‘Glamping’ combines rough outdoor camping with lush living perks


Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort.

Source: Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort.

If you like the idea of ​​camping – but not the part of figuring out how to make and light a fire, sleep on the ground and pee in the woods – then glamping may be for you.

The awkward but precise term covers a growing list of “glamorous camping” sites. They replace traditional tents and outbuildings with accommodations that include real beds and chic amenities – everything from ‘yurts’ to [circular tents], teepees and airflow to tree houses, cabins, cubes, pods, domes, ecolodges and huts, ”said Linda Clark of luxury camping website Glamping.com.

With campfire valets, freestanding tubs, down comforters, and concierge services, some glamping sites in the woods offer more comfortable accommodations than some upscale boutique hotels. A service, Babierge.com, will rent, deliver and install high-end baby equipment in the campsites.

Floating cabins and private RV sites

Floating cabins at Santee Lakes Preserve, Santee, CA.

Photo: Jeff Crider

In addition to offering sites for tents and RVs, in San Diego, Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve offers fully furnished houseboat-style floating cabins, including outdoor porches with barbecue grills. The floating cabins are also equipped with personal pedal boats. Rates range from $ 47 to $ 185 per night, depending on the day or season.

At Campland on the Bay on Mission Bay, facilities include a gymnasium, arts and crafts activities, and a range of outdoor activities. A RV Supersite – which costs $ 1,490 – offers fully enclosed camping. Perks include a hot tub, washer-dryer and telephone line.

Camping butlers and S’moreologist on site

The Paws Up complex in Montana.

Source: The Resort at Paws Up

In Montana, The Resort at Paws Up is a pioneer in glamping that has been raising the stakes for 12 years. Amenities range from ‘camping butlers’ to a resident s’moreologist tasked with preparing the perfect snack for the campfire.

This year’s additions are three-bedroom, two-bathroom glamping tents in North Bank Camp, complete with premium linens, heated floors, a camp chef and butler.

“When you only have a few weeks of vacation a year, you want them to include good food, good wine, creature comforts, luxury, and atmosphere, so when you get back to the routine daily, you were rested and didn’t feel like you needed another vacation, ”recent guest Dana Koenig wrote in an email to CNBC. The souvenirs and amenities are worth it, and then some.

The three-bedroom tent at North Bank Camp will cost vacationers at least $ 3,500, including a 20% resort fee. This steep price includes meals, transportation to / from the airport, Wi-Fi, and other recreational activities.

Yurts with wildlife viewing

Nomad Ridge at The Wild, Ohio.

Source: Ohio Tourism.

At The Wilds, a more than 10,000 acre wildlife preserve in Cumberland, Ohio, guests can stay at Nomad Ridge. The 12 luxury hillside yurts (circular tents) offer a full luxury menu like bamboo floors, private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour concierge service. Private decks are perfect. to observe the local exotic fauna.

Adult-only night packages start at $ 325 and include breakfast and dinner for two, plus tickets for an outdoor safari.

Tipis in wine country

Twightlight Tubs at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn in Zillah, WA.

Source: Cherry wood bed, breakfast and barn

At Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn in Zillah, Wash., Wine glamping comes in the form of private 22-foot-tall tipis with luxury bedding, private restrooms, and outdoor showers. The B&B in a vineyard is also the starting point for wine tours on horseback and “Cowboy Limo” (hay wagon).

Rates start at $ 285 and include breakfast. A two-night stay includes complimentary visits to the “Twilight Tubs” open-air bath with vineyard views.

Camp in a cozy Conestoga

Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort in Utah.

Source: Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort.

In northern Utah, Conestoga Ranch (on Bear Lake in Garden City) gives the Old West the glamping treatment, with accommodations in wagons based on authentic 19th-century models. Vehicles have king beds and bunks and private bathrooms nearby, but the Royal Grand Tent Suite is as majestic as the name suggests. It overlooks both Bear Lake and the ranch and includes a claw-foot tub (for two), deck with lounge chairs, and an indoor entertainment bar.

Are you not an experienced camper? Do not worry. “A lot of our guests are not campers and don’t know how to start a fire,” said Keith Battaglia, Director of Sales and Marketing for Conestoga. “They are adventurous travelers looking for something unique.”

Railcar fares start at $ 145; the Royal Grand Tent suite starts at $ 245.

Pop-up glamping in New York

Ephemeral glamping near New York.

Source: Terra Glamping

Until September 19, a pop-up campsite in the Rockaway Beach district of New York offers city dwellers the opportunity to glamp on the beach.

Offered in partnership with the National Park Service, Terra Glamping: Fort Tilden, takes reservations for stays in 12 by 14 foot safari-style tents. Amenities include continental breakfast, S’mores, towels and bathrobes, a nearby caravan with bathrooms and showers, a nightly campfire, and use of beach cruising bikes.

Rates start at $ 200 per night.


Sally J. Minick

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