Host Spotlight: Emilie and Chad

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 Emilie and Chad, who manage a woodworking space turned sweet tiny house in the woods in Murphy, North Carolina.

The idea

Emilie and Chad are a young, dynamic duo of wedding photographers, with three incredible children, who had the drive and the dream to invest in a project with a soul—what is now their secluded, woodland tiny house rental.

It all started with an equity settlement that Emilie received from a previous divorce—money that took a long time to receive, which made Emilie feel like it was "money [she] could never count on or money [she] would never see again," driving her desire to invest and make money off of it.

The young couple found the perfect home in Murphy, North Carolina, which was previously owned by the Bonawitz family of the Murphy Slackers, a hometown slack-lining group, and from there, they moved into the woodworking shop down the mountain from the main house. They quickly realized, however, that the shop was much bigger than they needed and didn't suit their preference to live in a smaller space.

The construction

Of this larger woodworking space, the tiny house accommodation was born. From their last wedding photography job in November to their first shoot of the following year, Emilie and Chad worked side-by-side—including the loving help of their kids—for four to five months until the tiny house was complete.

"We worked late nights with music turned on for dance parties and had plenty of opportunities to learn as we went. Paint spills turned into laughing fits. Freezing temperatures outside pushed us to figure out a real-life Tetris arrangement. All five of us would sit in the loft with our feet hanging down, just dreaming of what it would look like finished," said Emilie.

The accommodation

The tiny house is private and surrounded by forest; it's a space that allows folks to enjoy food together around a fire and play music. There are hammocks in the trees and zip-lines to swing from.

A past guest once said, "It doesn't matter if you are going hiking or just looking to 'Netflix and chill'—it is better at The Holler House," and Emilie says she thinks she would agree with that. Being there is a real vacation, providing guests with a place to really relax.

The inside of the accommodation is so calming; it's air-conditioned and equipped with a full bathroom. But the most special thing about it is the design. The space has everything one could need in a 16-foot by 20-foot layout. The ceiling are high, the space is clean and simple, and it declutters one's mind and world.

There is a clawfoot tub in the main room for folks to enjoy a soak. When they placed the tub in the main space, Emilie said she envisioned someone on the bed just staring and flirting with the other in the bath. There's nothing like a good soak after a hike! What's more? The place was designed to never run out of on-demand, hot water.

Recent updates to the accommodation include a tiny, roofed porch for grilling and a hanging hammock chair. Off to the side of that, Emilie and the kids built a floating yoga porch that doubles as an outdoor shower. Needless to say, they're even more in love with the space now, and Emilie speaks of how great it feels to finish another project on the house.

The reason behind glamping

Emilie was drawn to glamping and Glamping Hub due to her love of photography. As a wedding photographer, she is a fan of a good Instagram post and believes that every post is a story in and of itself. This is her philosophy when shooting—telling the story while capturing the fun and adventure that unfolds.

"Glamping brings us back to the basics of family and of life. We sit around a fire and see what it important. I see my husband helping one of the kids, and I fall in love all over again. I see my sweet children just soaking in family time. We love glamping because it helps us keep the balance in life that we need and the downtime to invest in each other," said Emilie.

The experience

Guests of the tiny house always comment on how well thought out everything is. While Emilie agrees with them, she knows she's biased, as she did the planning and knows how much time went into everything, but says it's so encouraging when the guests see it, too. They appreciate the little touches, like Emilie's grandmother's lamp above the kitchen sink and the custom library ladder that leads to the loft.

"My last guest asked me who the welder was; he was referring to the sink base and other shelves. I told him about our local community college, how the students built that base, and what a fantastic experience it was working with them. I am going to sign up for the welding class in the spring now. I can't wait!" said Emilie.

Meanwhile, for each stay, Emilie and Chad make sure guests have everything they need—and then leave them alone. Before guests arrive, the couple make sure the place is welcoming and sparkling clean. They also have an amazing, vintage Marantz sound system and love to have the tunes on to welcome their guests.

Emilie and Chad also provide a stash of local maps and ideas for local adventures and food, but they often communicate beforehand with guests so they can plan ahead. They like to send folks to places the "locals" go, so Emilie sends them typed-out directions if Google won't get them there.

The duo also provide firewood for the open-air fire pit and barbecue, as well as a gas barbecue, hammocks, an outdoor picnic area, a tipi, and access to the property's biplane and all the tree house slides and swings if it's not already booked. For digital entertainment junkies, Netflix, Apple TV and Wi-Fi are all provided, too.

The guests

The real joy for Emilie, however, comes from their guests. The type of travelers that stay at this tiny house are serious about investing in their relationships, staying at cool places, and having real experiences. It inspired her, as a family and as a wife, to invest in time together with her family building memories.

Emilie's all-time favorite guest was a single mother with her two teens. Emilie ran something down to the house later in the evening, and they were watching a movie together—just hanging out, like old friends.

"I saw them sitting outside in the morning just talking, and it was so evident that momma just loved being with her kids and that the kids loved being with her. They were making memories simply by giving each other time and listening. It was powerful," said Emilie.

