Host Spotlight: Glenys and Kevin

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 Glenys and Kevin, who manage a breathtaking castle in Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand.

A view of the exterior of the castle in winter time.

Pretend your family is the royal family at this stunning castle in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand.

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

It's hard to pinpoint exactly, possibly a year or so ago, but it was such an interesting word and concept that it resonated immediately with us.

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

We were approached by one of the friendly Glamping Hub team members, who saw the potential of The Mudcastle as a glamping destination, and it went from there to becoming a reality.

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

Genuine, unforgettable, and inspirational.

One of the many beautiful bedrooms inside the castle.

There's no way you'll ever forget a stay at this unique castle rental.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

We haven't had one yet!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's such a fantastic concept to stay in places where the focus is not primarily on offering cookie-cutter, standard guest experiences.

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

Our guests’ expectations do vary greatly, because they can be coming to stay for a variety of reasons. We may be hosting their wedding or a corporate retreat, and privacy, seclusion and quiet, creative, energising surroundings are important requirements. Alternatively, we may have a family or group of friends traveling together who want a base located close to all of the attractions our beautiful region has to offer.

In communicating with guests ahead of their stay, it lets us know what their expectations are—which we love!—and we do our very best to exceed them.

7. What makes your property unique?

While many glamping sites may have been custom-built by their owners, there are probably very few where the hosts have made their own building materials, too.

We've been creating The Mudcastle for nearly 28 years, making and blocklaying over 20,000 mud bricks made from the clay beneath us. We're told that it is our story that makes us unique.

The Mudcastle was a finalist on the "My House, My Castle" television show, was chosen to be featured on the television series "Extreme Homes of the World," and was recently selected as one of the "Top 10 Wedding Destinations on the Planet."

One of the gorgeous bathrooms, complete with a jetted tub, at the castle.

The aforementioned bricks aren't the only thing we're in awe of at this glamping castle.

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

Our favorite part is the ability to offer what we have created to groups who don't need the frills and are looking for genuine experiences and friendly, Kiwi hospitality.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

Like many we incorporate solar energy, we recycle, and we compost, but our biggest contribution is that The Mudcastle is constructed from the earth beneath us and local timber, and even our guest soaps are clay-based and made locally.

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What are you waiting for? You'll never find a glamping experience more unique than this castle.


Interested in a glamping escape to New Zealand? See more of what Glenys and Kevin's stunning castle can offer here for groups of up to six guests and here for groups of up to 16!

Host Spotlight: Beth in Upstate New York

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 Beth, who manages a unique property with multiple accommodations in Upstate New York, including a repurposed barn, a Western-style cabin, a solar-powered yurt, and a unique, combined boat, trailer, and tent.

A view of Beth's unique glamping property in New York.

Beth's Upstate New York paradise is ready and waiting for glampers to come soak up the area's natural beauty.

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

I believe it may have been when I came across Glamping Hub while serching for places to advertise our yurt.

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

I am an architect, and my husband was a builder. After leaving New York City 15 years ago, I came up to the Hudson Valley and, soon after, several of my friends showed me their yurts. I just loved the simplicity of the structure and the potential to quickly erect a livable space. My husband had always dreamed of putting a round healing center on his farm, so when I said yurt, it was decided.

The yurt from the outside, with its deck and solar panels.

Keep your carbon footprint small with a stay at this solar-powered yurt.

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

Community, nature, and comfort.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

My husband took me camping once on the islands on Lake George. We got there by motor boat and had our own campsite. It was so private that I took off all my clothes, danced around, and said, "I'm a camper now!" Not bad for a girl raised in NYC.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Your sense of time changes when you do not have all of the conveniences that we are used to. Even giving up a few, like well-lit outdoor spaces or Wi-Fi, can alter your pace and bring you closer to nature.

The unique boat, tent, and trailer accommodation available at this glamping property in Upstate New York.

It doesn't get more unique than this 3-in-1 accommodation in Upstate New York.

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

Besides a clean and well-cared-for accommodation, guests will be staying on a farm with horses, a goat, chickens, dogs, and cats roaming around. My husband and I live on the farm and are here working on projects. We offer a pizza party and a bonfire on Saturday nights for those who want to socialize with us. If you are expecting ironed sheets, this is not the place for you.

The cozy bedroom in the property's barn accommodation.

We can't imagine a more perfect place to curl up with a loved one than this repurposed barn rental.

7. What makes your property unique?

The animals, the great expanse of stars at night, the fireflies, the peeping frogs, the stream...the list goes on!

