Our favorite spots for Friendsgiving

By Marta Gintowt

Practicing gratitude is important every time of year, but the Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to reflect on what is important in your everyday life. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday is reserved for spending time with family, whether that is driving halfway across the country to a relative's house or hosting a gathering at your own home.

Friends, however, also become your family, and those friends deserve to enjoy a time dedicated to sharing delicacies, laughing endlessly, and appreciating one another. Going glamping is the perfect way to acknowledge the importance of the simple things, while indulging in the right way. This collection of our favorite glamping spots for Friendsgiving is intended to inspire everyone to reconnect to what is meaningful during this cozy season.

Upstate New York

While you might meet up with friends every weekend in the city, there is something special about dedicating time to get away and be together in a different environment. This lovely log cabin in Upstate New York is the perfect escape for a Friendsgiving event away from home.

Located in Wilmington, this cabin is well-equipped for the perfect celebration. The gorgeous, full kitchen can accommodate a feast for all, while the lovely dining area is comfortable and warm. Nearby, the Adirondack Mountains boast beautiful landscapes that are perfect for bonding, where you can go hiking and skiing during their getaway.

Lake Michigan

Even in November, a beach trip is sometimes just what everyone needs. While a warm, summer breeze will be swapped for potential snow flurries, there are amazing lake views to be savored from the warmth of this beautiful, beach cottage.

Perfect for up to 12 guests, this open and airy cottage welcomes friends and family alike for some unforgettable memory-making. Located along Lake Michigan, an after-dinner walk can be enjoyed along the shoreline, while groups can go explore nearby Holland State Park during the daytime.

Northern Georgia

The American South is famous for its mild, year-round temperatures, so hosting a Friendsgiving gathering in an outdoor setting is more than possible in late November. These unbelievable, lakefront safari tents are perfect for large groups and epitomize glamping at its finest.

All tents can be rented out together and include real beds, heating, and private bathrooms. For group gatherings of up to 37 people, you can make use of the gorgeous boat house, which features a full kitchen and dining area, perfect for preparing and serving a delicious, Thanksgiving-inspired meal.

Austin, Texas

In Texas, why not make your Friendsgiving getaway more like an extended summer vacation? Trade cozy sweaters for a swimsuit and apple cider for a cool beer while enjoying a November afternoon at this western-style cottage, ideal for a friendly fiesta.

The property features two separate cottages, both beautifully decorated with amazing vintage furnishings for a cozy, yet elegant, ambiance. Outside, you can relax in the sun by the pool and work up an appetite before partaking in bread-breaking and thanks-giving festivities.

Idyllwild, California

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, residents of Los Angeles could very well be still experiencing a heat wave. The best way to indulge in a festive, fall Friendsgiving in Southern California is to escape to the mountains! This grand, pet-friendly mountain cabin is perfect for everyone looking to spend some time in the cooler temperatures of Idyllwild.

With six spacious bedrooms and multiple decks, you can celebrate each other in the wide-open spaces both within the cottage as well as in the shadows of the surrounding mountains.

Washington State

As the mountains and forests around Seattle, Washington, collect snow and residents start making Thanksgiving plans, friends can plan their break from the festivities and head to this cozy ski cabin in Skykomish, Washington. It's the perfect escape from the city, which allows you to appreciate the surrounding beauty while celebrating friendship and life. After a filling meal enjoyed at the cabin, you can go skiing, hiking, and even horseback riding to burn those holiday calories. After a full day of exploring (or eating) guests can relax in the luxurious sauna, watch a film inside, or snuggle around the fire pit.

Keep an eye on the Glamping Hub blog for more Thanksgiving inspiration, ideas, and getaways coming soon!

Helpful tips for guests and hosts on America Recycles Day

By Amy Ahlblad

We bring our own bags to the grocery store, we've ditched straws on behalf of the innocent turtle we saw on Facebook, and we would never be caught dead with a plastic water bottle. It would seem that society is moving in the right direction, but we can't help but wonder...do we treat going green on vacation in the same way we do with a "cheat day" when we're on a diet?

We actively control our eco-friendly impact, or carbon footprint, at work and at home, but does all of that go out the window as soon as we go out of town? We'll skip the guilt trip, as holiday days are meant to be enjoyed and to clear your mind, but there are ways you can do both! Both hosts and guests with Glamping Hub can rejoice without greenwashing1 on America Recycles Day on November 15 with these helpful tips.

