Host Spotlight: Emily in Colorado

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 Emily, who manages these unique tipi rentals and glamping tents near the Arapaho National Forest in Granby, Colorado.

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

About four years ago.

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

Once we decided to re-open the ranch, which has been in our family for over 40 years, we decided to use the glamping concept for lodging. We love the outdoors and the hotel-like qualities of glamping—it seemed like the perfect fit for our gorgeous property.

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

Magical, relaxing, and adventurous.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

At our very own ranch!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's a beautiful and comfortable way to be outside in nature, without lugging around a bunch of camping things that you have to take time to set up—and then you get a poor night's sleep unless you are equipped with a really good air mattress. Glamping gives you the chance to go "camping" without any of the hassle.

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

They can expect 200 gorgeous acres of unfiltered, atypical resort-type scenery. Its all natural and minimal landscaping allows people to get to experience the natural beauty of the Colorado Mountains.

We provide almost everything you need for your stay: the beds are very comfortable, we keep the buildings very clean, and we are extremely attentive and relaxing with our guests. We won't bother you if you want peace and quiet, but will talk to you about the history of the buildings and our property being in operation since the 1800s for hours.

Colorado's smallest bar is the coolest place to hang out at night. Since people have been enjoying this ranch since the early 1900s as a camping site, vacation destination, and dude ranch, there are decades of good vibes, people falling in love, weddings, and good old fashioned fun. The vibe is something you will not find anywhere else.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are not a resort-ized facility. As a husband and wife team, we build and run everything at our facility—and sometimes the kids even help! We have unique decor, since we are art collectors, and we have lots of amazingly beautiful art and old fashioned ranch-themed equipment around the property. As hosts, we're not fussy, and we're not overly obnoxiously, in-your-face service representatives who will ask you 20 times a day if you need something; however, we are right there if you have any requests.

The property itself has been in operation as a vacation property since the 1900s, and some of the buildings (the Lodge and the Dance Hall) were properties built in the 1900s and moved up to our land on logs back in the day. The history and stories about this property are endless, and my husband, Todd, is full of excellent stories that are typically told from our bar or around the campfires at night. People tend to feel a part of a community when they come to our ranch, and we consider you our family when you are here!

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

Getting to know the guests! We have met so many amazing people. Lots of people have found us online, recognized the name, and realized that their parents and grandparents came to the ranch many years back. Some of these parents and grandparents even met and married on the property!

We love hearing stories about past guests and their experiences. Providing a place where families, friends, and even strangers can create memories together is a priceless way to work—it doesn't even feel like work!

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We are completely of the grid; generate our own electricity via a generator; and have our own water rights that come off a bubbling stream from the Colorado River—the water is absolutely delicious up here. We continue to make progress in moving towards all sorts of other ways we can make our property eco-friendly, too."

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Come visit us! It's one of those places you can't quite describe and fully enjoy until you get here and experience it for yourself! We have weddings (which are absolutely gorgeous with the scenery of our private lake and mountain backdrop), family reunions, and all sorts of friendly get-togethers. There is even have a bluegrass event once a year that is a blast!


Interested in a glamping escape to Colorado? See more of Emily's tipis and luxury tents, and book today!

Blogger Spotlight: Emily goes to Breckenridge, Colorado

By Jessica Armstrong

This winter, it's time to cozy up in a spacious cabin, and there's no destination more perfect than Breckenridge, Colorado. A trip to one of these extraordinary cabins is a real gift, and now that travel pro and fashion blogger Emily of Baily Lamb has visited for a getaway, she can give you the real inside scoop.

From snuggling up by the fire and lounging in the hot tub to and exploring the charming town of Breckenridge, you can see why Emily loved her glamping stay, and we can bet this will not be the last. Check out her getaway below, and start planning your very own trip!

Emily relaxes by the cozy fireplace.

It's time to kick back and relax in this beautiful mountain getaway near Breckenridge, Colorado—let lifestyle blogger Emily show you how it's done!

What time of year is your favorite to glamp and spend time in the outdoors, and why?

My favorite time to go glamping is in the fall. The foliage and changing leaf colors are so beautiful that they create this magical ambiance. I also love how the air is crisp for walks or hiking—it’s a perfect time!

This mountain gtaway is tucked in the alpine forests of Colorado overlooking the Rocky Mountains.

The stunning accommodation can house up to 13 guests—although there's nothing wrong with wanting the whole place to yourself.

What are your glamping how-to's?

