Host Spotlight: Daniel

By Fred Jéquier

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 interviewed Daniel about his rustic cabin with a hot tub near Windham, New York.

A photo of Daniel taken by @francisdriscoll outside his rustic chalet, ready to head out to the slopes!
Keep on reading to hear more about his property below!

1. What is the story behind starting your glamping site?

Working a busy and stressful financial services career in New York City, I was seeking a weekend escape from the city. I found that in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York, especially as I developed a new passion for snowboarding. I have always enjoyed the great outdoors (I am a boyscout!). Reconnecting with nature, enjoying peace and quiet, and having access to the great hiking/ski mountains—Hunter and Windham—were important factors for me. So I began looking for a quaint cabin up in that area, and I got lucky in finding this cozy cabin!

Photo courtesy of @ethanabitz

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?

I still work in the financial services industry and I'm a glamping host on the side. For most of my career, I worked in New York City and within the last year I moved to Chicago. Glamping offers the best of both worlds—you get to enjoy nature without the conditions of a tent directly on the ground.

Photo courtesy of @ethanabitz

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

The chalet allows you to enjoy and connect with nature in the Catskill Mountains, in a relaxing, rustic setting.

Photo courtesy of @ethanabitz

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

The large hot tub that faces an open field and mountains head on. There’s nothing quite like relaxing at night in the hot tub with your friends, some drinks in hand, and enjoying the clear starry sky together.

Photo courtesy of @dirtandglass

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

When I started hosting the chalet I never expected just how many people from all over the world I would interact with. At this point, I have hosted people from dozens of countries and it has been a true joy helping people plan their stay in the Catskill Mountains. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy the hosting and communicating with guests par. I enjoy being hospitable...who knew!

Photo courtesy of @ethanabitz

Given that the chalet is located on a mountain top in a rural part of the United States, there are certain things that are more challenging to accomplish and things that I certainly took for granted living close to cities. Things take longer to get delivered up here or its difficult to find the right service to do work because it’s a long drive up the mountain from the valley.

Photo courtesy of @dirtandglass

I would say my biggest challenge was when I decided last year to add a hot tub to the property. There are many logistics that come into play in order to provide a good, safe hot tub experience to each and every guest. One can’t fill up the hot tub with water from the chalet as we run on well water, and filling up several hundred gallons at once would place a burden on our filtration and well pump systems. So we have to have fresh water trucked in. Luckily, one year and three contractors later, we have really found someone to take care of the hot tub from A to Z that we are truly happy with and has been providing guests with an amazing experience.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

Our last Glamping Hub guests were a couple of honeymooners that stayed for over a week and they loved it! I thought that was both memorable and quite the compliment. Another stay that pops into mind is a family who gushed about how the chalet brought them closer when they went on their first ever skiing trip at Windham Mountain last March. I like that the cozy atmosphere of the chalet is bringing people together.

Photo courtesy of @dirtandglass

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Cozy, clean, and relaxing.

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

I like to provide a rustic, relaxing experience on the mountain top so that you can enjoy nature, unwind and reconnect with those closest to you. I aim to have the chalet provide guests with the least expensive six person accommodation with a hot tub on the mountain top.

Photo courtesy of @ethanabitz

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

Can I please pick two? Ayrton Senna, the legendary Brazilian Formula 1 driver, and John F. Kennedy, my favorite U.S. president. I think they are both very fascinating and it would be so interesting to meet and talk with them if they were still alive.

Photo courtesy of @dirtandglass

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?

When I bought the chalet in 2018, I started hosting it almost right away with no major changes. I have added/renovated things along the way due to guest suggestions and instagram inspiration. Therefore, we are always updating a little something here or there. In hindsight, I like this approach a lot because you learn more about the chalet and what guests want/like. Our next few projects include: building a mailbox so that the driveway entrance is clearly marked, building a rustic farm table for the kitchen, and making improvements to the driveway.


To book an unforgettable stay at Daniel's rustic and cozy cabin in New York, click here!

Where to have the best Super Bowl party

By Mikaela Amundson

Super Bowl LIII
Rams vs. Patriots
Sunday, February 3, 2019
6:30 p.m. EST

It's almost game time.

The 2019 Super Bowl is fast approaching, and there's no better way to watch the game than to glamp with your whole squad while cheering on your team! Pack up all of your favorite snacks and drinks, and head off with the gang to any of these amazing spots to get ready for kick-off on Sunday, February 3.

