Special Mother's Day Host Spotlight: Sonya and Kirsten

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, in honor of Mother's Day, we have a mother and daughter duo, Sonya and Kirsten, who run this gorgeous mountain retreat in New South Wales, Australia.

Let Sonya take you down memory lane and share her experience of running a glamping site with her daughter, Kirsten.

1. What's the best memory you have of traveling with your children?

We have always been a "Let's go away for the weekend!" kind of family, and all the children have always enjoyed the bush, horseback riding, and animals, just where there would be untouched nature and a river. It did not take any fancy offerings for us to enjoy the open country—we just loved visits from animals, the stars in the sky, and lovely clean country air.

2. What was your first glamping/camping experience with your children?

We started camping with our children when they were barely two years old.

3. How did you and your daughter get into the glamping business together? What inspired you?

As a family, we fell in love with some lovely countryside just 2.5 hours from Sydney; it was completely untouched and had a gorgeous crystal clear trout stream. My husband (the kids' father) was so enamored he went straight to the phone to ask if there was any land for sale on this lovely river.

It was meant to be—there were 3,000 acres for sale right on the very part of the river we had seen. At first, we built a little log cottage, next a vegetable and fruit garden, then a work shed, and it grew from there. It was not until three years ago, we discovered "glamptents" and how much fun they were.

4. If you could describe your property in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, mountain, and wilderness.

5. What types of experiences can people expect to have when they stay in your accommodation?

You do wake up to noises of the animals, and our valley is famous for its bird life (we have wedge tail eagles in our valley). Since we're in the mountains, you also do get that sharp cool start to the morning, which is so invigorating. You will see kangaroos coming for a drink or bounding past, too. All of this is very calming and gives you a wonderful feeling of well-being.

6. What makes your property unique?

I think having 6,000 acres of country trees, hills, and clear country air is priceless.

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

My daughter Kirsten and I work very well together. She looks after all the internet servicing, which is something that did not exist when we first started. She actually set up our website and found Glamping Hub, and we now get bookings from all over the world. I look after the practical side of bookings, cottage and glamping tent upkeep, and staff.

We will have seven glamping tents by the end of July, our original first one was such a great success, but they do only sleep two to three people. If there is a larger group wanting to come, we have bush cottages that sleep from six to 10 people, which are also popular for groups of young people and families.

We have horses—and ponies for children!—and do outrides through the bush. Kirsten is very much involved with the bush animals and horseback riding and looks after that, as well.

8. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Our glamping tents all have or will have wonderful large verandas that look over the prettiest part of our river. They are as private as possible and are very comfortable, and people love them.

Our guests feel like they are having a real bush experience—first in a canvas-style tent, lots of bushland surrounding, a private bathroom with a great rain shower bathroom and heating, and more.

We are in the mountains, and it can snow, but staying in a glamping tent adds that little bit extra, and people find it to be a real, and welcomed, change from city living. The tents are unique in every way, and coming here is an adventure from the minute you arrive 'til the minute you leave.


For a unique getaway to New South Wales, Sonya and Kirsten have glamping tents and a number of different cabin options, which you can find here, here, here, here, here, and here. Get inspired by this mother-daughter team and book a special trip to celebrate your mom this Mother's Day!

Host Spotlight: Philippe

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Philippe, who manages this luxury Airstream in Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Canada.

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

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

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

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

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

Rejuvenation, reconnection, and escape.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

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

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

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

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

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

7. What makes your property unique?

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

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

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

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

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

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

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


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

Host Spotlight: Wallis

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 Wallis, who manages this lodge and cabin property in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.

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

My family and I have always gone camping, but I believe I learned about it before we visited El Capitan in SoCal and booked a swank cabin for our "babymoon." It was perfect!

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

We took over the property from a couple who lovingly cared for this historic property for a decade, but didn't have any sort of online or social presence. The beauty of this unknown place motivated me to open the doors to a younger generation of travelers and adventurers.

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

We hear the word "magical" almost daily, so magical, nostalgic, and adventure.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

In the womb—my parents' San Juan Islands camping and bike tour. It's on my bucket list to do that adventure. Maybe this year!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

There are plenty of travelers who don't consider themselves "outdoorsy" but want the creature comforts of a cozy, warm home to come back to after an adventure. Whether you're at home in nature or not, a glamping experience can bridge the gap.

