Easy Thanksgiving recipes if you're away from home

By Marta Gintowt

Many Americans find themselves being summoned to the homes of friends and relatives far and wide across the country. As there is nothing more uncomfortable than coming empty-handed to any event, there is also nothing worse than showing up with the same generic bottle of wine like everyone else.

Sharing food can be considered a way of showing love and care, so why not get creative with these easy Thanksgiving recipes for when you're not at home and make something that will be remembered? From things that will last the ride to things that can be made in a flash in your host's kitchen, this collection features gourmet delicacies that everyone will enjoy.

Canapés

Canapés are elegant starters that are both simple to make and easy to eat. Since assembly can be fast and cooking is not necessary, they are perfect to bring along to any Thanksgiving gathering. Impress other guests with bright colors and interesting ingredients that will leave everyone hungry for more. Our favorite combinations are blinis covered with crème fraîche, salmon roe, and dill, as well as crackers topped with goat cheese, honey, and rosemary. Let's just hope there is enough counter space for assembly!

Roasted butternut squash soup

Is there anything more cozy and comforting than a big bowl of roasted butternut squash soup? After a long day of waiting for the feast to begin, this healthy soup can be introduced as a light, delicious, and warming appetizer. This soup actually tastes better when made ahead of time, so the flavors have time to blend, making it perfect for transporting in a Thermos during a car ride. It can be easily made vegetarian or vegan when cream is omitted and vegetable broth is used, so it's perfect for those who find it hard to find meat-free options on Thanksgiving.

Baked macaroni and cheese

A favorite Thanksgiving staple, baked macaroni and cheese is always sure to please. When preparing for a journey ahead, this recipe can be made the morning of and easily taken to the next destination, where hopefully an oven with plenty of room awaits. The traditional recipe calls for plenty of cheese and milk, but bolder chefs can add a twist by mixing in other ingredients, such as onions or broccoli, as well as traditional fall flavors, like smoked cheeses, pumpkin, and butternut squash.

Gourmet coleslaw

Thanksgiving calls for heavy, salty dishes that usually leave guests wishing they had something more fresh. This crunchy and colorful classic side has just that! Perfectly paired alongside turkey and heavier sides like stuffing and mashed potatoes, guests will be thrilled to dig into this red cabbage coleslaw. The crunchiest coleslaw is mixed right before serving to avoid wilting, so the light apple cider vinegar and vegan mayonnaise-based dressing can be mixed ahead of time, and the cabbage can be shredded at home before traveling commences.

Homemade biscuits

Homemade biscuits might sound underwhelming, but they are perfect when traveling long distance. Biscuits can even be made the evening before so they have time to cool down. With simple ingredients, like flour, butter, and baking soda, cooks can feel free to experiment with adding cheeses, herbs, seeds, or dried fruits, as well as substitute normal flour with a more healthy alternative.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Some consider dessert to be their favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal, and pumpkin cupcakes will certainly not disappoint. Simple yet delicious, those looking forward to baking these can do so ahead of time and pop them in the fridge until it's time for them to be served. As easy as using boxed vanilla cake mix and adding a can of pureed pumpkin and a half-tablespoon of cinnamon, these light cupcakes are the perfect compliment to heavy Thanksgiving fare. Top them with a whipped, cream cheese icing and orange and brown sprinkles, and watch them steal the show.

Apple Crisp

Perhaps the most complex dish on our list, apple crisp is certainly worth the effort. When bringing this dessert to another destination, feel free to assemble the ingredients ahead of time. When dinner plates are being cleared and guests are having a breather, pop the pastry in the oven for 20 minutes for the perfect crispy texture. Depending if you are trying to impress, you can opt to make a beautiful creation or a beautiful mess, as both will be equally delicious.


You've got the food sorted, but what about an alternative accommodation or a list of things you're grateful for? Don't worry—we've got you.

