National Parks: Interesting Facts and Captivating Accommodations

By Neil Graham

On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, which ensured that Yellowstone was "reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale" and that it was "for the benefit and the enjoyment of the people," thus, creating the concept of a National Park.

Today, there are 60 National Parks across the United States, many of which showcase some of the world's most fascinating and awe-inspiring geological features on the planet—including red rock canyons, snow-capped peaks, deep lakes, and even a supervolcano. Every year, they attract millions of adventurers who are yearning to experience the sublime beauty of the wilderness and a rejuvenating sense of freedom.

An image of Yellowstone National Park.

To help you decide where to go on your next glamping getaway, here are five interesting facts about National Parks along with five of our most extraordinary accommodations nearby.

Yellowstone National Park

A view from Yellowstone National Park.

Sprawling across three different states, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, Yellowstone was the first ever National Park and is renowned for its multitude of wildlife and geological features including Old Faithful, a spectacular cone geyser that erupts with relative predictability, which led to its name.

Fact #1: Beneath the surface of Yellowstone is an active supervolcano that contains enough magma to fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times over.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin near Yellowstone in Montana.
For your trip to Yellowstone, stay at this log cabin with mountain views in Montana.

Sequoia National Park

A photo of Sequoia National Park in California.

Sequoia National Park lies in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and is world famous for its astonishing sequoia trees in the Giant Forest and its breathtaking trails, including the Moro Rock Trail, which offer sensational mountain views.

Fact #2: Named after an American Civil War general, the General Sherman sequoia tree towers above any visitor at 83.8 meters tall and is the largest-known, living, single stem tree on the planet.

A view of the exterior and outdoor seating area at the riverfront cabin near Sequoia National Park in California.
For your trip to Sequoia National Park, stay at this riverfront cabin in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California.

Yosemite National Park

A photo of the mountains in Yosemite National Park in California.

Thanks to the efforts of Scottish activist John Muir, who grew up in Wisconsin, the natural beauty of Yosemite was well-documented in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, and he was able to raise awareness about the potential threat of destruction to its landscape.

Fact #3: Yosemite's Half Dome granite rock formation provided the inspiration for the logo of outdoor specialists, North Face.

A view from below the impressive cabin rental near Yosemite National Park in California.
For your trip to Yosemite National Park, stay at this gorgeous woodland cabin in Mariposa, California.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A photo of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Spanning across North Carolina and Tennessee, the legendary park is renowned for its astonishing fall colors, its snowcapped peaks in the winter, and its rich Southern Appalachian history. Unlike other National Parks, there is no charge to enter the park, and it proudly holds the title of the most-visited National Park in the U.S. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, as well as picturesque rivers and waterfalls, ancient woodlands, and 300-million-year-old mountains.

Fact #4: The park gets its name from the Cherokee word shaconage, which means "place of blue smoke" and describes the eerie fog that gathers above the forested mountains, which creates a "smoky" effect.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the wintertime.
For your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stay at this luxury log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Olympic National Park

A view of the ocean waters that form part of the Olympic National Park in Washington.

The Olympic National Park is one of the most unspoiled parks in the country, giving visitors an insight into its ancient formation from glacial ice and an authentic wilderness experience. Its mountains were developed deep beneath the ocean's surface before glaciers, which were one mile-thick, carved out its rugged terrain. Nowadays, it is home to an array of diverse ecosystems, all teeming with wildlife, and boasts 73 miles of epic mountainous coastline.

#Fact 5: Due to its Ice Age isolation, 15 animals and eight species of plant evolved here and nowhere else on the planet, such as the Olympic marmot, Olympic mud minnow, and crescent trout.

A view from the exterior at nighttime of the cabin rental near Olympic National Park in Washington.
For your trip to Olympic National Park, stay at this spacious cabin rental in Port Angeles, Washington.


Check out our collection of extraordinary accommodations near National Parks and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the sublime beauty of nature!

5 Movies Filmed in National Parks

By Elizabeth Young

Panoramic vistas, crystal-clear lakes, deserts that never end, snow-capped mountains, and giant monoliths—whether they're starring as the backdrop in thrillers and dramas or alien planets in sci-fi movies, the U.S. National Parks have long held an important and prominent role in American cinema.

In celebration of National Park Week, here are some of our favorite films that take place in National Parks.

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)

This is a photo of Zion National Park, Utah

With Paul Newman and Robert Redford, this iconic movie is one we're sure many of you have seen, or at least heard of. But did you know much of the movie was filmed in Utah's Zion National Park? If you can take your eyes off of Paul Newman and and Robert Redford long enough, you may notice some stunning natural landscapes and classic western scenery with these bank- and train-robbing bandits on the run to Bolivia.

This is a safari tent near Zion National Park in Utah

Channel your inner Butch Cassidy and head for Zion. This luxury safari tent is located in Kanab, Utah, and is perfect for visiting Zion National Park. Stay here and you'll be right on the southern border between Utah and Arizona, as well as roughly 10 miles east of Kanab, where you can enjoy starry nights under the magnificent southern Utah sky.

