Top places to book for a unique Memorial Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Each year on the last Monday in May, we take the time in the U.S. to celebrate Memorial Day in honor of those who have passed while serving the country. Many people take the opportunity to pack up and have a relaxing holiday weekend away—a wonderful way to spend some quality time with family and friends.

If you haven't booked your Memorial Day getaway yet, check out some of our guests' top choices from last year that still have availability for this year!

California

Petaluma

This unique property near downtown Petaluma, California, with multiple Airstream rentals has availability May 24-27.

Idyllwild


This charming cabin rental—complete with a large deck and private hot tub—near Idyllwild, California, has availability May 24-27.

Colorado

Steamboat Springs

This cozy log cabin near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, features views of views of Hahns Peak and has availability May 24-27.

Breckenridge

This stunning A-frame cabin in Breckenridge, Colorado, has availability May 24-27.


New York

Granville

There are four yurts at this glamping property in Granville in Upstate New York, and there is availability in one of the 20-foot yurts, in the 24-foot yurt, and the 30-foot yurt for May 24-27.

Honeoye

This woodland cabin rental in the Finger Lakes region of Honeoye, New York, has availability for May 24-27. (Don't forget to ask about their other cabins and tipi, too!)

Texas

Wimberley

This unique cabin rental by Cypress Creek in Wimberley, Texas, has its own swimming pool and hot tub, and has availability May 25-26.

Round Top

This spacious cottage rental near Lake Fayette in Round Top, Texas, has availability May 24-27—and a swimming pool, too!

Washington

Bainbridge Island

This luxury tipi rental on Bainbridge Island in Washington State has availability May 25-27.

Longview

This simple, creekside cabin rental in Longview, Washington, has availability May 26-27.

Oregon

Coos Bay


This retro-style vacation rental in Coos Bay, Oregon, has availability May 26-27 and will help you get both your woodlands and waterfront fix.

Lakeview

This rustic cabin rental in the Warner Mountains of Lakeview, Oregon, has availability May 24-27.


For even more Memorial Day options, keep browsing on Glamping Hub!

Our last-minute Mother's Day gift guide

By Mikaela Amundson

Mother's Day is almost upon us so that means you should be planning the breakfast in bed, the cards, and, of course, the gift. We're sure you show your mom love every day, but this is an opportunity to shower the important women in your life with a little extra gratitude—moms, grandmas, aunts, honorary moms, “framily” (as my mom and I call it), and more!

Check out our last-minute gift guide below to get inspired and pick out the perfect present for the special ladies in your life.

Flowers for her

Delivery

A bouquet of flowers from Flora Queen, which delivers to over 100 countries in as little as one day, means no matter where mom is, she'll have a beautiful bouquet in her honor. Tulips are a classic Mother’s Day choice, but we love something more unexpected, like this rose and lily combo—or even a potted bromelia plant for something that will really last.

Something else with flowers

If you want to get mom some flowers that will stand the test of time, we love the idea of a floral print silk scarf. This one comes in four gorgeous floral patterns—perfect for spicing up her spring and summer looks. Alternatively, you can also go for a floral journal or some floral sneakers depending on what your mom will use the most.

Self-care Sunday


At-home facial

If your mom recently found out about Instagram and won't stop talking about her favorite influencer of late, get her something that's totally #instagoals, like a trendy Gua Sha facial tool. Your mom deserves a great self-care gift that doubles as a like-garnering post for her feed. This one comes with three different shapes to try, as well as a handy guide. Pair it with a face mask or a facial serum for the perfect Mother's Day self-care package.

Subscription box

There's nothing better than a gift that continues throughout the year, so a subscription box that gets delivered to mom on a regular basis is a perfect choice for this year's Mother's Day gift. This cruelty-free, vegan, and non-toxic makeup subscription from Petit Vour.

If your mom is not a budding beauty guru, that's quite alright; you can find subscription boxes for almost any interest or hobby. Some of our favorites include a book of the month box for the avid reader, a perfume subscription for the mom who likes to switch up her scents, and a wine subscription box. Yes, that's right. Wine.

Wares for mom

Customizable jewelry

Get her a twist on the classic locket with this customizable, and very chic, brass pendant, in which you can include a heartfelt note that she can keep with her long after Mother's Day celebrations have ended. You can round out the gift by pairing it with this hammered brass ring and bracelet for a set she'll wear forever.

Eco-friendly starter pack

Gifts that are practical, stylish, and eco-friendly are really the whole package. If your mom is looking to upgrade her eco-game from old tote bags for grocery shopping to becoming a zero-waste guru, we think eco-friendly starter kits, like this one from Package Free Shop, are the perfect jumping off point!

