With summer vacation plans uncertain, road trips are looking likely after the quarantine lift.
What will summer look like this year? Cross those international vacations off the list for now – unless they have a private plane and yacht, many people will be avoiding long flights and large resorts. However, with pandemic stay-at-home orders likely to ease in some areas by June, restless quarantiners are starting to plan for a summer that will likely be heavy on road trips. Los Angeles-based Texino which converts Mercedes cans into design-forward campers says it has been experiencing “a big surge” in demand for rentals and plans to double its inventory of deluxe mini-RVs for the summer.
Meanwhile, New Tree Ranch (at left), in Sonoma County’s wine-soaked Healdsburg area, is accepting long-term shelter-in-place reservations for the four-suite lodge at its biodynamic property, with shorter-term stays beginning July 1. the 120-acre spread offers guests the chance to “practice social distancing and immerse themselves in nature.” And Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park Signal Mountain Lodge reopens June 5 with limited capacity and an increased emphasis on sanitizing the property. – PAT SAPERSTEIN