For guests

A few small changes can be made before you ever leave your home. While walking out the door, be sure to turn down the thermostat and temperature on your water heater; unplug appliances that are not in use (microwave, iron, TV, etc.); and close your curtains and blinds to reduce added strain on your air conditioning.

It's not your fault that the small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are seemingly irresistible—we're hardwired to find small things adorable. What's not cute is the plastic waste these little guys create. Every time you half use them or take them home, they will need to be replaced, thus creating more waste. Invest in a zero-waste toiletry kit to bring with you while traveling!

Unplug from your devices literally and physically. Remove chargers for phones cameras, hair straighteners, electric shavers, and other electronic devices from the wall plugs when not in use. These "energy vampires" are still sucking energy when left plugged in.

Do what you can to make things easier on your host by separating paper, glass bottles and cans, and plastic.

Ask your host if they compost and separate your food scraps accordingly if they do.

Limit the use of electricity and water at your accommodation. While you may not be footing the bill for the endless hours of air conditioning, energy is still being consumed.

For hosts

In recent years, the travel industry has been shaped by the rise of the eco-conscious consumer. Here, we will explore a few quick fixes to reduce waste and recycle.

Start a compost pile. Composting enriches the soil and helps retain moisture, thus reducing plant disease and pests. Composting also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a nutrient filled material. It's easier than you think and will support a beautiful environment around your accommodation.

If you provide the proper place, guests will recycle. Make it easy for guests to do so by labeling the trash receptacles appropriately for plastic, glass, paper, and organic waste to be composted.

Low-flow faucets and showerheads can reduce water consumption by 30% to 50% and can reduce your water bill by up to a quarter. By installing an Aerator, which is a small, metal filter that attaches to your faucet or showerhead and adds air to the stream, water pressure will not be compromised. Low-flow faucets, showerheads, and aerators can be found at Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, and on Amazon for roughly $15.

If you are located in a place with heavy rainfall, you should consider recycling this natural resource. Collect rainwater in barrels and reuse it to water plants or wash the floors. There are also long-term rainwater collection installments available, which can be used as an irrigation system or filtered back into the house for use in the showers, faucets, washing machine,and more.

Light fixtures are a simple fix that can help you save money and reduce waste long term. CFL and LED light bulbs use far less electricity and can last up to 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs. While these bulbs may initially be an investment, they will cut costs in the long term.

By making changes to go green, whether you are a guest or a host on Glamping Hub, you'll become part of a much larger, global effort—allowing guests and hosts to both help preserve the beautiful nature that surrounds our accommodations.

1The term greenwashing was coined by New York environmentalist Jay Westervelt in a 1986 essay regarding the hotel industry's practice of placing placards in each room to promote the reuse of towels, ostensibly to "save the environment." Westervelt noted that, in most cases, little or no effort toward reducing energy waste was being made by these institutions, as evidenced by the lack of cost reduction this practice affected.

Glamping Hub's Cyber Monday 2018

By Elizabeth Young

This year, on Cyber Monday, Glamping Hub is adding 20% to your gift card purchase!

It's that time of year again—the time when you're racking your brain as you walk through the store while trying to think of the perfect gift. What could you get Mom? She's always on the go but would love to spend a weekend in the mountains, even if she needs a little push to get there. What about your cousin, David? You already gave him that portable battery and hiking backpack he wanted.

Everyone has a person on their gift list for the holiday season who would much prefer experiences to material things— the person who loves to be outdoors, seeing new places, and trying different things.

Give Mom and Dad, your siblings, your friends, and whoever else the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season! Our Cyber Monday promotion on November 26 makes it easy, just head over to Glamping Hub!

Jealous of the amazing trips that can be bought with our gift cards? Head over to Glamping Hub, and book your own adventure!

5 ways to show appreciation on Veterans Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Every year on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we honor those who have and continue to serve their country in the armed forces. In America, we call this Veterans Day; in other parts of the world, such as the U.K., they refer to it as Remembrance Day. A few things remain the same, however: the date, the symbolic poppies worn in buttonholes of coats and hanging off purses or from the rearview mirrors of cars, and the desire to show extra appreciation for those who put their lives on the line for us.

