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

By Jessica Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serene, rustic, and eco-friendly.

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

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

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

Getting to meet the chickens!

What are your tips for new glampers and beginners?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gorgeous dusk view from the casita rental.

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

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

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

What was your most memorable moment from your glamping stay?

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

Lauren enjoying the stunning sunset view.

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

Find your perfect New Mexico getaway here!


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Blogger Spotlight: Emily goes to Breckenridge, Colorado

By Jessica Armstrong

This winter, it's time to cozy up in a spacious cabin, and there's no destination more perfect than Breckenridge, Colorado. A trip to one of these extraordinary cabins is a real gift, and now that travel pro and fashion blogger Emily of Baily Lamb has visited for a getaway, she can give you the real inside scoop.

From snuggling up by the fire and lounging in the hot tub to and exploring the charming town of Breckenridge, you can see why Emily loved her glamping stay, and we can bet this will not be the last. Check out her getaway below, and start planning your very own trip!

Emily relaxes by the cozy fireplace.

It's time to kick back and relax in this beautiful mountain getaway near Breckenridge, Colorado—let lifestyle blogger Emily show you how it's done!

What time of year is your favorite to glamp and spend time in the outdoors, and why?

My favorite time to go glamping is in the fall. The foliage and changing leaf colors are so beautiful that they create this magical ambiance. I also love how the air is crisp for walks or hiking—it’s a perfect time!

This mountain gtaway is tucked in the alpine forests of Colorado overlooking the Rocky Mountains.

The stunning accommodation can house up to 13 guests—although there's nothing wrong with wanting the whole place to yourself.

What are your glamping how-to's?

Always research fun things to do where you are going glamping before you leave for your trip, like interesting hikes or scenery that you want to see and experience while there. This way, you can make sure not to miss out on anything fun the place to has to offer. Always pack thick socks, which will prevent blisters, and the knee high boots.

What are the three words you would use to describe this glamping rental?

Warm, cozy, and luxurious.

A beautifully furnished and spacious living room paired with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

The decor and structure really puts the glam in glamping.

Where are your favorite places to travel in the fall?

Some place with foliage or mountains.

What was the best surprise you found at your glamping site?

THe best surprise was the location—I had no idea how beautiful the mountain views were! Also, the glamping site had everything necessary to have a relaxing and worry-free trip. The hot tub overlooking the mountains was my favorite surprise.

View of the Rocky Mountains from the glamping accommodation.

Wake up every morning to the breathtaking site of America's longest mountain range.

Tell us about one of your favorite camping/glamping trips.

One of my favorite glamping trips was my recent trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. I have never been to the Rocky Mountains and being there for the first time was an amazing experience.

Emily enjoys a hot bath in the luxurious designed master bath.

Emily takes advantage of the luxurious lifestyle while still feeling connected to nature.

What is your biggest piece of advice about traveling in groups?

It’s important to find a glamping site that offers a variety of activities that everyone will enjoy so the whole group feels included.

Chicly furnished dining area suitable for all 13 guests that the cabin can accommodate.

The cabin is accommodating for families, friends, and groups of all sizes.

What glamping site are you looking to visit next?

I would love to visit Canada next.

What was your favorite part about your glamping site and the stay?

For someone who comes from a big city, my favorite part was being in the nature and the mountains, as well as the overall feeling of relaxation just from being away from the everyday, busy city lifestyle. The cabin was very cozy with beautiful mountain views, so I loved that it felt very secluded in the mountains, but yet still close enough to the town.

Stunning views of the Rocky Mountains can be viewed from the cabin's private, outdoor hot tub.

There's nothing quite like relaxing in a hot tub in the midst of autumn surrounded by snow covered mountains. It's as unique as it gets.

To enjoy your very own glamping getaway in Colorado, find your perfect accommodation here!


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Blogger Spotlight: Nikki and her gal pals glamp in Georgia

By Jessica Armstrong

Any glamping gals looking for the perfect girl's getaway need to check out the trip that Nikki of Nikki Free Style and her ladies went on to Georgia. At this perfect cabin rental, the women not only had an unforgettable stay, but also found a new home-away -from-home.

Nikki enjoying a glass of wine on the cabin's front patio.

Take a page from Nikki Free's book, and treat yourself to a birthday gift like no other—a glamping weekend!

Not only did they turn the glamping notch up ten-fold, but they also got a chance to really reconnect and show us all what glamping truly is all about. If you need some tips on where to glamp this season, Nikki can tell you, having gone from beginner to expert by the end of her stay at this gorgeous cabin. Check out her tips below!

