Kids head off summer camp where they swim in the lake, eat s’mores around the campfire, and play games. Well, how about summer camps for adults?

We’re Grown-Ups. We work hard, and deserve a camp of our own, where instead of a watering hole, we can soak in a hot spring, and forget the s’mores when there’s a bounty of farm-to-table menu items to sample. If you’re ready to play hard this summer, our friends at Jetsetter have suggested several adventurous Adult Summer Camps!

Saddle Up At Brasada Ranch In Oregon

Slip on your cowboy hat and boots, take to the wild open spaces on Mustang, Draft Cross and Western Pleasure horses at the Brasada. The Ranch was named the “Best Resort in the Pacific Northwest” by Conde Nast Traveler, and here there are expert wranglers to guide you on your trek horseback riding over 900 acres of high desert and mountain trails. This Oregon Ranch features 32 guestrooms spread out on 1,800 wild acres, and after a day on the trails you can be pampered in the ranch’s spa. They have some exciting itineraries for Thrill-Seekers, who can ride the rapids along the Deschutes. Check out the cultural activities like the Rodeos in the High Desert, join a complimentary fitness classes, and you can even discover at the Happy Hours in town.

Old West Charm At The Spirited Dunton Hot Springs Resort

Head out to Colorado to the Dunton Hot Springs Resort, which received the honor of Top 25 Resorts in the US in the Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards. At this resort you’ll find a restored 1800’s ghost town with 13 distinct rustic luxe cabins. Capture the spirit of the Old West as you unwind in cabins with homey comforts like iron frame beds, slate floors, deep soaking tubs, and unique objects d’art. Soak in the hot spring, or their spa after a day rafting and enjoying other seasonal outdoor adventures. In the evening mosey down to the saloon for tasty meal and drink. While there, you’ll spot numerous names carved into the bar, including those of Butch Cassidy and Sundance. The area was as wild as the west could be, and if you talk to local’s they’ll be happy to share some of the intriguing tales of this historic town.

Simple Pleasures Beckon At Camp Wandawega

If walls could talk, then Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin would have plenty of wild tales to tell. This was once a organized crime hub, and where Flappers and good time tunes played in the Prohibition-era speakeasy. In the 1950’s the camp welcomed families, who enjoyed summer fun and songs around the campfire. Later, the site was transformed into a Catholic Church retreat. Today, Camp Wandawega is connecting people to the simple pleasures of simpler times in a picturesque setting that offers several cabins as well as a Bunkhouse set among 25-acre setting. Among the nearby activities and sites to explore are the Old World Wisconsin, which is the world’s largest museum dedicated to the history of rural life. The East Troy Electric Railroad Museum, where you can travel on a historic rail car from East Troy to The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago. or, check out Elkhorn Antique Flea Market, and other interesting sites in the area.

Relax In Luxury At The Equinox Resort

The AAA-Four Diamond Equinox Resort and Spa in Vermont is the ideal camp for luxury-loving city folk. This classic New England resort dates back to 1796, and offers every imaginable outdoor adventures to enjoy. In the morning, hike around the 1,300 in-town acre properly, try fly fishing, or practice on the shooting range. Later, hit a few rounds on the Rees Jones/Walter Travis designed 18-hole championship golf course. And, for an adrenaline rush go back to school with the driving instructors, who take you on a wild ride in a off-road with Land Rover!

Enjoy A Summer To Remember At Ruschmeyer

Of course, there’s always Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk, New York, where big kids at heart can relax on a hot summer day with a cold brew in the sandpit beer garden. Challenge your friends to a game of ping pong, or head out on Fort Pond Lake for an afternoon of enjoying various water sports. At night, hang around the fire pits, chill in a hammock, and you can even sleep in a tee pee! Check out their series of musical performances, theater and artists-in-residence. Sample a delicious selection of menu items prepared by their culinary team behind The Smile in Manhattan that include seafood dishes with fresh local ingredients.

Soothing Solitude In Paradise At Maui’s Lumeria

For those seeking a bit of solitude from their hectic lives Lumeria in Maui is where you’ll find quiet corners for rest and relaxation. The Yoga Journal names this resort “One of The Top 17 Dream Yoga Destinations,” and you’re certain to find a sense of peace and well-being at the wellness focused retreat. With only 24 rooms designed featuring rustic comforts, and no television to distract you, there’s more time for pampering at the award-winning spa. Take in a yoga or meditation session, or get back to nature by joining the Aromatherapy Classes and helping out in the organic gardens.

Interesting Facts

Have you ever heard of Orphan Annie? Well, at Camp Wandawega you’ll discover that in the 1930’s the tavern, which was nicknamed Orphan Annie’s after the madame herself, was the hangout for numerous criminals, gangsters, as well as local Police. Later, Anna Beckford Peck was eventually sentenced in 1942 to serve time in the women’s prison near Fon du Lac.

If you enjoy interesting historic stories check out the book by Austin Sailsbury:  American Getaway: 100 Years of Saints & Sinners at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

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With a passion for travel and creativity, Journalist and Photographer, Melody Schubert let’s her imagination guide her as she explores the world. For her, everyday is an opportunity to embrace something new, and explore intriguing and overlooked destinations that express the heart of a region, and share these discoveries with readers of Travel Freak. She is also Editorial Executive for USA Travel Magazine - http://www.usatravelmagazine.com/ where she shares more of travel interests.

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