While our veterans deserve to be honored and recognized every day of the year, we want to share with you a few special things you can do to show your support and appreciation on November 11.

1. Plant a commemorative poppy or tulip.

As a way to honor veterans in an everlasting manner, there's no better option than planting a commemorative poppy or tulip. Why a poppy or a tulip you may ask?

After World War I, poppies began to pop up in droves across Europe, which many assumed was due to the now lime-enriched soil as an aftermath of the war. The flower soon was recognized as a symbol of all the blood that had been shed in battle. Later, on September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion to memorialize the soldiers who served and died in World War I.

A view of the aforementioned tulips in Ottawa, Canada. Photo from the Ottawa Tourism website.

Meanwhile, in Canada, the tulip started as a symbolic gesture on behalf of Princess Juliana of Holland to Canada in honor of the 7,600 Canadians who died fighting to free the Netherlands in World War II. She sent Canada 100,000 tulip bulbs after the war, and every year since, Holland continues to send Canada 20,000 bulbs.

2. Write a letter.

If you know someone who is stationed far from home, including overseas, now's the time to set aside a moment to surprise them and write them a letter. Getting mail is a surefire way to brighten someone's day. Even if you don't personally know any veterans, there are a number of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that allow you to write letters to a randomly assigned soldier, such as Operation Gratitude, Adopt a U.S. Soldier, Any Soldier, Doing Good Together, and Soldiers' Angels.

3. Donate your time and/or resources.

There are a variety of ways you can show your support by donating your time or financial resources, which include:

  • Volunteering at a local Veterans Hospital or Veterans Center. Find the facilities closest to you on the Veterans Affairs website!
  • Putting together homemade care packages for the troops. The aforementioned organizations, Operation Gratitude and Soldiers' Angels, in addition to Support Our Troops and Operation Shoebox, all specialize in soldier care packages. (Click here for ideas on what to put in a care package!)
  • Donating to organizations that support soldiers and veterans, as well as their families, such as TAPS or Folds of Honor.

4. Visit a National Park.

Spending time—particularly amid the soothing peace and quiet of nature—is yet another great way to show your beloved veteran that you care, and there's no better place to go than one of the the U.S.'s 58 National Parks. What's more? On Veterans Day weekend, the National Park Service offers free admission to everyone. You can find your nearest National Park here!

5. Say thank you.

Perhaps the simplest idea of them all, though not to rid it of its merit, is to say thank you if you happen to see someone in uniform, or identifying as a veteran in some other way, in public. A quick word of thanks or small act of kindness, like discreetly paying for their cup of coffee or even just opening a door for them, will help demonstrate how much their service means to you.

For more great information for veterans and their families and friends, see the following resources: the National Veterans Foundation (U.S.); the European Organization of Military Associations (Europe); the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association (Australia); the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada (Canada); and the World Veterans Foundation (global).

Staff Picks: Finding your perfect writer's retreat with Kyomi

By Kyomi Wade

The writers retreat—an enthralling concept for any writer who takes themself even semi-seriously. There is something about carving out the time to just write, in beautiful surroundings, that makes you feel like something great is happening. And this is all thanks to one of our core values here at Glamping Hub, nature—the beauty of it, its propriety for adventure, and its ability to let you be alone with your own thoughts.

I'm a writer myself and studied English and American literature in Kent in the U.K.—an area that is known as the "Garden of England"—so there has always been a personal overlap between nature and writing for me. Whether it was studying writers influenced by nature or being inspired by nature for my own work, nature has always been a catalyst for my creativity. Once I started to truly explore the world of Glamping Hub, I became inspired by so many potential places to escape to and just write at.

A writer named Henry David Thoreau famously escaped to nature to undertake a huge writing project, known as "Walden," where he declared, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

And it is with him in mind—as well as his famous counterparts, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, who discussed the divinity in nature—that I present six hand-picked glamping accommodations perfect for a writer's retreat, from various corners of the world.

England, U.K.

First stop, my original home: the U.K. I've started with an accommodation that is as glamping as you can possibly get, a tree house, which is situated on the breathtaking Lizard Peninsula of Cornwall, England. If you can tear yourself away from writing in this cozy, handmade masterpiece, you'll enjoy leisurely walks on the beautiful coastline, littered with rocks and tall cliffs, because as we all know, a good walk is perfect for writing inspiration! For further inspiration or material, guests can wander down to a nearby picturesque fishing village and get to know the locals.