"North by Northwest" (1959)

This is a photo of Mount Rushmore

The chiseled granite faces of Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt make an unforgettable appearance during a climactic chase scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s dizzying thriller "North by Northwest." While shooting did take place in and around South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the harrowing chase scene itself, against Hitchock's wishes, ended up being filmed on a replica erected on a Hollywood sound stage.

This is a photo of a luxury cabin near Mount Rushmore.

This safari tent is located in Keystone, South Dakota, where it is situated on a multi-acre glamping site nestled among the Black Hills. Mount Rushmore lies just a few miles away and can be seen right from the site, which is stippled with towering pine trees. For movie-buffs, this is the perfect rental.

"Into the Wild" (2007)

This photo is of Denali National Park in Alaska

Much of "Into the Wild," a Sean Penn-directed biographical film, was shot on location at Denali National Park and Preserve. It was here that young Christopher McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch) attempted to live off the land in an abandoned bus parked along the remote Stampede Trail. We wouldn't recommend exploring the natural wonders of Denali in the same, some would say reckless, nature that McCandless did, but the stunning beauty captured by this film does make us want to head for the great outdoors.

This is a photo of a tiny house near Denali National Park in Alaska.

Located in Talkeetna, Alaska, this is the perfect choice for glampers hoping to enjoy a secluded and quiet vacation in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. With an amazing lakeside location, glampers will be able to enjoy all that Denali National Park has to offer. This part of the world boasts beautiful scenery and is a great opportunity to have some truly unique experiences, including one of the popular flight tours on offer in the area.

"Dances with Wolves" (1990)

This is a photo of Badlands National Park.

Having been badly wounded, Lt. John Dunbar (Kevin Costner), a Civil War hero, makes his way to the Western frontier. There he encounters Indians, buffalo, a dancing wolf, and Mary McDonnell. Camera crews filmed the movie at a variety of locations, but the most gorgeous, mixed grass prairie landscape they found was at Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota.

This is a photo of a cabin near Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

The cabin is located in a small community just off scenic Rimrock Highway. This rental has a great central location in the Black Hills, South Dakota—just 15 minutes from Rapid City and approximately 30 to 45 minutes to nearby tourist destinations, such as Keystone, Mt. Rushmore, Hill City, Crazy Horse, Custer, and Deadwood. Whether guests are looking to hike and explore, shop and sightsee, or just relax, this cabin will make a glamping trip to South Dakota enjoyable for all.

"Star Wars Episode VI—The Return of the Jedi" (1983)

This is a photo of Redwood National Park.

If you've seen this infamous saga, you'll probably remember the Ewoks, those little, furry creatures living on the forest moon of Endor? Well, those small, bear-like creatures actually live in one of the most spectacular forests in California. In the Redwood National and State Parks stands the forest of mighty trees at more then 300 feet high, more then 2,000 years old, and with an all but closed canopy of towering Redwoods.

This is a luxury cabin rental in Eureka, California.

This gorgeous cabin rental offers a private oasis where glampers can relax and enjoy nature. Nestled among towering redwoods, the rental is just 10 minutes from both Eureka and Arcata. In addition, glampers will be just one and a half miles from the bay and a short 15 minutes from a wide range of local beaches. And of course, Redwood National Park is also located nearby and is well worth a visit.


Looking for more accommodations? Head to Glamping Hub for our full inventory!

3 National Parks You Probably Haven't Heard Of

By Elizabeth Young

In honor of National Park Week, we want to highlight some of the amazing landscapes and geographies in the US. The National Parks Service, created in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, works with National Parks Foundation to maintain over 400 National Park sites across the country and U.S. territories. Of those 417 sites, 59 are National Parks, like Yosemite or Yellowstone.

Though many parks, like the Grand Canyon or the Everglades, are world-renowned for their beauty and grandeur, there are many other parks with landscapes and historical narratives that make them more than worthwhile to visit.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park - New Mexico

This is a photo of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Carlsbad Caverns is a network of 117 underground caves, the longest of which is over 120 miles long! In Southern New Mexico, the caverns have several notable caves, among which is the Big Room at almost 4,000 feet long. The park's cultural resources represent a long and varied continuum of human use, starting in prehistoric times and illustrating many adaptations to the harsh Chihuahuan Desert environment.

This is a photo of a luxury adobe cabin near Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Perched above the spectacular Hueco Mountains in El Paso, Texas, this 6,500-square-foot, luxury adobe cabin is the perfect blend traditional desert and modern chic. With panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery below, glampers who stay will be amazed each morning when they wake up and start their day. And while it is in Texas, it is about a two-hour drive from Carlsbad Caverns.

Dry Tortugas National Park - Florida

This is a photo of snorekling in Dry Tortugas National Park
Photo Sourced from Dry Tortugas.

Dry Tortugas National Park is in the Gulf of Mexico, west of Key West, Florida. It is made up of seven islands along with several protected coral reefs. Garden Key is home to stunning beaches and the 19th-century, Cival War-era Fort Jefferson. Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse and sea turtles, while on nearby Loggerhead Reef are the remains of a shipwreck from 1875 and is a popular dive site. It is important to note that the National Park is only accessible by boat or plane.

This is a photo of a catamaran in Key West, Florida.

