The Dwell team zips up the Pacific Coast to spend the night in an European-inspired Airstream, explore a rugged nature preserve, and soak in epic views.

There’s a lot to love about the Bay Area, but one of the biggest draws is the ease with which cities give way to nature. You might live in a micro-apartment in San Francisco or a converted loft in Oakland, but a short drive in nearly any direction will take you to the mountains, forest, or sea. That’s why, when the Dwell team had the chance to spend the night in an Airstream Globetrotter in Bodega Bay, we jumped at the opportunity.

Just north of the fishing town of Bodega, Chanslor Ranch is a 380-acre nature preserve that offers camping, horseback riding, archery, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, and more.

Just north of the fishing town of Bodega, Chanslor Ranch is a 380-acre nature preserve that offers camping, horseback riding, archery, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, and more.

Photo: Kathryn McLamb

The Globetrotter, which starts at $99,900, combines the classic Airstream silhouette with modern design.

The Globetrotter, which starts at $99,900, combines the classic Airstream silhouette with modern design. 

Photo: Jenny Xie

About 40 miles northwest of San Francisco, Bodega Bay is an enchanting landscape where sweeping hills meet rocky bluffs and windswept surf. Originally home to the Coast Miwok Native Americans, it’s now a fishing village and adventure hub (you might also recognize it from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller, The Birds). As we drove up the California 1 with the Pacific Ocean glinting to one side, the city felt worlds away.

Chanslor Ranch offers drive-in and walk-in campsites, glamping tents, and tipis.

Chanslor Ranch offers drive-in and walk-in campsites, glamping tents, and tipis.

Photo: Jenny Xie

Before long, we’d arrived at Chanslor Ranch, a 380-acre nature preserve and horse ranch that we’d discovered through Hipcamp, a booking platform that specializes in campsites. The golden, afternoon light deepened the folds in the surrounding hills, lengthened the shadows of trotting dogs, and gave our Globetrotter the alluring, aluminum glow we all know and love.

The office is an eclectic mix of plants, camp gear, and rental equipment.

The office is an eclectic mix of plants, camp gear, and rental equipment.

Photo: Erin V. Mahoney

Panoramic windows allow the lush hills to act as our headboard, while blackout curtains ensure a good night's sleep. Low-profile nightstands and overhead cabinets offer additional storage.

Panoramic windows allow the lush hills to act as our headboard, while blackout curtains ensure a good night’s sleep. Low-profile nightstands and overhead cabinets offer additional storage.

Photo: Kathryn McLamb

After we’d checked in with our gracious camp host, we piled into the 27-foot trailer to check out our digs. As the story goes, Airstream founder Wally Byam struck out for Europe with a friend in 1948, painting the words “Globe Trotters” on the side of their camper—and with the Globetrotter model, the company revives this pioneering spirit and appreciation of European design.

The dinette

The dinette converts to a sleeping area at night. 

Photo: Jenny Xie

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Whiskey Peaks Rocks Glasses

Sippin’ on America’s greatest rocks. 2016 marked the centennial of America’s National Park Service, so we decided to celebrate the best way we know how: by raising a glass. In this case, Whiskey Peaks, a handsome set of four handblown whiskey glasses made from premium lead-free glass. Featuring a raised topographic impression of America’s greatest mountain peaks — Denali, Half Dome, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Whitney — Whiskey Peaks will keep you inspired and sipping “on the rocks” whenever 5 o’clock calls. Features Each glass features a unique impression of one of America’s greatest mountain peaks – Half Dome, Denali, Mt. Rainer, Mt. Whitney Made from 100% lead-free handblown glass which is lighter than leaded glass and equally durable Join Huckberry’s 1 million+ adventure community. We deliver the coolest gear at the best prices, inspirational stories, and a hell of a lot more to your inbox every week. Membership is free and takes seconds.

