Blogger Spotlight: Kate

By Mahealani Schuman

Kate Houser is the content creator and founder of the blog Shady Kate. Her travel and fashion blog seeks to inspire "those who love to chase the sun in the trendiest shades and explore the warmest places in the coolest clothes." Kate always looks to blend together her love for nature and fashion with her wanderlust-filled soul.

She usually spends her weekends glamping, hiking, or backpacking around some of the most beautiful destinations and National Parks the U.S. has to offer. Naturally, a weekend away in one of our glamping tipis was a perfect fit!

If a weekend getaway filled with outdoor adventures, vineyards and wine tastings, and starry night skies sounds like your type of trip, let Kate show you how it's done.

All images courtesy of Shadykate.

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

Remote, Western, and mountainous.

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

I usually plan my trips either around destination or lodging experience. If I have a specific place in mind, I will start there, but if I just want to get away but am not sure where, I'll do a search by type of accommodation. For example, I'm dying to spend a night in a tree house just to experience an elevated night's sleep under the stars!

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

Rustic and outdoorsy, all the way. I'm an avid camper, so when I glamp, I can definitely appreciate the amenities and endless photo-ops most glamping accommodations provide, but I still love to keep some of that natural, rustic charm you get with camping.

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

Check the weather, and not just overall, but hour by hour. Most of the places I have visited can have a dramatic change in temps, so you'll want to be prepared to be super hot during the day but freezing at night. Make sure to pack a variety of clothes and learn to love the art of layering.

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

I love capturing my trips on video so I don't go anywhere without my GoPro, Nikon camera, or tripod. We usually hike wherever we glamp, so a hydration backpack is key, and lastly, I would say my partner-in-crime, Doug.

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I would love to go glamping in Alaska once the weather warms up a bit, but there is still some snow on the ground. I picture myself waking up on a lake with a moose outside of the tent—how amazing would that be!

If you're looking for something unique and exciting this summer in California, check out these great tipi and tent glamping sites.


If you want to keep up with Kate's style tips and glamping escapes, follow along on her blog, YouTube channel, and Instagram!

European Summer Getaways

By Mahealani Schuman

Are you looking to beat the heat this summer? Keep cool by heading out on a coastal getaway along one of the many beaches of Europe. If you are interested in a summer filled with coastal views, a little bit of history, and relaxation, keep reading—you're in the right place!

All photos taken by the author unless otherwise noted.

Spain

What better place to start than the enchanting beaches along the southern coasts of Spain? Visit the region of Cádiz, located in the southwesternmost area of Spain, and home to the Costa de la Luz. Spend your days lounging on the beaches, savoring the local tastes of Spanish cuisine, and learning about the rich history of this area.

Punta Paloma makes for the perfect day of relaxing and enjoying the sun. If you're up for it, follow the beach all the way to the right tip and find the famous mud—nothing better than a complimentary spa day at the beach!

Another favorite is the beautiful and unique Playa Bolonia, where the local cows often stop by to talk a lovely beach stroll. Arguably, the most beautiful of the three beaches, Playa de los Alemanes is always a great choice for white sand, deep blue water, and a perfect sunset.

The rich city of Cádiz is well worth a visit. Notably famous, Cádiz is the only city in continental Europe to never be conquered by Napoleon. Here, you must visit Castillo San Sebastián, take an afternoon stroll through Genoves Park, and Torre Traviafor the most exquisite city views. For an amazing glamping experience, head to Los Alcornocales National Park, where you will sleep under the stars in these breathtaking tipis. Enjoy the hour's drive through the vast sunflower fields, reaching olive groves and the famous white pueblos of Andalusia!

Málaga

Continuing along Spain's southern costs, we come to the notably mountainous area of Málaga. One of the most famous coastal regions of Málaga is known as the Costa del Sol. In the city of Málaga, you must visit the the Alcazaba fortress and Castillo de Gibralfaro to immerse yourself in the rich history of Moorish and Spanish intermingling. From the top, stop to enjoy the stunning views of the glittering coastlines.

Walk along Muelle Uno, an oceanfront outdoor mall, or enjoy delicious seafood and paella right on the beach. Head up into the heart of Málaga for breathtaking mountain views, pristine nature, and adventurous hiking! Here, we have these unique glamping tents tucked away for a relaxing nature getaway.

