Best Halloween destinations in Europe

By Eric Wright

If you're looking for a fright fest on All Hallows' Eve, consider heading to Europe for some spine-chilling scares. From the birthplace of Dracula and vampire balls to macabre dungeons and abandoned insane asylums, these 10 unnerving destinations are sure to give you a bloody good time this October!

1. Dublin, Ireland

With its ancient Celtic traditions, Ireland is actually one of the birthplaces of Halloween, as 2,000 years ago, the pagan inhabitants celebrated the end of their pastoral year at the festival of Samhain. The mysterious druids would ceremonially extinguish and relight the flames of old fires while evil spirits were released from the Otherworld to be seen by mankind for one night of terror.

Nowadays, the Samhain Parade begins at 7 p.m. in Parnell Square, and the enormously popular spectacle sees the streets filled with horrific creatures, frightful monsters, eerie ghosts, and colorful dancers. At the end of the parade, ghouls and demons alike can enjoy a spectacular fireworks show.

2. Transylvania, Romania

As the native home of the most famous vampire of all time—Bram Stoker’s Dracula—this Halloween destination will send a shiver down the spine of even the most daring adventurer. The world renowned bloodsucker is mostly inspired by the aptly named Vlad the Impaler. During the 15th century, he struck fear into the hearts of his enemies and subjects alike after holding a banquet in which he had all of the guests savagely stabbed and then impaled on spikes and left to twitch to their untimely ends.

Today, those with the courage to visit the infamous region can enjoy a remarkable Halloween party at Dracula's birthplace, the medieval citadel Sighișoara, or experience the chills of the underworld at the Halloween monster party on the October 27 at the absolutely stunning Bran Castle.

3. Edinburgh, Scotland

Even though the Scottish capital is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it hides a harrowing and grisly past. During the 17th century, the cities overwhelming rat population spread a deadly plague throughout its inhabitants.

The belief at the time was that the infected were damned, and for this reason, over 300 helpless residents of St Mary's Close in the Old Town were entombed alive until the lethal epidemic had passed. Present-day visitors to the city can take a tour of these now subterranean lanes and hear the nightmarish tales of the doomed Scots.

Those looking to combine thrills and chills can head out on a tour of the haunted pubs on the Royal Mile before checking in at Frankenstein's bar for a night of hair-raising partying.

4. London, England

As the prior hunting grounds of one of the most infamous serial killers in the world, Jack the Ripper, the cosmopolitan capital of England has a long and gruesome past of macabre dungeons, bubonic plagues, and unnerving back streets.

During Halloween, brave visitors can take a chilling tour to the sites where Jack the Ripper brutally murdered five of his victims; experience the pure terror of the London Dungeon with its blood-curdling torture devices; or watch a show at the world's most haunted theater, Drury Lane, where the menacing soul of the Man in Grey is said to stalk the upper circle to this day.

If spine-chilling scares are what get your blood-pumping, London is sure to give you one heck of a time this Halloween.

5. Derry, Northern Ireland

As the Samhain moon draws near, the creatures of the night flock to the one-of-a-kind festival in Derry. Originally a fancy dress party in a local pub three decades ago, the event has mutated into an extravaganza with tens of thousands of people enjoying a uniquely chilling experience.

The celebration contains over 100 events in 40 venues across the city, with an action packed schedule of music, food, arts, and cultural and contemporary entertainment. Ghouls, witches, banshees, and vampires flood the city's streets and 17th century walls before the wild festival culminates in a truly magical fireworks show by the River Foyle.

6. Venice, Italy

Fabled as a city full of shadowy lanes, mysterious canals, and secretive masked balls, it goes without saying that the City of Bridges is one of the most unforgettable places in Europe to spend Halloween.

Visitors looking for a real fright can tour the abandoned island of Poveglia, which is full of tragic history. During the Roman Empire, it was the place plague sufferers were taken to die. More recently, the insane asylum on the grounds was home to the screams of tortured souls, resulting in wide-spread rumors from the mainland of heinous experiments carried out by disreputable scientists and doctors.

For a night of horror on the water, a Halloween party on a haunted galleon is sure to do the trick. Party the night away on a phantom vessel surrounded by zombies, skeletons, witches, and vampires.

7. Paris, France

Although a global center for fashion, the arts, culture, and gastronomy, the City of Lights hides a dark and disturbing past. Deep below the wide boulevards and Gothic cathedrals lie the bodies of more than 6 million Parisians.

The macabre Catacombs of Paris date back to the 18th century, when the overused inner-city mass graves were cleared out to stop the decaying stench from poisoning the air any further. It's said that the rotten flesh from the bones was even stripped from the bodies and used to produce local soap, but the memory of the gruesome acts has never been washed away.