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

This is our home. We hope that people will feel nostalgic and comfortably at home, like they're visiting a destination from childhood or a friend's cabin.

We're pretty hands-off while guests relax and explore the property and beautiful Willamette Forest. We look forward to adding more experiences and options to the property.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the remaining historic lodge in the entire area and are what people imagine when they picture a "log lodge in the middle of 'Nowhere,' Oregon."

The property has been quiet for a decade and was even completely closed for the decade before that. For being so beautiful, on the river, and sitting on hot-spring activity, we think that it's the perfect blank canvas for events, retreats, and reunions.

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

Everything except old plumbing!

I love the vibe of every event and the energy of every visitor. People come here to celebrate and reunite with friends and family. People come and fall in love with the property, and I can tell they feel the same way I do.

Personally, being on the property fills me up fast. Decorating and loving on those cabins is the happiest I've ever been. I'm literally giddy when I'm working.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We're self-sustaining and relatively low maintenance. Being a historic property, there's plenty of ways to update the property to help it to be greener. We've added new decks with long-lasting, sustainable materials and look forward to many many more eco-friendly updates.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Most of the items in the cabins are also for sale! The rugs are a side-project of mine, and I do a lot of pop-ups with vendors in Bend, Oregon. My on-site store will open in 2018. I've collaborated with local artists, brewers, instructors, and businesses for a lot of cross promotion.


Interested in a glamping escape to Oregon? See more of what Wallis' accommodations can offer here, here, here, here, and here!

Unique Spring Break Destinations for 2018

By Jackie Dreyer

A mere couple of months into the year, and we don't know about you, but we're already planning our next big getaway. With Spring Break on the horizon—from early March through late April, depending on location—it's time you give yourself a welcomed break and jet off to a unique destination that's sure to make for your most-liked Instagram photo yet.

Our Top Five Choices

We know you probably think Spring Break is synonymous with crowded beaches, bikinis, and beers, but we'd like to present you with a few fun alternatives. From coast to coast—and even dipping down to Mexico, these five properties are out top choices for a one-of-a-kind of springtime getaway.

1. Texas

Come springtime, as the blue bonnets begin to bloom and festival season falls upon us (including the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, Texas turns into a veritable hotspot for cultural activities and nature-based adventures. At just an hour from Austin, this tree house rental puts you at the perfect distance from the city and right in the heart of the New Braunfels' countryside, nestled along the Guadalupe River and just 20 minutes from Canyon Lake.

2. Florida

Swimming in natural springs, kayaking the state's waterways, and feeling the warm rays of the "Sunshine State" brush your skin are only three of the best springtime activities in Florida. Instead of images of Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach floating through your dreams, however, you should start imagining a secluded escape to Siesta Key.

This deluxe accommodation is the perfect place for a luxurious and romantic Spring Break, complete with a private pool to take a dip in between sunbathing sessions. There's even a private walkway that leads guests right down to the white sand beaches and the calming water of the Atlantic Ocean!

3. North Carolina

Whether you're walking among the wildflowers, cycling around the area's bike trails, or paddleboarding along the shore of one of the state's numerous beaches, a relaxing East Coast Spring Break is a breeze in North Carolina.

There's no better place than this waterfront cottage rental on North Topsail Beach for a trip that even the family dog can come along on. For the ultimate in luxury, you can even hire a private chef to prepare you meals in the gourmet kitchen all trip long.

4. California

California has literally got it all—from beautiful beaches and State and National Parks to stunning desert landscapes and mountainous terrain. With a plethora of outdoor activities to take advantage of, you won't miss for a second the overpriced cocktails and poor music choices of any establishment on the main drag of a major city.

Opt, instead, for one of these off-the-grid glamping pods in the Mojave Desert in California, where you can rent off-road vehicles to best explore the desert that surrounds you. At night, you'll rest peacefully, with the stars keeping the evening pleasantly aglow, from the comfort of a luxurious queen-size bed.

