During the holidays, more than ever, there is no place like home. Where fireplaces are lit, pumpkins are carved, cookies are baked, and decorations are hung. Where family and friends can gather and celebrate the year behind and look forward with anticipation to the year ahead. But although the holiday season is full of good cheer, it also comes decked with its share of stress. Parties with family. Parties with friends. Parties with work. Cooking, baking, wrapping, buying, eating, cooking some more. In the middle of the holiday commotion, why not take a bit of a breather? Somewhere close to home, but just far enough away to detangle and release some of the stress. Somewhere totally unique and fun for the entire family, or quiet and cozy for you and your partner.
A holiday glamping staycation!
You may not think of glamping as a winter activity, but even if you’re in the snowy northern regions of the US, there are wonderfully one-of-a-kind places nearby to hide away and recharge those holiday batteries.
Check out some of our favorite holiday glamping destinations!
Glamping Treehouse in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, California
Exquisite Wooden Cabins Snuggled in Luxury Colorado Mountain Resort
Deluxe Cabin on Cattle Ranch Resort, Washington
Luxury Cabins Neighboring Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Luxury Camping Mountain Yurt in New Hampshire
Bison Quest Private Wildlife Vacations, Montana
Forest Treehouses in South Carolina
Mountainside Yurts in Brian Head, Utah
Authentic Railcars in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
Glamorous 24' Yurt with All Amenities Near Orange, New Hampshire
By: Charlotte Sauvagnat
Fall is a-coming! Time to go a-glamping!
The Northeastern United States is quite impressive when it comes to scenery and surroundings. This region’s territory is, in and of itself, so expansive and varied that travelers will find everything they desire within reach – whether it is forests, mountains, lakes, valleys, or fields – offering an endless supply of landscapes and locations to explore.
In the northeast, unlike many other regions of the US, people can truly experience the changing of the seasons. Landscapes are entirely altered every few months of the year, giving outdoor enthusiasts even more to see and do. New England is famous for these transformations, but is most specifically renowned for those occurring in the fall, when the foliage transitions from rich, summer green to all the colors of the rainbow. With endless forests and wide open fields there are so many different kinds of trees and vegetation, and they all react in their own particular way to the changing seasons.
Autumn is the time year is when “leaf peepers” emerge from hiding and venture out into the New England woodlands to observe the foliage as it changes in brilliant waves of gold, red, purple, orange and green. If you haven’t experienced leaf peeping before, now is the time, and a glamping site is the perfect base to begin your adventure! Take a weekend or a whole week and immerse yourself in leafy color.
There is a great movement of people who travel to the New England to leaf peep. Streets will be busy, hotels will be full, and your mind will not be at peace. A lofty tree house, instead, would do just perfectly. Or a cozy yurt. Or perhaps a converted caravan. With a truly unique accommodation, a warm, comfy bed, and nature right at your doorstep, you can be right in the action. Front row seats to the New England autumn metamorphosis!
When it’s time to entertain your kids there are endless options for fun, themed activities. You might say there are too many! Well don’t worry, at Glamping Hub we are picking up on a growing trend that is proving to be quite effective with the little devils and is a hit in both casual and upmarket social circles: glamping-themed camps and parties! Whether it is a birthday party, a sleep over, a day camp, or even a fun family weekend, glamping is suitable for any occasion – even more so when it can be done in your own back yard!
There are many places where you can rent already-made tipis, yurts, tents, and other sorts of unique spaces, and they will come install them in any location you choose. There is a fee, of course, but that is one of the many interesting things about glamping - whatever your budget, you will be able to find a glamping solution that rocks.
Or, if you are crafty, many these types of glamping accommodations can be created using your own hands and a bit of creativity! What’s a tent after all? A piece of fabric held up by poles. Or, put two brooms together and lay a sheet over them, and ta-da…Tipi! A-framed tents are also easy to make – granted they may require some more supplies, but the construction and setup of your glamping structures can be a fun activity for your children as well!
Though the accommodations and decorations are an integral part of glamping-themed festivities, activities hold a very important place too. They are essential in order keep the kids busy and content and give parents some time to relax as well. The setup of the glampsite itself is a great way to get the kids excited, but there are tons of other glamping-themed activities to keep them occupied.
