Where to Go Tent and Tipi Camping near Yellowstone National Park

By Clara Zajde

The seemingly endless winter is finally coming to a close, and lovers of the outdoors are emerging from hibernation with a renewed itch to embark on an adventure. Airline websites are being browsed, tour companies called, and overnight accommodations perused with vigor. Everyone is hunting for the best travel deals for their next memorable holidays. Buckle in because we are here to offer you the ultimate vacation inspo.

We wouldn't repeat it if we didn't love it wholeheartedly: camping! You're probably here because you want to step into nature and enjoy a reprieve from a routine that may not offer you access to the world's natural beauty. What better way to fill your lungs—and your vacation days—with some fresh air and luxurious, yet authentic, outdoor living? You may be tuning out thinking that you've heard the camping spiel before, but hang tight, we've got something special up our sleeves.

Destination: Yellowstone National Park

As many seasoned glampers and travelers may already know, Yellowstone National Park is the first National Park in the United States and, arguably, the world, with abundant amounts of history, unique sights, and activities that attract travelers from all over the world every year.

The park spans over 3,000 square miles and is home to countless natural wonders such as rivers, lakes, canyons, and mountain ranges. The park's impressive expanse, which encompasses three different states, makes it a destination virtually impossible to visit in just one weekend.


Yellowstone’s vibrant ecosystem plays a huge role in attracting travelers to its gates. Many glampers choose to visit this National Park not only for its beauty, but also for the chance to lay eyes on North America’s largest supervolcano, the Yellowstone Caldera. The volcanic earth on which the park sits produces geothermal features, such as the Old Faithful geyser, that are difficult to find in other places of the world.

Of course, we must not forget to note the park's wild inhabitants when considering a visit. Yellowstone is famously known for being home to large bison herds, wolf packs, elk, and grizzly bears that are quite rare in other areas of North America. Needless to say, Yellowstone National Park offers a range of unforgettable experiences and breathtaking sights that cannot be missed by lovers of the outdoors.

Most of us select travel accommodations based on their proximity to the activities we want to enjoy while on our holidays. A trip to the beach will probably mean looking for a bed and breakfast with ocean views, while a stay in the Smoky Mountains will be more enjoyable from the comforts of a hillside cabin. So where should you stay to fully enjoy your immersion into the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park?

Hotels are busy and, let's be honest, you won't get the direct access to nature that you've traveled so long and far for. We believe that you'll be much better off getting comfortable in a unique tipi or a glamping tent, where you can enjoy the luxuries of being on vacation while also remaining in touch with the landscape and wildlife that you came for.

Where to Camp in Yellowstone National Park

Where does one go to encounter a luxury camping experience in the heart of Yellowstone National Park? Today is your lucky day because we have a collection of tipi and tent accommodations that are deluxe enough to make any glamper swoon on the spot. We don't mean to brag, but these tent and tipi camping locations are ideal for creating the best possible experience in Yellowstone National Park.

Jackson, Wyoming

The town of Jackson, Wyoming, has become increasingly popular amongst travelers, thanks to its proximity to Yellowstone National Park. Located within the Jackson Hole Valley, Jackson has made its mark as home to the largest elk herd in the country, an attribute that has both boosted the local economy and placed the town on the map for lovers of wildlife.

Your trip to Yellowstone National Park will be wildly enriched if enjoyed from the luxurious comforts of a tipi or tent in this charming town. You'll be proud to have chosen a camping accommodation that sits in the thick of Yellowstone National Park and exposes you to cool local cultural activities and industries at the same time.


Dubois, Wyoming

Okay, so maybe elk aren't quite your thing, or you're looking for something a little more historically enriching for your stay in this destination bursting with local culture. Not a problem—we have more options to offer you for a perfect camping accommodation in a tent. If we can recommend a unique and charming location, it's the town of Dubois, Wyoming.

This small town is ripe with history, due to its close connection to local Shoshone tribes that continue to influence the native culture today. Many relics, such as stone tipi circles, hunting traps, and other artifacts, can be found in Dubois and its surrounding areas, making this destination a truly enriching one for glampers looking to connect with Yellowstone's more authentic side.

What do you say? Are you ready to head off on an unforgettable adventure to one of North America's most stunning destinations?


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Ultimate Hudson Valley Summer Rentals

By Kyomi Wade

Escape the city this summer and leave your footprints on the natural beauty that is the Hudson Valley. As the motto goes, we invite you to "follow the river" and experience a fun-but-cultural getaway—packed with various hiking trails, biking routes, plunge pools, wineries, fruit-picking, and fresh farm food offered by the region.

The vacation rental you choose should be as beautiful and enriching as the nature that surrounds it, so we've compiled a quality collection of ultimate cabins where you can rest your head. Whether you're planning a family, couple, or group getaway, we guarantee you'll find the right place to make some unforgettable memories and explore the magic of the great outdoors at the same time!

