The Four Best Weekend Trips from Seattle

By neilgraham

Looking for something to do this weekend? Glamping Hub has you covered! With these four unique weekend trip and getaway ideas all around Seattle, every weekend can become an adventure.

Mount Rainier National Park

view of Mt. Rainier

A prominent figure in the distance of the Seattle skyline is the towering Mount Rainier. Its snow-capped peak rises to 14,410 feet and its National Park is a 370-square mile state reserve of breathtaking natural beauty. If it’s a rejuvenating escape to the wilderness you’re looking for then there is no better place for your mind, body, and soul than the fresh, crisp air of Mount Rainier, just an hour and a half’s drive southeast of Seattle. Visitors can hike along outrageously beautiful trails past glaciers and waterfalls, ski down the world-class slopes of Crystal Mountain or kayak on the pristine waters of Tipsoo Lake.

Orcas Island

view of Orca's Island

The largest of the San Juan Islands in the northwest of Washington state, Orcas Island offers visitors the perfect setting to unwind away from the congestion of the city and take it easy in the fresh ocean breeze. The Islands are renowned for their unspoiled landscape and their abundance of native wildlife including red fox, Columbia blacktail deer, and over 200 species of birds while orca whales, dolphins, and Pacific Harbor seals can be regularly seen from the shore. Visitors can explore the luscious Turtleback Mountain Preserve and Moran State Park where hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails provide magnificent views or simply enjoy a leisurely afternoon browsing the art galleries and artisan shops before ending the evening with an exquisite seafood dinner as the sun sets.

Take the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, around an hour and a half’s drive from Seattle, to Orcas Island or Kenmore Air and land in either West Sound Bay or the village of Eastsound for the easiest journey.

Leavenworth

The enchanting town of Leavenworth is located around two and a half hours from Seattle on the east side of the Wenatchee National Forest—although visitors will feel like they have arrived in southeast Germany as the entire town center as been modeled on an idyllic Bavarian town. The town hosts their very own Oktoberfest celebrations from the end of September to mid-October where visitors can enjoy live music, traditional German food, and great beer while year round, Leavenworth’s wineries offer tastings and tours on the banks of the Wenatchee River. Head to Waterfront Park for a peaceful walk by lakes and snow-capped mountains and in winter, Ski Hill’s slopes accommodate winter sports enthusiasts of all ages while a visit to the Reindeer Farm gets everyone in the Holiday spirit.

Bainbridge Island

The pride and joy of Bainbridge Island is the stunning Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre reserve made up of formal gardens with a wide variety of plants and flowers as well as a woodland, a moss garden, and marshland. Built in the 1950s with a 1920s décor, the Bloedel mansion is fun to explore with the whole family. Hikes, nature walks, bird-watching—all this and more is possible in this paradise of color!


Looking for more ways to fill your weekends with adventure and nature? Check out more fun-filled getaways ideas on our blog, or head to glampinghub.com for listings and unique accommodation galore!

Your Perfect Cottage Stay in the Lake District

By neilgraham

Recently awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park and attracts 18 million visitors every year, due to its picturesque landscape. Home to pristine lakes, lush valleys, and craggy mountains, this area of sublime natural beauty is located in the northwest of England in the region of Cumbria, offering glampers an idyllic setting for an unforgettable getaway.

Where to admire the views

The lakes and hills of the Lake District.

At 978 meters, England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike, is a rewarding hike that offers spectacular views of the Lake District on its many routes of varying levels of difficulty, making it accessible to anyone willing to brave the Cumbrian weather. Visitors can also take their Kendal Mint Cake along the challenging twin ridges of Helvellyn or the popular trail to the peak of Skiddaw. The Langdale Valley is inspiring all year round and a great day out for budding photographers.


Escape to the English Countryside with Modern Cottage in North Cumbria

Unique cottage rental from the interior in North Cumbria.


Where to eat and drink

People clinking together glasses of beer.

A well-earned pint can be enjoyed at the Drunken Duck Inn in Ambleside where the cozy ambiance makes for a great place to soothe any aches and pains after a day in the hills. If you’re traveling with your furry friend, pop into the pet-friendly Dog and Gun Pub in Keswick for a steak and ale pie and a pint of the region’s finest craft ale while Fido makes friends with the other canine companions.


