Yurt Rentals & Yoga Retreats Across Europe

By Julia Dennis

Get your ohm on at these amazing yurt rentals and yoga retreats throughout Europe for a vacation that will leave you feeling refreshed and balanced. Slap on some colorful leggings and practice your Warrior II in peace before recharging your batteries in these surprisingly comfortable glamping accommodations that will bring you close to nature. Before you know it, you’ll be bustin’ out the crow pose no problem!

Inviting Yurts with Twinkling String Lights in Slane, Ireland
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What better place to align your chakras than at these humble Mongolian yurts in Slane, Ireland? The abundant greenery surrounding you will be strongly therapeutic as you breathe deeply at the Hatha yoga classes available at this glamping site. If you’re looking to seriously step up your rejuvenation game, holistic treatments, such as Swedish massages, aromatherapy massages, and Reiki healing, are all available to guests.

It’s the small details that make this retreat truly memorable—from handmade soap to twinkling fairy lights and everything in between, you’ll be swept away in the perfect yoga wonderland at this yurt.

Cozy Secluded Yurt at Eco-Friendly Glamping Site in Alentejo, Portugal
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Salute the sun in style in your own private garden at this tranquil, eco-friendly yurt in Alentejo, Portugal. You’ve never been luxury camping in Europe like this before—this green glamping site offers live music, yoga classes, and detoxing weeks. Located right on a pristine lake, guests can get some serious relaxation and sun in at its small and sandy beach, chatting with some friendly and like-minded fellow glampers.

For a change of pace, try some surf lessons in the popular waters at the stunning Zambujeira Beach, which is only a 15 minute drive away. This cozy and secluded yurt is the perfect way to escape to nature and rejuvenate in 2016 while glamping in Europe.

Glamping Yurts on a Retreat in Granada, Spain
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Have a restorative European yurt holiday to remember at these yurts in Granada that offer yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation classes. If you’re feeling extra stressed, opt for one of the many holistic therapies that the owners offer, including Shiatsu, reflexology, mind-body-foot reading, mind-body acupuncture, a Tibetan bowls massage, or a holistic neck & shoulder massage.

After an unforgettable yoga session at your yurt, why not create a “Y” trifecta with a trip for some frozen yogurt in Granada? Check out the local dessert hotspot Los Italianos for some mouthwatering frozen yogurt, or if you feel like treating yourself, try their famous ice cream cake in a cone.

Looking for even more inspiration? For more boutique camping in Europe, hop on over to Our European All-Stars: Where to Stay in 2016.

Top Underrated Summer Vacation Spots in the U.S.

By Julia Dennis

Warm days and abundant sun rays are just around the corner, and it’s definitely time to begin planning your next great glamping summer vacation. If you’re tired of the same old predictable vacation destinations, these top underrated summer vacation spots in the U.S. will breathe a new life into your vacation routine. Instead of staying in a boring old hotel or resort, why not a safari tent, an Airstream, or even a geodesic dome?

Stunning Deluxe Tents in Yellowstone, Montana
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Montana could be considered the hidden gem of the United States, filled to the brim with unbeatable mountain views that tower over some of the most pristine lakes you’ve ever seen. What better way to experience the untouched natural beauty of this amazing state than by kicking back in these stunning tents?

One of the most underrated U.S. vacation spots that you have to visit, this glamping site is just ten minutes away from the entrance of Yellowstone National Park. You’ll be in close proximity to arguably the best park in the United States, offering you endless hours of hiking and sightseeing.

Atlantic Shoreline Airstream Glamping Adventure, Bar Harbor, Maine
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You’ll get the quintessential New England experience when you stay at this Airstream camper on the Atlantic shoreline in Bar Harbor, Maine, for your next luxury camping summer vacation. Endless miles of rocky coastline and cups of mouthwatering clam chowder are waiting for you at this top summer vacation spot.

This is the perfect place for families to enjoy themselves with activities like an express fun train, pancake breakfast, campfire time, a tie dye workshop, and karaoke night. One of the best family vacation spots in the U.S., you and your loved ones will remember staying in this Atlantic Airstream for years to come.