Germany

Are you and your travel companions interested in visiting Northern Europe? If so, pack your bags and head to Germany for the summer—filled with open air festivals, cultural sites, traditional beer gardens, vineyard tours in the Palatinate wine region, and countless opportunities to try typical German staples, like pretzels and currywurst. The history, gastronomy, and stunning scenery will make you fall head over heels in love with this country.

Check out the unique exterior of this tree house in Germany.

Berlin

Be sure to visit Berlin, where you will see symbolic monuments like the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, and the Reichstag, and explore the range of local and international dining options. Berlin is a reformed city, home to those who don’t wish to conform, with a hint of rebellion. Open minded and non-judgemental ‘vibes’ sprawl throughout the city, from graffiti to cuisine, so prepare yourself for a mix of cultures. World renowned Indian, Vietnamese, Asian, South American, and Italian restaurants (and food trucks!) may have you questioning if a traditional German meal is really what you would like to try first. Non-conformist Berlin will not limit itself to “nightlife.” Discos and club hours span longer then you would think, some open 24 hours, appealing to all walks of life. Once all entertainment needs are met (or wildly exceeded), give into your desire for a more tranquil atmosphere. One of our favorite places to escape is this luxury tree house located just outside of the city center.

Hamburg

After your urban adventures, make your way to northern Germany to discover scenic rivers, green parks, and picturesque towns. For more inspiration on places to stay, check out All The Rooms.

Image courtesy of All The Rooms.

Visit the port city of Hamburg and the coastal city of Bremerhaven, and take a boat tour to cruise along the Wadden Sea. Although the area is not best known for its beaches, your vacation will not be complete without visiting the endless coastlines in the area. Be sure to check out the region’s best beaches here!

France

French Riviera

If you are planning a romantic trip along the Mediterranean there is no better place to visit than the French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur, the breathtaking southeastern coast of France. Explore the best of French culture by visiting the stunning cafés, art museums, and historical sites in the area. Take advantage of a chance to enjoy exquisite French cuisine—from endless cheeses and perfect baguettes to sumptuous wines.

Enjoy freshly caught seafood and a bowl of bouillabaisse at a beachfront lunch in the bustling port city of Marseille, or leave behind the tourist crowds and unwind in this beautiful cabin by the sparkling waters of the seaside towns of the Provence-Alpes.

Peace and tranquility surround this luxury yurt in France.

Normandy

Just an hour and 30 minutes on a train outside of Paris is the stunning town of Deauville, Normandy. Known for its quaint French charm, long stretches of beached boardwalks, and exquisite seafood cuisine, Deauville has gained popularity in recent years among tourists and locals alike. Home to many cultural events year-round, well-established horse racing, polo, golf, art galleries, and upscale shopping, there is something for everyone.

Day trip to this storybook seaside town from these traditional yurts, tucked away in the green countryside, or stay in the city for a night. Be sure to not miss the rising and lowering of the tides—you never know what you might catch a glimpse of!

Wherever you might be thinking for this year's summer getaway, always be sure to keep one thing in mind—make where you stay, why you stay.


For more adventures, experiences, and luxurious European summer getaway ideas, head over to Glamping Hub, and start planning today!

Authentic Sacramento Immersion at Your Fingertips

By Mahealani Schuman

This collaboration post is brought to you by Trip101 and Glamping Hub.

All images courtesy of Wikimedia under a Creative Commons license.

It’s been known as the Big Tomato, the Almond Capital of the World, and even River City, but as far as your travel itinerary is concerned, Sacramento is your newest excuse for a Northern California adventure! Welcome to the sixth-largest city in the Golden State, a metropolitan social hub that plays host to everything from critically acclaimed art to internationally renowned cuisine.

A Mediterranean climate dominated by sunshine will keep you on your toes in the City of Trees, where a winning assemblage of local attractions awaits your discovery. Take to Sacramento's streets to for a cultural experience equal parts exciting and rejuvenating. Check out our compilation of top local landmarks in the Sacramento region to redefine your understanding of Sacramento sights and sounds. Keen to know more? Check out the top travel guides over at Trip101.

1. California State Railroad Museum

Strike this staple Sacramento attraction from your California bucket list: history comes alive at the California State Railroad Museum. Get in line for an immersive Sacramento experience upon educational grounds for America’s “iron horse.” Witness a wonderful assemblage of restored engines, train cars, and more, amid a constantly rotating series of exhibits and displays.