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

We have met so many great people who have similar interests and thoughts about how to live. People come here to have a good time, so what could be better than running a business than where people show up and all they want is to experience nature and enjoy good food and conversation?!

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The property's horses are just a few of the animals guests will find here.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We compost all leftover food, we have a large garden and do some farming and animal husbandry, and the yurt is solar-powered.


Interested in a glamping escape to New York? See more of what Beth's one-of-a-kind property in Upstate New York can offer here, here, here, and here.

The Best Fall Weekend Glamping Trip

By Jackie Dreyer

This post was written by a guest author.

If you’re planning an upcoming glamping trip—or if you’d like to try glamping for the first time—it might be difficult to find the perfect location. To make your decision easier, we’ve chosen the following five best places to reserve a glamping getaway this fall.

A view from outside of the cedar green house in Silverton, Oregon.
There's nothing quite so dreamy as this level of seclusion at this Oregon cottage.

1. Peaceful Cedar Green House – Silverton, Oregon

It’s hard to believe someone living in the Pacific Northwest would need an escape to nature when so much of the region is made up of incredible natural landscape. Still, nature calls, and glamping is the perfect way to experience the areas outside of the hipster haven of Portland.

This cottage in Silverton, Oregon, puts you directly in touch with the nature around you. The greenhouse-style dwelling has floor-to-ceiling windows broken up only by cedar support beams, so you can see the lush trees surrounding the place. If that’s not enough to sell you, consider the fact that there’s a hot tub inside of the house, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be booking your weekend here ASAP.

Two of the lovely eco-cabins at this glamping site in Texas Hill Country.
Get ready for a relaxing yoga retreat at this Texas glamping gem.

2. Eco-Cabin in Texas Hill Country – Spicewood, Texas

Just outside the hustle-and-bustle of Austin, you’ll find this peaceful cabin, nestled in a community that centers upon serenity. Once you book your stay, you can also sign up for yoga classes and massage package to make your experience all the more relaxing.

Even if you don’t sign up for extras, you can take advantage of the communal Floating Cabin, which is a great perch for reading and spotting wildlife. You can also swim and kayak from the Floating Cabin’s edge, too!

One of the cozy log cabin rentals available at this glamping resort in South Dakota.
A cozy log cabin stay is just what the doctor called for in South Dakota.

3. Charming Log Cabin Rentals at Resort – Spearfish, South Dakota

This property was named one of the top 10 must-see log cabin vacation sites—and for good reason. It’s smack-dab in the middle of all of South Dakota’s most incredible parks, landscapes, and historical sites. Just down the road, you can find Deadwood, a key town in the midst of the national gold rush. A 90-minute drive will take you to the Black Hills, an awe-inspiring National Forest just next door to Mount Rushmore.

Spearfish itself is a place of incredible natural beauty, too, so you can certainly stick to your glamping destination if you’re just there for a weekend. The property has many on-site amenities, including a pool, fire pits, and a dog park, making it a great option if you’re bringing four-legged glampers along.

The beautiful interior of the tree house's bedroom in California.
Make your childhood dreams come true at this California tree house.

4. Magically Romantic Tree House in Eucalyptus Grove – Petaluma, California

Glamping in this California tree house brings you up close and personal with nature—tree limbs jut through the house and into the living space—but that’s all part of the place’s rustic, romantic charm. It sits in Sonoma County, and its height gives you a bird’s eye view of the Golden State’s incredible rolling hills.

Of course, being that you’re in Sonoma County, it would be a shame to miss the area’s best wineries, and you can also drive to many of the Bay Area’s natural highlights, including Point Reyes National Seashore. Or consider yourself "outdoorsy" by grabbing a glass of wine, cracking open a book, and reading while sitting in an actual treetop—the choice is yours.

The inside of the waterfront cabin in Woodstock, New York.
This waterfront rental is the perfect Upstate New York destination from which to enjoy the fall foliage.

5. Historic Former Mill Turned Waterfront Luxury Rental – Woodstock, New York

If you’re glamping with friends, a trip to Woodstock, New York, could be in the cards. This historic mill—built along both Cooper Lake and Sawkill Streams in the 1800s—sleeps four and has all of the comforts of home, including a gas fireplace.

And, while the Woodstock Festival no longer takes place in this town, it’s still a popular destination for artists of all mediums. You can take a break from outdoor pursuits by exploring the thriving local cultural scene to see it for yourself. Otherwise, the mountains, waterfalls, and hikes to both will give you the taste of beautiful nature you seek.

