Oct
5
to Oct 7

'Catch a Wave' Gurls Surf Camp

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Friday Eve - Sunday Afternoon

So, we've booked a few camp sites close to San Onofre and will stock them with VW buses, basically accommodation for up to 16 peeps, but kinda close quarters unless you're family and used to bunking together. Each bus can accommodate 2 peeps in the lower berth and 2 above. Book the bus for yourself, or gather your sistahs, young-un's, kissing cousins, friends - whomever, and share the experience! Just remember... this is a girl power weekend, so no brudah's allowed!

We will be meeting at VSW Headquarters in Costa Mesa on Friday afternoon and heading down to San Onofre for a weekend of surfing, sunning, and smore-zing around the campfire. This adventure is for those that want to learn to surf, but are kinda scared or the opportunity never presented itself. We will have two surf instructors that will gently lead you through the moves, Jill and John, both native Californians that grew up surfing here on our local beaches.

All you need to do is gather your BFFs and book to reserve a spot in the line up. Show up at VSW HQ on Friday afternoon and we will take care of the rest!

In case you're wondering... the water temps in early October should be just dandy with as long as you're sportin' a wetsuit.

We are super excited for this trip!

Diane, Jill & John


COST:
• One person in a bus: $599.
• Two people in a bus: $499. each
• Three to four people in a bus: $399. each
(taxes not included)

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid one week prior to trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED:
• Beginner Surf Lessons
• Accommodation in a Vintage Volkswagen
• All Meals + Campfire Goodies
• Shuttle to and from Campground from VSW HQ
• Shuttle to and from Beach Daily

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Oct
15
to Oct 22

California Coast: Big Sur

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"CALIFORNIA SAGA: BIG SUR"
...Cashmere hills filled with evergreens
Flowin' from the clouds down to meet the sea
With the granite cliff as a referee
Crimson sunsets and golden dawns
Mother deer with their newborn fawns
Under Big Sur skies and that's where I belong...

7 Nights / 8 Days

Pacific Coast Highway 1 is scheduled to reopen at the beginning of September and we intend to check out the newly paved roads that lead to Big Sur, California. We invite you to cruise with us in VW style on this classic West Coast cruise as we meander North from VSW Headquarters in Costa Mesa with overnight stops at Carpenteria, San Simeon (at the base of Hearst Castle), Kirk Creek, and Fernwood Campground in the heart of Big Sur.

Slow travel with experienced Vdub guides... we are local folks with local knowledge of the environs who know how to lead you to the best of the best sites and sounds. Journey with famous Rock n' Roll photographer and Chef/Restauranteur Eddie Caraeff who will be found at the grill n' bar, and with hosts Diamond D and Vintage Bill at the helm.

DAY 1 :: Depart Costa Mesa, Cruise Highway 1 through Malibu, Carpinteria State Beach [evening destination]. OPTION :: Group dinner at Sly's.

DAY 2 :: San Simeon [evening destination] by way of Morro Bay, and Cambria. Dinner provided.

DAY 3 :: Kirk Creek Campground - Big Sur [evening destination] by way of Ragged Point. Dinner and breakfast provided.

DAY 4 & 5 :: Fernwood Campground - Big Sur [evening destination 2 nights]. One dinner and one breakfast provided. [Explore Big Sur - Nepenthe, Ventana, hidden beaches].

DAY 6 :: Cambria :: Black Barn Inn [evening destination], accommodation included. OPTION :: Farm to Table Dinner accompanied by local wines.

DAY 7 :: Santa Barbara :: Private residence campout overlooking Santa Barbara and the sea beyond. BBQ Dinner provided by restauranteur Anton. 

DAY 8 :: Drive Highway 150 via Ojai [through heavenly scented orange groves - perfect bus road], Highway 1 south costal cruise [possible stop at Neptune's Net for a nosh (depending on timing), returning to Costa Mesa early evening.


JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN:  Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Monday, October 15th at 8 am and will be returning from Santa Barbara early evening, Monday, October 22nd.

COST:
• Single Occupancy: 2880 USD
• Double Occupancy: 1920 USD
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $1040 USD for the 3rd person, $520 for the 4th person.
• Tag-along Buses: Please Ask

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid 7 days before departure.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:  Provided in the cost is an 8 day rental of a classic VW Campervan, bedding pack, down duvet, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, travel snack box, 4 impressive evening meals, 2 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, and a smattering of signature cocktails, all lovingly fabricated by our VSW crew. One nights stay at The Black Barn and a stay at a private residence in Santa Barbara on our last night together. Oh and of course, your very own bus whisperer Vintage Bill. He'll be more than happy to answer any and all VDub queries, but most importantly he'll keep us all rolling on down the road.

