Roughing It, in HIStyleby Margie Jacinto
Found the perfect spot to set up camp? Now find fitting “accommodations.”
The great outdoors carries an appeal to many; but admittedly for some, the hassle of setting up your temporary home on the range often diminishes the thrill of being outward bound. The beauty of lying under the night sky, sitting around the campfire and exchanging stories can easily be marred by a droopy tent, lumpy sleeping bags and the lack of other creature comforts that you’ve come to call “necessities.”
The concept of “roughing it, without roughing it,” came to Shelter Co.’s Kelsey Sheofsky—a Cali-based, creative events director—out of sheer frustration. “I’ve planned events for the past five years and was always getting frustrated with having to pick locations based on available lodging… I thought, what if we bring the lodging to the location?”
Shelter Co. can set up luxury, European-style tents at your desired location (yes, they even service Hawai‘i), complete with wood-frame bed, 400-thread-count sheets, area rugs, seating and electricity. And if you’re looking for even more add-ons, you’re in luck. From children’s furnishings and games to stocked coolers and organic toiletries, Shelter Co. can custom-create sumptuous, amenity-filled lodgings in locales you never thought possible. Other top-flight additions include restrooms, showers, fire pits, a mess tent stocked with cooking supplies, common area lighting, dog tents and more.
“We love that being outdoors no longer has to hinder your possibilities … It’s exciting to be able to get people out of their comfort zones and into the great outdoors in a surprisingly comfortable fashion,” says Sheofsky.
Her client requests have been both big and small. One of Sheofsky’s most unique involves a party of 30. She shares, “We have an event coming up where we are setting up a whole camp and catering for 30 people up in the mountains of Squaw in Lake Tahoe. The guests are either hiking or taking the ski lifts to get to the location. It’s super remote and not somewhere you can normally pitch a tent so it will be a very unique experience.”
Tents start at $750 per weekend with a three-tent (or $2,000) minimum, plus travel fees where applicable.
Outside of California, a month’s notice is preferred. If you happen to be in Sheofsky’s neck of the woods, she highly recommends camping in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains. But one site on her list is located right here in the islands—Polihale State Park in Kaua‘i.
“We stopped [there] when we were on our honeymoon and would love to return and camp there at some point.”
Feel free to ask Sheofsky for location ideas as well. She’s an outdoor girl herself and has an extensive list of exquisite areas to help you find the ideal place where you can have your next outdoor (yet pampered) excursion.
For more information visit www.shelter-co.com.