Elegant Countryside Getaway with a Garden in the Southern English Lake District

Cottage in English Lake District.


What to see

Wray Castle from the outside.

The serenity of the Lake District is a huge draw for poets, writers, and artists, with an array of galleries, museums, and artisan markets prevalent throughout the region. The enchanting former home of Beatrix Potter, the author of the famous children’s story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, is based in the town of Ambleside, where visitors can explore the quintessential English cottage for a memorable family experience.

The Pencil Museum gives you the opportunity to sharpen up on your local knowledge and get an insight into life in the world’s first pencil factory and Wray Castle in Hawkshead is the impressive former training center of the Merchant Navy radio officers, which can only be reached by boat or bicycle.


Romantic Waterfront Cottage Rental on Lake Ullswater in England

A waterfront cottage on Lake Ullswater in England.


What to do

Two people kayaking on Lake Windmere.

It’s not all about walking and hiking in the Lake District, Lake Windermere is the place to be for kayaking and sailing while scenic boat tours of Lake Derwentwater offer breathtaking views of the surrounding fells. The forested mountain park of Whinlatter is home to an array of wildlife as well as the Lake District’s longest purpose-built biking trails including the Quercus Trail, a modest eight-kilometer route, and the Altura Trail, a route designed for experienced cyclists with a high level of off-road skills required.


Check out all of our glamping accommodations in Cumbria, which are just as magical as the Lake District itself, and find the perfect adventure for you!

Where to Go Camping in the Trees in Southern California

By neilgraham

Have you ever enjoyed a morning cup of coffee from a balcony of a tree house while watching the sun rays shine through the canopy above? Or listened to the birds sing just for you as you lay in bed in your elevated cabin? These glamping accommodations are bound to inspire the adventurer within, and whether it’s quiet solitude or self-discovery that draws you to the wilderness of Southern California, you can find the perfect one for you in this definitive guide of where to go camping in Southern California.


[Exceptional A-Frame Cabin Rental with a Fireplace in Idyllwild, California](Exceptional A-Frame Cabin Rental with a Fireplace in Idyllwild, California)

This A-frame cabin in Idyllwild, California, is wonderfully unique and offers everything you’d hope to find in a glamping accommodation. Guests can snuggle up in front of the fireplace as the leaves turn to orange or sit out on the large balcony while enjoying a barbecue with family and friends from the charcoal grill.


Unique A-Frame Cabin in the Mountains of San Jacinto, Southern California

Set in the San Jacinto Mountains, this incredible A-frame cabin rental is nestled among the tall pine trees allowing guests to feel immersed in its picturesque surroundings. The adventurous architecture of this cabin will have guests in awe and will make for a superb base camp for those wishing to explore the Southern Californian mountains.


Inspiring Cabin Rental in San Jacinto Mountains in Idyllwild, California

Here, guests are treated to a modern and stylish cabin that combines comfort and adventure like no other. There can be fewer experiences that sum up the beauty of glamping than soaking in a luxury hot tub high in the trees while admiring the starlit valley of the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California. Why have a five-star hotel when you can have a billion-star cabin?


Inviting Cabins in the Trees Surrounded by Redwoods near Big Sur, California

Disconnect from the everyday stresses of the city and enjoy a more rustic glamping experience with this cabin. Sheltered by redwoods, it makes for a perfect summer getaway destination, with the canopy above providing a cool shade as guests bathe in the outdoor bathtub or dream away in the hammock. Located in Carmel, day trips to Big Sur are highly recommended to see stunning ocean vistas.


Glamping Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, California

This tree house has been designed to blend in effortlessly into the Sequoia forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains with its interior and exterior integrating parts of the forest within its own structure. After a day in the mountains, guests can take a romantic walk along the fairy-lit bridge back to the tree house before falling asleep to the soothing sounds of nature.


If this guide to where to go camping in the trees has inspired you, then consider crossing Europe from tree to tree or completing this 15 tree house bucket list. You can also check out our list of the top 10 tree houses on Glamping Hub, and check out our tree house getaways portal for vacation ideas!