What is your favorite season to glamp and why?

Fall is my favorite season to glamp, as the temperatures are so accommodating, and the colors of the season are so inspiring that it makes being outside a joy.

Luxury cabin overlooking Georgia's Chattahoochee Natinoal Forest.

This stunning wooden cabin is nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest of Northern Georgia.

Tell us the how-to's of glamping with your gal pals?

The secret to my success of traveling with my girlfriends, whether it is glamping or cruising or flying to our destination, is understanding the art of compromise. Not everyone likes the same things, and that’s ok. That’s what makes the experience so unique, because you learn or try something new every time, and we always end up even more connected than before.

Nikki and her friends ready for their glamping retreat.

In a cabin this size, Nikki was able to celebrate her birthday weekend with all of her closest friends.

For a group trip, how did you find the accommodation? Did it fit your group's needs?

The home is so very spacious and has so many little treasures for everyone to enjoy together or separately. For instance, the backyard fire pit was often a place we all would sneak off too to call home, check emails or just to take away from all the excitement in the house. Also, the fully-screened sun room was the destination for a couple of us each morning to get some fresh air without having to go outdoors.

The basement with it open windows and space was also a place of solitude when necessary, and there was a fully-carpeted secret room behind the bookcase in one bedroom, complete with bean bags and blankets!

What are the three words you would use to describe this glamping rental?

Fabulous, comfortable, and accommodating.

Nikki enjoying the luxury cabin's master bath.

Nikki found that her glamping getaway offered the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.

Where are your favorite places to travel in the fall?

My favorite places to travel in the fall are the mountains in Georgia and Tennessee. You actually feel fall driving through these areas of the country—the colors are vibrate and awe-inspiring.

What was the best surprise you found at your glamping site?

That the townspeople were so friendly, helpful, and genuinely excited that we choose to visit and play in Clayton, Georgia. Our time in the small rural town was an extremely pleasant visit.

Stunning sunset view from the cabin's front deck.

The luxury cabin is perfectly situated for guests to enjoy breathtaking views all trip long.

Tell us about one of your favorite glamping trips.

This was my first glamping trip ever, so it is definitely my favorite. I can’t wait to do it again! In fact, because of this trip, I have friends and women who regularly follow my blog asking me to organize another glamping trip, because they want to share in the experience.

What is your biggest piece of advice about traveling in big groups?

Compromise is golden. Again, not everyone is going to want to dine, spa, beach, shop the same, and that’s ok. Plan a few group activities in advance (and pay for those excursions prior to arrival), but don’t sweat the small stuff if people want to venture out on their own or in smaller groups. After all, it’s a vacation!

What glamping site are you looking to visit next?

I would love to visit a glamping site in Montana or Utah and stay in a tent or yurt; I just think it would be an awesome experience.

Panoramic mountain view from the glamping site.

The surrounding wilderness and mountain scenery are essential for the perfect glamping experience.

What was your favorite part about your glamping site and the stay?

The host, Lisa Klein, was so accommodating and a pleasure to work with. I really felt like she truly wanted us to enjoy our stay at her home. I must also say that working with Glamping Hub's Head of PR, Jessica, to find the perfect accommodations for my glamping girls trip in celebration of my "Forty-Fine & Fabulous" birthday was a pleasure.

The entire experience from logging on to GlampingHub.com to our stay at this beautiful cabin was smooth sailing. I couldn’t have chosen a better group of people to work with. I am a forever fan!

Nikki and her friends trekking in style through the glampsite.

Nikki and her friends truly embraced the glamour part of glamping.

Don't forget—you can plan your very own Georgia Getaway with Glamping Hub today!


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Blogger Spotlight: Liz falls head over heels for Michigan

By Jessica Armstrong

Look out for Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy, because she has got glamping down to a T, and we can't help but want to share her style and mojo. Cozying up with her hubby in a charming Michigan cabin was just one of the things that made Liz's stay even more wonderful and whimsical.

Why Michigan you ask? Well, not only does Michigan have an abundance of one-of-a-kind glamping sites, but it is a state where one can truly experience the wonders and magic of nature all around.

Check out more of Liz's romantic stay and how her style changes with her travels and the seasons.

Liz climbs up to the cozy cabin's elevated bedroom.

Meet Liz, the lifestyle blogger keen to guide you through her whimsical glamping adventure.