Cadiz, Spain

Next up, I chose something I have my eye on, as it is rather close to my new home of Seville in the south of Spain. This tented cabin is quite literally enveloped by the Bay of Cadiz Nature Park (Parque Natural Bahía de Cádiz) and offers writers a wooden deck to look out to the lush greenery. You can just imagine yourself there with a good book or your notepad. What's more? Being in this part of Spain, you are most likely guaranteed the sun will be shining on your face while doing so. Location-wise, you'll never be far from the natural beauty of the coast or the stunning city of Seville.

Otiake, New Zealand

Two words: The view. If you are partial to travel magazines or blogs, you will know that the natural landscapes of New Zealand are often raved about, so I had to take a digital visit when compiling this list. It made the final cut for a few reasons.

Firstly, the essential luxuries offered by this site really epitomizes my idea of glamping, including the extremely comfy-looking bed and the restaurant-quality food (just check the reviews). Secondly, the nearby mountains and lake will allow you to really feel like you have enjoyed a key part of New Zealand's offerings. Lastly, but once again, the view. If that doesn't inspire creativity or a vast change from the standard day-to-day, I don't know what will.

Ontario, Canada

There is definitely something about the gentle movement of calm waters that really inspires reflection—and, hopefully, many prolific writing sessions! I can't say if I was swayed more by the library wall, the charming decor of the cabin, or the fact that it's quite literally perched on a lake. Either way, this accommodation feels like it was simply made to inspire creativity. If you are staying during the winter, you can enjoying cozying up to the wood-burning stove, and in summer, you might want to go for a row on Lake Erie to take in some fresh air and encourage further inspiration for your next writing session.

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

I chose this next glamping site for two very good reasons: (1) it’s in Massachusetts, the home of Thoreau's original Walden project; and (2) I genuinely feel like this has been taken out of a children's fairytale. The cottage is popular among honeymooners in particular but is completely suitable for a solo writer's retreat, too. It offers up the comfort of a dreamy king-size bed and all the basics you could want for your simple-living retreat. When you want to go outside and reconnect with nature, you can undertake the nearby Appalachian Hiking Trail or stroll through the two acres of woodland walking paths on-site.

Fun fact: If you have a car, two hours will take you to Thoreau's actual cabin—inspiration at its finest!

Asheville, North Carolina

Last, but not least, is this charming restored barn near Spring Creek in Madison County, North Carolina. This is quite literally the home of a writer, so it has authentically been designed with a writer's wants in mind! An artistic look and feel, a library, a hot tub and more, this glamping site offers comfort, but also well-needed solitude to simply write, as the host original bought the land for this purpose.

You will have two bases to choose from when getting down to some serious writing: the big wooden desk with a library wall as a backdrop or a huge porch with views of the greenery. With two National Parks nearby, too, nature is truly on your doorstep with this cabin.

Inspired to book your next writer's retreat in nature? (I personally can't wait!) Head to glampinghub.com to start your trip or to get a gift card for a loved one!

Glamping Hub meets the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

By Rachael Land

This year marked the 47th Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, where nearly 900,000 spectators travel from all over the world to see the sky filled with hundreds of hot air balloons. This nine-day event is filled with several sessions, from early-morning mass ascensions to balloon flying competitions, laser light shows, balloon glows, and fireworks! It is known as the largest display of hot air balloons in the world, as well as for globally being the most photographed event.

The event

If you're interested in attending, especially to see the magical morning ascension, you better set your alarm early! Attendees arrive to the grounds between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Have no fear, though; the fiesta has endless coffee vendors and breakfast burritos to keep you warm and motivated (and don't forget the green chili).

Regardless of whether or not you're a morning person, there's definitely a session for you. One great example of this is the Special Shape Rodeo, where new shapes come to life for the first time; it's one of the most popular events to witness. My favorite? A flying pig!

The glamping set-up

There were many firsts for me on this adventure—my first time visiting New Mexico, my first time attending the Balloon Fiesta, and my first time ever glamping! Not only was it my first, but it was the Fiesta's first year offering this type of accommodation, too. Sure, they have multiple RV parks and affiliated hotel partners to chose from, but glamping?! Just steps away from the event entrance, you can sleep on-site and skip the morning commute. Talk about convenience!