This luxurious catamaran sailboat charter comes with a crew and offers a unique way to explore the stunning surroundings. Moored in Key West in Florida, the yacht is ready for an adventure and can head to many destinations. The boat sleeps up to six guests; including the captain and one crew member, the total people aboard will be eight.

Haleakalā National Park - Hawaii

This is picture of Haleakala National Park Photo sourced from NPS and photo credit to Elizabeth Havelin.

The Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui, Hawaii, is home to the Haleakalā volcano and features a very large crater with numerous cinder cones, Hosmer's Grove of alien trees, the Kipahulu section's scenic pools of freshwater fish, and the native Hawaiian goose. The park protects the greatest number of endangered species within a U.S. National Park.

This is a photo of a vacation rental near Haleakala National Park in Hawaii

This luxurious glamping site is nestled on Maui's rugged north shore in Huelo, Hawaii. The property overlooks some of the world's most beautiful coastline, featuring crystal blue water and rolling Pacific Ocean waves. The grounds are home to tropical coconut palms and banana trees, as well as myna birds and wild parrots. Guests will be only an hour from Haleakalā.


Already visited all of these National Parks? Head to Glamping Hub for more inspiration!

Blogger Spotlight: Kate

By Mahealani Schuman

Kate Houser is the content creator and founder of the blog Shady Kate. Her travel and fashion blog seeks to inspire "those who love to chase the sun in the trendiest shades and explore the warmest places in the coolest clothes." Kate always looks to blend together her love for nature and fashion with her wanderlust-filled soul.

She usually spends her weekends glamping, hiking, or backpacking around some of the most beautiful destinations and National Parks the U.S. has to offer. Naturally, a weekend away in one of our glamping tipis was a perfect fit!

If a weekend getaway filled with outdoor adventures, vineyards and wine tastings, and starry night skies sounds like your type of trip, let Kate show you how it's done.

All images courtesy of Shadykate.

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

Remote, Western, and mountainous.

How do you plan your vacations? Around destination? Around style? Around accommodation?

I usually plan my trips either around destination or lodging experience. If I have a specific place in mind, I will start there, but if I just want to get away but am not sure where, I'll do a search by type of accommodation. For example, I'm dying to spend a night in a tree house just to experience an elevated night's sleep under the stars!

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

Rustic and outdoorsy, all the way. I'm an avid camper, so when I glamp, I can definitely appreciate the amenities and endless photo-ops most glamping accommodations provide, but I still love to keep some of that natural, rustic charm you get with camping.

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

Check the weather, and not just overall, but hour by hour. Most of the places I have visited can have a dramatic change in temps, so you'll want to be prepared to be super hot during the day but freezing at night. Make sure to pack a variety of clothes and learn to love the art of layering.

What are your five go-to’s for your glamping stay?

I love capturing my trips on video so I don't go anywhere without my GoPro, Nikon camera, or tripod. We usually hike wherever we glamp, so a hydration backpack is key, and lastly, I would say my partner-in-crime, Doug.

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I would love to go glamping in Alaska once the weather warms up a bit, but there is still some snow on the ground. I picture myself waking up on a lake with a moose outside of the tent—how amazing would that be!

If you're looking for something unique and exciting this summer in California, check out these great tipi and tent glamping sites.


If you want to keep up with Kate's style tips and glamping escapes, follow along on her blog, YouTube channel, and Instagram!

Staff Picks: Gigi and Why the PNW is North America's Best-Kept Secret

By Giovanna Tapia

Corporate tech giants (think Amazon and Microsoft), ultra-hipster coffee shops, micro-breweries as far as the eye-can-see, flannel attire, and that infamous, unrelenting drizzle have become what the Pacific Northwest (affectionately referred to as the "PNW" by locals) is probably best known for. And to be honest, locals are eager to keep that rainy and cold reputation alive!

A growing sense of regional pride has made locals want to preserve this hidden gem, well, hidden from an ever increasing flow of transplants and tourists. But as a Seattle native myself (or as close to a "native" as I can be), I'm here to let you all in on the secret.

Image courtesty of Pixabay.

The PNW is truly a utopia for outdoor lovers, adventure enthusiasts, music lovers, and foodies alike. While it is true that Seattle and the PNW suffer from overcast and rainy skies for a large part of the year, it is for that very reason that this region is undeniably one of the most beautiful in the country (probably even the world). Thanks to the consistent rainfall and relatively mild temperatures, the area remains lush and verdant year round, even appropriately earning Washington the nickname of "The Evergreen State."

Having lived in three of the most prominent areas of the PNW: British Colombia, Washington, and (briefly) Oregon, I'll admit that, growing up, it was easy to take these naturally stunning surrounding for granted. Hopping in the car and driving a short distance away from any city was far too easy and offered the opportunity to see some of the most pristine coastlines, rugged mountains, and emerald-hued lakes that I've seen to date!

As I write this article from sunny Sevilla, Spain, the inner Seattleite and PNW-er in me is yearning for a little rainfall and some of those out-of-the-city hiking adventures I grew up with. So, without further ado, here are some of my top picks for a glamping getaway in the Pacific Northwest.