MEALTIMES/PROVISIONS:  Menus will reflect a healthy California cuisine, Vegetarian friendly with Mexican influences. We will sample wines from the regions that we are passing through.

A communal grill and camp kitchen will be available for all bus participants to use while we are on the road. We have discovered that our campers seem to prefer to pitch in, sharing meals and sometimes clean-up, making the group camp experience a rich one.

We'll make stops strategically along our route so that everyone can purchase personal provisions.

OPTIONS: If you'd like to add more nights to your journey either at the beginning or at the end please ask, or if you have your own bus and want to join in let us know. We aim to please and nothing is out of the question.

We'll also be adding the option of participating in a group dinner at Sly's in Carpenteria on our first night out and a Farm to Table dinner at the Black Barn in Cambria, complete with local wines (prices for OPTIONS will depend upon participation).

HOW TO BOOK:  Speak to one of our guides first. Send us an email and we will schedule a phone call.

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 Your personal camp tour guide Mr. Vintage Bill and his lovely assistant Diamond D

Your personal camp tour guide Mr. Vintage Bill and his lovely assistant Diamond D

 Head camp chef Mr. Eddie Caraeff and his lovely assistant Diamond D

Head camp chef Mr. Eddie Caraeff and his lovely assistant Diamond D

NEAREST AIRPORT: John Wayne International Airport (SNA) is only 15 minutes away from VSW headquarters in Costa Mesa! If you'd rather land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you'll be about 50 minutes away (depending on traffic). There are several shuttle options from LAX, please check with us and we can recommend the best option.

NEEDED: VW freaks n' fanciers like YOU!

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Jan
17
to Jan 21

Wine Tasting Tour Mexico: Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California

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Anyone interested in exploring stunning wineries and gastronomic superstars in the West's hottest new wine region? We would! BUT we aren't sure you're interested. We at VSW are interested and curious and if you are too please let us know and we will start to plan this adventure.

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Feb
21
to Feb 25

Happy Trails Desert Campout

 Photo Credit |  Eric Fallecker

Photo Credit | Eric Fallecker

5 Days / 4 Nights / 452 miles / 727 km

We’re gonna kick up some age-old dust as we trundle across the dry open vistas of the desert. Vintage Surfari Wagons’ expedition guide Happy Harrigan will identify local flora and fauna as we reveal the arid land's most spectacular natural formations such as Slot Canyon in Anza Borrego and the third-largest palm oasis in California tucked away in a rocky V-shaped gorge.

Additional points of interest on this nostalgic VDub adventure and ready for your exploration are the metal sculptures of Ricardo Breceda at Galleta Meadows and Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - a brilliant "outsider art " masterpiece!

Professional photographer Eric Fallecker will accompany us on our journey, providing guests with in-the-field photographic instruction as we capture our own images as keepsakes. If we’re lucky we may glimpse a bighorn sheep (Borrego) or two!

Bring your appetites and your thirst cause we're gonna be serving up some ding dang fancy camp vittles and libations.

DAY 1:: Julien [Apple Pie] [Sightseeing] [Craft Beef Flight], Great Overland Stage Route

DAY 2 & 3 :: Anza Borrego [Slot Canyon Hike] [Palm Canyon Trail] [Sculptures of Ricardo Breceda]

DAY 4 :: Salvation Mountain, Slab City [Sightseeing], Lake Cahuilla

DAY 5 :: Palms to Pines Highway, Costa Mesa


JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN:  Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Thursday, March 21st and will be returning from Idyllwild late afternoon, Monday, March 25th

COST:
• Single Occupancy: $1800 USD
• Double Occupancy: $1200 USD
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $650 USD (per person)
• Tag-along Buses: Please inquire
(taxes not included)

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid 7 days before departure.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:  Provided in the cost is a 5 day rental of a classic VW Campmobile, bedding pack, down duvet, propane heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, 2 impressive evening meals, 2 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, and a smattering of signature cocktails, all lovingly fabricated by our VSW crew. Oh and of course, your very own bus whisperer Vintage Bill. He'll be more than happy to answer any and all VDub queries, but most importantly he'll keep us all rolling on down the road.

