5 ways to have the ultimate end-of-summer getaway on a budget

By Jessica Armstrong

Editor's note: This guest post was written by Ashley Rossi of SmarterTravel.

The end of summer, particularly in August and September, is often referred to as the "sweet spot" for travel. Summer crowds disperse, as families get ready to head back to school, meaning there is less demand at popular summer vacation spots. If your schedule allows, this is actually one of the best times to plan a long-weekend escape! Here are five budget-friendly tips from SmarterTravel that’ll make your end-of-summer getaway the best one yet.

Stay local

The best part about planning a staycation or a getaway to a nearby destination is that you'll save on transportation costs and time by staying local. Here are some suggestions for a number of major cities across the U.S.!

From New York City, we recommend a trip to Dutchess County in New York.

This quirky tiny house is located on a charming farm nearby in Sullivan County, New York.

From Atlanta, Georgia, head to Asheville, North Carolina.

Couples will love this romantic tree house cabin near Asheville, North Carolina.

From Houston, Texas, head to San Antonio.

A unique getaway awaits at these traditional tipis in nearby New Braunfels, Texas.

From Seattle, Washington, head to Bellingham or Whidbey Island.

A trip for two never looked so good than at this glamping tent on Whidbey Island in Washington.

From Los Angeles, head to San Diego, California.

This bell tent rental comes with its own mini-tennis court in nearby Carlsbad, California.

For even more exciting escapes near nine major U.S. cities, check out these top, cheap weekend getaways!

Hit the road

You can cut costs on transportation by driving to your weekend getaway. Even if you don't own a car, renting a car or using a service, like Zipcar, gives you freedom and flexibility to make a road trip a viable option. What's more? Zipcar has a partnership with state and provincial parks across the U.S. to give you free parking at select locations.

Make sure you're using an app, like GasBuddy, which is a crowd-sourcing app that tells you where the cheapest gas is nearby. Since you already have your smartphone out, take a second to download these nine other essential road trip apps, too!

Ditch the hotel

Try looking into different types of accommodations when planning an end-of-summer getaway—with glamping being a top choice. Not only are you staying in Instagram-worthy properties, but you'll likely be saving on nightly rates since these are usually a non-traditional form of shelter. You'll also be able to cut costs on dining out if you book a place with a kitchen or cooking area and avoid the potential high costs of hotel parking lots.

Embrace the off season

Significant savings can be found in destinations that are in their off season, as these locales are less popular this time of year and typically have lower prices to attract guests. This is especially true in summertime in mountain towns, like Stowe, Park City, Vail, and many more. Other popular destinations where summer is considered to be the off season include Arizona, Florida, and New Orleans.

Get outdoors

It's time to get outside! Most hikes and beaches are free to enjoy, and the great outdoors provides a naturally relaxing backdrop to celebrate the end of summer. Be sure to check out free National Park entry days—one is coming up on August 25!—and look at passes for state and national parks if you're looking to visit often. Don't know which park to visit? We've got some suggestions for you that come recommended by the park rangers themselves here.


Check out Glamping Hub and SmarterTravel's Weekend Road Trip Giveaway on Instagram! You and three friends have the chance to win the perfect end-of-summer getaway.

Win a Tiny House Stay: Fireside Resort at Jackson Hole

By Chloe Stein

This contest has ended—good luck to all who participated! Stay tuned for the winner's announcement, which will go live on December 11th.

The tiny house from the exterior.

Ever wondered what it would be like to "sleep tiny?"

We've teamed up with the incredible Fireside Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to give you and your glamper of choice a spectacular getaway in one of our most prized tiny houses.

Enter to win this giveaway, and you'll receive a two-night stay at the Kamp Cabin tiny house!

Want to enter? Click here, and be sure to scroll down for additional info!

The bedroom in the tiny house.
Located in Wilson, Wyoming, and just a short drive away from Yellowstone National Park, the owners of the Kamp Cabin tiny house have turned their resort into one of our top destinations in Jackson Hole—not to mention, the ultimate honeymoon destination.

Inside the tiny house.
The Kamp Cabin tiny house is certainly a romantic getaway. It's close proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, however, make it the perfect weekend vacation for any adventurous duo—just take a look at it's surroundings!

Inside the tiny house.
Its top features include a sturdy wood-paneled floor, large windows which let in the morning light, and a charming fire pit for evenings under the stars.

Inside the tiny house.
But that's not it, their accommodations on site are also sustainably-built and LEED-certified cabins, all of which redefine luxury lodging as a whole.

The tiny house from the outside at nighttime.
More than all that, the Fireside Resort provides guests with an unforgettable stay—enveloped by nature and coupled with a five-star, boutique-hotel experience. Enter to win a stay at this tiny house today!

Want to win an additional prize? Head to our recent Instagram post, and tag a friend in the comments!

A special thanks to our Instagram partners: @littlesouthernwife, @ambertorrealba, @meandertheworld, @bailylamb, @timetravelblonde, @whatthedoost, and @obsessedbyportia!

