Host Spotlight: Rodney

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 Rodney, who manages five charming cabin and cottage rentals in Texas Hill Country.

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

After graduating from college with a marketing degree, I moved to Houston for my first "real" job. After seven months, I quit, moved to Wimberley, Texas, and started building houses. I also had a side job doing home repairs. A lot of the jobs were on rental cabins, which gave me the idea to build my own.

I wanted to do something different and unique from all the others. I looked around for a couple years before I found the perfect piece of property and slowly started building my cabins in my free time—creating the place I would want to visit.

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

Before I started building my property, I was building custom homes and pursuing an acting career. When I originally built it, it wasn't my intention for it to become my primary job.

After sevens years, the cabins became self-sufficient, thanks to repeats and referrals, which allowed me do other things and opened the door to traveling and focusing on my photography. When not at home managing the cabins, I'm out photographing great white sharks, saltwater crocodiles, stampeding horses, surfers, and rock stars.

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

I have five rustic and cozy accommodations nestled among the cedar trees in Texas Hill Country, where you can reconnect with nature while soaking in your own private hot tub. Each cabin has elements of salvaged materials collected from old ranch houses in the area, but with all modern amenities. The cabins are only four miles from Wimberley Square, but you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. We also have DirecTV and DVD players, but I hope guests will leave the TV off and go enjoy the outdoors.

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

The cabins are spread out on 10 acres, and each one is its own private oasis nestled into the cedar trees. They each have their own private pool and hot tub, a king-size bed, a kitchen, and a fireplace. It truly is a place to get away and relax with nature.

There are deer, rabbits, fox, the occasional turkey, and, of course, lots of birds. One of my favorite things is to sit on the back porch in the mornings and listen to the doves coo back and forth to each other.

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

I leave notebooks in the cabins for guests to tell about their experience. I look forward to reading about their story and how it helped them de-stress from work, reconnect with their partner, or just escape the pressures of the real world for a couple days.

The biggest challenge I face is maintenance. For several years, I did it all. I built them and did all the maintenance, repairs, and cleaning. There are five pools, five hot tubs (about to be six), five water heaters, five air conditioners...well, you get the point. There's always something that needs to be tended to, and the biggies always seem to happen the day before I go out of town.

After doing it solo for 15 years, I finally brought in my brother to help out with some of the workload, and my parents also live nearby, so my dad is able to help out with things when I'm traveling.

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

After 25 years, that's really a tough one to answer. There have been so many. I've had writers that come to get away to finish their projects, couples that have gotten married on the property and come back every year for their anniversary, and people celebrating birthdays, new jobs, and retirements.

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

Relaxing, secluded, and peaceful.

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

My property is all about escaping the city and reconnecting with nature. Guests always ask me what there is to do in Wimberley, but when they get here, most people don't leave the cabin. You can lay out by the pool or soak in the hot tub on the back porch while looking at the stars. Wimberley is a dark sky city so you can see all the stars in the sky.

If you do want to step out, there are numerous wineries in the area, restaurants, zip-lining, swimming in historic Jacobs Well and Blue Hole, and shopping.

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

Anyone? If I could go back in time it would have to be Jacques Cousteau or Sir Ernest Shackleton. I am an adventurer and a wildlife and underwater photographer. I'd want to pick Cousteau's brain on the best dive sites in the world and would love to hear firsthand how Shackleton was able to bring back all 28 members of his crew after his ship was crushed in the Antarctic ice in 1914.

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

I am always upgrading, redecorating, or remodeling something to keep it fresh and new. The part I'm most excited about is the tiny home addition that will be available in the next month.

While building houses, I also dabbled in the film industry; I even moved out to LA for a couple years, where I worked on a couple big films, but I missed my Texas roots. When I moved back in 2001, I built an 150-square-foot tiny house that I lived in for five years. After I moved out, it sat empty for 10 years and was kind of forgotten about.

This past year I've been remodeling and added on an extra 100 square feet. The tiny house movement has become so popular; it will be a great way for people to try it out to see if it's something they would really like to do. The abundance of natural light and high ceilings definitely don't make it feel like a tiny house, though. And yes, it even has a king-size bed and a hot tub!

A sneak peak of the backyard of the soon-to-come tiny house.

To book an unforgettable stay in Texas Hill Country at one of Rodney's accommodations, click here, here, or here for one of the cabins and here or here for one of the cottages!