Always research fun things to do where you are going glamping before you leave for your trip, like interesting hikes or scenery that you want to see and experience while there. This way, you can make sure not to miss out on anything fun the place to has to offer. Always pack thick socks, which will prevent blisters, and the knee high boots.

What are the three words you would use to describe this glamping rental?

Warm, cozy, and luxurious.

A beautifully furnished and spacious living room paired with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

The decor and structure really puts the glam in glamping.

Where are your favorite places to travel in the fall?

Some place with foliage or mountains.

What was the best surprise you found at your glamping site?

THe best surprise was the location—I had no idea how beautiful the mountain views were! Also, the glamping site had everything necessary to have a relaxing and worry-free trip. The hot tub overlooking the mountains was my favorite surprise.

View of the Rocky Mountains from the glamping accommodation.

Wake up every morning to the breathtaking site of America's longest mountain range.

Tell us about one of your favorite camping/glamping trips.

One of my favorite glamping trips was my recent trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. I have never been to the Rocky Mountains and being there for the first time was an amazing experience.

Emily enjoys a hot bath in the luxurious designed master bath.

Emily takes advantage of the luxurious lifestyle while still feeling connected to nature.

What is your biggest piece of advice about traveling in groups?

It’s important to find a glamping site that offers a variety of activities that everyone will enjoy so the whole group feels included.

Chicly furnished dining area suitable for all 13 guests that the cabin can accommodate.

The cabin is accommodating for families, friends, and groups of all sizes.

What glamping site are you looking to visit next?

I would love to visit Canada next.

What was your favorite part about your glamping site and the stay?

For someone who comes from a big city, my favorite part was being in the nature and the mountains, as well as the overall feeling of relaxation just from being away from the everyday, busy city lifestyle. The cabin was very cozy with beautiful mountain views, so I loved that it felt very secluded in the mountains, but yet still close enough to the town.

Stunning views of the Rocky Mountains can be viewed from the cabin's private, outdoor hot tub.

There's nothing quite like relaxing in a hot tub in the midst of autumn surrounded by snow covered mountains. It's as unique as it gets.

To enjoy your very own glamping getaway in Colorado, find your perfect accommodation here!


Travel with Baily Lamb on all her upcoming trips by checking out her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Blogger Spotlight: Chloe goes to Colorado

By Jessica Armstrong

Colorado is always a perfect choice for fall glamping, and Chloe of Time Travel Blonde can tell you that firsthand. After visiting this breathtaking cabin near Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, in Nederland, CO, Chloe has a thing or two to share about how to do glamping right. One thing she made sure to pack for the adventure? Her adorable family, to share the experience of glamping together for the first time.

Follow along for the ride as Chloe shares the ins and outs of her stay with her family to this beautiful cabin in Colorado.

Chloe and Cam relax in the cozy living room

Bundled up on the couch, Chloe and baby Cam have found the perfect setting to bond and relax.

What is your favorite part about glamping in the fall and why?

I loved glamping in the fall because of the fall foliage. Colorado has some of the best in the country and to be in the thick of it is just amazing. What we especially loved about our mountain cabin was being up in the mountains, completely surrounded by trees. It was stunning!

Do you prefer to go glamping solo? In small groups or big group?

I prefer both small and big groups. I love going glamping with my husband, our son, and our dog—making memories just us. However, it's also so fun going traveling with friends! Being with my family is more relaxing, where as being in a big group is just a fun party. It just depends on how we're feeling!

View from the cabin's deck in the fall

Chloe was mesmerized by the picturesque views from the cabin's deck.

What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

Probably this one to Nederland was our most memorable. We had never gone glamping as a family before, so to bring Cam along for the fun was so sweet and memorable. We also love staying in cabins in National Parks, such as Bryce Canyon and San Dunes! It's so fun! I can definitely see many more glamping trips in our future.

The master bedroom of the cabin rental.

No tossing and turning for these glampers- Chloe found all the comforts of her own home in this rustic cottage.

What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

What I love about glamping is that it can be as slow-paced or as adventure-driven as you would like it to be. For us, we loved being completely surrounded by nature and being able to reconnect, with out having to sacrifice comfort. Being so surrounded by nature was such a nice reminder to get off our phones and laptops and just enjoy each others company. However, when we do feel active, I love being able to walk out the front door and go on some amazing hikes!

What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

I love all different kinds: unique houses, cabins, five-star hotels...My husband and I have traveled throughout the world and have so many fond memories of all the different accommodations that we've stayed in. From camping in Europe to traditional huts in Thailand, it just makes the memories that much better!

Romantic bedroom set-up

The Time Travel Blonde, living up to her name, truly enjoyed the vintage vibe of her cabin rental.