Fantastic Glamping Dome Nestled in Appalachian Mountains, Georgia
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If you’re looking for a truly out-of-the-box summer in the U.S.A., this fantastic glamping dome will give you the most unique getaway you’ve had yet. Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, hikers and nature lovers will find a little slice of paradise at this underrated travel destination.

Just a 20-minute journey from the historic city of Ellijay, glampers can attend the annual Apple Festival, or visit a handful vineyards and apple orchards. Near this vacation spot is a plethora of hiking, mountain biking, scenic drives, fishing, boating, rafting and kayaking on more than 3,000 acres of woodlands.

Luxury Safari Tents Perfect for Families Alongside the Grand Canyon, Arizona
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This top summer vacation spot sits at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world, only 40 minutes away from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Glampers will be in bliss with train rides up the Grand Canyon, whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, and horseback riding tours—not to mention the complimentary meals that this glamping site offers.

Peaceful Cedar Green House In Silverton, Oregon
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You will be blown away by the beauty of this glass cedar green house in Silverton, Oregon, surrounded by acres of lush green wilderness and abundant sunshine. One of our top summer vacation spots, glampers have a blast relaxing in the indoor cedar hot tub and relaxing on the back porch with a glass of wine and a book. For even more greenery and stunning views, Silver Falls State Park is just a short journey away waiting for you to go for a hike and enjoy the beautiful nature it has to offer.

Thinking about heading to Europe for something new this summer? Take a peek at our European All-Stars for some serious vacation inspiration!

Enjoy an Escape near Springfield, IL

By Julia Dennis

You don’t have to go far to get away with these stunningly unique glamping sites located just outside of Springfield, Illinois. From a converted caboose to a crazy gorgeous castle, you’ll be blown away by the options that are available to you for your glamping getaway.

Take advantage of everything Springfield has to offer by checking out the Henson Robinson Zoo, then head downtown for a scrumptious meal and a beer at Obed & Isaacs. After a long day of exploring, these fun glamping sites will be the perfect place to retreat you and recharge your batteries. Get ready to enjoy an escape near Springfield, IL!

Charming Caboose for the Whole Family near Six Flags, St. Louis
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This cheery caboose is perfect for families looking to have a fun and memorable time together. Your kids’ eyes will light up when they see the fun, bright red caboose and climb into their bunk beds for the first time.

Just a mile away from Six Flags St. Louis, the whole gang will have a blast riding roller coasters and snacking on some fried dough. For a change of pace, take the family to pan for gold, emeralds, and arrowheads at the Old Fox Creek Gold Mine, an activity that family members of all ages will enjoy and get unique souvenirs out of.

Stylish Luxury Tent Camping on Private Pond near St. Louis, Missouri
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Have the classic glamping experience at this stylish luxury tent, which is settled on a private pond and ready to welcome you with open arms. You’ll love kicking back and relaxing while reconnecting with nature during your stay, perhaps grilling up some burgers or kayaking on your private pond.

The nearby clubhouse will provide you a place to socialize, relax, and soak in the views of the marina. What could be better than falling asleep to the surrounding sounds of nature and drifting into a state of relaxation unlike any tent has provided you before?

Beautiful Modern Castle Rental with Private Lake near Springfield, Illinois
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If you really want to glamp like a king, take a look at this pristine castle rental with a private lake near Springfield. You won’t have a shortage of luxury at this glamping site with its five bedrooms, hot tub and sauna, piano, and movie room. Take a group of your friends or your extended family to this castle for a getaway that you’ll remember for ages.

Magical Tree House Rental near St. Louis, Missouri
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This magical tree house rental is the perfect way to escape from the reality of your busy daily life and fulfill your childhood dreams by kicking it back in style up in the trees. From the cheetah-print chairs to the skylight with a view of the pines, this tree house is filled with quirky details that will make you smile. During your stay, say hi to Lily, the on-site dwarf Nigerian goat!