Glamping Hub x The Breasties: A Galentine's Day weekend getaway

By Amy Ahlblad

What happens when an alternative travel company empowering guests to reconnect in nature, a unique host with a passion for recycling and repurposing, and a nonprofit organization supporting young women with breast and gynecological cancers come together? One unforgettable Galentine’s Day weekend—where a group of 24 strong, brave women came together at one of Glamping Hub’s most unique accommodations and left as breast friends.

The Breasties is a NPO made up of a group of women who move mountains. With their own unique take on support groups, they host free wellness retreats and meet-ups across the U.S. that connect survivors and previvors of breast and gynecological cancers, as well as caregivers. This was their first retreat of 2019, and we were so happy to share this special weekend with FlopHouze.

Below the infinite blue Texas sky sit six “shipping containers on psychedelics,” i.e., FlopHouze. Here, you can find host Matt White, who is just as unique as his accommodations. All the shipping containers have been outfitted with recycled vintages goods, and each with its own special treasures from around the world. Similar to the Breasties—sitting around the campfire, opening up to one another about their journey—no two are alike, but they all have something in common: they tell their stories of the past and inspire hope for the future.

White went above and beyond to help make this event the unique success that it was. He introduced us to chef and women's healthcare champion, Monica Pope, and lead the women to the world-renowned music institute, Festival Hill, for Saturday's activity. Pope, who you may know from Top Chef, provided healthy, locally sourced, farm-to-table meals, as she believes in healing the mind, body, and spirit by using food as medicine. She also recently co-founded the organization I'll Have What She's Having in support of women's healthcare in the hospitality industry.

While we did our best to plan each and every detail, we all know that there will always be surprises. For Saturday's activity, The Breasties made there way to Festival Hill—a sprawling 210-acre campus, containing major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens, parks and nature preserves.

Among its collection of rare artifacts, this site also holds a statue of St. Joseph, and a guide, Bruce, from Festival Hill tells the story of the statue's wish-granting powers and his own personal account of its lure. In short, the man was having trouble selling his house, when one of the founders of Festival Hill recommended he pay St. Joseph a visit.

Intrigued by the story of the statue, Matt and The Breasties trekked deep into the woods to see for themselves. As told by Matt and Breastie Bri Wesley-Majsiak in follow up conversations, when they found the statue, an unfamiliar sound began to arise. After a few moments, everyone realized it was coming from the birds. The forest had come harmoniously alive, as all of the birds in all of the trees suddenly decided to serenade The Breasties—an inexplicable and eerie coincidence, but a memorable experience shared together nonetheless.

Upon starting this partnership with The Breasties, I could never have predicted how moved I would be by this organization of women. I have not been personally affected by cancer, and I cannot fathom what these brave women and their families go through on a daily basis. It all started last September when was introduced to Bri Wesley-Majsiak by a colleague of mine from Glamping Hub. We started discussing ways we could potentially work together for a wellness treat, and I felt so inspired by the Breasties. I was in awe of their strength, yet I also had feelings of guilt. Were there things in my life I was taking for granted?

Fellow Breastie, Dr. Lisa Pena, covered it as authentically and as real as it could possibly be said in her post, "Forever Changed":

"Just imagine for a second that you are in your mid 20s or early 30s. You are living your best life. You have plans and dreams and goals and although you have not found "the one" you know the universe or God will send the right person at the right time and you will have babies and a house and each other and a career… you know… no rush. Then you get the call. You have cancer and it's bad. It will require your beautiful young self to go through rounds and rounds of chemotherapy that will remove every piece of hair from your body, it will ruin your nails, it will devastate your libido and the medications that come with the chemotherapy may cause weight gain and swelling. You will now be single, have no hair, look sick to the world, feel sick most days, maybe be at a weight you aren't comfortable with and then you will lose your breasts to an extreme surgery. Your self confidence will be at an all time low and before all that you will consider freezing some eggs if you can afford it. What now? How in the world do you even begin to navigate this ridiculous dating world with all these perceived disadvantages?"

If there was anything I did understand, it was that these women are unstoppable. “They are terrified but dance and sing to Cardi B anyway. They are filled with anxiety but laugh and joke and drink too much in hot tubs anyway. They are uncertain and scared but love with all they have anyway. They are sad and grieving but lift everyone up around them anyway," Pena went on to write. The Breasties are united beyond their diagnoses. They are a group of women who take nothing for granted, open their hearts, and love endlessly. Glamping Hub is honored and humbled to have been a part of this experience.

