Top winter glamping sites in the U.K.

By Eleanor Stanesby

Camping in the middle of winter in the U.K. is one thing that we're not sure we can get behind, but glamping? Well, now, that's a different story entirely. Not having to worry about cold nights laying on the ground in a pop-up tent? Sign us up!

We've compiled our top glamping sites for a winter getaway in the U.K.—everything from luxury pods and tree houses to classic cottages. It's easy to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and forests from the comfort of one of these cozy accommodations. Braving the chilly weather has never sounded so appealing!

1. Luxurious, Adults-Only Tree House in Devon

Don't let the description of this tree house fool you into thinking you'll be cold during your stay. This elevated accommodation is equipped with a wood-burning stove to keep the whole place toasty come nightfall—and we haven't even told you about the big, luxurious bathtub yet. Talk about a five-star experience!

We'll leave you with this...just imagine stepping out on the balcony for a morning coffee amid the smell of the crisp morning dew and surrounded by the trees, listening to nothing but the natural sounds of the local wildlife. Sounds likes the perfect way to start the day to us.

2. Eco-Pod on Derbyshire Farm

A getaway in a pod is a favorite of the British public, something different from your typical caravan or hotel stay. This eco-pod is a unique way to experience the countryside—in fact, that's all that surrounds this perfect pod.

Built to endure all aspects of English weather, thanks to its insulation, cladding, and fire pit, this pod is a sure winner for a winter break. Each morning, you'll get to wake up in a comfy bed with perfectly placed French doors to see a breathtaking view of the surroundings from the minute you open your eyes.

3. Unique Cottage at Adventure Park in Scotland

This unique cottage, which is located among the mountains that surround Loch Tay in Scotland, has a rustic wooden appearance on the outside, with a modern twist on the inside. This cottage is equipped with all you could ever need for a nature-based getaway and keeps you close to the beautiful natural surroundings—while also allowing you to enjoy them from the comfort of the accommodation's many windows.

4. Romantic Pod Farm Getaway in Essex

This romantic pod is equipped with all the necessities for an ideal winter holiday. From under floor heating, a fire pit, and a log fired hot tub - If you can brave the chill before getting in. Located in a county speckled with picturesque villages and towns you can explore for the perfect relaxing day. The pod is also dog friendly, so bring your dog for all the more fun!

5. Warm and Inviting Holiday Yurt in Wales

You'll never get bored on holiday at this yurt rental in Wales, from its convenient location near the River Dee to the on-site recreational barn filled with games and entertainment options. Located in the beautiful countryside of a small village, you'll find a market town nearby that is filled with pubs for you to enjoy, should you so desire. A trip to see the serene waters of the aforementioned river is also a must, where a horse-drawn canal trip comes highly recommended.

6. Stone Cottage with Wood-Fired Hot Tub in Wales

The rustic feel of this stone cottage is perfect for the winter. Tucked away in the rural village of Felindre in Wales, you'll get to enjoy strolling along any one of the number of nearby trails, all of which boast beautiful landscapes and the peaceful sounds of local fauna. On those cozy relaxing nights in, this cottage is equipped with an AGA range cooker to heat the whole space—the snow is no match for this countryside accommodation!

7. Modern Country Cottage in North Cumbria

This modern cottage in North Cumbria, England, is surrounded by eight acres of private land for the perfect weekend escape from your busy life. You can enjoy the peaceful grounds, venture to the nearby Carlisle Castle, or go off to explore the Lake District. Underfloor heating and a fireplace are sure to keep you warm at night, while the home cinema keeps you plenty entertained. The lounge gives you a perfect 180-degree view of the grounds through its large glass walls—the perfect place to be sat as the sun sets!

8. Beautiful Cabin on Organic Farm in West Wales

Farm stays aren't just for the summertime, and this eco-friendly cabin for hire in West Wales is the perfect example. Come wintertime, guests will love the underfloor heating and the wood-burning fireplace to help them warm up after a day exploring the walking trails amid the serene countryside that surrounds this property.

9. Pet-Friendly Cottage in Northumberland

Situated in Northumberland—the northernmost town in all of England—this pet-friendly cottage rental can easily accommodate family, friends, and dogs for the ideal winter holiday. For a fun trip close to the accommodation, you can visit Alnwick Castle, widely known as one of Britain's most iconic castles, as well as where a number of scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot.

10. Tree House Hideaway in Wiltshire, England

This tree house is surrounded by organic pastures, streams, and historic oak trees that paint the perfect backdrop for this idyllic getaway. It accommodates up to six guests with its luxurious, three-level floor plan. While staying at this property, you can take advantage of the surrounding land, as well as day trips to the nearby town, all of which is sure to keep you entertained!

11. BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE RENTAL, NORWICH

Perfect for a small family looking for a cozy holiday, this cottage is located on a working farmland, and the on-site scenic walks are second to none through the woodland areas of the countryside. The cottage also comes fully equipped with everything you'll need to cook meals for the whole family and enjoy a relaxing night in.

12. UNIQUE ECO-POD IN ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE

This pod is nothing short of a dream come true—all while being eco-friendly! Solar-powered fairy lights illuminate this pod from the inside out, while the wood-fired hot tub allows you to comfortably kick back after a day spent exploring the surrounding wildflower meadows and coppice woodlands. Striving to have zero CO2 emissions, this glamping site is sure to be the most environmentally-friendly place you've ever stayed!


Ready for a winter getaway in the U.K.? Click on the the links above to book your favorite of these accommodations now!