Can't get enough of Illinois? Keep on exploring this Midwestern state here on our all-things-Illinois page!

Where to Spend a Weekend Away near Miami

By Julia Dennis

If you’ve been searching for a weekend filled with abundant sunshine and a lively atmosphere, these weekend glamping getaways near Miami have got your back. This list of unforgettable accommodations will act as your Miami vacation guide, including many well-known points of interest and some of the best luxury camping near Miami. Whether you hit up the famous South Beach, stroll around and shop, or spend your time tasting the local Caribbean-influenced cuisine, you're bound to have a blast when you stay at these glamping sites.

Royal Treatment on a Luxurious Private Island near Key West, Florida
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For those looking to go all-out during their weekend getaway, this luxurious villa on a private island will have glampers living like royalty. What could be better than enjoying the gorgeous Florida weather uninterrupted by loud neighbors?

Take a day trip over to Miami for some quality time spent shopping at the high-end Miami Design District—and later on dining at the scrumptious Juvia. To wrap up the perfect day of treating yourself, check out the spa at Mandarin Oriental for a relaxing experience that you and your overworked muscles won’t forget any time soon.

Up-Cycled Shipping Container Transformed into Luxury Accommodation, Florida
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Spend your Miami vacation in these up-cycled shipping containers turned luxury accommodation that will give you the perfect place to escape for a weekend. Overlooking the peaceful Loxahatchee River, this is the perfect place to explore the natural wildlife of Florida and go for a bike ride on one of the many nearby trails.

Outdoorsy glampers will find their little slice of heaven during a winding kayaking trip down the river surrounded by lush green scenery, allowing them to take advantage of Florida's unforgettable wilderness. Who knows, maybe you'll even run into a crocodile? (Just don't get too close!)

Dog-Friendly Airstream Accommodation in the Heart of the Florida Keys
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Bring your pooch on your weekend getaway to this unforgettable Miami vacation rental in a vintage airstream! You’ll never get bored at this site with its seasonal planned activities, snorkeling facilities, interactive dog park, beach volleyball courts, and more.

Head to Haulover Beach near Miami, a dog-friendly beach in which both you and your pup can enjoy white sand and crystal blue waters together. At the end of the day, relax and unwind in this glamping site’s hot tub, and grab a fruity drink at the tiki hut pub for the perfect way to enjoy yourself during an amazing weekend getaway.

Hand-Painted Campervans for Rent, Miami Beach, Florida
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If you’re looking for an off-beat way to escape for the weekend that will yield a handful of brilliant pictures, then these hand-painted campervans for rent near Miami Beach are going to put a huge smile on your face. Covered from bumper to bumper in brilliantly colored murals, you’re sure to be the center of attention when you roll up in these eye-catching campervans.

Have a scenic picnic in the stunning South Pointe Park, complete with towering palm trees and pristine ocean views. Your Miami Beach vacation is going to be perfectly quirky when you stay in these hand-painted campervans!

We've also got you covered if you're looking to go glamping on the Florida Coast—or anywhere else in Florida, for that matter!

All the Best of Albuquerque

By Julia Dennis

You’re going to fall head over heels in love with Albuquerque’s endless sunshine and abundance of fun activities. From the ABQ BioPark Zoo to the Petroglyph National Monument, there’s a little bit of something for everybody to explore in Albuquerque. You’ll enjoy the unique terrain and stunning views of the area from the comfort of these top Albuquerque vacation ideas that will ensure you have a getaway that you’ll remember for ages. Get ready for us to show you all the best of Albuquerque!

1960's Vintage Airstream Nestled in the Desert of New Mexico
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What could be cuter than this 1960’s vintage Airstream nestled in the New Mexican desert? Cute, quaint, and quirky, this Airstream is perfect for couples or friends who want to glamp in Albuquerque and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to an amazing desert fairytale.