Wolfum Backgammon Set

Timeless, heirloom-quality home goods that bring warmth and joy to any space. Wolfum’s hard goods are made from high-quality, fairly harvested woods that are beautiful and durable, making them a long-lasting addition to any home. They also bring good vibes to any space by bringing people together — whether that means serving a loved one breakfast in bed on one of their multi-use trays or getting together with friends for a few beers and rounds of dominos. Made by hand in Los Angeles from responsibly sourced materials. Features: Tabletop backgammon set that includes birch wood dice cups, two sets of checkers, and two sets of dice Custom-printed makes a great statement addition to any room Made from handsome Baltic birchwood that’s FSC-certified to come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits Made in Los Angeles Join Huckberry’s 1 million+ adventure community. We deliver the coolest gear at the best prices, inspirational stories, and a hell of a lot more to your inbox every week. Membership is free and takes seconds.

B&O PLAY BeoPlay A1 + Power Bank

The industry standard for high fidelity audio you can take anywhere. B&O PLAY’s music systems and speakers are designed to bring you their signature high fidelity sound — the same found in the audio systems of Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, and Mercedes. The A1 Speaker packs a serious audio punch into a small, portable package you can take anywhere with you. And with a battery that lasts up to 24 hours, you can keep the party going into the wee hours no matter where you find yourself tipping one back. Weight 1.3 lbDimensions 1.9” x 5.2”Available in 4 unique colorways

The Field Cast Iron Skillet

Lighter, smoother cast iron great for any kind of cooking. The Field Company’s cast iron is specially designed to take recycled and new iron and cast them into lightweight, super smooth cookware that outperforms the rest. It’s light enough for everyday use and the uniquely smooth cooking surface can handle even the most delicate foods with ease. Features 25-50% lighter than other cast irons (4.5 lbs) Works on all cooktops, including gas range, induction and electric stovetops Made in USA Measures 10.25” x 8.75” x2 Join Huckberry’s 1 million+ adventure community. We deliver the coolest gear at the best prices, inspirational stories, and a hell of a lot more to your inbox every week. Membership is free and takes seconds.



Mediterranean Turkish Towel

Woven by hand from premium Turkish cotton. Each Turkish Towel starts with long-staple cotton that’s grown in the Aegean Region of Turkey, where they have a long-standing tradition of cotton production. The fine cotton fibers are handwoven into a compact towel with a stately pattern that’s absorbent and dries quickly. Plus, they pack down to the size of a burrito to fit comfortably in a beach bag or small carry on with plenty of room to spare — making them an excellent option for long and short-term travel. Features: Made from premium Turkish long-fiber cotton that’s extra strong and smooth Compact alternative to traditional beach, pool and beach towels Absorbent as a normal bath towel Quick-drying nature prevents mildew and odors Handloomed in Turkey Join Huckberry’s 1 million+ adventure community. We deliver the coolest gear at the best prices, inspirational stories, and a hell of a lot more to your inbox every week. Membership is free and takes seconds.

Rumpl Blankets

Rumpl incorporates decades of proven technologies developed for the outdoor industry into their line of blankets. The materials have been tested and proven in harsh environments, yet specifically selected for comfort and durability. Synthetic insulation, featherlight design, waterproof, tear-, odor-, and stain-resistant, a stuff sack for easy storage — all told, Rumpl blankets are a premium, cozy essential for anywhere you go… or when you don’t go anywhere.

The Globetrotter comes in a dark walnut or natural elm interior. Its award-winning, coated HITCH™  upholstery is a fine-woven fabric that's both durable and easy to clean. A capsule for adventure, the trailer also comes loaded with technological comforts like Samsung LED HD TVs, a Blu-Ray DVD player, and a Polk audio system with Bluetooth.

The Globetrotter comes in a dark walnut or natural elm interior. Its award-winning, coated HITCH™  upholstery is a fine-woven fabric that’s both durable and easy to clean. A capsule for adventure, the trailer also comes loaded with technological comforts like Samsung LED HD TVs, a Blu-Ray DVD player, and a Polk audio system with Bluetooth. 