If the tombs don't satisfy your bloodlust, the Halloween Vampire Ball at Pachamama is the location for the insatiable vampires of France to leave their sorrowful castles for one sinister night of excess. Attend the frightful ball at your own risk!

8. Amsterdam, Holland

Renowned as one of the most progressive cities in Europe, Halloween in Amsterdam is the place to be for visitors looking for debaucherous parties, blood-curdling costumes, and spooky ghost tours.

Those seeking some gory history can make the visit to the Amsterdam Dungeon, which has thrilling shows, amazing special effects, and over 500 years of Amsterdam's dark past. The party animal of the group will be drawn to the terrifying costumes at Obscene Halloween, which showcases a real horror extravaganza. Visitors tough enough to last the night will encounter everything from pagan sex gods to satanic burlesque vampires. Whatever your darkest fantasy may be, you're sure to find it here.

9. Berlin, Germany

As the resting place of the the Brothers Grimm, it's no surprise that the capital of Germany is filled with fairy tales and folklore. Tierpark is one of the hot spots during Halloween, as the gorgeous park is transformed into an enchanting forest filled with winding paths, dark shapes, and daunting figures. The park's extravaganza is growing in popularity and this year's festivities will be more terrifying than ever!

The children of the night will definitely want to gaze upon the incredible laser show at Schloss Friedrichsfelde, while the intriguing Berlin Dungeon show will sweep you away to the dark world of the The Grimms' Fairy Tales.

10. Prague, Czech Republic

As a city steeped in Gothic fantasy, walking through the foggy narrow streets and around the winding medieval lanes is sure to fill any visitor with a sense of wonder and awe. The stunning architecture and imposing statues, however, are also the base for many ancient legends and local ghastly ghost stories.

The main Halloween attractions in this complex city include the Torture Museum with its harrowing instruments; the somber church of Sedlec Ossuary made from the bones of over 40,000 human skeletons; and the Old Jewish Cemetery, which contains more than 100,000 bodies buried beneath medieval headstones, many of the graves containing multiple lost souls stacked up to 12 deep.

When darkness falls, the city center puts on a wide variety of fiendish parties and events and anyone wondering the creepy roads at night is sure to find some freaky fun with fellow terror lovers.


Want to see Glamping Hub take a stab at giving the Brothers Grimm a run for their money? Read our best spooky Halloween stories here!

Scary fireside stories to tell this Halloween

By Neil Graham

When days grow short and nights get cold,
And autumn trees turn red and gold,
Halloween will soon be here,
When every soul will quiver with fear.

We dare you to read these scary fireside stories,
Full of blood, guts, and evil laboratories,
They may be false, they may be true,
Find a trick, or a treat,
For you...

The No-Show

'Twas a chilly winter's night, and the wind was particularly strong when Mrs. Turner opened the curtains to see if she could see any sign of her guests arriving. It was The Turner's 13th booking through Glamping Hub, and there had never been any issues in the past. Perhaps they were lost? Or worse!

Mrs. Turner called the Support Team at Glamping Hub, who assured her that her guests had just called to say they had arrived. She rushed outside to the yurt to find no one there. As she stepped inside, her breath was visible in the crisp air, and the fireplace she had on to warm up the yurt had been put out. Each time she tried to relight the fire, a cold gust of wind would quickly quell it. As darkness fell, the guests had still not arrived...

The next day, she went back to the yurt, which had been locked, to find all the beds unmade, all the cabinet doors pulled out, and the dreamcatchers tossed around. She rushed back to reception with the intention to call the police when she noticed that the guestbook was open. She turned the book around and, to her dismay, an elegantly, handwritten review had been left that simply read: "We felt invisible the whole time."

The Time Traveler's Wi-Fi

Jess hated being without her cell phone, and she hated everything about the countryside—the smell of farm animals, the dirt, and especially the lack of Wi-Fi. She worked in Public Relations and relied on social media for fashion and anything current. It was her husband's birthday; he loved the great outdoors, and they were glamping as a birthday treat. Jess squealed as her feet squelched in the muddy field while she carried her things towards the tipi.

That night, Jess found it extremely difficult to sleep. The ground was hard, and her husband was snoring loudly. She decided to go outside for a walk. To her amazement, she started receiving text messages all at once. She had one bar of Wi-Fi! Jess decided to try and follow the source to see if she could get a full signal.

She tried several different directions before the signal started getting stronger and stronger with each step. However, it also started to get colder and colder. It got so cold that Jess couldn't go any further. As she decided to walk back to the tipi, she noticed the Wi-Fi signal had completely disappeared. Spooked, she ran all the way back.

