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How to Go Glamping
If you love being outdoors but hate to leave the comforts of home to go camping, you don’t have to! Glamping was made for you. The term comes from a combination of glamour and camping and combines everything you love about being out in nature along with the little luxuries you love to indulge in at home. Here are a few things to focus on to turn your next camping trip into a glamping trip:
- Linens – Whether you camp in an RV, camper or tent, you can still bring along your favorite luxurious linens and plush towels. And don’t forget to pack some extra pillows. They’ll make your campsite that much more cozy, whether you’re reading in bed or sitting in a chair by the campfire.
- Lighting – Solar-powered lights can add a magical touch to your campsite and so can the soft, flickering light of candles – just remember to place them in glass jars or lanterns for safety.
- Food and Drink – You can still enjoy gourmet meals when you camp – the secret is to do as much prep work at home as you can. Need some inspiration? Look no further than Pinterest. Do a search for “Gourmet Camping Recipes” and you’ll be well on your way to some amazing meals. Once you’re at your campsite, you may want to take advantage of solar power to brew a relaxing cup of your favorite tea. And if you enjoy adult beverages, you can glam them up by bringing along some pretty plastic wine, martini or margarita glasses.
- Accommodations – The easiest way of all to go glamping is to find a campground that offers this specialized form of camping.
Carrollwoods Coastal Campground at Grapefull Sisters Vineyard, located near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, makes glamping so simple, all you have to do is bring your suitcase! The campground offers a two-room glamping tent furnished with a queen-sized bed with all the linens you need along with a lamp and throw rugs. When you arrive, the fire will be made and ready to light, “complete with chairs and a blanket for snuggling.” To make the experience even better, the campground offers optional add-ons, including chilled wine, fresh cut flowers, a picnic lunch basket or breakfast basket and a steak and potato dinner basket ready to cook over the fire.
For a romantic yet rustic experience, consider finding a campground that offers furnished safari tents. At Normandy Farms in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the safari tents are a spacious 16’ x 20’ and have decks off the front and back. You can bring your own comfy linens or rent a linen package, and the tent is equipped with a fireplace with electric heat and a propane heater for chilly nights, a ceiling fan with light, electrical outlets for charging your devices, a small refrigerator and microwave and a propane grill outside. Each tent has chairs on the front porch and a dining area on the back porch.
Lake George RV Park in Lake George, New York offers a luxury park model that includes a master bedroom with queen-size bed, central air conditioning, two color TVs with cable service, wireless Internet indoors and outdoors and a full size shower. The kitchen is also well equipped with a microwave, full-sized refrigerator/freezer, gas stove and oven, coffee maker, dishes, utensils and cookware.
Or how about a cozy cottage with a loft? The cottages at Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort in Coos Bay, Oregon, sleep up to four in two queen beds (one in a private bedroom and the other in a sleeping loft). The cottages are also equipped with a private bath with shower/tub, a fully-equipped kitchen, a living room with a flat screen TV, a front porch, back deck and a firepit.
Whether you’re looking for a great place to go glamping or you’re more of a traditionalist, visit our “Find a Park” search page to find your next camping destination.