Travel Guide: Banff National Park

By Amber Woolley

Banff National Park is home to sensational mountains, vast, white glaciers, stunning alpine meadows, and an abundance of wildlife. Located in Alberta in the Rocky Mountains, this is Canada's first-ever National Park, and it's quite amazing. From a quaint peaceful town with plenty of restaurants and boutiques to an array of outdoor activities, Banff is one place that is never short on adventure. Since this breathtaking place has so much to offer, we don't want you to miss out on any opportunities, so we've created a travel guide to make your trip even more spectacular.

Good to know before you go

Getting there and around

If you are flying in, Calgary, in Alberta, is the main city and the easiest way to get to Banff National Park. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is 88 miles from the charming town of Banff, which will take you approximately 1.5 hours to reach by car. You can also get to Banff and Lake Louise by the readily-available local bus services for around $71 per person.

If you want to travel to Banff by direct train and fancy traveling in style, it is recommended you take the Rocky Mountaineer—where you can uncover this hidden world of unparalleled beauty and experience incredible views of the Canadian Rockies.

The best way to get around Banff National Park is to drive your own car or rent one from a car rental service. It is also important you pick up a park pass, which can be purchased upon entry to the park or in advance online.

For those wanting a truly relaxing getaway where they can focus solely on the incredible scenery, public transport runs throughout the park, making travel from one beautiful spot to the next completely stress-free. Roam is a regular hybrid bus service and you can find out more information here.

Useful Facts

Popular spots you don't want to miss

Every destination in Banff National Park is beautiful and it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. Here are a couple of suggestions to get you started.

Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs
Photo sourced from Banff and Lake Louise.

First, we'll begin with the discovery that led to the development of Banff National Park: the hot springs. These were discovered in 1883 by three railway workers looking for healing and wellness. The Upper Hot Springs are one of nine naturally occurring hot springs at Banff. You will experience a striking and scenic backdrop while unwinding in steamy, hot mineral water—sure to be a highlight of your vacation!

Bow Falls

Another popular destination that can't be missed is Bow Falls, which is within walking distance from Banff. The stunning waterfall is shallow, but wide, and is caused by the change of course in the Bow River. Enjoy the view, take a picnic, or hike along the trail by the side of the falls.

Banff Gondola

Fancy a thrill? The Banff Gondola is a must! Experience a 360-degree, bird's eye view of six scenic mountain ranges from 7,486 feet above sea level! This scenic cableway ride will provide beautiful mountain vistas in every direction and will take you up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.

Trip savvy: Activities on a budget

Visiting Banff doesn't have to be a costly trip; being in the heart of Canada's most renowned park is sufficient enough! Banff National Park is not short of low-cost and free activities that you should definitely take advantage of.

Wildlife viewing

When you step into Banff National Park, the chances are very high that you'll catch a glimpse of a grizzly bear, a mountain goat, or one of the many amazing bird species in the area. Wildlife viewing is also a perfect and exciting activity that can be done with the whole family and is completely free.

Sometimes, it really does help to know the right spot and the right time to be there. Here are some tips to optimize your chances:

1. Choose a quiet area. You have a higher chance of spotting wildlife if there are fewer tourists. A good recommendation is Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A), which is a less-traveled road. Typically, this is where you will find wolves, black bears, deer, and sheep.

2. Search at the right time. Yes, you probably guessed, this means early mornings. Animals are more likely to be feeding at lower levels. If you are not an early riser, the next optimal time is just before dusk.

3. Be respectful and keep your distance. Getting too close to animals can threaten their survival. Seeing them in their natural environment and giving them space is an important wildlife viewing tip.

Self-guided walking tours

Historic Ski Village of Banff
Photo sourced from SKI Magazine.

Do you want to discover more about Banff? A self-guided walking tour is a fun and interesting way to learn about the town's history. Download this easy PDF, which will provide you with five tours that have been optimized for mobile viewing.

Hiking

With a 1,000 miles of trails, hiking in Banff National Park is full of adventure, has some of the world's most spectacular views, and is completely free of charge. The park is perfect for those wanting an easy stroll, as well as those who desire a more ambitious hike. Plain of Six Glaciers is a rewarding hike that should definitely make it onto your bucket list. This hike has one of the most accessible trails and offers extraordinary views of the mountains surrounding Lake Louise.

Banff National Park is also dog-friendly for those traveling with their pet. The only stipulations are that your dog must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. There are, however, some trails where dogs are not allowed so be sure to check this out beforehand.

Hot tip: Check the latest trail conditions with Parks Canada before you begin your adventure.

Upcoming Events

Events in Banff National Park and Lake Louise.
Photo sourced from Banff and Lake Louise.

There are many exciting events all year round at Banff National Park, so be sure to check the calendar before you book your vacation. The following are some examples of the types of events offered:

  • Alpenglow Festival at the Banff Gondola: March 1, 2019
  • Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: April 26, 2019
  • Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival - October 26-November 3, 2019

Safety

Before you depart to one of the worlds most beautiful and wild places, it is important you are all clued up on some important safety tips.

Natural Hazards

Natural hazards can be a big part of the National Park experience, but their impact can be reduced if you are well informed and prepared. If you want to read more on how to keep safe in the outdoors, visit AdventureSmart!

Driving

If driving, you must be prepared for a variety of weather conditions, even at all times of the year. At higher elevations, it may even snow during the summer. This is why it's extremely important to drive with caution at all times. A top tip is to equip your car with the essentials in case of an emergency, such as a shovel, a flashlight, a blanket, food, and water.