5. Mexico

"Go big or go home" seems to be the age-old Spring Break motto down in Mexico, but we're not taking you to all-you-can-drink Cancun this spring. We'll do you one better—with this luxury tree house in Tulum, Mexico. With 360° views of the jungle and the ocean, in addition to proximity to the area's famous Mayan ruins, you'll get fun, flora, sand, sun, waves, and a dose of culture at this deluxe glamping site.

No matter where you stay this spring, whether it be a beachfront villa or a secluded tree house, try Glamping Hub on for size and stay unique!


For more Spring Break ideas, check out our page on Spring Getaways and get inspired!

Host Spotlight: Emily in Colorado

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 Emily, who manages these unique tipi rentals and glamping tents near the Arapaho National Forest in Granby, Colorado.

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

About four years ago.

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

Once we decided to re-open the ranch, which has been in our family for over 40 years, we decided to use the glamping concept for lodging. We love the outdoors and the hotel-like qualities of glamping—it seemed like the perfect fit for our gorgeous property.

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

Magical, relaxing, and adventurous.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

At our very own ranch!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's a beautiful and comfortable way to be outside in nature, without lugging around a bunch of camping things that you have to take time to set up—and then you get a poor night's sleep unless you are equipped with a really good air mattress. Glamping gives you the chance to go "camping" without any of the hassle.

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

They can expect 200 gorgeous acres of unfiltered, atypical resort-type scenery. Its all natural and minimal landscaping allows people to get to experience the natural beauty of the Colorado Mountains.

We provide almost everything you need for your stay: the beds are very comfortable, we keep the buildings very clean, and we are extremely attentive and relaxing with our guests. We won't bother you if you want peace and quiet, but will talk to you about the history of the buildings and our property being in operation since the 1800s for hours.

Colorado's smallest bar is the coolest place to hang out at night. Since people have been enjoying this ranch since the early 1900s as a camping site, vacation destination, and dude ranch, there are decades of good vibes, people falling in love, weddings, and good old fashioned fun. The vibe is something you will not find anywhere else.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are not a resort-ized facility. As a husband and wife team, we build and run everything at our facility—and sometimes the kids even help! We have unique decor, since we are art collectors, and we have lots of amazingly beautiful art and old fashioned ranch-themed equipment around the property. As hosts, we're not fussy, and we're not overly obnoxiously, in-your-face service representatives who will ask you 20 times a day if you need something; however, we are right there if you have any requests.

The property itself has been in operation as a vacation property since the 1900s, and some of the buildings (the Lodge and the Dance Hall) were properties built in the 1900s and moved up to our land on logs back in the day. The history and stories about this property are endless, and my husband, Todd, is full of excellent stories that are typically told from our bar or around the campfires at night. People tend to feel a part of a community when they come to our ranch, and we consider you our family when you are here!

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

Getting to know the guests! We have met so many amazing people. Lots of people have found us online, recognized the name, and realized that their parents and grandparents came to the ranch many years back. Some of these parents and grandparents even met and married on the property!

We love hearing stories about past guests and their experiences. Providing a place where families, friends, and even strangers can create memories together is a priceless way to work—it doesn't even feel like work!

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We are completely of the grid; generate our own electricity via a generator; and have our own water rights that come off a bubbling stream from the Colorado River—the water is absolutely delicious up here. We continue to make progress in moving towards all sorts of other ways we can make our property eco-friendly, too."

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Come visit us! It's one of those places you can't quite describe and fully enjoy until you get here and experience it for yourself! We have weddings (which are absolutely gorgeous with the scenery of our private lake and mountain backdrop), family reunions, and all sorts of friendly get-togethers. There is even have a bluegrass event once a year that is a blast!


Interested in a glamping escape to Colorado? See more of Emily's tipis and luxury tents, and book today!

Cape Town's Big Five Hiking Trails

By Jackie Dreyer

Please note: This piece was guest written by Tatum-Lee Louw, the Brand Content Manager of the Drive South Africa car rental company.

Cape Town is a lush evergreen province situated in the Western Province of South Africa. It is well-known as the Mother City and is the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain. The city is absolutely beautiful, and it’s popular hiking trails offer travelers an unforgettable experience along with picturesque views to last a lifetime.