This one has all the basics: an insulated mug, a set of bamboo utensils, a stainless steel straw, and a bamboo toothbrush. Be sure to check out their other kits as well, like this one for zero-waste cleaning or this one for travel. Add in a trendy, reusable water bottle and an upcycled wristlet, like this one made from recycled billboards in NYC, and you mom will be good to step out to save the earth in style.

P.S. Don't forget that a glamping gift card also makes for a perfect Mother's Day gift! Getting out together into nature and making memories that will last forever? Priceless.


Check out some properties near you on Glamping Hub to find the perfect accommodation for your mom!

The real Cinco de Mayo and where to celebrate

By Jackie Dreyer

While it may be fun to make up an extra excuse to eat tacos and drink tequila, we've been missing the point when it comes to the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. In the U.S., the historical significance of May 5 has been largely passed over in favor of a massive spike in beer sales (in fact, in 2014, more beer was sold on Cinco de Mayo than on Super Bowl Sunday or St. Patrick's Day!), and it's time to set the record straight.

Let us teach you about the real Cinco de Mayo and where to honor this celebration in the U.S.

The facts

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexico's independence, which is actually celebrated annually on September 16. 40 years later, Cinco de Mayo came to be.

The story goes that, in 1862, Mexico found itself indebted to a number of European countries, so Napoleon III decided it was the perfect time to take advantage of Mexico's weakness and set up a monarchy in North America. Thus, French troops attacked the town of Puebla, Mexico, but General Ignacio Zaragoza was prepared.

Pleading for the help of all able-bodied men available, Mexico rallied together that May 5 and got the French to surrender, with the French suffering a loss of 500 troops, while General Zaragoza only lost less than 100 of the 2,000 men that showed up to fight that day.

From this day onwards, May 5 is recognized as a day of Mexican pride and resilience, and it has only increased in national significance over time, though it is not a national holiday in Mexico.

Extra credit reading: For an extremely thorough breakdown of important historical facts before, during, and after the Battle of Puebla, check out this article by National Geographic.

Where and how to celebrate

Mexico

Many travelers head straight to the source and go to Puebla for the most authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration. In Puebla, you'll get to enjoy colorful and joyous parades, in addition to a reenactment of the battle. As an added bonus when you're in Puebla, be sure to visit the city's beautiful and well-maintained cathedrals, which are what have turned the city into a UNESCO World Heritage Center.

Heads-up: If you're planning a trip to Mexico for Cinco de Mayo, heading anywhere other than Puebla will lead you to find people just going about their daily lives!

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, holds a two-day festival called "Celebrate Culture" that is put together by a local non-profit organization, NEWSED Community Development Corporation. On the morning of Cinco de Mayo, there is a large community parade, complemented by three different stages, where everyone can enjoy all different types of Hispanic music groups, as well as the well-known Hispanic Fiesta Colorado Folklorico Dancers.

Photo from Cinco de Mayo "Celebrate Culture" Festival.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California, boasts the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S., starting the last weekend of April with Fiesta Broadway. At this street festival, you'll get to enjoy popular Latin American artists and nibble on authentic dishes. Fiesta Broadway, however, is just the tip of the iceberg; TripSavvy has got you covered with a full Cinco de Mayo itinerary.

If you've got time to do additional sightseeing in L.A., pepper some more historical value into your trip with a detour to El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the original Spanish and Mexican neighborhood in the city, and Olvera Street, where you'll find great restaurants, food trucks, and street vendors.

Photo from El Pueblo Historical Monument.

Extra credit reading: For more ideas on where and how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, USA Today has a great rundown from the West Coast to Washington, D.C.


No matter what time of year you decide to explore Mexico, be sure to check out our travel guide on everything you need to know before you go.

How Earth Day is celebrated globally

By Eric Wright

Vertebrate populations have decreased in size by 60% since 1970, 18 million acres of forests are cleared each year, and the Arctic ice melting at an alarming rate. The protection of our planet is now more important than ever, and appreciation of the natural world seems to be something that we as humans are finding hard to grasp, as we continually mistreat the most precious thing we have. It's time that we start to defend the oasis we live in, which provides our food, water, and air, and we need to learn to share our world with the all the other living creatures that inhabit it.

Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970, as a way to increase consciousness about environmental concerns by founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. In 1969, after a brutal oil spill wreaked havoc in Santa Barbara, California, Senator Nelson pushed for a "national teach-in on the environment," which eventually led to events all across the U.S. and 20 million Americans taking to the streets to display support for a sustainable environment.