What are your top must-haves when glamping in the fall?

A fringed wrap and ankle bootie are two must-haves for glamping in style. And with embellished denim being so trendy right now, a style with embroidery, patchwork, or a released hem will definitely channel that rugged romance.

How does your travel style change between seasons?

My style always turns more bohemian and eclectic during the fall. There's something about the changing leaves and cooler temperatures that makes me crave earthier colors and cozier textured fabrics.

The rustic log cabin is nestled in the evergreen woods of Ellsworth, Michigan

Nestled away in the forests of her home state, Liz found her dream getaway accommodation.

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

When it comes to longer vacations, I definitely plan around a destination's museums, restaurants, and tourist attractions. I want to experience the arts and culture scene of a place, and I love when I can find accommodations with a folksy, locals vibe.

Two chairs on the patio which are perfect for viewing the natural surroundings.

The cabin offers perfect views of Michigan's scenic fall foliage.

Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

I like to keep with a single carry-on when I travel, even for a week abroad. To do this, I stick with a focused theme and color palette, and include pieces I can mix and match in a variety of ways. I love accessorizing my looks, so packing statement jewelry doesn't take much space, but it sure adds personality to a look.

What is your favorite piece of fall apparel?

This fall, I am loving ruana wraps. They are so chic and comfortable, and they have this relaxed elegance that fits right in whether you're visiting the city or the country. Wear one with a long-sleeved tee, skinny jeans, and riding boots. Or throw one over a little black dress for an evening out.

Liz models her chic outfit in front of the equally chic cabin.

Each day (and each outfit) calls for the new adventure.

How do you advise fall glampers to plan their wardrobe?

For me, the best part about glamping is the glamor element. It's an invitation to be fashionable and practical with your wardrobe. In addition to your standard flannels, blue jeans, and boots, pack a fun beaded necklace, a cozy fringed scarf, or a colorful printed kimono. Start by packing the practical items, and round things out with more fanciful statement pieces.

Liz's pup, Georgie, enjoys the cottage's spacious living room

Georgie sure enjoyed the change of scenery at this pet-friendly cottage.

What is your favorite type of accommodation to style for?

I love packing for a cabin getaway on the outskirts of town. I can dress up for an evening at the art gallery and wine bar. And then I can change into leggings and a wrap for a night by the fire with tea and a book. I like accommodations that give me different occasions to dress for, whether it's a morning walk through the woods, an afternoon drive to the orchard, or a sunset stroll along the beach.

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

My glamping style is rustic-meets-romantic. I'll wear jeans and cowboy boots, but wear a pink fringed kimono and crystal beaded necklace. I'll pair a floral sun dress with ankle boots and a denim jacket or wear a tiered maxi skirt with a tied chambray shirt. It's about mixing feminine glamor with rugged bohemian elements for an eclectic effect.

Lake Michigan's glimmering beach is just a short walk from the cabin.

Keep in mind our many glampsites near lake Michigan when planning your next getaway.

To find your very own romantic Michigan getaway, get some inspiration from our fun glamping stays in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas!


Be sure to catch Liz's next vacay on her blog, Instagram, and Facebook.

Blogger Spotlight: Rachel visits British Columbia

By Jessica Armstrong

Safari tents, frozen lakes, and bears...Oh my! Majestic nature and more awaits glampers when visiting Canada for a glamping adventure.

Let Rachel of Meander the World take you on a mystical exploration through British Columbia. From kayaking over Chilko Lake to biking through local trails, Rachel found the adventure in glamping and we can't help but want to visit this safari tent heaven, too. Rachel shares details of her magical getaway below.

Enjoy this beautiful lakeside view from the safari tent cabin.

In pursuit of a new adventure, Rachel was lucky enough to stumble upon the incredibly scenic Bear Camp.

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

The initial reaction was a bit of wonder and panic of where to go first. The scent of a sweet and spicy treat wafted from the main building, which was a cozy log cabin that served as the dining hub. Beyond that was an elevated platform that housed the tents for sleeping in and overlooked the crystal clear green water of Chilko Lake, with a backdrop of pure wilderness. It was truly a gorgeous setting.

A view of the lake and safari tent cabin rentals.

One step outside the luxury tents leads to an endless path of exploration.

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

So. Much. Fun.

There were so many extras included in our stay—all the food, booze, and sports equipment. The guide that showed us around was so friendly that we felt like we were staying with close friends rather than some anonymous hotel.