Where to stay

Romantic Cabin Getaway in Woodstock

First up we want to highlight a perfect getaway for couples: this romantic cabin is nestled into the woods of northern Woodstock and is perfectly located for making short trips to Catskills, Big Indian Wilderness, or even Kaaterskill Falls.

Embrace an active holiday by venturing one of the many hiking trails, and when night falls, retreat to your cozy home base to relax in the hot tub while looking at the stars. We also can all agree that summer is the perfect occasion for a barbecue, and guess what? This property conveniently has one waiting for you on the deck!

Pet-Friendly Family Cabin Getaway in Phoenicia

You don't have to forget your furry friends when booking a vacation this summer. With two bedrooms featuring queen-size beds, this luxury camping cabin is the ideal place to escape to with your family this summer. Though the cabin is wonderfully secluded, everything is within a 10-minute drive, according to guest reviews, including hiking, diners, and groceries. Directly outside, the cabin gives way to large deck with a hammock, where you can fall asleep in the sun.

Wandering further outside, Hunter Mountain and Bellayre are only minutes away. Encourage the family to embrace the variety of activities available, from wildlife viewing and fishing to cycling, climbing, and kayaking. Boredom is impossible here!

Group Cabin Getaway in Purling


Your entire glamping group can leisurely enjoy nature right on your doorstep at this charming cabin that overlooks the astounding Shinglekill Falls. There are natural pools and hiking trails to be explored nearby by day and the sound of waterfalls to fall asleep to by night.

Food lovers will be smiling the whole holiday, as there is a private chef on site, but you can also head to the Catskills, where you can sample the local produce championed by the region. And one of the best things about this property? It sleeps 12 people, so you don't have to leave anyone behind!

Solo Colorful Cabin Getaway in Woodstock

An escape to nature to be alone with your thoughts and enjoy the treasures of the Hudson Valley—how about it? In the morning at this beautifully bright cabin, you can enjoy your complimentary breakfast with locally-made jams and then venture out to hike in the Overlook Mountain Wild Forest or boat and kayak at the Ashokan Reservoir. The glamping site has amazing facilities, too, so you can wander down to the bar, restaurant, hot tub, or pool, as well as enjoy live music and concerts with local and touring musicians.


Feeling inspired to plan your holiday in the Hudson Valley? Make time for adventure this summer and book a beautiful cabin in the great outdoors. We have almost 1,000 options for you here!

Top 7 Summer Getaways from New York City

By Neil Graham

As culturally vibrant and exciting as New York City is, with 62 million tourists visiting in 2017 alone, it's no wonder why many locals decide to leave the concrete jungle behind and instead head to the forested mountains of Upstate New York and beyond for their summer vacation. So, without further ado, here are our top 7 summer getaways from New York City!

1. The Adirondacks

The Adirondacks region is an epic landscape that features lakes, waterfalls, rugged mountains, and idyllic wilderness where guests can disconnect from city life while surrounded by sublime natural beauty. The area is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with spectacular hiking and biking trails, as well as superb kayaking, swimming, and fishing opportunities. Meanwhile, those just looking for a quiet escape will no doubt find that rejuvenating sense of freedom.

Unwind in the Adirondacks with this lakefront log cabin!

2. The Catskills

Sprawling out across southeastern New York, the Catskill Mountains make for a stunning vacation away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, regardless of the season. In the warmer months, the Catskills provide the perfect setting for a variety of water sports, in addition to hiking, biking, zip-lining, and wildlife watching. When the Catskills are blanketed in snow, the slopes at Hunter Mountain, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, and Windham Mountain Resort offer an array of trails for all levels of experience and ability.

Enjoy an unforgettable vacation in this tipi rental in the Catskill Mountains!

3. The Hamptons

Based on the East End of Long Island, the Hamptons are a collection of seaside villages and hamlets that are perfect for those guests looking to unwind on the coast and enjoy the ocean breeze. There are an array of trendy cocktail bars, stylish restaurants, and boutique shops that make up the East End's beachfront, while Cooper's Beach in Southampton and Main Beach in East Hampton are ideal spots for sunbathing, swimming, and family fun!

Explore the natural beauty of the Hamptons from this beachfront villa!

4. Finger Lakes

Made up of 11 long, thin glacial lakes in northeastern New York, the Finger Lakes Region is a stunning year-round destination that is home to more than just the name suggests. Visitors come from all over to explore the breathtaking gorges and cascading waterfalls, while in winter, the world-class ski resorts offer downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. What’s more, visitors can discover the exquisite wineries throughout the region’s Wine Country that are renowned for their high-quality vintages and prestigious tours.

Enjoy a unique getaway experience and stay in a safari tent in the Finger Lakes Region!

5.. Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley extends 150 miles north of Manhattan along the Hudson River, from Westchester to Albany, and is an area rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Renowned for its vineyards and farms, the Hudson Valley is the oldest wine-producing region in the United States and is a foodie's dream with an array of farm-to-table options throughout. Guests can take in the sights of Albany and Saratoga Springs or follow the trails through the impressive Adirondack Mountains.

Relax in style with this dome rental in the Catskill Mountains!

