Guest Spotlight: Costa Rica

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to one of our incredible Glamping Hub staff members and her experience glamping in Costa Rica! Caroline, our Director of Business Development, stayed at one of these beautiful, eco-friendly suites in Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

1. Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post-stay.

Before: Relaxing, remote, and rustic.
After: Unique, tropical, and secluded.

2. Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I was traveling with my friend Shayla, and this was our second glamping accommodation on our trip traveling around Costa Rica. My favorite memory during our stay was relaxing in the pool while looking out at the forest. The pool feels like it is in the middle of the wild—it almost feels like a natural pool, as it blends into the surroundings so well.

3. What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

The accommodation was truly unique, especially after our earlier stay in a tree house that was incredibly basic. The structure of the property was very interesting; you are in close proximity to the neighboring guests in private rooms, but it manages to feel like you are secluded.

The shower is made to feel like you are suspended in the rainforest and looking out at the trees. The floor-to-ceiling glass creates a very open space, allowing you to truly appreciate your surroundings. Each balcony also has a suspended floating bed, which is incredibly relaxing to lie on while listening to all of the animals singing.

4. Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be and why?

The area of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais is an adventure traveler's dream. It is slightly off the beaten path, due to the transportation links and roads being poorly maintained; however, it is a mini-paradise. From climbing waterfalls, zip-lining, horse back riding, and some of the best swells for surfers on the pacific side of Costa Rica, it's any outdoor lover's ideal haven.

It is also relatively undeveloped. There are many nice local restaurants and some culinary delights, but there are no big resorts, which has allowed the area to retain its charm. I would recommend a trip here in November.

5. Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

The host has two very friendly German Shepherds. As an animal lover, it was a pleasant surprise to see them trotting around the grounds. The accommodation also has a communal Jacuzzi that is great for relaxing in after a long day of surfing or exploring.

6. If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be and what would you have done together?

David Attenborough. I would have him explain the area to me and educate me on the local flora and fauna surrounding our suite.

7. What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

Anything from the local surroundings. The fresh fruit and fish in the area around Santa Teresa was incredible.

8. Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

I like to combine activities with relaxation, and Costa Rica and the Puntarenas area are perfect for this—you really can cater to all needs and have the best of both worlds. I really enjoyed surfing in Santa Teresa, especially at sunset, which is early, but it is very nice to be in the water as the sun fades and then trek back through the jungle.

We also hired ATVs and went on a small day trip to the local waterfalls of Montezuma—the perfect mini-adventure. It took around 40 minutes to get to the waterfalls, driving across the country side and backroads. We then hiked up the river to get to the big pool and waterfall, where the locals were swimming and jumping from the highest parts of the falls. It felt like a hidden paradise.

9. Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ___________________,” and tell us why!

Anyone wanting to relax and explore! It is great for couples or friends traveling. Each suite is fully-equipped, and you can easily enjoy the local town of Santa Teresa or stay secluded and relaxed at the accommodation.

10. Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

When traveling around Costa Rica, glamping is an absolute must! I would always recommend glamping. I think once you try it, other accommodations simply can't compare. For me, it's the only way!


Click here to keep exploring where to go glamping in Costa Rica or here to stay and glamp as Caroline did!

Host Spotlight: Alison

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 Alison, who manages this beautiful, pet-friendly cabin in Phoenicia, New York.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

A few years ago online somewhere—I thought it was really clever when I heard it.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

It just kind of happened. I had a weekend vacation in the Catskills and ended up falling in love with this incredibly special property. It's like being in a dream here.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Forest + Stream = Magic.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Years ago when I was traveling in India, I stayed outside of the city of Jaisalmer in these gorgeous tents that were covered with colorful printed fabric and set within beautiful gardens. There was even a full bath inside the tent!

These were the tents that royals would camp in. They certainly had glamping down from way back! Traveling has always shaped my perspective and design style.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Today more than ever, I meet people who feel the need to connect more with the earth. They are tense and anxious from being connected to technology and the speed of the time we live in. They forget what they can learn just from watching a butterfly land on a flower or breathing in the forest and the garden.

Just sitting outside listening to the birds brings a calmness that you start to feel in your whole body—or at night seeing the stars, what fireflies look like, and how deeply you can sleep to the sound of crickets and the stream. It's the most amazing kind of therapy, and it inspires your regular life.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

The property is situated at the end of a private dirt cul-de-sac, and it consists of a main house and guest cabin that are nestled in the curve of a babbling stream on a mountainside. One side is a sunny, southern-facing organic garden with fruit trees and flowers, while the other side is the mossy rock covered forest stream side.