She climbed into the tipi as fast as she could, and when she got inside, there was blood everywhere and no sign of her husband! Suddenly, she got a full signal again and started receiving messages. Two were from her husband. One read, "Hey Jess, where r u?" The second message simply read, "Get help." It was then that she noticed the name of the Wi-Fi connection: "YOU ARE NEXT."

The Lost Hiker

A man was walking through the forest, as it was starting to get dark, when he noticed a young woman looking lost. He asked her what her name was and told her to follow him back to the cabins. She thanked him profusely and started to walk with him. They tried to make polite conversation. After a few minutes, the girl fell silent. The man asked which cabin she was staying in, but when he turned around, the girl was gone. She had completely vanished! When he reached the cabins, he tried to tell the host about her. The host didn't know of any girl...but her own daughter was killed in the woods many years ago, hiking in the forest at night...

The Keyhole

As they followed the host outside towards their pod, the youngest of The Campbell's noticed one pod away from the others that had been boarded up and heavily padlocked. Without little Matthew having said a word, the host turned to the family and said "No one is allowed in there; it's just a store room, and it is off limits." She reminded the family of this several times before letting them in their pod for the night.

The next night, Matthew sneaked outside in the middle of the night, and he saw a small flickering light coming through the boarded up windows from within the mysterious pod. He tried the handle of its front door, and sure enough, it was locked. He bent down and looked through the wide keyhole. What he saw was an old mattress on the floor, and in the corner, there was a woman whose skin was incredibly pale. She was leaning her head against the wall, facing away from the door.

The next day, he returned to the door and looked through the wide keyhole. This time, all he saw was redness. He couldn't make anything out besides a distinct red color. Perhaps the guests of the pod knew he was spying the night before and had blocked the keyhole with something red.

At this point, Matthew went to the front desk, embarrassed that the pale guest had known he was spying. "Did you look through the keyhole?" the host asked. Matthew told her that he had, and she said, "Well, I will tell you the story of what happened in that pod, but you mustn't tell anyone else." Matthew nodded and she continued, "A long time ago, we had a guest there, and whenever she stayed, all of the other guests would get terrible, vivid nightmares. But one day, she disappeared without a trace. She was not ordinary. She was white all over, except for her eyes...they were red!"

Lovers of the Silver Stream

Humphrey and Gwyneth were celebrating their engagement with a romantic adventure in the Hocking Hills of Ohio. It was a particularly pleasant afternoon when they finally reached the charming little town of Moffat, where they had booked a stylish vintage Airstream for the weekend. They were laughing and making eyes at each other as they were sipping on coffees in a cute café downtown.

The locals were extremely friendly, and everyone stopped to welcome them. The hollow-eyed waitress asked them where in town they would be staying. When Humphrey mentioned the Airstream, the waitress stopped him abruptly. "Be careful, you two..." whispered the waitress. "Do you know about Frederic and Laura?" she asked quietly, as she looked around to see who else was listening. Humphrey and Gwyneth shook their heads. "Meet me out back in five minutes," begged the waitress.

They stood in the parking lot and the waitress told the story. In July 1947, a dazzling Hollywood actress named Laura Freemartins was last seen in her brand-new Airstream trailer on the set of an untitled Halloween film. Her disappearance was disturbing to all and shocked the town of Moffat. The film was never finished, and the set remained untouched. Some theories blamed Frederic, Laura's husband, for the death, as there were rumors that he was involved in a cult. He was tall and gaunt and later became a recluse on his desolate property...

Before the waitress finished, the customers from the café were all gathered in the parking lot, all staring eerily at the three of them. "Rosie!" one of the older customers shouted, before quickly changing her tone and smiling towards the couple. "We must apologize for Rosie; she has a flair for the dramatic." A younger customer chipped in, "You are going to have the best time at Frederic's." Another gave out a dreamy sigh: "It is so romantic!" Rosie gave the couple one last look before walking away.

One could tell the grounds were once extravagant and luxurious; however, it appeared bleak and lifeless as the couple pulled up to the Airstream. There was a faded, muddy newspaper mixed in with the leaves on the floor. Gwyneth noticed the headline: "FREEMARTINS’ DISAPPEARANCE STILL A MYSTERY." Maybe Rosie was telling the truth?

Frederic's maid checked them in and opened the Airstream. In contrast, the interior was elegant and glamorous, with red velvet furniture and gold furnishings. The couple felt reassured. They were easily lulled to sleep.

During the night, both experienced nightmares, and the couple simultaneously awoke from a sudden jolt. As they peeked through the curtains, they saw everyone from the town standing around the Airstream, including the customers from the café, as well as Frederic and his maid. Terrified, the couple tried to open the door to find out what was happening. It had been locked...from the outside!