Upon arrival, the first thing I noticed was the position of each tent: a dozen white tents organized in the shape of U with each tent's opening facing the magnificent Rockies. Inside the U-shape formation was a very inviting communal area accompanied by a fire pit, lounge chairs, a game of corn hole, a few barbecues, and a trailer that offered complimentary coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts each morning. Located along the perimeter were the bathroom and shower trailers, which were sparkling clean and even played music 24 hours a day.

Inside the tents

As I entered the tent, I was greeted with a lovely welcome basket, filled with snacks, a few toiletries, and some branded merchandise from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta—what a treat! As far as amenities go, the tent was outfitted with a comfy queen-size bed, a decorative rug, two nightstands with lamps, a bench, a mini-fridge, coat hangers, and a space heater. Temperatures dropped as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night, but that didn't phase me in my cozy tent.

I bet you're wondering about security when your room has canvas walls and a zipper closure. Rest assured, the glamping site was well-staffed with 24-hour security, and each guest was provided with a custom padlock. Not once did I ever feel unsafe or fear that my personal items were at risk, which made my stay even more enjoyable.

I also bet you're wondering about any potential noise complaints. Given the close proximity of the tents, I was surprised that I rarely ever heard my neighbors, even with their tent at just a few feet away. Moreover, due to the luxurious set-up that glamping offers, the generators not only provided power to each tent, but also a gentle white noise that helped put me to sleep each night.

Glamping Hub at the Fiesta

Having a brand presence on the festival grounds was an incredible experience. As a partner, our goal was to help the Fiesta promote the new glamping accommodations that they're offering. With the success we had this year, we expect to see them increase their number of tent accommodations and enhance the overall glamping village experience for years to come.

Another goal of ours was to simply get our brand and name out there. There were many attendees that didn't know what "glamping" meant, making the education part of our time there very exciting. I feel there is always a strong connection when it comes to talking about the passion of travel, and the Fiesta was the perfect platform for these conversations.

(There were also quite a few guests who knew what glamping was—and even a handful that had been a guest via our platform before!)

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was only the first of many partnerships Glamping Hub will be a part of, but it sure set the bar high. I would encourage everyone to attend this event. Whether you like to travel or you're a sucker for unique experiences, this is the event for you—it's definitely bucket list-worthy.

It's time to consider glamping under a sky full of balloons!

Want to check out other glamping options in New Mexico? Click here to keep exploring on Glamping Hub!

Host spotlight: Brenda and Bruce

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 Brenda and Bruce, who manage a luxury camping tent in Raglan on the North Island of New Zealand.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site? What did you do before becoming a glamping host, and what drew you to glamping?

We have been involved in the hospitality industry for the past 18 years, owning cafés, bars, and accommodations in various locations around the North Island. We really enjoy the interaction with people!

When we purchased our 10 acres in Te Uku four years ago, it had a self-contained unit, and this was the start of our bed and breakfast offerings. We were looking at ways to utilize our land, and we came across the glamping tent concept. We thought this was a perfect opportunity and location to introduce a rural retreat.

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

Our glamping tent is essentially a tent; however, from the moment you arrive, you instantly experience the "wow factor"—with an in-ground fire pit to roast marshmallows as the sun sets, following dinner on the four-burner barbecue. We provide year-round comfort with a heat pump and the luxury of a spa pool under the stars.

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

It is a rural property that is only 10 minutes away from the world-renowned surfing town of Raglan. We not only offer a farm experience, but also the opportunity to visit Bridal Veil Falls. At a mere 13 kilometers away, you can walk through the native bush to view the 55-meter waterfall.

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

We love meeting, greeting, and hosting people from all over the world. We haven't really experienced any challenges; however, we always try to ensure the experience is perfect for all of our guests.

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

Our most memorable moments thus far have be when we had two separate couples chose our location to get engaged at.

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

Wow, amazing, and luxurious.

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

We provide a rural experience with five-star hotel amenities, which includes luxury linens on the queen-size bed, a tiled shower and toilet, a Bluetooth speaker, bottled water, juice, and Nespresso coffee. We pride ourselves on these small details, like providing marshmallows and biscuits to make s'mores around the fire pit; a relaxing spa pool to stargaze from; and a heat pump to keep you cozy all year round. We also like to keep our guests entertained with various board games, including giant Jenga.