6. The Poconos

An iconic region characterized by its mountains, valleys, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers, the Poconos is a family-friendly destination full of adventure, as well as an area with a rich history and deep cultural significance. From zip-lining to ice golf, there's something for every glamper.

Why not completely immerse yourself in nature by staying in a waterfront cabin with a hot tub in the Poconos?

7. Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre recreation area located in Maine to the southwest of Bar Harbor. Its landscape is comprised of the rocky Atlantic coastline, dense forest, and sandy beaches, while the peaks of Cadillac Mountain and Sargent Mountain offer rewarding hiking trails with sensational panoramic views of the park and beyond. Although a little further away from New York, the abundance of precious wildlife and fascinating geological features makes it worth the trip.

Discover the sublime natural beauty of Acadia National Park from this vacation rental in Maine!

Still undecided? Why not check out our collection of luxury camping accommodations near New York City? For even more travel tips and glamping ideas, keep reading here on our blog!

Family Summertime Weekend Getaways in Texas

By Marta Gintowt

As we say farewell to the unpredictable spring weather and welcome in the summer breeze, glampers and their families will no doubt be in search of an interesting destination for an unforgettable weekend getaway. For those looking to check-off Texas on their list of must-visit places to bring their families, this curated list of family-friendly accommodations are perfect options for a splendid weekend glamping getaway in the Texan countryside.

Family-Friendly and Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas

Glamping is an amazing way to connect with nature without sacrificing the comforts of home, which makes it perfect for families who want their children to experience camping without the fuss. This fantastic bell tent can accommodate four guests comfortably and features a unique outdoor bathroom and amazing views of the countryside. The location of this property is ideal for a weekend excursion and can be reached in 40 minutes from San Antonio and is just under two hours from Austin.

Unique Refurbished Cabin Rental with Hot Tub near Fort Worth, Texas

Situated less than 30 minutes from Dallas and 45 minutes from Fort Worth, this rustic cabin rental with tons of personality is the ideal weekend getaway accommodation. With edgy decor, a private hot tub, and a porch overlooking a stream, glampers will appreciate returning to this cabin after a full day outdoors either horseback riding or hiking with the little ones.

Family-Friendly Tree House Rental in New Braunfels, Texas

Spending the night in a tree house isn't just a dream for kids! Elevated above the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas, this absolutely unique tree house is perfect for a family of up to eight people looking to get away from the regular hustle and bustle for the weekend. The amazing structure has everything that guests would need during their glamping stay and can be found easily situated between Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

Waterfront Cabin Rental for Groups of 15 with Jacuzzi Bathtub in Texas Hill Country

Summer is the perfect time for a family reunion or group get-together, and there is no better way to reconnect with loved ones than to a spend carefree time enjoying the outdoors. This stately cabin rental is perfect for large groups and features luxury amenities to accommodate everyone's needs.

Glampers will find this cabin set along Hamilton Creek in the heart of Texas Hill Country, just an hour to the northwest from Austin. What makes this cabin extra special are the outdoor amenities, which include a barbecue grill, a canoe, a paddle boat, and a separate tree house for the kids.

Traditional Tipis with Fully Modern Interiors, Texas

For an unforgettable glamping trip, families can choose to spend their weekend getaway in a fully-appointed tipi in New Braunfels, Texas—just a short drive outside of Austin. Adults will appreciate the upscale amenities, such as a kitchenette and air-conditioning, while children will be thrilled to be spending their nights sleeping in an authentic tipi. Outside, a beautiful evening under the stars can be spent while telling stories and roasting marshmallows around the fire pit.


If you are interested in checking out more of our family-friendly accommodations in Texas for you next weekend getaway, click here to view the complete collection. Happy glamping!

Best West Coast Summer Beach Trips

By Lauren Coetzee

From the rugged coastlines of Oregon to the glittering beaches of California, adventure and nature beckon you and your tribe this summer. Come and enjoy the ultimate beach trip along the West Coast with a glamping experience that allows you to disconnect from the chaos of the concrete jungle and reconnect with the great outdoors. Whether you choose the comfort of a safari tent or the luxury of a cabin nestled on rugged cliffs with unparalleled views, we have something for you in this amazing collection of unique accommodations.

California

From the impressive Big Sur to the world-famous Hearst Castle and the coastal cliffs in San Simeon, California has long attracted glampers of every taste and desire, inviting them to discover a dreamlike landscape that inspires novels.



For an authentic experience in nature, why not choose this luxury tent that offers you a chance to escape the nuances of life and reset while being a stone's throw from the exquisite central coast of California?

For more summer tent and tipi camping options, check out this hand-picked collection of the best of the best.



Looking for a luxury honeymoon with direct access to nature? With this deluxe cabin suspended over the rugged cliffs of Big Sur, you'll be able to immerse yourselves in the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort and convenience.

For that extra touch of luxury, breakfast is included in the stay.

