Our Guide to Glamping in the Midwest

By Ben Clarke

The Midwestern region of the U.S. is a hugely diverse geographic area, comprised of 12 states. The region is referred to as "America's Heartland," due to the historical importance of its manufacturing and agricultural sectors, as well as the variety of large cities and small towns that broadly represent wider American culture. It is also home to some incredible natural landscapes, including the massive Great Lakes, the expansive Northwood forests, and more remote areas, such as the Badlands of South Dakota. This means that glampers have a lot of choice when planning their trip to the Midwest!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

By far the biggest city in the Midwest, Chicago is the region's cultural capital. Famed for its deep-dish pizza, iconic skyline incorporating the Willis Tower, and being the hometown of Kanye West, Chicago is also an increasingly important site of art and culture. It hosts the Art EXPO Chicago every year, as well as the Lollapalooza music festival, and has Millenium Park, with its world-famous Cloud Gate sculpture. Not far outside the city limits is Lake Michigan and Illinois Wine Country.

Romantic Cottage Rental in Galena, Illinois

Why not base yourself inbetween the Windy City and Illinois Wine Country with this romantic cottage rental?

Table Rock Lake, Missouri

Table Rock Lake

Known across the nation for its excellent bass fishing, this idyllic clear water lake with stunning vistas is also a picturesque setting for swimming, boating, and watersports. It's widely heralded as one of the best locations in the Continental United States for scuba diving.

Inviting Log Cabin for Rent near Table Rock Lake

And once you've been busy making a splash at Table Rock Lake, why not come back home to the comfort and rustic style of this beautiful cabin rental?

Paul Bunyan State Trail, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan State Trail

The Paul Bunyan State Trail in central Minnesota is truly a four-season activity, comprised of over 100 miles of trails to cycle, hike, rollerblade, and snowmobile. It's perfect for families, as the trail is mostly level, but it also has some more challenging slopes. It offers an excellent whistle-stop tour of some of the state's best scenery, including the Brainerd Lakes, Crow Wing State Park, and Lake Bemidji State Park.

Rustic Cabins on the Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota

After you've spent the day enjoying the natural beauty of central Minnesota, why not relax in this rustic cabin rental on the Brainerd Lakes?

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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Completed in 1941, Mount Rushmore towers above the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota. It depicts four of the most significant Presidents in American history: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. With rock faces 18 meters high, this monument has become an iconic symbol of the United States and is a major tourist attraction, with over two million visitors annually.

Cozy Traditional Log Cabin with Fire Pit near Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

After you've seen this homage to early American settlement, why not live like a frontiersman in this traditional cabin rental?

The Black Hills National Forest and the Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

The Black Hills National Forest spreads from southwestern South Dakota into northwestern Wyoming and is comprised of over 1.25 million acres of ponderosa pine forest. Black Elk Peak, the highest mountain in the range, at over 2,000 meters high.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

The Badlands National Park comprises 244,000 acres of sharply eroded rocks amongst the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. It is a truly desolate area, where you can travel for miles without a hint of civilisation.

Spacious Cabin Rental for Large Groups in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

If you're traveling in a large group and looking for somewhere to rest your heads, why not book this spacious cabin rental, which is perfectly situated for visiting both?


Keen to experience the best of the Midwest? Check out our vacation rentals in the Midwest, and book today!

Our Top 5 Tree Houses in the U.S.

By Nadia Medani

We know that there is no accommodation more sought after than a good, old-fashioned tree house, and at Glamping Hub, we’re certainly spoiled for choice. We see the best of the best on a daily basis, so narrowing it down to just five was a tall order.

High up in the tree tops, these accommodations reignite childhood playfulness, evoke memories of bedtime stories, and days out playing in the woods. Long before iPads and video games, tree houses were things of make-believe and adventure—Peter Pan, Swallows and Amazons, a trip into Wonderland, and all those other childhood stories that we all think we are a bit too old to reenact.

We live by the mantra that a tree house is not just for kids, and we think that you should, too. Get your backpacks ready and picnics packed...we’re going on an adventure!

