To answer the call for a less... rustic camping experience, glamping is the solution for even the most delicate adventure seekers.
There are plenty of reasons to go camping: the scenic beauty, fresh air, relaxation... the list goes on. But, not everyone can deal with the less pleasant side of camping like pesky insects, sauna-like heat (or arctic tents and cabins), crowded showers that are shared with other families who want nothing more than to nakedly discuss how much they absolutely love this particular camping spot.
Well, you're in luck! To answer the call for a less... rustic camping experience, glamping is the solution for even the most delicate adventure seekers. It has all the perks of traditional camping with the added glamor of luxuries like indoor plumbing in your heated yurt (with hardwood floors, ahem) and 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. No matter the part of the country, there's a glamping spot for everyone. Always wanted to visit Montana? Then head to Paws Up for the Big Sky Country experience without all the mosquitoes. If the South is more appealing, check out North Carolina's The Can't Find It Inn or northern Georgia's Martyn House in the Chattahoochee Forest.
Whether it's a week in a canvas yurt overlooking the cliffs of Big Sur, or just a kid-free weekend in a little cabin in North Carolina, there is a way to tell everyone at home that you've "gone camping" without actually coming home with ring worm.
Just remember: insisting on bringing toilet paper and sleeping bag renders the trip no longer "glamping."
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Despite being situated in the frightening wilds of Montana, Paws Up isn’t exactly roughing it. Amenities include luxury ranch cabins, gourmet catered meals, “decadent spa treatments,” flat screen TVs and heated bathroom floors. Someone call Billy Crystal, City Slickers III might just be a go!
Located in Texas Hill Country outside Austin, Sinya offers a “safari-style retreat” in the safety of a modern amenity-strewn cabin with a roof shaped like a tent. The resort advertises such modern conveniences as a kitchenette equipped with refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven, induction cooktop, toaster oven and coffee maker as well as a bathroom with a claw-footed tub and towels made of 50% bamboo.
The Martyn House in the Chattahoochee Forest of northern Georgia is home to three “Gypsy Faire Sleeping Tents,” each with covered and heated porches. The resort is in Ellijay, Ga., a town which — in addition to sounding like Ellie May’s long-lost male twin — plays host to the annual Georgia Apple Festival in mid-October; a great time to pay Martyn House a visit.
Outside the Spartan town of Santa Barbara, there is a glamping site called El Capitan Canyon Campground, which bills itself as “minimalist without deprivation.” Available amenities include cedar cabins with willow wood beds and luxurious bedding and linens. So, for those who feel deprived when faced with a dearth of down duvets, El Capitan Canyon is your kind of retreat.
Safari West allows guests to languish in luxury safari tents and go zebra, giraffe, and cheetah spotting right on their front porch in a 400-acre African wildlife refuge… all without leaving Santa Rosa, California’s wine country! Is that a hyena over there!? No, it’s just little Dakota picking grapes on his hands and knees. Dakota, remember: Mommy likes Riesling!
Treebones overlooks the breathtaking Big Sur coastline and offers luxury yurts with queen-size beds, full wooden floors, electric heating, French doors that open onto a redwood deck from which you can gaze out at redwood trees, an outdoor sushi bar, heated pool, and a hot tub. Phew, that was a mouthful of amenities. And, if you squint hard enough, you’ll see the ghost of Jack Kerouac moaning in the surf.
Located an hour from scenic Santa Fe, N.M., Andaluz offers a single, large yurt with room enough for four guests. The accommodations make an ideal location for daytime events such as weddings and other gatherings, and the location near Santa Fe and Carson National Forest make Andaluz a great spot for any desert, art, or adobe lover.
The amenities at Canvas Cabin Retreat include redwood flooring and decks, spacious canvas tents with king-size beds, leather futons, and heated showers. Throw the gorgeous Wallowa Mountains in the background and you’re practically vacationing in an Eddie Bauer ad (custom-designed Ford Explorer not included). While you spin horrifying tales of camping trips without plumbing and cellular service, also try some of our entertaining around the campfire tips.
Between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks is Storm Creek Outfitters, home to spacious tents and bedding, elaborate meals with wine pairings, and spa treatments with available massage. For the more adventurous, ask about guided off-trail hikes, fly-fishing, and for the truly iron-willed: wildflower photography.
So named because of its secluded location outside Waynesville, N.C., The Can’t Find It Inn is right by the Great Smokey Mountains and the suites offer California king size beds, mini-fridges, hi-def flat-screen TVs, and a wet bar. But be warned, this location is for adults only. Get your mind out of the gutter! It just means no-kids-allowed.