Since then, the global situation has continued to deteriorate, as yet more wildlife habitats are lost forever, and pollution reaches terrifying levels. It's time for us to abandon our destructive ways and take responsibility to create a planet that can be a haven for both us and the thousands of wonderful living species that we share it with. It may seem a great challenge for us today as climate change lays waste to our small blue and green planet, but Earth Day is the perfect way for us to stand together in unison for the most important thing we have—Earth, our home.

Explore with us, as we find out how Earth Day is celebrated around the globe.

1. New York, U.S.

Earth Day's main aim is to educate people about our global environmental problems, and the rally in New York offers the chance to connect with companies using green initiatives, as well as learn more about environmental campaigns and green travel. The event is one of the biggest outdoor Earth Day celebrations and takes place in Union Square—comprised of festive events, live music, and ecological food trucks, all while raising awareness of the fragile state of our environment.

The 5-kilometer, eco-friendly walking tour is a great way to discover ecology schools and state-of-the-art waste and recycling centers, while the New York Botanical Garden showcases live music performances, parades, and tours that highlight the urgency to protect the world's plant species.

2. London, U.K.

Between Tuesday, April 16, and Monday, April 29, the Neoclassical Somerset House opens its doors with a two-week program that allows the public to enjoy interactive events and large-scale installations created by some of the best artists around the world. During the program, visitors will be able to discover ways to combat climate change, promote sustainable living, and attend family workshops.

Some of this year's highlights include exhibits such as a Dystopian vision of a future without humans; a flag and audio commission on the roof exploring the voice of the natural elements; and a large scale LED installation that brings together the voices of international activists, philosophers, and poets.

3. Sydney, Australia

For Earth Day 2019, Sydney is holding an incredible 24,901-mile challenge where event organizers will find out how many times participants can run the entire length of the equator. The challenge needs 415 participants to run at least 2 miles each day in April to make the distance around the equator at least once—calling all runners, joggers, and walkers!

Sydney will also have experts in clean energy talk about how companies and technology impact the condition of the planet. These experts in clean energy and environmental entrepreneurship will share their insights into how industries have an impact on the environment on April 23 at The Podium Building on Market Street.

4. Tokyo, Japan

Yoyogi Park in Tokyo sees over 100,000 Earth-conscious people gather each year to learn how to live more sustainably from various NPOs and speakers. Earth-conscious artists and musicians perform in the park over the weekend and visitors can find plenty of organic products and local business' explaining their respective green initiatives. One of the highlights of the celebration is the Tokyo Vegetarian Festival, which offers delicious, ecologically-sourced food.

5. Vancouver, Canada

Canada's "Party for the Planet" takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the City Hall Plaza in Surrey, where three stages offer live music and performances. For the kids, there's the Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog on Sunday, April 28, where more performers sing, dance, and drum as they walk through the gorgeous Delta Nature Reserve. This year, the free outdoor event features keynote speakers, poetry recitals, and music from the Susan Summers and the Sacred Web Singers, as well as Aline LaFlamme and the Daughters of the Drum.


Curious how you can give back this Earth Day? Hop on over to our recent post to find out where to volunteer this year!

Get ready for Earth Day: Where to volunteer, how to give back, and more

By Alexis Vega

On April 22, 1970, millions of people in the U.S. took to the streets to call for action on the environmental issues of the time. It was the first time society took part in pro-Earth demonstrations, and this event led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

The movement started spreading across the world in the 1990s, as global ecological awareness grew. Today, over 1 billion people from 192 countries join in annually, which makes it the largest civic observance in the world.

Why do we celebrate Earth Day?

There is an undeniable connection between nature and all living beings; Earth is our home! We celebrate Earth Day as a reminder of the importance of maintaining a harmonious relationship with our planet and with nature, and it gives us a chance to bring awareness to important environmental issues and inspire change.

Earth Day 2019

This year's theme is "Protect Our Species." Human beings have irrevocably altered the balance in nature by destroying and reducing plant and wildlife population. This has happened by deforestation, pollution, poaching, and more—all without acknowledging the value and unique role of each and every living being.

We are now dealing with an alarming rate of extinction, and we must work hard to protect endangered species. Bees, elephants, giraffes, whales, and coral reefs play an essential role in the survival of the ecosystem and therefore in our survival.

Although this might sound discouraging, the good news is we can still do so much to help. Every big change starts small, and if we work together as a global collective, we will be able to make a difference.