MEALTIMES/PROVISIONS:  A communal grill and camp kitchen will be available for all bus participants to use while we are on the road. We have discovered that our campers seem to prefer to pitch in, sharing meals and sometimes clean-up, making the group camp experience a rich one. We'll make stops strategically along our route so that everyone can purchase personal provisions.

 Photo Credit |  Eric Fallecker

Photo Credit | Eric Fallecker

NEAREST AIRPORT: John Wayne International Airport (SNA) is only 15 minutes away from VSW headquarters in Costa Mesa! If you'd rather land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you'll be about 50 minutes away (depending on traffic). There are several shuttle options from LAX, please check with us and we can recommend the best option.

NEEDED: VW freaks n' fanciers like YOU!

HOW TO BOOK: Speak to one of our guides first! Send us an email and we will schedule a phone call...

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 Your personal camp tour guide Mr. Happy Harrigan and his lovely assistant Miss. A

Your personal camp tour guide Mr. Happy Harrigan and his lovely assistant Miss. A

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May
27
to Jun 2

Central Coast Cruise

7 Days / 6 Nights / 560 miles / 900 km

What better way to experience the quintessential California lifestyle than a road trip in an iconic Volkswagen bus up Old Highway 1. Take in the endless beauty of the Pacific Ocean as it stretches out before you, drive via the 'old road' through coastal cities and towns that are each worthy destinations in and of themselves.

With historic missions and a bustling college town, the San Luis Obispo region includes irresistible beach communities and an international reputation for winemaking. With over 16 different cities and towns, each destination has its own appeal—from the vintage Main Street-style downtown of Arroyo Grande to the classic California beach town of Pismo Beach, and the legendary Hearst Castle near San Simeon. Quaint Cambria is set among its namesake pines, while tiny Harmony is a onetime dairy community that’s now home to artists.

Blessed with numerous state parks and beaches, this is a region for escapes into nature, including kayaking in Morro Bay and hiking the coastal bluffs north of Cayucos or the inland hills of San Luis Obispo or Atascadero. With car-sized elephant seals (the world’s largest) on the beaches north of San Simeon and creative wine-country cuisine in Paso Robles’ historic downtown, there’s no end to the discoveries awaiting you in the San Luis Obispo Region.

DAY 1 :: Depart Costa Mesa, Malibu [lunch at Neptune's Net], Santa Barbara [evening destination at a private residence campsite].

DAY 2 :: Stagecoach Road [Cold Springs Tavern], Los Alamos [lunch at Bell Farms], Morro Bay [evening destination, 3 nights].

DAY 3 & 4 :: Morro Bay [SUP, kayaking, biking, hiking], San Simeon [Hearst Castle tours, Elephant Seal Rookery], Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo [wineries, exploring, shopping, restaurants]. OPTION :: Local wine tour with The Wine Wrangler.

DAY 5 :: Cambria [antiquing, exploring, restaurants] Sleepover at The Black Barn. OPTION :: Farm to Table Dinner at The Black Barn.

DAY 6 :: Avila Beach Hot Springs [Bob Jones Bike Trail to Avila Beach], Sycamore Mineral Springs for an evening group soak at The Oasis Waterfall Lagoon.

DAY 7 :: Coastal cruise, returning to Costa Mesa early evening.


JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN:  Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Sunday, May 27th at 8 am and will be returning from Solvang early evening, Saturday, June 2nd.

COST:
• Single Occupancy: 2160 USD
• Double Occupancy: 1440 USD
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $780 USD (per person)
• Tag-along Buses: $842 USD (per person)

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid by May 20th, 2018

WHAT'S INCLUDED:  Provided in the cost is an 7 day rental of a classic VW Campmobile, bedding pack, down duvet, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, travel snack box, 3 impressive evening meals, 3 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, and a smattering of signature cocktails, all lovingly fabricated by our VSW crew. One nights stay at The Black Barn and a soak at The Oasis Waterfall Lagoon on our last night together. Oh and of course, your very own bus whisperer Vintage Bill. He'll be more than happy to answer any and all VDub queries, but most importantly he'll keep us all rolling on down the road.

MEALTIMES/PROVISIONS:  A communal grill and camp kitchen will be available for all bus participants to use while we are on the road. We have discovered that our campers seem to prefer to pitch in, sharing meals and sometimes clean-up, making the group camp experience a rich one. We'll make stops strategically along our route so that everyone can purchase personal provisions.