Alternative getaways for Thanksgiving

By Eric Wright

The time of year is fast approaching when the smell of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie fills our homes, the guys crowd around the TV with the football on, and family time is paramount. But what if you'd prefer to escape the annual, traffic-jammed drive back home for something out of the ordinary this Thanksgiving? Forget about carving the turkey, throw down the apron, and set off on an alternative getaway at one of these incredible destinations!

1. The Big Island, Hawaii

How about swapping that football game for an unforgettable trek through rainforests and across incredible, volcanic landscapes? Due to it's proximity to the equator, the weather in Hawaii during fall remains warm and pleasant, making it an ideal escape from the hectic Thanksgiving celebrations back home. Those looking for peace and quiet, beaches and mountains, and stunning surroundings have found their perfect fall retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

"The Big Easy" provides a welcome respite from the traditional festive fall celebrations, with its eclectic mix of jazz and blues bands, French architecture, and rich history. Forget the Thanksgiving shopping list, and experience the buzzing nightlife of Bourbon Street, peruse local art at Jackson Square, and take a steamboat trip down the Mississippi River. Those still craving a festive treat can pop into one of the fabulous eateries in the French Corner for a local Cajun-inspired "turducken," which is a delicious, Thanksgiving turkey stuffed with duck and chicken!

3. Joshua Tree National Park, California

With vast desert landscapes, amazing adventure spots, and spectacular sunsets, Joshua Tree really is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Step out of your comfort zone, and swap the madness of Black Friday for peaceful days surrounded by epic views. While vacationing in this serene oasis, make sure you stop by Keys View to enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas of the sprawling desert!

4. Costa Rica

Looking to trade in the fall foliage for some warm weather? Costa Rica is perfect for those looking for long stretches of sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and vibrant landscapes. With the possibility to take a thrilling zip-line tour high above the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, nobody in the group will be checking their phone for the latest touchdown back home! Moreover, with fewer tourists and cheaper flights than other times of the year, Thanksgiving in Costa Rica is sure to get your blood pumping.

5. Miami, Florida

Avoid slaving away in the kitchen this year and head to "the Magic City" to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgiving dinner while cruising around the Biscayne Bay on a luxury yacht. Attractions include the surreal Italian Renaissance-style Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the fascinating Frost Science Museum, and the lively bars and restaurants in Miami Beach—ensuring this coastal retreat will be one to remember. Those who stick around for the weekend can even attend one of Elton John's last-ever concerts at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m.!


Keep feeding your craving for all things Thanksgiving with our post on where to hold an out-of-this-world Friendsgiving and how to show your gratitude this year!

9 ways to show gratitude on Thanksgiving

By Kelsey Leon

Sometimes we forget that Thanksgiving is called "Thanksgiving" for a reason; it's a time where we're meant to reflect and show gratitude. In today's world, it can be easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of complaints and negativity, but expressing thankfulness is easier than you think. Here are 9 ways to show gratitude on Thanksgiving!

1. Reflect on privilege

This is a rather abstract concept, but an important one. Your ability to access the internet, go to Glamping Hub, and read this article already indicates your privilege. It is very important to realize that you have a lot to be grateful for. A simple way to do this is for every complaint that you make, state two things that you are thankful for.

2. Hug

Time for a little bit of science! Did you know that hugging releases oxytocin and endorphins? Oxytocin is a hormone that lowers blood pressure, as well as the stress hormone cortisol. Endorphins make you "feel good," and thus, happier. The bottom line is...give a lot of hugs this Thanksgiving!

3. Write cards for loved ones

Perhaps you aren't a person of many words, but it's incredible how a simple card can really make someone's day. Even if it's just a small paragraph expressing your love and appreciation for that person, a little goes a long way.

4. Volunteer

Volunteering may seem to be a cliché way to take action and show gratitude, but that doesn't mean it's any less effective. It's important, too, to make sure you're volunteering for something that is meaningful to you. For example, if you are passionate about keeping the ocean clean, you can volunteer for a beach cleanup. Start getting some inspiration!