Where will your first glamping trip take you? If this list has proven anything, it’s that you can glamp just about anywhere in the U.S., from the luxurious rolling hills of Sonoma Wine Country to the wild forests of South Dakota. All you have left to do now is decide which is the right destination for your next trip, pack a bag, and get glamping.


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Author Bio: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing, and inspiring posts.

Host Spotlight: Kutira

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 Kutira, who manages an eco-retreat on the Island of Maui in Hawaii.

A lovely view of the exterior of an eco-friendly bamboo cottage in Maui, Hawaii.

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

A few years ago.

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

We are a fully self-sustainable, eco-friendly community, and our mission is to help people reconnect with nature and enjoy the benefits of a more natural way of living.

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

Rejuvenating, reinvigorating, and relaxing.

A group of glampers doing yoga in one of the property's yoga facilities.

4. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It is the most natural way to connect with the land, get grounded, and find relaxation in an environmentally-friendly place, where it is easier to unwind, restore, and recharge the energy.

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

A sustainable paradise located where the sun is rising. A place “where your vacation becomes a transformation!” Our property is the ideal destination no matter whether you're seeking sanctuary, writing the next chapter of your life, on your honeymoon, or simply taking a vacation.

A lovely view of the interior of an eco-friendly, bamboo cottage at this glamping site in Maui.

6. What makes your property unique?

Come explore elegant green living at Maui's magical, premiere eco-retreat. Here, guests will enjoy being directly next to the ocean, beautiful hiking trails, waterfall lagoons, a romantic setting, sunrise views, yoga and meditation classes, and only 15 minutes from town.

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

Seeing the full transformation that our guests go through from the beginning of their stay with us until the end of their journey.

A view from the outside of the main building at the eco-retreat in Maui.

8. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We operate on solar energy from panels installed on our buildings, our water is pumped directly from our own well and rain catchment system, and we live sustainably and self-sufficiently from the land through organic farming.

At our property, you can enjoy the benefits of a setting that is free from electromagnetic waves, such as Wi-Fi (except in the main house, where guests can check their emails, etc).

All of our buildings are ecologically built. Our bamboo structures and temples are both unique and historic. We are the first permitted bamboo structure in the entire United States.

A relaxing suite with calming nature views at this eco-retreat in Maui.


Interested in a glamping escape to Hawaii? See more of what Kutira's unique accommodations can offer here, here, here, here, here, and here!

Host Spotlight: Gail

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 Gail, who manages this fairy-tale luxury cottage in West Glacier, Montana, and these stunning tree houses in Whitefish, Montana.

An exterior photo of the tree house cabin in Whitefish, Montana.

Looking out towards Glacier, Montana, and surrounded by woodlands and mountains, you'll be quick to want to call this tree house home.

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

Yes, several years ago.

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

I grew up with memories of a tree house! I was raised in Pennsylvania in the 60s, and my father was a contractor who built thousands of single-family homes. He always had scrap lumber around the house. With his help, my siblings and I built a rough tree house in an oak tree near our home.

Our tree house was a place that I could visit and anything was possible. It was a place without limitations where my imagination could run free. If I wanted it to be a rocket ship, a castle, or a mansion in my mind, it was. As a child in that tree house, nothing was impossible.

Our original tree house was very basic, but it fueled my desire for a "real" tree house, which wasn't fulfilled until I turned 58! This past fall, we started construction on Snow Bear Chalets—the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses!—which are located five feet from the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana.

A view from the tree house's great room and its welcoming balcony.

The tree house's cozy interior brings the outdoors indoors,with stunning views from every room.

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

Whimsical, luxurious, and unique.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Our tree houses!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It opens up a whole new way to travel.

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Guests will love the tree house's layout, including a well equipped kitchen for easily whipping up meals all trip long.

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

Expect to smile a lot!

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses.

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

Being able to stay here when it's not booked!

One of the tree house's charming bedrooms.

A good night's sleep is easily obtained from any of the cozy bedrooms at the tree house.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We kept the trees on the property and built around them, as well as used the best environmentally-friendly products in construction, maintenance, and cleaning.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

I'm passing on the tradition! When my five-year-old granddaughter first set foot in the turret of one of the tree houses, she went to the window, grabbed her hair and asked me to open the window. When I asked her why, she looked at me like I was clueless and said, "How can my prince climb the tower if I don't throw my hair down?" The magic and love of fairy-tale tree houses along with the belief of infinite possibility has been passed on to the next generation.

A whimsical lofted space in the Whitefish, Montana, tree house.