OPTIONS: If you'd like to add more nights to your journey just ask, or if you have your own bus and want to join in let us know. We aim to please and nothing is out of the question. We'll also be adding the option of touring with The Wine Wrangler who will pick us up at our campsite in Morro Bay and take us on a private tour of local wineries. This is a one day excursion and is usually priced at approximately $100 per person (prices to be firmed up once we have a full compliment of travelers who are opting for this additional adventure). A Farm to Table dinner at The Black Barn Inn in Cambria is in the works. We will post more information about this option shortly.

Depending on the interests of our intrepid travelers on this journey we may incorporate morning yoga sessions.

HOW TO BOOK: Speak to one of our guides first! Send us an email and we will schedule a phone call...

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 Your personal camp tour guides Vintage Bill and Happy Harrigan

Your personal camp tour guides Vintage Bill and Happy Harrigan

NEAREST AIRPORT: John Wayne International Airport (SNA) is only 15 minutes away from VSW headquarters in Costa Mesa! If you'd rather land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you'll be about 50 minutes away (depending on traffic). There are several shuttle options from LAX, please check with us and we can recommend the best option.

NEEDED: VW freaks n' fanciers like YOU!

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Jan
11
to Jan 15

Buses by the Bridge Camp Tour

 Photo Credit | Happy Harrigan

Photo Credit | Happy Harrigan

5 Days / 4 Nights / 627 miles / 1009 km

Buses by the Bridge (BBB) is one of the most popular VW gatherings in North America and is the largest in the United States. In January 2017 the campout brought over 500 vintage VW buses from all over the US. In 2018 BBB will be celebrating its 22nd event on the desert shores of Lake Havasu, a large reservoir fed by the Colorado River along the border of California and Arizona - home to the famous London Bridge.

We certainly hope that you can join us, for this is sure to be another one of our funtastic, memorable, and quirky treks across the Californian desert!


Here's a peek at our itinerary...

 Photo Credit |  Matt Monath

Photo Credit | Matt Monath

DAY 1
Thursday, January 11th :: Costa Mesa to Joshua Tree National Park

On the morning of day one, our caravan will leave from VSW’s headquarters for Joshua Tree National Park. This park is one of the few places in the world where you will find these iconic trees, also known as Yucca Brevifolia. After exploring this unique park, we will set up camp, enjoy a good ole fashioned BBQ, and unwind under a fabulous sunset that only the California desert can provide.

 Photo Credit | Fred Amico

Photo Credit | Fred Amico

DAY 2
Friday, January 12th :: Joshua Tree National Park to Lake Havasu City (Buses by the Bridge) via Route 66

On day two, the group will motor towards BBB, but first we will take mystic Route 66 to Roy’s Café, a local site well known as a relic backdrop for movies, music videos, and photo shoots. After taking time out to shamelessly pose for selfies we’ll be back on the road - heading for Lake Havasu City. We’ll be arriving close to sunset, right on time to set up camp and take in the live band!

 Photo Credit |  Matt Monath  

Photo Credit | Matt Monath 

DAY 3
Saturday, January 13th :: Buses by the Bridge, Lake Havasu City

After having spent the night stargazing under the expansive Milky Way, pondering the vastness of the universe you’ll wake up to a sea of Volkswagen buses. You’ll spend the rest of the day nosing about the colorful buses and talking up their owners. And for those of you who never return home without a souvenir, there will be plenty of opportunities to purchase handmade goods from the vendors at the BBB event.

As this enchanted day draws to a close, those of you who crave adrenaline might consider taking a walk on the London Bridge (yes – this bridge actually came from London!).

DAY 4
Sunday, January 14th :: Lake Havasu City to Pioneer Town

This day will wind us along the edges of gorgeous Parker Dam and then we'll drive a straight shot through the Mojave desert toward our afternoon destination at Le Haut Desert Aerie in Pioneer Town. Awaiting us will be our private campsite located on 40 acres, surrounded by 100's of acres of pristine wild lands, abundant hiking trails and long views from Mount Gorgonio to the Eastern Mojave. The property boasts a swimming hole, community kitchen, outdoor shower and restroom as well as options for breakfast meals. Le Haut Desert Aerie has it all!

