Host Spotlight: Don in North Carolina

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Don, who manages this unique glamping site near Asheville, North Carolina.

A view of the exterior of one of the two accommodations at this unique glamping site near Asheville.

This unique property near Asheville, North Carolina, is made up of both a cabin and a barn.

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

In 2015, a neighbor visiting said she loved my place and suggested I rent it when I wasn't using it. I said I thought it was too quirky. She told me what glamping was and that some people looked for that kind of experience.

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

I'm a writer. I need solitude to work. In 2009, I bought 30 acres an hour from my home in western North Carolina, an hour from my home in Asheville. There was nothing but a falling down barn when I got it. I wanted to restore the barn and develop the property using principles of permaculture, sustainability, homesteading, and creativity/art. I first built a 12-foot by 20-foot cabin to stay in while restoring the barn. Over seven years, when not writing, I planted and sculpted and got the place to what it is now.

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

Quiet, restorative, and calm.

A view of the cozy porch area, complete with outdoor furniture for relaxing and soaking up the woodland views.

Can't you just imagine yourself relaxing outside here?

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

I'm a city guy. My first camping experience was Outward Bound at age 30!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

I would recommend it as an antidote to being constantly grid-tied and in the 24/7 news cycle in this high-stress, modern life.

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

They can expect all of the comforts of home presented in a novel way. There are two fully-equipped kitchens, fresh spring water, hot and cold running water in the shower (in the barn), towels and linens, electricity and internet (in the barn), a wood-fired hot tub, and split firewood for guests to use.

A view of the interior of one of the rooms, including an extensive book library.

Glampers won't need to pack any books in their suitcase with a library like this at the property

7. What makes your property unique?

There is a 40-foot-long covered porch with a propane barbecue; a huge, one-of-a-kind tree house with a bird cage on top; a full library of ecology, poetry and permaculture; a linear mile of private hiking trails through a pristine temperate rain forest; five benches around the property; creek dipping; edible trees and shrubs; a three-acre meadow; signs around the property; a guided treasure hunt; and more!

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

Besides staying there, reading the guest book about people having a great time!

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

There are solar panels on the barn that power the LED lights in the cabin, in addition to wood-fired heating, a wood-fired hot tub, spring water, natural drainage, a composting toilet (humanure); repurposed wood from the property used in almost all of the property's construction; robust recycling; and binders in all buildings for guests to learn about off-the-grid living and permaculture.


Interested in a glamping escape to North Carolina? See more of what Don's property can offer here!