The decks wrapping the accommodations make them look like a series of tree houses from the back. You can relax in the spacious living room with a vaulted ceiling, lounge on the deck, or go sit on a rock in the middle of the stream's flow. The kitchen is also fully-equipped, and there is a handy guide of restaurants and things to do and see in one of the coolest towns in America (voted in 2011): Phoenicia, New York.


7. What makes your property unique?

The sound, the setting, and the energy.

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

I love reading through the guest book and learning about the people whose lives were touched by being in this special place. We've had many marriage proposals and honeymoons here, as well as families getting together and people taking sabbaticals or time off to practice self-care or write a novel.

Sometimes I tear up reading it. Sometimes I come back here after being away and see that people were in the stream stacking rock cairns. I feel blessed that they understood and added to the sacredness of this place.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

First, we try to only use non-toxic cleaning supplies and materials for everything we do here. We compost and try to instill in every guest the premise of "leave no trace." We have no public trash pick-up, so we are very aware of recycling and keeping waste to a minimum. We encourage guests to shut the lights off when they leave and remind them the best air conditioning we have is opening the windows and allowing the cool breeze flowing down the mountain in.

We are working towards installing solar energy with proceeds from our glamping...stay tuned! Also, in light of being even more eco-friendly, we have been on a mission to introduce more native plants into the gardens and work diligently to remove invasive species that are taking away habitats from our hummingbirds and pollinators.

We hope you like bugs because we are attracting them! Oh, and P.S. since we are on moving water, mosquitoes don't really like it here.

10. Anything else you'd like to add?

If you're looking for a special place for a reboot for your spirit—and want to explore the heart of the Catskill Mountains—check us out!


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Upstate New York? See more of what Alison and her cabin can offer here.

25 Bucket List-Worthy A-Frame Cabins

By Shelby Stewart

A-frame cabins are the biggest trend in summer glamping. After reading through our list of 25 must-book choices, we'll have you packing your bags in no time.

1. A-Frame Cabin with Scenic Views near Lake Logan, Ohio

This cabin is conveniently located in the Appalachian Mountain range and is the peaceful escape you've been meaning to take.

2. A-Frame Cabin with Mountain Views in Tahoe National Forest, California

Check out the incredible location of this A-frame cabin. Once you see these gorgeous views, you won't want to leave!

3. A-Frame Cabin Getaway on Woodland Farm Retreat near Augusta, Maine

Plan your stay at this New England retreat for the perfect getaway.

Hiking A-Frame Cabin near Mt. Hood, Oregon

Ready for an adventure? Book your stay at this cabin and get ready for skiing, hiking, and fishing in the beautiful Oregon landscape.

5. A-Frame Cabin for Mountain Getaway near Big Bear Lake, California

Check out this mountain retreat for an accommodation with the perfect mix of relaxation and outdoor exploration.

6. Lovely A-Frame Cabin on Sandy River near Lake Trillium, Oregon

Book your next adventure at this a-frame cabin on Sandy River for the ultimate summer getaway.

7. Peaceful A-Frame Cabin Rental in Tahoe City, California

Stay in this luxurious cabin and discover all that Tahoe City has to offer.

8. Luxury A-Frame Cabin in Carnelian Bay, California

Explore California's nature by staying in this A-frame cabin with the most beautiful all-glass window wall.

9. Picturesque A-Frame Cabin in the Catskills, New York

Nestled in the Catskills, this cabin in New York is your ideal peaceful retreat on the East Coast. This accommodation even has it's own yoga room, providing the ideal space to practice your form.

A-Frame Cabin with Spacious Deck Overlooking the Cotee River, Florida

Ready to discover Florida? Book your stay at this retreat and get ready for a trip to remember.

11. A-Frame Cabin in Massanutten Resort, Virginia

Check out this luxurious getaway in Virginia! Located near Shenandoah National Park and Charlottesville, there are endless places to explore.

12. Beachfront A-Frame Cabin Rental in Florence, Oregon**

Plan your stay at this beautiful beachfront cabin! Whether you choose to spend all day in the sand or explore all of the natural recreation areas nearby, the location will certainly not disappoint.

13. Beachside A-Frame Cabin near Cascade Head on Oregon Coast

Book your next adventure at this A-frame cabin near Cascade Head. With less than a minute's walk to the beach, this truly is the ultimate beach getaway.

14. A-Frame Cabin Nestled in the Woods near Tahoe City, California

Check out this spacious cabin rental on the shores of Lake Tahoe!