How to give back

1. Do your research: Keep yourself informed; information leads to better decisions.

2. Spread the word: The more people who are aware, the more people can take action.

3. Encourage individual and group actions for the environment and wildlife

We've also compiled a list of ways for you to support the environment in your day-to-day life:

  • Plant flowers, trees, and gardens
  • Collect trash from beaches and nature reserves
  • Recycle and avoid single-use plastics
  • Avoid making outdoor fires
  • Use detergents, soaps, and cleaning products that are biodegradable and eco-friendly
  • Adopt a plant-based diet
  • Grow your own food or buy locally-grown food
  • Walk or cycle more
  • Respect protected areas
  • Avoid touristic activities that support animal exploitation
  • Report hurt or sick animals to the authorities, as well as illegal trade
  • Abstain from buying products made with endangered species or parts of them (fur, leather, ivory, etc.)
  • Use cruelty-free products (not tested on animals)
  • Support sustainable fishing
  • Use oxybenzone-free sunscreens
  • Petition the government for better laws
  • Support local NGOs and volunteer
  • Travel green (accommodations with minimal carbon footprint)

Where to volunteer

Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back, and there are many great projects going on across the U.S, Canada, and the rest of the world. We've compiled a selection below where your helping hands, hearts, and minds are needed.

U.S and Canada

  • Wild West Wildlife is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in the Texas Panhandle.

  • Marine Animal Rescue Society is dedicated to the conservation of marine animals in South Florida.

  • Last Chance for Animals is a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation, with a variety of campaigns from banning live export and puppy mills to supporting veganism.

  • Earth Law Center is a New York-based non-profit that works to transform the law to recognize and protect nature's inherent rights to exist, thrive, and evolve.

  • Wildlife Rescueis an organization that aims to save wild animals through its network of rehabilitators and wildlife rescue centers across Ontario.

  • Nature Conservancy Canada is a non-profit that focuses on conserving natural areas and biological diversity all across Canada.

Rest of the world

Volunteering in places like Costa Rica, Thailand, or South Africa sounds appealing, but having so many options to choose from can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are companies that can help you arrange everything and guide you through the process.

  • International Volunteer HQ works with wildlife and environmental conservation organizations on all five continents and offers a great range of affordable volunteering programs, including eco-agricultural and marine conservation, as well as animal welfare and animal rights.

  • GoEco is an eco-tourism company that provides a varied selection of volunteer projects abroad. Whether you want to volunteer for animal conservation or teaching, they will find the perfect fit for you.

  • Go Overseas offers wildlife and rainforest conservation programs all over the world that are both enriching and life-changing experiences.


Glamping Hub can help you travel green, thanks to our plethora of eco-friendly rentals in the U.S., the U.K., and beyond!

Best dog-friendly bars: Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your pup

By Fred Jéquier

The month of March brings with it a number of events—the beginning of Lent, the first day of spring, and the ever-festive St. Patrick's Day. Wherever you may be in the world, this festival is a chance to indulge in a pint of Guinness, dress up in green, and celebrate all the things that we love about the unique Emerald Isle.

We're not the only ones getting excited at the prospect of a full day of hanging out with our friends and enjoying a pint or two of delicious dark beer, though. Our four-legged pals are more than ready to do a puppy pub crawl with us! Before you get your green t-shirts out, and your green collars ready, it's time to find some dog-friendly pubs and bars to enjoy together. After all, Fido doesn't want to be left home alone!

Here are just a few of our favorite places to enjoy Yappy Hour with your dog on St. Patrick's Day.

USA

The Morrison in Los Angeles, California

Photo of a doggy platter at The Morrison.

Never mind a doggy bag—this fabulous bar has doggy platters! With burgers to make their humans drool, pups can rest easy in the knowledge that they can happily tuck into a burger dish of their own. At $6 for the dog-friendly menu, this is an affordable place to spend St. Patrick’s Day. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can enjoy Happy Hour and choose from a wide range of beers, ales, and lagers. If you're in need of a spot to relax after a long day at work and you don't want to make your dog feel melancollie by leaving them behind, why not bring your pup down and treat them to a meal out?

Rogers Park Social in Chicago, Illinois

A street view of Rogers Park Social.

Is your dog a bit fancy or little on the pawsh side? Rogers Park Social may be perfect for your pup. While St. Patrick's Day is a popular day for the avid beer drinker, some of the more pampered pooches out there may prefer something a little less heavy. Sadly, the drinks on offer here aren't designed for Poodles and Pomeranians, so they'll have to make do with water while you enjoy a wide range of seasonal cocktails designed by the owners of this beautiful bar.

