What is Glamping?
Ccamping is defined as an outdoor recreational activity where participants leave their urban area, home base or civilization, and enjoy nature by temporarily living outdoors. Camping may involve the use of a tent, caravan, motorhome, cabin, a primitive structure or no shelter at all.
Glamping is the luxury version of this definition! Glamping can still be outdoors, but the participants do not have to give up all of their urban comforts in order to be one with nature. Instead, the amenities found at many of the glamping campsites far exceed the amenities of the typical outdoor campsite. A typical glamping site may have luxury tents designed with bright & trendy colors and these tents can be rigged with electrical power. Sleeping bags are replaced with full-sized top of the line air mattress (the kind that do not deflate when you wake up in the morning) or even regular spring mattresses which are provided by the camp outfitter.
Cushy camping started in the safari camps if Africa and the trend has since spread throughout the world. If you get the urge to go glamping, be sure to check out the following popular glamping locations right here in the US:
Treebones Resort, California
This place is popular with the do-it-yourselfers, who want to get in touch with nature but not sacrifice all of the luxe amenities of home. Nestled in Big Sur’s, CA, Treebones Resort is a expansive group of 16 Mongolian style yurts, most with views of the California coast. Its camping with style:
The canvas- walled yurts are outfitted with French doors, cozy quilts and plush rugs. The yuts contain heat, electricity and a sink but not a shower and bathroom. Energy is generated from turbines then using the resulting heat to warm the pool where you’ll have an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean hammering the rocky coastline every evening from the comfort of your heated pool. The restaurant has largely organic food accented by fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden. All of the yurts are within a short walk to miles of hiking trails at the Los Padres National Park or take a kayaking trip through the nation’s largest protected marine reserve.
The Resort @ Paws Up, Montana
Paws up bridges the divide between the authentic camping with nature experience with adults’ desire for amenities and comfort. Each safari-like tent features fine linens, chic/rustic furnishings, a private master bathroom, cooling fans, heat and most importantly a skilled camp chef and highly attentive camping butler at your beck and call.
Paws up has four different luxury camps on premises and each of the camps provides the same level of personalized services and a unique wilderness adventure. Small differences include each camp that has its own remarkable and tailored setting, square footage of the rooms in each of luxury camps varies and the locations of the bathrooms may be different for each camp, (Each tent at Creekside Camp and Pinnacle Camp includes an en-suite bathroom. At Moonlight Camp and River Camp, each tent is assigned its own private master bathroom in the bathhouse, located just steps away. New for 2012, Moonlight Camp will feature en-suite bathrooms).
Each lavish camp has its own personal dining pavilion and camp chef. Breakfast and dinner is served each day at your camp and lunch is served at Trough, our casual dining restaurant. The cuisine is refined country comfort food and includes such dishes as baby back ribs with chipotle barbecue sauce, smoked trout cakes, bison New York steak and grilled salmon. Meals are prepared by each camp’s chef and served family-style by the camping butler. Each dining pavilion is also fully stocked with snacks and a variety of refreshing beverages. All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the nightly rate.
Black Canyon Wildlife Ranch, Colorado
Black Canyon National Park is the deepest & narrowest canyon in the Unites States. Your glamping adventure may include fly fishing, hiking, or bring you to the edge of the canyon. Pair this with a guided tour through the parks trophy elk, bison and mule deer herds, and you will definitely enjoy your adventure.
Features of this glamping site include: 4 canvas cabins, on raised wooden platforms, custom log beds, fine linens, quilts and pillows, antique and custom furnishings, all meals included, shared lodge facilities (for dining and/or gathering), and private modern shower & restroom facilities at the lodge.
Storm Creek Glamour Camping, Idaho
Storm Creek Glamour camping is situated between Yellowstone and Glacier National parks, near the Idaho/Montana border. This area is home to the Frank Church River of No Return and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness which combine to create the largest wilderness area in the continental US.
Accommodations include: 3 deluxe canvas cabin tents, in raised wooden platforms. Rugs and cushions, real beds, bed linen, quilts, pillows, furnishings, hot water, fluffy towels, heated shower tent and a horse corral. The tent is heated by wood stove to keep you comfortable. The restroom facilities include vault toilets which are kept clean, sweet smelling and well supplied with reading material. All meals are provided including picnic lunch, wine time with appetizers, a guided daily adventure and evening campfire.
Rosa Muerta, California
This unique glamping experience features an open-air dwelling, unique all black retreat on the edge of California’s Joshua Tree nature reserve which offers patrons the chance to re-frame and re-create their own world, if only for a weekend. The property is at the end of a dirt road with no other houses on it. There are a few other houses in the area but the nearest one is more than 600 feet away, so there is a lot of privacy and open desert around.
The minimalist structure us made from concrete blocks and has four rooms: a spacious outdoor living room with spa, fire pit & barbeque; a bedroom; a bathroom; and a small but well equipped kitchen. The house isn’t heated or air conditioned but instead takes advantage of the mild weather with an architecture without roofs and roofs without walls. All the furniture is built it and there are beautifully designed wall mirrors to complement the décor.
Sinya on Lone Man Creek, Texas
Sinya on Lone Man Creek is a luxury canvas eco-lodge situated high atop a ridge overlooking a creek in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. This luxury safari glamping retreat is located 40 minutes Southwest of Austin and 10 minutes Northwest of Wimberley in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Activities on Lone Mane Creek include hiking, fishing and swimming and many Native American artifacts have been found in the bank of the creek.
Experience the feeling of lightness that comes from sleeping amidst the treetops. Wake up revitalized and rejuvenated in the king-size platform bed with 100% white goose down pillows and 100% bamboo bedspreads and sheets that feel like a blend of cashmere and silk. The love seat is perfect for quiet meditation, passionate conversation, or simply taking-in the gorgeous view. If you don't want to leave your haven, prepare your own fast meal in the kitchenette, equipped with a small refrigerator and freezer, microwave oven, induction cooktop, and 12-cup coffee maker. After dinner relax with a deluxe, scented milk bath in the century-old claw foot bathtub or bathe "al fresco" with the hot/cold outdoor shower on the back deck. Finally, sample a bottle of Texas Hill Country wine while sitting around the crackling garden fire pit. Sinya is equipped with a state-of-the-art, high efficiency, air conditioning and heating system. Sinya's landscaping is irrigated by reusing its gray water. All soap, detergent, shampoo, hair conditioner, and milk-bath have been especially chosen for their quality and are given to guests to use at no additional charge. They are free of phosphates, borax, and sodium which can harm the environment.