The elderly maid removed her hood; she looked familiar. Humphrey recognized her. It was Laura Freemartins! It was her! She was alive! The elderly maid breathed on the window and started writing in the condensation...L A U R A F R E E M A R T I N S. The couple shrieked as the letters started to move around...A I R S T R E A M F U N E R A L.


Your friends may be scared to death, but don't let them starve to death. Make them some of our favorite fall campfire snacks!

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Our favorite fall campfire snacks

By Marta Gintowt

Some of our favorite, quintessential fall things include pumpkin carving, apple picking, leaf raking, and trick-or-treating. Fall (in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere), however, can also mean the final days of the year where spending an evening outdoors can be enjoyed without shivering!

Taking in the fragrant autumn air under a starry sky is a beloved pastime, which can be made more cozy with the presence of a crackling campfire. As Halloween approaches, both young and old can enjoy traditional ghost stories and seasonal snacks, so let us share with you our favorite fall campfire snacks that deviate from the ordinary.

Spiked apple cider

'Tis the season where apples are falling abundant in orchards, making way for a bounty of apple-inspired dishes. From homemade apple sauce to sugary apple crisp, the possibilities are endless. When socializing around a campfire, however, what could be better than a fall-inspired cocktail? Whether you want to brew your own cider or buy the store-bought version, adding a little whiskey or other hard alcohol to your steaming beverage while enjoying a romantic fireside evening is perfect for making memories.

Pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a blanket can be considered an All-American hors d'oeuvre and are perfect for snacking while telling spooky stories. Tasty both warm and at room temperature, these snacks can be made the traditional way or with a gourmet twist, for those with a more refined palette. Prepared with hot dogs or sausages wrapped in crescent rolls and then baked, you can feel free to experiment by adding fancy ingredient, such as tiny gherkins, blue cheese, or whole-seed Dijon mustard, depending on the mood you want to set around the fire.

S'mores

S'mores are to campfires as cookies are to milk, so this seasonal snack will never disappoint when the opportunity arises. The traditional, rustic method never fails and is made even better when using fallen twigs from nearby trees. Add sweet chocolate and graham crackers, and the storytelling will have to be postponed until everyone is finished savoring their sweet—and potentially messy—snack!

Spicy nut mix

After carving pumpkins, do you ever wonder what to do with that abundance of leftover seeds? Fortunately, we have a delicious solution! Lightly roasting the seeds in the oven will dehydrate them and make them beautifully crunchy. With the addition of spices (sweet or spicy) and other ingredients, there is a combination for every type of snacker. Our favorite is a spicy, salty combination of pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, pretzels, and popcorn, mixed with a little bit of cayenne pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and, of course, sea salt.

Gourmet candy apples

When throwing a party, the main concern is usually if the guests will be impressed and happy. Mixing rustic with gourmet, these candy and caramel apples will surely make a campfire get-together truly unforgettable. Host and guests alike can participate in choosing their flavor and then decorating them with an interesting topping, all to be enjoyed while sitting fireside.

Pumpkin spice Rice Krispies® treats

The classic Rice Krispies® treats recipe we all enjoy and love is getting a new fall twist. They are the perfect fall dessert to complete the night as the fire dies down. The steps are simple—melting butter and marshmallows in a saucepan over high heat and then adding pumpkin puree, cinnamon, powdered ginger, grated nutmeg, and crispy rice cereal—these treats can be made ahead of time and easily transported to any fireside fiesta. You can even use fall-inspired cookie cutters and colorful sprinkles to make them extra festive.

Mulled wine

Chilly weather calls for warming beverages, especially when huddled around a campfire on a chilly night. Mulled wine might remind you of Medieval Times, but it is a truly delicious treat to make when the temperature drops. What makes mulled wine extra special is that is can either be made on the stove or, more spontaneously, outside over a crackling fire. All you need is a few bottles of red wine, spices (such as cinnamon and cloves), oranges, and a bit of sugar. Simmering is key so that the flavors can blend, and, after about a half an hour, this lovely, hot beverage can be enjoyed.


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Top 5 states to go glamping this fall

By Neil Graham

This fall, drive along the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia for an unforgettable road trip!

Just as we all look forward to flowers blooming in spring, barbecues in summer, and a white Christmas in winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!), there are certain things about autumn that we wouldn't swap for all the beach days in California. It's the time of the year when we can break out our cozy sweaters, sip on hot, pumpkin spice coffee, warm up to the crackle of a roaring fire, and, of course, admire the breathtaking sights of fall foliage blanketing the landscape.

Despite the seasonal highlights, why not make it different this year? Experience autumn in all it's glory with a trip to our top five states to go glamping this fall.

Georgia

Admire the fall foliage in the North Georgia Mountains from our stunning cabin rentals!