If beer is your beverage, then you're in luck! As well as the delicious cocktails on the menu, there are lots of craft beers to sample while you relax in the lounge or play a board game. When happy hour comes around at 4 p.m., be sure to give the extensive drink menu a look!

The Dog Bar in Charlotte, North Carolina

A couple of dogs enjoying St. Patrick's Day at The Dog Bar.

This human-friendly bar is the perfect spot for pups and hounds to bring their two-legged friends. The Dog Bar is ideal if you want your dog to have a bit of freedom while you "sit, stay, and drink" on St. Patrick's Day.

Dogs are allowed to run around and explore both inside and outside, where there is a covered AstroTurf that has a misting system for summer, so there won't be any hot dogs on a sweltering summer day. Your pooch will also be wonderfully warm in the winter, thanks to the outdoor heaters!

For the two-legged guests, there is a wide range of beer, liquor, and wine options to enjoy. The Dog Bar requires a $10 annual membership fee, but let's be honest, even if you take those wagging tails, there for a day, 10 bucks is a pretty good price for such a unique experience.

Yard Bar in Austin, Texas

The dog-friendly area of The Yard Bar.

Austin, Texas, is home to some of the country's most famous BBQ restaurants and a number of awesome rock and blues musicians, and now, it's also the home of this perfect, pet-friendly watering hole, too. The Yard Bar will leave it's guests, both two- and four-legged, grinning ear to floppy ear!

“Impawsible”, you say? We assure you this no tall tail! Once your pup is over four months old, they can come here and enjoy a day out in the spacious outdoor bar area—all for the bargain price of $5.50 per day! While owners tuck into some tasty food and refreshing beers, the aptly named Bark Rangers keep an eye out on the playing pups.

MUTTS Canine Cantina in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas

A dog makes the most of his day out at MUTTS Canine Cantina.

MUTTS Canine Cantina is the perfect spot to unleash your dog for a day of ruff and tumble fun with some new puppy-pals, while you get your St. Patrick's Day pawty going. As you enjoy a cool beer or a margarita in the beer garden, your dog will be having the time of their life in the one-acre dog park. This establishment throws a range of events for their clientele, including yoga classes, visits from Santa and the Easter Bunny, and a big outdoor screen for movies.

Going to the source: Ireland

There's no way we can talk about St. Paddy's Day, though, without acknowledging St. Patrick's motherland. If you're lucky enough to find yourself in this uniquely beautiful country on March 17, you're definitely going to want a pint of Guinness after exploring the coastline of Wexford, wandering the rolling hills of Kilkenny, and staring out across the Cliffs of Moher. Here are a couple of pet-friendly pubs to make the most of your time on the Emerald Isle!

MVP in Dublin, County Dublin

Photo of a dog sitting at the bar at MVP, Dublin.

With great food, and craft cocktails, this is the ideal spot to bring you dog for a fun day out in the lively city of Dublin. If you head down there on St. Patrick's day, you'll be able to catch the final day of the Women's Six Nations and then join in an Irish-themed sing-along.

The Hollywood Inn in Hollywood, County Wicklow

The beer garden at The Hollywood Inn.

Why not give your hound a sniff around the garden? The Garden of Ireland, that is! Wicklow's unsurpassable natural beauty has to be seen to be believed. Once you've finished exploring the green hills, or the lake at Glendalough, let your pup rest his or her paws at this great pub. The Hollywood Inn, just half an hour from the historic Glendalough, is a traditional Irish pub with a dog-friendly patio. It also has a great range of beers and a wonderful menu to fill you up after exploring this incredibly beautiful county.

It's time to get the pup ready for his big day out—just remember to make sure he brings his best table manners with him!

Want to make a getaway out of it? Find out the best places to take your dog here, and check out some of our amazing pet-friendly rentals on Glamping Hub!

Five must-see cities in Andalusia, Spain

By Eleanor Stanesby

Each year on February 28, the southern region of Spa
in, which is called Andalusia, celebrates el Día de Andalucía, or Andalusia Day, which is in honor of the day Andalusia officially became an autonomous community back in 1980.

Flag of Andalusia. Photo from Wikipedia.

Glamping Hub is proud of the fact that we not only have an office based in Seville, the capital of Andalusia, but also that our CEO is from here! To celebrate this regional holiday, we'd like to show you five of our favorite cities in the beautiful southern region of Spain.

Where to visit

1. Seville

As previously mentioned, Seville is the capital of Andalusia and definitely not one to miss on your travels in southern Spain. Rich with history and culture, Seville holds the largest Gothic church in the world, with its bell tower, La Giralda, giving arguably the best views of this stunning city.

