience trying out the Airstreams…
What’s included? Each of the brand new 25-foot Flying Cloud Airstreams comes with its adjacent patio area with a picnic table, large fire pit, Adirondack chairs and an outdoor gas grill. Perfect for a cozy night out by the fire with the kiddos! Each unit has one queen bed and two twins, sleeping up to four guests. Other “on board” Airstream amenities include a private restroom with a shower, linens, towels, two TVs, DVD player, fridge, microwave, stove top, cookware, dinnerware and coffee maker. Everything you need to feed and entertain the family is right at your fingertips without hauling the camping gear.
“Whether you’re looking to book just one Airstream for a romantic weekend for two or book all five of them for a gathering of family or friends, we’re delighted to offer this new option to our park guests,” said Marcus O’Connor, park operations manager.
The fun doesn’t stop after this fall either. Each of LCRA’s sleek, new stainless Airstream campers have dual AC units to keep guests cool and comfy on even the hottest day a Texas summer can dish up.
Things to Do in the Park: Lake Bastrop North Shore Park is a 182-acre park that offers opportunities for tent and RV camping, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, fishing, barbecuing and kayaking. Be sure to check the park’s calendar of events for such special activities as night hikes, star parties and reptile encounters led by a park naturalist. Park entrance fees are: $5 for adults; $2 for seniors; free for children 12 & under
Reservations: Airstream rentals are $225 per night and require a two night minimum stay. You can also opt to book a standard campsite and bring your own tent, etc. for only $22 per night. Click here to make your reservation.
For more info and photos, you can visit the Lake Bastrop North Shore Park Facebook page. Visit the LCRA Parks website for info on exploring more than 11,000 acres of parks along the lower Colorado River.
Our Experience: We were fortunate to have the opportunity to try the glamping lifestyle with our kids, which was definitely a first for our family. Not big campers, to be honest, we really loved the idea of just showing up with food and some clean clothes without the hassle of lugging all the gear. It made the getaway so easy, breezy and convenient.
We were mostly impressed with how clean and comfortable the Airstreams are. We stayed in “the Willie” and it was very well-appointed with almost anything you could ever need (and more — ahem, T.V. & microwave). We were so happy to have use of the mini kitchen that came stocked with glassware, plates, utensils, even dish towels and oven mitts. The outdoor gas grill was super awesome for cooking up burgers without the need to bring along charcoal. The patio area was a really fun place to chill out, and it even comes with use of a Yeti cooler and complimentary ice. The firepit was ideal for making s’mores, which was a “must do” for the family.
We really enjoyed being in such close proximity to the water for fishing and kayaking (you can bring your own or rent SUPs, canoes, etc. on site). It was also nice to have access to a few trails on the property for some short hikes with the kids.
Overall, the kids thought it was super cool to be out sleeping in a luxury Airstream. We were grateful for comfortable bedding (the kitchen area transforms into a bed!). And it was so nice to have a private bathroom and shower (that even came with toiletries). The experience was much like staying in a nice hotel — but with so much more character. We’d love to be able to do it again!