Alas, summer is over and camping is a thing of the past. But for those of you who still want to rough it, glamping is a totally acceptable lesser (or perhaps upgraded) form of camping that is well-suited for fall.
Glamping, otherwise known as “glamorous camping,” is the sweet combination of the intimacy of the great outdoors and the luxuries of high-class accommodations.
Glamping is so popular, in fact, there’s an Airbnb to glamp. No really, there are several. Think: 4-star tree houses and 5-star canvas tents. European linens and memory foam mattresses. Homemade meals to eat before your flat screen television, and laundry services so you can kick back in your personal library. Here are six of the best places to glamp this time of year.
The wrap around front porch looks out over a 14-acre pond and a private wooded setting. Oh, and there are three bathrooms.
The Vintages Trailer Resort, Oregon
Trailers are popular amongst glampers as they offer both portability and luxury. The 1947 Spartan Manor, an airstream that sleeps two people comfortably, boasts a stereo system and flat screen tv hooked up to cable, a queen size bed with fine hotel linens, a private bathroom fully stocked with L’Occitane bath amenities and towels…even robes. Outside, sits a set table on a patio equipped with complimentary Caravan Coffee and meals cooked on the propane BBQ. Bike rentals are also available. Or, rent your own campervan and go anywhere.
Wellspring Ranch, California
Barns and farm houses are newly renovated to provide comfort; they’re therefore a growing trend in the niche glamping scene. The Madeline Suite, located on the top floor of a barn house at Wellspring Ranch, sleeps two people in a king memory foam bed with sateen sheets beside a gas fireplace. With a private bathroom, replete with Turkish Cotton plush robes and organic bath products, as well as a private entry, guests have optimal solo-retreat space. Window views of the gardens and a mini library make the solo-time well-received. But when they’re off to explore, they’re provided purified wellspring mineral rich water and stainless steel water bottles to tote on hikes.
Firelight Camps, New York
The camp is pitched on the grounds of La Tourelle in Ithaca, the gateway to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Tents dot the trailhead to Buttermilk Falls, which form part of the Finger Lakes Trail system that is treasured for impressive gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes. The hardwood-floored safari tents are furnished with a king or queen bed and other furniture inspired by tented camps from across the globe. Each tent also has a private balcony and guests are offered a complimentary, locally-inspired continental breakfast. A fully-stock bathhouse is just 400 feet from the tents, as well, and The August Moon Spa or John Thomas Steakhouse are just a short walk for a real taste of luxury. At sundown, wine hour begins, and a campfire is held on the main grounds serving local beers and homemade s’mores.
The Field and Stream Dream Cabin, Vermont
This cabin sleeps six, but can probably—no, definitely—sleep more. The Field & Stream Cabin is a beautifully appointed home, with an outdoor theme, for the feel of camping, but with the amenities that make home so comfortable. The spacious living room, which opens into the kitchen, has a two-story stone fireplace. The master bedroom has a queen size bed and an attached bath that has a double air jet tub and shower. Upstairs there is a second bedroom with both a queen size bed and a twin bed, and an additional open loft has both a queen size sleeper and a day bed with a sitting area, as well. The wrap around front porch looks out over a 14 acre pond and a private wooded setting. Oh, and there are three bathrooms.
San Rafael Rental, California
This cottage has a queen size and sofa bed to accommodate up to four people, all of whom are offered views of surrounding oak trees. The entire cottage has panoramic views of the outdoors with a wraparound deck replete with garden chairs, a grill and a hot tub. Linens are provided, as well as home essentials: shower supplies, an iron and ironing board and beach towels, of course. Aside from a cozy dining area and full kitchen, there’s also Wi-Fi, heating, laundry facilities, a telephone, a music and video library, satellite and cable service and games if none of those luxuries suffice.
Trinity River Rental, California
This rental is located alongside the Trinity River in Northern California, renowned for its spectacular mountain wilderness, the Trinity Alps, crystal clear alpine lakes, forests and rivers. Up to five glampers can find heated and air-conditioned shelter here, and sleep in the plush queen size bed, or any of the beds that can be added in the massive loft or wraparound space. Or, they can take comfort resting in the open-air deck. In the bedroom area, there is an electric fireplace. And in the bathroom, located in the middle of the yurt but with its own separate area with a door, there is a clawfoot bathtub with a shower component. A barbecue is located outside of the yurts for guests to use at their convenience.