Take in the 360-degree views of the Chama River and Pedernal Mountain from the patio, later on peeking your head out again to gaze at the thousands of stars that will dot the clear New Mexico sky. For a unique activity that will perfectly complement your stay in this Airstream, rent a brilliantly colored hot air balloon to serenely glide over the endless views that Albuquerque has to offer.

Rustic Safari Tents and Wilderness Adventures in Chama, New Mexico
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These rustic safari tents are the bee’s knees! Here, you’ll truly get the best of both worlds: the ability to get up close and personal with New Mexico’s amazing wilderness while vacationing in style with the amenities of a luxury hotel. Between the full-size beds, hardwood floors, and hot showers, this is definitely an upgrade from your standard camping trip in a nylon tent.

This luxury camping in Albequerque offers a host of fun activities, depending on the time of the year, including outdoor skills, horsemanship, and fishing camps. To continue the theme of thrilling outdoorsy activities, take a hike through Albuquerque’s Elena Gallegos Park, famous for its beautiful vistas and abundant trails.

Remote Cabin Without Distractions in Chama Wilderness, New Mexico
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If you’re looking for an Albequerque vacation rental that will offer you complete serenity and the opportunity to relax and unwind, this remote cabin without distractions in Chama Wilderness, New Mexico, will get the job done. Complete with amenities such as a french press, large outside deck, and solar-powered energy, this isn’t your typical camping experience.

Writers, artists, and musicians will find their muse in the breathtaking views that surround this perfect little hideaway, complemented by the sounds of babbling streams and chattering wildlife. With nothing but nature outside the front door, hiking enthusiasts will find their own little slice of heaven in this remote cabin.

Charming Secluded Cabin in Abiquiu, New Mexico
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This charming cabin in Abiquiu, New Mexico, is the perfect summer escape for couples, friends, and families alike. You’ll have a blast at the nearby soaking pond, decked out with inflatable kayaks, a water trampoline, and an inflatable snake known as Slither the Loch Gallina Monster. It’s going to be hard to believe the view from the sleeping deck, perfect for afternoon naps or galaxy searching through the provided telescope.

For something that the whole gang will love, take a trip up the Sandia Peak Tramway for a thrilling way to catch some views that you’ll never forget. There are a lot of things to do near Albequerque—later on, head over to Old Town Albuquerque for some shopping, local food stands, and historic buildings. You’re sure to fall in love with everything Albuquerque has to offer while staying in this charming cabin.

To find out more, read all about our other New Mexican getaways here!

The Cream of the Crop: Our California Favorites for 2016

By Julia Dennis

For the duration of 2016, these California glamping sites have consistently impressed glampers with their amazing locations, amenities, and hosts. Whether it’s grabbing a delicious taco in San Diego or venturing out for some wine tasting in Northern California, you’ll never have a shortage of fun activities to find when you stay on the West Coast.

In these glamping sites, experience California’s towering redwoods, meandering Pacific Coast Highway, and laid-back lifestyle like you never imagined. You'll quickly understand why these particular accommodations are the cream of the crop and our California favorites for 2016.

Sophisticated A-Frame Cabins Above Bass Lake, California
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To get away from it all and enjoy nature in a cool retro fashion, these A-Frame cabins will get the job done. Located in a secluded area of the Sierra National Forest, you will have an abundance of hiking trails, serene fields, and hidden swimming spots to find and treasure. For a memorable activity that will provide some awesome photo opportunities, take a horseback riding tour through the Yosemite Valley on the Mist or Snow Creek trails. When you retreat back to your glamping site, these cabins’ massive windows will allow plentiful rays of California sun to shine through and warm your day, then later on make it possible for you to stargaze from the comfort of your bed.

Lovely Safari Cabin Tent Near Warner Springs, California

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This safari tent is truly the epitome of glamping complete with a hot tub, heated queen-sized bed, clawfoot bath tub, and fully equipped kitchen with a pizza oven. Guests can take a fun day trip to San Diego for a getaway filled with fun sights and awesome Mexican food. You’ll be in awe of Balboa Park’s stunning beauty and have a blast checking out the animals at the famous San Diego Zoo. For a brunch that will make you smile, grab the biggest cup of hot chocolate you’ve ever had at Hash House a Go Go accompanied by a healthy serving of pancakes or waffles. When the food coma hits, retreat to your comfy tent for a snooze with views!