1. The Luna Loft Tree House near the Appalachian Mountains, Georgia

A view from the exterior of the Luna Loft tree house in Georgia.
Magic in the treetops at the Luna Loft Tree House!

Our first stop takes us to this magical wooden tree house in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia. Perfect for a couple or a group of four, this accommodation is everything you could have dreamed of as a child and more! Tucked away in the forest at the top of a hill, glampers can let their imagination run wild at this fairytale getaway.

2. Unique and Luxurious Tree House Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina

A view of the exterior of the tree house in Asheville, North Carolina.
Check out this fairytale paradise near Asheville, North Carolina.

This unique tree house can be found near the town of Asheville, North Carolina, and from the outside could easily be mistaken for a princess palace. Maybe Rapunzel is about to let down her golden hair, or a prince charming is hiding just around the corner. Inside, the immaculate interior is certainly fit for a prince or princess, and this vacation will surely be one for the books.

3. Tree House Rental near Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

A view from the below the tree house in New Hampshire.
It doesn't get much better than this castle-style tree house near Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire.

If the previous tree house was a princess fairytale castle, this one is the home of the prince and his squires, all three of them that is. Located near Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, this is a sturdy tree house, reminiscent of knights of old and days gone by, but not without a modern twist. The immaculate finish of both the interior and exterior, with the addition of luxury amenities and fittings, set this accommodation a cut above the rest!

4. Off-The-Grid and Eco-Friendly Tree House in Volcano, Hawaii

A view from in front of the rainforest tree house in Hawaii.
Get swept away by the beauty of the rainforest at this tree house getaway in Hawaii.

We’re leaving the woodlands behind us now and hopping on a plane in search of sunnier climes. Quite by accident, we have arrived at a bohemian, eco-friendly accommodation in Hawaii. This tree house is more Swiss Family Robinson, nestled in the rainforest and surrounded by banana trees, with exotic birds in the treetops—it doesn’t really get more magical than this! Hawaii isn’t quite Guinea, but we think it’s pretty darn exotic!

5. Romantic Tree House near Chattanooga in North Georgia

Part of the lovely interior of the tree house in North Georgia.
You'll never want to leave this luxury rental suspended in the trees in Georgia.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and back we go. Our round trip concludes in Georgia once more—but not without one last stop on this magical journey through the trees.

One could be mistaken in thinking we were already back to adult life, sipping a coffee in a chic apartment with cutting-edge interior design fit for any young professional. Well…not quite yet.

This stylish accommodation can be found suspended in the high treetops, with stunning views of Chattanooga. Who says we have to grow up quite yet?

A view of the romantic Georgia tree house in the distance.
Discover your inner child at this unique tree house in Georgia.


Want to win a trip to one of these tree houses? Follow us on Instagram and enter to win a two-night stay at the Luna Loft Tree House seen above! Find your inner child and start planning your treetop adventure today.

Staff Picks: 4 Reasons to Visit Julian, California

By Jessica Armstrong

It wouldn't be a vacation to California without some glamping, and I've got a special treat for you. While I'd love to keep the charming town of Julian, California, a secret just for me and my family, it would be wrong of me not to share.

A beautiful view of Lake Julian from the tree house cabin.

A stunning view of Lake Julian from the comfort of Rick Dyer's tree house cabin.

Just an hour outside of San Diego, Julian offers epic views of nature around every corner, the US's best apple pie (yum!), deer sightings almost every hour, and one of the best glamping sites I have visited to date. For a town of only 1,502 residents, Julian sure has a lot to offer glampers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

1. Rick Dyer's Tree House Cabin

I have had my eye on this accommodation for quite some time, and boy, did it exceed my expectations. From waking up to woodpeckers in the trees to enjoying the sunset from the Jacuzzi after an excellent day of hiking, this tree house cabin was the perfect place to call home for the week. Having been passed down for generations, Rick has made this glamping accommodation a true haven for families to spend some quality time with each other.

Rick Dyer giving us the grand tour of the cabin rental.

Be sure to get the full tour to learn fun facts about this glamping rental.