15. Beautiful A-Frame Cabin near Lake Donner and Lake Tahoe, California

Plan your trip to this Lake Tahoe cabin and discover the endless outdoor activities in the area. Whether you want to hike the mountains or swim in Lake Tahoe, this trip will appeal to everyone.

16. Unique Woodland A-Frame Cabin in Lake Tahoe, California

Book your stay at this cabin in Lake Tahoe with beautiful lake views and beach access.

17. Riverside A-Frame Cabin on Umpqua River in Reedsport, Oregon

Check out this incredible riverside cabin on the Umpqua River. Known for its incredible fishing, this location allows you to fish on one of 17 nearby freshwater lakes.

18. Off-the-Grid A-Frame Cabin near Flagstaff, New Mexico**

Stay in this secluded cabin for an adventure you will not forget! Situated on 100 acres of private solar-powered property, you will truly experience an escape from the modern world.

19. Rustic Forest Cabin near Sierra at Tahoe, California**

Looking for something unique? Check out this forest cabin and get lost in the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains.

20. A-Frame Cabin with Alpine Views in Walden, Colorado

It's time to pack our bags and head to Colorado! This rustic cabin is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, alpine lakes, and beautiful valleys.

21. A-Frame Cabin near Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort, California

Book your stay at this rustic retreat and explore all of the outdoor adventure located just minutes away.

22. Charming A-Frame Cabin near Smoky Mountains in Townsend, Tennessee

Stay at this charming a-frame situated in the middle of a forest and explore the Smoky Mountains for your next adventure.

23. Off-the-Grid A-Frame Cabin with Convertible Wall near Zion National Park

Check out this unique off-the-grid cabin that truly brings the outdoors in. Located along the border of Zion National Park, the hiking opportunities are endless.

24. Luxury A-Frame Cabin in Zephyr Cove, Nevada

Ready to discover Nevada? Book this luxury cabin for panoramic lake views that will leave you speechless.

25. Deluxe A-Frame Rental in Glacier, Washington

Plan your stay at this stunning cabin and get ready to explore the beauty of Washington. Looking for even more of an adventure? Taking a day trip into Canada couldn't be easier from the location of this property!

Which A-frame is calling your name?


Looking for more inspiration to book your next escape? Check out our collections on unique A-frame cabins on the West Coast, in New York, and near Placer County!

Blogger Spotlight: Hilda

By Amy Ahlblad

Blogger Hilda Castillo, of World Worth Wandering, recently went on a fairytale glamping experience and stayed in a bell tent in Nevada City, California, and we're so lucky she's decided to share with us her travel tips and insight from her time spent glamping on the West Coast.

What are the three words you would use to describe the glamping site you stayed at?

Unique, peaceful, and beautiful.

How do you plan your vacations?

I like to plan my trips around the number of outdoor options available. I am also drawn to unique, hands-on opportunities and experiences.

What was around the destination?

The old town of Nevada City was within walking distance of our bell tent—so many dining options and cute shops! There were also a few hikes that started right from the property, including one that lead to a suspension bridge that is 150 feet long and hangs over 60 above the river in the middle of the forest! The Yuba River was also a short and beautiful drive from our bell tent and was some of the clearest water I've ever laid eyes on.

What was the style of the glamping site like?

Walking into the campsite literally felt like I was walking into a real-life fairy garden. Not kidding. The neighboring town had a very down-to-earth, hippie feel, with very friendly people.

What else can you tell us about the accommodation?

In addition to the bell tent experience, this property works as a bed and breakfast and has some of the nicest hosts I've ever met. Guests of the bell tent get to join the bed and breakfast guests for breakfast at the house every morning, where we sat on an outdoor deck overlooking the creek and waterfall—dreamy!

How would you describe your glamping style? Chic and stylish or rustic and outdoorsy?

Definitely outdoorsy. I don't have time to be too particularly stylish when I'm "roughing it." I'd prefer to spend more time taking in all of the sounds, smells, and sights than worrying about looking cute.

What is your biggest piece of advice for planning steps before booking a trip?

Read reviews!

What are your five go-tos for a glamping stay?

  1. My daughter
  2. My camera
  3. My Sovrnrepublic backpack
  4. Bug spray and sunblock (Gotta stay comfortable!)
  5. A swimsuit

What was your favorite memory from your glamping getaway?

My favorite memory from my glamping experience was our evening routine. I would watch my daughter swing and belly laugh on the hammock chair, which hung over the creek while I sat in a chair on the water. Then we would clean up and get into our pajamas for s'mores around the campfire—beautiful memories!

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I want to stay in a tree house next! I mean...who didn't dream of spending the night in a tree house as a child? It's time to make that dream a reality.


