In the colder months, you might think camping sounds crazy. While campfires do offer warmth and S’mores are always fun, nylon tents and “rustic” plumbing make sleeping outside sound a lot less attractive. However, there is something to be said for crisp, starry evenings and the unmatched quiet of a frosty morning. The perfect solution: Glamping. This brand of luxury camping lets you revel in the great outdoors without sacrificing creature comforts. Learn more about glamping, and see these six amazing “glampsites” worth checking out.
What is glamping?
As you may have already guessed, “glamping” is a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping.” And before you laugh, it’s an actual, real word, having been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016. While the term may be relatively new, travel blog Glamping Hub says the practice dates back to the 16th century or even earlier, when traveling royalty adorned tents with trappings from their luxurious homes to stay comfortable while away. In modern times, glamping has become popular as a more affordable, unique travel option than traditional hotel stays.
Yes, glamping is fancier than camping — but by how much? By a lot! Popular glamping accommodations include luxury treehouses, yurts, tiny homes, and high-quality tents decked out with wood floors, plush beds, electricity, and even resort-style dining and spas. And because the lodging is so carefully designed to offer a memorable experience, glampsites are often found in beautiful, scenic locations. Are you ready to glamp? Get your favorite campfire (glampfire?) story ready and check out these fabulous glamping locales in the US.
Terramor Outdoor Resort in Bar Harbor, Maine
Just outside Acadia National Park lies Terramor Outdoor Resort — acres upon acres of unparalleled natural beauty that hosts 64 luxury tents, all with electricity, WiFi, and private porches. The largest tent, the Moosewood, has two bedrooms (one of them with a King-sized bed) and “an upscale bathroom with a walk-in indoor shower,” though it has an outdoor one for chilly fresh air lovers as well. Terramor also offers a pool and spa, a restaurant and bar that serve locally sourced cuisine, and professionally guided activities, like lessons in stargazing and botany. Learn more about Terramor and book your stay on their website. Keep in mind that they aren’t open during winter months, but you can book ahead right now for May-October 2023. Watch a walk-through of one of their luxury tents below.
Collective Governors Island in New York City, NY
Who said camping has to be done in a rural setting? Most people camp to escape city lights, but the Governors Island glamping experience from Collective Retreats gives you a front-row seat to the most unique view of the Manhattan skyline — from a luxury tent. Tents feature high-end spa bath products, plush bedding, designer decor, a private deck, air conditioning (not that you’d need it this time for year), and daily breakfast delivery. You can enjoy bike tours, artisanal s’mores, complimentary happy hours, morning yoga, craft cocktails and fine dining with “Lady Liberty as the backdrop,” and more. Visit their website to book your stay.
Primland Resorts in Meadows of Dan, VA
Composed of a lodge, cottages, cabins, and treehouses, your initial response to hearing of Primland might be “how quaint!” But quaint isn’t quite the word to describe this 12,000-acre estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which boasts a golf course, spa, and multiple high-end dining options. Primland Resorts might seem like a stretch for glamping, because it’s more of an upscale experience than anything that resembles campfire camaraderie, but the woodsy feel and natural setting are reminiscent enough of camping to qualify. The Barn Owl treehouse, which is perched in an oak tree, provides a king bed, a bathtub and a shower, and a generous deck, from which you can enjoy expansive views from 2700 feet above sea level. Visit Primland Resorts’ website to learn more and book your stay.
The Range Vintage Trailer Resort in Ennis, Texas
Nothing says “wholesome family camping trip” quite like a trailer or pop-up camper. And at The Range Vintage Trailer Resort, you can revel in the campers’ groovy golden era by renting out authentic vintage trailers. Their amenities, however, are anything but antique: trailers feature WiFi, heating and air conditioning, and even espresso makers. Tired of lounging in your trailer? Check out the resort’s gourmet restaurant and their bar, which is also in an Airstream trailer. Pick your trailer and learn more on their website.
The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana
If glamping was a sport, The Resort at Paws Up would be an Olympic medalist. With 37,000 acres of pristine Montana wilderness, 36 luxury tents, 12 extravagant luxury cabins and treehouses, you’re sure to find a glampsite that suits your needs. Its six unique campsites each come with their own professional chef and butler, and you can enjoy activities like horseback riding, live music, archery, photography courses, and even skiing. Or you could simply settle down in the Spa Town — a private meadow with “treatment tents” in which you can receive world-class pampering. Explore the options and book your stay on their website.
Conestoga Ranch in Bear Lake, Utah
If you love the romance of vintage Americana, look no further. At Conestoga Ranch, you can stay in a variety of luxury tents — one even has a claw-foot soaking tub. Their most unique offerings are their conestoga family wagons, which are the covered wagons used to cross prairies in the 1800s. But instead of dry goods and draft horses, these wagons feature king-sized beds and are fully mobile. While you’re there, enjoy free bike rentals, yoga classes, and lounging by the famous Bear Lake. Forget something? You can pick it up at the period-decorated General Store onsite. Visit their website to book your stay and learn more.
Hopefully you’re excited to go glamping now. Pack your rucksack and hit that dusty old trail … and you can probably leave your sleeping bag behind.