Magical Tree House in Seattle

This luxury tree house will make you feel like you've stepped into a forest

One of the best parts about living in Seattle is that you don't really need to leave the city to experience mother earth at it's finest. Even the city's most urban spaces are green and full of flora.

Take for instance this modern elevated tree house that is in the Lake City neighborhood. It's just a short drive from the very heart of Seattle's bustling city center, yet one step into the property, and you'll be left feeling like you've left behind the urban landscape for a lush forest setting.

Farm-Style Cottage near Whistler

Image of Pemberton courtesy of Pixabay.

Located just a short, but scenic, drive north of the famous skiing village of Whistler and about 150 kilometers from Vancouver, Pemberton embodies the spirit of the PNW outdoors perfectly. Often overlooked for its more famous neighbor, Whistler, Pemberton is nestled amidst the green-belt valley in the Coast Mountains providing it a stunning natural surrounding.

I first visited it in 2014 for Pemberton Music Festival and was quickly enchanted with the area, as it is the perfect city escape! Don't just take my word for it, though. Take in the crisp mountain air and experience the Canadian wilderness for yourself with a stay at this farm-style vacation rental located just 10 minutes from the Pemberton city center.

Unique Cabin on Oregon Coast

Relax at this cozy A-frame cabin near Seaside, Oregon.

On the northwestern coast of Oregon, the small resort city of Seaside is probably best known for its great surf waves and a 1920s promenade but offers so much more than just that. My stepfather had family there, so growing up, we'd frequent Seaside during long weekends and summer vacations.

I was always so excited for these getaways, since I knew I could look forward to walks along the long stretches of beach (at the now famous Cannon Beach), a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, and of course, the endless samples of Salt Water Taffy along the Seaside boardwalk. The area is also rich in wildlife, including eagles in the Necanicum River estuary and migrating gray whales that can be seen along the coast.

This lovely A-frame cabin features plenty of natural light and is the perfect place to stay if you're looking to visit Seaside, Cannon Beach, and or Astoria (where the childhood classic movie, "The Goonies," is set) for your very own Oregonian adventure.

Quirky Beachside Farmhouse

How adorable are these furry little alpacas? You won't want to miss a stay at this farmhouse!

I'll wrap up my list with another Washington pick, since it's where I hold nearest and dearest to my heart. Located in the Puget Sound, and a relatively short ferry ride from Seattle, Whidbey Island is unlike anywhere I've ever been in my life. It has a truly special essence that makes for the perfect antidote for any big city pressures you may be looking to escape.

There is just such a sense of peace and tranquility that captivates any visitor to the island. Whether it's the small town charm of the villages that dot the coast of the island, such as Langley and Coupeville, or the wide-open beaches, scenic vistas, outdoor adventures, great art, and fine dining, Whidbey is truly a special little corner of the world.

Ringing true to the quirkiness that the greater Seattle area is often known for, this farmhouse is located on an alpaca farm right next to the waters of the Puget Sound. And yes, you read that right—an alpaca farm! It does not get much more Pacific Northwest than that.

Seattle is home to both stunning nature, and bustling citylife—it truly has it all!

And now I feel like I've betrayed my fellow PNW-ers by letting the cat out of the bag that the PNW really is the best, but I couldn't keep that kind of secret to myself. It is just so much the archetypal location for a glamping getaway, and everybody deserves to see this beautiful part of the world for themselves!


Witness the magic of the Pacific Northwest for yourself and check out some more of our accommodations in Washington and Oregon in the U.S. and British Columbia in Canada!

European Summer Getaways

By Mahealani Schuman

Are you looking to beat the heat this summer? Keep cool by heading out on a coastal getaway along one of the many beaches of Europe. If you are interested in a summer filled with coastal views, a little bit of history, and relaxation, keep reading—you're in the right place!

All photos taken by the author unless otherwise noted.

Spain

What better place to start than the enchanting beaches along the southern coasts of Spain? Visit the region of Cádiz, located in the southwesternmost area of Spain, and home to the Costa de la Luz. Spend your days lounging on the beaches, savoring the local tastes of Spanish cuisine, and learning about the rich history of this area.

Punta Paloma makes for the perfect day of relaxing and enjoying the sun. If you're up for it, follow the beach all the way to the right tip and find the famous mud—nothing better than a complimentary spa day at the beach!

Another favorite is the beautiful and unique Playa Bolonia, where the local cows often stop by to talk a lovely beach stroll. Arguably, the most beautiful of the three beaches, Playa de los Alemanes is always a great choice for white sand, deep blue water, and a perfect sunset.

The rich city of Cádiz is well worth a visit. Notably famous, Cádiz is the only city in continental Europe to never be conquered by Napoleon. Here, you must visit Castillo San Sebastián, take an afternoon stroll through Genoves Park, and Torre Traviafor the most exquisite city views. For an amazing glamping experience, head to Los Alcornocales National Park, where you will sleep under the stars in these breathtaking tipis. Enjoy the hour's drive through the vast sunflower fields, reaching olive groves and the famous white pueblos of Andalusia!

Málaga

Continuing along Spain's southern costs, we come to the notably mountainous area of Málaga. One of the most famous coastal regions of Málaga is known as the Costa del Sol. In the city of Málaga, you must visit the the Alcazaba fortress and Castillo de Gibralfaro to immerse yourself in the rich history of Moorish and Spanish intermingling. From the top, stop to enjoy the stunning views of the glittering coastlines.