You can read more about Hilda and her travels on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram! For those interested in Sovrnrepublic, you can get 20% off with the code worldworthwandering, and for a züe swimswear discount, you can use the code WANDERLUST for 10% off, all courtesy of Hilda.

What's glamping? A history of the outdoor trend

By Shelby Stewart

The idea of glamping has taken on many names, such as "luxury camping," "glamorous camping," and "boutique camping." Whatever you may call it, though, at its core, the idea is all the same. So...what's glamping?

Glamping is the perfect combination of nature and exploration without sacrificing the comforts of home. Glamping provides endless opportunities to stay in luxury tents, yurts, tree houses, domes, and more, including the modern amenities you desire on a vacation.

We believe that glamping is the necessary pause everyone must take from the hustle and bustle to relax, rejuvenate, and become one with their surroundings. It's the chance to take a daring leap of faith and climb a mountain, hike to a waterfall, or take a dive into the sea. Wherever you choose to glamp, you are guaranteed the experience of a lifetime.

While the modern term of glamping is relatively new, the idea of upscale camping certainly is not. Dating back to the 16th century, the first mention of glamping appeared when the Scottish Earl of Atholl graciously welcomed his guests with extravagant tents filled with luxuries from his home. This trend was further developed when the Ottomans created a team of artisans to travel with their military force to build luxurious palatial tents.

Glamping continued to develop in the 20th century, as African safaris became a popular trend among the wealthy. Not willing to sacrifice the luxuries from home, however, these safari expeditions were equipped with upscale tents, including generators, folding baths, and nice linens.

Today, glamping has taken over ecotourism and travel. With endless landscapes to explore and accommodations scattered across the globe, the world truly is your oyster. Whether you are new to glamping or a seasoned pro, one of the biggest challenges is deciding where to adventure next. Once you pick your backdrop, the real fun comes in picking the perfect accommodation. While the possibilities are endless, we have included the most popular types of glamping below.

Luxury Tents

Check out this popular safari tent near Warner Springs, California!

These luxury tents are far from ordinary, and it won't be hard for you to see why. With all the cozy comforts you could ask for, such as full bathroom facilities, plush beds, and indoor/outdoor kitchen capabilities, you won't have to make any sacrifices on this hiking trip.

Yurts

Book your stay at this incredible yurt near Zion National Park, Utah.

Glamping in a yurt is a unique escape into nature. Adapted after traditional yurts used by nomads in Central Asia, these are defined as round, portable tents covered by skin. This is the perfect accommodation to explore the outdoors, yet feel right at home with all the necessary amenities.

Tree Houses

Plan your trip to this breathtaking tree house near Loundonville, Ohio.

Tree houses bring out your inner kid, allowing you to climb up into the trees and see the landscape from a new perspective. No matter which tree house you choose to call home, it will truly be an experience of a lifetime.

Glamping Domes

Check out this amazing dome in western Australia.

Domes are the perfect way to bring the outside indoors. Whether you choose to watch the sunrise or stargaze at night, the views from these picturesque domes are spectacular. Without having to sacrifice any of life's luxuries, domes are the perfect way to experience a new way of travel.

Need we say more? Book your own glamping adventure and define what glamping means to you.


For more inspiration on where to glamp, check out our collections on Unique and Unusual Rentals in the Southwest, East Coast Glamping Sites, and Cool Places to Stay in Northern California!

Host Spotlight: Ciel

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 Ciel, who manages
a magical dome tree house and Italian-style cottage in Topanga near Malibu, California.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

I thought "glamping" was a term I came up with back when I opened the woodlands here in 2011! I had no idea it was to become a popular word around the world. In fact, I came up with it as I stood on the huge wooden bridge that spans a small stream between the cottages in the woods here.

I was dreaming about the tipis I was thinking of putting in, down by the stream and the meditation area, and I said to my friend,"It's going to be 'glamping' instead of camping," because I always do everything as luxurious and glamorous as possible! So I first heard it out of my own mouth many years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

Four years ago, I realized I needed to open up this family land for as many people to enjoy its tranquility, peace, healing, and beauty as possible. I began with the main tree house and expanded to what is now our Magical Dream Dome Tree House, where couples (and singles) have been coming to stay from all over the world. They always leave with the same amazing reviews of this magic and always return.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Luxury, rustic, and magical.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Here at my property—I haven't experienced what I do anywhere else!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Well, that would depend on the person. For example, I know people that just want to camp in a basic tent on the side of a mountain, and those travelers would not be interested in camping with all the luxury and romance we offer here. But if the travelers expressed an interest in staying in the woods or on the side of a mountain, but didn't want to have to use an outhouse or actually heat their water over a fire, I would highly suggest "glamping."