Oregon

The Oregon coastline stretches 363 miles long and invites glampers to discover, explore, and experience the sheer beauty of this dazzling state. From rocky, rugged shoreline and vast expanses of beach to thick coastal rain forests, rivers, and mountains, outdoor enthusiasts will find a multitude of opportunities with an abundance of natural beauty to admire and take advantage of.



For an unforgettable summer getaway, this beachfront cabin in Oceanside offers the creature comforts of home and direct access to the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean. Begin your summer vacation with a soak in the luxurious hot tub on the deck while the barbecue grills up your freshly caught fish.

You can find even more places to go glamping in Oregon this summer here!

Washington

Washington State is the ideal getaway destination for glampers to explore the great outdoors. From the Pacific Ocean and the snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains to the urban tenacity of Seattle, Washington's diverse landscape and myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities leaves glampers with unforgettable memories and planning their next vacation.



Looking for a summer escape near Seattle? Check out this coastal cabin rental on the Puget Sound, and wile away the hours with a cool drink while admiring the sublime views from the deck.

For more glamping accommodations in Washington, check out this amazing collection we curated just for you!

Summer is made of magic. It is shedding your skin, giving in to your childlike appetite for adventure, and exploring all the possibilities that longer days hold. What better way to embrace the great outdoors this summer than with a beach getaway along the West Coast?


Check out Glamping Hub for more unique accommodations around the world that you can enjoy this summer!

Travel Guide: Pro Tips for Traveling In and Around Mexico

By Alexandra McGowan

Mexico is an extraordinary country with a rugged and mysterious landscape ready to enchant. Uncovering the mysterious of Mexico's ancient history, while discovering the exciting cuisine and the stunning architecture, is only part of what will make this vacation something a little different. Sprinkle on top sprawling jungles, soaring peaks, and luscious beaches, and it's sure to become unforgettable.

This is a photo of El Castillo

Good to know before you go

This is an infographic of Mexican travel essentials
This is an infographic about Mexican slang

Getting there and around

With 30 Mexican airports with direct flights from the U.S., it couldn't be easier to start your next vacation in this Central American paradise. Fear not if you're coming from further afield, Cancun is particularly easy to reach if you're heading in from Europe.

Taking a car across the border is also an option and gives you the flexibility that perhaps a flight wouldn't. With 40 official crossing points along the border, there's no excuse not to pack your surfboard and hit the waves on the Mexican coast.

Just a word of warning, it's an idea to pack some spare parts with you. In the case of a break down along the way it's good to be prepared. Also, be sure to take a look at the safety information along your planned route in advance, just in case you need to adapt your plans.

All cars must have a Temporary Vehicle Import Permit, which must be canceled before you drive back across the border. This little extra bit of paperwork is sure to be worth your while when you hit the open road with no boundaries on your adventure.

This is a picture of a road trip.

If you prefer, head across the border with one of two bus companies, Greyhound or Omnibus Mexicanos. Not only do they have great links across the border, but will also give you a fantastic opportunity to take in the scenery as you head south. Traveling with like-minded travelers might also be the perfect way to enrich your travel plans with some new tips and pointers.

Fancy arriving into Mexico a little differently? We'd suggest zooming across the water in the Belize Water Taxi. This out-of-the-box travel option will make sure you enjoy new experiences from the get-go.

Mexico isn't known for its cycling tours, and if you plan to tour the country on two wheels you might be in for a bumpy ride. However, cycling in cities is becoming more popular with some of the bigger cities, such as Mexico City and Guadalajara, introducing a few cycle lanes. This could be a wonderfully relaxing way to explore the city while also keeping active. If you're looking to travel a little further, you can head out on the high seas and take a boat between Baja California and the Mexican mainland.

This is a picture of a boat

Mexico has frequent buses and a good road network though there can be occasional safety risks. To avoid risks, try to use toll highways whenever you can. Traveling first class will also reduce risks. It's best to keep valuables with you, but putting baggage in the hold should be safe; make sure to get a receipt for your baggage, though. It's fine to buy bus tickets on the day of at the bus stations. If it's a particularly busy route, buying from a bus ticket agency in the center of town would be advisable.

Hitting the open road with your own set of wheels will be sure to give you a freedom like no other and is the ideal way to lead your own adventure. With 6,000 kilometers of toll highways, the road conditions are fair. There are frequent gas stations, but it's good practice to fill up when you can in rural areas.

It's best to avoid driving at night due to visibility issues. Also note that if you plan to travel the roads of Mexico City, your gallivanting will be brought to a halt on Sundays. Cars are banned from the city's road one day a week.

Luckily, if you ever need a helping hand Mexico boasts "Green Angels," which are mechanics that patrol the highways to help out tourists in motoring difficulty. Taxicolectivos and microbuses are also great ways to hit the open road in a less cumbersome vehicle.

If you prefer to let the train take the strain, why not enjoy the famous Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico Route, starting from the Sierra Madre Occidental to Los Mochis and Chihuahua? The Copper Canyon Railway will impress. Be sure to experience this exhilarating railway journey and pass over its 37 bridges and through its 86 tunnels!