A photo of the author in front of the tree house.

I couldn't help but get a photo in front of this beautiful retreat.

All bundled up around the kitchen table playing board games, catching up, making new memories, and sharing laughs that could probably be heard across the canyon is exactly what glamping with the family is all about. When visiting this cabin be sure to ask Rick for the grand tour—it is worth hearing all the fun facts about the previous owners' family stories. This will not be my last visit to this tree house cabin.

A view of the tree house from the trails above.

Explore the trails above the tree house to get the most epic views of Julian.

2. Julian Apple Pie

If you have heard of Julian, apple pie was probably mentioned in the same sentence. Why is Julian so famous for apple pie, you ask? During the Gold Rush, Julian arose as a charming mountain town and along with it came an outstanding number of apple trees. As the saying goes, when life gives you apple make apple pies—and so they did.

One of Julian's delicious pie companies.

This may or may not have been our secret pie spot, but guess you will have to find out for yourselves.

With over five different pie companies in Julian alone, glampers will have to make a day of touring the different cafes to find out which one really is the best. We found our answer, but I will keep that an insider's secret for now.

Dutch Apple Pie from Julian Pie Company.

We're still dreaming of Dutch Apple Pie.

3. Antiquing

There is nothing I love more than a good shopping trip, and Julian is filled with the cutest antique stores. A personal favorite? The Warm Hearth of Julian. With cookbooks, kitchen products, clothing, and home goods galore, it was hard not to spend more than an hour browsing the trinkets and collectibles this store has to offer. I wouldn't be the shopper I am if I did not pick up a few collectibles to fill my house with.

A view from the top of Stonewall Peak hike.

There is nothing quite as good as hiking to the top of Stonewall Peak with this view as your reward.

4. Hiking Stonewall Peak

The exquisite views that stretch from Julian to the Pacific Ocean are worth the hike up Stonewall Peak. A good hike for beginners and intermediate hikers, it takes about two hours and 30 minutes from start to finish. I would not recommend hiking this trail on a very windy day, as the top of the hike requires stairs and holding onto rails, but on a sunny day like ours, it could not be beat. I cannot wait to go back and visit more trails surrounding this peak.

A view from the other side of Stonewall Peak hike.

My brother is a professional climber, so he did all the daredevil work for us.

A view of Julian from the top of Stonewall Peak.

A photo does not quite capture the beauty to been seen from the top of Stonewall Peak.

From a lovely stay at Rick's tree house cabin to the yumminess of apple pie and the breathtaking views of Southern California, Julian is one for the books.


Be sure to check out more amazing, one-of-a-kind getaways in Southern California, including this amazing Julian tree house rental for your next getaway!

The Best Fall Weekend Glamping Trip

By Jackie Dreyer

This post was written by a guest author.

If you’re planning an upcoming glamping trip—or if you’d like to try glamping for the first time—it might be difficult to find the perfect location. To make your decision easier, we’ve chosen the following five best places to reserve a glamping getaway this fall.

A view from outside of the cedar green house in Silverton, Oregon.
There's nothing quite so dreamy as this level of seclusion at this Oregon cottage.

1. Peaceful Cedar Green House – Silverton, Oregon

It’s hard to believe someone living in the Pacific Northwest would need an escape to nature when so much of the region is made up of incredible natural landscape. Still, nature calls, and glamping is the perfect way to experience the areas outside of the hipster haven of Portland.

This cottage in Silverton, Oregon, puts you directly in touch with the nature around you. The greenhouse-style dwelling has floor-to-ceiling windows broken up only by cedar support beams, so you can see the lush trees surrounding the place. If that’s not enough to sell you, consider the fact that there’s a hot tub inside of the house, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be booking your weekend here ASAP.

Two of the lovely eco-cabins at this glamping site in Texas Hill Country.
Get ready for a relaxing yoga retreat at this Texas glamping gem.

2. Eco-Cabin in Texas Hill Country – Spicewood, Texas

Just outside the hustle-and-bustle of Austin, you’ll find this peaceful cabin, nestled in a community that centers upon serenity. Once you book your stay, you can also sign up for yoga classes and massage package to make your experience all the more relaxing.

