A Glamping We Will Go


I am not a camper. I did not grow up in tents, around a  campfire, or eating the ‘fresh catch of the day’ from the river. And yet, I love the idea of camping - the great outdoors, the fresh air, the natural beauty surrounding us - so, of course I have been intrigued by the idea of glamping. I have certainly been hearing a lot about it lately..from good friends to Oprah! Camping + glamour = a possible vacation…especially after I discovered the latest luxury camping experience, the Ventana Big Sur Redwood Retreats. Launched on January 1st, Redwood Retreats offers 'a rustic-luxury take on traditional camping with 15 safari-style canvas tents available for rental in the resort’s awe-inspiring ancient redwood forest.’ King beds, natural fiber rugs, daily maid service. Wine & cheese backpacks, nightly turndown service, and a s’mores kit. With amenities rivaling a Ritz Carlton, the allure of glamping on Ventana property sounds pretty posh! (And Ventana for $72/night? Sign me up!) http://www.ventanacamping.com/#page

There are plenty of glamping opportunities that sound luxe with a bit of adventure! A few that have caught my interest:

In Montana, glamping reaches new heights at Paws Up. I think I could handle spacious ensuite bathrooms with a jetted tub and shower! http://www.pawsup.com/glamping/pinnacle-camp.php

Expanding on the blast-from-the-past RV camping vibe is the boutique Airstream experience, and Auto Camp offers a choice of luxuriously renovated Airstreams - sustainably constructed, with pillow top mattresses, spa bathrobes, and flat screen TVs. My friend Brynne recently surprised her family with The Russian River location and is still RAVING! https://autocamp.com

Is this the year of the yurt? At Treebones in Big Sur, the tent-like circular fabric structures are furnished with plush queen-sized beds, electric lighting, and French doors opening to spectacular coastal views from redwood decks. http://www.treebonesresort.com/

The ultimate pop-up lodging company, Shelter Co., will set up camp for you, at the location of your choice! They offer a basic service of fully furnished tent and restroom facility…to the more extravagant arranging of every detail, from sunscreen to an outdoor movie theater. http://www.shelter-co.com

Let's Go!