This is a picture of a train

Useful Facts

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Culture

Food and Drink

This vast and complex country has a vibrant culture that you are sure to enjoy, no matter where you choose to go. The complexity and variation is echoed in the colorful cuisine and striking history, commemorated and remembered in many events throughout the year.

This photo is of Mexican tacos

The most important staple in Mexican cuisine is corn and has been since the crop was developed there over 7,000 years ago. Travelers need not worry, though; this seemingly simple staple can produce so much more than the typical, albeit delicious, taco. Try fried tortillas in the form of tostadas, piled high with beans, cheese, meat, and/or seafood.

Wake up to a beautiful coastal view and try the spicy shrimp and octopus cocktails. Or how about enjoying a quick tasty snack of elote, corn on the cob with a variety of herbs and spices? Then spend a lazy afternoon with huevos rancheros as comfort food or try some churros for a sweet treat? Heading into the evening kick back and relax while enjoying Kahlúa, a famous Mexican liquor made with coffee and rum.

History and Heritage

Mexico's history is as varied as its cuisine. The country boasts awe-inspiring ancient ruins from the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzáto to the Aztec sights of the Pyramids of Teotihuacán. For the budding archaeologists or the aspiring historians, these sights will undoubtedly be the highlight of the trip.

If your visit is lucky enough to coincide with the Winter Solstice, you could get to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itza in all its glory. This marvel of ancient architecture was built in such a way that at this specific point on the calendar, the shadow of a serpent appears to run down the side of El Castillo.

This is a photo of Mayan ruins

Events

Mexico has numerous vibrant events adding to its rich culture. The Day of the Dead, which ends on November 2, is one such festival, and it is believed that on midnight on October 31, the spirits are released from Heaven to visit their families. This festival is celebrated across Mexico and commemorates family ancestors.

Family altars are prepared with ofrendas, or offerings, and are decorated with flowers, candles, ceramic skulls, and pictures of loved ones. Pan de muerto is made specifically for these altars. Festivities continue into the night, as some relatives choose to spend the night in the cemetery. This ancient tradition reaches far back into Mexican civilization, all the way to the Aztecs, 3,000 years ago.

September 16 is celebrated across Mexico to commemorate Mexican Independence. On this day in 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla issued a rallying cry against colonial rule in Mexico. He is known in some cases as the "father of Mexican independence" for encouraging resistance to Spanish rule. Mexico’s throwing off of colonial rule is now celebrated each year on the very date of this rallying cry. Celebrations include parades, bull fights, fairs, dancing, fireworks, and rodeos.

This is a photo of Mexico City

Safety and Essentials

Documentation and Customs Regulations

Let us clue you up before you set off. Our low-down on the ins and outs of documentation is sure to save you a headache at the departure gate. Be aware that documentation and visa checks are carried out before boarding the plane and make sure you have them ready to be checked.

  • Note that duty-free allowances restrict imports to two cameras, two cell phones, and one laptop per person.
  • U.S. and Canadian travelers do not need to apply for tourist visas.
  • All tourists must have a Mexican-government tourist permit, or Forma migratoria multiple, and the maximum stay is 180 days.
  • Travelers must pay a departure tax, Tarifa de Uso de Aeropuerto (TUA). This is normally included in the cost of your flight. If not, this must be paid in cash at airport check-in.
  • If you intend to drive, you must have your home country's driving license with you.
  • Mexican liability insurance is needed when driving. No other policy will be recognized.
  • A temporary vehicle permit will also be required, which is valid for six months. This should be canceled upon leaving Mexico.
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens can apply online for these permits to have them mailed in advance.
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is needed if arriving from a country at risk.

Health

  • Bring insect repellent and anti-malarial medication.
  • The following vaccines are recommended when traveling to Mexico: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus, and Tuberculosis if visiting rural areas.
  • Water purification tablets are essential for rural areas.
  • Bring medical prescriptions if bringing in drugs from outside of Mexico;
  • Bring altitude sickness medication.

Dangers

  • Follow travel information and guidelines to avoid areas of carjacking and robbery.
  • Altitude sickness.
  • Snake or scorpion bites.
  • The sun is powerful in Mexico. It is important to stay hydrated and cool.
  • Zika, Malaria, and Dengue Fever are present in Mexico and precautions should be taken.
  • Don’t drink tap water.

For comprehensive travel advice, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website.

Places to Visit

Ruins of Tulum

This is a picture of the Ruins of Tulum

The Ruins of Tulum are set on 39-foot cliffs on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and are an example of particularly well-conserved Mayan ruins. The city of Tulum was built by the Mayan civilization and was most prosperous during the 13th and 15th centuries. While there, tourists can also visit the Sian Ka’an Reserve, where you can even catch a glimpse of some nesting sea turtles hunkering down on the beaches.

This is a photo of an Air-Conditioned Beach Cabana in Tulum, Mexico

Why not stay in a relaxing beach cabana in Tulum, Mexico?