Win a Tree House Stay: Treetop Hideaways

By Chloe Stein

exterior of luna loft tree house at night

This giveaway has ended. Stay connected with our blog for an announcement on our Tree House Giveaway winner. Thanks to all who participated—good luck!

Have you been looking for the perfect excuse to sleep in the trees?

We've teamed up with the crew from Treetop Hideaways to give you and your glamper of choice a spectacular experience in one of our most prized tree houses. Enter to win this giveaway, and you'll receive a two-night stay at the Luna Loft Tree House.

Want to enter? Click here or scroll down for more info!

exterior photo of the large windowsLocated 10 minutes outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and close to the Appalachians, the owners of this tree house have turned a small piece of land to a haven for guests looking to explore this area.

exterior of the tree house during the dayThe Luna Loft Tree House is an incredible destination for couples looking for their first glamping adventure. Just take a gander at it's interior.

tree house interior in tennesseeIts most notable features include a custom-crafted interior, constructed out of vintage whiskey barrels and local aged wood sourced from a 1860s barn.

photo of surrounding natureMost importantly, its structure has been built to work with the natural tree growth and surrounding woodlands—making it not only a charming escape, but also an eco-friendly, sustainble structure.

photo of the tree house beams and lights

Want to win an additional prize? Head to our recent Instagram post, and tag a friend in the comments!


Be sure to check out our contest partners: Louise Claire Johnson, Serinda Swan, Megan of North Carolina Yoga Girl, Tanya of Hide My Coat,Carla of Mommy Minivan Monologues, Tanya of Hide My Coat, and Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy for more Glamping Hub contests, travels, and news.

Three Summer Must-Haves for a Pet-Friendly Getaway

By Jessica Armstrong

Is your pet feeling a bit stressed from the ruff hustle and bustle of everyday life? Is he or she looking to frolic through the great outdoors where he can bark, lounge, and holler without a worry in the world?

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Sounds like your four-legged friend could use a pet-friendly vacation with Glamping Hub and Glamping with Pets. But don't forget to pack these three summer must-haves to make your pet's fur-cation even better!

V-Dog Kibble and Treats

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Good for your pup's tummy and the environment? You better believe it! V-Dog is vegan, so now your pet can be, too. Making premium products that are animal and cruelty-free is just one of the ways V-Dog helps your dog contribute to bettering the environment one bone or biscuit at a time. Be sure to buy these yummy treats and doggy bags by the bunch so your dog can be eating the best of the best all summer long.

Olive + Atlas Collars and Leashes

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[Olive + Atlas](https://www.oliveandatlas.co/) has the top accessories to make your pup's summer colorful & stylish.
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They're hip, trendy, comfortable and will have every other pet barking for more info on where to get these unbeatable dog collars and leashes. Olive + Atlas have designed a look for your pet that will have them strutting through the parks without a worry in the world. And you know that it will be the first thing they will want packed for their pet-friendly getaway.

Glamping with Pets Gift Card

Glamping with Pets Gift Card

Book the ultimate pet-friendly getaway with your very own
Glamping with Pets Gift Card

The best thing you can do for your pet this summer is to take them on the vacation of a lifetime with Glamping with Pets. Buying a gift card allows your pet to help you decided where the adventure will take you, too. Whether that is a lakeside cabin in New York or a safari tent in Washington, a glamping retreat is calling you and your pup's names.

These three must-haves can be yours when entering Glamping Hub's Pet-Friendly Summer Giveaway—enter here!


Don't forget to visit our Instagram, too, to see how to prep your pup for the best glamping summer yet!

Give Back to the Community with Glamping Hub and Faucet Face

By Jessica Armstrong

Hey there, glampers! We have a special treat for you this week. With all the excitement of 2017, Glamping Hub has some new surprises up its trees. So, let's introduce you to our new friends over at Faucet Face.

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What makes Faucet Face and Glamping Hub the perfect pair, you ask?

We here at Glamping Hub strive to find the best sites that both provide an unforgettable experience, as well as preserve nature's wonder and beauty. Now it's time to give back to those who strive to tackle another challenge—how to provide potable water all over the globe.

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Here's how you can get involved and have fun, too! For every water bottle purchased on Faucet Face, that equals a contribution to providing the funds towards new filtration systems first in India, and later, all over the world. How cool to be a part of something so important, right? We thought so, too, and would love your help!

Enter to win your very own gift card for a glamping getaway and three Faucet Face glass water bottles with the design of your choice to help spread awareness for their 1 for 100 program by subscribing to their newsletter and Facebook page.

Just picture yourself enjoying your relaxing getaway with your new glass bottles while knowing you are helping make a difference.

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Together, we can bring more awareness to ways we can benefit the community and environment.

To participate enter, here.


Stay tuned for more fun partnerships coming this spring and summer. You will not want to miss out on all the ways to give back—and get some fun goodies while doing so. In the meantime, start planning your summer getaway here!