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!

Travel Inspo: Our 5 Most-Booked Glamping Sites in 2018

By Kyomi Wade

Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday we were scribbling down our New Year's resolutions, and now, here we are almost halfway through the year! More than ever, people all over the globe are catching on that glamping is truly one of the most breathtaking ways to spend time in nature and appreciate the beauty earth has to offer, and we are happy to guide them to that perfect glamping experience.

We've looked at the bookings for 2018 so far to see where have been the most popular places to stay on Glamping Hub. Whether for those yet to try glamping or just to book their holiday this year, we present the best bit of travel inspiration you'll stumble across today. Without further ado, here are our 5 most booked glamping sites of 2018!

1. Pet-Friendly Safari Cabin Tent near Warner Springs, California


Though the adorable dog in photo is not included, this pet-friendly accommodation is a firm-favorite and was the most visited in all of 2017, too, so we’re not surprised it's proving to be popular again this year. Being spacious, having panoramic views, and with the added perk of a private hot tub, staying here offers the opportunity to enjoy nature in a comfortable way.

Glampers will love the easy access to all the basics needed, such as coffee, good DVDs, and a pizza oven (a nice touch, if we do say so ourselves), as well as being able to completely disconnect from your day-to-day. If you are bringing a pet, you'll love watching them enjoy the great outdoors along with you, too. And yes, before you ask, it's in easy reach of Wi-Fi, just in case you need to check in with the outside world.

2. Eco-Friendly Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, California


A leisurely stroll through the woods will get you to your front door of your vacation rental, which just so happens to be a tree house! A queen-size bed, a well-equipped kitchen, and a hot tub will assure your comfort levels are met while you take in the beauty of the surrounding redwood forest. If you are a keen hiker, the hiking trails at The Forest of Nisene Park come highly recommended, so make sure you make some time for it.

One of the things we personally love is that this tree house is just 17 minutes from the coast, so you can really get the both worlds—perfect for indecisive travelers. One thing is for sure, though: it is guaranteed to be truly unique.

3. Inviting Cabin surrounded by the Redwoods Forest near Big Sur, California


It's time for some cabin love. You can really become at one with nature in this beautiful rental—bathing in its private outdoor baths, while being surrounded by the Big Sur redwood forest, a tranquil creek that runs by the property, and the chirping blue jays. It’s enough to truly allow you to unplug from the business of your standard day-to-day, but Wi-Fi can be requested if needed.

Better yet, you'll only be 15 minutes away from Carmel Beach for the coast-chasers among your party. The city of Carmel, where the cabin is located, has a European feel and a rich history that glampers can learn about, but you can just as easily go and simply enjoy sampling the various restaurants and boutiques on offer.

Being one of our most popular properties, we can tell you two things you won't forget about this cabin: the view and the best night's sleep you’ve had in ages.

4. Peaceful Green House near Silverton, Oregon


With this glamping gem, you'll find yourself amid the infamous Pacific Northwest in Oregon—both near the world-famous Silver Falls State Park and situated on a 67-acre organic farm. Animal lovers will feel truly at home here, with cats, dogs, and horses roaming the grounds.

At this cabin, the true beauty lies in its walls, which are deliberately transparent, so you always feel surrounded by the beautiful landscape. And, of course, like many of our popular glamping sites, a huge plus is the hot tub, which will only further help you relax amid these tranquil surroundings.

5. Romantic Tree House in the Redwoods of Santa Cruz, California


Get ready to fulfill all your childhood dreams in style. This tree is small but perfectly formed, perfect for you and your other half to have a nature-based escape. You'll naturally want to spend some quality time with your fellow glampers while on vacation, which is easily done at this secluded accommodation.

Situated not too far from Santa Cruz, you'll be able to easily explore local shops and tuck into some quality cuisine, too. So what else can you expect from this property? Aside from great access to hiking trails, as is the case with most of our best accommodations, you are only a five-minute walk to the world famous Mystery Spot, a 15-minute drive to the beaches of Santa Cruz, and close to two golf courses—sounds like a good plan to us!


We've found over 60 glamping sites that have had people particularly enamored this year. To see the full list for 2018, click here. Don't forget to share this list with someone who needs to try glamping this year, too!

Host Spotlight: Catharine

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 Catharine, who manages two cabins (second one here!), a tipi, and a tiny house in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.

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

Several years ago.

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

The Finger Lakes area is one that is heavily traveled by tourists, which I love, so I wanted to share its beauty and hidden wonders. I am also a life-long learner and teacher, so being able to inform and share my knowledge is important to me personally.

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

Private, convenient, and symbiotic (with our natural surroundings).

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Our travels as a young family always involved camping. In general, as a family, we love being outside.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

A temporary escape from technology can be an eye-opening experience for some young people. Glamping just makes it a little easier to break away.

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

We are very small and work hard to customize our guests' stays. Some want to be on the go and see all there is to see during their time at Turtle Rock Hollow. My extensive travel experiences throughout New York State give me a wide array of options when it comes to attractions to pass along.

7. What makes your property unique?

Several things! Our location on the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, the sense of privacy, the rustic charm, and my attention-to-detail all form part of our uniqueness.