Walk along Muelle Uno, an oceanfront outdoor mall, or enjoy delicious seafood and paella right on the beach. Head up into the heart of Málaga for breathtaking mountain views, pristine nature, and adventurous hiking! Here, we have these unique glamping tents tucked away for a relaxing nature getaway.

Germany

Are you and your travel companions interested in visiting Northern Europe? If so, pack your bags and head to Germany for the summer—filled with open air festivals, cultural sites, traditional beer gardens, vineyard tours in the Palatinate wine region, and countless opportunities to try typical German staples, like pretzels and currywurst. The history, gastronomy, and stunning scenery will make you fall head over heels in love with this country.

Check out the unique exterior of this tree house in Germany.

Berlin

Be sure to visit Berlin, where you will see symbolic monuments like the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, and the Reichstag, and explore the range of local and international dining options. Berlin is a reformed city, home to those who don’t wish to conform, with a hint of rebellion. Open minded and non-judgemental ‘vibes’ sprawl throughout the city, from graffiti to cuisine, so prepare yourself for a mix of cultures. World renowned Indian, Vietnamese, Asian, South American, and Italian restaurants (and food trucks!) may have you questioning if a traditional German meal is really what you would like to try first. Non-conformist Berlin will not limit itself to “nightlife.” Discos and club hours span longer then you would think, some open 24 hours, appealing to all walks of life. Once all entertainment needs are met (or wildly exceeded), give into your desire for a more tranquil atmosphere. One of our favorite places to escape is this luxury tree house located just outside of the city center.

Hamburg

After your urban adventures, make your way to northern Germany to discover scenic rivers, green parks, and picturesque towns. For more inspiration on places to stay, check out All The Rooms.

Image courtesy of All The Rooms.

Visit the port city of Hamburg and the coastal city of Bremerhaven, and take a boat tour to cruise along the Wadden Sea. Although the area is not best known for its beaches, your vacation will not be complete without visiting the endless coastlines in the area. Be sure to check out the region’s best beaches here!

France

French Riviera

If you are planning a romantic trip along the Mediterranean there is no better place to visit than the French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur, the breathtaking southeastern coast of France. Explore the best of French culture by visiting the stunning cafés, art museums, and historical sites in the area. Take advantage of a chance to enjoy exquisite French cuisine—from endless cheeses and perfect baguettes to sumptuous wines.

Enjoy freshly caught seafood and a bowl of bouillabaisse at a beachfront lunch in the bustling port city of Marseille, or leave behind the tourist crowds and unwind in this beautiful cabin by the sparkling waters of the seaside towns of the Provence-Alpes.

Peace and tranquility surround this luxury yurt in France.

Normandy

Just an hour and 30 minutes on a train outside of Paris is the stunning town of Deauville, Normandy. Known for its quaint French charm, long stretches of beached boardwalks, and exquisite seafood cuisine, Deauville has gained popularity in recent years among tourists and locals alike. Home to many cultural events year-round, well-established horse racing, polo, golf, art galleries, and upscale shopping, there is something for everyone.

Day trip to this storybook seaside town from these traditional yurts, tucked away in the green countryside, or stay in the city for a night. Be sure to not miss the rising and lowering of the tides—you never know what you might catch a glimpse of!

Wherever you might be thinking for this year's summer getaway, always be sure to keep one thing in mind—make where you stay, why you stay.


For more adventures, experiences, and luxurious European summer getaway ideas, head over to Glamping Hub, and start planning today!

Host Spotlight: Philippe

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 Philippe, who manages this luxury Airstream in Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Canada.

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

About 10 years ago, a couple encountered us at our lakeside tent site, sunning our duvet and sitting down to a full brunch of omelette, bacon, sautéd tomato/garlic/herbs, brioches, juice, espresso...you get the idea. Inviting them to join us, they used "glamping" to describe the experience. We had a good laugh, as it's simply our way of enjoying the best of life.

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

With the purchase of our Airstream, our place enables us to share a piece of of paradise.

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

Rejuvenation, reconnection, and escape.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

I've always glamped, understanding that its basic requisites are great food, comfy living, and paradise settings. The beauty is in stripping back to essentials in order to find remote places of natural beauty, but never leaving behind selected luxuries of life.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Good glamping offers a window of opportunity to leave daily routines and possessions behind and to sample a simple, yet superb, lifestyle in the great outdoors—with the option to retreat into a devine and secure interior!

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

Simply stated, our property is modern living in a pastoral setting: pristine inside and out, guest services, regional attractions, privacy, and discrete, yet responsive, hosts.

7. What makes your property unique?

Starting with the opportunity to enjoy staying in a brand new Airstream, the property is situated to take advantage of infinite views, distant hills, grazing cows...the experience is designed for two and, as such, is gloriously private. Sunny and shady decks, a new barbecue, new bikes, and park passes are just a few of the guests' many privileges.

