Our favorite spots for Friendsgiving

By Marta Gintowt

Practicing gratitude is important every time of year, but the Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to reflect on what is important in your everyday life. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday is reserved for spending time with family, whether that is driving halfway across the country to a relative's house or hosting a gathering at your own home.

Friends, however, also become your family, and those friends deserve to enjoy a time dedicated to sharing delicacies, laughing endlessly, and appreciating one another. Going glamping is the perfect way to acknowledge the importance of the simple things, while indulging in the right way. This collection of our favorite glamping spots for Friendsgiving is intended to inspire everyone to reconnect to what is meaningful during this cozy season.

Upstate New York

While you might meet up with friends every weekend in the city, there is something special about dedicating time to get away and be together in a different environment. This lovely log cabin in Upstate New York is the perfect escape for a Friendsgiving event away from home.

Located in Wilmington, this cabin is well-equipped for the perfect celebration. The gorgeous, full kitchen can accommodate a feast for all, while the lovely dining area is comfortable and warm. Nearby, the Adirondack Mountains boast beautiful landscapes that are perfect for bonding, where you can go hiking and skiing during their getaway.

Lake Michigan

Even in November, a beach trip is sometimes just what everyone needs. While a warm, summer breeze will be swapped for potential snow flurries, there are amazing lake views to be savored from the warmth of this beautiful, beach cottage.

Perfect for up to 12 guests, this open and airy cottage welcomes friends and family alike for some unforgettable memory-making. Located along Lake Michigan, an after-dinner walk can be enjoyed along the shoreline, while groups can go explore nearby Holland State Park during the daytime.

Northern Georgia

The American South is famous for its mild, year-round temperatures, so hosting a Friendsgiving gathering in an outdoor setting is more than possible in late November. These unbelievable, lakefront safari tents are perfect for large groups and epitomize glamping at its finest.

All tents can be rented out together and include real beds, heating, and private bathrooms. For group gatherings of up to 37 people, you can make use of the gorgeous boat house, which features a full kitchen and dining area, perfect for preparing and serving a delicious, Thanksgiving-inspired meal.

Austin, Texas

In Texas, why not make your Friendsgiving getaway more like an extended summer vacation? Trade cozy sweaters for a swimsuit and apple cider for a cool beer while enjoying a November afternoon at this western-style cottage, ideal for a friendly fiesta.

The property features two separate cottages, both beautifully decorated with amazing vintage furnishings for a cozy, yet elegant, ambiance. Outside, you can relax in the sun by the pool and work up an appetite before partaking in bread-breaking and thanks-giving festivities.

Idyllwild, California

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, residents of Los Angeles could very well be still experiencing a heat wave. The best way to indulge in a festive, fall Friendsgiving in Southern California is to escape to the mountains! This grand, pet-friendly mountain cabin is perfect for everyone looking to spend some time in the cooler temperatures of Idyllwild.

With six spacious bedrooms and multiple decks, you can celebrate each other in the wide-open spaces both within the cottage as well as in the shadows of the surrounding mountains.

Washington State

As the mountains and forests around Seattle, Washington, collect snow and residents start making Thanksgiving plans, friends can plan their break from the festivities and head to this cozy ski cabin in Skykomish, Washington. It's the perfect escape from the city, which allows you to appreciate the surrounding beauty while celebrating friendship and life. After a filling meal enjoyed at the cabin, you can go skiing, hiking, and even horseback riding to burn those holiday calories. After a full day of exploring (or eating) guests can relax in the luxurious sauna, watch a film inside, or snuggle around the fire pit.


Keep an eye on the Glamping Hub blog for more Thanksgiving inspiration, ideas, and getaways coming soon!

Friendsgiving with Glamping Hub

By Ben Clarke

Thanksgiving, from its inception, has always been a holiday centered around those closest to you. More recently, we have seen the phenomenon of "Friendsgiving," a new emphasis on bringing together people from your wider social circle, perhaps best captured in the sitcom "Friends."

Thanksgiving

Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, we, at Glamping Hub, feel that a season of such good cheer should be shared with all of our friends around the globe. That's why we've included accommodations from several different countries. After all, Thanksgiving is a good excuse for a well-earned vacation!

Fredericksburg, Texas

Big Bend State Park, Texas

The Lone Star State is perhaps the epitome of America—not afraid to do things bigger and in its own, innovative way. Nowhere is this truer than in the town of Fredericksburg, the heart of Texas Wine Country. There, they celebrate the holiday season in a big way.

Two days before Thanksgiving is the lighting of the German Christmas Pyramid. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink, a Christmas Party at the local theater, and so much more festive celebration.

It's also a great time of year to visit the local vineyards, many of which will be offering their own locally produced mulled wine. If you need perking up, there is an exhilarating hike up through the pink granite domes of the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Tranquil Log Cabin Farm Stay in Texas Hill Country near San Antonio

To fully enjoy the rustic Texan charm of Fredericksburg, why not rest your head at this tranquil log cabin on a farm?

Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park, Colorado

The incredible Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado is fully open by late November, and it offers something for everyone: skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and so much more. When you're not carving up the slopes, the town of Winter Park offers brewery tours, spa treatments, parks, picturesque hiking trails, off-road tours, and a buzzing nightlife.

Stunning Cabin Getaway Rental near World-Class Ski Resorts in Winter Park, Colorado

Once you've had a long day on the slopes, why not make your way back to this stunning cabin rental?

Hawaii

Waimanalo Beach, Oʻahu, Hawaii

Hawaii has long been a favorite for an American domestic vacation, and with good reason! The islands' Pacific location allow for the feeling that you've gone somewhere really exotic, whilst minimizing the cultural shock. Known for its brilliant weather in late November, where better to vacation? The island of Oahu has a range of attractions, including Diamond Head (a volcano that offers excellent hiking opportunities), a wide selection of spectacular white sand beaches, the historic Pearl Harbor, and Kualoa Ranch (a vast nature reserve offering ATV rides, a zip-line, and Hollywood film set tours).

Secluded Vacation Lodge Rental, Oahu, Hawaii

After you've spent a long day exploring the mysticism and tranquility of beautiful Oahu, why not cook up a Thanksgiving feast at this secluded oceanfront vacation lodge rental?

Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Australia

Blue Mountains, Australia

With an average temperature of 69°F in November, it's no surprise that visitors flock to the Blue Mountains of New South Wales to enjoy the incredible summer weather. Blue Mountains National Park consists of dramatic valleys and soaring mountain peaks, the most famous of which is the Three Sisters.

Many hiking trails intertwine and join onto the Giant Stairway, which descends down into the Jamison Valley. There is also a strong Aboriginal influence here; visitors can tour through Red Hand Cave, which displays some of the best cave art in all of Australia.

Unique and Rural Cabin Rental with Observatory in Leura, New South Wales

How better to enjoy the stunning views of this natural paradise than from this unique cabin rental with an observatory?

Sydney Opera House

The Blue Mountains are only an hour and a half away from Sydney, which is perhaps best known for the unique Sydney Opera House, overlooking the water. It is an excellent destination for anyone with an interest in the performing arts—be it opera, theater, music, or dance. Darling Harbor, a vast recreational area, offers shopping, restaurants, museums, an aquarium, and so much more. Bondi Beach, just across the bay, is one of Australia's most iconic beaches and offers excellent surfing and a relaxed dining atmosphere.

Cozy Tent Rentals

Why not get back to nature and sleep under the stars in these cozy tent rentals?


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