The rustic state park cottage has gone upscale―just in time for deal-seeking travelers.
A state park cabin used to be one step up from camping. The location might be perfect, and the price a steal, but the accommodations?
A little rough around the edges. Recently, though, several states have brought new style to their beachfront parks. The result:
a coastal getaway that won’t break the bank.
Left: Crystal Cove Beach Cottages
Hollywood’s elite once flocked to Newport Beach for weekend getaways. Now you can do the same. This park developed an historic district with updated beachfront bungalows built between the 1920s and ’50s.
More than a dozen individual and dorm-style cottages have been restored and can be rented from as little as $60 per couple per night; crystalcovebeachcottages.com.
This park opened 11 upscale three-bed, three-bath cottages. Fill one up and the cost can be less than $35 per person per night. The best part? You’re not roughing it. Furnishings come from Pottery Barn. TVs have built-in DVD/VCR players and satellite service. Plus, no arguing over who gets the top bunk. You’ll only find queen-size beds.
Cottages range from $212 to $237 per night. Each has an equipped kitchen, two screened porches, and a lakefront deck, with the Gulf’s sandy shores just a few minutes away; 251/948-7275 or alapark.com/gulfstate/cottages.
The Evergreen State went retro in 2008, refurbishing a 1930s-era Puget Sound fishing resort and reopening it as a new park.
Its waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows are basic―a few lack private baths―but they’re oh-so-cute. The park also offers beach walks, kids’ crafts, boatbuilding classes and rentals. Rates range from $69 to $174 per night during the summer; 360/387-1550 or parks.wa.gov/camabeach.
The southern tip of the Eastern Shore has always had scenery aplenty. Now it has five family lodges, each sleeping as many
A summer weekly rental runs $2,337 for out-of-state visitors (less for Virginians). Fill it up for a family reunion, and it comes out to less than $25 per person per day; 800/933-7277 or dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks.
Published August 2009; Updated December 2013