There you can experience all of nature and the feeling of living outdoors, but in a certain "lap of luxury" at the same time, including French press coffee, a wood-burning pellet stove, a hot shower, a regular toilet, a bottle of frizzante, and hand-ironed linens.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

They can expect a feeling of total privacy, peace, tranquility, romance (definitely!), and a bit of unexpected luxury, all in the great outdoors. Meanwhile, inside, they will have a feeling that they've just stepped into a tree house in Provence or Tuscany, with fresh flowers everywhere, fine linens, down duvets, organic breakfasts, and more. It's definitely not your average glamping experience!

7. What makes your property unique?

The whole entire property here in the woods of Topanga Canyon is absolutely magical and completely unique. You have to experience it just once, and you will "get it" immediately. The land is situated in a woodland of oaks and eucalyptus and is cross-connected by bridges—both an enormous dining bridge and a foot bridge to a lower mediation area.

I am a professional chef, so our clients are offered the opportunity to order a very custom, totally private multi-course French Country or Italian dinner in the woods under the stars, or in inclement weather, in the main tree house cottage over the stream. We also offer private meditation, yoga, all modalities of massage therapy and Ayurvedic healing, and acupuncture.

A guest can sleep in the dream dome under the huge octagonal skylight and fall asleep under the stars, and wake up to a morning organic breakfast, followed by a massage on the bridge in the woods, and end with a private dining experience under the stars. The whole retreat is incredibly special and unique, which is attested to by our 198+ five-star reviews!

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

There is a lot I love about hosting this magical glamping experience here, but I would say the best is the people I've met from all over the world in the four years we've been open. Magic...100% magic.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

I think probably the most important eco-friendly feature is that we switched a few years back from wood-burning stoves in our cottages, to the very low footprint of the pellet wood-burning stoves. They leave very little carbon in the environment and none for the person inside the tree house. They are truly amazing, and I wish everyone would switch, as it's a huge help to the ozone.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for reading all this! I adore everyone over there at Glamping Hub. Although I'm obviously not new to the business, your company has fast become my favorite! You are all so appreciated!!!


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to California? See more of what Ciel and her accommodations can offer here and here!

Where to Eat, Sleep, and Glamp in the Cowichan Valley of British Columbia

By Jessica Armstrong

Editor's note: This is a guest post written by Joe Schwartz.

Vancouver Island has a unique style compared to the rest of British Columbia. Maybe the separation from the busy mainland has something to do with it, or perhaps its the proximity to the ocean and the laid-back vibes that go along with that. "The Island," as it's known in British Columbia, has always been a place to escape from normalcy—a place to unwind and decompress from the daily hustle and bustle. A lot of folks who live here take this same approach with life, which is reflected in the funky, character-filled communities on the Island.

The Cowichan Valley

Guests will leave this cabin and immediately want to plan their next trip back!

Hopping over to the island's eastern shores, one will notice some distinct changes in geography and climate. While the West Coast takes the full brunt of the Pacific Ocean's storms, the east side is sheltered by the mountains. The temperatures are generally warmer and the water calmer, but the adventurous island vibe pervades on this side, too.

The Cowichan Valley is a great example of this. A broad, fertile valley guarded by forested hills, the area is more British Columbia's interior farmland than a coastal destination.A broad, fertile valley guarded by forested hills, this area is more BC Interior farmland than Coastal destination. A quick detour onto the backroads will pass by vineyards, cows grazing, and lush farmland. It's pretty easy to forget that the ocean is just a stone's throw away.

The Cowichan Valley is a place to escape from normalcy, a place to unwind and decompress from the daily hustle.

Your Dream Cabin

Guests will leave this cabin and immediately want to plan their next trip back!

Detour up to the Cowichan River—along a maze of country roads and up a steep gravel driveway—and you'll have arrived at this incredible, eco-friendly cabin on Stoltz Bluff. Fully off-the-grid and sustainably built, this property and accommodation are an inspiration, not to mention make for a luxurious place to stay.

As the name (and the steepness of the driveway) might suggest, the retreat is built on the top of Stoltz Bluff, overlooking the Cowichan River Provincial Park, and offers incredible views up and down the main valley, which allows for memorable sunrises and sunsets right from the porch. Seriously, the view alone makes it worth the trip.


No need to bring camping gear when this eco-friendly cabin has everything you could ever dream of.