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

The fantastic responses of our guests! Absolutely every guest has left happy and satisfied. We didn't realize how popular the stay would be for special occasions, like anniversaries and birthdays, and we take special care to make all memorable.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

The Airstream is equipped with solar panels, so off-the-grid services are a guest's choice. Our water is spring-fed, and we recycle all grey water (thus providing bio-soaps for guest use). The compact nature of the Airstream lends itself to a leaving a very small carbon footprinte.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Our property exists to give guests a fantastic and unique experience.


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Canada? See more of what Philippe's accommodation can offer here!

Authentic Sacramento Immersion at Your Fingertips

By Mahealani Schuman

This collaboration post is brought to you by Trip101 and Glamping Hub.

All images courtesy of Wikimedia under a Creative Commons license.

It’s been known as the Big Tomato, the Almond Capital of the World, and even River City, but as far as your travel itinerary is concerned, Sacramento is your newest excuse for a Northern California adventure! Welcome to the sixth-largest city in the Golden State, a metropolitan social hub that plays host to everything from critically acclaimed art to internationally renowned cuisine.

A Mediterranean climate dominated by sunshine will keep you on your toes in the City of Trees, where a winning assemblage of local attractions awaits your discovery. Take to Sacramento's streets to for a cultural experience equal parts exciting and rejuvenating. Check out our compilation of top local landmarks in the Sacramento region to redefine your understanding of Sacramento sights and sounds. Keen to know more? Check out the top travel guides over at Trip101.

1. California State Railroad Museum

Strike this staple Sacramento attraction from your California bucket list: history comes alive at the California State Railroad Museum. Get in line for an immersive Sacramento experience upon educational grounds for America’s “iron horse.” Witness a wonderful assemblage of restored engines, train cars, and more, amid a constantly rotating series of exhibits and displays.

From its family-friendly Monday story time to its seasonal Polar Express experience, the California State Railroad Museum is the perfect place to beat a rainy day, celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or simply educate yourself on one of North America’s founding forces. Since 1976, the California State Railroad Museum has contributed to the Sacramento identity, and today provides locals and visitors alike with an excuse to lose themselves in America’s transportation pastime. Look to make yourself the museum’s next satisfied guest at this staple Sacramento site.

2. Crocker Art Museum

A virtual time capsule of California history, this witness to Sacramento past and present features works dating back to the days of the Gold Rush. Its exhibits are constantly changing, so there’s always a reason to return if you’ve already walked the museum’s halls. On-site events include immersive exhibit explanations, family-friendly hand painting, and more.

Affordable entry prices and rich with artistic mastery make the Crocker Art Museum the go-to haven for true art lovers in the Sacramento region. The museum’s collections include historic European paintings, entire portfolios of ceramic works, and even contemporary contributions from local modern artists. Jump at the chance to visit this award-winning California venue—one more reason to provide yourself the unbridled Sacramento experience.

3. Discovery Park

For as much as Sacramento’s endless museum variety tells the story of the region’s dynamic past, it can’t provide you with the recreational opportunities available at Discovery Park. If you can dream it, you can do it at Discovery Park; the site hosts everything from on-site fishing and active boat launches to a 32-mile bike trail. Gaze upon the junction of the American and Sacramento Rivers, while you cook up a barbecue, fire up the boat, or simply walk the landmark’s peaceful grounds.

This personalized outing is only waiting for your indulgence. The number of intimate picnic spaces is to be outdone only by the sheer amount of sunshine the graces its grounds, and there’s always rejuvenation to be found under a shady tree nearby. The park also regularly hosts music festivals and events of all kinds, so be sure to check the Sacramento Parks & Recreation website for the latest events in the making. Provide the entire family with a well-earned day of fun at Discovery Park in Sacramento, and check out Capitol Park and William Land Park for more opportunities for outdoor exploration.

4. B Street Theatre

You’ll most likely recognize the B Street Theatre by its pale blue complexion—and the long line of prospective guests out the door. Widely recognized in the immediate Sacramento area, the B Street Theatre has long since impressed local theatre-goers and visitors, both with the wide variety of its shows, and with a professionalism uncharacteristic of a smaller venue.

With a well-balanced listing of concerts, shows, and theatrical performances, B Street Theatre regularly delivers a critically acclaimed performance that can beat any slow Sacramento night. Whether it’s a comedic smash or long-rehearsed play, there’s never a bad night to attend this local staple. Strap yourself in for the laughs, tears, and adventures to which Sacramento theatre-goers are treated, and call yourself a member of the B Street family!

5. American River Bicycle Trail

Your next excuse to get out and see Sacramento nature doesn’t come pre-packed any better than this. Nationally renowned as one of the premiere bike paths in all of America, the American River Bicycle Trail does well to introduce you to delicate riverside settings, overarching treetops, and organic rejuvenation. Easily fall in love with the crunch of soft dirt under your bike tires when you become the American River Bicycle Trail’s newest enthusiast.

Note that the trail remains exclusively available for non-motorized use; you’re free to roam awe-inspiring Sacramento spaces away from vehicular interference. What’s more, you’ll be traveling a portion of the famed American Discovery Trail, a coast-to-coast trail experience that spans the length of the entire United States! Find yourself on a bike anywhere between Discovery Park and Old Sacramento to punch your ticket as a true Sacramento adventurer.

