When it comes to one stop shop that has everything from regular beer to soft beds, and equipment to rent or buy, a new idea is evo Hotel he anchors with his compass in the Granary District of Salt Lake City. The area offers close proximity to skiing Powder Mountain in winter and spring, plus the Bouldering Project gym, and equipment shop, all conveniently located on site.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, chances are you’ll bond with your fellow travelers. So why not join them? It is the “shared stoke” concept that is starting the trend of luxury hotels spreading across the country.
The evo HotelFor example, there are gyms, rock climbing gyms, shopping malls, coffee shops, hardware stores, rentals, yoga studios, and even meeting rooms for remote workers. However, as the new evo hotel has to offer, it’s what’s outside the walls that is the big draw. The Wasatch Mountains are large outside of Salt Lake City, offering world-class skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more.
Evo Hotel is the latest in a line of outdoor products that aim to be the base for all your outdoor needs. Why a hotel? It is an opportunity for anyone who does not camp, or who went to a hotel by plane (without carrying all their camping equipment), or perhaps, someone like a remote worker who needs to find some things. Places like AutoCamp, Gravity Haus, A-Lodge Boulder, Field Station (newly opened in Moab), and Yonder Escalante are all trying to break into this market for travel.
But, what about all the travel hotels? Are they really the future of travel enthusiasts looking to start their next adventure, or is it just a new marketing strategy to lure you in?
Rise of the ‘Adventure Hotel’
The days of staying in a Motel 6 and driving to different locations for food, equipment rentals, or entertainment are over. Now, with places like evo Hotel or Gravity Haus, guests can find all of this in one place.
Although each hotel has its own flavor (Gravity Haus has a membership model while A-Lodge is a traditional hotel with a nomadic clientele), they all come from people who share a love of the outdoors.
“I’ve always wanted people to connect. People want to connect but you have to create space,” said Bryce Phillips, Founder and CEO of evo. “We’re looking to create that space.”
Different options, when it comes to foreign hotels, tend to complement each other. Phillips talked to us about the different layers of shared space, like shopping and rentals, food and drink, and even art and music. The benefit of the visitor is to be with people who have similar interests.
For many, a luxury hotel is more about the area than the place to stay. Although you can find a good room and Wi-Fi in many places, these different hotels know that their customers are interested in sharing stories about the line they rode that day or the route they rode. Maybe, they don’t want breakfast in the morning – maybe instead they want a morning yoga class, or a hot tub to ease those sore muscles after a long day outside.
“The sense of connection feels different here [at evo]Phillips said. “We want people to feel connected to something.” Although each travel hotel differs in terms of location, amenities, sports or activities offered, they all share a common approach to the expat experience.
Jenny Knowlton, a Gravity Haus member from Denver, said she enjoys the hotel, as well as the food and equipment rentals, such as mountain bikes. “I thought the hotel and the decor was really nice. It’s really nice on the mountains, and the food has been great in Breckenridge and Vail,” Knowlton said. “And his equipment rental is great. If you forget something, he’ll find it.”
Michael Cattanach lives in Denver and is a member of Gravity Haus. Apart from staying at the hotel, they also participated in other activities that Gravity Haus offers to its members such as pre-planned group meals and sports games.
An avid fly fisherman, mountain biker, and snowboarder, Cattanach first joined the Vail community, but after a while he explored different things. “I would say the hotel discount is one of the top, if not the, benefits of joining,” Cattanach said. “Getting opportunities through planned events allows me to meet people I wouldn’t otherwise have. And pre-planned trips are great, like a house tour in Vail.”
Adventure Hotel Options
There are several outdoor hotels to choose from when traveling these days. We’ve broken down a few strategies and what each has to offer.
With locations in Boulder and Lyons, Colo., A-Lodge promotes accessibility and amenities. Whatever sport you choose, A-Lodge likes to think of itself as “the guest’s helper.” More than just a bed to sleep in, A-Lodge provides information on the best places to fish, bike, or hike. It also has space for large events or groups. It also has a pool, hot tub, slackline park, saloon, and shuttle services.