5. Donate

Donating is similar to volunteering. Donate to causes that you are passionate about, whether it be to help foster children or save the rainforest, for example. If you donate to something that is important to you, it will have more of an impact on you.

6. Cook with the family

Perhaps this is something that you already do or maybe you are the one who does most of the cooking. If not, however, you should definitely try it out this year. Helping with cooking shows that you love and care about your family, and it's a great way to spend time together. Your family will be grateful for your help, too!

7. Do the chores

No one likes washing dishes, and that is exactly why you should. If you don't help with the cooking, you should contribute to the cleanup process. Sometimes showing gratitude means doing something as simple as helping out around the house; small actions like that are really appreciated.

8. Be present

This is such a simple item, but we often fail to realize that simply being in the presence of loved ones can mean so much. Spending time with each other and sitting around the dinner table is such a wonderful experience and creates memories that last forever. Put away your phone and any other distractions for a second, and allow yourself to really be in the moment.

9. Take time to appreciate nature

Often times, when we reflect on what we are thankful for, we generally think of people and materialistic things, such as a house or electricity. While it's important to appreciate these items, we don't generally think of nature. This is unfortunate, because nature is such an incredible gift. The best way to appreciate the great outdoors is to be in it, so why not celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by nature?


Hungry for more Thanksgiving posts? Check out our blog on where to host an epic Friendsgiving!

Our favorite spots for Friendsgiving

By Marta Gintowt

Practicing gratitude is important every time of year, but the Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to reflect on what is important in your everyday life. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday is reserved for spending time with family, whether that is driving halfway across the country to a relative's house or hosting a gathering at your own home.

Friends, however, also become your family, and those friends deserve to enjoy a time dedicated to sharing delicacies, laughing endlessly, and appreciating one another. Going glamping is the perfect way to acknowledge the importance of the simple things, while indulging in the right way. This collection of our favorite glamping spots for Friendsgiving is intended to inspire everyone to reconnect to what is meaningful during this cozy season.

Upstate New York

While you might meet up with friends every weekend in the city, there is something special about dedicating time to get away and be together in a different environment. This lovely log cabin in Upstate New York is the perfect escape for a Friendsgiving event away from home.

Located in Wilmington, this cabin is well-equipped for the perfect celebration. The gorgeous, full kitchen can accommodate a feast for all, while the lovely dining area is comfortable and warm. Nearby, the Adirondack Mountains boast beautiful landscapes that are perfect for bonding, where you can go hiking and skiing during their getaway.

Lake Michigan

Even in November, a beach trip is sometimes just what everyone needs. While a warm, summer breeze will be swapped for potential snow flurries, there are amazing lake views to be savored from the warmth of this beautiful, beach cottage.

Perfect for up to 12 guests, this open and airy cottage welcomes friends and family alike for some unforgettable memory-making. Located along Lake Michigan, an after-dinner walk can be enjoyed along the shoreline, while groups can go explore nearby Holland State Park during the daytime.

Northern Georgia

The American South is famous for its mild, year-round temperatures, so hosting a Friendsgiving gathering in an outdoor setting is more than possible in late November. These unbelievable, lakefront safari tents are perfect for large groups and epitomize glamping at its finest.

All tents can be rented out together and include real beds, heating, and private bathrooms. For group gatherings of up to 37 people, you can make use of the gorgeous boat house, which features a full kitchen and dining area, perfect for preparing and serving a delicious, Thanksgiving-inspired meal.

Austin, Texas

In Texas, why not make your Friendsgiving getaway more like an extended summer vacation? Trade cozy sweaters for a swimsuit and apple cider for a cool beer while enjoying a November afternoon at this western-style cottage, ideal for a friendly fiesta.

The property features two separate cottages, both beautifully decorated with amazing vintage furnishings for a cozy, yet elegant, ambiance. Outside, you can relax in the sun by the pool and work up an appetite before partaking in bread-breaking and thanks-giving festivities.

