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There’s More Than One Way to Glamp
Glamping (a term that combines the words glamorous and camping) is ideal for anyone who wants connect with nature yet still prefers to have the comforts of home. It’s also a great option for anyone who wants to enjoy the experience of camping but who doesn’t own a tent, RV or trailer. But did you know there are different ways to glamp? Here are four options:
These comfortably appointed tents are what many people envision when they think of glamping. Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine offers a choice of 16 Glamp Tents. Each 430-square foot tent sits on a wooden deck and includes a king bed, indoor and outdoor seating areas and access to a shared bath house. Some even have a second 8x10 foot tent that’s ideal for kids. Each of the Glamp Tents has been decorated by a different interior design team and they feature luxurious touches like mosquito netting, wicker furniture, area rugs and plush throw pillows. The tents have fun themes, too, such as Wanderlust, Nautical Nights and Boho Luxury Next.
Another popular trend is to rent a retro Airstream or other vintage trailer. For those who camped in a travel trailer when they were kids, this experience brings back a wave of nostalgia, while for others it’s a whole new experience. Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort in Borrego Springs, Calif. has six reconditioned vintage Airstream trailers—models built between 1960 and 1993—available for rent that have been restored to their former glory. The campground also has a vintage 1953 trailer they call the “canned ham” because it’s shaped like one! Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in Buellton, Calif. has taken a different approach by gutting its Airstreams and doing complete makeovers, putting in queen or king-sized beds and amenities like dishwashers, granite countertops and beautiful outside kitchens. Flying Flags has even combined an Airstream with a “canned ham” to create a family-friendly campsite. It has a barbeque and a fire pit and the kids can sleep in the smaller trailer while the adults enjoy the amenities of the Airstream.
These cozy wooden structures offer an affordable way to glamp and they’re also a great option for tent campers who need to upgrade when the weather turns bad. Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md. has four of these pods. Each one sleeps four guests in two bedrooms and includes air conditioning, electricity, a picnic table, fire ring, grill and free Wi-Fi. There is no running water but guests have access to a full-service bathhouse nearby.
Inspired by ancient dwellings once used by nomads, these circular tents are supported by a latticework framework and lend themselves perfectly to glamping. Dolores River Campground in Dolores, Colo. has two 16′ yurts available for rent. Each one features locally handcrafted wood furniture and has a private deck with a picnic table overlooking the Dolores River. The yurts include electricity and guests have access to a newly remodeled bathhouse on site.
Great glamping accommodations can be found throughout the U.S., so whether you chose a tent, trailer, pod or yurt, happy glamping!