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Glamping > Camping: Where to Glamp in Style

Posted on July 27 2018

For some, camping conjures up images of pitching tents, catching dinner from the nearby lake and roasting marshmallows around the burning fire come nighttime. This is supposed to be a pleasant experience where one is “roughing it” for the reward of enjoying nature and spending time under the stars. For others, this is a reprehensible experience devoid of indoor plumbing and one in which the only perfume you’ll be wearing is bug spray. But what if we could marry both worlds? A vacation amongst the trees, beach, river or desert AND a real bed and maybe even kitchen? Yes, this does exist, welcome to what we call “Glamping”... or glamorous camping.

Sleeping bags are so last summer. These luxe destinations will create an experience in which you can still reconnect with nature, without having to actually sleep on it. Warning- you still may need that bug spray though.

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Wimberley, Texas

Why even consider camping if this is the alternative? You still get your “tent,” only this one is equipped with a king-size bed, a kitchenette, and is equipped with luxury toiletries and free Wi-Fi. And that is just the inside! The hideaway boasts a private deck with treetop views that span the Lone Man Creek. Nearby you can find a zip-line, creek and a swimming hole. Or, you could just never leave your lodgings because that impressive deck we mentioned earlier has a hammock, hot tub and fresh flowers complete the aesthetic. 

Book Sinya on Lone Man Creek for $375/night

 

Glamping > Camping: Best Places to Glamp in Style

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Highway One, Northern California

Drive two hours north of San Francisco and you’ll find a serene escape along Highway One. There sit 10 tents above sea level with unobstructed ocean views. All tents are equipped with a porch in which to enjoy the sea breeze and sunsets. Even cooler is Terra has ad-ons for your stay such as yoga kits, morning coffee and tea and hammocks, telescopes and heaters.

Book Terra Nor-Cal and other locations at around $250/night

 

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The Adirondacks of Northern New York

This is probably the closest to actual camping as you can get. This is perfect for the outdoorsy ones who just aren’t into the “roughing it” part of camping; however, they enjoy the bared-down experience it provides. The log-embellished canvas tents give it the cabin-aesthetic and a little more comfort than an actual tent. They provide a Queen-size bed, Earth-stove and enough cozy blankets for snuggling. In addition, the tent is adorned with furnishings made by local artisans. There is a bathhouse on-site and meals are provided at the dining lodge and all sourced from the property’s garden.

Book Posh Primitive starting at $395/night

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Zion, Moab, Yellowstone, and Glacier. Grand Canyon location coming soon.

Under Canvas gives the most versatility in terms of accommodations and locations. You can get a pared down tent with the basics or one with an ensuite bathroom. Yes, a shower, sink, and toilet are included. Really want to upgrade? The deluxe option comes equipped with a wood stove, lounge area, and a private deck. You can even add on a tepee that will sleep those four extra friends who couldn’t decide on the trip by the time of booking.

Book Under Canvas starting at $159/night

 

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Marfa, Texas

We’re already partial to El Cosmico based on the name alone, but we’re glad that this funky “nomadic hotel” lives up to its name. Wanderers have a choice between trailers, yurts, tepees, and tents with varying amenities. What’s more impressive is that the grounds boast a hammock grove, wide-open space and wood-fired hot tubs that can be rented every night from 6 to 10 p.m. El Cosmico says that their purpose is, a “liberation from an obsession with productivity. It is a revolutionary act rather than a dereliction of duty. It is a declaration of total freedom to say “now I'll do nothing for a little while.” So come and do nothing in Marfa, Texas.

Book El Cosmico starting at $85/night

 

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