Idyllwild, California

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, residents of Los Angeles could very well be still experiencing a heat wave. The best way to indulge in a festive, fall Friendsgiving in Southern California is to escape to the mountains! This grand, pet-friendly mountain cabin is perfect for everyone looking to spend some time in the cooler temperatures of Idyllwild.

With six spacious bedrooms and multiple decks, you can celebrate each other in the wide-open spaces both within the cottage as well as in the shadows of the surrounding mountains.

Washington State

As the mountains and forests around Seattle, Washington, collect snow and residents start making Thanksgiving plans, friends can plan their break from the festivities and head to this cozy ski cabin in Skykomish, Washington. It's the perfect escape from the city, which allows you to appreciate the surrounding beauty while celebrating friendship and life. After a filling meal enjoyed at the cabin, you can go skiing, hiking, and even horseback riding to burn those holiday calories. After a full day of exploring (or eating) guests can relax in the luxurious sauna, watch a film inside, or snuggle around the fire pit.


Keep an eye on the Glamping Hub blog for more Thanksgiving inspiration, ideas, and getaways coming soon!

Helpful tips for guests and hosts on America Recycles Day

By Amy Ahlblad

We bring our own bags to the grocery store, we've ditched straws on behalf of the innocent turtle we saw on Facebook, and we would never be caught dead with a plastic water bottle. It would seem that society is moving in the right direction, but we can't help but wonder...do we treat going green on vacation in the same way we do with a "cheat day" when we're on a diet?

We actively control our eco-friendly impact, or carbon footprint, at work and at home, but does all of that go out the window as soon as we go out of town? We'll skip the guilt trip, as holiday days are meant to be enjoyed and to clear your mind, but there are ways you can do both! Both hosts and guests with Glamping Hub can rejoice without greenwashing1 on America Recycles Day on November 15 with these helpful tips.

For guests

A few small changes can be made before you ever leave your home. While walking out the door, be sure to turn down the thermostat and temperature on your water heater; unplug appliances that are not in use (microwave, iron, TV, etc.); and close your curtains and blinds to reduce added strain on your air conditioning.

It's not your fault that the small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are seemingly irresistible—we're hardwired to find small things adorable. What's not cute is the plastic waste these little guys create. Every time you half use them or take them home, they will need to be replaced, thus creating more waste. Invest in a zero-waste toiletry kit to bring with you while traveling!

Unplug from your devices literally and physically. Remove chargers for phones cameras, hair straighteners, electric shavers, and other electronic devices from the wall plugs when not in use. These "energy vampires" are still sucking energy when left plugged in.

Do what you can to make things easier on your host by separating paper, glass bottles and cans, and plastic.

Ask your host if they compost and separate your food scraps accordingly if they do.

Limit the use of electricity and water at your accommodation. While you may not be footing the bill for the endless hours of air conditioning, energy is still being consumed.

For hosts

In recent years, the travel industry has been shaped by the rise of the eco-conscious consumer. Here, we will explore a few quick fixes to reduce waste and recycle.

Start a compost pile. Composting enriches the soil and helps retain moisture, thus reducing plant disease and pests. Composting also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a nutrient filled material. It's easier than you think and will support a beautiful environment around your accommodation.

If you provide the proper place, guests will recycle. Make it easy for guests to do so by labeling the trash receptacles appropriately for plastic, glass, paper, and organic waste to be composted.

Low-flow faucets and showerheads can reduce water consumption by 30% to 50% and can reduce your water bill by up to a quarter. By installing an Aerator, which is a small, metal filter that attaches to your faucet or showerhead and adds air to the stream, water pressure will not be compromised. Low-flow faucets, showerheads, and aerators can be found at Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, and on Amazon for roughly $15.

If you are located in a place with heavy rainfall, you should consider recycling this natural resource. Collect rainwater in barrels and reuse it to water plants or wash the floors. There are also long-term rainwater collection installments available, which can be used as an irrigation system or filtered back into the house for use in the showers, faucets, washing machine,and more.