Mountain safety tips

  • Never hike alone.
  • Plan your trip beforehand and take a map.
  • Pack a flashlight.
  • Take extra clothes.
  • Bring a first aid kit.
  • Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.

Animal Safety

Wildlife behavior is unpredictable, and animals can get stressed when their space is invaded by humans, especially when they are trying to protect their offspring. It is important to view and photograph the animals from a sensible distance. In general, it is recommended to stay back 100 meters from bears (unless you are inside a vehicle); 30 meters from all other large species; and 200 meters from coyote, fox, or wolf dens.

Health

  • Be sure to take out comprehensive health insurance before your trip.
  • Canada has no essential vaccinations; however, as always, there are some that are recommended by the World Health Organization, such as hepatitis A and B, rabies, meningitis, and MMR.
  • Even though Canada is an industrialized country, bug bites can still spread diseases. Try to avoid bug bites, especially when you will be spending a lot of time outside and in wooded areas. It is recommended to take an insect repellent along.

Where to Stay

If you're visiting Banff National Park, it is already clear you love the outdoors and adventure. This cozy lodge is situated right in the heart of Banff National Park and has breathtaking views of Bow Lake. The lodge is located in the ideal spot to access the famous Canadian Glaciers, waterfalls, and Rocky Mountains, as well as being only a 30-minute drive from the town of Banff.

If you are looking for an authentic ski chalet, this log cabin is the perfect spot for you. With a central location that gives you access to an array of activities, guests are never far from adventure, all while knowing they have a cozy sanctuary to relax in at the end of the day.


Want to keep exploring our glamping accommodations in Canada? Check out our complete collection here!

Host Spotlight: Pam, Randy, and Merrill

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, we have Pam, Randy, and Merrill—a father-mother-daughter team who manage four different glamping accommodations in Carbondale, Colorado. All questions have been answered by Pam.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

We were originally corporate city kids from Chicago. Then, 20 years ago, several life changing events took place, and we realized that life is not a dress rehearsal, and we took hold of the opportunity to head west.

We were just going to come out for vacation, and then one day, my daughter Merrill and I were introduced to our ranch, and we felt as though our dream had come true. When we bought the ranch, it was a horse boarding facility, and over the years, we have acquired more animals, and we decided to change half of our stalls into studios for creatives and entrepreneurs.

Our daughter majored in sustainability and has always had a holistic vision for our ranch, where we can have not only horses but also heritage breeds of pigs, cows, and chickens, and then have folks coming to the ranch to learn and enjoy what we have been so blessed to have.

People have been glamping in Europe for many years, but it was new to the U.S. In the mountains of Colorado, there is a lot of camping, but I, of course, loved the more glamorous part of glamping. Honestly, there are so many people that want to be able to enjoy the benefits of being out with nature and animals and quiet, but don't have the time, knowledge, physical ability, or storage for the gear, so glamping is the perfect fit.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?

I was Vice President of Advertising for Family Circle Magazine, and Randy had worked with Drexel Burnham Lambert as an investment banker. I retired when Merrill was 5, and we came to Colorado 20 years ago from outside of Chicago. We have enjoyed having people come to the ranch to board horses over the years, and we actually had a yurt that we used just for our recreation. We came to the realization that, to be able to make the ranch sustainable for future generations, we had to diversify and seek out different sources of income; therefore, glamping is the perfect activity for us.

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

We have three safari tents, a bell tent, a yurt, and a cabin. These spaces are all tucked into over 100 acres of space on our ranch. The camping aspect offers our guests a direct connection with nature, complete solitude, and an amazing place to settle down and stargaze. We also have miles of trails for private picnics, campfires for s'mores, and barbecues for brats from the ranch.

The glamorous part of the camping comes in the form of real beds, fresh linens, and family heirlooms. We offer spaces that are all beautifully appointed with antiques, and each one has a different look and feel. When we were at the Global Glamping Summit, we found beautiful bathroom tents that have a hot shower and flushing toilet.

Our guests love to just chill and grill. but we are also just 20 minutes from fine dining establishments and a Whole Foods grocery store. Our guests wake up to fresh eggs, our heritage breed bacon, and French Press coffee every morning.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

I think most or our guests are amazed at the views, as well as the peace and quiet, all while being so close to some of the most popular destinations in the world, including Aspen, Maroon Bells, and hot springs galore.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

We just love meeting people from all over the world and learning from them, in addition to offering hints and tips to make their trip special. We have had a very long journey with land use changes and building code and water court issues.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

One night, we were in our barn that we use as our lodge for guests; this is where everyone gathers after a big day of exploring to relax and get to know each other. That weekend, we had a writers' group and a couple from Saudi Arabia. The conversations went from what is going to be your next novel to what do neighborhoods look like in Saudi Arabia.

The other experience was when a couple wanted to have private nuptials up in the woods, so we put a blanket in the back of our four-wheeler, and the bride, the groom, and their dog all piled in for a ride. There are just so many experiences!

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

We have four...amazing, magical, sunsets, and stars!


8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

We offer our guests the opportunity to unwind, re-group, and explore. The barn is a genuine spot where folks from all cultures and backgrounds can relax, share, and learn on a beautiful working ranch. We offer horseback riding, farm tours, alpaca yoga, fiber classes, board games in the barn, and lawn games. There are hiking trails throughout the property, too.

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

I would want to show Josh Groban glamping and listen to him sing over the campfire. Randy would want to have Rupert Murdoch, so he could pick his brain.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glamping site you would like to share with us?