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

We started our first morning off with a paddle in a kayak along the misty river watching the sun rise over the mountain peaks. Each afternoon followed with further water explorations with other boats and SUP boards. We also checked out the local hiking trails by foot or with the mountain bikes. Not ones to sit around, we loved the ability to get out and see the abundant nature using a variety of activities.

A stunning glimpse of British Columbia's nature from the safari tent cabins.

Highlights include: paddle boarding on the reflective surface of the Tsuniah Lake...

The frosty lake in the early morning.

... kayaking through the morning mist...

A quick glimpse of a BC bear getting his breakfast.

...and of course, casual bear-spotting.

What are your tips for new glampers and beginners?

Pack a warm sweater or jacket, some cozy socks, and a tripod. The stars were out in full force during our stay, and we kept wanting to sneak out of our tents to enjoy the show. Having some warm gear nearby meant we could move easily from tent to deck without having to bring the blanket with us.

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

My main priority is going somewhere unique: a new location, a special type of house (in this case elevated wall tents), an area where being active is possible, the right time of year to experience all the best the region has to offer, and something that pops out as memorable. The location at Bear Camp in the Chilcotins covered all those needs.

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

Cameras (something capable for night shots and action shots), warm socks, a toque (what us Canadians call a warm hat), bathing suit, and a warm jacket for the evenings.

The inside scope of the luxury tent rental.

The cherry on top of these beautifully-furnished tents are the electrical blankets that'll keep you warm in the cool Canadian air.

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

I’m a visual person, so I look around at the region with Google images to understand what types of things I’ll see when I’m there. I want to know if I can hike, bike, kayak or explore the area safely with a guide or on my own. I try to find out when the best time to go is for wildlife or weather. Understand the area you are going to so you can see things that would interest you rather than missing out and learning about the options after you’ve left.

Glampers will see their fair share of bears when visiting this retreat.

They don't call it Bear Camp for nothing!

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I love the wilderness of Western or Northern Canada and Alaska and will be definitely looking at glamping options there next. Being a local to this area, it amazes me how much glamping can add to a short break, feeling quite exotic and make a long weekend truly memorable.

What was your most memorable moment from your glamping stay?

Without a doubt, watching the sun rise among the mist of the river while searching for grizzly bears.

Glampers will not get enough of the epic views from the deck of the tent.

Sometimes the best vacations are the most unconventional.

Find your very own magical getaway in British Columbia, here.


Be sure to check out Rachel's future travels and adventures on her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Blogger Spotlight: Chloe goes to Colorado

By Jessica Armstrong

Colorado is always a perfect choice for fall glamping, and Chloe of Time Travel Blonde can tell you that firsthand. After visiting this breathtaking cabin in Longs Peak, Chloe has a thing or two to share about how to do glamping right. One thing she made sure to pack for the adventure? Her adorable family, to share the experience of glamping together for the first time.

Follow along for the ride as Chloe shares the ins and outs of her stay with her family to this beautiful cabin in Colorado.

Chloe and Cam relax in the cozy living room

Bundled up on the couch, Chloe and baby Cam have found the perfect setting to bond and relax.

What is your favorite part about glamping in the fall and why?

I loved glamping in the fall because of the fall foliage. Colorado has some of the best in the country and to be in the thick of it is just amazing. What we especially loved about our mountain cabin was being up in the mountains, completely surrounded by trees. It was stunning!

Do you prefer to go glamping solo? In small groups or big group?

I prefer both small and big groups. I love going glamping with my husband, our son, and our dog—making memories just us. However, it's also so fun going traveling with friends! Being with my family is more relaxing, where as being in a big group is just a fun party. It just depends on how we're feeling!

View from the cabin's deck in the fall

Chloe was mesmerized by the picturesque views from the cabin's deck.

What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

Probably this one to Nederland was our most memorable. We had never gone glamping as a family before, so to bring Cam along for the fun was so sweet and memorable. We also love staying in cabins in National Parks, such as Bryce Canyon and San Dunes! It's so fun! I can definitely see many more glamping trips in our future.

The master bedroom of the cabin rental.

No tossing and turning for these glampers- Chloe found all the comforts of her own home in this rustic cottage.

What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

What I love about glamping is that it can be as slow-paced or as adventure-driven as you would like it to be. For us, we loved being completely surrounded by nature and being able to reconnect, with out having to sacrifice comfort. Being so surrounded by nature was such a nice reminder to get off our phones and laptops and just enjoy each others company. However, when we do feel active, I love being able to walk out the front door and go on some amazing hikes!

