Four Glamping Vacations Inspired By Nature, High On Comfort
As its name implies, “glamping” combines glamour with camping, where stunning nature meets modern luxury. According to glamping.com, some call it luxury camping, while others call it glamorous camping. For a many outdoor enthusiasts throughout the country, experiential travel is an authentic way to connect with nature. Together, the experience is about stepping off the beaten path, walking away from superficial tourist activities and embracing an immersive cultural environment. By pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, experiential travelers experience a shift in perspective that improves the way they connect with the world.
Now more popular than ever before, glamping attracts outdoor enthusiasts from throughout the world who enjoy being close to nature. These four glamping sites offer high-end, comfortable amenities and an experience unlike any hotel can provide.
Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort, Big Sur, CA
Guests of all ages can glamp among towering redwoods at the resort’s Redwood Canyon Glampsites that offer 15 elegant safari-style canvas tents complete with a plush glamping mattress, premium bedding and cozy heated blankets; hardwood floors; complimentary s’mores kits, firewood and fire pits; full hotel amenities at the impressive Bath House; daily housekeeping service; morning coffee and tea; handheld lanterns and reading lights; power outlets and more. The breathtaking location among the redwoods is an ideal setting for guests to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with each other over fireside storytelling, campfire meals and hikes in the forest and along Big Sur’s iconic coastline.
Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, MO
Reopening this month for the season and featuring new camp cabins this summer, Camp Long Creek sits along the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake at the award-winning wilderness resort in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge. The “glampsite” offers a chic way for travelers to relive their favorite summer camp moments. Accommodations feature luxury glamping tents, stylish camp cabins and camp huts alongside activities and amenities for the whole family such as lake beach access and boating, a pool with luxe loungers and stunning views of Table Rock Lake, outdoor games and s’mores kits upon arrival, a dog park so you can bring your furry family members along, and more. What’s more, guests can enjoy casual bites from The Canteen, Camp Long Creek’s Airstream that serves delicious treats including cheeseburgers, bratwursts and canned cocktails to-go, as well as enjoy activities and dining options at Big Cedar Lodge.
La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, CA
Blending luxury hospitality with the natural splendor, wide-open skies and pristine landscapes of the legendary Joshua Tree National Park, guests can book La Quinta Resort’s Joshua Tree Experience offering a luxury glamping experience in collaboration with Camp’d Out. Book a minimum three-night stay and enjoy accommodations on the first and last night at La Quinta Resort & Club and one night in a luxurious camp setup, complete with plush resort bedding, a prepped camp meal for two, s’mores, a fire pit, overnight butler service, morning coffee and transportation to and from the campsite. Guests can opt to enhance their experience with a private dinner under the stars expertly prepared fireside by a private chef.
The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, Park City, UT
Located on 3,500 private acres in the Wasatch Mountain Range, the intimate retreat exudes luxury. The Yurts at Blue Sky sit atop two of the most picturesque peaks on property and serve as the home base for various culinary and adventure offerings. Groups of ten guests or fewer are invited to indulge in elevated, farm-to-table cuisine by acclaimed Executive Chef Galen Zamarra. For thrill seekers, explore easygoing, moderate or challenging on-site hiking trails with an experienced guide. Arrive to the Yurt to savor a rustic picnic lunch, partake in an alfresco, mountaintop art class or get grounded in a mediation session while taking in the stunning vista views. For an even more over-the-top adventure, take a helicopter departing outside your Yurt as part of the resort’s heli-adventures program, which includes fly-fishing, yoga or meditation, hiking and mountain biking.