With an array of stunning state and National Parks throughout, Georgia has to be one of the finest places in the world to enjoy leaf peeping. Head to Amicalola Falls State Park and marvel at the sublime views from the top of the southeast's tallest cascading waterfall or hike along the rim to several outlooks at Tallulah Gorge State Park for epic canyon vistas. For a taste of Southern living, sip on a Georgia sweet tea from the deck of a luxury cabin and unwind in style.

Upstate New York

Be original and stay in one of our extraordinary acommodations in the hills of Upstate New York!

Although hiking throughout the Adirondacks or the Catskills is the obvious choice for admiring the fall foliage, those yearning for an adventure can explore the landscape by kayaking along the Hudson River or on Lake Champlain and witness the oil painting-like reflections colorfully shimmering on the water. A zip-line tour on Hunter Mountain in the Catskills makes for an exhilarating experience through its fiery hue canopies. Keep your vacation unique with these exceptional accommodations in Upstate New York.

Virginia

Disconnect from the daily grind and chill out in a secluded cabin in Virginia!

For the ultimate sense of escape, hit the open road in crisp morning air with the rumble and smell of American muscle and take in the extraordinary foliage views from the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. This All-American Road links Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with plenty of opportunities to stop and visit old Appalachian farm buildings, a plethora of scenic hiking trails, and perfect spots to relax with a picnic.

Montana

Explore the stunning natural beauty of Montana from one of our majestic vacation rentals !

The American west is encapsulated in Montana, with its vast wilderness, rustic ranch life, and rich Native American history. What better way to explore Big Sky Country in fall than with a unique glamping getaway? Discover the unrivaled beauty of Glacier National Park on horseback before riding through the Rocky Mountains on your chrome horse along the outrageous Going-to-the-Sun Road. End the day in true cowboy style with a stay in a traditional cabin with superb mountain views.

Massachusetts

Admire the vibrant colors of fall in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic places in North America for fall foliage, making it a dreamy destination for a romantic escape. Replace the bustle of the city with the rustle of fallen leaves in The Berkshires, or disconnect on Martha's Vineyard and explore the trails of Manuel F. Correllus State Forest before enjoying an exquisite seafood dinner. For a slice of Americana, savor a piece of Boston cream pie and a hot cup of Joe while relaxing at a lakefront cottage in Cape Cod.


For more incredible fall getaways, check out our top accommodations in Vermont and North Carolina!

The ideal New England fall foliage road trip

By Marta Gintowt

As late September bids farewell to hot summer days and October welcomes sweater weather, each region of the country experiences fall differently. Synonymous with pumpkins, apple cider, and changing leaves, New England undoubtedly boasts the most magical fall scenery that the United States has to offer.

Cruising along Interstate 95 is the perfect way to take advantage of the vibrant fall foliage happening during the autumnal months. With impressive forests, charming small towns, and peaceful terrain, each state has something special to offer road-trippers making their way through New England.

New York

New York State is much more than just the Big Apple, and in just a matter of a few hours, you can trade sterling skyscrapers views for vibrant, chromatic vistas. The mountains of the Catskills and the Adirondacks are famous for their lush woodlands and nature escapes, especially in the fall. Whether you're spending the weekend or just passing through, New York will certainly be an unforgettable first stop.

Massachusetts

Home of the perfect summer getaway, Massachusetts also beautifully embodies cozy in the fall months. College campuses are filled to the brim, and cities are preparing for the winter ahead. From the hills of the Berkshires to the shores of Cape Cod, spending a day on the road embracing the best of what autumn has to offer can be experienced best in Massachusetts.

Vermont

Mostly known for motifs like winter sports and ice cream, the state of Vermont boasts a lesser-known secret: stunning watercolor vistas from late September to winter's commencement. An afternoon hike through the Green Mountain National Forest or a picnic along Lake Champlain will be accompanied by striking, fragrant foliage, allowing the perfect backdrop for a photograph or oil painting.

New Hampshire

Travelers who are reluctant to leave Vermont will regain their enthusiasm when crossing the state line into New Hampshire. With similar topography like lush forests, rolling hills, and peaceful farmland, it's the ideal place for a relaxing afternoon drive to absorb all of the scenery. The White Mountain National Forest stretches across the northern part of the state, while the south is sprinkled with lakes and meadows, so there is something to suit everyone.

Maine

The northernmost state in the continental US is the final—and perhaps most picturesque—stop on this New England road trip! Maine's idyllic landscape is covered by thick woodlands dotted with crystal clear lakes and sleepy, coastal fishing towns. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the crisp, cool autumn air perfumed with the nostalgic aroma of a new season patiently waiting.


Planning a fall foliage getaway? Check out all of New England's best glamping sites here!

Host Spotlight: Matt

By Amy Ahlblad

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 Matt, who manages a unique hotel crafted out of repurposed shipping containers in Round Top, Texas.