Glamping in Sacramento

Complete your Sacramento experience with any one of these fine examples of local hospitality. We have some really beautiful glamping properties nearby—and even one right in the heart of the city. Check out Trip101’s for a full list of other hotel and vacation rental recommendations for a night's stay downtown or take a look as these glamping city getaways.

Luxury Riverboat Accommodations on Sacramento River

This luxury glamping riverboat accommodation is located on the Sacramento River right in the heart of downtown. All amenities are provided, guests have a choice of different rooms, and each room boasts a different view. This is perfect for a romantic getaway to the city!

Rustic and Unique A-Frame Rental Among the Tahoe National Forest

Located roughly an hour outside of the city, this beautiful cabin is the perfect distance for a day trip. Enjoy your day in the city, adventuring to all the great attractions, and return back to your cabin to have a relaxing evening in nature. At two minutes from historic Nevada City, guests can spend a day at the local shops and gourmet restaurants. For a true glamping adventure, the cabin is location near the Yuba River, hiking and biking trails, Scotts Flat Reservoir, and Tahoe National Forest. The cabin is perfect for a family and friends getaway, with room for up to seven guests.

Unique and Secluded Dome Getaway near Sacramento

This unique and secluded dome rental is located in Pioneer, one of the historic California Gold Rush towns, and is just an hour and 15 minutes from Sacramento. The dome can sleep up to 10 guests, and even has room for your pets, too. Take a fews days to enjoy your stay here, and head into the city or over to Kirkwood Ski Resort. The ares is also known for its many mountains, streams, and high Sierra lakes.

Stunning and Secluded Lakeside Getaway in Grass Valley

Tucked away in the trees, guests will feel totally relaxed and surrounded by nature in the stunning cabin rental. With an open floor plan and wall-to-wall sliding glass doors, guests can enjoy feeling connected to the bright and airy atmosphere of this property. This cabin is ideal for up to four friends and a pet.

Rustic Cabin Tents for Four Set on the American River

Located directly on the American River in Sacramento, these riverfront cabin tents are glamping at its best. At approximately a 30-minute drive from the city, each tent can accommodate up to four guests. Take a trip to the the city or a thrilling adventure down the river, where there are endless experiences to be had.


No matter your reason for venturing into the Sacramento region, treat yourself to a diversified Northern California experience—complete with day trips, outdoor adventures, and city views and opportunities alike!

Glamping Hub's Guide to Overcoming the Post-Coachella Blues

By Isabelle Jefferies

Best tipis in the U.S.

Following a debate that has spanned several festival seasons, (unofficial) sources have finally confirmed that the post-Coachella blues do pose an actual threat to festivalgoers. Friends and families have been advised to look out for symptoms that include refusing to leave the house without wearing a flower crown and the inability to sleep in an actual bed.

While specialists rush to come up with advice for sufferers, Glamping Hub is here to help out however we can. Whether you're looking to avoid withdrawal symptoms by continuing to adopt the festival lifestyle or you'd like to retreat and recover for a little while, we've got you covered. With countless tents, tipis, and yurts on offer, our Insta-worthy properties are the perfect choice to continue to channel your inner Vanessa Hudgens (aka Queen of Coachella).

Best tipis in the U.S.

Rest assured that—rather than just for two weekends of the year—denim shorts, statement jewelry, and floral headwear are always welcomed by us. The best part? No waiting for April to enjoy them—these rentals offer glamping all year long and are ready to accommodate you whenever the blues are weighing you down.

Read on for advice on getting yourself out of your Coachella-induced funk, and the best spots to make it happen.

1. Keep busy.

Learning a new skill is the perfect way to keep yourself distracted from the sad reality that yet another festival season has come to an end. Among other things, a glamping getaway offers the chance to enjoy kayaking, zip-lining, and horseback riding.

One of our personal favorites is this gorgeous, bohemian-style bell tent. Not only is it ideally situated right on the coast in New South Wales (proof that festival fans don't have to stick to California for their getaways), the hosts provide guests with a boat to use for exploring. A day spent sailing will definitely keep your mind occupied!

Bell tent in New South Wales.

Glamping in New South Wales

2. Create a playlist.

Considering that the general consensus is that this was Coachella's best year ever, it would be totally understandable to want to relive it. Spotify offers a wide range of playlists to keep you satisfied until next year, and this secluded safari tent makes the perfect setting to blast them out. Completely secluded in Zion National Park, Utah, glampers definitely won't need to worry about noise complaints from the neighbors while playing Kendrick on repeat.

Safari tent in Zion, Utah.

3. Go on a health kick.

Following two full weekends of indulgence, a detox is a great way to keep yourself feeling good post-festival season. While glamping, guests will be able to enjoy a diet of delicious fresh produce that's definitely a little fancier than a standard festival burger van. Think free range eggs, homemade jams, and organic fruit and veg. Obviously, no judgment from us if guests decide to slip back into their Coachella ways to see out the day with a delicious craft beverage or cocktail.

All-inclusive luxury tents in Costa Rica.