Islas Marietas National Park

This is a photo of a humpback whale

Travel across the waters from the mainland to Islas Marietas National Park. You'll be crossing into a world of natural beauty and tranquility, so be sure to grab your snorkels and your scuba mask to head down into the crystal clear waters of the Marieta Islands. They are just off the coast of Nayarit and boast stunning marine life, you'll be mesmerized by its sparkling waters and hidden beach. If you're heading there between December and March, you could even catch a glimpse of some humpback whales!

This is a photo of a Premium Tropical Villa Rental with Private Pool near Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
Relax and Unwind in this tropical villa near Puerta Vallarta, Mexico!

Espíritu Santo

This is a picture of a Mexican beach

This UNESCO World Heritage site is made up off 244 Sea of Cortez Islands. This stunning spot is a paradise of ocean wildlife. These uninhabited islands are also a Biosphere Reserve and a popular ecotourism destination. It's home to, among other creatures, such as dolphins, sea lions, and hummingbirds.

Sea kayaking is a popular way to tour the island to take in the stunning scenery, reefs, and wildlife, all while keeping a respectful distance from the wildlife inhabiting these islands. This would be a nature enthusiasts paradise—and the perfect spot to capture some fantastic outdoor photographs.

A picture of Luxury Camping Experience on a Picturesque Beach of Isla del Espiritu Santo, Mexico
Discover a luxury camping experience on on a picturesque beach of Isla del Espiritu Santo, Mexico!


What are you waiting for...? Grab your sunglasses, and start glamping in the enchanting country of Mexico!

Cinco de Mayo: Why do Americans celebrate it?

By Elizabeth Young

You've probably heard of Cinco de Mayo before, as visions of tacos, margaritas, and ice-cold Coronas dance around in your head. But what is Cinco de Mayo really all about, and why do Americans celebrate this holiday?

Mexican food.

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is a frequently misunderstood holiday. People often mistake the date for when Mexico became independent from Spain. However, the date actually commemorates a failed French invasion from 1861 to 1862, after a young Mexico defaulted on its debt payments to European governments. The French launched their invasion in late 1861 and forced the Mexican government to retreat to the north.

Very confident of further victories, the French focused their attention on one place—Puebla de Los Angeles. This attack, though, was anticipated by Mexican President Benito Juárez, and when the French finally attacked, on May 5, 1862, the French had to retreat after losing almost 500 soldiers. The Mexican forces, on the other hand, lost fewer than 100.

Does all of Mexico celebrate?

While the battle was not strategically significant, it represented a symbolic victory for the Mexican forces and added to the resistance. Today, only the town of Puebla celebrate the day, which begs the question, why is it so popular in the U.S.?

Why is it celebrated in the U.S.?

Many people in the U.S. think Cinco de Mayo is in celebration of Mexico's independence, but Mexican Independence Day is actually on September 16. So why is Cinco de Mayo such a big deal?

In the 1950s and 60s, Latino activists appropriated the holiday and promoted it as a way to raise awareness and build Mexican-American pride. It was seen as an opportunity to celebrate Mexican culture and identity, promote ethnic consciousness, and build community solidarity. Slowly, celebrations acquired corporate sponsors, and year after year, the holiday took on a more commercial element.

Now, Cinco de Mayo is promoted as the day to celebrate Mexican food, culture, traditions, and, for many people, alcohol. For many, the holiday is like Saint Patrick's Day—an excuse to drink—but it's also an opportunity for people to learn more and engage with Mexican culture and history.

Let's take this opportunity to explore the real Mexico and all it has to offer.

Where should I stay?

Eco-Friendly Tent in Tulum

This is a bell tent in Tulum, Mexico

Guests will be close to sandy white beaches and lush tropical jungles during their nature retreat in Tulum, Mexico. This glamping site is situated on an organic permaculture farm in the colorful town of Tulum, which is rich in archaeological features and has many excellent restaurants and cafes.

Tropical Bungalow Rental on the Yucatán Peninsula

This is a vacation rental on the Yucatan Peninsula

Located in Southeastern Mexico on the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula, the beautiful Quintana Roo region is home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Chacchoben, Cobá, Tulum, Xel-Há, and Xcaret. Full of rich history and culture, this region is ideal for an adventurous Caribbean glamping vacation. The area is popular for snorkeling, windsurfing, diving, cycling, and more!

Beachfront Rental on the Costa Azul

This is a photo of a beachfront rental on the Costa Azul in Mexico.

This property is located on a privately-owned peninsula along Mexico's renowned and prestigious Riviera Nayarit coast. Set cliffside and overlooking the ocean, this glamping site is just north of Puerto Vallarta. Nestled between sandy beaches and the small pueblos of San Pancho and Sayulita, guests have easy access to restaurants, beach bars, and local shops, as well as are just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Luxury Camping Experience on Isla del Espiritu Santo

This is a photo of a luxury tent on Isla del Espiritu Santo in Mexico.