As if staying here couldn't get any more magical, check out the turreted ceiling, beautifully painted like the Montana night sky.


*Book Gail's gorgeous Montana cottage and tree houses here, here, here, and here. You're sure to love our unique Montana getaways, too!

Host Spotlight: Cindy

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 Elizabeth, who manages the tree houses of our childhood dreams near the White Mountain National Forest in Maine.

white-mountain-tree-house This tree house rental near White Mountain National Forest is just waiting to be discovered!

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

About three years ago.

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

Sleeping in tree houses—to me that's the ultimate form of glamping.

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

A unique, peaceful, and fairytale-like experience.

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Tree houses like this don't grow on...well, they're still worth checking out!

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Sleeping in tree houses.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

You still get all the joys of camping without the stress of setting up a tent.

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Enjoy views like this when you go glamping in a tree house near Augusta, Maine.

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

A one-of-a-kind experience, from a luxurious tree house with all the amenities, including Wi-Fi and DirecTV, to a nature lover's dream, tucked away in Maine's beautiful woods.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the only tree house glamping resort in New England.

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

I get to meet so many wonderful people and share in the joy that we can offer them.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We have built the majority of our tree houses with lumber that was taken right from our property.

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Glamping comes in all shapes and sizes, and this caravan rental by a lake in Maine is proof of its diversity!


Interested in a glamping escape to New England? See more of what Cindy's tree houses and glampsites can offer here, or take a look at the other thousands of unique rentals we offer on Glamping Hub.

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 luxury expedition property with beautiful tents that can be set up wherever glampers would like in Sedona, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, as well as a unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah.

One of the luxury tent offerings of this property in Arizona.

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

I wanted to offer my guests the experience of being surrounded by nature with comfortable luxurious accommodations. Glamping was a term that was a perfect fit for the company.

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

The concept of bringing luxury camping to my guests was truly the foundation of the business, to allow for authenticity with a personal touch for guests visiting the southwest. Our campsites are mobile and can be set up in a variety of locations according to the guests custom itinerary.

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

Amazing, spectacular, awe-inspiring.

A view of the river from the luxury tent in Arizona.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Many years ago while camping/hiking with my wife, she brought wine and cheese with dried salami platter in her backpack. We enjoyed the luxury touch to our outback adventure along with a good laugh.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Glamping allows you to experience nature while maintaining a level of comfort not usually found when camping.

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

Our goal is to exceed the guests' expectations for comfort and service while vacationing in a wilderness environment.

The interior of one of the luxury tents in Arizona.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are fortunate to operate our glamping services in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, in some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth. This includes one of the seven wonders of the world at the Grand Canyon.

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

Being able to give our guests a deeper understanding and appreciation for the areas we visit combined with a truly authentic experience.

The unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah, from the outside.

The unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah, from the inside.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We work on natures terms utilizing solar power. Our company follows the principals of the Leave No Trace Community Stewardship Initiative, with all effort being put into recycling or reusing campsite-related items.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Our in-depth knowledge and special relationships with these areas, bring a level of service to our guests that goes above and beyond the usual visitor experience to these amazing locations.


Click here to book this luxury tent, the other luxury tent, or the dome today. For more southwestern vacation options, check out our Arizona Weekend Getaways page!

Host Spotlight: Cyndi

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 Cyndi, who manages these pop-up glamping tent sites in Nova Scotia, including on Breton Island.

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A view from inside looking out at a bell tent in Nova Scotia.

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

While living in Ireland, we often heard the term but associated it more with fancy English-style garden picnics and festival travel.

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

We were inspired by our love of camping and the outdoors, but the desire to make it easier, more comfortable and less work. We started a blog called "East Coast Glampers" after moving to Nova Scotia in Canada, and it evolved from there.

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

Bespoke, Maritime, Adventure.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Camping in our canvas bell tent over Thanksgiving weekend on Cape Breton Island in 2014.

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An example set-up of one of Cyndi's bell tents in Nova Scotia.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Slow travel. Less work for our guests means more time to enjoy the Maritime outdoors and Canada's ocean playground. There's nothing like sleeping under the stars in a canvas bell tent.

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

"Get lost, find beautiful" is our motto. We package unique locations at signature campgrounds around Nova Scotia to connect guests with the special, off-the-beaten-path locale that can often otherwise be missed when staying in a different type of accommodation. We are a luxury camping experience and provide everything for an authentic Maritime camping adventure.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the first of our kind in Canada for glamping and pop-up glamping accommodation, and we specialize in a turn-key holiday adventure. Our bell tents are uniquely furnished with every guest in mind and with great attention to detail.