Leon and Tonya, the visionaries behind this project, had no prior experience in building in this style, but were determined to create something that would serve to inspire others. The accommodation and property hit on all the requirements of their original vision: an eco-friendly design that utilizes off-the-grid systems and is located in a private, stunning area that shows off the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. Every detail of the house is hand-crafted, and it's clear it was built with the intent to create a haven of relaxation and contemplation for generations to come.


What to do in the area

One can sample the results of such lush farmland at the weekly farmers' market in the local town of Duncan. Fresh baked goods, Cowichan wines, towering tables of local produce, and plenty of perfectly eccentric folk that live in the area. Wine and food are at the forefront at another Cowichan Valley favorite, Saison Market, where everything tastes freshly picked and lovingly crafted.

Glamping Hub personally thanks Joe and the hosts of this stunning cabin for allowing us to feel like we got to tag along on this incredible getaway through Cowichan Valley!


You can see more of Joe's adventure in British Columbia and learn more about the properties on Gibbon Whistler. Don't forget to book your very own getaway at this eco-friendly cabin, here.

It's Time to Visit Jordan River, British Columbia

By Jessica Armstrong

Editor's note: This is a guest post written by Joe Schwartz.

Jordan River is located on the southern reaches of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Only a short drive from the largest city on the island (and the province's capital), Victoria, the Jordan River area maintains a mystique and sense of remoteness not affected by its proximity to a big city.

Nothing looks more relaxing than enjoying the sunset while roasting s'mores right by the ocean.

Step inside your dream accommodation.

Where to stay

Don't you want to call this charming woodland cabin on Jordan Island your home away from home, too?

That funky vibe extends to Vancouver Island's accommodations, too. On the very southern reaches of the island's famous West Coast lies the hamlet of Jordan River. Once a mining and logging town, Jordan River is most well-known for its surf breaks and miles of wild coastline, all connected by the Juan de Fuca trail, a 29-mile (or 47-kilometer) trek along desolate beaches and through tangled forest.

Just outside of Jordan River, nestled amongst the towering Douglas firs, cedar trees, and hemlock is this stunning, secluded cabin. The cabin's hosts, J.S. and Candice, had lived in the area for almost a decade, observing more and more tourists arriving each year. Besides the local campsites, there wasn't much else in terms of accommodation for the area's growing number of visitors.


Guests will feel cozy and comfortable their entire stay at this unique rental in British Columbia.

Taking matters into their own hands, J.S. and Candice built the cabin three years ago, hoping to provide a welcoming space for everyone from weekend road-trippers to international visitors. Their goal with the cabin was to create a clean, well-built, and relaxing space. The minimalist interior design was intended to make guests feel comfortable and not distracted by unnecessary details.

While the modern appearance of the cabin may feel at odds with the towering trees surrounding the cabin, it all comes together perfectly when you're cozy in bed, listening to the wind whistle through the trees, or sipping a warm coffee on the patio as the morning sun filters through the branches above.

Guests will leave this cabin and immediately want to plan their next trip back!

What to do in the area

The Jordan River area boasts quality restaurants and places like the Sheringham Distillery, which offers tours and tastings on the weekends. Just minutes from the cabin are a few options to eat, including amazing breakfast and lunch sandwiches at the Cold Shoulder Café, wood-fired pizza at Stoked Pizzeria, and one of the most incredible dining room ocean views and classy cuisine at the Point No Point Resort (including binoculars on each table for dinner-time whale watching).

Glamping Hub personally thanks Joe and the hosts of this gorgeous and unbeatable cabin rental for allowing us to feel like we were a part of the glamping getaway in Jordan River!


You can see more of Joe's adventure in British Columbia and learn more about the properties on Gibbon Whistler. You can also your very own stay at this cabin on Jordan River, here.

14 Days of Summer Glamping Guide

By Shelby Stewart

Summer is a time like no other—the air gets warmer, nights get longer, and the urge to travel gets stronger. How will you choose to spend your summer? Whether you are booking the perfect girls trip, a relaxing family vacation, or a romantic getaway for two, our 14 days of Summer Glamping Guide provides all the inspiration you need to get planning.

Why should you make glamping your next summer adventure? The answer is simple. Glamping allows us to connect with nature while escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s the necessary pause everyone must take to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with nature with our loved ones around us.

Glamping can take many different forms, making it the perfect way to create an experience tailored to your personal desires. From bell tents and houseboats to caravans, tree houses, and everything in between, we have no doubt that your next glamping experience will be the trip of a lifetime.

With so many places to explore, choosing your summer getaway may seem like the most daunting part. With an eye for detail, but mainly an eye for adventure, we have handpicked accommodations for our summer inspiration guide that will not disappoint. Without further ado, here are our top 14 picks for glamping in the U.S. and beyond.