Yes, we just received the approval to open our site last August, and we had an 82% occupancy rate. We have just added a darling cabin that will be open through the winter, as we are so close to world-class skiing. We will also be adding another bell tent and safari tent, which will be tucked down in a draw and will have our alpacas wandering about. Imagine waking up and having an alpaca on your front deck!

This will give us six units all together. We will be opening up the yurt in March, and the rest of the units in April. We had so much success with our alpaca yoga that we will be adding to that next summer. We are going to promote glamping weddings, workshops, family reunions with an ancestry workshop, and wine-tasting weekends, where guests can learn more about the wine industry.


To book one of Pam, Randy, and Merrill's accommodations, click here for the glamping tent, here for the yurt, here for the safari tent, or here for the cabin!

Host Spotlight: Jenna

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, we have Jenna, who manages this secluded tiny house in Clinton on Whidbey Island, Washington.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

In 2013, I built a tiny house on wheels so that I could pursue my dream of living debt-free. For an entire year, I traveled the country with my tiny house in tow before settling in the Pacific Northwest. Now that I'm debt-free, I'm able to spend the majority of my time traveling. When I'm away, I like to share my tiny house with others. It's a special space, and it helped me achieve my dreams. I hope that it inspires others, too!

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?

Before becoming a glamping host, I have been a blogger and videographer. I like to share stories of other people living alternatively and building incredible structures.

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

My tiny house is the definition of glamping, because it's set in the woods, with rustic and chic decor and simple, yet efficient, amenities. Outside, you can appreciate nature while roasting marshmallows over the fire pit or hiking the nearby trails; meanwhile, at the house, you can watch wildlife from the porch or enjoy stargazing out of the skylight in the bedroom loft.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

Everything in the tiny house is customized and personalized, with innovative, space-saving furniture and efficient appliances. See how small you can go!

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

I love that I get to share my space—it's a very special home to me. My favorite thing to do is read my guest book.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

Some of the notes in my guest book are very heartfelt. One kind note was from someone who became inspired to build her own tiny house after staying in my space. There's no better feeling than that!

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Stylish, quirky, and magical.

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

Guests can expect to have a private oasis in the woods while staying in a quirky, small space that provides comfort and a one-of-a-kind experience.

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

I love hosting people who like new experiences that push the boundaries of the typical hotel room.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glamping site you would like to share with us?

I'm roofing the patio/deck in a few weeks, so that my guests can enjoy sitting on the patio in all-weather conditions. I also plan on doing some landscaping in the near future, including installing a herb garden that guests will be encouraged to use and harvest for their cooking pleasure.


*For the ultimate Washington getaway, book Jenna's tiny house in Washington here!

Where to have the best Super Bowl party

By Mikaela Amundson

Super Bowl LIII
Rams vs. Patriots
Sunday, February 3, 2019
6:30 p.m. EST

It's almost game time.

The 2019 Super Bowl is fast approaching, and there's no better way to watch the game than to glamp with your whole squad while cheering on your team! Pack up all of your favorite snacks and drinks, and head off with the gang to any of these amazing spots to get ready for kick-off on Sunday, February 3.

Los Angeles Area:

Calling all Rams fans! Choose from some of these great cabins close to the L.A. area that are perfect for bringing all of your favorite fellow fans to. With screens, seating, and gorgeous views, these pads are the best place to go to get away from the city and focus on game time.

Lakefront Retreat for 10 Guests with Private Dock in Big Bear, California

This lakeside cabin is a great spot to sit and watch the game with plenty of comfortable seating for your whole group! The open kitchen and wet bar just off the living room will make sure food and drink are always near so you never miss a play.

Spectacular Cabin Getaway with Game Room on Big Bear Lake, California

Settle in for the game in this plush living room at this cabin on Big Bear Lake, complete with a cozy fireplace and a flat-screen TV. Get some burgers and brats going on the barbecue just outside on the porch, and you're ready to watch the action!

If you don't mind missing a bit of Maroon 5, you could even duck out to the hot tub during half-time for a quick relaxing soak—particularly necessary if you're already stressed from the first half of the game.

Luxurious Cabin with Private Hot Tub and Game Room in South Lake Tahoe, California

This cabin near Lake Tahoe, with gorgeous views and a unique indoor, gas fire pit, is the perfect place for you and your whole friend group to watch the game from. With a large, open living area and game room, this pad has seating for everyone, and there are plenty of bean bags around so everyone can just kick back and enjoy.

New England Area:

Alright, Pats fans, this section is for you! Whether you're from Boston, Burlington, Providence, or Portland, you know what what it feels like to be Super Bowl Champions and believe this year will be no different. If you need to get away from all the fanfare to focus on the game with just a select few die-hard fans, we've got a few places in the New England area that would be perfect for you.

Luxury Cabin Rental with Game Room near Stratton Mountain in Manchester, Vermont

This huge, Vermont cabin has enough beds to sleep all of your favorite hardcore fans—and more!—if you're looking to host a bigger group for the game this year. With plush seating, a cozy fireplace, and a stocked game room downstairs, this place is sure to please all of your guests on February 3. Make a weekend out of it, and pre-Super Bowl, hit the nearby ski resorts for a Saturday run out on the slopes.

Huge Cape House on the Beach near Falmouth, Massachusetts

If you're a serious New Englander, going to the Cape is second nature to you. Why not try it out a little earlier in the year for a Super Bowl Party? This beautiful beach house can sleep 10 and has room for many more on the day of, being well within driving distance of Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. With a gorgeous open-plan and spacious kitchen, this rental is perfect for entertaining and cheering on the Pats!