Even if you don’t sign up for extras, you can take advantage of the communal Floating Cabin, which is a great perch for reading and spotting wildlife. You can also swim and kayak from the Floating Cabin’s edge, too!

One of the cozy log cabin rentals available at this glamping resort in South Dakota.
A cozy log cabin stay is just what the doctor called for in South Dakota.

3. Charming Log Cabin Rentals at Resort – Spearfish, South Dakota

This property was named one of the top 10 must-see log cabin vacation sites—and for good reason. It’s smack-dab in the middle of all of South Dakota’s most incredible parks, landscapes, and historical sites. Just down the road, you can find Deadwood, a key town in the midst of the national gold rush. A 90-minute drive will take you to the Black Hills, an awe-inspiring National Forest just next door to Mount Rushmore.

Spearfish itself is a place of incredible natural beauty, too, so you can certainly stick to your glamping destination if you’re just there for a weekend. The property has many on-site amenities, including a pool, fire pits, and a dog park, making it a great option if you’re bringing four-legged glampers along.

The beautiful interior of the tree house's bedroom in California.
Make your childhood dreams come true at this California tree house.

4. Magically Romantic Tree House in Eucalyptus Grove – Petaluma, California

Glamping in this California tree house brings you up close and personal with nature—tree limbs jut through the house and into the living space—but that’s all part of the place’s rustic, romantic charm. It sits in Sonoma County, and its height gives you a bird’s eye view of the Golden State’s incredible rolling hills.

Of course, being that you’re in Sonoma County, it would be a shame to miss the area’s best wineries, and you can also drive to many of the Bay Area’s natural highlights, including Point Reyes National Seashore. Or consider yourself "outdoorsy" by grabbing a glass of wine, cracking open a book, and reading while sitting in an actual treetop—the choice is yours.

The inside of the waterfront cabin in Woodstock, New York.
This waterfront rental is the perfect Upstate New York destination from which to enjoy the fall foliage.

5. Historic Former Mill Turned Waterfront Luxury Rental – Woodstock, New York

If you’re glamping with friends, a trip to Woodstock, New York, could be in the cards. This historic mill—built along both Cooper Lake and Sawkill Streams in the 1800s—sleeps four and has all of the comforts of home, including a gas fireplace.

And, while the Woodstock Festival no longer takes place in this town, it’s still a popular destination for artists of all mediums. You can take a break from outdoor pursuits by exploring the thriving local cultural scene to see it for yourself. Otherwise, the mountains, waterfalls, and hikes to both will give you the taste of beautiful nature you seek.

Where will your first glamping trip take you? If this list has proven anything, it’s that you can glamp just about anywhere in the U.S., from the luxurious rolling hills of Sonoma Wine Country to the wild forests of South Dakota. All you have left to do now is decide which is the right destination for your next trip, pack a bag, and get glamping.


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Author Bio: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing, and inspiring posts.

Top Destinations for a Weekend Getaway in New Hampshire

By Ben Clarke

New Hampshire

Summer has ended, and that spells the end of the long summer holiday. However, like a phoenix out of the ashes, the mini-break rises to take its place. If you're looking for somewhere exciting to rekindle some of that summer spirit in the midst of a long fall, why not take a weekend getaway to New Hampshire? We've suggested a few of our top destination options for you below!

The White Mountains

The White Mountains
The White Mountains are induspitably the best place to hike in New Hampshire.

This truly is a four-season destination. Known for its awesome hiking trails that snake up through pine forests to majestic peaks, the White Mountains are also a premier skiing destination in the winter. There are even extensive scenic drives for when the weather takes a nasty turn!

Fabulous Chalet Rental in the Pines
Check out this beautiful cabin right on the edge of the National Forest.

Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

A lively urban center in the middle of a tranquil state, Manchester offers entertainment, culture, and history in equal measure. Visit an art museum, see a play, catch a game, or listen to live music—Manchester has it all. The beautiful Livingston Park and Lake Massabesic complement the city perfectly.

