With so many of us working remotely, learning remotely and doing just about everything else remotely, there’s more freedom than ever to decide where you’d like to be while you work or learn. Gone are the restraints that force us to wait for the weekend road trip in order to enjoy a change of scenery. And most people could really use a change of scenery these days!
With many people looking to avoid air travel and feeling uncomfortable sharing hotel elevators with their fellow travelers, camping has become a popular getaway this summer. But how to combine camping with the connectivity needed when we’re still trying to work remotely?
Travelers are finding the ideal combination of relaxing destinations, open spaces and fresh air with the added bonus of resort-style connectivity at select full-service campgrounds that are ready to cater to these exact needs.
When mixing a little leisure with a bit of business – or “Bleisure” trips – and enjoying the beauty of nature, the biggest concern is typically hooking up to the internet and making sure you stay connected. Ready for the bleisure trend, Thousand Trails and Encore have new Wi-Fi installations at many of their RV resorts and campgrounds across the country, making it easy to jump on that Zoom call or send those timely emails as you work from your RV, cabin, yurt or even tiny house instead of your makeshift home office.
Best of all, there’s no need to use one of those pre-programmed virtual backgrounds in Zoom, let the great outdoors be your backdrop while you’re working remotely from some of these breathtaking destinations across the country.
Located just east of San Francisco, outside of California’s beautiful Yosemite National Park and situated just 5 miles from the west gate of the park entrance sits Yosemite Lakes RV Resort. This affordable vacation hotspot is a 400-acre preserve set amidst a backdrop of towering trees. Work from a yurt to retain all of the modern conveniences while surround by forest. The Hillside Yurts comfortably sleep 4 in a queen-size bed and a double-size futon. The 3-piece bathroom suite contains a shower. The kitchenette is fully furnished with an apartment sized refrigerator, 2-burner gas stove top, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and dinnerware for 4. A dining table that seats 4 and TV with access to DirecTV/Cable complete the living accommodations. Outside, a porch with a gas grill, nearby picnic table, and fire ring add to the appeal of outdoor living as you “glamp” through your Yosemite stay!
Fiesta Key RV Resort & Marina
Fiesta Key resort is the perfect escape for anyone looking to do a little more than just work from the pool. With an adjoining marina just steps away, guests can enjoy a wide range of water activities, from fishing and kayaking to snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding. Only a short drive from Long Key State Park, the Dolphin Research Center and Bud ‘N’ Mary’s world famous fishing marina, Fiesta Key is the perfect escape from the home office.
Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina
Sunshine Key is a unique resort with adjoining marina that offers the RV adventurer unprecedented access to a tropical island environment. Located on the 75-acre island of Ohio Key, near Big Pine Key in the lower Florida Keys, Sunshine Key is a retreat that will never have you wanting to go back to the office. If you want to venture off the island, there’s no shortage of unique activities to explore, with the Turtle Hospital, Aquarium Encounters, and History of Diving Museum just across the famous Seven Mile Bridge.
Tiny Bonus: Make your home office tiny! As of 2020, Sunshine Key RV Resort is also home to the newest tiny house village from Petite Retreats! The Sunshine Key Tiny House Village, makes for a great “glamping” option while you work. The five tiny houses that make up the newest village are each individually named (Kai, Pearl, Lucy, Isla, and Hemingway), have their own unique personality, and come in under 350 square feet in size! The colorful tiny houses have lofts, decks, an open-air feel, and waterfront views.
Stay at Mt Hood Village RV Resort and enjoy the 27-hole golf course, more than 700 groomed hiking trails, rock climbing, bird watching, mountain biking and more while you take a break from your Tuesday meeting. The entertainment in Mt. Hood National Forest during the summertime is endless which will make it hard not to put the laptop down.
Tiny Bonus: The Mt. Hood Tiny House Village recently welcomed two additional tiny houses to their village, making it the largest village with seven total tiny houses. The original Petite Retreats location is now home to some of the biggest tiny house models featuring new floor plans that are coming in at just under 360 square feet and sleep five to seven guests.
Verde Valley RV & Camping Resort
Escape the summer heat and that home office for the stunning backdrop of the red rock mountains in Cottonwood, Arizona, just outside of Sedona at Verde Valley RV & Camping Resort. Situated on the Verde River, this 300-acre oasis in the high desert of Arizona is surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Red Rocks to the north, Mingus Mountains to the west, the Hackberry Mountains to the south and adjacent to beautiful Alcantara Vineyards. Guests enjoy the area’s moderate year-round climate and close proximity to the Valley.
Tiny Bonus: The Tiny Houses make for a perfectly tiny getaway! Guests can stay in their very own Tiny House and are able to get a 360 degree tour of Rose and Finn to decide where to set up the office. If going tiny isn’t your thing, there are cabin and cottage rentals available as well.
Only a short drive from the city to upstate New York sits the royal blue water of Lake George, the birthplace of the American vacation. And now, an escape to move the home office to a vacation office. Lake George Escape, a 178-acre RV resort full of lush woods, meadows and direct access to the Schroon River is surrounded by the six million acre Adirondack Park, making this an ideal midweek getaway. Discover adventure, revel in something new or simply relax amid the stunning natural beauty. Enjoy a multitude of attractions and restaurants throughout the region’s communities.