Light fixtures are a simple fix that can help you save money and reduce waste long term. CFL and LED light bulbs use far less electricity and can last up to 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs. While these bulbs may initially be an investment, they will cut costs in the long term.

By making changes to go green, whether you are a guest or a host on Glamping Hub, you'll become part of a much larger, global effort—allowing guests and hosts to both help preserve the beautiful nature that surrounds our accommodations.


1The term greenwashing was coined by New York environmentalist Jay Westervelt in a 1986 essay regarding the hotel industry's practice of placing placards in each room to promote the reuse of towels, ostensibly to "save the environment." Westervelt noted that, in most cases, little or no effort toward reducing energy waste was being made by these institutions, as evidenced by the lack of cost reduction this practice affected.

5 ways to show appreciation on Veterans Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Every year on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we honor those who have and continue to serve their country in the armed forces. In America, we call this Veterans Day; in other parts of the world, such as the U.K., they refer to it as Remembrance Day. A few things remain the same, however: the date, the symbolic poppies worn in buttonholes of coats and hanging off purses or from the rearview mirrors of cars, and the desire to show extra appreciation for those who put their lives on the line for us.

While our veterans deserve to be honored and recognized every day of the year, we want to share with you a few special things you can do to show your support and appreciation on November 11.

1. Plant a commemorative poppy or tulip.

As a way to honor veterans in an everlasting manner, there's no better option than planting a commemorative poppy or tulip. Why a poppy or a tulip you may ask?

After World War I, poppies began to pop up in droves across Europe, which many assumed was due to the now lime-enriched soil as an aftermath of the war. The flower soon was recognized as a symbol of all the blood that had been shed in battle. Later, on September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion to memorialize the soldiers who served and died in World War I.

A view of the aforementioned tulips in Ottawa, Canada. Photo from the Ottawa Tourism website.

Meanwhile, in Canada, the tulip started as a symbolic gesture on behalf of Princess Juliana of Holland to Canada in honor of the 7,600 Canadians who died fighting to free the Netherlands in World War II. She sent Canada 100,000 tulip bulbs after the war, and every year since, Holland continues to send Canada 20,000 bulbs.

2. Write a letter.

If you know someone who is stationed far from home, including overseas, now's the time to set aside a moment to surprise them and write them a letter. Getting mail is a surefire way to brighten someone's day. Even if you don't personally know any veterans, there are a number of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that allow you to write letters to a randomly assigned soldier, such as Operation Gratitude, Adopt a U.S. Soldier, Any Soldier, Doing Good Together, and Soldiers' Angels.

3. Donate your time and/or resources.

There are a variety of ways you can show your support by donating your time or financial resources, which include:

  • Volunteering at a local Veterans Hospital or Veterans Center. Find the facilities closest to you on the Veterans Affairs website!
  • Putting together homemade care packages for the troops. The aforementioned organizations, Operation Gratitude and Soldiers' Angels, in addition to Support Our Troops and Operation Shoebox, all specialize in soldier care packages. (Click here for ideas on what to put in a care package!)
  • Donating to organizations that support soldiers and veterans, as well as their families, such as TAPS or Folds of Honor.

4. Visit a National Park.

Spending time—particularly amid the soothing peace and quiet of nature—is yet another great way to show your beloved veteran that you care, and there's no better place to go than one of the the U.S.'s 58 National Parks. What's more? On Veterans Day weekend, the National Park Service offers free admission to everyone. You can find your nearest National Park here!

5. Say thank you.

Perhaps the simplest idea of them all, though not to rid it of its merit, is to say thank you if you happen to see someone in uniform, or identifying as a veteran in some other way, in public. A quick word of thanks or small act of kindness, like discreetly paying for their cup of coffee or even just opening a door for them, will help demonstrate how much their service means to you.