What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

I love all different kinds: unique houses, cabins, five-star hotels...My husband and I have traveled throughout the world and have so many fond memories of all the different accommodations that we've stayed in. From camping in Europe to traditional huts in Thailand, it just makes the memories that much better!

Romantic bedroom set-up

The Time Travel Blonde, living up to her name, truly enjoyed the vintage vibe of her cabin rental.

What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

I always think of what season it is when planning a trip. When we planned our glamping trip, we knew we wanted to be up in the mountains to catch a glimpse of the leaves changing. Colorado is famous for having such beautiful fall leaves and that definitely played a part in our planning. Also, I love using Instagram for travel inspiration. I've learned about so many cool places from travel influencers, and it definitely sparks our wanderlust.

Beautiful fall view of Eldora valley view

The stunning views of Eldora valley make for an excellent fall getaway.

How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

One of the things that I loved most about glamping, especially with Cam, is that it feels more like home. We've got plenty of room to wash his bottles, play, another room for him to sleep in and put the baby monitor up (especially if we want to stay up without waking baby)...it's like all the comforts of home but while we're away! Being in a hotel is nice and all, but sometimes you feel so cramped, especially with how much we now bring for Camden.

Another aspect that we like about glamping is that it's a good way to get out into nature without having to sleep in a tent. Josh and I used to do a ton of dispersed camping here in Colorado before Cam arrived, and it was fun. But now that we have a little baby with us, I love that glamping still provides the nature aspect with out having to compromise comfort.

Chloe and baby Cam enjoy the view of the expansive woods outside the cabin

There's no better way to get in touch with nature than glamping out in a sea of green.

To find your very own Colorado getaway, browse through our collection of unbeatable Colorado accommodations!


Don't forget to check out Chloe's blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more glamping adventures to come.

Blogger Spotlight: Lara glamps in Joshua Tree, California

By Jessica Armstrong

Packed Perfectly is Lara's specialty platform for making all things travel easy, enjoyable, and one-of-a-kind. Newly back from her trip visiting Joshua Tree, this glamping gal can tell us a thing or two about how to make summer last all year long.

With fantastic amenities, complete seclusion, and a rustic decor, Lara's glamping cabin made the perfect desert home-away-from-home. With over 100 different accommodations to choose from in Southern California, we know we want to be heading to visit these luxurious cabins in Joshua Tree, too.

Lara gives us her thoughts on glamping, travel, and what inspires her below.

Enjoy the warmth of Joshua Tree's desert-like climate.

Lara embraces the rustic appeal of Joshua Tree.

What do you like most about glamping?

I like things that push the social norm, and glamping is that push. Anything that gets you closer to nature while still having that comfort of a warm bed and modern amenities is more appealing to me than a five-star hotel. I crave experiences and glamping indulges those cravings.

Tell us three words to describe this accommodation.

Experience-curated, creative, and rustic-chic.

The cabin's veranda overlooks an endless stretch of rural, countryside scenery.

An accommodation elegantly furnished to match the rustic scenery.

Do you prefer to travel alone or with a larger group?

I think there is an overwhelming need for solo travel, one where your phone is not used as a crutch and connected to your hand at all times. Most of my happiest and transformational moments have come from solo travel, as it brings about radical self-reliance and the self-confidence that comes from that.

Finding your tribe and being in a group is a great experience and fun, but you truly learn about who you are and what you bring to the world when it is you answering your own thoughts—where you should go today, what you should eat for dinner, should you be gregarious and meet people or stick to yourself? Everything you do depends on your mood and you create your own adventure.

You add to your social capital this way and become a global citizen, which does affect the way your view the world and the help you bring to it. Any time you step out of your boundaries and comfort zone you become a more interesting human, so bring a few books, and make sure your suitcase is packed perfectly.

Enjoy this vast and spacious glamping site.

The refreshing outdoors is just as welcoming as the cozy cabin comforts.

Where is your dream destination?

It changes with every dream destination I accomplish. I never just dream about a destination—more of an experience I want to have while at a destination. Today, it is paddleboarding through the glaciers of Antarctica and scuba diving with orcas.

If you were to go glamping tomorrow, where would you go?

I am plotting out my trip to Patagonia and want to book this immediately! I have been dreaming about finding this, especially this location:

This cozy dome rental is perfect for a couples' getaway in Patagonia.

Find this glamping site nestled in the Chilean foothills of Patagonia.