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

The CEO of Glamping Hub, so he can experience firsthand how beautiful our site is.

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

Yes, we are currently looking into expanding our offerings with another unique glamping experience at our rural property. We are excited to introduce this to you in the near future!

For the perfect New Zealand getaway, you can book Brenda and Bruce's luxury camping tent here!

But wait! We have a double feature this month, so click here to read all about Emilie and Chad's tiny house rental, too.

Host Spotlight: Emilie and Chad

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 Emilie and Chad, who manage a woodworking space turned sweet tiny house in the woods in Murphy, North Carolina.

The idea

Emilie and Chad are a young, dynamic duo of wedding photographers, with three incredible children, who had the drive and the dream to invest in a project with a soul—what is now their secluded, woodland tiny house rental.

It all started with an equity settlement that Emilie received from a previous divorce—money that took a long time to receive, which made Emilie feel like it was "money [she] could never count on or money [she] would never see again," driving her desire to invest and make money off of it.

The young couple found the perfect home in Murphy, North Carolina, which was previously owned by the Bonawitz family of the Murphy Slackers, a hometown slack-lining group, and from there, they moved into the woodworking shop down the mountain from the main house. They quickly realized, however, that the shop was much bigger than they needed and didn't suit their preference to live in a smaller space.

The construction

Of this larger woodworking space, the tiny house accommodation was born. From their last wedding photography job in November to their first shoot of the following year, Emilie and Chad worked side-by-side—including the loving help of their kids—for four to five months until the tiny house was complete.

"We worked late nights with music turned on for dance parties and had plenty of opportunities to learn as we went. Paint spills turned into laughing fits. Freezing temperatures outside pushed us to figure out a real-life Tetris arrangement. All five of us would sit in the loft with our feet hanging down, just dreaming of what it would look like finished," said Emilie.

The accommodation

The tiny house is private and surrounded by forest; it's a space that allows folks to enjoy food together around a fire and play music. There are hammocks in the trees and zip-lines to swing from.

A past guest once said, "It doesn't matter if you are going hiking or just looking to 'Netflix and chill'—it is better at The Holler House," and Emilie says she thinks she would agree with that. Being there is a real vacation, providing guests with a place to really relax.

The inside of the accommodation is so calming; it's air-conditioned and equipped with a full bathroom. But the most special thing about it is the design. The space has everything one could need in a 16-foot by 20-foot layout. The ceiling are high, the space is clean and simple, and it declutters one's mind and world.

There is a clawfoot tub in the main room for folks to enjoy a soak. When they placed the tub in the main space, Emilie said she envisioned someone on the bed just staring and flirting with the other in the bath. There's nothing like a good soak after a hike! What's more? The place was designed to never run out of on-demand, hot water.

Recent updates to the accommodation include a tiny, roofed porch for grilling and a hanging hammock chair. Off to the side of that, Emilie and the kids built a floating yoga porch that doubles as an outdoor shower. Needless to say, they're even more in love with the space now, and Emilie speaks of how great it feels to finish another project on the house.

The reason behind glamping

Emilie was drawn to glamping and Glamping Hub due to her love of photography. As a wedding photographer, she is a fan of a good Instagram post and believes that every post is a story in and of itself. This is her philosophy when shooting—telling the story while capturing the fun and adventure that unfolds.

"Glamping brings us back to the basics of family and of life. We sit around a fire and see what it important. I see my husband helping one of the kids, and I fall in love all over again. I see my sweet children just soaking in family time. We love glamping because it helps us keep the balance in life that we need and the downtime to invest in each other," said Emilie.

The experience

Guests of the tiny house always comment on how well thought out everything is. While Emilie agrees with them, she knows she's biased, as she did the planning and knows how much time went into everything, but says it's so encouraging when the guests see it, too. They appreciate the little touches, like Emilie's grandmother's lamp above the kitchen sink and the custom library ladder that leads to the loft.

"My last guest asked me who the welder was; he was referring to the sink base and other shelves. I told him about our local community college, how the students built that base, and what a fantastic experience it was working with them. I am going to sign up for the welding class in the spring now. I can't wait!" said Emilie.