Now let's not forget Pioneer Town, home to Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace! Who knows what talent will be lurking on the eve of Sunday, January 14th!

Stroll around Pioneertown, sit out in Pappy and Harriet's beer garden. play some pool or hang out and listen to music. Some of the shows are free, but either way, rest assured, there will be live music!

 Pioneertown

Pioneertown

DAY 5
Monday, January 16th :: Pioneer Town to Costa Mesa

Just because this is the last day of our excursion, it doesn’t mean the adventure is over. Feel free to hang out at Le Haut Desert Aerie, go for an early morning hike, or soak in the private swimming hole. There's always more exploring to do in the light of day... if you'd prefer to break away from the group and poke around Palm Springs or head back into Joshua Tree it's totally your call. Just be home in time for, well, not dinner, but maybe your flight home ;)

Yes, our final destination is our starting point in Costa Mesa. Undoubtedly the end of this epic journey will be the beginning of lifelong friendships - established through the unforgettable moments shared on this sublime safari.


JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN:  Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Thursday, January 11th and will be returning from Pioneer Town end of day, Monday, January 15th.

COST:
• Single Occupancy: 1800 USD
• Double Occupancy: 1200 USD (per person)
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $650 USD (per person)
• Tag-along Buses: Please inquire
(taxes not included)

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid by January 4th, 2018

WHAT'S INCLUDED:  Provided in the cost is the 5 day classic VW Campmobile rental, propane space heater, down duvet, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, cooler, firewood, all camp fees and park entrance fees at Joshua Tree, entrance fees to Buses by the Bridge event, extraordinary camp vittles supplied two evenings and two mornings, communal camp kitchen and one VSW hippie dippy skippy bag. And let's not forget - experienced VDub road guides... Vintage Bill and Happy Harrigan!

MEALTIMES/PROVISIONS:  A communal grill and camp kitchen will be available for all bus participants to use while we are on the road. We have discovered that our campers seem to prefer to pitch in, sharing meals and sometimes clean-up, making the group camp experience a rich one. We'll make stops strategically along our route so that everyone can purchase personal provisions.

 Your personal camp tour guides Happy Harrigan and Vintage Bill

Your personal camp tour guides Happy Harrigan and Vintage Bill

NEAREST AIRPORT: John Wayne International Airport (SNA) is only 15 minutes away from VSW headquarters in Costa Mesa! If you'd rather land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you'll be about 50 minutes away (depending on traffic). There are several shuttle options from LAX, please check with us and we can recommend the best option.

NEEDED: VW freaks n' fanciers like YOU!

HOW TO BOOK: Speak to one of our guides first! Send us an email and we will schedule a phone call...

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 Just a few... VW Freaks n Fanciers ;)

Just a few... VW Freaks n Fanciers ;)

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Oct
8
to Oct 15

Big Sierra Skies Camp Tour

 Mono Lake

Mono Lake

8 Days / 7 Nights / 906 miles / 1458 km / 28° - 63° F / 7° - 25° C

Fall colors in the Owens Valley of California, nothin' like it! Rent a VW from Vintage Surfari Wagons, or drive your own and convoy along with like minded folks this October through the Owens Valley on this 8 day guided camp tour.

Convoy with us as we guide you through Vintage Bill's ol' stomping grounds... the Alabama Hills, Eureka Sand Dunes, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Benton Hot Springs, Mono Lake, Mammoth, Crowley Lake, Tom's Place, Bishop and Red Rock Canyon.

We'll treat you to some amazing camp vittles prepared by cooks from the West that love to camp. 

Under starry skies  pull up a chair and warm yourself by the fire, get to know your kindred VDubr's, play charades, have a laugh and sample the campfire favorite - S'mores... reinvented with our grown-up flavor combinations! 

Settle in each night under the canopy of your very own classic Campmobile. A proverbial nest outfitted with cozy down duvets and ultra safe propane heaters. Ahhh-wake in a private paradise with magnificent vistas of the Sierra Mountains.

 Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills

DAY 1 & 2 :: Fossil Falls, Lone Pine, Whitney Portal, Alabama Hills

 Eureka Sand Dunes

Eureka Sand Dunes

DAY 3 :: Eureka Sand Dunes, Death Valley*

DAY 4 :: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Grandview*

DAY 5 :: Coppertop BBQ, Bishop, Benton Hot Springs

DAY 6 :: Mono Lake, June Lake Loop, Mammoth Mtn, Twin Lakes, Tamarack Lodge

DAY 7 :: Hot Creek, Red Rock Canyon

DAY 8 :: Costa Mesa

*Destination subject to change due to weather conditions.


JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN:  Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Saturday, October 8th at 8 am and will be returning from Red Rock Canyon mid to late afternoon, Saturday, October 15th

COST:
• Single Occupancy: 2880 USD
• Double Occupancy: 1920 USD
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $1040 USD (per person)
• Tag-along Buses: Please inquire
(taxes not included)

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid by October 2nd, 2017

WHAT'S INCLUDED:  Provided in the cost is an 8 day rental of a classic VW Campmobile, bedding pack, down duvet, propane heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, one nights stay at a luxury retreat in Mammoth, travel snack boxes, 4 impressive evening meals, 4 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, and a smattering of signature cocktails, all lovingly fabricated by our VSW crew. Oh and of course, your very own bus whisperer Vintage Bill. He'll be more than happy to answer any and all VDub queries, but most importantly he'll keep us all rolling on down the road.

MEALTIMES/PROVISIONS:  A communal grill and camp kitchen will be available for all bus participants to use while we are on the road. We have discovered that our campers seem to prefer to pitch in, sharing meals and sometimes clean-up, making the group camp experience a rich one. We'll make stops strategically along our route so that everyone can purchase personal provisions.

OPTIONS:  If you'd like to add more nights to your journey just ask, or if you have your own bus and want to join in let us know. We aim to please and nothing is out of the question.

Depending on the interest of our campers morning yoga sessions may be available


HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR ITINERARY...

Day 1 & 2 Lone Pine | 241 mi - 388 km

From our base camp in Lone Pine you'll be free to explore hiking trails at nearby Whitney Portal  or poke around the Alabama Hills, the Movie Museum, Cerro Gordo Mine, Diaz Lake or Horseshoe Meadow.

Day 3 Eureka Sand Dunes | 91 mi - 46 km

We'll journey on roads less traveled to our dry camp at Eureka Sand Dunes. Here you'll be a witness to tallest natural sand dunes in the United States, 3 square miles of them, rising 700 feet from the valley floor! 

Day 4 Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest | 81 mi - 130 km

After early morning robust provisioning we will wind our way up out of the sand dune valley to the pine mountaintop, setting up camp at Grandview - a popular spot for star gazers and astronomy groups as the night sky is very dark. The following morning we'll explore the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest on a pre-lunch hike. This is home to some of the most gnarled and photogenic trees you may ever see. Methuselah is estimated to be 4,743 years old!

Day 5 Benton | 53 mi - 85 km

The oldest existing town in Mono County, Benton was originally founded by Western Indians who sought out it's natural hot springs. We too will make use of it's hot springs as we soak our hike-aches away at eclectic Benton Hot Springs. Each campsite features it's own private hot tub!

Day 6 Mammoth via Mono Lake | 79 mi - 127 km

Driving out of Benton we'll see dramatic rock formations as we mosey toward Mammoth via Hwy 120 and it's high desert environment. On the way we'll pass by the strangely beautiful Mono Lake and the adjacent towering cinder cones of the young Mono Crater volcanos. From there we'll take a local back road, June Lake Loop into Mammoth Lakes, our final destination - a  luxury retreat in the pines. We'll spend the late afternoon and evening kicking back in front of a majestic stone fireplace. Venture out for a fall color hike and meet up later at our cabin  for vittles and libations. Arise to fresh mountain air and a daub of Sierra views.

Day 7 & 8 Red Rock Canyon and Beyond | 192 mi - 309 km / 163 mi - 262 km

Our final stop on our journey home will find us steppin' back in time at Red Rock Canyon, a 27,000 acre state park situated at the Southern most tip of the Sierra Nevada Range. Spectacular dark red layers of sedimentary rock have been heaved hundreds of feet in the air by the nearby Garlock Fault. Many of Hollywood's biggest Western stars have worked in these canyons, including John Wayne, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Gabby Hayes and Gary Cooper.

On Day 8 we'll pull up stakes and roll back to VSW Headquarters in Costa Mesa.

HOW TO BOOK: Speak to one of our guides first! Send us an email and we will schedule a phone call...

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 Oh, and this might happen, but only if it's your birthday ;)

Oh, and this might happen, but only if it's your birthday ;)

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