Unique Vacation Cottage Rental near Manchester, New Hampshire
Why not try this open-plan four-person cabin just outside Manchester?

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail leads through the Eastern United States, from Springer Mountain in Georgia all the way to Mount Katahdin in Maine. New Hampshire hosts 161 miles of the trail and features more miles above treeline than any other state, which means it has the best panoramic views! You're bound to be weary from all that hiking, so put your feet up in one of our cabins!

Spacious Outdoor Log Cabin Rental in Bath, New Hampshire
This spacious outdoor log cabin sits just outside the picturesque town of Bath.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee, at 21 miles long, is the largest lake in New Hampshire and has something for everyone. There are cruises along the lake that offer cooked meals, live music, and entertainment. The Mill Falls Marketplace makes for an unparalelled shopping and dining experience and features a 12-meter waterfall. Those who want an adventure can hike up to the Castle in the Clouds, a turn-of-the-century mansion affording unrivaled views over the lake.

Idyllic Cottage by Lake Winnipesaukee
How about a romantic escape to a beautiful lakeside cottage?


Feeling inspired? There's plenty more where that came from! Check out our East Coast Accommodations for Travel Experts.

Host Spotlight: Kutira

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 Kutira, who manages an eco-retreat on the Island of Maui in Hawaii.

A lovely view of the exterior of an eco-friendly bamboo cottage in Maui, Hawaii.

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

A few years ago.

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

We are a fully self-sustainable, eco-friendly community, and our mission is to help people reconnect with nature and enjoy the benefits of a more natural way of living.

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

Rejuvenating, reinvigorating, and relaxing.

A group of glampers doing yoga in one of the property's yoga facilities.

4. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It is the most natural way to connect with the land, get grounded, and find relaxation in an environmentally-friendly place, where it is easier to unwind, restore, and recharge the energy.

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

A sustainable paradise located where the sun is rising. A place “where your vacation becomes a transformation!” Our property is the ideal destination no matter whether you're seeking sanctuary, writing the next chapter of your life, on your honeymoon, or simply taking a vacation.

A lovely view of the interior of an eco-friendly, bamboo cottage at this glamping site in Maui.

6. What makes your property unique?

Come explore elegant green living at Maui's magical, premiere eco-retreat. Here, guests will enjoy being directly next to the ocean, beautiful hiking trails, waterfall lagoons, a romantic setting, sunrise views, yoga and meditation classes, and only 15 minutes from town.

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

Seeing the full transformation that our guests go through from the beginning of their stay with us until the end of their journey.

A view from the outside of the main building at the eco-retreat in Maui.

8. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We operate on solar energy from panels installed on our buildings, our water is pumped directly from our own well and rain catchment system, and we live sustainably and self-sufficiently from the land through organic farming.

At our property, you can enjoy the benefits of a setting that is free from electromagnetic waves, such as Wi-Fi (except in the main house, where guests can check their emails, etc).

All of our buildings are ecologically built. Our bamboo structures and temples are both unique and historic. We are the first permitted bamboo structure in the entire United States.

A relaxing suite with calming nature views at this eco-retreat in Maui.


Interested in a glamping escape to Hawaii? See more of what Kutira's unique accommodations can offer here, here, here, here, here, and here!

Our Top Five Staff Picks

By Chloe Stein

Staff Picks: Every two weeks, we'll be bringing you one of our staffer's favorite glamping sites. This week, Chloe is here to share which accommodations she's chosen!

When working at Glamping Hub, not a day goes by without oogling and ogling over a newly-listed tree house, a funky yurt or a charming shepherd hut—and don't even get me started on tiny houses, they're utterly praise-worthy.

So, let's begin our first week of staff picks with two things in mind. One, prepare to be amazed, and two, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a tiny house.

1 - Tree House: Misiones, Argentina

This new sign up is the bee's knees, his legs, and his arms. Why do we love this Argentinian tree house? I mean, isn't it obvious?