This luxury camping site is set on an island off the coast of Baja California Sur—and close to the capital, La Paz—in Mexico. The property is located on a stunning beach and forms part of the Espiritu Santo National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is short boat ride from the mainland and is situated next to Isla Partida.


For even more accommodation options, head to Glamping Hub for a look at our full inventory in Mexico!

Special Mother's Day Host Spotlight: Sonya and Kirsten

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, in honor of Mother's Day, we have a mother and daughter duo, Sonya and Kirsten, who run this gorgeous mountain retreat in New South Wales, Australia.

Let Sonya take you down memory lane and share her experience of running a glamping site with her daughter, Kirsten.

1. What's the best memory you have of traveling with your children?

We have always been a "Let's go away for the weekend!" kind of family, and all the children have always enjoyed the bush, horseback riding, and animals, just where there would be untouched nature and a river. It did not take any fancy offerings for us to enjoy the open country—we just loved visits from animals, the stars in the sky, and lovely clean country air.

2. What was your first glamping/camping experience with your children?

We started camping with our children when they were barely two years old.

3. How did you and your daughter get into the glamping business together? What inspired you?

As a family, we fell in love with some lovely countryside just 2.5 hours from Sydney; it was completely untouched and had a gorgeous crystal clear trout stream. My husband (the kids' father) was so enamored he went straight to the phone to ask if there was any land for sale on this lovely river.

It was meant to be—there were 3,000 acres for sale right on the very part of the river we had seen. At first, we built a little log cottage, next a vegetable and fruit garden, then a work shed, and it grew from there. It was not until three years ago, we discovered "glamptents" and how much fun they were.

4. If you could describe your property in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, mountain, and wilderness.

5. What types of experiences can people expect to have when they stay in your accommodation?

You do wake up to noises of the animals, and our valley is famous for its bird life (we have wedge tail eagles in our valley). Since we're in the mountains, you also do get that sharp cool start to the morning, which is so invigorating. You will see kangaroos coming for a drink or bounding past, too. All of this is very calming and gives you a wonderful feeling of well-being.

6. What makes your property unique?

I think having 6,000 acres of country trees, hills, and clear country air is priceless.

7. What's your favorite part about owning a glamping property together?

My daughter Kirsten and I work very well together. She looks after all the internet servicing, which is something that did not exist when we first started. She actually set up our website and found Glamping Hub, and we now get bookings from all over the world. I look after the practical side of bookings, cottage and glamping tent upkeep, and staff.

We will have seven glamping tents by the end of July, our original first one was such a great success, but they do only sleep two to three people. If there is a larger group wanting to come, we have bush cottages that sleep from six to 10 people, which are also popular for groups of young people and families.

We have horses—and ponies for children!—and do outrides through the bush. Kirsten is very much involved with the bush animals and horseback riding and looks after that, as well.

8. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Our glamping tents all have or will have wonderful large verandas that look over the prettiest part of our river. They are as private as possible and are very comfortable, and people love them.

Our guests feel like they are having a real bush experience—first in a canvas-style tent, lots of bushland surrounding, a private bathroom with a great rain shower bathroom and heating, and more.

We are in the mountains, and it can snow, but staying in a glamping tent adds that little bit extra, and people find it to be a real, and welcomed, change from city living. The tents are unique in every way, and coming here is an adventure from the minute you arrive 'til the minute you leave.


For a unique getaway to New South Wales, Sonya and Kirsten have glamping tents and a number of different cabin options, which you can find here, here, here, here, here, and here. Get inspired by this mother-daughter team and book a special trip to celebrate your mom this Mother's Day!

Staff Picks: Lauren and A Simple Act of Nature

By Lauren Coetzee

Being immersed in nature is awe-inspiring—whether watching the thunder clouds roll in or standing at the foot of the impressive ocean—a sense of calm takes over and we feel a part of something bigger than ourselves. Growing up surrounded by towering pines in a magical forest filled with diversity, from the people that vacationed there to the animals that called it home, a fascination of the great outdoors started to take shape.

Working for Glamping Hub has certainly rounded out my love for the outdoors. Life's pleasures come from the simple acts of nature and is something that resonates with me entirely. This is why today I share the confluence of emotions and nature that come with a unique getaway in the great outdoors.

To experience the sheer beauty and power of Mother Nature is a treasure that leaves me feeling inspired and renewed. With these amazing vacation rentals, you, too, can experience the uniqueness that comes with disconnecting from the chaos of concrete jungles and reconnecting with nature.


For an off-the-grid experience, why not check out this rustic tipi nestled in Ramona Valley, California? Not only will you and your significant other enjoy a blend of comfort and luxury, but you'll also be treated to the sublime views of the sweeping landscape that surrounds you. Whether your skin sings at the feeling of the sun beating down or your heart fills up with the earthy smells of rain just passed, this bohemian tipi offers the simple pleasures of getting back in touch with nature.