For more great information for veterans and their families and friends, see the following resources: the National Veterans Foundation (U.S.); the European Organization of Military Associations (Europe); the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association (Australia); the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada (Canada); and the World Veterans Foundation (global).

Cinco de Mayo: Why do Americans celebrate it?

By Elizabeth Young

You've probably heard of Cinco de Mayo before, as visions of tacos, margaritas, and ice-cold Coronas dance around in your head. But what is Cinco de Mayo really all about, and why do Americans celebrate this holiday?

Mexican food.

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is a frequently misunderstood holiday. People often mistake the date for when Mexico became independent from Spain. However, the date actually commemorates a failed French invasion from 1861 to 1862, after a young Mexico defaulted on its debt payments to European governments. The French launched their invasion in late 1861 and forced the Mexican government to retreat to the north.

Very confident of further victories, the French focused their attention on one place—Puebla de Los Angeles. This attack, though, was anticipated by Mexican President Benito Juárez, and when the French finally attacked, on May 5, 1862, the French had to retreat after losing almost 500 soldiers. The Mexican forces, on the other hand, lost fewer than 100.

Does all of Mexico celebrate?

While the battle was not strategically significant, it represented a symbolic victory for the Mexican forces and added to the resistance. Today, only the town of Puebla celebrate the day, which begs the question, why is it so popular in the U.S.?

Why is it celebrated in the U.S.?

Many people in the U.S. think Cinco de Mayo is in celebration of Mexico's independence, but Mexican Independence Day is actually on September 16. So why is Cinco de Mayo such a big deal?

In the 1950s and 60s, Latino activists appropriated the holiday and promoted it as a way to raise awareness and build Mexican-American pride. It was seen as an opportunity to celebrate Mexican culture and identity, promote ethnic consciousness, and build community solidarity. Slowly, celebrations acquired corporate sponsors, and year after year, the holiday took on a more commercial element.

Now, Cinco de Mayo is promoted as the day to celebrate Mexican food, culture, traditions, and, for many people, alcohol. For many, the holiday is like Saint Patrick's Day—an excuse to drink—but it's also an opportunity for people to learn more and engage with Mexican culture and history.

Let's take this opportunity to explore the real Mexico and all it has to offer.

Where should I stay?

Eco-Friendly Tent in Tulum

This is a bell tent in Tulum, Mexico

Guests will be close to sandy white beaches and lush tropical jungles during their nature retreat in Tulum, Mexico. This glamping site is situated on an organic permaculture farm in the colorful town of Tulum, which is rich in archaeological features and has many excellent restaurants and cafes.

Tropical Bungalow Rental on the Yucatán Peninsula

This is a vacation rental on the Yucatan Peninsula

Located in Southeastern Mexico on the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula, the beautiful Quintana Roo region is home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Chacchoben, Cobá, Tulum, Xel-Há, and Xcaret. Full of rich history and culture, this region is ideal for an adventurous Caribbean glamping vacation. The area is popular for snorkeling, windsurfing, diving, cycling, and more!

Beachfront Rental on the Costa Azul

This is a photo of a beachfront rental on the Costa Azul in Mexico.

This property is located on a privately-owned peninsula along Mexico's renowned and prestigious Riviera Nayarit coast. Set cliffside and overlooking the ocean, this glamping site is just north of Puerto Vallarta. Nestled between sandy beaches and the small pueblos of San Pancho and Sayulita, guests have easy access to restaurants, beach bars, and local shops, as well as are just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Luxury Camping Experience on Isla del Espiritu Santo

This is a photo of a luxury tent on Isla del Espiritu Santo in Mexico.

This luxury camping site is set on an island off the coast of Baja California Sur—and close to the capital, La Paz—in Mexico. The property is located on a stunning beach and forms part of the Espiritu Santo National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is short boat ride from the mainland and is situated next to Isla Partida.


For even more accommodation options, head to Glamping Hub for a look at our full inventory in Mexico!