Spacious Luxury Log Cabin with Private Hot Tub in South Berwick, Maine

This log cabin is the perfect rustic getaway...with a flat-screen in the living room to watch the game on! With a large, cozy sofa and an enormous dining room table that seats 12 people, this cabin was made for hosting all your friends. Whip up some game-time snacks in the fully-stocked kitchen, and you're all set for kick off.

Atlanta Area:

Are you from the Atlanta area and just sick of all this Super Bowl hoopla? We get it if you don't want to deal with the increase in traffic, people, and tourists in your hometown. Why not go glamping instead? We've rounded up a few places you can sneak off to and watch the game in peace.

Magnificent Modern Cabin for Relaxing Vacation near Carters Lake, North Georgia

This well furnished cabin has a beautiful, open-plan living room and kitchen, perfect for hosting a viewing party. The huge wall-to-wall windows shed lots of light and have a beautiful view of the surrounding forest. Make a weekend out of it by enjoying the outdoor swimming pool, fishing lake, and private river!

Beautifully Decorated Luxury Cabin near Lake Burton in Northern Georgia

If you like a more luxurious cabin, this accommodation near Lake Burton is perfect for you. With gorgeous hardwood inside and impeccable stonework outside, this cabin might even feel more luxe than your own home! Snuggle up by the fire for the game in front of the flat-screen TV and enjoy the beautiful view—all while knowing that you didn't have to fight any traffic or tourists to enjoy this.

Luxurious Dog-Friendly Cabin with a Hot Tub near Helen, Georgia

If you can't bear to leave your furry friend behind, this dog-friendly cabin is the place for you. The living room, kitchen, and porch are all beautiful hardwood, and the open plan is perfect for a party. If you and your fellow football fans have a competitive streak, you're sure to enjoy the pool table adjacent to the living room for some friendly competition during commercial breaks.


Keep looking on Glamping Hub to find the perfect spot for your next party! Be sure to check out our California and New England guides for even more options.

The 14 most romantic Valentine's Day getaways

By Mikaela Amundson

As you and your special someone make fancy dinner reservations, get ready to exchange gifts, and plan extravagant surprises, take this year as an opportunity to explore a different, but equally as memorable and meaningful, way to show your love for one another.

A romantic glamping getaway is the perfect way to sweep your favorite person off their feet for an amazing experience and create long-lasting memories that you'll cherish forever. To help out, we've curated a list of the most unique experiences for couples to celebrate their love together this Valentine's Day.

1. Cozy Tennessee Tree House:

This tucked-away tree house is a great spot for couples to head off to for a romantic weekend. With a fireplace, a hot tub, and a queen-size bed, this elevated hideaway is the best of the rustic and comfortable. Feel like you're living in the trees for an entire weekend while enjoying movies, Wi-Fi, and a fully-furnished kitchen in this high-off-the-ground glamping site. The Tennessee woods are a wonderful background for a solo weekend away with that special someone.

2. Romantic Lakeside Cabin in Maine:

Spend your Valentine's Day cozied up in this charming, lakefront cabin with your special someone—cuddling up in the plush seating area in front of the warm and inviting fireplace. The fully-equipped kitchen is perfect for preparing a romantic meal for two while watching the picturesque snow scene outside. It'll be too easy to become enamored with the beautiful hardwood and cobblestone chimney; you may never want to leave this lovely getaway!

3. Adults-Only Green House for Two in Oregon:

Are traditional cottages not you and your honey's speed? Try out this incredible, converted green house, complete with 360-degree views of its gorgeous surroundings through the nearly wall-to-wall glass windows. Spend your daytime exploring the surrounding farm and nearby Silver Falls State Park, then warm up with a campfire outside the green house with marshmallows and hot cocoa. To finish off your romantic day, try stargazing cuddled up the elegant double bed upstairs in the loft—after a soak in the natural cedar hot tub in the downstairs living room, of course.

4. Huge Heated Bell Tent Under the Stars in Utah:

If you're looking for a more au naturel Valentine's Day with your partner, look no further than this bell tent near Utah's beautiful Zion State Park for an unbeatable, nature-filled weekend away. Enjoy exploring the beautiful surrounding mountain scenery and petroglyphs with your loved one just north of this glamping site. The fire pit and surrounding chairs are the perfect place to curl up after a long day for some unbeatable stargazing—all before retiring to the luxurious king-size bed inside this amazing, heated tent.

5. Garden Cottage for Two in Quintana Roo, Mexico:

For something a little more tropical, try this delightful garden cottage in sunny Quintana Roo for a warmer way to spend the weekend with your favorite person. The encompassing glass windows offer amazing views of the surrounding mangroves and colorful gardens, and the site boasts incredible local cuisine made by the host. If that's not enough to entice you, the pristine sand beach and great snorkeling at just steps from the cottage's door should be enough to have you two packing your bags!

6. Secluded Beach Pod in Portugal:

This inviting pod in Portugal is located on the beautiful Peninsula de Setubal, perfect for couples that want mountainous coastline, beaches, wine country, and lush forests all at one glamping destination. You can swim in the Atlantic, bike along the water, and swing in a hammock for the perfect Valentine's Day with your partner. After a great night's sleep in the cozy double bed, enjoy a complimentary organic breakfast to start your adventure-filled day off right.

7. Tree House with Romance Package near Madrid:

The allure of this Spanish tree house would be enough to make anyone want to slip away from the hustle and bustle of Madrid and head off to the mountains, but this host offers romantic add-ons to make a Valentine's Day getaway that much more special. Enjoy a glass of bubbly surrounded by candles and romantic decorations while snacking on chocolate with your special someone, thanks to the property's romance package, for the perfect evening under the stars.

