Staff Picks: Across the Globe with Liz

By Elizabeth Young

When asked to pick a few of my favorite accommodations on our website, I really had to think. Working here, you come across so many amazing properties that it is hard to decide where to begin. When choosing mine, I decided to pick from four different categories: rentals I brought to the website as when I worked in the Sales Department, rentals I've visited, rentals on my bucket list, and rentals that everyone can afford. So let's take a look!

Dome in the Catskill Mountains, New York
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This property stands out in my mind for a few reasons. Firstly, I am from New York and have visited the Catskill region many times—it's beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. If you're looking for an memorable outdoor getaway from Manhattan, the Catskill Mountains are an easy drive. Another reason is that this is one of the first properties I signed up on the website when I was working in Sales. It is a truly unique place, with a few different kinds of accommodations on the property and enough space for large groups to come and stay.

Villa Rental in Andalucia, Spain
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Living in Andalucia, or southern Spain, means that you get almost a full year of sunshine and more than eight months of beach weather. I was lucky enough to visit this villa last year with a group of friends for my birthday. Not only was it an easy drive, but it was the perfect space for eight people and even has a pool. There are few things better than waking up surrounded by loved ones and spending your days under a sunny, blue sky by the pool.

When you stay here, you can visit many stunning coastal towns like Nerja and bigger cities like Malaga or Marbella. There's truly nothing like the Spanish sunshine, especially when accompanied by a glass of sangria or some delicious tapas.

Bucket List Mountain Getaway in Australia
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The longer I work at Glamping Hub, the longer my bucket list grows—every day, I come across stunning properties that you could never even imagine existed. Forget that same hotel room that you always go back to, and this holiday, book somwehere really special. This secluded mountain cottage in Australia is a perfect example.

This cottage is truly one-of-a-kind, with a private location, a wrap-around deck, and a beautiful, modern interior. At the end of the day, relax under the stars with that special someone, perhaps with a glass of Australia's famous Shiraz.

A Pacific Northwest Getaway Everyone Can Afford
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You may be thinking, "This list is getting a little expensive," and that may be true. To switch things up a little bit, I chose one of our most stunning, riverfront cabins, and the best part is, you can stay here for under $100 per night! On the banks of the Sandy River in Rhododendron, Oregon, guests have easy access to the Mount Hood National Forest, as well as the Mount Hood Skibowl and the Timberland Ski Area, for some outdoor fun all year long.


Looking for more? Head to Glamping Hub for a full look at our luxury camping accommodations!

How to Celebrate a Very Glamping Galentine's Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Leslie Knope from 'Parks and Rec' on Galentine's Day

What's Galentine's Day, you ask? "It's only the best day of the year," according to the beloved Leslie Knope. Our favorite Parks and Recreation character has made it clear: February is not just for showering your S.O. with love and affection. Your gal pals deserve a major shout out, too!

Start celebrating Galentine's Day in 2018, and honor those strong female presences in your life and all of the devotion, support, and respect they give you day in and day out. Gift them a glamping trip, or plan a girls' getaway for February 13 to really pay tribute to these strong lady friendships.

The starry night sky of Texas, perfect for a Galentine's Day setting.

What better way to illustrate the power of "ladies celebrating ladies" than by imagining where the women of "Parks and Rec" would do Galentine's Day their way? We know just the spots.

Where Leslie Knope Would Glamp

The sheer number of beds at this enormous mountain cabin in Colorado would mean two incredibly important things to Ms. Knope. One? She would literally have space to invite every female who ever was important to her ever. And two? The many bedrooms at this accommodation are just screaming for a Pawnee Goddesses-style sleepover, complete with pillow fights, puppies, and candy.

A group-sized cabin for rent in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
View from a winter cabin for rent in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

That's not all this luxury, winter-perfect cabin has to offer, either! It's many amenities include four cozy, wood-burning fireplaces, Wi-FI in order to post envy-inducing photos all day long, and an inviting games room.

Where Ann Perkins Would Glamp

Being the "beautiful, naive, sophisticated newborn baby" that she is (Leslie's words, not ours—we swear!), a classic A-frame cabin is most certainly what Ann would book for a Galentine's Day escape with her best ladies. A fully equipped kitchen ensures all the right tools for Leslie to surprise the girls with a full brunch—100% homemade, of course—and the wood-burning fireplace would be the perfect spot for the women to circle up and tell inspiring stories about their favorite females.

A luxury camping cabin in the woods of San Jacinto, in southern California.

P.S. What we really think is that if Ann let her wild side show juuuust a little, she'd be booking these funky, chic, repurposed shipping containers in Florida.