What was the most memorable experience at your most recent glamping stay?

My most recent experience was to Joshua Tree. I glamped at
an isolated, yellow cabin decorated on the inside like your grandmother's house if your grandmother is an electric-type with impeccable taste and attention to detail in every room.

Perfectly equipped for outside living, the five-acre property features a stunning outdoor stone fireplace and a picnic table topped with a beautiful chandelier for long cozy dinners.

My built-in after dinner activities began with horse shoes. I cannot tell you the last time I played a good game of horse shoes.

Lara finds the private pool just steps away from her cabin rental.

A private pool is the perfect escape from the hot, desert sun.

Living in the technology age of constant over-stimulation the essence of properties like this in Joshua Tree is to bring you back to what is important—simplifying in all aspects of life including and most importantly, play. The cabin, designed by Joshua Desert Retreats, might as well specialize in reconnecting you with nature, as they carefully curated your day around it.

In the heat of the day, you can enjoy the pool. The hot tub is perfect for watching the sky rainbow itself through sunset. You will find yourself moving to the ginormous comfy swing, perfect to watch the constellations appear at dusk. If you want to get the most out of your Joshua Tree experience, make sure you book yourself into a property that knows what you want to experience before you do.

What is your top tip or recommendation for a first time glamper?

Be prepared to be hooked on the experiences glamping gives you that a hotel or AirBnb will not. These are the experiences we yearn for when we travel, plus you're not camping—you get fresh towels and a warm comfy bed.

What about travel inspires you?

I have taken the non-traditional approach to life in just about every aspect, especially where I have chosen to live. I am an Asheville-born, NYC-shaped, European-stylized, Australian, and newly Californian. I elongated the traditional gap year to fit my life and set out to live meaningful travel, wanting to experience cities through the eyes of a local. That desire has lead me to develop many friendships all over the earth, from all walks of life. My dinner table is a multi-cultural one, as are all global citizens.

Joshua Tree is known for its breathtaking sunset views.

There's nothing like a relaxing sunset to wrap up a fun-filled glamping retreat.

Whether I am standing on the edge of the world’s highest bungee jump in New Zealand, getting dared to eat a scorpion in Bangkok, riding a camel to camp in the Sahara desert, or racing across the Mekong Delta to play a pickup game of water basketball in Laos, the Talking Heads song “Once in a Lifetime” starts playing in my head. Travel inspires me to look at the world differently and what motivates me to seek out those unexplored corners of the globe.

Turns out, I am one of those weirdos that can embrace constant change with a childlike outlook—wandering into the unknown seeking knowledge and friendships. I basically want to turn over as many rocks as I can while I am on this Earth, adding to my social capital.

Lara explores the beautiful, vast stretch surround her glamping accommodation.

Until next time...

To visit your very own Joshua Tree cabin, check out our Southern California portal!


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Blogger Spotlight: Karen adventures to Washington

By Jessica Armstrong

Whether its playing with monkeys in Bali, taking strolls down the beaches of Belize, or cuddling by the fire on the lake in Washington, Karen and her family are always up for a getaway.

Travel Mad Mum has flewn all over the globe with her two babies, Esme and Quinn, and her husband, Shaun. These parents are travel pros and during their U.S. tour, they made their way to Washington's Olympic Peninsula for an unbeatable lakeside getaway.

From the comfort of this beautiful cottage, the jetsetting fam reconnected with nature and got some R&R between their crazy travel schedule. Hear all about their stay below!

Breathtaking sunset view of the Olympic Peninsula

Take a gander at Karen's surreal glamping retreat along the Olympic Peninsula.

What is your favorite thing about end of summer traveling?

On a personal level, I love traveling towards the end of the summer. As we have a newborn baby, it's a much more comfortable temperature for getting out and doing hikes or general exploring. As our kids are not school age just yet, everywhere seems less crowded with tourists. We quite often have special places all to ourselves, like our recent hike to a waterfall in the Olympic National Park—it was such a nice experience!

How does the type of accommodation you choose differ between the two seasons?

In the autumn, we love cabin stays in the forest. I love when we have a log burner and all of the tree leaves are turning orange outside. It's definitely all about the coziness in autumn.

In the summer, we love to stay in glamping tents, yurts, or beach cabins. We love being near the ocean in the summer so we can go for regular swims.

Suburban-style bed and breakfast cottage, perfect for family getaways.

This lovely two-story cottage housed Karen and her family for their end-of-summer excursion.

