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On Your Next Trip, Stay in a Yurt!
For those who prefer to have a roof over their head, yurts offer an economical alternative to renting a cabin, and they’re a fun choice for families, too!
(photo courtesy Normandy Farms Family Campground)
The history of yurts dates back thousands of years when nomads in Central Asia used these convenient, circular structures as their homes. Back then, yurts were made of wood and felt, but today, they’re made of high-tech materials and enjoyed by a different kind of “nomad” —outdoor enthusiasts.Here are a few campgrounds around the country that rent yurts:
Santa Margarita, CA
Located near San Luis Obispo, this KOA campground offers spacious, 20' yurts that sleep up to eight people and are furnished with two single beds, a full bed and a queen bed. These shaded, pet-friendly units also include a table & chairs, firepit and picnic table.
Buena Vista, CO
At this campground, located approximately 100 miles west of Colorado Springs, you’ll find yurts that can comfortably sleep a family of four. They come equipped with a refrigerator, deck, picnic table and grill and some are even pet friendly.
Here, you’ll have a choice of three yurts that sleep 4, 6 and 9 guests respectively, and all include electricity and a skylight. The park’s largest yurt, the “Mount Evans,” is nestled in the trees and comes equipped with three single-over-double bunk beds, making it ideal for birthday sleepovers.
Pine Mountain GA
This RV park has a “Yurt Village” that’s surrounded by trees and features a 16, 20 and 24-foot yurts that sleep 4, 6 and 8 guests, respectively. Each yurt includes a skylight, picnic table and fire ring.
Cherry Hill Park (www.cherryhillpark.com)
College Park, MD
Cherry Hill Park offers two 16-foot yurts, one with four bunk beds and the other with a queen bed and bunk bed. Both units include a table and chairs.
If there is such a thing as a luxury yurt, this is it! This air conditioned and heated yurt comes equipped with a flat screen TV, fireplace, bathroom and a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave and toaster. The private bedroom has a full-sized bed and there’s a large pullout couch and two pullout chairs in the living room. Four windows overlook the scenic pond area, and there’s even a wraparound deck equipped with a grill, table and chairs.
This cozy, canvas yurt includes a lockable door, two large screen windows, a sun dome, a full bed and a set of bunk beds. Just outside, there’s a water spigot, fire pit, picnic table, charcoal grill and 30 amp outlet.
Located in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Dutch country, Lake-In-Wood offers the L-I-W Yurt that features plenty of the comforts of home, including a bathroom, refrigerator, coffeemaker, toaster, gas grill, microwave, TV and heat. It even has a paddleboat! Lake-In-Wood also offers other unique rentals, including a double-decker bus, caboose, tipi, covered wagon and the “pirate inn.”
This campground offers a “megasleeper” yurt that can accommodate up to 12 with three sets of twin bunks and three full-sized futons. This air conditioned unit includes a refrigerator, microwave, TV/DVD player, picnic bench, fire ring and grill.
These air conditioned/heated, smoke-free, pet-free yurts come equipped with a refrigerator, A/C, heat, DVD player and TV, kitchen, microwave, coffee maker and toaster as well as a grill, fire pit and picnic table right outside of the unit.
Smokey Hollow offers 20' yurts that sleep 6, and 30' yurts that sleep 12. Each air-conditioned yurt is equipped with a table and chairs, ceiling fan, refrigerator, microwave, DVD player, coffee maker and toaster, along with a porch, picnic table, fire ring, and grill. Smokey Hollow’s beachfront yurts are located on the campground’s pond adjacent to the bathroom and shower facilities.