Los Angeles area

Calling all Rams fans! Choose from some of these great cabins close to the L.A. area that are perfect for bringing all of your favorite fellow fans to. With screens, seating, and gorgeous views, these pads are the best place to go to get away from the city and focus on game time.

Lakefront Retreat for 10 Guests with Private Dock in Big Bear, California

This lakeside cabin is a great spot to sit and watch the game with plenty of comfortable seating for your whole group! The open kitchen and wet bar just off the living room will make sure food and drink are always near so you never miss a play.

Spectacular Cabin Getaway with Game Room on Big Bear Lake, California

Settle in for the game in this plush living room at this cabin on Big Bear Lake, complete with a cozy fireplace and a flat-screen TV. Get some burgers and brats going on the barbecue just outside on the porch, and you're ready to watch the action!

If you don't mind missing a bit of Maroon 5, you could even duck out to the hot tub during half-time for a quick relaxing soak—particularly necessary if you're already stressed from the first half of the game.

Luxurious Cabin with Private Hot Tub and Game Room in South Lake Tahoe, California

This cabin near Lake Tahoe, with gorgeous views and a unique indoor, gas fire pit, is the perfect place for you and your whole friend group to watch the game from. With a large, open living area and game room, this pad has seating for everyone, and there are plenty of bean bags around so everyone can just kick back and enjoy.

New England area

Alright, Pats fans, this section is for you! Whether you're from Boston, Burlington, Providence, or Portland, you know what what it feels like to be Super Bowl Champions and believe this year will be no different. If you need to get away from all the fanfare to focus on the game with just a select few die-hard fans, we've got a few places in the New England area that would be perfect for you.

Luxury Cabin Rental with Game Room near Stratton Mountain in Manchester, Vermont

This huge, Vermont cabin has enough beds to sleep all of your favorite hardcore fans—and more!—if you're looking to host a bigger group for the game this year. With plush seating, a cozy fireplace, and a stocked game room downstairs, this place is sure to please all of your guests on February 3. Make a weekend out of it, and pre-Super Bowl, hit the nearby ski resorts for a Saturday run out on the slopes.

Huge Cape House on the Beach near Falmouth, Massachusetts

If you're a serious New Englander, going to the Cape is second nature to you. Why not try it out a little earlier in the year for a Super Bowl Party? This beautiful beach house can sleep 10 and has room for many more on the day of, being well within driving distance of Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. With a gorgeous open-plan and spacious kitchen, this rental is perfect for entertaining and cheering on the Pats!

Spacious Luxury Log Cabin with Private Hot Tub in South Berwick, Maine

This log cabin is the perfect rustic getaway...with a flat-screen in the living room to watch the game on! With a large, cozy sofa and an enormous dining room table that seats 12 people, this cabin was made for hosting all your friends. Whip up some game-time snacks in the fully-stocked kitchen, and you're all set for kick off.

Atlanta area

Are you from the Atlanta area and just sick of all this Super Bowl hoopla? We get it if you don't want to deal with the increase in traffic, people, and tourists in your hometown. Why not go glamping instead? We've rounded up a few places you can sneak off to and watch the game in peace.

Magnificent Modern Cabin for Relaxing Vacation near Carters Lake, North Georgia

This well furnished cabin has a beautiful, open-plan living room and kitchen, perfect for hosting a viewing party. The huge wall-to-wall windows shed lots of light and have a beautiful view of the surrounding forest. Make a weekend out of it by enjoying the outdoor swimming pool, fishing lake, and private river!

Beautifully Decorated Luxury Cabin near Lake Burton in Northern Georgia

If you like a more luxurious cabin, this accommodation near Lake Burton is perfect for you. With gorgeous hardwood inside and impeccable stonework outside, this cabin might even feel more luxe than your own home! Snuggle up by the fire for the game in front of the flat-screen TV and enjoy the beautiful view—all while knowing that you didn't have to fight any traffic or tourists to enjoy this.

Luxurious Dog-Friendly Cabin with a Hot Tub near Helen, Georgia

If you can't bear to leave your furry friend behind, this dog-friendly cabin is the place for you. The living room, kitchen, and porch are all beautiful hardwood, and the open plan is perfect for a party. If you and your fellow football fans have a competitive streak, you're sure to enjoy the pool table adjacent to the living room for some friendly competition during commercial breaks.