From its family-friendly Monday story time to its seasonal Polar Express experience, the California State Railroad Museum is the perfect place to beat a rainy day, celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or simply educate yourself on one of North America’s founding forces. Since 1976, the California State Railroad Museum has contributed to the Sacramento identity, and today provides locals and visitors alike with an excuse to lose themselves in America’s transportation pastime. Look to make yourself the museum’s next satisfied guest at this staple Sacramento site.

2. Crocker Art Museum

A virtual time capsule of California history, this witness to Sacramento past and present features works dating back to the days of the Gold Rush. Its exhibits are constantly changing, so there’s always a reason to return if you’ve already walked the museum’s halls. On-site events include immersive exhibit explanations, family-friendly hand painting, and more.

Affordable entry prices and rich with artistic mastery make the Crocker Art Museum the go-to haven for true art lovers in the Sacramento region. The museum’s collections include historic European paintings, entire portfolios of ceramic works, and even contemporary contributions from local modern artists. Jump at the chance to visit this award-winning California venue—one more reason to provide yourself the unbridled Sacramento experience.

3. Discovery Park

For as much as Sacramento’s endless museum variety tells the story of the region’s dynamic past, it can’t provide you with the recreational opportunities available at Discovery Park. If you can dream it, you can do it at Discovery Park; the site hosts everything from on-site fishing and active boat launches to a 32-mile bike trail. Gaze upon the junction of the American and Sacramento Rivers, while you cook up a barbecue, fire up the boat, or simply walk the landmark’s peaceful grounds.

This personalized outing is only waiting for your indulgence. The number of intimate picnic spaces is to be outdone only by the sheer amount of sunshine the graces its grounds, and there’s always rejuvenation to be found under a shady tree nearby. The park also regularly hosts music festivals and events of all kinds, so be sure to check the Sacramento Parks & Recreation website for the latest events in the making. Provide the entire family with a well-earned day of fun at Discovery Park in Sacramento, and check out Capitol Park and William Land Park for more opportunities for outdoor exploration.

4. B Street Theatre

You’ll most likely recognize the B Street Theatre by its pale blue complexion—and the long line of prospective guests out the door. Widely recognized in the immediate Sacramento area, the B Street Theatre has long since impressed local theatre-goers and visitors, both with the wide variety of its shows, and with a professionalism uncharacteristic of a smaller venue.

With a well-balanced listing of concerts, shows, and theatrical performances, B Street Theatre regularly delivers a critically acclaimed performance that can beat any slow Sacramento night. Whether it’s a comedic smash or long-rehearsed play, there’s never a bad night to attend this local staple. Strap yourself in for the laughs, tears, and adventures to which Sacramento theatre-goers are treated, and call yourself a member of the B Street family!

5. American River Bicycle Trail

Your next excuse to get out and see Sacramento nature doesn’t come pre-packed any better than this. Nationally renowned as one of the premiere bike paths in all of America, the American River Bicycle Trail does well to introduce you to delicate riverside settings, overarching treetops, and organic rejuvenation. Easily fall in love with the crunch of soft dirt under your bike tires when you become the American River Bicycle Trail’s newest enthusiast.

Note that the trail remains exclusively available for non-motorized use; you’re free to roam awe-inspiring Sacramento spaces away from vehicular interference. What’s more, you’ll be traveling a portion of the famed American Discovery Trail, a coast-to-coast trail experience that spans the length of the entire United States! Find yourself on a bike anywhere between Discovery Park and Old Sacramento to punch your ticket as a true Sacramento adventurer.

Glamping in Sacramento

Complete your Sacramento experience with any one of these fine examples of local hospitality. We have some really beautiful glamping properties nearby—and even one right in the heart of the city. Check out Trip101’s for a full list of other hotel and vacation rental recommendations for a night's stay downtown or take a look as these glamping city getaways.

Luxury Riverboat Accommodations on Sacramento River

This luxury glamping riverboat accommodation is located on the Sacramento River right in the heart of downtown. All amenities are provided, guests have a choice of different rooms, and each room boasts a different view. This is perfect for a romantic getaway to the city!

Rustic and Unique A-Frame Rental Among the Tahoe National Forest

Located roughly an hour outside of the city, this beautiful cabin is the perfect distance for a day trip. Enjoy your day in the city, adventuring to all the great attractions, and return back to your cabin to have a relaxing evening in nature. At two minutes from historic Nevada City, guests can spend a day at the local shops and gourmet restaurants. For a true glamping adventure, the cabin is location near the Yuba River, hiking and biking trails, Scotts Flat Reservoir, and Tahoe National Forest. The cabin is perfect for a family and friends getaway, with room for up to seven guests.