Where Donna Meagle Would Glamp

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Without a shadow of a doubt, Donna would be screaming "Treat yo' self!" and reserving this luxury villa in Malibu, California, without batting an eye. Complete with a heated, freshwater pool (complete with waterfalls and a wading pool!), an outdoor bathtub overlooking the rolling hills of California, and opulent décor throughout the entire interior, the girls would most certainly be glamping in the lap of luxury, and let's face it—they deserve it.

Where April Ludgate Would Glamp

You know by now that April would pretend to go along with whatever Leslie's plan for Galentine's Day was, meanwhile sneakily swiping her credit card and booking her own February 13th celebration for just one gal (herself, obviously), far away from the others.

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April would surely beeline for this upscale Airstream in Southern California, rejoicing in her good fortune to be alone and have a luxurious queen-size bed to roll around in all to herself. What could be better than a little peace and quiet in complete solitude? To April—and perhaps, to you—nothing.


We're certainly not saying you should forget about bae, either, though, so make sure you take a gander at our options for romantic weekend trips for Valentine's Day in 2018, too!

Travel Guide: Pro Tips for Traveling the Land of Oz

By Xavier Vale Buisson

Author's note: This was co-authored by Alexandra McGowan.

This hugely diverse land sprawls itself across its very own continent. Its vibrant cities, marine wonderland, and rugged landscape are all only a part of what gives Australia its magic. To find out what gives Australia its aura of adventure, you’ll have to head there yourself. Luckily, you have our travel guide to point you in the right direction, and we’ll give you a sprinkling of some glamping inspiration, too.

Good to know before you go

Getting there and around

As if you need any more excuses to embark on your next adventure, it’s great to know that this is a lot more straightforward than you may have first thought. Traveling to the southern hemisphere may feel like an odyssey to the other side of the world, but Australia has many international airports, making this far-off wonder very accessible. The international airports are in a number of Australia’s major hubs: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Once you’ve touched down in the great outback, traveling around Australia presents you with various options. Australia’s wide reaching and reliable road system gives you the perfect opportunity for a road trip. Car hire is reasonable, so buckle up and head out on the open road. Just be sure you have a driving license issued in English or an International Driving Permit.

If you fancy a road trip but driving doesn’t appeal to you, why not try the Australian bus system? Greyhound Australia has a national network of comfortable buses and offers a short "hop on-hop off" bus pass for 30 days. You could even join a backpacker bus to take in all the sites along the way. Groovy Grape Tours offers small group tours ranging between one day to one week.

The sheer size of Australia can make land travel time consuming. Head up into the skies to cut your travel time with the many domestic airfares on offer. Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, and Virgin Australia are all well-known domestic airlines. It’s also good to know that if you’ve arrived in Australia with Qantas or American Airlines, you can apply for a "Walkabout Air Pass." This offers benefits for customers when booking domestic flights.

You could even head onto the high seas and enjoy a short distance regional ferry ride to Kangaroo Island, Rottnest Island, and Bruny Island. Long-distance boat trips can also be enjoyed on the Spirit of Tasmania when departing from Melbourne to Devonport.

Useful facts

Culture

Food and Drink

The vast majority of Australia's hot spots are based around its incredible coast line. This creates the opportunity for travelers to indulge in some of the world’s best seafood. Whether you're looking for the Michelin star experience or simply some "fish 'n' chips" by the beach, Australia has got you covered. For those that are a fan of lobster, look out for the Moreton Bay Bug, which is a special kind of lobster native to Australia. If there is any fish that describes the local cuisine and atmosphere the best, that is the simple prawn or tiger prawn. Australians love this simple fish that can be cooked in a variety of different ways to tantalise the taste buds.

Seafood aside, Australia has many other popular culinary traditions. You can’t get more local than sizzling some steaks on the "barbie" and having a beer with your family and friends. Kangaroo meat is becoming an even more popular choice among locals and is perfect for a barbecue. For snacking in between meals, you should try a bit of toast with the infamous Vegemite spread. Very similar to Marmite, guests will either "love or hate" this acquired taste.

Amongst popular belief Fosters beer is not actually readily available in Australia. Other very popular beers include VB beer, commonly known as Victoria Bitter, and Carlton Draught. The coffee culture has grown intensively over the past few years, too. Melbourne, which is the sport capital of Australia, can also be dubbed as one of the coffee capitals of the world. So for that morning burst of energy, or that simple relaxing brew, Australia has got you covered.

Sporting Events in Australia

Melbourne is home to numerous sporting events throughout the calendar year. One of the first events to arise is one of the four major tennis competitions held between January 15-28. Watch the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal battle it out on court to enter the history books. Next on the calendar in late January is the festival of sails held in Geelong. This festival is a week of festive fun with fireworks and free sailing entertainment for all.

For the motorsport fanatics, Melbourne always plays host to the opening race on the Formula 1 calendar. This includes four days of action-packed drama. Albert Park hosts this event, which is right in the centre of Melbourne. Finally, the events keep on flowing for motorsports fans, as MotoGP comes to town in late October and offers even more exhilarating drama.