Photo: Erin V. Mahoney

The well-appointed kitchen features Corian surfaces, a Baraldi hood vent, and a glass cooktop. A slide-out pantry and a slide-out convection microwave make prepping meals a cinch.

The well-appointed kitchen features Corian surfaces, a Baraldi hood vent, and a glass cooktop. A slide-out pantry and a slide-out convection microwave make prepping meals a cinch.

Photo: Kathryn McLamb

Within the outline of the timeless Airstream are sleek lines, curved forms, and elegant finishes, all thoughtfully placed to maximize space and comfort. With room to sleep up to six people, it features a converting dinette, a galley kitchen with high-end appliances, a shower and bathroom, and a bedroom. Panoramic windows let in views of the ranch and nearby creek, allowing light to pour into the natural elm interior (the trailer also comes in dark walnut). We got the beds ready—the dinette table lowers down to become a platform for extra cushions—and set out to explore the ranch.

We climb the hills on horseback for a bird's eye view of the beach.

We climb the hills on horseback for a bird’s eye view of the beach.

Photo: Erin V. Mahoney

Luckily, we were just in time to go on the last horseback ride of the day through Chanslor Stables. We got acquainted with our horses: Elvis was eager; Coco had a mischievous streak; E.T. wore a “medicine hat,” a marking over the crown and ears that’s believed to denote special powers; and Paulie preferred to bring up the rear. We climbed up the trail, passing tipi campsites, rugged boulders, low trees and shrubs, a herd of alpaca, and long-haired Scottish cattle. Below us, the ocean was a vast, silver carpet. With the wind in our hair, riding into the sunset, we couldn’t have planned it any better.

Take a peek at the rest of our weekend getaway below.

Sam and Katie, the hosts at Chanslor Ranch, give us a quick archery lesson.

Kris and Katie, the hosts at Chanslor Ranch, give us a quick archery lesson.

Photo: Kathryn McLamb

Kathryn and Sam toast the view.

Kathryn and Sam toast the view.

Photo: Jenny Xie

In the small town of Bodega, Casino Bar and Grill is a 135-year-old pool hall whose kitchen hosts local chefs. Recent menus have featured griddled asparagus with local duck egg, estero gold, and truffle oil; a wild gulf shrimp tostada; and boneless pork chops with plum chutney served over mashed sweet potatoes and greens.

In the small town of Bodega, Casino Bar and Grill is a 135-year-old pool hall whose kitchen hosts local chefs. Recent menus have featured griddled asparagus with local duck egg, estero gold, and truffle oil; a wild gulf shrimp tostada; and boneless pork chops with plum chutney served over mashed sweet potatoes and greens.  

Photo: Kathryn McLamb

In the morning, we took another hike through the nature preserve.

In the morning, we took another hike through the nature preserve.

Photo: Kathryn McLamb

Alpaca roam the grounds along with Scottish long-haired cattle.

Alpaca roam the grounds along with Scottish long-haired cattle.

Photo: Kathryn McLamb

The Globetrotter's aluminum shell catches the evening light. Power stabilizer jacks, an optional power awning, and a window awning package with Sunbrella fabrics help make it a true vehicle of leisure and adventure.

The Globetrotter’s aluminum shell catches the evening light. Power stabilizer jacks, an optional power awning, and a window awning package with Sunbrella fabrics help make it a true vehicle of leisure and adventure.  

Photo: Jenny Xie

Grass and mud—markers of a successful weekend trip.

Grass and mud—markers of a successful weekend trip.

Photo: Erin V. Mahoney

The Airstream Globetrotter starts at $99,900. Learn more here. Chanslor Ranch is available to book through Hipcamp. Campsites are $50 a night, tipis are $80 a night, and glamping tents start at $140 a night. And don’t forget to stock up on all your camping needs with Huckberry.

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