Keep looking on Glamping Hub to find the perfect spot for your next party! Be sure to check out our California and New England guides for even more options.

The ideal New England fall foliage road trip

By Marta Gintowt

As late September bids farewell to hot summer days and October welcomes sweater weather, each region of the country experiences fall differently. Synonymous with pumpkins, apple cider, and changing leaves, New England undoubtedly boasts the most magical fall scenery that the United States has to offer.

Cruising along Interstate 95 is the perfect way to take advantage of the vibrant fall foliage happening during the autumnal months. With impressive forests, charming small towns, and peaceful terrain, each state has something special to offer road-trippers making their way through New England.

New York

New York State is much more than just the Big Apple, and in just a matter of a few hours, you can trade sterling skyscrapers views for vibrant, chromatic vistas. The mountains of the Catskills and the Adirondacks are famous for their lush woodlands and nature escapes, especially in the fall. Whether you're spending the weekend or just passing through, New York will certainly be an unforgettable first stop.

Massachusetts

Home of the perfect summer getaway, Massachusetts also beautifully embodies cozy in the fall months. College campuses are filled to the brim, and cities are preparing for the winter ahead. From the hills of the Berkshires to the shores of Cape Cod, spending a day on the road embracing the best of what autumn has to offer can be experienced best in Massachusetts.

Vermont

Mostly known for motifs like winter sports and ice cream, the state of Vermont boasts a lesser-known secret: stunning watercolor vistas from late September to winter's commencement. An afternoon hike through the Green Mountain National Forest or a picnic along Lake Champlain will be accompanied by striking, fragrant foliage, allowing the perfect backdrop for a photograph or oil painting.

New Hampshire

Travelers who are reluctant to leave Vermont will regain their enthusiasm when crossing the state line into New Hampshire. With similar topography like lush forests, rolling hills, and peaceful farmland, it's the ideal place for a relaxing afternoon drive to absorb all of the scenery. The White Mountain National Forest stretches across the northern part of the state, while the south is sprinkled with lakes and meadows, so there is something to suit everyone.

Maine

The northernmost state in the continental US is the final—and perhaps most picturesque—stop on this New England road trip! Maine's idyllic landscape is covered by thick woodlands dotted with crystal clear lakes and sleepy, coastal fishing towns. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the crisp, cool autumn air perfumed with the nostalgic aroma of a new season patiently waiting.


Planning a fall foliage getaway? Check out all of New England's best glamping sites here!

New England's Fall Foliage

By Elizabeth Young

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Although not New England, Upstate New York is a great place to see the leaves change

There are many things that we all love about fall, but apart from the return of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, the changing of the leaves might be our favorite. As the leaves shed their verdant green summer dress for shades of red, orange, and yellow, escape the city and head for the country where you can truly appreciate New England's colorful chorus. Book one of these rentals today and spend your vacation apple picking, visiting orchards, and hiking!

Where to stay: Fairy-Tale Cottage in the Berkshires
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One-of-a-kind rentals like this make for an unforgettable fall break.

This fairy-tale cottage is nestled in the heart of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Be swept off your feet by the magical ambiance of the cottage while you enjoy exploring the surrounding area, only made more beautiful by the changing of leaves.

Where to stay: Rustic Log Cabin in Maine
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Enjoy the fall colors as you stroll down the beach.

If you're looking out an office or classroom window and wishing it was still summer, check out this rustic log cabin in Maine, where you can contrast the changing leaves with the sandy beach. While it may be too chilly to swim, the hiking trails surrounding the rental perfectly showcase the region's fall colors.

Where to stay: Luxury Cabin on Stratton Mountain, Vermont
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What could be better than relaxing on the deck surrounded by a range of fall hues?

If you're looking for a place where the whole family can get away, take a peek at this luxury log cabin. Not only can you spend days hiking and biking through the surrounding, colorful forest, but come winter, you'll find yourself right near the Stratton Ski Resort.

Where to stay: Tree House with Jacuzzi near White Mountain National Forest, Maine
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Remember, tree houses aren't just for kids!

Near the White Mountain National Forest, this tree house is the perfect place to see the leaves change among the trees. With room for family and friends, plus a private hot tub, this is sure to be a fall break you won't forget.


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