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!