Meet Matt White. Antique savior, hotelier, and Dead devotee. White is the creator of the first shipping container hotel in Texas and is quickly capturing the attention of couples, families, and friends from all over with this unique destination. Heck, even a group of Emirates flight attendants traveling with World of Crew came all the way from Dubai and left saying that White’s shipping container hotel was one of the most amazing places they have ever experienced.

Set in wanderlust, these six unique accommodations were inspired with a craving to create, an obligation to recycle, and a passion for making people happy. Detail-driven and passively forcing you to relax, White invites you to unplug, put your favorite record on (literally), take a dip in the one-of-a-kind pool, meet a random neighboring cow or two, and enjoy a sunset (a badass sunset, that is).

Vintage goods and antique salvage have been a part of White’s life since he was a child. He grew up attending antique shows with his father and would refurbish goods to be sold at flea markets. Later in life, White would study horticulture and design; establish parent company and antique showroom Recycling the Past, which doubles as a grand ballroom for large events, and outfit hundreds of restaurants and storefronts—REI, Urban Outfitters, Ralph Lauren, and Nordstrom, to name a few.

All of this lead up to the birth of his unique hotel in 2016. Just like everything on-site, the idea for the shipping container hotel came from the past, as well. Born from childhood imagination, these containers are the grown-up versions of carefully constructed cardboard box forts where anything is possible.

Each shipping container is outfitted with 100% recycled materials and adorned with antique treasures from all over the world. No two are exactly alike, but all promise the most comfortable bed you could wish for (often mentioned in the reviews), a hammock, complimentary coffee and tea, Topochico sparkling water, and Mexican Cokes.

Welcome to the land of the restored, repurposed, and relaxation. Stay a while. See something you like? You’re in luck—everything is for sale. As a guest, you will receive a complimentary 20% off your purchases for up to $100. You can leave with peace of mind—and your favorite one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Guests from far and wide have come to enjoy this experience. Who would White love to host? Besides Jerry Garcia, White would like to see Richard Branson and the Dali Lama visit. Richard Branson was chosen out of admiration for overcoming challenges to achieve success—and because he would make for interesting conversation. He picked The Dali Lama because he is a peaceful and inherently good person who leads a life of simplicity to achieve happiness. With that said, it may come as no surprise to you that one of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle is to take care of things and repair them.

“If you use an object for as long as you can carefully, repairing it when necessary, you will find that not only your relationship with these objects begins to change, but so will the way you relate to people. People who endlessly chase after new things have lost their freedom to earthly desire. Only those who can enjoy using their imaginations when working with limited resources know true freedom.” - Shoukei Matsumoto, Buddhist monk


To book one of Matt's unique glamping accommodations in Texas, click here, here, here, here, here, or here!

7 Best Off-Season Destinations

By Neil Graham

It was a searing hot day in July, I had been standing in line at the Colosseum in Rome for about one hour, and I still hadn't even reached the shaded area yet. It was at this moment that I realized that perhaps summer was not the best time to attempt to visit one of the world's most popular historic sites. In each photograph I was in that day, I am as red as a lobster, awkwardly posing to hide most of my sweaty t-shirt, and with several tourists beside me, all struggling to find the perfect selfie spot.

Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, a time when you can escape the pressures of everyday life, and off-season vacations offer cheaper flights, a larger variety of accommodations, shorter lines, less crowds...and less awkward posing!

Mallorca

Unwind away from the crowds in Mallorca!

For such a small island, yet the largest of the Balaeric Islands, Mallorca has a fascinating and diverse landscape that is made up of luxury beach resorts, picturesque mountain villages, ancient ruins, and superb geological formations. With only five days of rain and an average high of 23 degrees Celsius (~74 degrees Fahrenheit) in October, you can explore all the delights of the island at your leisure while still enjoying the best bits of summer!

The Greek Islands

Renowned for their idyllic beaches, great weather, and delicious cuisine, the Greek Islands make for an amazing off-season destination, whether it’s for a luxury, five-star getaway or a budget-friendly backpacking odyssey. You can wander the romantic streets of Santorini, swim by the white volcanic rocks of Sarakiniko Beach on Milos, and enjoy a couple of Mythos beers while admiring the Acropolis of Lindos for an unforgettable holiday.

Chile

Why not try something away from the obvious and venture into the sublime natural beauty of Chile while embarking on an array of outdoor adventures? You can enjoy a romantic night stargazing in the Mars-like Atacama Desert, with several top-level observatories offering extraordinary astro-tourism experiences. Alternatively, you can go skiing in the Andes at Valle Nevado, which is only 46 kilometers away from Santiago, Chile's capital, and features over 7,000 acres of skiable terrain. What’s more? The geysers at El Tatio, the mountains of Torres del Paine, and the glaciers throughout Patagonia are breathtaking natural wonders not to be missed.