What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

I always think of what season it is when planning a trip. When we planned our glamping trip, we knew we wanted to be up in the mountains to catch a glimpse of the leaves changing. Colorado is famous for having such beautiful fall leaves and that definitely played a part in our planning. Also, I love using Instagram for travel inspiration. I've learned about so many cool places from travel influencers, and it definitely sparks our wanderlust.

Beautiful fall view of Eldora valley view

The stunning views of Eldora valley make for an excellent fall getaway.

How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

One of the things that I loved most about glamping, especially with Cam, is that it feels more like home. We've got plenty of room to wash his bottles, play, another room for him to sleep in and put the baby monitor up (especially if we want to stay up without waking baby)...it's like all the comforts of home but while we're away! Being in a hotel is nice and all, but sometimes you feel so cramped, especially with how much we now bring for Camden.

Another aspect that we like about glamping is that it's a good way to get out into nature without having to sleep in a tent. Josh and I used to do a ton of dispersed camping here in Colorado before Cam arrived, and it was fun. But now that we have a little baby with us, I love that glamping still provides the nature aspect with out having to compromise comfort.

Chloe and baby Cam enjoy the view of the expansive woods outside the cabin

There's no better way to get in touch with nature than glamping out in a sea of green.

To find your very own Colorado getaway, browse through our collection of unbeatable Colorado accommodations!


Don't forget to check out Chloe's blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more glamping adventures to come.

Host Spotlight: Gail

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 Gail, who manages this fairy-tale luxury cottage in West Glacier, Montana, and these stunning tree houses in Whitefish, Montana.

An exterior photo of the tree house cabin in Whitefish, Montana.

Looking out towards Glacier, Montana, and surrounded by woodlands and mountains, you'll be quick to want to call this tree house home.

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

Yes, several years ago.

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

I grew up with memories of a tree house! I was raised in Pennsylvania in the 60s, and my father was a contractor who built thousands of single-family homes. He always had scrap lumber around the house. With his help, my siblings and I built a rough tree house in an oak tree near our home.

Our tree house was a place that I could visit and anything was possible. It was a place without limitations where my imagination could run free. If I wanted it to be a rocket ship, a castle, or a mansion in my mind, it was. As a child in that tree house, nothing was impossible.

Our original tree house was very basic, but it fueled my desire for a "real" tree house, which wasn't fulfilled until I turned 58! This past fall, we started construction on Snow Bear Chalets—the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses!—which are located five feet from the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana.

A view from the tree house's great room and its welcoming balcony.

The tree house's cozy interior brings the outdoors indoors,with stunning views from every room.

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

Whimsical, luxurious, and unique.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Our tree houses!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It opens up a whole new way to travel.

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Guests will love the tree house's layout, including a well equipped kitchen for easily whipping up meals all trip long.

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

Expect to smile a lot!

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses.

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

Being able to stay here when it's not booked!

One of the tree house's charming bedrooms.

A good night's sleep is easily obtained from any of the cozy bedrooms at the tree house.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We kept the trees on the property and built around them, as well as used the best environmentally-friendly products in construction, maintenance, and cleaning.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

I'm passing on the tradition! When my five-year-old granddaughter first set foot in the turret of one of the tree houses, she went to the window, grabbed her hair and asked me to open the window. When I asked her why, she looked at me like I was clueless and said, "How can my prince climb the tower if I don't throw my hair down?" The magic and love of fairy-tale tree houses along with the belief of infinite possibility has been passed on to the next generation.

A whimsical lofted space in the Whitefish, Montana, tree house.

As if staying here couldn't get any more magical, check out the turreted ceiling, beautifully painted like the Montana night sky.


Book Gail's gorgeous Montana cottage and tree houses here, here, here, and here. You're sure to love our unique Montana getaways, too!

Blogger Spotlight: Alena

By Jessica Armstrong

Let Alena of ModaPrints take you to a place where the land is filled with trees and mountains, where the horses run wild in the wild, and the glampers instinctively flock like birds flying south for the winter—a little place called Colorado.

Yurt Rental Carbondale Colorado*

The interior of this [spacious Carbondale yurt](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/mountainstates/colorado/carbondale/romantic-getaway-aspen-colorado/).
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Making her first Glamping Hub debut, Alena gives us all the deets on couples glamping, what not to forget in your suitcase, and why this yurt accommodation is the bee's knees. Read below for more!

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What are the five things you have in your suitcase for every glamping trip?

Lotion because I can't handle being dry, wipes when you are feeling lazy to walk to the bathroom and wash your face, a hair brush, wine, and tennis shoes!