The State of Origin series is one of Australia’s biggest sporting events. It’s all about one very bitter rivalry between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. Rugby League is already huge within Australia, but this event tops it all. Players are selected to represent their state, and it is a huge honor for these players to battle it out in front of a sold-out crowd. Make sure to try and catch one of these events either live in the stadium or in a bar around Australia—it is an experience not to be missed!

Australia Day

This vastly important day in Australia’s calendar is a national holiday to commemorate its founding in 1788 by the British. Be sure to celebrate in style with the locals on January 26. Go out and about and check out one of the many events, shows, and ceremonies that run throughout the day. The biggest events take place in Sydney Harbour, which the British fleet sailed into in 1788. There will be fireworks, performance acts, and a buzz in the air on a day that cannot be missed.

Alongside Australia day there is another festival hosted called the Yabun Festival. It celebrates the survival of the aboriginal culture during one of the most frightful days in their history. These side by festivals highlight the great diversity of cultures and beliefs in this sprawling country.

Safety Essentials

Documentation and Customs Regulations

Let us clue you up before you set off. Our low down on the ins-and-outs of documentation is sure to save you a headache at the departure gate. Be aware that documentation and visa checks are carried out before boarding the plane, and make sure you have them ready to be checked.
  • Travelers must carry an international certificate of vaccination.
  • Proof of a yellow-fever vaccination if arriving in Australia within six days of staying overnight in a yellow-fever affected country is required.
  • A "travel history card" and an "incoming passenger card" must be filled out on arrival.
  • Tourists require an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority).
  • All food, plant material and animal products must be declared on arrival.
  • Prescription medicines must be left in original packaging and accompanied by a doctor’s letter noting the dosage. No more than a three-months supply can be brought into Australia.

Health

  • The World Health Organization recommends all travelers be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox and polio, as well as hepatitis B.
  • Tap water is safe to drink. Treat any water that is not tap water.
  • Do not underestimate the strength of the Australian sun. Be aware of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Apply plenty of sunscreen, stay hydrated, and seek shade.
  • Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved clothing, and DEET to protect against insect-borne diseases.

Dangers

  • Be aware that many areas are far from each other. Always carry a means of communication and First Aid supplies.
  • Take care on rural roads, especially at night time, due to roaming wildlife.
  • Check the regulations regarding Interstate Quarantine of fruit and vegetables.
  • Take note of warnings from local authorities about possible natural disasters including bush fires, floods, and cyclones.
  • Be aware when swimming in Northern Australia. Check with locals to find out if crocodiles frequent the waters.

Places to visit

Great Ocean Road

Rated by many as a true bucket list item the Great Ocean Road is not to be missed. Located just west of Melbourne, explore one of the greatest coastal drives the world has to offer. Stretching for 243 kilometers you can sightsee, sunbathe, and surf your way down the coast. The biggest attraction along this road is the 12 apostles that have been formed by thousands of years of constant wave erosion. As the coast line gets pushed back these 12 apostles continue to stand tall and strong embedded in the ocean floor.

Elsewhere along the Great Ocean Road, you can partake in numerous outdoor activities, including mountain biking and bush walks. For the animal lovers out there, take a detour off the road and visit one of the many koala sanctuaries and share some incredible moments with some of the most peaceful animals on earth.

Why not completely immerse yourself in nature by staying in a Romantic Canvas Bell Tents for Two in Natural Bush Setting near Melbourne?

Great Barrier Reef

Arguably the southern hemispheres most famous natural area, the Great Barrier Reef provides color, life, and adventure for those who seek to dive in its mystical waters. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef, and it is made up of over 3,000 different coral systems. The magnitude of this reef cannot be overlooked, quite literally, as it can be spotted from outer space.

The best way to visit the reef is by partaking in one of the numerous activities on offer including snorkeling, scuba diving, and for those that are not a fan of swimming, glass-bottomed boat sailing. The Great Barrier Reef is located on the North Eastern coastline of Australia and is easily accessed from Cairns in the region of Queensland.

Start your next adventure by staying in the Gorgeous Glass Cabin Rentals in Bushlands of Queensland on Sunshine Coast

Blue Mountains

Just west of the thriving bay city of Sydney are the glorious Blue Mountains. This National Park is a heritage site spanning over 1 million hectares. The best way of exploring the parks is via the walking trails. You should look out for the famous Three Sisters. Once at the top, take your time to walk around, relax, and watch the sun cross this stunning greenery at one of the many viewing platforms provided.

For those that are not afraid of heights and are up for the challenge, check out the Giant Stairway, which is a trail spanning from Echo Point to Scenic World. This 4.7-kilometer trek can take around three hours in one direction. Food and water provisions are a must while taking on this walk. Once guests have reached Scenic World, they will be presented with the opportunity to ride the Scenic Railway, which is the steepest train of its kind on a 52-degree gradient.

Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime vacation by staying in a Romantic Airstream Rental with Outdoor Shower near New South Wales Coast

Uluru

Right in the center of Australia, within the outback, appears an enormous sandstone rock named Uluru. This rock is a sacred site to many of the aboriginal people of the area. If it is total seclusion that you're looking for, glamping around this area would be perfect for you. Uluru is located 450 kilometers from the nearest big town of Alice Springs. Uluru stands at 348 meters high; however, this is a very minute part of the rock. The rest of it is a whopping 2,500 meters underground.

The best way to appreciate this beautiful red natural wonder is by taking a 10-kilometer trek around the base of the rock. This incredible experience will take you three hours and 30 minutes and will be sure to leave you with lasting memories of Australia’s incredible landscape.

Head out to the great outdoors and stay in this incredible safari tent on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory of Australia

Ready for your Aussie adventure? Take a peek at our stunning Australian accommodations here!

Glamping Trip Ideas for Valentine's Day 2018

By David Pope

Love is in the air—not the thick and polluted air of the city, but the fresh air of the great outdoors. This year, why not treat that special someone to a Valentine's Day they'll never forget, with a unique glamping getaway near you? Glamping Hub is here to help you with all things love and adventure, so we've put together some of our top trip ideas for making memories that will last a lifetime.

Chuck the chocolates, forget the flowers, and ditch the diamonds because Valentine's Day isn't a time for things—it's a time for unforgettable romance.

Adorable Tipis in the Woods of Oregon

Stay in these quirky tipis on a woodland retreat in Oregon for a completely secluded getaway this Valentine's Day.

Escape to the peace and quiet of rural Oregon to enjoy an intimate immersion into nature this Valentine's Day. These quirky tipi rentals offer an atmosphere of romance in the midst of a pristine landscape, perfect for getting away from the distractions keeping you from your special someone.

Unique Tented Cabins for Rent in Kings Canyon National Park, California

Fly as high as cupid when you stay in these luxury tents among the trees of a Californian national park.

They say that love makes your spirit soar above the trees. Well, with a Valentine's Day getaway to a luxury tented cabin like these ones, high above the sequoia boughs, your body won't be far behind. Aside from the elegant rental, included in the daily rate of this site are meals prepared in the fine-dining alfresco pavilion, so that you won't have to lift a finger to keep the romance high on the agenda.

Romantic Safari Tent Rental in Woodlands of Olympia

Tucked away in the lush, green woodlands of Washington is this romantic safari tent, perfect for enjoying a secluded Valentine's Day getaway. In addition to the cozy king-size bed, there is also a fireplace to add that extra spark to the romantic ambiance—plus a spot for cuddling up!

Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas

Everyting is bigger in Texas, even the romance!

Gazing over the stark and austere beauty of the Texas Hill Country from the private deck of this unique bell tent near San Antonio is sure to invite contemplation and romance. With a surprising amount of space and a comfy queen-size bed, this quiet retreat seems made for lovers!

Luxury Safari Tents in Enchanting Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York

If love is an adventure, then a safari tent makes for an appropriate accommodation, right?

The Finger Lakes region of New York is perfect for romance, with quiet forests and rolling hills cascading into fertile valleys covered in a thick blanket of winding vines bursting with fruit and color. With this romantic safari tent rental, you'll be able to treat your Valentine to all this and more! So go on, book it now, romance waits for no one.


Looking for more romantic destinations in which to spoil that special someone? Check out the rest of our listings over at Glamping Hub and let your inner romantic shine. Looking for stuff to do on your romantic getaway? How about these picnic ideas?

9 (Unusual) Alternatives to a Valentine's Day Dinner

By Julia Dennis

Valentine’s Day is coming up faster than you can say “dinner reservations,” and it’s time to start planning your next big move to woo your boo. If you’re looking to step it up a notch from a cliché candlelit meal this year, you're in luck.

We've played Cupid for you and gathered a handful of overlooked activities that will have your loved one swooning. Your getaway will be even more enticing with these 9 alternatives to a Valentine's Day dinner that are guaranteed to make this February 14 better than 1,000 boxes of chocolate.

1. Hot Air Ballooning near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Take your loved one’s breath away with a tranquil hot air balloon ride above Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. This luxurious expanse filled with picturesque mountains and sunsets will make you swear you’re staring at a painting, all while floating peacefully over pristine lakes and enjoying the scenery.

After a few hours of thrilling hot air ballooning, these nearby luxury cabins will prove to be the perfect comfy abode. You won’t need to give candles as a gift when you can just open your windows and let the sweet smell of tree sap waft in!

