NEW YORK (MainStreet) Vacations are great, but they don't always leave us feeling as refreshed as we had hoped. Fortunately, there's an easy solution to this. Summer camps for grown-ups.
Think about it. When you go to camp, you have zero responsibility. Someone else tells you where to be, what to do, where to sleep and what to eat. As a kid that might have been frustrating. But as a grown-up, it sounds terrific. What could be more relaxing than. going to camp? To make it even easier, we've rounded up some of the best options out there.
If what you need most is a break from your smart phone, check out Camp Grounded. Located on 80 acres of redwoods a few hours north of San Francisco, they have a strict "summer camp only" policy. The experience truly aims to be like the good ol' days with activities like rock climbing, campfires, and my favorite, capture the flag. The three-night stay runs about $600, but that includes all activities, lodging and chef-prepared meals.
For a less structured back-to-nature experience, check out Yellowstone Under Canvas. It's a luxury camp in the middle of one of the best national parks in the US. You'll be able to choose between pre-planned activities or simply taking it all in. The same company has a new location in Utah, called Moab Under Canvas. With options for every budget, you really can't go wrong.
Ace Camps are a good alternative if rustic isn't your thing. Ace stands for Adventure, Culture and Education and they offer a variety of experiences that cater to those three categories. It's more like a group travel service than a true summer camp, but you'll still benefit from having someone else plan every aspect of your day.
Grownup camping can also mean family camping, and there are tons of options for parents who want to go with their kids to camp. The Jean Michel Cousteau Family Camp on Catalina Island is a popular one, as is Medomak Family Camp in Maine. You can even go to space camp together at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama. There is truly a camp option for every family.
If none of these suggestions fit the bill, Shelter-Co is a full-service luxury event company that will bring camp to you. Or you can always create your own version of summer camp by arranging a house share with a group of friends.
--Written by Lauren Lyons Cole for MainStreet