- Type of accommodation: Camping, van camping, hostel shared rooms, fixed rooms
- Outdoor amenities: Fire pits and grills, patio/outdoor, hot tub/pool, slacklines, ski shuttle, bear gardenaccess method
- Prices: $49-59 (camping and hostel), $250 & up (regular rooms)
It’s a place across the country from Zion to Cape Cod, AutoCamp has a glamping section. From Airstream decks to luxury tents, this is a way to experience the wilderness without the sacrifices.
A high-end campground that offers heated pools, AutoCamp’s diverse range focuses on a high-end hotel in a scenic, outdoor setting.
- Type of accommodation: Luxury tents, campers, suites, Airstream suites
- Outdoor amenities: Pool, general store, clubhouse, fire pits, outdoor showers, wood-burning hot tubs, outdoor dining, hiking trails
- Prices: $170 & up
Base Camp Hotel
With locations in Boulder and Tahoe, Basecamp Hotels are, as the name suggests, a jumping-off point for outdoor fun. His motto, “Built to Explore,” sums it up well. Hotels aren’t your average hotel either, as Basecamp incorporates outdoor themes into the design and rooms.
- Type of accommodation: Standard rooms, “Great Outdoors” indoor family camp
- Outdoor amenities: Fitness center, hot tub, dry sauna, fireplace, ski/board storage, activity guide, nearby trail, dog friendly
- Prices: $139 and there
With a campus in the Granary District of Salt Lake City, evo Hotel offers three types of rooms, a coffee shop, a bar, an art gallery, and a fitness center all in one place. There is also a rental department and evo shop on site for any needs.
Evo has partnered with the Bouldering Project on a shared bouldering gym and yoga studio.
- Type of accommodation: Rooms, apartments, suites
- Outdoor amenities: Fitness center, fitness center, fitness center, yoga/fitness room, equipment store, equipment rental, outdoor bar, pet friendly
- Prices: $150 & up
This hotel, which is an offshoot of the AutoCamp Brand, has locations in Joshua Tree and Moab. The Field Station offers weary hikers a place to rest and recharge after a long hike or hike, with amenities such as beer (buyers), hot showers, and beds. Basically, a luxury hotel where you can’t camp.
The Field Station will also provide equipment as needed.
- Type of accommodation: Rooms, from living space
- Outdoor amenities: Equipment shops, rentals, tour guides, community areas
- Prices: $135 & up ($29/night parking)
From hotels to restaurants and facilities, Gravity Haus is a gateway to the high country of Colorado, as well as Tahoe. With membership options for those who want to dig into everything Gravity Haus has to offer, the goal is to build a community of development and architecture around it. Non-member resources It includes access to all common areas, a pool and hot tub, a coffee shop, and a co-working space.
Membership benefits include unlimited room access, co-working spaces, unlimited fitness classes, equipment rentals, free or reduced nightly rates, and up to 25% off food and beverages. Members have a lifetime choice of vans with the Dave & Matt Vans partnership.
- Type of accommodation: Rooms, suites, condos
- Outdoor amenities: Gear shop, exercise room, spa/pool/tubs, dog friendly
- Prices: $200 & up
On the Escalante
This is a new outdoor “hotel” concept within Grand Staircase Escalante and Bryce Canyon National Park. It serves as a jumping off point for hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. And, it doesn’t have “hotel rooms” – instead, Yonder offers everything from camping to deluxe rooms.
The variety and spread of different accommodations is impressive; there is something for every type of traveler. While there, I met Daniel Corliss, a medical executive and venture capitalist who says he’s thinking about using it in retirement.
Inspired by the “American spirit of travel,” the resort offers newly renovated airstreams, RV facilities, outdoor lounges, shopping, a dining car, a pool and hot tub, and even a drive-in movie theater. theater with nine completely restored cars playing movies 7 nights a week.
- Type of accommodation: Campgrounds, RV sites, cabins, deluxe cabins, Airstreams
- Outdoor amenities: Fire pit, outdoor showers, general store, pool, lounge, outdoor playground, dog friendly, hiking
- Prices: $69 and there