2. Mansion Tours in Newport, Rhode Island

Live in luxury like the Vanderbilts did when you stay in this charming lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. Snuggle up to a cup of warm New England clam chowder in the lighthouse tower with your honey while you take in the stunning views of the surrounding ocean and quaint harbors.

Later on in the day, pretend as if you live in the gilded age by touring these stunning socialites’ mansions and gasp in awe when you see just how extravagant every detail, down to the last door knob, is. An air of romance shrouds these grandiose summer homes, bringing you a Valentine’s Day so special that it will make all of your friends question why they didn’t think of it first.

3. Long Walk on the Beach in Santa Barbara, California

This whimsical Airstream trailer near Santa Barbara, California, will have you swept away in its glimmering exterior, charming patio, and quirky decorations. Live the laid-back California lifestyle this V-Day by riding the two beach cruisers down to one of Santa Barbara’s many expansive beaches.

Take a long stroll lined with towering palm trees on one side and steady rolling surf on the other that will have you filled with some happy, relaxed vibes. You and your companion are sure to leave here with some color on your face and joyous memories in your heart.

4. Wine Tasting in Vendée, France

What says romance more than a day full of wine tasting in the countryside of France? These luxurious tents on a historic estate are in the prime location for easy access to Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais, a small village where you can taste high quality wine to your heart’s content.

Let the sweet aroma of these fine wines grown in the Vendée region overwhelm you with an air of passion and enchantment. With a trip for two to these amazing luxury tents, you and your partner’s love will grow deeper than the red of the wines you’ll be tasting!

5. Hiking in the Green Mountains, Vermont

For outdoorsy couples, this tree house in Vermont will provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where you can spend some quality time hiking, fishing, or just relaxing and breathing in the fresh forest air. Nothing beats being secluded in the great outdoors, where you can spend some alone time with your loved one and won’t be bothered by anything more than a passing squirrel.

The 31 windows in this tree house allow for views of the gorgeous foliage that will really set the scene for the perfect Valentine’s Day. This year, you’ll be able to pick your own flowers instead of buying them from the store!

6. Romantic Road Trip near Cornwall, England

Turn on your favorite tunes and sing at the top of your lungs with your lovebug as you roll through the English countryside in style in this precious vintage V.W. campervan. Pack a polaroid camera, and park at a scenic overlook for some delightful memories and charming photos that you’ll have hanging on your walls for years to come.

Drive to a local market and pick up some of Cornwall’s delicious seafood, which you can roast up on this campervan’s BBQ grill for an off-beat way to celebrate the February 14, leaving your loved one smiling from ear to ear.

7. Skiing Adventure in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada

Instead of buying your significant other a box of chocolates, hand them a steaming cup of hot chocolate—sure to taste like a little slice of heaven after a long day of hitting the slopes in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. For couples that are crazy for extreme winter sports, these solar-powered yurts will be the perfect place to come home to after a full day in the great outdoors.

Perhaps the most special thing about these yurts is that they come with a built-in ski guide, ensuring that your trip is as spectacular as possible. There is even a helicopter ride to the location, which is sure to make your loved one’s jaw drop open in amazement!

8. Horseback Riding in River Ranch, Florida

These luxury tents on a dude ranch in Florida will offer the ideal off-the-beaten-path escape. Equipped with a personal concierge and gorgeous wooden furniture, it’s guaranteed that you’ve never stayed in a tent quite like this before.

Here, you can have a blast horseback riding, biking around the ranch’s expansive grounds, or even trying your hand at archery. Maybe you’ll find out that you're as skilled as Cupid is with a bow and arrow!

9. Couples Massage in Tarn-et-Garonne, France

Enjoy a couples spa treatment in the romantic department of Tarn-et-Garonne, a section of France filled with picturesque villages and rolling green hills. You and your significant other can completely unwind at these spa tree house cabins where endless massages, complimentary breakfast, and hours of relaxation in the sauna are at your disposal.

You’ll fall head over heels in love with the private Nordic bath at your tree house and the breakfast baskets that will be delivered to your door daily. Here, you don’t need to worry about a thing.


Don't miss out on other incredible glamping sites with Valentine's Day availability this year! Check them all out here.

Host Spotlight: Don

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 Don, who manages this unique glamping site near Asheville, North Carolina.

A view of the exterior of one of the two accommodations at this unique glamping site near Asheville.

This unique property near Asheville, North Carolina, is made up of both a cabin and a barn.

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

In 2015, a neighbor visiting said she loved my place and suggested I rent it when I wasn't using it. I said I thought it was too quirky. She told me what glamping was and that some people looked for that kind of experience.

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

I'm a writer. I need solitude to work. In 2009, I bought 30 acres an hour from my home in western North Carolina, an hour from my home in Asheville. There was nothing but a falling down barn when I got it. I wanted to restore the barn and develop the property using principles of permaculture, sustainability, homesteading, and creativity/art. I first built a 12-foot by 20-foot cabin to stay in while restoring the barn. Over seven years, when not writing, I planted and sculpted and got the place to what it is now.