1. Extraordinary Houseboat Rental on Manatee River in Sarasota, Florida

Check out this houseboat for rent in Sarasota, Florida.

Nothing says summer more than a trip to Florida! This unique, floating chapel accommodation is the perfect escape to the Sunshine State, allowing you and your fellow travel companions time to soak up the sun and enjoy the charming town of Palmetto. With beautiful views from the marina and your own barbecue on deck, this glamping experience is one for the books!

2. Luxury Tents near Colorado Springs, Colorado

Book a stay at these luxury tents near Colorado Springs.

These luxury tents are guaranteed to take your breath away. With magnificent views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and your own fully-equipped kitchen, you won't want to leave. Whether you want to plan a full day of hiking or are looking to explore the countryside on ATVs, this accommodation is full of outdoor adventure. Make this your summer destination, and we promise it will be the glamping experience you've been dreaming of.

3. Breathtaking Cabanas Over the Water in Belize

Book your summer trip to Belize here!

Floating cabanas on a private island in Belize? Say no more! This glamping trip has relaxation written all over it. Whether you choose to spend your time swaying in a hammock overlooking the water or plan a day of snorkeling in the nearby barrier reef, these cabanas provide the ultimate mix of leisure and adventure. Add Belize to your summer bucket list, and start planning your trip to paradise.

4. Picturesque Caravan Getaway near Taos, New Mexico

Plan your trip to this caravan for the perfect glamping experience!

This blue caravan is the perfect place to call home for your summer adventures! Located near Taos, New Mexico, glampers can explore the landscape of Mesa or plan a hike in one of two National Parks nearby. Looking to spend a day in town? Venture into Taos to experience the local culture, which is rich in art and history. No matter how you choose to spend your time, this glamping hot spot will not disappoint.

5. Amazing Floating Cabin Getaway in Key Largo, Florida

Check out this incredible floating cabin in Key Largo, Florida.

This floating cabin offers the ultimate escape from reality. No need to dock for dinner—this boat includes a barbecue that allows you to cook up your personal catch of the day. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking during the day, and then relax and lounge on your private patio while taking in the gorgeous sunsets each evening. Book a stay at this cabin, and we have a feeling you'll fall in love with its charm just like we did.

6. Cozy Luxury Tent for a Romantic Getaway near Zion National Park, Utah

Book your stay at this luxury tent near Zion National Park.

This luxury tent is situated on a 120-acre glamping site that proves to be the perfect landscape for any adventure. Whether you want to venture into Zion National Park or explore the Canaan Mountain Wilderness, you're guaranteed a unique experience each and every day. What could make this property even better? Its pet-friendly, meaning you can share this amazing glamping experience with your favorite four-legged friend.

7. Deluxe Bell Tents at Camp West Sonoma near San Francisco

Plan your trip to these bell tents at Camp West Sonoma!

Whether you are in desperate need of a girls' weekend or looking for the perfect romantic escape, these bell tents nestled in Sonoma, California, are a go-to for your next glamping trip. The tents are conveniently located near vineyards for a day of wine tasting, but you can just as easily stay on-site and take the party poolside for a day of sun and relaxation. However you choose to spend your time in Sonoma, these bell tents provide the ultimate glamping experience.

8. Unique Vacation Rental with Ocean Views near Pahoa, Hawaii

Ready, set, aloha!

Pack your bags, and get ready to head to Pahoa, Hawaii! Hawaii is the perfect pick for a tropical and luxurious vacation with endless places to go explore. Black sand beaches, snorkeling, and beautiful forests are all just a short drive away from this amazing accommodation! Whether you are looking for a vacation full of adventure or something a bit slower paced, this glamping spot will have you saying aloha in no time.

9. Magnificent Bell Tents near Venice, Italy

Check out these incredible bell tents near Venice!

Ready for a European adventure? These bell tents are located near Venice, Italy, and provide the ideal balance between city and beach life. Within a 30-minute drive of Venice and just a quick walk from the beach, each day is guaranteed to be full of new scenery. Book a stay at this accommodation, and get ready for the glamping experience of a lifetime.

10.Romantic Getaway Cottage Overlooking Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

Ready to book your trip to New Zealand?

Whether you're looking for the perfect honeymoon or a romantic couples retreat, this cottage is the perfect place to vacation. With gorgeous views and the coastal downtown just a five-minute drive away, this cottage gives you the perfect balance of hideaway and adventure. It's time to head to New Zealand for a destination getaway you'll never want to leave.

