I get it. You love the great outdoors, but you could do without the dirt. And the bugs. And the lack of basic amenities, like jacuzzis and juice bars. If old fashioned camping seems a little….rustic….for your taste, then “glamping” might be the solution. Experience all the wonders of nature without wondering when your next shower will be. Check out these mind-blowing glamping destinations across the U.S. and reconnect with the posher side of Mother Nature.
1. Bella Solviva Eco-Resort, Michigan
This is a state-of-the-art “glampground” that promises eco-friendly, luxurious accommodations for those who want to experience the outdoors without ANY inconvenience. Like, seriously….this place might as well be a luxury resort in the trees. Expected to open in the summer of 2016, Bella Solviva will offer a variety of amenities to guests, including laundry facilities, complementary welcome items (like graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows for S’more-making), a fitness center, catered meals, and even a spa when completely developed. If you don’t want to sacrifice the feeling of dirt beneath your sleeping bag, you can still pitch your regular ol’ tent on the grounds. But you’re going to be super envious of the refurbished Pullman train sleeping car right next door, a future accommodation planned for 2018.
2. Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Gorgeous log cabins, rustic-chic furnishings and decor, fine dining, and natural mineral hot springs. If you’re looking for a more glamorous way to glamp, I don’t think it exists. Located just a mere 8 mile hike from Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs is the epitome of classy camping in a stunning setting. When your rental cabin includes a steaming hot spring pool and a private library, you know you've made it.
3. The High Lonesome Ranch, Colorado
This working cattle ranch in De Beque walks that fine line between keeping guests connected to nature without making them feel like they’re right up in nature’s face. Accommodations include luxurious tents with hardwood flooring, outdoor sports, world-class local farm-to-table food, and more. Check out their herb garden and talk to the staff about the best hunting spots in the area. This place can keep things exactly as wild as you want.
4. Sequoia High Sierra Camp, California
This place has all the usual California camping perks – from dramatic mountain peaks, cascading creeks, tranquil meadows and star studded evening skies – but it also Sequoia High Sierra Camp also provides guests with luxury accommodations and fancy schmancy dining options. King size beds, feather pillows, spacious carpeted canvas tents with maid service, premium toiletries and five course meals are all included. Enjoy fine wines and craft beers while you take in the incredible view.
5. Mustang Monument, Nevada
What do you get when you combine 900 square miles of majestic mountainside, wild horses, and luxury everything? Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve, that’s what. With lavish tipi-style lodging, gourmet food, and state-of-the-art amenities, this place will cater to all your glamping needs. The resort coordinates outdoor activities for visitors and incorporates the history of the region in all aspects of the experiences.
6. Moose Meadow Lodge and Treehouse, Vermont
So you want to camp in a cabin, but you also want to relive your childhood fantasies of having a really cool treehouse?Your prayers have been heard. The Treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge combines the best of both worlds and swaddles you in warm, woody, rustic comfort. Other cabins on offer include the Teddy Bear Room, the Mountain View Room, and the Duck Room. Keep comfortable with your in-cabin Jacuzzi and pair your gourmet breakfast with mountain views.
7. Bali House and Cottage, Hawaii
Camping in paradise? Yes, please. Tucked away on black sand Kehena Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii, there is a glamping destination like no other. The Bali House and Bali Cottage is a 1,000-square-foot luxury living space, complete with garden spas, luxe linens, and a dramatic ocean cliff a mere 75 feet away. This cottage isn’t just a pretty face: the lodging composes, uses low voltage lighting, and recycles all rainwater.
8. The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
This spot pulls out all the stops to make their visitors feel like woodland royalty. Fully-furnished safari tents, a private en-suite bathroom, and a gourmet chef to prepare all your meals is just the beginning. You’ll also have a personal “camping butler” who will cater to your every camping need, such as building a fire, planning your day’s activities, or just making s’mores. Sounds like a pretty good deal for a cool $1,200 per night.
9. C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado
This is probably one of the more rustic glamping options on this list, which only means that there isn’t a Michelin-rated chef on hand to assemble your s’mores. But there are luxury tents complete with private fire-pits, king-sized beds, daily housekeeping service, nightly bed turn-down, plush robes, coffee, tea, cocoa, and snacks replenished daily. Head out on the horse trails during the day and hunker down in your luxe cabin or tent when the stars come out. And don't forget to book a massage in one of their spa tents.
10. Treebones, California
So….this place lets you stay in something called a “human nest.” It’s literally a human-sized nest woven from wooden twigs and brush. The nest is accessed via a wooden ladder, and there is a full sized futon mattress perched inside it. You haul your own sleeping bags and pillows up the ladder to nestle in for the night (weather permitting). If that doesn’t sound glampy enough for you (and we admit, it sounds pretty odd), then the resort also offers luxurious yurts and an on-site lodge complete with restaurants, restrooms, shower facilities, convenience store, hot tub and an ocean view pool.
11. Fireside Resort, Wyoming
Score one for the Equality State. This place offers ultra-comfortable king size beds, plush blankets and linens, handmade furniture, maid services and a full-service personal butler. And the bathroom, you ask? Glamping guests can look forward to heated floors, rainfall showers and organic spa products. Just minutes from Grand Teton National Park and the city of Jackson, Fireside is perfectly situated for maximum fun.
12. The Lodges at Eagle's Nest, North Carolina
This is more than just a campsite – this is a luxury camping community. At Eagle’s Nest, you’ll find a spectacular Toy Barn filled with every imaginable game and sporting equipment, an authentic Tee Pee Village and wellness spa, equestrian center, wildlife rehabilitation center, grand outdoor pavilion, cliff side library, and amphitheater built into the side of the mountain. Some people love glamping here so much that they never leave…you actually can buy property on the resort.
13. Silver Bullet Retreats, Florida
These retro accommodations harken back to an earlier age, but don’t be fooled – they’re all 21st century luxury lodgings. Check into a vintage Airstream camper and luxuriate in the knowledge that your “glamper” comes equipped with internet, TV, a full kitchen, outdoor furniture, and a refrigerator. Best of all, you tell Silver Bullet where you want to camp, and they’ll deliver the Airstream right to the spot! They service lots of Central Florida campsites, so the options are almost limitless.
14. Epic Private Journeys, Utah & Arizona
This glamping option stays true to its roots, but isn’t afraid to add a luxe touch where it matters. If you’re looking to get some serious exploring and outdoor adventuring done while on your glamorous camping trip, then check out the Lake Powell offering from Epic Private Journeys. You’ll be provided with a private guide to coordinate kayaking, canyoneering, and hiking expeditions. When you’re done conquering the natural world, retreat to your luxury tent and await your gourmet dinner of steak and lobster, and relax knowing that everything for the next day’s adventure is being taken care of by professionals.
15. Sinya on Lone Man Creek
Perched on a high ridge overlooking Lone Man Creek in the Texas Hill Country is Sinya Resort, a place where luxury is just as important as an eco-friendly lifestyle. They provide guests with an entire line of specially crafted toiletries that are sure to pamper. Besides gorgeous lodgings and an incredibly attentive staff, a stay at Sinya is a great opportunity to learn more about the local plant and animal life.
Would you stay in any of these glamping spots, or do you prefer a more earthy camping experience? Let us know!