Here are five of Cape Town’s best hiking trails:

Newlands Forest

If you ever want to go on a gratifying hike along the slopes of Table Mountain, Newlands Forest is your ideal destination. This strategically-located jungle in Cape Town is not only popular for walking and jogging, but it also attracts many picnickers, nature lovers, and leisure strollers. An exciting characteristic of the hiking trail is its wooden boardwalks, which are well-maintained along with the raised picnic expanse in the woods.

Hikers can choose many ways to get through the contour path that opens up pathways to the summit of the mountain. Newlands is located in the Southern Suburbs, so if it’s your first time in Cape Town, you might opt for renting a car instead of public transport.

Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is a fun destination that coined its name from its characteristic shaped slope as seen along Table Mountain, which resembles the king of the jungle overlooking the picturesque Atlantic Ocean shoreline on one side, as well as Table Bay and Cape Town on the other. The hike accommodates adults, children, and pets, and even though you might find the walk steep at specific parts of the trail, the most memorable thing about hiking here is the breathtaking view of Cape Town.

Serious hikers frequently visit Lion's Head because of the series of ladders and chains fixed along the path to make the walk effortless at specific rock faces with steep sections. The local guides usually advise those hiking with young children to take an alternative route to avoid the scary chain section.

Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch

Taking an exploratory hike between Constantia Nek and Kirstenbosch is a pleasantly-energetic walk that leaves guests satisfied, even during winter. The location is in Constantia, Cape Town, whereby the six-kilometer trail stretches within the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and includes a stopover at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room, where you can have a delightful breakfast. Those who wish to spend more time enjoying the adventure can book for accommodation in Constantia.

This hiking trail begins from the entrance of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and ends at the scenic summits of Constantia Nek. Although the hiking trail is easily accessible, you will need a vehicle to transport you from the two different locations. Most outdoor enthusiasts contact the car rentals at Cape Town International Airport for advice on an affordable transportation option.

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The Nature Reserve is strategically located in the southwestern Cape, neighboring Stellenbosch and covering the magnificent Jonkershoek Mountains, as well as vivid sections of the Jonkershoek gorge. The circular hiking trail around this destination is approximately 10 kilometers in circumference and takes hikers way down to the valley floor.

The circular drive has four hiking trails with specific lengths and varied difficulty, which includes the approximately 5.3-kilometer Sosyskloof route, the 18-kilometer Swartboskloof Route, the 17-kilometer Panorama Circuit, and the 6.4-kilometer Eerste & Tweede Waterval route.

Kalk Bay Mountains

This mountainside destination is an ideal place that provides both casual and serious hikers with a variety of trails to explore. Kalk Bay trails cover the scenic coastal communities that over the years have enjoyed the stunning sights of the Kalk Bay Harbour, as well as the coinciding False Bay area. Just above Kalk Bay is Boyes Drive, which is one of the access points for this splendid destination, with Silvermine East being another access point that hikers can alternatively use.

Boomslang Cave is found within the Kalk Bay area, and hikers can practice carving here, making this destination a thrilling hiking spot for visitors. The cave can be easily accessed via the tunnels that cleverly cut through the mountain, which can help children learn in the course of the adventure in the woods. The Kalk Bay hiking trail combines two outstanding expanses of indigenous forests and ends up at the summit of the mountains.

There are plenty of other amazing picturesque views to explore in and around Cape Town. If you’re planning your summer holiday, check out some more of the Western Cape’s finest destinations on Glamping Hub!


Tatum-Lee Louw is currently the Brand Content Manager of the Drive South Africa car rental company. She completed her BA degree at the University of the Western Cape and is currentlly pursuing her Honors degree in Applied Linguistics. She has a keen interest in Digital Marketing, Linguistics, and Publishing.

How to Celebrate a Very Glamping Galentine's Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Leslie Knope from

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 Rec" 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

The pool next to a luxury villa for rent in Malibu

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 (including 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.

Inside a vintage airstream trailer for rent in southern California.

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!

Host Spotlight: Don in North Carolina

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!

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.