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

Quiet, restorative, and calm.

A view of the cozy porch area, complete with outdoor furniture for relaxing and soaking up the woodland views.

Can't you just imagine yourself relaxing outside here?

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

I'm a city guy. My first camping experience was Outward Bound at age 30!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

I would recommend it as an antidote to being constantly grid-tied and in the 24/7 news cycle in this high-stress, modern life.

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

They can expect all of the comforts of home presented in a novel way. There are two fully-equipped kitchens, fresh spring water, hot and cold running water in the shower (in the barn), towels and linens, electricity and internet (in the barn), a wood-fired hot tub, and split firewood for guests to use.

A view of the interior of one of the rooms, including an extensive book library.

Glampers won't need to pack any books in their suitcase with a library like this at the property

7. What makes your property unique?

There is a 40-foot-long covered porch with a propane barbecue; a huge, one-of-a-kind tree house with a bird cage on top; a full library of ecology, poetry and permaculture; a linear mile of private hiking trails through a pristine temperate rain forest; five benches around the property; creek dipping; edible trees and shrubs; a three-acre meadow; signs around the property; a guided treasure hunt; and more!

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

Besides staying there, reading the guest book about people having a great time!

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

There are solar panels on the barn that power the LED lights in the cabin, in addition to wood-fired heating, a wood-fired hot tub, spring water, natural drainage, a composting toilet (humanure); repurposed wood from the property used in almost all of the property's construction; robust recycling; and binders in all buildings for guests to learn about off-the-grid living and permaculture.


Interested in a glamping escape to North Carolina? See more of what Don's property can offer here!

The Top 5 National Parks to Visit in Winter

By David Pope

For those of us who love the serenity, scenery, and all-round splendor of nature, winter can start to be a drag. Sure, snow looks great on T.V. and from behind the thick curtains of a well-heated house, but it kind of limits options for outdoor activities that don't include fixing bits of fiberglass to your feet and hurtling down slopes at breakneck speed. Luckily, we're here to make sure that the whites of a snowy winter don't make you blue.

You might think that National Parks aren't the most intuitive place to head to at this time of year, but all across the U.S., there are landscapes that offer an escape from dreary, winter twilights. And with free entry just around the corner, thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there's no excuse for staying indoors this January!

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawaii must surely be the first choice of destination for anyone trying to forget that it's winter. Despite being in the middle of the colder period (hooilo), the average daily temperature is still a balmy 78°F (25.6°C). If that doesn't get your pulse racing, then you should check yourself for the onset of hypothermia.

Not only that, but Volcanoes National Park promises to offer plenty of unique terrain to discover—from jungle trails to volcanic rock. More intrepid glampers can even try a climb up Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes!

Why not completely immerse yourself in nature by staying in a secluded tree house rental near Volcanoes National Park?

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park makes for a captivating getaway in any season, but winter brings a whole new side to this spectacular scenery. The rust red hues of the world's largest collection of hoodoos (the eye-catching towers of rock) become capped with pure white snow, but the desert climate happily keeps the temperatures from dropping below freezing.

Clear winter skies also bring fantastic stargazing, so make sure to bring plenty of warm clothing to stay warm while taking in the Milky Way.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

This one is for the snow lovers. If you're looking to do some incredible skiing or snowboarding this winter, you can't ignore what Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. With more than 60 majestic peaks above 12,000 feet high, these slopes are sure to inspire adventure and get adrenaline pumping.

Come back to warmth and comfort when you stay in this ski cabin rental near world-class ski resorts.

Everglades National Park, Florida

There are some travelers who say that visiting the Everglades National Park in winter is actually far preferable to going in warmer months. And it's not hard to see why—with lower water levels drawing rare local fauna, such as the gray fox and white-tailed deer, with the added bonus of fewer mosquitoes!

Plus, bird watchers are in for a treat, as migratory birds make Florida their home for the cold season.

Death Valley National Park

The hottest place on Earth can swelter in temperatures over 120°F (48.9°C) in summer, so winter is probably a much better time to visit Death Valley National Park, with a daily average of only 70°F (21.1°C).

This is the largest National Park in the contiguous United States, and with low-angled light casting dramatic shadows, this scenery is a photographer's dream.

Enjoy warm winter nights with this Native American-style tipi rental in the Mojave Desert near Death Valley.

Looking for more getaways to help beat the winter blues? Check out glampinghub.com for more luxury rentals, or head to our blog for more travel tips, tricks, and accommodations.

Blogger Spotlight: Amber adventures to Costa Rica

By Jessica Armstrong

There is nothing quite like watching a majestic, Costa Rican sunset from an infinity pool on the cliffs of Guanacaste. Did you know, glampers, that this could be a reality for yo,u too? Just like Amber Torrealba, professional skimboarder and Red Bull ambassador, all of your epic glamping goals can be fulfilled the second you say yes to adventure in the great outdoors.