8. Rustic Cottage for Couples on Lake Erie

This wonderfully-eclectic cabin is perfect for couples that want to tuck in for the weekend and just enjoy each other's company. The cabin has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a large offering of books and games, as well as a piano and guitar for a delightful weekend away. The wood-burning stove will keep you warm and cozy while you enjoy the charming snow views outside.

9. Unique Island Cottage in British Columbia:

Your fairy-tale romance deserves a cottage straight out of a storybook. This incredibly unique cottage on Mayne Island in British Columbia is a magical property sure to make your Valentine's Day unforgettable. There are orchards, gardens, and sheep just outside the door, and inside, you'll be greeted by incredible woodwork and charming vintage and handmade decor! This cottage is as special as your partner and is the perfect place to whisk them away to on February 14.

10. Luxe Tent Outside of Killarney:

If you're looking for a place where you can have both the rustic and the modern, this luxury tent just outside of Killarney is the perfect place for your Valentine's getaway. Just a 15-minute walk from the center of Killarney, this tranquil accommodation offers the chance to experience the city and the countryside all in one go. This wonderful property offers coast views, lush forests, and astonishing mountain views—in addition to being able to pop into town for a romantic dinner of fish and chips.

11. Mountain-View Bed and Breakfast near Melbourne:

You can never go wrong with the classic bed and breakfast. If a more traditional accommodation is to your liking, but you still want to enjoy Mother Nature, this lodge just outside Melbourne is what you're looking for. The hosts take pride in whipping up delicious meals that can be catered to your liking and enjoyed from the comfort of your own balcony—all while enjoying the views of the amazing Cathedral Range. Take a dip in the heated, saltwater swimming pool or go for a walk in the garden before retiring to a plush king-size bed for a weekend trip!

12. Safari Tent for Two in New South Wales

This luxurious tent for two is a perfect mix of rustic and plush. With a private balcony and views of the beautiful Turon River, this place makes for the perfect backdrop to a romantic Valentine's Day weekend. Read a book on the cozy couch, sunbathe on the attached deck, or take a soak in the deluxe bathtub that's big enough for two to round out a relaxing day together.

13. Fully-Furnished Airstream Rental in Greece

Why not try a refurbished Airstream parked on a gorgeous farm for a unique Valentine's Day weekend? This glamorously-decorated camper in Greece gives total vintage vibes for you and your honey to relax in. Enjoy the plush queen-size bed and fully-functional kitchen for the ultimate cozy night in. During the day, arrange for tours of the farm, check out the observation tower and chapel, and finish off your day with a drink at the local tavern.

14. Rustic Bell Tent in Sicily

This simple and lovely bell tent in Sicily, Italy, leaves all the busyness of the city behind and allows for couples to escape to a romantic camping weekend. Spend February 14 surrounded by hiking trails and canyons with gorgeous nature views, and later on, enjoy your evening surrounded by candles and a record player for a truly unforgettable experience.


P.S. If Portugal is your perfect plan, the host of this unique glamping getaway, Sarah, has something that will sweeten the pot! She's offering a special deal for a three-night stay that includes a bottle of champagne and exclusive access to a romantic, outdoor bathtub—perfect for stargazing as a pair.


Don't stop here! Keep exploring on Glamping Hub and let us find you the perfect fit for your Valentine's Day glamping getaway this year.

How to plan a unique Valentine's Day experience

By Eleanor Stanesby

Valentine's Day is almost upon us—a time when expectations to have the perfect day planned are at an all-time high. What's the perfect restaurant to book? Where's the most romantic place to have a cocktail or two?

Scratch all of that. Why not treat your partner to a romantic getaway, surrounded by serene nature and beauty from every angle, instead? From tree houses and cabins to luxury tents, experience a different type of Valentine's Day this year with unique accommodations that are sure to give you a weekend beyond compare.

Tips to make Valentine's Day a success

1. The gift

Finding the perfect gift can cause a lot of trouble, especially with the market saturated with generic and cliché gifts that don't quite hit the mark when it comes to expressing how you feel about your loved one. With a romantic weekend getaway, this becomes the gift—taking away a lot of the pressure that surrounds this part of the day.

2. Dining out

Valentine's Day sees many couples booking reservations to dine out at a different or expensive restaurant. The stress of finding the best place that both you and your partner will enjoy is gone with a glamping stay. The two of you can relish in the comfort of your luxurious accommodation in front of a home-cooked meal, which, let's be honest, is usually way nicer than dining out.

3. Dress to impress

Finding the best outfit for the Valentine's Day can come with a lot of money spent, as well as a lot of time wasted scrolling on the internet for an outfit that suits the occasion. While glamping, the natural surroundings allows a more relaxed approach with no expectations. Of course, if dressing up is something you particularly enjoy, a romantic getaway still allows you to do this, simply without the gaze of other couples that are also celebrating.

4. A full day of plans

A meal or drinks after work is the usual plan for many couples on February 14. However, when you make plans for the entire day—and maybe even more!—it allows you to spend more quality time with your partner, something that you may not get enough of amid the busyness of your normal, day-to-day schedule. Glamping allows you to make 100% of the time quality time, with relaxing together and enjoying one another's company being the only thing on your agenda.


Love our advice on how to get the most unique Valentine's Day plans you've ever had? Have an even better idea? Show us your unique way of celebrating Valentine's Day by sharing your photos with us on Instagram!

Best of 2018: Our top-booked accommodations

By Eric Wright

With the holiday season over and 2019 in full swing, we've looked back over a year of intrepid travelers sharing incredible experiences together at some of the most unique accommodations across the globe.