You could set up an arts and crafts area, with caps, canteens, bags or flags that they can decorate as they please. The girls can make bracelets and necklaces from items found in nature. Or maybe a treasure hunt that sends them off to explore all the nooks and crannies of your back yard. If you have a kiddy pool, or even a large bucket, you can create a play fishing area, with fishing poles made out of sticks and rope. You can build a campfire (real or fake) and tell stories while roasting marshmallows or nibbling on tree-shaped cookies. Or, why not have a picnic or tea party under the shade of the trees? As party gifts for your guests you can have some fun and put together bundles of treats on sticks to carry home – filled with candy, little flashlights or compasses, all glamping themed, of course! The possibilities are endless and you can add as much or as little glamping flare to your party as you please.
Now for food! How can you make it appear like authentic camping food while still being nice and tasty? Trail mix, gummy bears and berries are all easy to find and simple to make, or if you have a bit more time, you can go crazy making glamping-themed cupcakes, cookies and cakes. You could decorate these with flame-colored icing or little campfire circles, or even tiny tents and tipis. Swedish Fish, Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Bears, Candy Corn, Peeps – all will do. If they are candy shaped as animals, insects or any other outdoor creature and are edible, that is all you need!
Here are some snack and trail mix presentation examples:
And here are some cake ideas:
A great summer idea is to set up a glamping-themed day camp! The following link is an article by 4nannies.com that provides ideas around setting up a glamping day camp for the children in your neighborhood: http://www.4nannies.com/blog/how-to-create-a-neighborhood-camp-for-kids/. This is a wonderful idea. What better way to help your children to get to know the other kids on the block? And it would also help parents create ties with other parents, building a stronger and more cohesive neighborhood environment.
After seeing all these pictures and getting all of these ideas I’m sure you’re ready to start planning! These kinds of parties/events/camps will be so successful and memorable that your guests will probably want to go off and host glamping themed parties of their own. And you can bet that you’ll be invited! Well? Go on now and be the first of your friends to give it a go – your son and/or daughter will remember it forever and we guarantee you’ll get a kick out of it as well.
Photo credits to: Kara’s Party Ideas, The Celebration Shoppe, Layla Grace, Hostess with the Mostess, ediTORIal by Tori Spelling, Bubbly Nature Creations, All Is Well, Crafty Texas Girls, The Tomkat Studio, and Cookies & Cups.
By Charlotte Sauvagnat
It’s summer. It’s hot. You want to spend time outside and enjoy your free time. Your friends suggest going to a several-day-long music festival – sleeping in tents with no running water, electricity or even a floor. It sounds like a lot of fun, but you need a good mattress, you need a nice pillow and a warm blanket, and you need to have a first-thing-in-the-morning warm shower to get you ready for your day. Luckily for you, Glamping Hub has been keeping tabs on a new trend…music festival glamping!
Whether you’re a techno lover, a country fan, or a pop groupie, there are music events that now offer luxury camping. Why sleep on muddy ground when you can catch your z's in a safari tent with freshly cleaned sheets and tightly made beds? Though these accommodations may cost a little more, they are worth it!
Famous festivals such as Coachella in California have different varieties of glamping lodging. From luxurious tents to smaller tipis there are a range of accommodations to please all kinds of tastes.
England has many summer music festivals. The Glastonbury Festival, for example, is a Contemporary Performing Arts event where you can not only hear music and see impressive acts, but you can spend the night in comfortable glamping accommodations. Glastonbury now offers all sorts of luxury camping options, from yurts, to bell tents, to tipis.
Interested in traveling to Spain? The Arenal Sound Festival offers deluxe tents with luxurious amenities just a few footsteps away.
Music festivals are, in and of themselves, unforgettable, summer-time activities. If in addition to this you can sleep in a luxurious tent, tipi, yurt, or any other glamping accommodation, you will be assured to leave with great pictures and even better memories!
And these are just a small selection of the many festivals that now offer glamping locations. Here are a handful more:
Bestival, in England
Eastern Electrics Festival, 20 miles outside of London
FloydFest, Virginia - Colorful yurts with well-decorated and soothing interiors
Lechlade Festival in England has yurts with open roofs - not only will this allow the natural Gloucestershire air to flow through, but also sounds of the English countryside, enhancing your whole experience and really tying you into the atmosphere of the festival
The Lounge of the Farm Festival, Canterbury
Splendour in the Grass Music Festival in Australia, quite the adventure!
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