Photo from Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash..

You can't go to Seville and not try the amazing local tapas, overwhelmed for choice as you meander the many small streets, each with buildings of their own unique character.

Photo from Johan Mouchet on Unsplash.

The Plaza de España, originally built for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo, is now one of the most-visited attractions in all of Spain. Rent a small boat and row the canal that lines the building to experience a different perspective of the incredible architecture.

Photo from Alev Takil on Unsplash.

2.Cádiz

Cádiz is the perfect pick for those who love to be at or near the beach, especially on those hot summer days! Known as the oldest inhabited city in the whole of Europe and home to the Spanish Navy, the city boasts over 100 watch towers, due to the fact that it is almost entirely surrounded by water. When here, be sure to visit the Cadiz Cathedral—it took 116 years to build, which can be seen throughout the changes in the style of architecture.

Photo from Flickr.

If seafood is your thing, you cannot leave here without eating it! No matter if from one of the local fish markets or a restaurant, the quality of the seafood here is bound to impress.

If you happen to be here during the Carnival of Cádiz, you're in for an additional treat. Music can be heard from all around the city, and exuberant costumes are worn in celebration—basically just one big fiesta!

Photo from Flickr.

3. Córdoba

Córdoba was one of the most important Roman cities during the Middle Ages and is known best in present day for its courtyards home to stunning and vibrant flowers and plants, all beautifully displayed. In fact, there is a local celebration each year in May called the Patios de Córdoba, where the city's courtyards, most of which belong to people's private homes, are put on display—proudly showing off one of the city's claims to fame.

Photo from Flickr.

The Mezquita of Córdoba is truly stunning, both in its physical design and the history and culture behind it. Built in the 10th century, the structure was first a mosque that was later turned into a cathedral—making a visit to this historical monument is well worth the entry price.

Photo from Wikipedia.

4.Granada

Referred to as Spain's "Moorish Jewel," Granada is one of the most-visited cities in Spain by tourists from all around the world. A trip to the majestic Alhambra, a former palace and fortress that will make your jaw drop, is in order—especially when coupled with the Sierra Nevada mountains as the backdrop.

Photo from Mariano Colombotto on Unsplash.

Catching the sunset at the Mirador de San Nicolas is a favorite among tourists and locals alike—one that typically includes a flamenco treet performance of flamenco as background music while the sun goes down. Meanwhile, the Alcaicería holds the Great Bazaar in Granada, where, since the 15th century, stalls have sold vibrant clothing and souvenirs, allowing its patrons to feel the city's intrinsic connection with northern Africa and Moorish culture.

Photo from Flickr.

5. Málaga

Málaga is a diverse city, from the incredible modernization of Spain's oldest operating port to the charming streets of the old town. While in the city, you have to visit the Alcazaba, a Moorish palace and fortress from the 11th century, which sits up on the hillside and holds secret courtyards and stunning views of the city and ocean.

Photo from Hiveminer.

Alternatively, you can immediately head to any one of the many fantastic beaches on the Costa del Sol, i.e., the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With 15 beaches within the city limits, you'll have plenty of options to choose from, including the Playa de Guadalmar and the Playa del Campo de Golf-San Julián, which is popular with the area's kite-surfers.

Photo from Spain-Holiday.com.

Eager to see more of Andalusia? Check out our complete collection of glamping accomodations across the south of Spain!

What's Mardi Gras and where to celebrate it in the U.S.

By Mikaela Amundson

Mardi Gras is almost here and that means its time for costumes, beads, and a lot of celebration! We're here to give you some great background on this enormous party and some glamping sites perfect to head away to if you want to be close to the action and have an unforgettable experience this year.

A brief history

Mardi Gras in the U.S. dates back to 1703, when the tradition was brought to what is now Mobile, Alabama, by French explorers sent by Louis XIV to defend the then territory of Louisiana in the New World. They held the first organized Mardi Gras celebration there in Louisiana, starting a tradition that endures to this day.

When the capital of the territory moved to Biloxi and, later to New Orleans, the traditions spread and stuck. While today Mardi Gras is celebrated primarily in Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and parts of Texas, the spirit of the holiday has spread all over the U.S. and can be found just about everywhere.

When to celebrate

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and is the culmination of the celebration of Epiphany, or the holiday honoring the Magi, 12 days after Christmas. It occurs the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is a religious period marked with repentance, somberness, and giving up habits or pleasures to prepare for the dark Good Friday and subsequent happy Easter Sunday in the Christian tradition. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last day to party it up with food, drink, music, and dancing before Lent begins.