4. Reminisce.

Here at Glamping Hub, we are big believers in sharing moments and not things. More than anything, festivals are famous for being a chance to create unforgettable memories, and Glamping Hub is here to provide the perfect spots for when you're feeling nostalgic. Take this romantic yurt rental located to the east of Rome, in one of the greenest regions of Europe. Not only will the gorgeous panoramic views look just as impressive on your Instagram as that Coachella snap, but the rental's rooftop terrace definitely wouldn't make the worst spot to reminisce about the 2017 festival season.

Yurt rental in Italy.

Yurt rental in Italy.

5. Lean on your loved ones.

Support from your friends is absolutely crucial to shake off the post-Coachella blues. At this property in Texas, there are five amazing tipis that can accommodate a group of 30 in total. The term 'fully furnished' is not taken lightly—guests can expect a private kitchen and bathroom. There is even a hot tub where you can all reflect and begin counting down the days to Coachella 2018.

Tipi rentals in New Braunfels.

Tipi rentals in New Braunfels.


P.S. Not just for glampers that are missing Coachella, a Glamping Hub getaway is the perfect option for those that missed out on one of the biggest events of the festival calendar and have always dreamed of going. Check out more Coachella-esque accommodations here!

Earth Day, Ecotourism, and What You Can Do to Help

By Kyomi Wade

Without nature, one of the four pillars of Glamping Hub's core values would crumble—which is why we, as a business, both respect and appreciate every aspect of it. This month, as Earth Day approaches on April 22, we are taking the opportunity to help spread the word about its aims and complex subject of ecotourism.

Glamping Hub will be donating 10% of the day's revenue to the official Earth Day Network and have launched a Green Pledge with the full support of the company's senior management.

Photo courtesy Earth Day Network

What is ecotourism?

As you begin to understand the principles of ecotourism, it is easy to immediately be thrown off by the industry's technical jargon. Eco-friendly, responsible tourism, conscious travel, and green tourism are just a few of the larger list of terms that are regularly used in an interchangeable way.

But we have good news for you! The majority of these definitions unify to support quite a simple ethos: protecting and respecting local culture, adopting environmentally-friendly practices, and economically supporting local communities in a sustainable way.

We particularly like the definition of Ecotourism coined by the director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at Harvard, Epler Wood: "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” For example, it might be easier to think of conserving the natural wonders of our earth as ecotourism—which it is—but equally so is making sure that the locals are economically benefiting from tourism.

The travel industry has the opportunity to provide education, job/career creation, and development for local communities. However, due to what is referred to as "tourism leakage," sometimes only a mere 10% of money is going back to the local community. Your contribution as a conscious traveler can be awareness when traveling, choosing to spend your money at local businesses whenever possible.

Earth Day and making a difference

This year, Earth Day is calling each and every one of us to pledge to end plastic pollution, one of the most important environmental problems that we face today and one that we have contributed to greatly—whether knowingly or not. Did you know that 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and that 90% of that is thrown away? The opportunity to tackle this is huge, and with your input we can really make a difference.

But why should you care about plastic pollution? The issue with plastic is that the amount of plastic we create is essentially here forever. To put it into perspective, one single plastic bottle, though it may decompose, takes close to 500 years to fully do so. Moreover, although it breaks down, it still remains in our soil and water, affecting our crops, ocean life, and ourselves.

When plastic decomposes in the ocean for example, it breaks down into small poisonous particles, microplastics, that are then swallowed by ocean life and, later, humans. As if this wasn't enough reason for concern, the energy it takes to simply create plastic creates omissions that catalyze climate change. Therefore, if we think about how much plastic we use on a daily basis, pledging to recycle or cut down on usage seems like a small feat to combating climate change and protecting the health of both our sea life and ourselves.

What you can do and our pledge

Thanks to our wonderful and proactive Glamping Hub Green Initiative Team, we have already started to take steps as a business to reduce our waste and recycle. We have developed a system to educate our office on what goes where, making the process of recycling easier for everyone. Currently, we can are recycling plastic, cans, paper, glass, and batteries.

Continuing the green theme and our support of Earth Day on April 22, we pledge to not use plastic bottles, bags, and straws for the whole month of April. We have also organized fundraising initiatives to add to our contribution.

If you're wondering what you can do to help out starting today, let us be of assistance. Begin by reading some easy-to-implement tips on traveling green. If you are a traveler, you may or may not know that 2017 was the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and a very useful resource is their "Tips For a Responsible Traveler" guide, from the #travelenjoyrespect campaign, which you can find here.

You can also sign the Earth Day petition to end plastic pollution. The petition calls on governments and world leaders to take note of the severity of plastic pollution. Your signature would make a world of a difference in showing those in charge that we, the people of planet Earth. You can find the petition here!

Lastly, you can book your next glamping trip with peace of mind! As mentioned above, Glamping Hub will be donating 10% of revenue made on Earth Day, April 22, to the official Earth Day Network. You can plan your perfect getaway knowing that you are simultaneously making a pledge to protect our earth.

Want to browse some beautiful, eco-friendly properties on Glamping Hub? Start exploring here!


We hope that by Glamping Hub pledging to make internal changes, we have made you think about your relationship with our planet. Though we don’t yet consider ourselves to be a fully eco-friendly company, we hope you will join us in our journey to do so,one step at a time!