Bunk down in Camp Comfort, a refurbished bowling alley where all-American nostalgia meets modern luxury deep in Texas. Words by Jo Stewart and photography by Vanessa Jackman.
The American summer camp is a rite of passage enjoyed (or endured) by children from all generations.
If you want a taste of this bastion of American culture (without the rock-hard bunk beds, hideous food and nasty camp instructors), Camp Comfort may be the answer.
An easy two-hour drive from Austin, the sleepy town of Comfort lies in Texas Hill Country, where Stars and Stripes fly proudly and life moves at a slower pace – the ideal spot for a boutique hideaway.
Converted from an historic bowling alley built more than a century ago, Camp Comfort’s suites fuse a modern log cabin aesthetic with a touch of mid-century flair.
A place like this could stray into gimmicky territory, but quality furnishings and attention to detail make it a genuine luxe hotel rather than a quirky stunt space.
There’s wireless internet, flat screen televisions and chic en suites complete with air-jet bathtubs and deluxe toiletries from cult New York-based apothecary Malin+Goetz.
A private, tree-fringed sanctuary, Camp Comfort provides everything needed to recreate the summer camp experience.
After settling in you’ll find wood and fire starters to use in the fire pits in the courtyard, and in the social hall there’s all the ingredients needed to make America’s favourite campfire snack, s’mores.
Apart from sitting around the fire or going for a wander, there isn’t much to do, and that’s the point.
A few blocks from the property, the charming town is home to antique shops, quaint cafes and a handsome bank building harking back to the days when people used cheque books and knew their bank manager by name.
Camp Comfort is a rare treat. While small towns in out-of-the-way places tend to have motels and musty bed and breakfasts with frilly bedspreads, Comfort has a fun-yet-luxurious option worth road-tripping the 150 kilometres from Austin for.