Local groups, known as Mystic Societies or Krewes, organize parades, masked balls, and parties that are super unique. With good food, dancing, costumes, and beads, this celebration is a must-see. In recent years, more Mardi Gras celebrations are discouraging single-use plastic and glitter (a harmful micro-plastic for marine life) in an effort to become more environmentally conscious.

Where to celebrate

If you're looking to get in on this legendary party, heading to Mobile, Alabama, or New Orleans, Louisiana, is a no-brainer, but if you want to make this trip something a little more unique, a glamping site nearby would be the perfect getaway! Look below for some sites that put you close enough to the celebrations, but far enough away so you can sneak away from the crowds when you're done for the night.

Mobile, Alabama:

This tucked away tent has access to gorgeous beaches, a nature preserve, and great trails for hiking and biking. After heading into Mobile for the celebrations on Tuesday, enjoy a few more days on the gulf for a well-rounded vacation.

30 minutes outside of Mobile, you'll find this cottage on the coast of Mobile Bay, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. With everything from Wi-Fi, a king-size bed, and a screened-in porch, this accommodation is the perfect comfortable spot to settle into before donning your costumes and heading to the parade!

New Orleans, Louisiana:

This perfectly cozy A-frame cabin sits on an incredible private 53-acre lake, surrounded by gorgeous wildlife, marshes, ponds, and forests. Just a 40-minute drive into the city of New Orleans, this little nature getaway is perfect for couples looking to experience a little bit of everything in the bayou.

This massive lakeside rental will make you want to get every friend you know and head down to NOLA. Located on Lake Pontchartrain and 45 minutes away from this city, this 20-person accommodation will be the perfect place to host the whole gang for a relaxing get away before heading into the city for a very memorable Mardi Gras.


Don't let the party stop here! Be sure to check out our collections of accommodations near New Orleans and Mobile for even more Mardi Gras-worthy options.

The 14 most romantic Valentine's Day getaways

By Mikaela Amundson

As you and your special someone make fancy dinner reservations, get ready to exchange gifts, and plan extravagant surprises, take this year as an opportunity to explore a different, but equally as memorable and meaningful, way to show your love for one another.

A romantic glamping getaway is the perfect way to sweep your favorite person off their feet for an amazing experience and create long-lasting memories that you'll cherish forever. To help out, we've curated a list of the most unique experiences for couples to celebrate their love together this Valentine's Day.

1. Cozy Tennessee Tree House:

This tucked-away tree house is a great spot for couples to head off to for a romantic weekend. With a fireplace, a hot tub, and a queen-size bed, this elevated hideaway is the best of the rustic and comfortable. Feel like you're living in the trees for an entire weekend while enjoying movies, Wi-Fi, and a fully-furnished kitchen in this high-off-the-ground glamping site. The Tennessee woods are a wonderful background for a solo weekend away with that special someone.

2. Romantic Lakeside Cabin in Maine:

Spend your Valentine's Day cozied up in this charming, lakefront cabin with your special someone—cuddling up in the plush seating area in front of the warm and inviting fireplace. The fully-equipped kitchen is perfect for preparing a romantic meal for two while watching the picturesque snow scene outside. It'll be too easy to become enamored with the beautiful hardwood and cobblestone chimney; you may never want to leave this lovely getaway!

3. Adults-Only Green House for Two in Oregon:

Are traditional cottages not you and your honey's speed? Try out this incredible, converted green house, complete with 360-degree views of its gorgeous surroundings through the nearly wall-to-wall glass windows. Spend your daytime exploring the surrounding farm and nearby Silver Falls State Park, then warm up with a campfire outside the green house with marshmallows and hot cocoa. To finish off your romantic day, try stargazing cuddled up the elegant double bed upstairs in the loft—after a soak in the natural cedar hot tub in the downstairs living room, of course.

4. Huge Heated Bell Tent Under the Stars in Utah:

If you're looking for a more au naturel Valentine's Day with your partner, look no further than this bell tent near Utah's beautiful Zion State Park for an unbeatable, nature-filled weekend away. Enjoy exploring the beautiful surrounding mountain scenery and petroglyphs with your loved one just north of this glamping site. The fire pit and surrounding chairs are the perfect place to curl up after a long day for some unbeatable stargazing—all before retiring to the luxurious king-size bed inside this amazing, heated tent.