All photos and video were taken by Erin Panosian.

For more on the Breasties, check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram!

Family Summertime Weekend Getaways in Texas

By Marta Gintowt

As we say farewell to the unpredictable spring weather and welcome in the summer breeze, glampers and their families will no doubt be in search of an interesting destination for an unforgettable weekend getaway. For those looking to check-off Texas on their list of must-visit places to bring their families, this curated list of family-friendly accommodations are perfect options for a splendid weekend glamping getaway in the Texan countryside.

Family-Friendly and Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas

Glamping is an amazing way to connect with nature without sacrificing the comforts of home, which makes it perfect for families who want their children to experience camping without the fuss. This fantastic bell tent can accommodate four guests comfortably and features a unique outdoor bathroom and amazing views of the countryside. The location of this property is ideal for a weekend excursion and can be reached in 40 minutes from San Antonio and is just under two hours from Austin.

Unique Refurbished Cabin Rental with Hot Tub near Fort Worth, Texas

Situated less than 30 minutes from Dallas and 45 minutes from Fort Worth, this rustic cabin rental with tons of personality is the ideal weekend getaway accommodation. With edgy decor, a private hot tub, and a porch overlooking a stream, glampers will appreciate returning to this cabin after a full day outdoors either horseback riding or hiking with the little ones.

Family-Friendly Tree House Rental in New Braunfels, Texas

Spending the night in a tree house isn't just a dream for kids! Elevated above the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas, this absolutely unique tree house is perfect for a family of up to eight people looking to get away from the regular hustle and bustle for the weekend. The amazing structure has everything that guests would need during their glamping stay and can be found easily situated between Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

Waterfront Cabin Rental for Groups of 15 with Jacuzzi Bathtub in Texas Hill Country

Summer is the perfect time for a family reunion or group get-together, and there is no better way to reconnect with loved ones than to a spend carefree time enjoying the outdoors. This stately cabin rental is perfect for large groups and features luxury amenities to accommodate everyone's needs.

Glampers will find this cabin set along Hamilton Creek in the heart of Texas Hill Country, just an hour to the northwest from Austin. What makes this cabin extra special are the outdoor amenities, which include a barbecue grill, a canoe, a paddle boat, and a separate tree house for the kids.

Traditional Tipis with Fully Modern Interiors, Texas

For an unforgettable glamping trip, families can choose to spend their weekend getaway in a fully-appointed tipi in New Braunfels, Texas—just a short drive outside of Austin. Adults will appreciate the upscale amenities, such as a kitchenette and air-conditioning, while children will be thrilled to be spending their nights sleeping in an authentic tipi. Outside, a beautiful evening under the stars can be spent while telling stories and roasting marshmallows around the fire pit.

If you are interested in checking out more of our family-friendly accommodations in Texas for you next weekend getaway, click here to view the complete collection. Happy glamping!

5 Glamping Sites to Visit After Seeing "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping"

By Jessica Armstrong

Have you heard about this year's hit flick coming to theaters near you this November? "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping"—a comedy about a married couple who are looking to put the spark back into their relationship by going on a romantic glamping getaway—will show you that even with some bumps along the road, there is nothing better than experiencing the great outdoors with the one you love.

The movie poster for "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping."

This glamping film is sure to get moviegoers exploring the great outdoors in no time.

Premiering at Austin Film Festival, just in time to inspire some end of fall getaways, this movie will have you leaving the theater and heading straight to packing your bag for your very own romantic Texas getaway.

Looking for some hints on where to visit near the set? Here are five unbeatable sites near Austin, Texas, you will not want to miss out on.

Country Glamping Yurts Outside of Austin

The interior of a beautiful yurt with a king-size bed.

The interior of this country yurt is just as gorgeous as the scenery outside.

Take a drive outside Austin to find these charming glamping yurts, ready and waiting for couples of all ages to enjoy them. With king-size beds, electricity, and comfortable furnishings inside and outside of the yurt, glamping duos will feel at home and relaxed in no time. This accommodation is sure to put the spark into your getaway.

Classic Airstream Rental in Texas Hill Country

The inside of the couples yurt featuring a breakfast bar and queen-sized bed.

Guests will love waking up with a view of the forest and a pre-set breakfast bar.