On Amber's most recent stay at this beautiful villa rental near Playas del Coco and this breathtaking beach getaway looking over Palo Verde National Forest, she surfed some waves, she explored the jungle's rivers and hot springs, she relaxed on the beach, and she took glamping to the next level.

Read on as Amber shared why this retreat is the top destination to visit this year—and even more so if you're ready to escape winter temperatures for a little bit.

Infinity pool with view of Palo Verde National Park

A guest favorite at this villa rental in Costa Rica is the private infinity pool that offers surreal views of Palo Verde National Park.

What is your favorite thing about post-summer traveling?

Less crowds! It’s great to be able to adventure and film when areas are less busy, and you can feel more into the nature of the experience. Also, when summer ends in the U.S., it starts in the Southern Hemisphere, so that’s always something to look forward to!

How do the type of accommodations you choose differ depending on the trip you take?

The type of adventure I’m looking to have will help me decide on the spot. When I’m looking for a more outdoorsy experience and to enjoy a camping feel, I love to stay in tipis, cabins, and yurts. When I’m adventuring and filming outdoors all day and want to relax when I get back, I would really enjoy a cozy condo or even a house by the water or up in the cliffs to unwind.

Modern and beachy living room of villa rental in Costa Rica

Amber found what it really means to glamp by staying at this modern designed villa that is surrounded by Costa Rica's beautiful, natural rainforest.

Tastefully furnished patio overlooking Playas del Coco

Just by relaxing on the deck, glampers are in for a treat with these stunning beach views.

What kind of glamping experience do you prefer and why?

I usually prefer to stay in a warm place by the beach. As a skimboarder and surfer, I’m extremely drawn to the coastlines and where the waves are. I love glamping experiences near outdoor adventure and beautiful scenes with opportunities for photography and videography!

What are the three words you would use to describe the accommodations you visited?

Epic, unreal, and perfect.

You, too, can enjoy the wildlife of Palo Verde National Park

*Amber found her adventurous side with a visit to one of Palo Verde's hidden gems: the volcanic hot springs.*

What was the most memorable part from each of your most recent glamping stays?

The cliffside views in Costa Rica were outrageous—the location of our stay combined with the uniqueness of the design. It was so open and beautiful overlooking the ocean. We even stayed at a place with an infinity pool, which is a videographers playland at sunset.

Amber relaxes in the infinity pool

For a chance to get away from it all, Amber embarked on a one-of-a-kind aventure through glamping.

What advice can you give to bloggers looking to glamp internationally?

Find a place that fits your style best. You can really stay inspired by your environment and enjoy the experience of the area the most that way. I like to plan adventures, find areas that I will be frequently spending time at, and then search for a glamping location nearby.

Stunning interior of villa near Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Amber's second villa rental reaches beyond expectations with it's stunning and unique decor.

What is your dream glamping destination?

My dream glamping destination would be in Bora Bora—and then surf and skim in Tahiti!

Sunset view of Playa Hermosa

Take Amber's advice and experience the opportunity of a lifetime with a glamping getaway in Costa Rica.

Find your perfect beach villa in these Costa Rica Getaways today!


To follow along with Amber's travels and adventures, check out her blog, Instagram, and Youtube channel.

Why Taking a Break from Social Media Can Be Good

By Neil Graham

Checking social media on a cell phone at a coffee table.

Think about how much time you spend looking at social media. For most of us, the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to check that no one has tagged us in an embarrassing photo from the night before and then proceed to “like” all the latest memes and videos on Facebook.

After that, it’s a quick look at Instagram to figure out who exactly it was that started to follow you and whether or not you want to follow them back. This whole routine can last between 15 minutes to a half hour, and already, we're pushing back plans for the day.

Wouldn’t it be great to live the day just for ourselves and not for others to judge? Here’s why taking a break from social media can be good and why it’s necessary...at least every once in a while.

Disconnect from social media and reconnect with the outdoors

A woman enjoying a cup of coffee outside of her camping tent.

Putting the phone down for a few hours might leave some frustrated at not being able to feel “in touch” with the social media world, but we soon realize that the real world is pretty interesting, too. Have you ever been in the mountains or some other awesome part of nature only to find that your photographs never do the landscape justice? Maybe we should forget about trying to see the world as a potential profile picture and instead use the authentic #nofilter—our own eyes!

Have more time for life experiences

An artist working on a drawing at his desk.

The non-profit organization Common Sense Media reports that the average teen in the U.S. spends nine hours a day on social media, while the average adult spends around two hours a day. Therefore, the average person will spend roughly five years and four months in a lifetime on social media.