2 - Tented Cabins: Rhone Alps, France

These tents are our second choice as they are available year-round—withstanding winter, spring, summer and fall. Also because we can always get down with a glass of Côtes du Rhône, from the Rhone Alps, with love.

3 - Safari Tent: Kanab, Utah

This third pick makes our list for many reasons, but the number one? Location, location, location. This destination is right next to the immaculate Grand Staircase National Park, as seen in the second photo below.

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Photo by Kane County Office of Tourism

4 - Private Island: Little Diamond, Maine

If we were to pick one region in the world to camp for the rest of our days, it would probably be New England—which brings us to this private island rental in Maine.

5 - Tiny House: Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Don't say we didn't warn you! This gosh-darn adorable tiny house is what dreams are made of. Is that going overboard? Personally, we think not. All hail tiny houses!


Like what you see? Stay tuned for our staff picks in the weeks to come or, if you're feeling adventurous, create a free Glamping Hub account and start your own wishlist today!

Host Spotlight: Gail

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 Gail, who manages this fairy-tale luxury cottage in West Glacier, Montana, and these stunning tree houses in Whitefish, Montana.

An exterior photo of the tree house cabin in Whitefish, Montana.

Looking out towards Glacier, Montana, and surrounded by woodlands and mountains, you'll be quick to want to call this tree house home.

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

Yes, several years ago.

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

I grew up with memories of a tree house! I was raised in Pennsylvania in the 60s, and my father was a contractor who built thousands of single-family homes. He always had scrap lumber around the house. With his help, my siblings and I built a rough tree house in an oak tree near our home.

Our tree house was a place that I could visit and anything was possible. It was a place without limitations where my imagination could run free. If I wanted it to be a rocket ship, a castle, or a mansion in my mind, it was. As a child in that tree house, nothing was impossible.

Our original tree house was very basic, but it fueled my desire for a "real" tree house, which wasn't fulfilled until I turned 58! This past fall, we started construction on Snow Bear Chalets—the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses!—which are located five feet from the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana.

A view from the tree house's great room and its welcoming balcony.

The tree house's cozy interior brings the outdoors indoors,with stunning views from every room.

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

Whimsical, luxurious, and unique.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Our tree houses!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It opens up a whole new way to travel.

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Guests will love the tree house's layout, including a well equipped kitchen for easily whipping up meals all trip long.

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

Expect to smile a lot!

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses.

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

Being able to stay here when it's not booked!

One of the tree house's charming bedrooms.

A good night's sleep is easily obtained from any of the cozy bedrooms at the tree house.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We kept the trees on the property and built around them, as well as used the best environmentally-friendly products in construction, maintenance, and cleaning.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

I'm passing on the tradition! When my five-year-old granddaughter first set foot in the turret of one of the tree houses, she went to the window, grabbed her hair and asked me to open the window. When I asked her why, she looked at me like I was clueless and said, "How can my prince climb the tower if I don't throw my hair down?" The magic and love of fairy-tale tree houses along with the belief of infinite possibility has been passed on to the next generation.

A whimsical lofted space in the Whitefish, Montana, tree house.

As if staying here couldn't get any more magical, check out the turreted ceiling, beautifully painted like the Montana night sky.


*Book Gail's gorgeous Montana cottage and tree houses here, here, here, and here. You're sure to love our unique Montana getaways, too!

Blogger Spotlight: Kristina and Naizak

By Jessica Armstrong

There's nothing better than a summer glamping getaway (start planning yours for next year here!)—and even more so when (wo)man's best friend is coming along for the ride.

Kristina of Day in My Dreams and her best dog pal, Naizak, made their way over to a stunning Virginia cottage for their first Glamping with Pets vacation. We asked her to give us the inside scoop on glamping with her furry BFF, paw in hand.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

Packs and pup in tow, Kristina is ready to go glamping.

What three words would you use to describe your Glamping Hub stay?

Relaxing, fun, and escape.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

From the moment Naizak strutted through the door, he knew he found his home-away-from-home.

What are your packing essentials for every glamping trip?