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A cozy space to relax with fellow guests at a bell tent camp set up in Nova Scotia.

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

Providing our guests with a one-of-a-kind experience and lasting holiday memories. Travel is wonderful, and holiday time is precious. We manage every single booking with care to ensure they connect with Nova Scotia in a lasting and unique way.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We practice slow travel with a low environmental impact. The cooking oils, coffee, and other food we provide are local, and we promote local on a sustainable scale. Our tents are natural canvas, and we're proud to utilize solar lighting where possible. Since our launch, we've been proud to partner with local barbecue rub suppliers, skin care producers, and other Farmer's Market vendors to offer guests a taste of some of the amazing locally-made Nova Scotia products.

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The lovely interior, featuring a glamping mug, at one of Cyndi's bell tents in Nova Scotia.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

New this season, we're delighted to offer a new location on Cape Breton Island at a very special, cultural campground with views over St. Ann's Bay, located along the Cabot Trail.


Interested in a glamping escape to Nova Scotia? See more of what Cyndi's pop-up glamping bell tents have to offer here and here, and book today!

Host Spotlight: Elizabeth

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 Elizabeth, who manages this spacious yurt rental in Keaau, Hawaii.

The exterior of the yurt in Hawaii

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

On an NBC show.

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

I have a yurt in Hawaii—what better type of lodging and great location are there?

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

Peaceful, nature, calming.

Outdoor deck of yurt in Hawaii

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Camping in the Rocky Mountains.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Because it is camping in nature with all the amenities needed to feel comfortable.

The interior of the yurt in Hawaii

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

They can expect a beautiful large yurt, natural sunlight, and a large private property that is well-maintained and close to all outdoor activities. The yurt is away from it all, yet close enough to towns and the airport.

7. What makes your property unique?

It's a 700-square-foot yurt with indoor plumbing!

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

People who stay here start to dream about having a yurt of their own, which shows they were happy with their experience at our property.

The bed inside the yurt in Hawaii

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

It's the closest thing to living off the land as possible.


Interested in a glamping escape to Hawaii? See more of what Elizabeth's yurt can offer here!

Host Spotlight: Beth

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 Beth, who manages this incredibly unique villa in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The glamping property and its pool at sunset

An exterior shot at sunset of the [villa](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/).

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

From your website!

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

The Onion House is something like five-star luxury camping. With no outside walls (only screen and stained glass), you are fully immersed in the lush tropical environment. I had a hunch that travelers would delight in it as much as I do.

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

Artistic, Joyful, Transformational.

The glamping property

The [entire property](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/) in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

When I spent the summer at our property when I was 10 years old.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

To expand your concept of the possible. The built environment has a profound effect on the psyche. As Winston Churchill said, "First we shape our buildings. Afterward, they shape us." Becoming attuned to the rhythms of an unusual setting can awaken and invigorate the senses.

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

An unforgettable experience of delight, with privacy to swim and immerse yourself in nature. One guest said, "I feel like a butterfly living under a leaf!" Guests have the place to themselves, with the freedom to swim 'au naturel,' sharing an eccentric slice of Hawaii's history.

A view from the pool.

The [villa's](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/) pool, accompanied by the property's gorgeous views.

7. What makes your property unique?

The visual aesthetics are like nowhere else on earth. This wildly original structure, a landmark of organic architecture, was built for the McCormick Spice family, with a history of colorful characters. Guests' vacations provide funds to renovate and maintain this unique architectural legacy.

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

I love the impact that this unique place has had on so many people's lives. Some come to celebrate their marriage, anniversary, or a special birthday. Others give themselves a personal creative retreat. Families often say it is the best vacation they've ever had together.

The master bedroom of the property.

The [villa's](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/) master bedroom.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We try to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all while growing tropical fruits, some of which guests may have never experienced, like jaboticaba, guanabana, pomelo, and loquat. Organic architecture seeks to embody natural forms within the built environment—in this case, the shape of a sea shell.

The unique shower in the bathroom.

The luxury shower in one of the [villa's](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/) bathrooms.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

A private retreat in a work of art can have a profound transformative effect. One guest wrote, "There was my life BEFORE the Onion House, and my life AFTER the Onion House." Just as the unorthodox setting of the Onion House nourished my own artwork, it continues to spark creativity among our guests. The environment of 'no boundaries' without walls and square corners conveys a sense of the unexpected possibilities in life, and people tell me their lives have been transformed.


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