There are those who love to camp. And then, there are those who love the concept of camping, but would rather sleep on a bed. If you find yourself in the latter of those two categories, well, lucky for you, there’s a new trend on the rise that will suit you perfectly.
It’s called glamping, and it’s a combination of “glamour” and “camping.” It has all of the advantages of camping – disconnecting from technology, being in nature, enjoying a campfire – but with more modern amenities.
Camping just got a whole lot more relaxing with glamping. There’s no worry about having to pitch your own tent or sleep in a sleeping bag on the ground. Now, you can have a refreshing weekend outdoors, without the backache.
There are a few different ways you can spend your glamping experience. The first option is to go the traditional tent path. The best part about glamping tents is that they are already set up for you. These tents are also a lot bigger than the tents a non-camper would own. The tents often are fully furnished, and include a bed. At Terra Glamping in Northern California, each tent has a full ocean view.
Another method of getting the camping experience is staying in a yurt. Similar to tents, yurts are portable and covered, but they have a round shape to them and are often larger than tents. Some yurts, like this one in Utah, even have indoor plumbing. Another example is this solar-powered yurt in Accord, New York, which serves as a great getaway from the city, and has its own hot tub.
If you want the camping experience but you’d prefer to have four walls surrounding you, you could go the cabin/lodge route. The types of cabins range drastically, from the typical log cabin to cabins that are borderline luxurious honeymoon suites. Depending on what you are willing to spend, you can find cabins that are comparable in amenities to 5 star hotel rooms. Many cabins have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, so couples can easily glamp with friends to save on costs.
If your goal is seclusion, but you’re not crazy about the camping idea, you could look into staying in a farmhouse or a lake cottage. This option allows you the ability to enjoy the peaceful countryside, but still have the luxuries of a house.
This rental in Machiasport, Maine sits on top of a cliff overlooking Howards Cove and Jasper Beach. It has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, but there’s also a porch at the cliff’s edge to enjoy meals alfresco.
The great outdoors is something that couples really should embrace together, but it’s understandable if you want to do this without the nuisance of bugs or needing to rub sticks together in order to have heat. Glamping is the perfect compromise for the outdoorsy types that enjoy hiking, fishing, and sitting around a campfire, but prefer to end their day with a hot shower and nice bed.
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