As we run through our list of the 20 top-booked accommodations from 2018, it's time to stop daydreaming and start planning that next unforgettable trip. From epic domes and traditional tipis to rustic cabins and majestic tree houses, we've got your next unique getaway covered.

Let your wild side guide you this year and take that once-in-a-lifetime vacation you've always envisioned!

Top Tents

Looking to add a touch of luxury and glamour to your annual camping trip? This year is a blank canvas, full of possibilities—so make 2019 a masterpiece by spending your nights under the lights of distant stars and galaxies at one of last year's top-booked tent getaways!

Romantic Bell Tent for Two near Melbourne

Luxury Safari Tent near Warner Springs in California

Luxury Camping Under the Stars in Utah

Cozy Bell Tent near Zion National Park in Utah

Deluxe Bell Tents near San Francisco, California

Luxurious Camping Tent with a Hot Tub near Hamilton, New Zealand

Top Tree Houses

These beautifully constructed retreats, high up in the treetops, are the perfect place to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with nature.

As the most popular aerial getaways from last year, these one-of-a-kind structures are just waiting to welcome their next lucky visitor!

Enchanting Tree House near the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia

Secluded Tree House near Chattanooga

Romantic Getaway in the Redwoods of Santa Cruz, California

Stunning Tree House in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California

Top Unique Rentals

Ever thought about sleeping in an extraordinary dome under the stars or toasting s'mores outside your very own tipi? These remarkable getaways are the ones you need to see to believe that something so wonderful and unique actually exists!

Follow in the footsteps of last years visitors, and stay somewhere truly out-of-the-ordinary this year.

Peaceful Cedar Green House near Silverton, Oregon

Traditional Tipis near San Antonio in Texas

Eco-Friendly Yurt in Monticello, Southeast Utah

Handcrafted Timber Hut in Upstate New York

Classic Airstream near Austin, Texas

Epic Dome in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia

Top Cabins

It comes as no surprise that a yearly cabin getaway is a must for many families and friends. The escape from the daily grind, the peace of seclusion in nature, and the bonding moments that happen on these trips are easy ways to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind.

These are the most popular spots from 2018 where visitors forgot about work emails, abandoned social media, and really explored their wild side!

Pet-Friendly Cabin near Eldora Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado

Majestic Cabins Surrounded by Redwoods near Big Sur in California

Adorable Cabin near Woodstock, New York

Beachfront Cabin on a Private Island near Olympia in Washington


To see where people are looking to stay in 2019, check out our blog on travel trends for this year!

Going glamping? The must-have packing guide

By Elizabeth Young

Editor's note: This blog was written collaboratively by Amy Ahlblad and Elizabeth Young.

A glamping trip is pretty straightforward, but if you've never gone before, you might be wondering what to pack. You're not staying in a five-star hotel, but you're also not camping...What kind of things are essential to bring? This is probably the question we get the most, so here's a list of some recommended necessities to make sure you have a cool and comfortable glamping experience.

Get outdoors and explore when you book a glamping getaway like this tree house in Georgia.

Clothing

Double-check the listing, but most of our accommodations have at least a washing machine, so you don't need to worry about how you'll do laundry. It's essential to have comfortable outdoor clothes when you go glamping. While you're not sleeping on the ground, you're still going to be spending most of your day outdoors. Check out some of our favorite outdoor clothing products!

Coalatree pants

Whether you're out for a hike, or relaxing in front of the fire, you're going to want to be comfortable. We recommend bringing versatile clothing so you're ready for all adventures—big or small. You need to check out Coalatree’s Trailhead Adventure Pant. Referred to as the new front-runner of outdoor pants, these are waterproof, tear-resistant, stain-resistant, and what we love most: affordable.

NorthFace Etip™ gloves

Don't let chilly hands stop you from capturing memories on your glamping trip! These NorthFace Etip™ gloves are the perfect way to stay warm while taking pictures with your smartphone. They also work with any touchscreen products, such as tablets or Garmin GPS devices.

Salomon hiking shoes

If you frequently spend time outdoors and love hiking, good hiking shoes are definitely worth investing in. Dry, comfortable feet make all the difference as you explore outside. We love these Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX shoes, and they come highly recommended by experts in the outdoor world. With a model for both men and women, these shoes are truly waterproof, have great traction, are actually lightweight, and, above all, are super comfortable.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail could be made so much more comfortable with these Salomon hiking shoes.

Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket

This jacket is a great piece of clothing to take with you on your outdoor adventures. It's compact and can be folded up into a small bag, so it's easy to fit into your suitcase. There are models for both men and women, and it's waterproof, windproof—and hey, it's even made from recycled nylon, so you get a point for sustainability! While you're picking up your new hiking shoes at REI, make sure this jacket gets into your shopping cart, too.

When you have a jacket like this, any outdoor adventure is there for the taking.
Photo sourced from REI.

Toiletries

Good news! When you go glamping, you can bring everything and anything with you; you'll have running water, electricity, and all your standard bathroom fixtures. Can't go anywhere without your blow dryer and straightener? Fine, bring them along! Apart from the basics, like shampoo and a toothbrush, these toiletry essentials will make any glamping getaway that much easier.

Lush bars

Easy to pack and fun to use, these Lush shampoo and conditioner bars come with a variety of natural ingredients and fragrances. Although you will likely have an indoor shower while glamping, don't let anyone stop you from bathing in the river if that's your prerogative. We also love that they are 100% plastic-free.