Where to Stay for Presidents Day Weekend 2017

By Chloe Stein

It's 2017, and President's Day is just around the bend! You know, that Monday in February when you have off and the weekend instantly becomes twice as nice? Oh yes, that one.

But before you start planning your Sunday night shenanigans, be sure to check out these properties. Because what better way to spend your three-day weekend than at an all-American cabin or an undeniably bold dome in Idywilld, California?

Check out these top five glamping sites, inspired by our first five executive powerhouses, the charm of their puffy wigs, and even one highlighting a quite prominent First Lady.

1. George Washington - Virginia

This cabin has two things in common with our beloved founding father: it is located in the first President's home state, and it's ivory white exterior gleams just like Washington's infamous (not-actually-made-of-wood) dentures.

2. John Adams - New England

As the first president to officially live in the White House, we're pairing up John Adams with this villa in Vermont. Set in the endearing New England region, it overlooks the Green Mountains and boasts a regal presence that just screams executive glamping.

3. Thomas Jefferson - Virginia

As a lover of both innovation and technology—of his time—we believe that this alternative, two-story tree house is the perfect Jefferson pick. Additionally, it comes certifiably tech-approved with a 40-inch LED HD television, a Blu-ray player, and even Netflix. House of Cards and chill, anyone?

4. James Madison - California

Fourth on our list goes out to James Madison's main squeeze, Dolley Madison. Popularly known as Washington D.C.'s most killer hostess, we're dedicating this California dome to her. Why's that? Well, she singlehandedly saved some of Washington's most coveted documents, during the British invasion of 1814. Her brave actions can only be expressed by the boldest of glamping sites—this dome in Idyllwild.

5. James Monroe - Louisiana

For our fifth and final pick, we're venturing down South. As the head negotiator for the Louisiana Purchase, this glamping site embodies James Monroe's Lousiana triumph and is located on a historic bayou near the oh so charming French-influenced New Orleans. Fit for a President, it is chic, spacious and, dare we say, très beau.


If these downright Presidential sites did not quite "fit the bill," by all means, explore on! Click here, for more glamping sites across the globe and back!

Better than a Chocolate Bunny: 10 Best Easter Glamping Getaways

By Jackie Dreyer

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We know—it's hard to believe that there's anything better than chocolate, much less chocolate in fun animal forms. We've found a better way for you to celebrate this Easter, however, and we guarantee it'll save you a lot of sugar highs and sore stomachs.

While typically a holiday spent among family, there's no reason that has to change this year! Switch things up, and surprise the whole family by proposing the annual egg hunt in a brand new location. Our 10 best Easter glamping getaways will have the whole family begging to have this yearly, pastel-themed gathering away from home every year from here on out.

1. Upscale Barn Loft near Glacier National Park, Montana
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Great for families of: Up to 6.


Hide your Easter eggs: In Glacier National Park.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: Grass-fed bison or beef.

2. Stunning Lodge Cabin for Groups in Lake Tahoe, California
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Great for families of: Up to 9.


Hide your Easter eggs: On the beaches of Lake Tahoe.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: A Cobb salad.

3. Luxurious Modern Farmhouse with Private Hot Tub and Wi-Fi in the Catskills, New York
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Great for families of: Up to 8.


Hide your Easter eggs: Around the landscaped yard with views of the Catskills.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: Buffalo wings. (Instead of melting chocolate on sticky, little fingers, adults and all will be licking sauce off their digits!)

4. Stunning Cabin Rental With Hot Tub in Big Bear Lake, California
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Great for families of: Up to 6.


Hide your Easter eggs: Along the shores of Big Bear Lake.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: Pan-fried abalone.

5. Luxurious Secluded Cabins Nestled Within the Colorado Rockies Perfect For Getaway
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Great for families of: Up to 18, in between all four cabins.


Hide your Easter eggs: Near the western slope of the Colorado Rockies.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: Peach cobbler. (Georgia's not the only state with prime peach-growing conditions!)

6. Family-Friendly Cabin with Hot Tub in Sundance, Utah
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Great for families of: Up to 9.