The kids enjoyed exploring the woods and the tree house, too. The mom told Emilie later, in a review, that the kids took books and just read in the tree house. They felt like it was a space just for them—a sanctuary. She still keeps in touch with this family and hopes they visit again.

As for future guests, if Emilie could have anyone come stay, she's hoping for more photographers. She loves it when they come to stay, as it allows her to see the different eyes that other creatives have for their special place.

For a fantastic North Carolina getaway, you can book Emilie and Chad's gorgeous tiny house rental or the tree house at the same property, lovingly managed by their eldest daughter!

But wait! We have a double feature this month, so be sure to click here and read all about Brenda and Bruce's luxury camping tent, too.

Host Spotlight: Don in North Carolina

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 Don, who manages this unique glamping site near Asheville, North Carolina.

A view of the exterior of one of the two accommodations at this unique glamping site near Asheville.

This unique property near Asheville, North Carolina, is made up of both a cabin and a barn.

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

In 2015, a neighbor visiting said she loved my place and suggested I rent it when I wasn't using it. I said I thought it was too quirky. She told me what glamping was and that some people looked for that kind of experience.

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

I'm a writer. I need solitude to work. In 2009, I bought 30 acres an hour from my home in western North Carolina, an hour from my home in Asheville. There was nothing but a falling down barn when I got it. I wanted to restore the barn and develop the property using principles of permaculture, sustainability, homesteading, and creativity/art. I first built a 12-foot by 20-foot cabin to stay in while restoring the barn. Over seven years, when not writing, I planted and sculpted and got the place to what it is now.

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

Quiet, restorative, and calm.

A view of the cozy porch area, complete with outdoor furniture for relaxing and soaking up the woodland views.

Can't you just imagine yourself relaxing outside here?

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

I'm a city guy. My first camping experience was Outward Bound at age 30!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

I would recommend it as an antidote to being constantly grid-tied and in the 24/7 news cycle in this high-stress, modern life.

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

They can expect all of the comforts of home presented in a novel way. There are two fully-equipped kitchens, fresh spring water, hot and cold running water in the shower (in the barn), towels and linens, electricity and internet (in the barn), a wood-fired hot tub, and split firewood for guests to use.

A view of the interior of one of the rooms, including an extensive book library.

Glampers won't need to pack any books in their suitcase with a library like this at the property

7. What makes your property unique?

There is a 40-foot-long covered porch with a propane barbecue; a huge, one-of-a-kind tree house with a bird cage on top; a full library of ecology, poetry and permaculture; a linear mile of private hiking trails through a pristine temperate rain forest; five benches around the property; creek dipping; edible trees and shrubs; a three-acre meadow; signs around the property; a guided treasure hunt; and more!

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

Besides staying there, reading the guest book about people having a great time!

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

There are solar panels on the barn that power the LED lights in the cabin, in addition to wood-fired heating, a wood-fired hot tub, spring water, natural drainage, a composting toilet (humanure); repurposed wood from the property used in almost all of the property's construction; robust recycling; and binders in all buildings for guests to learn about off-the-grid living and permaculture.

Interested in a glamping escape to North Carolina? See more of what Don's property can offer here!

Blogger Spotlight: Megan glamps in North Carolina

By Jessica Armstrong

When she's not sharing her serious yoga skills with yogis across the globe, Megan of North Carolina Yoga Girl is spending time with her family and loved ones at a glamping cabin on the lake. But who said you can't multitask on vacation?

Megan shows off her yoga skills on the indoor balcony of the large, family cabin.

Megan appreciates the beautifully-structured cabin from every possible angle.*

Glamping and yoga go hand in hand. There is nothing like getting back in touch with nature while also getting back in touch with yourself. Travel with Megan as she guides, shavasanas, and downward-facing dogs her way through Glamping Hub's North Carolina Getaways. You will not want to miss out what she has to share from her most recent stay at this perfect lakefront retreat.

Megan stretches on the patio while enjoying the stunning view of Lake James.

Relax, stretch, take a deep breath, and enjoy the incredible lake view.

What was the most memorable experience during your glamping getaway?

Getting to spend time with my whole family. It doesn't happen very often, and I love that we all got to stay under the same roof and make some amazing memories in such a beautiful location!

Children turn the cabin's neatly-furnished office space into a play place.

There's plenty of fun to go around for even the smallest of glampers.

What was the best surprise about your glamping site?

It was so much bigger than I was expecting! I walked in, and it looked like we had walked into a castle! The accommodation had absolutely everything we needed and we never ran out of things to do! The theater room was so fun at night, the game room had ALL kinds of entertainment, and just when we thought we were going to have to buy life vests to ride the pontoon.. we found some at the rental, too! There was even firewood for you to use for the outdoor fire pit—helloooo, s'mores!

The large, beautifully structured cabin can accommodate up to 10 guests.

With up to 10 people in a house, you'd think this place would get crowded.

A hammock can be found on one of the several balconies that overlook the forest.