Born and raised in South Africa, my love for the wilderness emerged at an early age. My family owned a cabin in the woods, and I recall lying awake at night listening to the pitter-patter of rain on our tin roof. South Africa boasts a uniqueness that can hardly be expressed, and through my travels, I've always missed the rain and the wild of my home country. These enchanting tree house suites offer an authentic experience in the heart of South Africa's wilderness, where you will be amazed by unparalleled natural treasures that will mesmerize all the senses.


With an immense natural beauty and ample outdoor recreation, the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, is the perfect destination to escape the nuances of everyday life. Aspire to be inspired—by dense forests, by rugged mountains, by the breeze you'll feel while standing on the deck of one of these unique glass cabin rentals. Here, all you outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers will enjoy the best of both worlds, with luxury and nature coming together effortlessly.

Glamping is an adventure. It brings out that childlike appetite that stirs our souls and beckons us to take a leap into the unknown, to question the dazzling stars, to swoon at the fullness of the moon, to listen to echoes of the endless woodlands that are home to extraordinary beings, and to bridge that gap between our day-to-day lives and our love of wandering. Those simple acts of nature combined with a glamping adventure bring about a unique experience that'll last a lifetime.


Looking for more? Head to Glamping Hub for a full look at our luxury camping accommodations!

National Parks: Interesting Facts and Captivating Accommodations

By Neil Graham

On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, which ensured that Yellowstone was "reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale" and that it was "for the benefit and the enjoyment of the people," thus, creating the concept of a National Park.

Today, there are 60 National Parks across the United States, many of which showcase some of the world's most fascinating and awe-inspiring geological features on the planet—including red rock canyons, snow-capped peaks, deep lakes, and even a supervolcano. Every year, they attract millions of adventurers who are yearning to experience the sublime beauty of the wilderness and a rejuvenating sense of freedom.

An image of Yellowstone National Park.

To help you decide where to go on your next glamping getaway, here are five interesting facts about National Parks along with five of our most extraordinary accommodations nearby.

Yellowstone National Park

A view from Yellowstone National Park.

Sprawling across three different states, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, Yellowstone was the first ever National Park and is renowned for its multitude of wildlife and geological features including Old Faithful, a spectacular cone geyser that erupts with relative predictability, which led to its name.

Fact #1: Beneath the surface of Yellowstone is an active supervolcano that contains enough magma to fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times over.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin near Yellowstone in Montana.
For your trip to Yellowstone, stay at this log cabin with mountain views in Montana.

Sequoia National Park

A photo of Sequoia National Park in California.

Sequoia National Park lies in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and is world famous for its astonishing sequoia trees in the Giant Forest and its breathtaking trails, including the Moro Rock Trail, which offer sensational mountain views.

Fact #2: Named after an American Civil War general, the General Sherman sequoia tree towers above any visitor at 83.8 meters tall and is the largest-known, living, single stem tree on the planet.

A view of the exterior and outdoor seating area at the riverfront cabin near Sequoia National Park in California.
For your trip to Sequoia National Park, stay at this riverfront cabin in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California.

Yosemite National Park

A photo of the mountains in Yosemite National Park in California.

Thanks to the efforts of Scottish activist John Muir, who grew up in Wisconsin, the natural beauty of Yosemite was well-documented in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, and he was able to raise awareness about the potential threat of destruction to its landscape.

Fact #3: Yosemite's Half Dome granite rock formation provided the inspiration for the logo of outdoor specialists, North Face.

A view from below the impressive cabin rental near Yosemite National Park in California.
For your trip to Yosemite National Park, stay at this gorgeous woodland cabin in Mariposa, California.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A photo of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Spanning across North Carolina and Tennessee, the legendary park is renowned for its astonishing fall colors, its snowcapped peaks in the winter, and its rich Southern Appalachian history. Unlike other National Parks, there is no charge to enter the park, and it proudly holds the title of the most-visited National Park in the U.S. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, as well as picturesque rivers and waterfalls, ancient woodlands, and 300-million-year-old mountains.

Fact #4: The park gets its name from the Cherokee word shaconage, which means "place of blue smoke" and describes the eerie fog that gathers above the forested mountains, which creates a "smoky" effect.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the wintertime.
For your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stay at this luxury log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Olympic National Park

A view of the ocean waters that form part of the Olympic National Park in Washington.

The Olympic National Park is one of the most unspoiled parks in the country, giving visitors an insight into its ancient formation from glacial ice and an authentic wilderness experience. Its mountains were developed deep beneath the ocean's surface before glaciers, which were one mile-thick, carved out its rugged terrain. Nowadays, it is home to an array of diverse ecosystems, all teeming with wildlife, and boasts 73 miles of epic mountainous coastline.

#Fact 5: Due to its Ice Age isolation, 15 animals and eight species of plant evolved here and nowhere else on the planet, such as the Olympic marmot, Olympic mud minnow, and crescent trout.

A view from the exterior at nighttime of the cabin rental near Olympic National Park in Washington.
For your trip to Olympic National Park, stay at this spacious cabin rental in Port Angeles, Washington.


Check out our collection of extraordinary accommodations near National Parks and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the sublime beauty of nature!