Since glamping is a lot like camping, it's important to bring a few essentials! My must-haves include food (and plenty of it), bevies, your own toiletries, and a body prepped for relaxation.

What are your main steps to planning a getaway?

Scheduling a getaway can be difficult with a busy schedule. Set aside time in advance, and don't let other plans intervene—everyone needs time for themselves.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

Enjoy this gorgeous view from the living room every day.

Do you prefer to travel in large groups, solo, or with a companion?

I love traveling in large groups or even alone! It's a totally different experience either way. If I have party pants on, I go with a group of my best girlfriends. When I need some time to unwind, I prefer to travel alone or with a single companion.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

(Wo)man's best friend and glamper alike, these two pals sure are having a ball.

What is your main piece of advice for travelers planning their first glamping stay?

Be sure to think through your packing list thoroughly. If you're staying in a remote area, you may not be able to find what you need at the destination.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

These plush couches are calling your name for some relaxation and a cozy afternoon nap.

What is your dream destination?

Bali!

If you were to visit a glamping accommodation tomorrow, where and what type would it be?

I would love to go glamping on a tropical getaway. It's so nice to be able to enjoy the luxury of some place exotic while having the comforts of a home.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

A view this stunning never gets old.

What was the biggest surprise about your glamping stay?

The view was so much better than I had even imagined! We're already planning our next trip.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

Until next time, glampers!

To have your very own Glamping with Pets stay, check out Kristina's cottage accommodation.


Don't miss more of Kristina's adventures, and head to her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Top 7 Fall Getaways on the East Coast in 2017

By Bakari Olivetti

While many a region across the U.S. experiences a fine fall season, the real star of the autumn show is the East Coast area. Filled with pride and love for their stunning fall foliage, it's time Midwesterners, West-Coasters, and Southerners got a taste of what fall is like along the eastern edge of the U.S. Let us take you on a jaunt along the East Coast, stopping at all of our un-be-leaf-able glamping sites from which to watch the leaves change colors.

East Coast Maine-ia: Portland

A treehouse near Portland, Maine.

Looking out to the Back River of Maine, you'll love life perched high amongst the trees.

There's nothing like waking up to elevated views of lush woodlands and tranquil waters in secluded Maine. Top it off with a cedar hot tub, and relax the morning and night away. At less than an hour's drive, the city of Portland awaits glampers for the quintessential, New England fall experience. For lovers of the outdoors, there are endless hiking trails and fall foliage coloring nature at every angle. A popular spot toooh and ah over the leaves is Bradbury Mountain State Park.

Don't miss out on stocking up on Bean Boots in Freeport, a nearby town with the original LL Bean factory. All beer, wine, and food enthusiasts can find their niche at the variety of festivals throughout the fall months in Portland. As a seafood capital of the East Coast, fresh lobster, fried clams, and succulent oysters are awaiting your arrival. Let's just say no one will be feeling crabby while visiting Portland.

I Lo-Vermont: Burlington

A two-story tree house near Burlington, Vermont

This two-story tree house will make you wonder if you're living in a fairytale.

Known for beautiful foliage, abundant nature, and Ben & Jerry's, Vermont is your go-to stop this fall. Staying at this tree house will be an unparalleled experience—the handcrafted design includes a wrap-around staircase, large pines holding the floors together, and a panoramic room facing the Green Mountains. Set in the quaint town of Waterbury, there are many local shops to browse and nearby peaks to climb. In many surrounding towns, you will be busy between the harvest festivals, apple picking, corn mazes, and fall foliage.

At just a short drive away, both Ben and Jerry's and Cabot Creamery offer tours to see the products in action. Guests must travel half an hour to Burlington, the most populated city in the state, for beautiful views of Lake Champlain, local restaurants and shops on Church Street Marketplace, and the hopping art and music scene. It's hard to decide which will be sweeter—the pure Vermont maple syrup you'll taste or your time in the Green Mountain state.

Pahk the Cah in Massachusetts: Boston

A cabin on the sea near Boston, Massachusetts

Your family is going to absolutely love this charming cabin and its proximity to the ocean.