Meanwhile, for each stay, Emilie and Chad make sure guests have everything they need—and then leave them alone. Before guests arrive, the couple make sure the place is welcoming and sparkling clean. They also have an amazing, vintage Marantz sound system and love to have the tunes on to welcome their guests.

Emilie and Chad also provide a stash of local maps and ideas for local adventures and food, but they often communicate beforehand with guests so they can plan ahead. They like to send folks to places the "locals" go, so Emilie sends them typed-out directions if Google won't get them there.

The duo also provide firewood for the open-air fire pit and barbecue, as well as a gas barbecue, hammocks, an outdoor picnic area, a tipi, and access to the property's biplane and all the tree house slides and swings if it's not already booked. For digital entertainment junkies, Netflix, Apple TV and Wi-Fi are all provided, too.

The guests

The real joy for Emilie, however, comes from their guests. The type of travelers that stay at this tiny house are serious about investing in their relationships, staying at cool places, and having real experiences. It inspired her, as a family and as a wife, to invest in time together with her family building memories.

Emilie's all-time favorite guest was a single mother with her two teens. Emilie ran something down to the house later in the evening, and they were watching a movie together—just hanging out, like old friends.

"I saw them sitting outside in the morning just talking, and it was so evident that momma just loved being with her kids and that the kids loved being with her. They were making memories simply by giving each other time and listening. It was powerful," said Emilie.

The kids enjoyed exploring the woods and the tree house, too. The mom told Emilie later, in a review, that the kids took books and just read in the tree house. They felt like it was a space just for them—a sanctuary. She still keeps in touch with this family and hopes they visit again.

As for future guests, if Emilie could have anyone come stay, she's hoping for more photographers. She loves it when they come to stay, as it allows her to see the different eyes that other creatives have for their special place.

For a fantastic North Carolina getaway, you can book Emilie and Chad's gorgeous tiny house rental or the tree house at the same property, lovingly managed by their eldest daughter!

But wait! We have a double feature this month, so be sure to click here and read all about Brenda and Bruce's luxury camping tent, too.

13 spooky cabins in the woods

By Kyomi Wade

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We have unearthed 13 of the most goosebump-inspiring cabins in the woods to inspire you this Halloween season. From an abode in the lands of Dracula to woodland cabins near Sleepy Hollow, New York, this collection of glamping sites is perfect for those who crave adventure this Halloween!

1. The Saint Louis Cemetery, New Orleans

This is an ideal retreat for two brave romantic souls looking to escape from all things that go bump in the night. Saint Louis Cemetery in New Orleans is nearby, where you can walk among the dead and their unique above-ground vaults.

Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, also lives here, and it's said that if you follow the instructions to wake her from her slumber, she'll grant your wish. With no TV distractions—and only some solar power for simple lighting and phone charging—take shelter from the dark spirits outside with a cozy stay in this rustic cabin.

2. Sleepy Hollow, New York

Situated deep in a quiet forest, this woodland cabin should be on our list based on its supreme seclusion alone, but it's also only a stone's throw away from the town that inspired The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!

Around the time of Halloween, there are many thrilling events put on by the town, and with your base in Carmel, you can visit them easily and return to your for a good night's sleep. Lifelong adorers of spooky stories can feel close to the action while enjoying a peaceful, scare-free slumber.

3. Mount Hood, Oregon

If you've ever watched the horrifying classic that is "The Shining," this may send a chill down your spine. Contrary to popular belief, the movie was shot almost entirely in Hertfordshire, England, but the exterior of the solitary Overlook Hotel was based on the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon.

Book this cabin and prepare to embrace your own seclusion in the Hood River area of Northern Oregon. Spending an evening around the cozy, indoor fireplace, while watching the world-renowned thriller inspired by the region, is the definition of a perfect Halloween night.

4. Narrowsburg, New York

Though there are no well-known spooky stories set around the town of Narrowsburg, New York, this rustic cabin is sure to inspire any passionate storyteller. If you listen closely, you can hear the woodlands whisper their benevolent secrets.

We suggest an itinerary of cozying up with scary movies with a big blanket after a day of exploring. With an antique-style kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace inside, as well as a spacious fire pit and riverfront access outside, every spot on this property serves for both inspiration and respite.

5. Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

This secluded glamping getaway has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, making it perfect for are cozying up to your partner any time of day. From majestic mountains in the distance to pitch dark skies dotted with shimmering stars, it's an ideal place from which to prepare terrifying tales to share while admiring the surrounding scenery.

The nearby forests also boast endless hiking trails, so you should be sure to ask the area's guides and historians about any mysterious local legends that would make for an interesting outing before nightfall.

6. Accord, New York

In this fast-paced society, many of us crave solitude when vacationing, and this remote glamping rental, nestled near the Mohonk Preserve in New York, is ideal for those wanting to take a peek back in time. Far removed from city life, it's easy to enjoy the property's rustic farm life, rugged terrain, and antique furnishings.

You can even head into town to ask questions about the local history. Meanwhile, the homey, antique atmosphere is sure to inspire even the most reluctant guests to imagine that they've time-traveled to a different world overnight.

7. Minneapolis, Minnesota

We invite you to venture into the trees and stay at this upscale tree house on an old farm. The rental is surely luxurious, but if its walls could talk, it would surely want to share stories about the surrounding woodlands and farmland.

Settled in the late 1800s, this region of Minnesota is rich with history that speaks volumes in the small-town feel, paired with many museums and cultural sites. While reflecting on a busy day exploring over a glass of wine or hot chocolate, you can share a scary story or two that you learned in town to set the mood for an unforgettable night sleeping in the trees.

8. Monteagle, Tennessee

Paranormal fanatics can gather the crew and get ready to investigate "the most haunted location in Tennessee." This is the terrifying statement made by the website of the infamous Old South Pittsburg Hospital. The best part? It is 20 minutes away from this tree house cabin in the woods of Monteagle, Tennessee, so those not intending to scream are a safe distance away. Whether you're looking forward to adventuring to the hospital deep into the night or de-stressing in the private hot tub, this tree house cabin has it all.

9. British Columbia, Canada

Fall can be considered the most beautiful time of year, and with the cool, crisp air, the atmosphere becomes mysterious as the moon rises. Inside this cozy cabin in British Columbia, you will truly feel as if you are escaping from the outside world.

The moody, mid-latitude rainforest surrounding the cabin sets the perfect tone for slowing down and appreciating the surrounding views. Watching the morning mist rise from the forest floor while enjoying a coffee will stimulate the imagination of any ghost story enthusiast.

10. Misiones, Argentina

Just you, the one you love, and your own personal slice of rainforest is enough to tempt anyone to embark on a tropical escape. Where neighbors consist of native species who you can hear communicating during nightfall, this Argentinian escape boasts many opportunities to get close to nature. A relaxing outdoor shower, swinging hammocks, and a private deck allow you to experience all the unknown mysteries the rainforest has to offer from the comfort of a secure accommodation.

11. Transylvania, Romania

Do you dare enter the home of Dracula and head to Transylvania? Tread with caution, as it's easy to get caught up in the tale! This countryside cottage sleeps six, allowing for the perfect spot for history buffs to congregate and share their experiences. Infamous legends of evil kings and vampires are synonymous in this region of Romania, but this property couldn't be any more secure.

You can leave your bulbs of garlic at home while looking forward experiencing guided tours of Bran Castle, where the mythical Dracula was born, and other local towns, churches, and fortresses that are rich with history.

12. Vancouver Island, Canada

"The Cabin in the Woods" is more than just a famous horror film—it's also this accommodation on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Fans of the movie may relish in the idea of a modern-day reenactment with friends—or simply appreciate the luxurious, eco-friendly amenities provided indoors. Sleek furnishings, a warming fireplace, and a modern kitchen will allow even the most easily-spooked to feel at ease.

13. Essex, England

With a rich history that dates back centuries, England boasts plenty of spots for Halloween-enthusiasts. This stately barn can be found in the countryside of North Essex, near Colchester, one of the oldest towns in British history. With enough room to accommodate a group of fear-loving friends, the location is perfect for seeking out spooky excursions.

You'll find yourselves close to the haunted mansion of Borley Rectory—the most haunted mansion in Britain, due to its ghost stories that span over one hundred years. The property is also only 30 minutes away from the Tower of London, one of the U.K.'s most petrifying locations.

Which of these cabins in the woods will you visit this Halloween? Let us know on our social media platforms!