Baja California

Unwind in a unique setting with these glamping tents in Baja California!

Baja California is ideal for those yearning for a tropical getaway without heading too far from home. With the peninsula sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California, Baja California features paradise-like beaches, where you can enjoy an array of water sports, such as world-class surfing, supreme scuba diving, and adrenaline-fueled jet skiing. Away from the water, guests can immerse themselves in nature by trekking through dense jungle on the back of a mule, exploring the Trinidad Canyon and its ancient cave paintings, or hiking along the Sierra de San Francisco for a complete sense of seclusion. Whatever piques your interest, Baja California has it all.

New South Wales

Aside from its iconic coastal cities and its second-to-none surfing hot spots, New South Wales is home to a plethora of natural attractions and outdoor experiences that can be enjoyed at a much more leisurely pace during the off season. The spectacular, limestone Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains showcase stunning calcite formations; the powerful Kiama Blowhole is the largest blowhole in the world; and the Walls of China in Mungo National Park are an ancient, breathtaking structure that can be admired from a cycle trail or a self-guided drive tour. The best part? All of these are within easy reach of several of our glamping sites.

Big Sur, California

Enjoy the last of the warm weather to the fullest in Big Sur, California, and bask in the sunshine on glorious sandy beaches, delight in its extraordinary cuisine, and sip on piña coladas in trendy, beachfront bars. Why not make it a truly memorable getaway and stay along the coast in one of our unique glamping accommodations? You'll have your choice of everything from tree houses and Airstreams to safari tents and yurts.

Hawaii

Listen to soothing sound of the waves as you relax in style!

Hawaii boasts year-round sunshine, picturesque beaches, lush green mountains, and a laid-back vibe, making it the perfect destination for an off-season getaway. You'll take away incredible memories of scuba diving in waters teeming with life, looking down upon active volcanoes from a helicopter, and laying on a secluded beach with nothing but the waves to listen to.


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Top 5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy While Glamping

By Stephen Gillis

1. Surfing

Waking up at the crack of dawn to squeeze into a wetsuit and hit the waves is a feeling like no other. Catch the perfect wave that carries you down the coast and launches you through the pipeline. Imagine exiting the pipeline onto the beach and right onto your glamping luxury tent! Spark up the fire and grab a cold one before settling in for a comfortable night sleep to prepare you for the following day's surf. With glamping accommodations in some of the best surf spots in the world, you can be sure to get to hit the waves in style.

2. Mountain Biking

Helmet on and gear set, you are ready to navigate your way down that mountain. The trek up was grueling, but it will all be worth it as you fly down the trails with the cool breeze and spectacular views. Hit the hills of Moab, Sun Valley, Crested Butte, Brevard, and many other stunning places to mountain bike. Ride directly down to your glamping site, where you can fully relax and recover for another day of action.

3. Whitewater Rafting

Hit the rivers paddle in hand and and helmet strapped tight. Brace yourself for the thrill of whitewater rafting on some of the U.S.’s top rivers. We're talking the Colorado River, French Broad, Chattooga, Arkansas, and many more. Regardless of where you decide to embark on this water-based adventure, glamping will be within a stone's throw. Finish up the day on the whitewater by relaxing at your luxury camping site with all the desired amenities.

4. Horseback Riding

Take a ride on arguably the most majestic animal to exist—the horse. Powerful, yet gentle, and elegant, yet sturdy, a horse can make a lasting impression. Horseback riding is an experience like none other, where you can navigate rough terrain to catch a glimpse of breathtaking sunsets. You will not only build a closer connection to nature, but with the animal that is making it possible. Nothing screams glamour more than horseback riding on a beach. Stroll down the coast directly to your glamping site for an unforgettable experience.

5. Hiking

A great way to exercise and explore a new environment is to explore it by foot. You can gain a much deeper appreciation for a location by staying closer to the ground and at a slower pace. That way you can have a more intimate hike through the pure, majestic wilderness of some of America’s finest National Parks. No matter where in the US you decide to hike, glamping will be available for you to enjoy all the necessities you would expect in a 5 star hotel. Book now for a truly unforgettable experience!


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The Best of the Islands: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

By Elizabeth Young

Are you headed to Hawaii any time soon? While you may be thinking surfing, beaches, and sunsets, there is so much more to the islands than their stunning shores. The interior of each island is filled with verdant green rainforests and teeming with adventure. Every island has its charm, that's for sure, but today we're going to focus on the Big Island of Hawaii and Volcanoes National Park. Get ready to get up close and personal with some of Hawaii's famous volcanoes, and take a look at what there is to do and where we recommend to stay!

