Hanging out in the fresh air isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of campfire-infused tea (although they can enjoy this tea if served in one of the best camping mugs out there). Fortunately, thanks to the growing popularity of glamping destinations and upscale wilderness wonderland experiences that include exquisite bathrooms, chef-prepared s’mores and other enjoyable amenities, more and more people are coming into contact with their âinner campersâ. âThere is also another form of camping that is suitable for the non-outdoor setting: camping in a yurt.
What is yurt camping, you ask? Yurts are basically portable outdoor structures that look like huge round tents. They were originally used by nomadic groups in Asia. The word âyurtâ translates to âhomeâ in Mongolian, which makes it a much more inviting and comforting place to be when you are setting up a home on your next family camping trip. (Let’s face it. If you’re a glamping fan, car camping might not meet your standards.)
And good news! Some of the best locations for yurts include campsites in Georgia, Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas, etc. Pack your bags and get ready to hit the road, as each place is beautiful and offers all kinds of ways to be one with nature the way you want. Discover our choices of places where you should say “yes” to the yurt.
This glamping gem near Austin, Texas is home to some great yurts!
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and these 22-foot yurts are no exception. If you are not convinced by the eclectic decor and wood floors, air conditioning, heating, electrical outlets and, yes, the view, you should make a reservation right away.
Nestled between Fox Island and Humpy Cove, no roads lead to this seaside getaway – glampers can only access the yurts by water. (How are you this for adventure?). You will certainly be encouraged to enjoy the seaside region as well, as each rental package includes access to kayaks and a two-hour guided session for beginners.
Big Sur, California
This west coast “yurt village” sits right across the ocean, which visitors can admire from the comfort of their private redwood decks in Adirondack chairs. Sleek interior decor, king or queen-size bed included, further seals the deal on this secluded yurt camping oasis.
Sins Canyon State Park
As evidenced by the snow, this park in one of the mountainous states offers four yurts that guests can rent year-round. Prices go up in high season (May to September) compared to low season, but there’s no bad time to soak up intimate mansions (with electricity!). Plan ahead by booking your trip up to four months in advance.
While these four yurts lack running water and electricity, the 60-acre woodlands of Frost Mountain offer plenty of mountain offerings that more than make up for the lack of more sophisticated amenities.
Yosemite Pines RV Resort
Think of this as your motivation to finally visit the historic park, if you haven’t already. Just 35 km from one of the main entrances, this campsite offers yurts with countertop refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers and bed linen. You will also be within walking distance of many landmarks, numerous natural attractions.
Sun Valley Yurts
Snow bunnies, cap your next ski trip with a stay at one of Sun Valley Trekking’s backcountry huts. Two yurts, located 7,120 feet above sea level, can combine into one comfortable house with a connected annex in between.
Nestled in the Nantahala Gorge and 20 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Falling Waters has so much to do (zip line! Fishing! Hiking!) That you could barely find yourself in the yurt. When you quit smoking for the day, you’ll be greeted by a comfortable queen-size bed, heater, small refrigerator, and shared en-suite bathrooms.
Mary Rose Herbal Farm and Retreat
Self-proclaimed “leisure farm”, the family property currently offers two public yurts all year round. Guests can expect two double beds covered with linens, a water dispenser, microwave, central heating and cooling, and a shared terrace that connects the two units. Bonus: breakfast is also provided.
Glamping in Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina
This glamping hotspot offers domes for rent, vintage caravans, tents, and best of all, a gorgeous red yurt. Sleep up to six people in the yurt, which has a private bedroom, mezzanine and futon.
Blair donovan Blair Donovan is a writer for CountryLiving.com, where she covers everything from the latest news from Joanna Gaines and “The Voice” to home decor, gardening, crafts and entertainment.
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