Authentic Native American Tipi in Southern California
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For an authentic and scenic glamping experience, these Native American tipis take the cake. Tucked away in the Malibu countryside, guests can enjoy extensive hiking trails and hit up the vineyards for some laid-back wine tasting. Check out the Malibu Country Mart for the chance to explore quaint boutiques, inspiring art galleries, and tastebud-friendly dining. When you retreat back to these tents, spend some time strolling throughout the flower gardens and chill by the fireplaces on the outdoor patio for some quality relaxation.

Unusual California Cottage for Rent in San Rafael with Views of San Francisco Bay
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This incredibly stunning cottage in San Rafael will blow you away with its combination of breathtaking views and pristine interior furnishings. Hours upon hours can be spent kicking back and relaxing on the deck and taking in the views, but if you’re looking for a little action, head over to downtown San Francisco for a goofy but fun Segway tour of the city or some leisurely strolling through the exquisite Japanese Tea Garden. You’ll fall in love with this circular cottage’s bamboo and slate floors, wraparound deck, and hot tub. Be there or be square!

For more of our favorite California glamping sites in 2016, check out Glamping Hub's Greatest 2016: California Getaways.

Egg-cellent Escapes for Easter 2016

By Julia Dennis

Even the Easter Bunny is going glamping this year, thanks to this collection of egg-celent escapes! Embrace the spring air during this holiday weekend with your loved ones in these cottages, treehouses, and cabins for the best Easter you’ll have had yet.

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Orchestrate the perfect egg hunt at this spacious and modern cottage in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The perfect Easter escape will become a reality here, as this pristine vacation spot is surrounded by miles of green forest, high bush blueberries, and old stone walls.

Whether it be playing board games or giving concerts on the gorgeous piano in the living room, the airy and elegant interior of this secluded cottage will set the perfect scene for some quality family time. If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to the popular Hunter Mountain for some scenic hiking and unbeatable views. When you stay at this cottage, you’ll feel like you’re living in a perfect little spring fairytale during your Easter weekend.

12-Person Luxury Tree House Getaway near San Francisco, California
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Plan the perfect family Easter party this year at this 12-person luxury tree house near San Francisco. This castle-like structure will put a smile on everyone's faces, from your youngest cousin to your great grandmother, with its six skylights, majestic turrets, and walk-in stone fireplace.

Its fully equipped kitchen will ensure that your Easter meal will be one of the tastiest yet, made even better by the gorgeous surrounding views of the Californian forest. For a spring-themed activity, check out the nearby Point Reyes Bird Observatory, or take a daring first swim of the year at Tomales Bay State Park.

Stunning Post-and-Beam Cottage with Tranquil Pond, Vermont
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Live a cozy lifestyle this Easter with this stunning post-and-beam cottage near a lovely pond in Vermont. Overlooking exquisite gardens with abundant wildlife, spring will be in full bloom and you’ll be able to enjoy Vermont’s pristine nature in peace.

Check out the charming nearby New England town of Putney, too, for some eclectic shopping and maple syrup houses. You and your loved ones are sure to stay entertained in style with the handful of artisan studios, intimate music venues, and even a puppetry theater!

Astonishing Family-Friendly Tree House near Austin, Texas
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With this unforgettable tree house near Austin, Texas, you and your family will surely have the most memorable and fun Easter yet. Perched above a creek and next to a small waterfall, it’ll be hard to beat the view from this up-high accommodation. Adventurous families will find their little slice of paradise here with a canopy tour of the surrounding wildlife.

Only a 20-minute drive from Austin, your family will be able to stay in peaceful seclusion while still having easy access to everything the city has to offer. For a funky and fun activity, visit the Mexic-arte Museum to peep some vibrant colors and breathtaking art that will add a little spice to your getaway.