How do climate and weather affect what you pack?

I checked the weather, and it said snow, but knowing Colorado, it snows for an hour and everything melts by noon and it's so warm! I packed snow boots and a jacket just in case but also brought shorts and warmer clothes, too! I actually used my jacket for sitting my the fire late at night and shorts during the day, because it was actually hot after a long day of hiking!

Yurt Rental Carbondale Colorado*

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Comfortable and casual or chic and trendy? What’s your travel style and why?

It really depends on what we have planned. I brought comfy and causal, as well as a trendy outfit for our dinner plans.

What kind of amenities do you make sure the glamping site provides before you pack them, and why?

Coffee, because I will literally be a grump all morning if I don’t have at least one cup, and milk for my coffee! I've never experienced glamping before so I looked to see if they had a shower and bathroom—that's all I really need.

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Overpacker or underpacker? Why? Also, do you have any special tips on how to avoid being one or the other? What are they?

I used to be an over-packer and said enough is enough! I look at the weather and make plans on what we will be doing each day and lay out my outfits to make sure I am bringing everything I need. This helps with underpacking and overpacking, planning your days, and knowing what you will be doing helps.

What are your favorite things to bring glamping and why?

Stuff to make s'mores with, my laptop with at least two movies downloaded, and a bottle of wine! S’mores because glamping without a camp fire and s’mores is no fun. Two movies because we love staying up and watching old classic movies with a glass of wine!

What was your most memorable moment at your glamping stay?

We loved how peaceful it was and how my husband and I had absolutely no service unless we walked to the bathroom to get Wi-Fi. We loved being able to just talk and get away from the crazy, busy lifestyle we have back home.

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What surprised you about glamping?

How nice everything was and just how we felt so at home!
If you could visit another site soon, where would it be?
Somewhere by the beach would be a dream come true.

To see more beautiful destinations that Colorado has to offer, check out the luxury accommodation portal here.

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The Unmissable Trails You Should Hike in Colorado

By Hayley Donigan

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Here at Glamping Hub, we’re enthusiasts of all things nature—sleeping in nature, eating in nature, and, most importantly, exploring right in the heart of nature. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned hiker, we’re sure you know that one of the best ways to immerse yourself in wilderness is to get out on the trails and see what wonderful surprises are in store for you.

What's more? Hiking is a natural stress reliever. The major positive side of hiking is that it gives you many options to choose from regarding the location. Picking a spot which is serene and calm will help you to lift up your spirits and stay away from the daily stress.

Every state in the U.S. has beautiful hiking spots, and Colorado is no exception. There are tons of unparalleled hiking spots in this mountain state, whether it’s a trail through the Rockies or a day hike near Boulder. Some of these hikes are simply unmissable, so we’ve written about three of the best trails you should hike in Colorado to help you get your adventure started.

Columbine Trail —Three Miles Long—Moderate Difficulty

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Fantastic for those who want to soak in the native flora and fauna of Colorado in a simple day hike, the Columbine Trail in Colorado Springs can be accessed from three trailheads (allowing you to choose the length and difficulty of your hike). It meanders through beautiful Cheyenne Canyon and has a terrific end at Helen Hunt Falls. Along the way, you will see Mays Peak, Mount Buckhorn, Mount Cutler, and Muscoco Mountain, and there are babbling streams and plenty of wildlife to enjoy as you trek.

Barr Trail —13 Miles Long—Difficult

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If you want to challenge yourself a little bit more, then graduate onto the Barr Trail, which winds through Pike National Forest. Its high elevation increases its difficulty, but the reward is great—the climb ends at Pikes Peak summit. Interestingly, Barr Trail was originally created in the 1800s by a prospector, and it later became a burro trail. Now, it is one of the most popular hiking trails in Colorado.

Colorado Trail —486 Miles Long—Difficult

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Traversing the Colorado Trail is one of the greatest feats that any Colorado resident can complete. Stretching from near Denver to Durango, it winds through one of the most mountainous regions in the state. In fact, it crosses through six National Forests, eight mountain ranges, several mining towns, and even ancient Native American trails. The challenge will be rewarded because hikers of this trail will undoubtedly experience some of the most stunning scenery in Colorado.


You will never regret experiencing the thrill of completing one of these great Colorado hiking trails, and you’ll be equally thrilled to spend your nights in nature too. Ranging from mountain cabins to authentic tipis, our Colorado weekend getaways are a wonderful addition to any hike in this mountain state. Click here to explore our top mountain getaways.