The Property

You can really disconnect when you stay at this yurt. It's even hidden in the rainforest!

To visit the National Park, we recommend booking this family-friendly yurt, found in Fern Forest, about 15 minutes by car from the park entrance. The yurt can sleep four people and has parking for two cars, so you don't need to worry about where to park the rental. The hosts, Don and Gypsy, will welcome you for your 3 p.m. check-in and show you around.

You'll notice not only does the yurt have the basics—linens, towels, and a full kitchen—there is also Wi-Fi, a Roku for evening entertainment, and a barbecue on the lanai out back. Don and Gypsy even provide snacks! And did we mention the yurt is solar-powered? Really, what more could you need?

Take a peek inside!

Visiting the Park

A photo of the Kilauea Crater from a lookout point.

After you wake up refreshed and are ready to go, you can head out for Volcanoes National Park. When planning your trip to the park, make sure to check the hours and which parts of the park are open. Due to lava flows and repairs, certain parts of the park may be closed to the public throughout the year.

At night, you can see the lava even better.

To enter the park, every visitor must pay a fee. Each pass is valid for seven days; it is $25 per car, $12 per pedestrian or bicycle, and $20 per motorcycle. There are also certain days throughout the year that the park is free! Click here for more information.

The craters help you get a feel for how large the volcanoes truly are.

At the heart of the park lie Kilauea and Mauna Loa, both active volcanoes. The Crater Rim is a popular drive and hike in the park, allowing visitors to see several steam vent and craters, and it overlooks as the skirt the edge of the Kilauea Caldera, too. Visitors can head below ground and even walk through the Thurston Lava Tubes—get there early to avoid crowds and congestion—or go high and stop for a photo-op at the Kilauea Overlook, which spans two miles and drops 400 feet! Apart from the Crater Rim Trail, other popular hikes include Halema'uma'u Trail, the Devastation Trail, and the Kilauea Iki hike.

Out and about

After a day exploring the National Park, take a break and check out the town!

When you're not exploring Volcanoes National Park and the rainforest, the surrounding towns are home to some cool landmarks and delicious restaurants and cafés. Feel like eating breakfast out one day? Head over to Ohelo Cafe in Volcano Village or try the pancakes at the Kilauea Lodge, which are sure to be a hit. Other guests favorites include Kaleo's Bar & Grill in Pahoa, the malasadas at Tex Drive-In, Eagles Lighthouse Cafe, and Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe.

Make sure to check out any one of the local farmers' markets.

After you've eaten your fill, take some time to see what else the island holds. There's a scenic drive down into Waipi'o Valley and beach; you can visit Akaka Falls, the Black or Green Sand Beaches, Rainbow Falls; and so much more!

The hike to Akaka Falls is the perfect way to spend a day!

Volcanoes, rainforests, waterfall hikes, delicious foods and even more beautiful beaches...what are you waiting for? Don't miss the chance to book a trip to the Big Island!


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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

By Stephen Gillis

In the pre-dawn air the sulfuric scent of combusting propane gas lingers, while the desert soil reverberates with the blasting of fire cannons. Illuminated faces gather around the burners as hot air slowly levitates colorful nylon fabric. The ascension has commenced with the rising sun over the horizon. Giant, colorful balloons appears before your eyes like a Jackson Pollock painting. Specks of color spot the blue New Mexico sky, creating a master work of art courtesy of hundreds of hot air balloons. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has begun.

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is the largest display of hot air balloons in the world. That must explain why it's the most photographed event in America. People from all over the globe gather to witness the spectacle. Whether you are adding to the vast aerial fleet or enjoying the fiesta from the ground, fun is to be had and memories are to be made.

A great option for those wanting to enjoy the festivities from the ground is to go glamping! For the first time ever, Glamping Hub is proud to announce that there will be fantastic glamping accommodations available on-site, bookable here.

You don't have to settle for camping when you could be spending the weekend glamping in the lap of luxury. The spacious tent can fit either a queen-size bed or two twin beds, and additionally features a private bathroom and shower! Hang out with your fellow glampers in your own private lounge area where you can watch the balloons soar across the horizon without having to leave the proximity of your tent. Chill out by the campfire and roast sausages and s'mores, and spend quality time with your family while gathering around the picnic table. You won't want to miss out on the fun and beauty of this event, enjoying magical moments with those most special in your life.

The accommodation is only available from October 6th to the 15th (the duration of the fiesta). With close to one million people predicted to attend this year, you can expect that these accommodations are going fast. Next year, we will have an even larger presence at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, as Glamping Hub hosts its very own glamping village!

While enjoying all of the beautiful sights to be seen at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, make sure to stay in the most comfortable, luxurious setting offered on the grounds. For an unforgettable experience, book with Glamping Hub and enjoy a stay unlike any other!

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