Stunning Lakefront Cabin with Spiral Staircase in Gainesville, Georgia
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This stunning A-frame cabin with huge glass windows in Georgia will add a touch of southern sunshine to your Easter this year. The 10-foot table in this cabin will be perfect for an abundant Easter dinner for the family, and the gas fireplace will offer the perfect place to snuggle around for hours when the post-meal food coma hits.

You and your family will love being situated right next to scenic Lake Lanier, with your own private boat dock and four included kayaks. Kick back and relax with a few hours of fishing for this lake’s many striped bass to get some fresh air and embrace nature this Easter weekend.

For a look at the rest of our recommended rentals for Easter 2016, click here!

Our Favorite Spring Break 2016 Trip Ideas

By Julia Dennis

Spring Break is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your next getaway filled with sun, sand, and smiles. To help you out, we've gathered a list of the best Spring Break 2016 ideas that will guarantee a trip you won't forget.

Slather on some sunscreen, and grab your sunglasses before heading to these destinations that will blow you away with their relaxed, warm, and dazzling surroundings. Whether you’re escaping the daily grind with a crew of your closest pals or looking for some quality time with your family, these glamping sites will give you a Spring Break that will be the envy of all your friends!

Private Tram up to Deluxe, Pet-Friendly Villa with Lake Views in Austin, Texas
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This stunning villa in Austin, Texas is perfect for the ultimate Spring Break filled with amazing views, fun activities, and quality time with your friends or family. Kick back and relax on one of the three balconies for views of Lake Travis that can’t be beat.

For something a little more thrilling, venture down in your private tram, and hop on a zipline tour over the lake's pristine blue waters. Since this luxurious villa is conveniently located right near the South by Southwest (SwSX) festival that occurs in March, you’ll have the opportunity to be inspired by a wealth of music, film, and interactive exhibits when you spend your Spring Break here.

Ocean View Huts Just Outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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What says Spring Break more loud and clear than a trip to tropical and colorful Mexico? These huts with a pristine ocean view will allow you to spend your vacation in the perfect laid-back and serene atmosphere. Take a trek over to the nearby town of Yelapa for some unforgettable waterfall views, a thrilling trip paragliding over the coast, or a relaxing day at the spa. You’re sure to come home with both a glowing tan and a beaming smile when you stay in one of these unique and secluded ocean huts.

Luxury Charter Yacht Rentals in San Diego with Bed and Breakfast Option
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Enjoy everything San Diego has to offer in supreme style and freedom with this luxury charter yacht rental. Live a luxurious lifestyle with this yacht’s well-decorated staterooms, fully equipped galley area, entertainment systems, and catering service.

With a wealth of interesting places to visit, including the USS Midway Museum, San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park, it’ll be impossible for you to get bored on your most exciting Spring Break trip yet.

Spacious and Elegant Cabins in a Tropical Rainforest in the Caribbean, Costa Rica
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For a refreshing and rejuvenating Spring Break that will relieve all your stress and recharge your batteries, take a look at these cabins in the rainforest of Costa Rica. For some ultimate relaxation, take advantage of the available hot tub, massages, and nearby yoga retreats that will make you forget all your troubles.

It’ll be hard to believe your eyes when you see the nearby beaches, some of which are ranked among the best in the world. You'll understand why once you step onto the famously pristine and white Costa Rican sand and look out over the stunning turquoise water!

Eco-Bungalows in Caribbean Country Lodge, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
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Round up your buddies, and head to these eco-bungalows in Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands for a Spring Break that will give you a whole new perspective on life. Whether it be snorkeling, hiking, or feeding the local turtles, you will have abundant opportunities to explore Saint Croix’s breathtaking wilderness.

The vibrant local jazz and reggae groups always put on a great show at the local beach bars, allowing for countless hours of fun and dancing or simply kicking back and sipping on a fruity drink. There’s truly no place like the Caribbean, and it’s impossible to describe the relaxed and mellow vibe that will encompass every minute you spend on your Spring Break here at these eco-bungalows.

