Get Away From it All and Go Glamping!
Connect With Nature in Style
As more and more travelers express a desire to connect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of modern city life, glamping has grown immensely in popularity. So much so that the Oxford English Dictionary added the word glamping in 2016! So what is glamping, why should you do it, and where should you go? Keep reading for more ideas on your next adventure vacation.
What’s Glamping? Glamping, a blending of glamorous and camping, is one of the hottest new trends in luxury travel. But this trend also has historic origins. Beginning in the nineteenth century, travelers from the US and UK invented glamping while touring African wildlife safaris. Temporary mobile camps equipped with generators, bathtubs, and champagne (of course!) made travelers feel more at home abroad. Today, glamping features more permanent accommodations widely ranging in their levels of isolation, amenities, service. From canvas tents to yurts and tipis, from airstreams to wagons, glamping accommodations are at once humble and indulgent.
Why Glamping? While many of us have fond memories of camping and enjoy the escape that nature provides from everyday life, at the end of a day of joyful recreation, we tend to crave the comforts of home: air conditioning, a hot shower, and a cozy bed. Glamping allows travelers to have both: to experience the nostalgia and adventure of camping and the lavish splendor of a premium hotel. In addition, glamping guests can have an immersive outdoor travel experience without the hassles of buying, packing, or setting up equipment. During this COVID-19 crisis, glamping is an increasingly attractive travel option. Trapped at home for the past few months, inundated with technology, travelers can reconnect with themselves, explore the natural world, and take pleasure being active outdoors through an immersive glamping trip. Because of the exclusive and outdoor nature of glamping accommodations, guests can feel safe and comfortable traveling in these uncertain times.
My Favorite Glamping Spots
Nestled amidst six hundred acres of mesas, canyons, and the red sands of southern Utah, the newly-opened Camp Sarika, owned by the nearby luxury resort Amangiri, puts the glamour in glamping. The camp features ten private canvas-tented pavilions, each with its own pool, and a fireside restaurant serving “rustic-but-refined” rotisserie dishes. After dinner, take advantage of the campfire for roasting marshmallows and sharing stories of the Old West, or stargaze with the camp telescope. Reconnect with yourself through daily yoga and meditation sessions. Explore the outdoors either on the property— with its own trail system and guided hikes and adventures—or at the five surrounding national parks, including Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. The Navajo Nation Reservation is also nearby, providing immersive cultural experiences.
Set on an enormous working cattle ranch just east of Missoula, Montana, The Resort at Paws Up offers six luxury safari-style tents open from mid-May to mid-October. Each tent has its own personality—some are for couples, while others are for families—but all feature chic yet rustic furnishings, fine linens and bedding, and heating and air conditioning. On top of these accommodations, guests have a dedicated butler and chef specializing in “refined rustic ranch” cuisine at their disposal. For recreation, explore the one-hundred miles of trails and ten miles of river on the property. Along with your old favorites—hiking, kayaking, swimming, and mountain biking—why not try horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting, guided fly fishing, or ATV riding!
Situated only an hour from Austin and San Antonio, Collective Hill Country in Wimberley, Texas immerses you in the scenic Texas hills with the cultural comforts of wineries, art galleries, and music venues close by and major metropolitan destinations just a short drive away. At Collective, summit tents sit on the ridgeline overlooking Montesino Ranch and, in addition to stunning views, feature electricity, wood-burning stoves, and en suite bathrooms. Over and above outdoor recreation activities like hunting, hiking, and fly fishing, take advantage of the concierge’s services to book in-tent massages, local wine and bourbon tours, cooking classes and farm-to-table dinners at the Three Peaks Lodge, and electric bike tours of the town of Wimberley.
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