Unique and Secluded Dome Getaway near Sacramento

This unique and secluded dome rental is located in Pioneer, one of the historic California Gold Rush towns, and is just an hour and 15 minutes from Sacramento. The dome can sleep up to 10 guests, and even has room for your pets, too. Take a fews days to enjoy your stay here, and head into the city or over to Kirkwood Ski Resort. The ares is also known for its many mountains, streams, and high Sierra lakes.

Stunning and Secluded Lakeside Getaway in Grass Valley

Tucked away in the trees, guests will feel totally relaxed and surrounded by nature in the stunning cabin rental. With an open floor plan and wall-to-wall sliding glass doors, guests can enjoy feeling connected to the bright and airy atmosphere of this property. This cabin is ideal for up to four friends and a pet.

Rustic Cabin Tents for Four Set on the American River

Located directly on the American River in Sacramento, these riverfront cabin tents are glamping at its best. At approximately a 30-minute drive from the city, each tent can accommodate up to four guests. Take a trip to the the city or a thrilling adventure down the river, where there are endless experiences to be had.


No matter your reason for venturing into the Sacramento region, treat yourself to a diversified Northern California experience—complete with day trips, outdoor adventures, and city views and opportunities alike!

Staff Picks: Mahealani

By Mahealani Schuman

If you asked me to tell you my favorite place on earth, I’d answer without hesitation: Hawaii.

While sipping Mai Tais at sunset on the famous beaches of Waikiki is a notorious image across the world, for travelers, Hawaii is sometimes shrugged off due to its high popularity and price tag. But as someone who was born and raised there, I can tell you from the heart—Hawaii is everything that you could ever imagine and more!

There are few words to adequately describe the feeling of being surrounded by nature, observing life as it naturally flows around you. I think there is a point in everyone's life when we have that “ah ha” moment—the moment when we are humbled by the world and its stunning beauty. This moment is not something bigger than ourselves, but rather, it’s when we are really able to reconnect with the raw beauty of our world and find our place within it.

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Originally from the island of Oahu, I experienced these moments and feelings my whole life. Nature was and still is engraved in the fiber of my being. Since before I could remember, living meant being a part of nature, embracing what was there before us in its pristine state, and growing with it.

As kids, we were taught how to respect the land we live on, learning to interact with the worldly elements that surrounded us in our day to day. Our parents used to tell us, “Never turn your back to the ocean. Never take a lava rock from the place you found it. Never pick the Ohia Lehua flower because it will begin to rain torrential rain.”

As I traveled around the world and later began my professional career after university, these fundamental values I grew up with, especially the bond I had with nature, became even more important to me. Life is about collecting moments, moments that change you and the world in positive ways.

At Glamping Hub, one of our core values is nature. All of our accommodations are thoughtfully sought after and selected to be on our site with nature in mind. Every day at my job, I am inspired by our incredible hosts, and I’m able to see firsthand how the most unique stays connect people back to nature.

For my staff picks, I want to bring you my favorite places, placing you in the heart of nature. Of course, Hawaii is at the top of my list!

Hawaiian Eco-Friendly Tree House

This is a treehouse ins Hawaii

Tucked away in the green-mossy Ola'a forest, this tree house offers guests an experience like nothing else. Literally built into the surrounding nature, elevated 15 feet above ground this eco-friendly tree house is the all encompassing sleeping-in-the-trees escape.

Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, this is the perfect location for all things adventurous! One of the most untouched islands of the Hawaiian chain, the Big Island is home to eight of the 13 different climate zones in the world. These ecosystems range from tropical dry forests and grasslands to snowy mountain tops and anchialine pools.

In Volcano National Park, guests can explore the subterranean lava tube systems, feel the heat of sulfur vents from miles below, or hike out to the coastline and watch the sunset as Kilauea pours into the ocean. There really is nothing missing from this one-of-a-kind tree house, just be sure not to pick a red flower from the ohia tree!

Tiny House, Volcano National Park

This is a tiny house in Volcano National Park, Big Island of Hawaii.

I couldn't help but pick yet another accommodation from the Big Island. This unique, hand-built tiny home perfectly balances inside comforts with the nature of the world outside. Of course, take a day or two to explore Volcano National Park, but make sure to venture out and experience the other sides of the island.