11. Delightful Dome Nestled in Appalachian Mountains, Georgia

Plan your summer trip to this fabulous Georgia glamping dome!

Glamping in this Georgia dome is the perfect withdraw into the Appalachian Mountains. With Carters Lake just minutes away, glampers can fish, kayak, and hike during the day and return to the ultimate outdoor kitchen and campfire in the evenings. Conveniently located near the historic city of Ellijay—home to vineyards, apple orchards and an annual apple festival—there is always something new to discover. A summer escape to Georgia is exactly what every glamper needs to reconnect with nature alongside loved ones.

12.Dreamy Tree House Rentals near Austin, Texas

Book your trip to these tree house rentals near Austin, Texas!

Tree houses are the perfect way to escape the ordinary, and this accommodation located near Austin, Texas, will not disappoint. Nestled in Texas Hill Country, it offers a wide variety of places to explore, including a day trip to Austin to experience the "Live Music Capital of the World." What's the best part of this gem? You can book a private, on-site zip-line tour with the host, and you'll find out.

13.Custom Designed Tree House near Mochian State Park, Ohio

Check out these tree house rentals near Mochian State Park!

We love tree houses so much we just had to add another to the list. Conveniently located near Mohican State Park, you will be able to create your own hiking adventure every day. Made from 100% reclaimed materials and nestled within the pine trees of Ohio, this property is the perfect escape to become one with nature. Adventure is calling—it’s time to head to Ohio!

14. Stunning Tree House Near Germantown, Kentucky

Plan your trip to these tree house rentals near Germantown, Kentucky!

Our last pick is none other than this charming tree house located near Germantown, Kentucky. Situated on 200 acres of secluded wilderness, this is the ideal spot for hiking and exploration. What makes this accommodation even more unique? You can book a hiking canopy tour with the host to truly experience all the beauty this tree house has to offer. End each night with quality time by the campfire, and this trip will surely be the summer experience of a lifetime.

Summer is calling...where will you go?


For more summer inspo, check out our collections on Summer Tent and Tipi Camping in California, Glamping Cabins in Upstate New York, and Summer Vacations with the Kids in Texas!

Extraordinary Accommodations for the Best Summer Solstice Celebrations

By Neil Graham

The Summer Solstice is a celestial event that has been respected for thousands of years all over the world, from the Ancient Egyptians, who believed it was responsible for the vital annual flooding of the Nile, to the Vikings, who would go on fishing expeditions and raids. Even today, it is a time to appreciate the life-giving powers of the Sun and it’s relationship with Earth, which allows every living thing on our planet to thrive. It’s also a time when the warm weather lets us gather with friends and family and enjoy the great outdoors, whether it’s hiking through forests and mountains, serving barbecue lunches, or simply lying on the beach with a well-earned cold one in hand.

In 2018, the Summer Solstice will fall on Thursday, June 21, in the Northern Hemisphere, and these are our favorite accommodations to experience the world’s best celebrations.

1. Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara, California

Relax in this incredible cabana rental near the beach and enjoy the vibrant floats and costumes, as well as live music and dancing at the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade!

2. Summer Solstice Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina

Stay just an hour away from the colorful celebrations in Greensboro, North Carolina, with this cabin near Raleigh and discover an artisan market with an array of hand-crafted goods and culinary delights, live musical performances with influences from around the globe, and dazzling fire-spinning displays in the evening!

3. Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland

Marvel at the breathtaking mountain and ocean views from a private outdoor hot tub with this unique glass cabin near the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavík and watch world-class musical acts from a variety of genres. 2018's acts include Slayer, Stormzy, Bonnie Tyler, and Gucci Mane!

4. Astrofest in Istria, Croatia

This superb villa rental is based on the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia near the site of Astrofest where lovers of astronomy and mystical mythology gather to watch the sun set before rising again on the shortest night of the year.

5. Mountain Fires in Tyrol, Austria

The extraordinary spectacle of the Mountain Fires on the peaks of Ehrwald, Lermoos, and Biberwier in Austria’s Tyrol region is a truly unique sight, with the glowing sculptures reaching a height of 200 meters. Make your Summer Solstice getaway unforgettable by staying in an igloo in the enchanting city of Innsbruck.

6. Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in England

Gather around the ancient standing stones of Stonehenge and admire the first rays of the sun while joining in the extravagant pagan celebrations. Guests can expect to see displays of flamboyant Aztec and druid costumes, mass yoga sessions, and lively drum circles.


Looking for more summer vacation ideas? Have a look at our collections of Unique Summer Getaways in California and Unique Summer Getaways on the East Coast!