Hide your Easter eggs: Along the Provo River.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: A cured meat and cheese platter, featuring local businesses Beehive Cheese Company and Creminelli Fine Meats.

7. Private Tram up to Deluxe, Pet-Friendly Villa with Lake Views in Austin, Texas
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Great for families of: Up to 6.


Hide your Easter eggs: The multiple balcony decks of this unique accommodation.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: Puffy tacos.

8. Spacious and Modern Cottage in the Peaceful Catskills Mountains, New York
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Great for families of: Up to 6.


Hide your Easter eggs: All around the private five acres the accommodation sits on.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: Weck sandwiches.

9. Luxurious, Tropical Villa Rental in Key West, Florida
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Great for families of: Up to 6.


Hide your Easter eggs: Around the sandy beach in front of the glamping rental.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: Stone crab and citrus salad.

10. Upscale Log Cabin Encircled by Orchards in Oregon
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Great for families of: Up to 8.


Hide your Easter eggs: Throughout the property's orchards and vineyards.


Traditional food from the state to prepare on Easter Sunday: A wild mushroom and salmon dish with a mixed berry pie for dessert.

For more glamping properties with Easter availability, have a peek at our collection of "Top Glamping Rentals for Easter 2016," too!

Our Favorite Easter Vacation Destinations for 2016

By Chloe Stein

Easter is coming. Time to consume more than your fair share of Peeps and egg-shaped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Oh yes, we know all your guilty Easter pleasures. With this holiday filled with chocolate bunnies and candy covered eggs just around the corner, we, too, are thinking about some indulging.

What are we craving this Easter 2016? We're thinking family-friendly getaways by way of riverside cabins in the mountains and tipis surrounded by surreal wildlife. Check out our favorite Easter vacation destinations for 2016 starting up in Northern California, heading down the western coast, and all the way over to South Carolina.

(Easter bunny not included.)

Family-Size Cottage with Trinity River Views in California

Are you and the family Northern California natives? In that case, spring may be just like any other day for you, but you'll still want to take advantage of that Nor-Cal weather from this cottage in Big Flat.

Have yet to explore the Trinity River? Lucky for you, this cottage is situated right alongside it—perfect for both the little adventurers and grown-up explorers in your family. This kid-friendly rental is spacious, tranquil, and just the Easter escape you and the little ones need.

Large, Open-Spaced Cabin near Joshua Tree National Park

Maybe you and the family tend to stick to your annual Yosemite getaway, but why not switch up spotting deer for exploring rugged rock structures and the surrounding desert?

Discover Joshua Tree National Park by staying at this fantastic open-spaced cabin. Relax on the spacious deck with a morning coffee, take advantage of the fireplace on chilly desert nights and, for the love of Joshua, you must enjoy that private, outdoor hot tub.

Charming Cabin Overlooking Lake Wapogasset in Amery, Wisconsin

If you're a Midwesterner at heart, you will find this cabin overlooking Lake Wapogasset as a prime Easter vacation destination, fit for friends, family, or just a getaway with your better half.

Inside will provide you with plenty of room for entertaining, a fully-equipped kitchen for...what is it we eat on Easter, again? Whatever traditions you have with your family, a stay here will be sure to offer you the perfect Easter, plus a few extra perks.

Solar-Powered Luxury Tipi in the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

Maybe you are the kind of family who camps to the beat of your own drum. Well, then, gather the troops and move to the grooves of this luxury tipi in Boone, North Carolina.

Staying here this spring means warm afternoons, hiking Blue Bear Mountain, nightly campfires, and even whitewater rafting. Perfect for a small family vacation, you will have cozy beds, additional roll-aways, and provided linens to sleep up to four happy glampers.

Want to see more Easter options? Look no further. For more on spring getaways, check out our blog post on the best East Coast road trips, perfect for a Spring Break escape, as well as our extra-favorite sites for Spring Break 2016.