What kind of places do you prefer to visit in the summer? In the fall?

We are laidback most of the time and generally go where the wind takes us. However, as we have the newest addition to our family, Quinn, being only three months old, we always want to make sure it’s not too hot or cold or him. We have had some beach stays with him over the summer—as long as we have some shade, we are happy.

Furnished patio with view of the Olympic Mountains.

With stunning views like this, it may be hard to leave.

When traveling with your family, do you prefer cozy accommodations or spacious rentals?

We are just about to take a small RV through Yosemite National Park. In contrast, we stayed in a gorgeous cottage in Union a couple of weeks ago, and it was quite spacious for us. We are so easy about it, and I love that Glamping Hub has lots of options for all preferences.

What is your biggest piece of advice when planning a vacation in the summer? In the fall?

It's such a lovely time to get away from the traditional hotel stay and stay in the forest. We love doing it because of the cooler temps for hiking and exploring.

Hot tub conveniently placed for stunning views.

Reap the benefits of luxurious amenities, such as this perfectly placed hot tub, while still feeling right at home.

What was your family's best memory from your most recent glamping stay?

Most definitely hanging out on the private pontoon watching the sun set over the fjord. It was so beautiful!

Tell us about one of your favorite summer trips.

One of our favourite summer trips was glamping and surfing in northern Spain.

Hidden terrace with a lush garden found just behind the cottage.

The Travel Mad Mum even had access to a private garden for some well-deserved alone time.

Do you and your family have your eyes set on a new glamping getaway?

We are traveling full time at the moment. I noticed that Glamping Hub has some awesome places in South America, so I am sure we will plan another stay very soon.

The calm, reflective waters of the Olympic Peninsula.

What better way to end an activity-filled day than to take in this breathtaking sunset?

Washington is calling your name for a glamping getaway this fall, so find your dream destination here!


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5 Glamping Sites to Visit After Seeing "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping"

By Jessica Armstrong

Have you heard about this year's hit flick coming to theaters near you this November? "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping"—a comedy about a married couple who are looking to put the spark back into their relationship by going on a romantic glamping getaway—will show you that even with some bumps along the road, there is nothing better than experiencing the great outdoors with the one you love.

The movie poster for "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping."

This glamping film is sure to get moviegoers exploring the great outdoors in no time.

Premiering at Austin Film Festival, just in time to inspire some end of fall getaways, this movie will have you leaving the theater and heading straight to packing your bag for your very own romantic Texas getaway.

Looking for some hints on where to visit near the set? Here are five unbeatable sites near Austin, Texas, you will not want to miss out on.

Country Glamping Yurts Outside of Austin

The interior of a beautiful yurt with a king-size bed.

The interior of this country yurt is just as gorgeous as the scenery outside.

Take a drive outside Austin to find these charming glamping yurts, ready and waiting for couples of all ages to enjoy them. With king-size beds, electricity, and comfortable furnishings inside and outside of the yurt, glamping duos will feel at home and relaxed in no time. This accommodation is sure to put the spark into your getaway.

Classic Airstream Rental in Texas Hill Country

The inside of the couples yurt featuring a breakfast bar and queen-sized bed.

Guests will love waking up with a view of the forest and a pre-set breakfast bar.

Cozy up in a deluxe Airstream with modern features and epic views of the surrounding woods. Glampers looking for a secluded getaway, look no further because this Airstream rental is tucked into the stunning Jacobs Well nature areas in Texas Hill Country. Just a short drive from numerous restaurants and authentic Texan nightlife, couples can get a feel for it all at this accommodation.

Spacious Villa with Views of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas

Interior of the pet-friendly villa overlooking Lake Travis.

Enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while enjoying stunning views of Lake Travis.

Glamping couples looking to invite their friends along for the experience will be heading to this gorgeous villa in no time. Perfect for six guests to relax and enjoy comfortably, this villa boasts upscale glamping. The views of Lake Travis from the rental's spacious deck will take glampers' breath away.

Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas

The interior of this unique and vintage bell tent.

Guests will adore the vintage decor of this bell tent.

Wake up in the morning to the smells of fresh coffee, sweet teas, and the soothing scents of nature when visiting these romantic bell tents. Camping just got even more luxurious, and for couples looking to get away from it all, this sure is the place to escape to. With high-end features guests would find in a five-star hotel, endless views of Texas Hill Country, and nothing but a blanketed sky of stars to admire above, guests will instantly fall in love with these sites.

