We first discovered stretch tents while racing mountain bikes through the rugged desert terrain of costal South Africa. Their unmistakably modern, yet natural architectures were like magnets drawing us in for rest, relaxation and refreshment at the close of each day.
Between the heavy wooden poles, sloping entry points and flowing ceilings it was obvious something very special was happening inside.
Enjoying the hospitality of these surroundings quickly became addictive. Relaxing and socializing while being protected from the harsh desert sun and elements, yet fully appreciating the beauty of the natural environment, was something we never experienced before.
We were gazing upon the mountains. We were smelling food cooking on the grill. We listened to music. We heard announcers calling out names and times as riders crossed the finish line …. Yet, we were simultaneously indoors, hanging out on sofas, watching flat screen TVs and enjoying a cold beverage or two.
When we arrived back in Arizona we couldn’t stop thinking about how perfectly stretch tents would fit into our Southwestern climate. Shortly thereafter Scottsdale Stretch Tents was born.