But you'll find several quiet places to sneak off to.

Where is your favorite destination to go glamping?

This was my first time staying at a glamping site, and it definitely has me hooked. Lake James was beautiful!

Where is your dream travel destination?

I actually have three! Bora Bora has been a dream of mine and my husbands since, well, forEVER. Santorini, Greece, is also up on the list! Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants might have something to do with that...And Ireland. Ireland is where most of my family's heritage is, and I would love to go explore where we came from!

What advice do you have for packing for a glamping getaway?

Be sure to pack cute outfits and bring a camera, because you're going to want to take lots of pics!

The lakeside cottage comes with a boat that can be taken out for a day on the water.

Time for some light stretching.

Sensational view of North Carolina's Lake James.

Feeling relaxed yet?

What is your must-have when traveling?

A travel buddy! haha But seriously, no matter where I'm going, I ALWAYS have my laptop, camera, and yoga clothes!

Do you spend a lot of time planning your trips or are you more spontaneous once you arrive at your destination?

I'm definitely more spontaneous. I typically book places we're going to stay in advance, but once we get there, it's exploration time!

The cabin offers several luxurious amenities, including this king-size bed.

Everyone can use a vacation every now and then.

Do you have your eye on another glamping site for the future? Where?

YES! There are some amazing windmill villas in Santorini that have stolen my heart—I don't think I'm going to be able to forget about them.

Discover your very own North Carolina Getaway here!

Want to see where Megan is showing off her new moves? Check out her Instagram: North Carolina Yoga Girl.

Blogger Spotlight: Coco

By Jessica Armstrong

Meet Coco Bassey of Milenielle—fashion blog extraordinaire and newest member of the Glamping Hub community of global travelers. We can't get over Coco's recent stay at this beautiful elevated tree house in North Carolina, and we can bet you won't be able to either.

We asked Coco to sit down with us and share a bit more about her packing process, biggest glamping surprises, and plans for her future glamping getaways. Glampers, you can be sure this won't be her last trip to a tree house.

Coco on the deck of the tree house near Asheville.

Meet Coco Bassey of [Millenielle](

What three words would you use to describe your Glamping Hub stay?

Relaxing, Adventurous, Cozy.

An exterior photo of the tree house near Asheville.

A majestic view of [Sugar Creek Tree House](

What are your packing essentials for every glamping trip?

Lots of water and snacks, bug spray, a camera, comfortable shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing! My phone died on me while I was on my trip, and having my laptop was a definitely double down on backup technology if you can!

What are your main steps to planning a getaway?

Planning the trip: Do I need to rent a car? How long is the trip and what are my target times to arrive and depart?

Activities: What do I want to do during my trip, and what do I need to pack along with me (e.g. hiking shoes, camera, boots, cards, campfire essentials, a book, my laptop, etc.)?

Wardrobe: What do I need to pack to stay comfortable throughout my trip?

Inside the kitchen of the tree house near Asheville.

Inside the tree house near Asheville.

Interior shots of this beautiful [Asheville, North Carolina Tree House](

Food and Drink: Always pack lots of extra food and water. Even though our tree house had drinking water amenities, you never know when you'll need it in an emergency! Snacks are great for the road trip, and if there's a fire pit, s'mores are a must!

Tourism and Photography: Research your destination before you leave—are there any spots along the way that you want to stop and see? We popped into Asheville on our way home, and it was such a great opportunity to double our travel experience!

Coco posing with a camera on a hiking trail near the tree house.

Coco enjoying the surrounding forests while at her [tree house stay](

Do you prefer to travel in large groups, solo, or with a companion?

I love traveling with one or two people, but there's always something so relaxing about taking a day to break out and explore on my own!

What is your main piece of advice for travelers planning their first glamping stay?

It's always better to over-plan and over-pack! Especially when it comes to clothes, water, and wanna be ready for anything.

The bedroom of the tree house near Asheville, North Carolina.

A view of the dreamy loft bed room at this [getaway](

What is your dream destination? Why?

I've traveled quite a bit, but I can't believe I haven't been to the Mediterranean yet...I'm absolutely dying to do Spain, Italy, and/or Greece ASAP!

An interior photo with a guitar of the tree house near Asheville, North Carolina.*

The perfect nook to get some musical inspiration.

If you were to visit a glamping accommodation tomorrow, where and what type would it be?

I'd love to experience different regions, like a tropical beachfront bungalow in the summer or a winter cabin rental over the holidays.

What was the biggest surprise about your glamping stay?

I'm a city girl through and through, so of course, I had some negative presumptions about how rough it would be for me to step away from the hustle and bustle of my city life for a whole weekend! I'm so happy I tried it though—this Tree house had ALL of the amenities to make me feel right at home while providing the peace and quiet I was looking for during a quiet weekend getaway.

The fire pit at the tree house.*

Nothing better than ending a gorgeous day with a campfire and s'mores.

To find your perfect North Carolina Getaway this summer, click here!

Don't miss Coco's next glamping getaway, and make sure to keep up with her on her blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.