Milk Makeup matcha stick cleanser

Biggest pet peeves of traveling? Leaking liquids in your toiletries bag! Thanks to Milk Makeup's matcha stick cleanser, you can keep your skin clear and cleansed without the hassle of transferring your products into tiny bottles—and then wrapping them all into individual baggies to prevent explosions. It is the perfect on the go way to take-the-day-off; simply wet your face, glide the stick all over, rub gently until suds form, and rinse. (P.S. It's TSA-approved!)

Natural soap bar

It's easy to forget that the products we use in the shower go back into the ground eventually—but they do. One new trend over the past few years has been the development of chemical-free shampoos and conditioners, soaps, and laundry products. These natural soap bars are the perfect way to make your trip a little bit more sustainable, without being an inconvenience to you.

Eco-friendly and compact? This natural soap is a no-brainer.
Photo sourced from Amazon.

Kiehl's sunscreen

Sunscreen is potentially the most important toiletry you'll bring with you for your glamping trip. You're not camping outside, true, but you will still be spending the majority of your day in the outdoors, and it's always good to protect your skin. There is such a range of sunscreen products, from low SPF to chemical-free. We love the Kiehl's sunscreen pictured below; it's lightweight, 50 SPF, and works for all skin types.

Protecting your skin from sun should be your first priority, and Kiehl's makes it easy!
Photo sourced from Temptalia.

Gadgets

Traveling nowadays, there are a million and one different inventions that can make your trips easier, and glamping is no different. While you've got your basics covered—things like a stove for coffee in the mornings or a washing machine for a laundry—these gadgets were all selected to make the most of your time outdoors and new adventures.

BivyStick

The BivyStick turns your smartphone into a satellite messenger. Devices like this were previously used in emergency-only situations but have recently become more of an everyday item for adventurous glampers. With the BivyStick, users can send and receive text messages, share their current location, and push notifications to social media. There is also a SOS feature in case of emergency. This handy portable gadget can also be used as an external battery, should you need to charge your camera or smartphone.

Larq Bottle

Staying hydrated? A requirement. Clean water? A necessity. Plastic? Never. Reusable water bottles or bust, but we can all admit that they are hard to clean, which often leads them to get...smelly. The Larq water bottle is an innovative way to keep your bottle fresh and yourself hydrated. Thanks to a 280nm UV-C light that neutralizes up to 99.9999%* of harmful, odor-causing germs, you will have fresh clean water in about 60 seconds. There are two settings to this bottle: Normal Mode and Adventure Mode. In Adventure Mode, the LARQ Bottle has a 3x increase in UV-C dosage, making it the perfect tag along for backcountry adventures.

Waterproof insulated cooler

Going glamping means there is a touch of luxury to your outdoor experience, so why not bring along this awesome cooler to enjoy a cold beer or soda while you lounge by the lake or take a pit stop on your hike? The TOURIT Cooler can fit up to 30 cans, so you'll have plenty of beverages for everyone. It's also leakproof, waterproof, and can be carried three different ways!

Everyone is sure to stay refreshed and hydrated when you bring your TOURIT cooler along.
Photo sourced from Amazon.

ThermaCELL portable bug repeller

Our last item on the list is a must-have, especially if you want to spend more time outside. Unlike traditional bug sprays, this portable, lightweight bug repeller won't leave your skin sticky and provides full protection from bug bites. It effectively repels mosquitoes, creating a 15-foot by 15-foot zone of bug-free comfort. Added bonus? Now you don't have to worry about having bug spray chemicals on your skin!

Forget about the bug bites and relax with your loved ones in the great outdoors!
Photo sourced from Amazon.

Head over to Glamping Hub to take a look at our full inventory and get started planning your next adventure—now that you know what to pack.

Our top social media posts of 2018

By Jackie Dreyer

#Travelgoals is what we aim to be, and in 2018, you all helped make that dream become a reality. Social media lends a strong helping hand when planning a trip to somewhere you've never been before. We are passionate about inspiring you with our Instagram posts, and we love the way you connet with Facebook. Keep on reading to have a peek at our most liked posts from Facebook and Instagram in 2018!

Instagram

  1. Your partner, your pup, and the perfect cabin—the ultimate glamping getaway.
  1. The impressive mountain backdrop behind this unique dome rental in Patagonia, Chile.
  1. The most secluded "pool" you've ever swam in.
  1. That time we didn't mind sweating so much.
  1. When our inner child stared up at these tree houses like the heart-eyed emoji.
  1. The minute we put Bali up at the top of our travel bucket list.
  1. Where we most imagined cozying up with a good book and a soft blanket.
  1. Exactly what you pictured when you daydreamed about getting away from it all.
  1. The desert accommodation you never knew you needed.
  1. Were you to plan a swimsuit photoshoot, it'd be here.

Facebook

  1. A dreamy getaway outside of the hustle and bustle of London.
  1. The ultimate place to view fall foliage in the U.S.
  1. Remember that desert dome on Instagram? You wanted to dive deeper.
  1. Quintessential glamping at its finest.
  1. Winter never looked so good to us—next stop, Norway!
  1. The best spot to float your worries away in France.
  1. The ultimate bathtub with a view for those of us who love a good soak.
  1. How we kept you coming back for more—from gorgeous emails to giveaways. (Sign up for our newsletter if you haven't yet!)
  1. The accommodation is great—but did you hear about the on-site food truck?!
  1. You can't get enough of this glass cabin in Iceland—and we can't either. Swoon.

For all the best #travelinspo for this coming year, check out our blog on Travel Trends for 2019!*