Cozy up in a deluxe Airstream with modern features and epic views of the surrounding woods. Glampers looking for a secluded getaway, look no further because this Airstream rental is tucked into the stunning Jacobs Well nature areas in Texas Hill Country. Just a short drive from numerous restaurants and authentic Texan nightlife, couples can get a feel for it all at this accommodation.

Spacious Villa with Views of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas

Interior of the pet-friendly villa overlooking Lake Travis.

Enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while enjoying stunning views of Lake Travis.

Glamping couples looking to invite their friends along for the experience will be heading to this gorgeous villa in no time. Perfect for six guests to relax and enjoy comfortably, this villa boasts upscale glamping. The views of Lake Travis from the rental's spacious deck will take glampers' breath away.

Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas

The interior of this unique and vintage bell tent.

Guests will adore the vintage decor of this bell tent.

Wake up in the morning to the smells of fresh coffee, sweet teas, and the soothing scents of nature when visiting these romantic bell tents. Camping just got even more luxurious, and for couples looking to get away from it all, this sure is the place to escape to. With high-end features guests would find in a five-star hotel, endless views of Texas Hill Country, and nothing but a blanketed sky of stars to admire above, guests will instantly fall in love with these sites.

Beautifully Furnished Yurt Rental in Elgin, Texas

The exterior of this beautifully furnished yurt.

Surrounded by tall trees and lush greenery will really make glampers feel the connection with the wilderness.

In the heart of the forest, glampers will fall head over heels at this beautifully furnished yurt rental. Decked out and completely secluded, this is where glamping couples come to reconnect with nature—and one other. Offering high-end amenities, unbeatable scenic views, and more for glampers to discover onsite, no duo will want to miss out on a visit to this retreat.

To find your very own romantic Texas getaway, check our our portaland don't forget to see "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping" this November!

Blogger Spotlight: Pamela

By Jessica Armstrong

We're not the only ones hollering out a big yee-haw to the glamping treasures of Texas! Just check out travel guru, Pamela, and her family's visit to the eco-cabins of Texas Hill Country. It will only take a second for you to be convinced that a visit down south is bucket list-worthy. As Pam and her family aim to accomplish 12 trips in 12 months, Glamping Hub could not say no to being part of such a unique opportunity.


With over 300 glamping rentals in Texas alone, we cannot wait to see where Pam's next trip will take her—perhaps a glamping getaway abroad?

To find out more about the luxuries of Texas glamping and what made the biggest impression on this blogger extraordinaire, read her Glamping Hub interview below:


What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in Texas?

One of my favorite things about traveling and glamping in Texas has got to be how diverse Texas is. I love that the agriculture allows for so much different plant life everywhere we go. On our last trip, we picked up a fun cactus as a souvenir!

Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

A bit. I'm trying to experience a proper fall and winter this year, so during those times, I'll be on high alert for the prettiest destinations for fall foliage and snowflakes.


What is your go-to must-have for traveling?

Dry shampoo. I usual exhaust myself with trips (even when "relaxing"), so dry shampoo is the best to keep me from feeling too gross.

What is your absolute favorite activity to do when glamping? Why?

I love to just RELAX. I do that by hiking, stargazing, or just laying around.


If you could pack your bags to go glamping anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

I'd absolutely LOVE to go glamping in Italy; I think every girl wants to get away to Italy once in her life. And I found the coolest cave to stay in, too!

Do you prefer glamping trips with a couple people or a large group?

I love to get away with just my husband and kids. Although trips with large groups is fun, I'm a control freak so they stress me out a bit. ;)


What made the most lasting impression for you at the last accommodation you visited?

Seeing how comfortably we could live in around 200-ish square feet made me reexamine just how little I might need in my daily life.

This glamping site would be perfect for:

Groups, because it had mini cabins, so everyone would have their own area to escape but can come together in the outdoors.


Can you please explain more about your 12 trips in 12 months Goal?

I came up with the idea (after a bit of wine) of taking 12 trips in 12 months with my husband and two kids. I have been too focused on being available for work (as had my husband) & not focusing on what really mattered to me. So this year we hope to take 12 trips together as a family and focus on making memories together. Because memories and family are what really matter.

To see where the next of her 12 trips will take her, check out Pamela's blog, Youtube Channel, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and head over to the Texas Getaways page to see where your next dream vacation will take you.