Need some more Spring Break ideas this year? We've got you covered on our SB 2016 Getaway Ideas page.

Seaside Escapes for Two Near Cape Cod

By Julia Dennis

For a quaint and lovely seaside escape with your better half, head to the sandy shores and cute cottages for two of Cape Cod. Here, you’ll encounter the perfect combination of lazy beach days and exciting activities to take on with your significant other. You’ll be happy as a clam when you first smell the alluring salty breeze rolling off of the Cape’s expansive coast and realize you’ve arrived in the perfect relaxed paradise that the New England region embodies. With countless seafood restaurants, scenic overlooks, and long beaches just calling for a romantic walk, you and your honey are going to want to become seasoned regulars on the Cape.

Historic Villa with Ocean View in Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Couples will have a blast when they stay at this villa in Provincetown, home of mouthwatering seafood and Cape Cod’s most lively and colorful nightlife. Settled on its own private dune, you’ll have an acre of wildlife and unbeatable ocean views all to yourselves. It’s quite an impossible feat to get bored in P-Town with its abundance of unique tours, art galleries, and quaint shops.

Get your walking shoes on and climb the Pilgrim Monument for a little big of a leg workout and the best view of Cape Cod you can find. Check out Art’s Dune Tours for a wild and bumpy ride that will give you a fun time in the dunes of the Cape…and if you like piña coladas, grab a drink on the waterfront deck of Aqua Bar. (Let’s just hope you don’t get caught in the rain!)

Delightful Cottages near Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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These cottages in Truro will provide you and your boo a quaint escape in one of Cape Cod’s beachiest areas. The famous Cape Cod National Seashore will blow your mind and give you a sense of peace with its expansive, towering sand dunes and slow, rhythmic surf.

For a date night that will be the bee’s knees, check out the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre for a blast from the past with your Real McCoy. If you’re craving some good ole’ New England seafood that will make your tastebuds tingle, check out Moby Dick’s, where you’ll be charmed by the old-timey atmosphere and waitstaff’s foreign accents. These quirky cottages with their own private beach will offer you the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day filled with sun, sand, and seafood.

Unique Windmill Rental on Gorgeous Cape Cod Creek and Marsh, Massachusetts
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For the most authentic Cape Cod experience you could ask for, stay at this precious windmill cottage on a marsh with your loved one. Equipped with an outdoor shower, full kitchen, and patio with a barbecue grill, you’ll have everything you need to have the perfect clam bake after a long day on the beach.

To learn a little more about one of the Cape’s hidden treasures, head to a nearby cranberry bog for a tour and some cranberry tasting. If you want to keep the delicious flavors flowing, head down to Sundae School Ice Cream for the hands-down best hot fudge sundae you’ll ever come across—complete with homemade whipped cream, a real cherry on top, and a cute paper hat handed to you with your order.

At the end of the day, you and your loved one can take a long and tranquil stroll along the ocean at Cold Storage Beach, where you’ll catch a sunset that will rival any others you’ve seen before.

There's much more of New England to explore just Cape Cod, so for more ideas for a northeastern weekend escape, click here!

10 Alternatives to a Valentine's Day Dinner

By Julia Dennis

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

We've played Cupid for you and gathered a handful of overlooked activities that will have your loved one swooning. Your getaway will be even more enticing with these 10 alternatives to a Valentine's Day dinner that are guaranteed to make this February 14 better than 1,000 boxes of chocolate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Snorkeling in the Florida Keys, Florida
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If you're an adventurous duo, why not embrace some sun and sand this Valentine’s Day with a snorkeling trip? This houseboat docked on a private island in the Florida Keys offers the perfect secluded getaway where you can leisurely float in some bright blue water and catch some rays.

During your snorkeling trip, float over some beautiful fish of every color in the rainbow, and take a goofy selfie with your snorkeling masks on. Your friends will surely be envious when you tell them all about the amazing time you spent in this fantastic houseboat this February 14!

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