Beautifully Furnished Yurt Rental in Elgin, Texas

The exterior of this beautifully furnished yurt.

Surrounded by tall trees and lush greenery will really make glampers feel the connection with the wilderness.

In the heart of the forest, glampers will fall head over heels at this beautifully furnished yurt rental. Decked out and completely secluded, this is where glamping couples come to reconnect with nature—and one other. Offering high-end amenities, unbeatable scenic views, and more for glampers to discover onsite, no duo will want to miss out on a visit to this retreat.


To find your very own romantic Texas getaway, check our our portaland don't forget to see "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping" this November!

Staff Picks: 4 Reasons to Visit Julian, California

By Jessica Armstrong

It wouldn't be a vacation to California without some glamping, and I've got a special treat for you. While I'd love to keep the charming town of Julian, California, a secret just for me and my family, it would be wrong of me not to share.

A beautiful view of Lake Julian from the tree house cabin.

A stunning view of Lake Julian from the comfort of Rick Dyer's tree house cabin.

Just an hour outside of San Diego, Julian offers epic views of nature around every corner, the US's best apple pie (yum!), deer sightings almost every hour, and one of the best glamping sites I have visited to date. For a town of only 1,502 residents, Julian sure has a lot to offer glampers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

1. Rick Dyer's Tree House Cabin

I have had my eye on this accommodation for quite some time, and boy, did it exceed my expectations. From waking up to woodpeckers in the trees to enjoying the sunset from the Jacuzzi after an excellent day of hiking, this tree house cabin was the perfect place to call home for the week. Having been passed down for generations, Rick has made this glamping accommodation a true haven for families to spend some quality time with each other.

Rick Dyer giving us the grand tour of the cabin rental.

Be sure to get the full tour to learn fun facts about this glamping rental.

A photo of the author in front of the tree house.

I couldn't help but get a photo in front of this beautiful retreat.

All bundled up around the kitchen table playing board games, catching up, making new memories, and sharing laughs that could probably be heard across the canyon is exactly what glamping with the family is all about. When visiting this cabin be sure to ask Rick for the grand tour—it is worth hearing all the fun facts about the previous owners' family stories. This will not be my last visit to this tree house cabin.

A view of the tree house from the trails above.

Explore the trails above the tree house to get the most epic views of Julian.

2. Julian Apple Pie

If you have heard of Julian, apple pie was probably mentioned in the same sentence. Why is Julian so famous for apple pie, you ask? During the Gold Rush, Julian arose as a charming mountain town and along with it came an outstanding number of apple trees. As the saying goes, when life gives you apple make apple pies—and so they did.

One of Julian's delicious pie companies.

This may or may not have been our secret pie spot, but guess you will have to find out for yourselves.

With over five different pie companies in Julian alone, glampers will have to make a day of touring the different cafes to find out which one really is the best. We found our answer, but I will keep that an insider's secret for now.

Dutch Apple Pie from Julian Pie Company.

We're still dreaming of Dutch Apple Pie.

3. Antiquing

There is nothing I love more than a good shopping trip, and Julian is filled with the cutest antique stores. A personal favorite? The Warm Hearth of Julian. With cookbooks, kitchen products, clothing, and home goods galore, it was hard not to spend more than an hour browsing the trinkets and collectibles this store has to offer. I wouldn't be the shopper I am if I did not pick up a few collectibles to fill my house with.

A view from the top of Stonewall Peak hike.

There is nothing quite as good as hiking to the top of Stonewall Peak with this view as your reward.

4. Hiking Stonewall Peak

The exquisite views that stretch from Julian to the Pacific Ocean are worth the hike up Stonewall Peak. A good hike for beginners and intermediate hikers, it takes about two hours and 30 minutes from start to finish. I would not recommend hiking this trail on a very windy day, as the top of the hike requires stairs and holding onto rails, but on a sunny day like ours, it could not be beat. I cannot wait to go back and visit more trails surrounding this peak.

A view from the other side of Stonewall Peak hike.

My brother is a professional climber, so he did all the daredevil work for us.

A view of Julian from the top of Stonewall Peak.

A photo does not quite capture the beauty to been seen from the top of Stonewall Peak.

From a lovely stay at Rick's tree house cabin to the yumminess of apple pie and the breathtaking views of Southern California, Julian is one for the books.


Be sure to check out more amazing, one-of-a-kind getaways in Southern California, including this amazing Julian tree house rental for your next getaway!