That’s enough time to become world-class at four different fields. (We'll wait for you to pick your jaw back up off the floor.) Malcolm Gladwell’s theory is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery at something, which works out to only 417 days—talk about putting things into perspective!

Ruining nights out since 2004

A group of friends saying cheers with glasses of beer.

We all enjoy a good night out at the weekend; it’s a good opportunity to blow off steam with friends and catch up. It’s becoming more and more common, however, that we sit in silence, all looking at our cell phones—either “checking in” to let everyone know that we’re in the coolest spot in town (funny how no one does it when they’re visiting their grandma on a Sunday afternoon) or Whatsapping our partners to say we’ll be home soon when we all know there's still going to be one more round. We’re in good company—let’s set our phones down and make the most of it!

Let people learn more about the real you

A woman practicing violin on a bridge.

With a quick glance at one of our friends’ Facebook profiles, we may think they live a globetrotting, bohemian lifestyle, with their Ray Bans and Indie band-style photographs. In reality, I know Joe doesn’t know how to play the guitar, and Stephanie never wears flowers in her hair. Unlike Joe's Facebook friends, I know he has many hidden talents and unique interests that are considered not cool enough to “share” on social media. We say show off your talents, teach us more about your interests, and you’ll find you’re way cooler than your Instagram.

You don't need social media to be social

A group of friends and family enjoying the sunset on the beach.

When we think about our favorite memories, they are all about being with loved ones or going on an adventure—maybe somewhere romantic or perhaps like that time when everybody couldn't stop laughing. They are certainly not about the day we looked at Facebook for 15 minutes on the bus.


Take a break from social media and use your extra time to explore the great outdoors with one of our unique glamping getaways!

Blogger Spotlight: Lauren enjoys serenity near Santa Fe, New Mexico

By Jessica Armstrong

Just outside of Santa Fe, glampers and friends will find these charming casitas waiting to give guests a unique experience in nature. Lauren Monitz can give you the full "Down Lo" on her stay at this gorgeous property and all the glitz, glam, and nature that came along with the visit.

From nights spent under the stars and getting to know neighboring guests to day trips to Santa Fe, Lauren was a big fan of her glamping getaway and you will be, too. Find out more about what makes these casitas so special as Lauren recalls her stay below!

Lifestyle blogger, Lauren Monitz, poses in front of her casita rental.

Lifestyle blogger, Lauren Monitz, first arrives at her casita rental, ready to explore.

What was your initial reaction upon arriving to your glamping spot?

“This is camping?” It’s a massive, beautiful compound.

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

Serene, rustic, and eco-friendly.

The two-person casita, beautifully decorated with string lights.

The stunning casita is beautifully decorated, adding a little charm and delight to Lauren's glamping experience.

What activities did you most enjoy while glamping at your destination?

Getting to meet the chickens!

What are your tips for new glampers and beginners?

Glamping is a good way to ease yourself into camping. While most properties have some sort of technology to stay connected (TV and/or Wi-Fi), try disconnecting. It can feel really good to get off the grid for a bit and forge real connections without any distractions.

 The fully-furnished and stunningly decorated master bedroom overlooks the surrounding fields.

The cozy master bedroom invites guests to enjoy a full night's rest, after which they can wake up to the beautiful Santa Fe sunrise.

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

Take advantage of the peace and quiet of the ranch, but explore the area, too. You’re only 20 minutes from the art and history of downtown Santa Fe. The hosts are amazing chefs; get to know their culinary skills by hanging out in the kitchen.

Get to know the other guests. The ranch house is meant to be a shared community space—you may just leave with a new best friend. The property is huge, and there are plenty of places for hiking or biking, but you could just as easily park it in the hammock all day. And don’t forget about the hot tub!

Private pond perfect for relaxing by is found in the rental's backyard.

The private backyard is the perfect place to relax and escape the southern heat.

Can you share with us the top five items you always make sure to pack for a camping or glamping getaway?

  1. A headlamp, because it can get really dark.
  2. Layers, because you never know how cold it can get.
  3. Snacks, because you may be far from food options, and you don't want to get hangry!
  4. Yoga pants for comfort.
  5. Cards, board games, or music for entertainment.

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

Be open-minded with dates and destinations. Search by types of accommodations (like tree houses or caves) for a unique getaway.

Gorgeous dusk view from the casita rental.

Gorgeous views of the vast landscape surround the casita and stretch as far as the eye can see.

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I would love to do a safari in Africa and wake up next to the animals. Hakuna matata.

What was your most memorable moment from your glamping stay?

The nighttime—the skies get impossibly dark and the quiet envelops you. It’s the soundest sleep I’ve had in awhile.

Lauren enjoying the stunning sunset view.

Lauren ends her exquisite glamping experience, day-dreaming about the next adventure.

Find your perfect New Mexico getaway here!


Follow along with Lauren and see where her adventures will take her next on her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.