Perfect for a family trip on the weekend, this cabin is just steps to the ocean, set in the lovely coastal town of Rockport, Massachusetts. The indoors is simply elegant with a cozy feel and attractive decorations that will put you at ease. Enjoy a crisp morning sipping your coffee on the deck, and later, head to the magnificent city of Boston for the day. On the way, be sure to stop at Salem, a Halloween destination where the norm is to be dressed in spooky costumes while exploring the haunted houses and fall-themed shops.

Known for its crisp weather, rich history, and adoring sports fans, Boston is a perfect place to visit in the fall. Catch a seat (or better yet, a home run ball) at Fenway Park and watch the Red Sox defeat the Yankees. Or, walk along the Freedom Trail while viewing fall foliage, eat at restaurants near Faneuil Hall, or shop on Newbury Street.

Pennsyl in your Trip: Lancaster

An A-frame couples' cabin near Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The angled ceiling walls add to this cabin's cozy and romantic feel in every room.

Set on 10 acres of woodlands, this unique cabin will be the perfect place for a couple to stay this autumn. With a soaking tub and fireplace inside and a light-up hot tub and chimenea outside, there is no doubt you'll give this cabin an A(-frame)+. Just a bit north is Lancaster, a city that truly comes to life when fall arrives. Annual harvest festivals and Halloween celebrations fill up the fall months to keep everyone in the spirit.

Savor the taste of local products from the farmers' markets, take a ghost tour through the streets, or experience a truly core fall activity—apple picking. Fresh cider, warm cider donuts, and crisp, just-picked Macintosh apples are just the beginning of what can be found at the numerous apple orchards. What won't be found? Anyone having a rotten time in Lancaster.

Do you have it in ya to go to Virginia?: Blue Ridge Mountains

A rural cabin near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

This countryside cabin will be all you need to relax and take in the sites of fall.

Every piece of this cabin speaks fall—from the warm color scheme to the forest-themed bedding and furniture and wooden accents in each room. The screened-in porch provides a relaxing space to sit back and enjoy the lush surrounding forest. Tucked just north of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is the ideal location for fall activities.

You can hike trails surrounded by colorful trees, taste your way through the vineyards and wineries of the area, or visit the annual food, sport, and beer festivals. With over 400 miles of breathtaking sights, driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway provides hours of fall foliage viewing. After seeing such beautiful leaves, you'll stick to the area and won't want to branch out to see another place.

North Caro-lie-in-a Bed near: Asheville

An elevated cabin in the woodlands near Asheville, North Carolina

At this eco-friendly cabin you can see all the forest views–from the porch, deck, and hammock.

Imagine wooden furnishing, tree-themed decor, and quaint accents in each room. This elevated cabin is completely immersed in the forest, making you double take the log beams. No, you're not in a tree—you're just one with nature. Just a bit south, you'll reach the fall destination of Asheville. Known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, autumn adds more of a reason for visitors to fall for the city. With its locally-sourced restaurants and over 15 farmers' markets, you will be tasting the fall harvest at every stop.

Situated near several national forests, Asheville is an easy drive to both the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you want to hike one mile or 10, there is a peak for you with lovely views of the foliage. The sounds of the wind sweeping past your ears won't be the only thing you'll hear. Prepare for the many music festivals lining the streets and, hey, next thing you know, you may be bopping down the sidewalk.

Georgia on my Mind: Savannah

A homey cabin on Saint Simons Island near Savannah, Georgia

Take advantage of this homey cabin while you can because you'll be missing it once you leave.

Wake up to beautiful river views just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean on Saint Simons Island. You may wake up thinking you're on a summer getaway at the beach until you remember the hype Savannah has during the autumn months—at times being called the most haunted city in America. Just a bit north in Savannah, you can go on one of the many ghost tours and explore the tales that surround the houses, squares, hotels, and restaurants that date back centuries. Vacationing families are long gone so the city won't be swarming with crowds. You can wander the graveyards, dine at Southern-fried restaurants, or attend a show at one of the many theaters.


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