Mauna Kea is not too far of a drive and debatably the most amazing experience you will have while staying at this tiny home. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the state and the tallest sea mountain in the world. If measured from the ocean floor, it is 33,000 feet taller than Mt. Everest!

During winter, snow covers the tops providing ski-enthusiasts with the novelty of skiing in Hawaii.At night visitors are encouraged to stay and watch as the sky fills with stars, appearing so close that you could reach out and touch them.

For anyone looking to reconnect with nature, the Big Island is one of my favorite places to recommend. Make sure to seek out the green, black, and pink sand beaches, swim with the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, and jump into a few waterfalls along the way!

North Shore Yurt in Haleiwa

This is a yurt on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The most widely renowned island is the Island of Oahu. Home to the infamous Waikiki Beach and memorable Pearl Harbor, this island is often seen in movies and popular television shows. As I’m from Oahu myself, it is undoubtedly my favorite, which is why I suggest these glamping yurts on the North Shore.

This non-traditional take on a Hawaiian vacation spot puts guests right in the center of the best surf and the most beautiful views in the area, allowing them to experience Oahu’s finest during their stay. Eco-friendly and locally made, these yurts offer guests everything they could imagine, plus things they hadn’t dreamed of, like a private slide leading into natural salt water pools.

Oahu also has so many activities for guests to enjoy! Close to the rental, guests can take on the challenging Crouching Lion hike or take an easy stroll to Waimea Falls. Make sure to take a day trip to Kailua Beach and the West Side to see a sunset, too!

Glamorous Camping Tent, New Zealand

This is a bell tent in New Zealand.

There really are so many places I want to visit, and not just in Hawaii. On the top of my list are these unique and glamorous bell tents. Guests can enjoy all the luxuries and comforts of a hotel in their glamping tent with the addition of these magnificent views in Waitaki Valley, New Zealand. With a personal fireplace outside the tents and a beautiful wooden deck, watching the picturesque sunset has never been so cozy.

New Zealand has so many amazing opportunities for glampers to experience, from gorgeous hikes to adventure sports outside! These glamping tents are the perfect place to start.


If these beautiful places have inspired you, head over to Glamping Hub and get back to nature!

Blogger Spotlight: Marissa Tejada

By Mahealani Schuman

It might not feel like it just yet, but summer is right around the corner! The East Coast snows have piled up just enough, leaving us dreaming of our summer destination spots. At just a few months away, we have more than enough time to start planning. Travel blogger Marissa Tejada is a professional at picking the best spots to go in Europe—from the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean to the rolling countrysides of Italy—and you can find the best tips and tricks on her blog to make the perfect Euro-trip.

Talking with Marissa, we asked her about how she plans her amazing trips and what’s on her list for this year!

When and how do you to start your planning for your next vacation? Do you start with destination or the accommodation?

I like to plan my trips around the destination. There are many places I’d love to see and tick off my travel bucket list. If the opportunity comes up, the plans go in motion, and then I figure out the logistics, from flight to accommodation.

When planning a trip to a place you have never been before, what’s the best tip of advice on where to start?

I think you need to start by being inspired by the destination. The beauty of travel is that we all travel differently and see the beauty of a place differently. That’s exciting. So, when you start with sheer inspiration, I believe the logistics fall into place. Online research about anything about that trip from what to eat, what to do and where to stay becomes that much more fun!

What is your favorite time of the year for traveling?

I don’t have a particular favorite time of year to travel. I think all seasons offer something special when considering a destination. I must admit, however, that I love beautiful beaches and tropical island scenery, so if the weather is beach weather at a destination, that is a big plus.

What is your top must see this year?

Now that I am living in the U.S. again, I’d love to see Hawaii—I've never been!

What is your favorite type of glamping accommodation?

I love the fact that glamping combines luxury and nature. The design to me is just wonderful to experience so I think my favorite type of glamping experience would be one that is truly dedicated to showing off the local flavor, culture and nature of a place.


Marissa Tejada is an author, travel writer, and award-winning journalist. Her work is featured in CNN Travel, BBC Travel, Forbes, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Telegraph Travel, and an array of travel and lifestyle magazines. She also publishes a top niche travel blog, Travel Greece, Travel Europe.

Marissa is originally from New York and lives in Seattle; however, part of her heart will always be in Athens, Greece, where she lived for eight years. Keep up with her travels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!