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

Meeting people from all over the globe and sharing.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

This is what we are built on! All of our accommodations have a small carbon footprint, as we recycle and reuse everything we can find. The Eagles' Perch cabin is built out of shipping pallets, reclaimed barnwood, reclaimed metal roofing, and cast away windows. (This is the way with all of our units.) In addition, we have natural mulch walkways and no blacktop, and we think sharing how we can become more comfortable with the world around us is an important concept.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Turtle Rock Hollow is a wonderful escape to get back to nature, paddle a kayak across the lake, hike a waterfall trail, hang out at a campfire, play horse shoes, or even gather with friends and family. We sleep up to 16, and with four units, we have had the opportunity to host several family reunion-type activities.


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Upstate New York? See more of what Catharine's accommodations can offer here, here, here, and here!

Top Weekend Getaways near Spokane, Washington

By Elizabeth Young

In eastern Washington, about 30 minutes from the Idaho border, sits the city of Spokane. The second most populous city in the state, Spokane attracts people of all walks of life to the Pacific Northwest. The city is surrounded by natural beauty and its residents have lots of opportunities to get outside.

The beautiful Spokane River runs throughout a majority of the city, and the downtown area is home to attractions such as Riverfront Park and the Bing Crosby Theater. From the fresh mountain air to the crystal clear night skies, glampers are sure to fall head over heels for this location.

Riverfront Log Cabin with Hot Tub

This is a photo of a family kayaking on a river.

Spend some quality time out on the river with friends and family.

This stunning log cabin rental can be found on the shores of the Little Spokane River and is perfect for a weekend getaway near Spokane, Washington—located just four minutes from the downtown area. It sleeps a total of six guests and offers two bedrooms, perfect for a weekend getaway with the whole family.

This is a log cabin near Spokane, Washington

Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend away here?

Spacious Family Getaway on Banks Lake

This is a family vacation rental on Banks Lake in Washington.

Staying near Spokane never looked so good.

This property is perched atop a hill overlooking the glorious Banks Lake in eastern Washington, not too far from Electric City. The Columbia River flows nearby and there is no shortage of outdoor adventures. Coleville Reservation is to the north, with Wenatchee National Forest to the west and Coeur d'Alene National Forest to the east.

This is a barbecue on Banks Lake.

You couldn't ask for a better view as you barbecue.

Luxury Cabin with Home Theater

This is a photo of a vacation rental in Spokane, Washington.

On the banks of Pine River, this spacious cabin is the perfect place for friends and family to gather.

This luxury cabin can be found in scenic Spokane, Washington, and can accommodate up to 10 guests between four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. With a home theater, a hot tub, and a spacious backyard, this rental is the ideal spot for friends and family to relax and spend some quality time together. This riverfront rental is the perfect four-season destination!

This is a photo of Mount Spokane Ski Resort.

Come winter, guests are only 25 minutes from Mount Spokane Ski Resort!

Looking for more? Check out these riverfront rentals across Washington or head to Glamping Hub for our full inventory!

Where to Go Tent and Tipi Camping near Yellowstone National Park

By Clara Zajde

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

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

Destination: Yellowstone National Park

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

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


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

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

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

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

Where to Camp in Yellowstone National Park

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

Jackson, Wyoming

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

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


Dubois, Wyoming

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

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

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


Want to stay in your own luxurious tipi or tent in Yellowstone National Park? Take a look at these glamping accommodations or visit Glamping Hub to let us inspire your next getaway in nature!

Ultimate Hudson Valley Summer Rentals

By Kyomi Wade

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

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

Where to stay

Romantic Cabin Getaway in Woodstock

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

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

Pet-Friendly Family Cabin Getaway in Phoenicia

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

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

Group Cabin Getaway in Purling


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

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

Solo Colorful Cabin Getaway in Woodstock

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


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

Top 7 Summer Getaways from New York City

By Neil Graham

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

1. The Adirondacks

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

Unwind in the Adirondacks with this lakefront log cabin!

2. The Catskills

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

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

3. The Hamptons

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

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

4. Finger Lakes

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

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

5.. Hudson Valley

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

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

6. The Poconos

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

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

7. Acadia National Park

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

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

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

Family Summertime Weekend Getaways in Texas

By Marta Gintowt

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

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

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

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

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

Family-Friendly Tree House Rental in New Braunfels, Texas

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

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

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

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

Traditional Tipis with Fully Modern Interiors, Texas

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


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

Best West Coast Summer Beach Trips

By Lauren Coetzee

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

California

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



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

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



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

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

Oregon

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



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

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

Washington

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



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

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

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


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

Travel Guide: Pro Tips for Traveling In and Around Mexico

By Alexandra McGowan

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

This is a photo of El Castillo

Good to know before you go

This is an infographic of Mexican travel essentials
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Getting there and around

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

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

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

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

This is a picture of a road trip.

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

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

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

This is a picture of a boat

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

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

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

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

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

This is a picture of a train

Useful Facts

This is an infographic of facts about Mexico

Culture

Food and Drink

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

This photo is of Mexican tacos

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

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

History and Heritage

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

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

This is a photo of Mayan ruins

Events

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

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

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

This is a photo of Mexico City

Safety and Essentials

Documentation and Customs Regulations

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

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

Health

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

Dangers

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

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

Places to Visit

Ruins of Tulum

This is a picture of the Ruins of Tulum

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

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

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

Islas Marietas National Park

This is a photo of a humpback whale

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

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

Espíritu Santo

This is a picture of a Mexican beach

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

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

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


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