Blogger Spotlight: Kristina and Naizak

By Jessica Armstrong

There's nothing better than a summer glamping getaway (start planning yours for next year here!)—and even more so when (wo)man's best friend is coming along for the ride.

Kristina of Day in My Dreams and her best dog pal, Naizak, made their way over to a stunning Virginia cottage for their first Glamping with Pets vacation. We asked her to give us the inside scoop on glamping with her furry BFF, paw in hand.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

Packs and pup in tow, Kristina is ready to go glamping.

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

Relaxing, fun, and escape.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

From the moment Naizak strutted through the door, he knew he found his home-away-from-home.

What are your packing essentials for every glamping trip?

Since glamping is a lot like camping, it's important to bring a few essentials! My must-haves include food (and plenty of it), bevies, your own toiletries, and a body prepped for relaxation.

What are your main steps to planning a getaway?

Scheduling a getaway can be difficult with a busy schedule. Set aside time in advance, and don't let other plans intervene—everyone needs time for themselves.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

Enjoy this gorgeous view from the living room every day.

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

I love traveling in large groups or even alone! It's a totally different experience either way. If I have party pants on, I go with a group of my best girlfriends. When I need some time to unwind, I prefer to travel alone or with a single companion.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

(Wo)man's best friend and glamper alike, these two pals sure are having a ball.

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

Be sure to think through your packing list thoroughly. If you're staying in a remote area, you may not be able to find what you need at the destination.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

These plush couches are calling your name for some relaxation and a cozy afternoon nap.

What is your dream destination?


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

I would love to go glamping on a tropical getaway. It's so nice to be able to enjoy the luxury of some place exotic while having the comforts of a home.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

A view this stunning never gets old.

What was the biggest surprise about your glamping stay?

The view was so much better than I had even imagined! We're already planning our next trip.

Cottage with Mountain Views of Blue Ridge Parkway

Until next time, glampers!

To have your very own Glamping with Pets stay, check out Kristina's cottage accommodation.

Don't miss more of Kristina's adventures, and head to her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Blogger Spotlight: Jessica and Carla

By Jessica Armstrong

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and the East Coast is looking like a pretty good place to be right about now. Travel blogger BFFs, Jessica and Carla of Dining Traveler and Spicy Candy DC, would surely agree.

Just this March, they grabbed their bags, hubbies, and glamping must-haves to make their way over to the coziest cabin in Lexington, Virginia. A little getaway from Washington, D.C., to disconnect in the great outdoors was just what the doctor ordered!


But what makes a glamping stay with your squad that much better? Find out below, as Jessica and Carla give Glamping Hub the full scoop on their most recent stay, and do's and don'ts:

What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in Virginia? On the East Coast?

Jessica: Love the nature of Virginia. It's lovely to be able to live in such a dynamic city such as D.C. and have Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge mountains. The East Coast is so diverse. Would love for my next glamping experience to be in upstate NY. Having gone to high school and college in the area, I have an appreciation for the nature of the region, especially in fall.


Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

Jessica: It depends what you want. If you want to be outside, I recommend spring or fall. Our trip was at the end of winter, which made it nice to stay in by the fire and hang out at the cabin.

Carla: I think so! I'm not a big fan of insects (who is though?) but like I can't deal with mosquitoes so I prefer to travel to outdoorsy places during the fall.


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

Jessica: My camera. Love capturing the moments of my travels. When I was younger, I didn't take that many photos and I regret that. I've been to places like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Qatar and don't have many photos from those experiences.

Carla: I bring dry shampoo with me every time I travel! This minimizes the time in getting ready.

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

Jessica: Having a glass of wine by the fireplace with my friends. Love that cozy feeling!

Carla: Having a good glass of wine by a fireplace! There is something so soothing about the sounds of wood burning.



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

Jessica: To New Zealand. It's been my dream destination for years, and I would love to be as close to nature as possible.

Carla: Oh man! I'd love to visit Colorado, but Tulum is also on my radar.


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

Jessica: Rather do it with a small group, five people max.

Carla: Large group is always more fun! But I can totally see the romantic moments you can have if you go with just your significant other.

What is your most memorable experience from your stay in Virginia?

Jessica: Being able to share the experience with my close friends and family.

Carla: The bonding time we had during our cooking sessions!


What do you recommend the most for a glamping stay?

Jessica: Staying in at least one night and cooking together. Really brings people together.

Carla: This glamping site would be perfect for anyone that is looking for a fun adventure outdoors!

This glamping site would be perfect for...

Jessica: A small group of friends or a family. I traveled with my four-month baby, and the experience was fantastic.


To find more staycations close to home, check out the Virginia Getaways Portal, here, and follow Jessica and Carla's future travels on their blogs: Dining Traveler and Spicy Candy DC.