5. Garden Cottage for Two in Quintana Roo, Mexico:

For something a little more tropical, try this delightful garden cottage in sunny Quintana Roo for a warmer way to spend the weekend with your favorite person. The encompassing glass windows offer amazing views of the surrounding mangroves and colorful gardens, and the site boasts incredible local cuisine made by the host. If that's not enough to entice you, the pristine sand beach and great snorkeling at just steps from the cottage's door should be enough to have you two packing your bags!

6. Secluded Beach Pod in Portugal:

This inviting pod in Portugal is located on the beautiful Peninsula de Setubal, perfect for couples that want mountainous coastline, beaches, wine country, and lush forests all at one glamping destination. You can swim in the Atlantic, bike along the water, and swing in a hammock for the perfect Valentine's Day with your partner. After a great night's sleep in the cozy double bed, enjoy a complimentary organic breakfast to start your adventure-filled day off right.

7. Tree House with Romance Package near Madrid:

The allure of this Spanish tree house would be enough to make anyone want to slip away from the hustle and bustle of Madrid and head off to the mountains, but this host offers romantic add-ons to make a Valentine's Day getaway that much more special. Enjoy a glass of bubbly surrounded by candles and romantic decorations while snacking on chocolate with your special someone, thanks to the property's romance package, for the perfect evening under the stars.

8. Rustic Cottage for Couples on Lake Erie

This wonderfully-eclectic cabin is perfect for couples that want to tuck in for the weekend and just enjoy each other's company. The cabin has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a large offering of books and games, as well as a piano and guitar for a delightful weekend away. The wood-burning stove will keep you warm and cozy while you enjoy the charming snow views outside.

9. Unique Island Cottage in British Columbia:

Your fairy-tale romance deserves a cottage straight out of a storybook. This incredibly unique cottage on Mayne Island in British Columbia is a magical property sure to make your Valentine's Day unforgettable. There are orchards, gardens, and sheep just outside the door, and inside, you'll be greeted by incredible woodwork and charming vintage and handmade decor! This cottage is as special as your partner and is the perfect place to whisk them away to on February 14.

10. Luxe Tent Outside of Killarney:

If you're looking for a place where you can have both the rustic and the modern, this luxury tent just outside of Killarney is the perfect place for your Valentine's getaway. Just a 15-minute walk from the center of Killarney, this tranquil accommodation offers the chance to experience the city and the countryside all in one go. This wonderful property offers coast views, lush forests, and astonishing mountain views—in addition to being able to pop into town for a romantic dinner of fish and chips.

11. Mountain-View Bed and Breakfast near Melbourne:

You can never go wrong with the classic bed and breakfast. If a more traditional accommodation is to your liking, but you still want to enjoy Mother Nature, this lodge just outside Melbourne is what you're looking for. The hosts take pride in whipping up delicious meals that can be catered to your liking and enjoyed from the comfort of your own balcony—all while enjoying the views of the amazing Cathedral Range. Take a dip in the heated, saltwater swimming pool or go for a walk in the garden before retiring to a plush king-size bed for a weekend trip!

12. Safari Tent for Two in New South Wales

This luxurious tent for two is a perfect mix of rustic and plush. With a private balcony and views of the beautiful Turon River, this place makes for the perfect backdrop to a romantic Valentine's Day weekend. Read a book on the cozy couch, sunbathe on the attached deck, or take a soak in the deluxe bathtub that's big enough for two to round out a relaxing day together.

13. Fully-Furnished Airstream Rental in Greece

Why not try a refurbished Airstream parked on a gorgeous farm for a unique Valentine's Day weekend? This glamorously-decorated camper in Greece gives total vintage vibes for you and your honey to relax in. Enjoy the plush queen-size bed and fully-functional kitchen for the ultimate cozy night in. During the day, arrange for tours of the farm, check out the observation tower and chapel, and finish off your day with a drink at the local tavern.

14. Rustic Bell Tent in Sicily

This simple and lovely bell tent in Sicily, Italy, leaves all the busyness of the city behind and allows for couples to escape to a romantic camping weekend. Spend February 14 surrounded by hiking trails and canyons with gorgeous nature views, and later on, enjoy your evening surrounded by candles and a record player for a truly unforgettable experience.


P.S. If Portugal is your perfect plan, the host of this unique glamping getaway, Sarah, has something that will sweeten the pot! She's offering a special deal for a three-night stay that includes a bottle of champagne and exclusive access to a romantic, outdoor bathtub—perfect for stargazing as a pair.


Don't stop here! Keep exploring on Glamping Hub and let us find you the perfect fit for your Valentine's Day glamping getaway this year.

How to plan a unique Valentine's Day experience

By Eleanor Stanesby

Valentine's Day is almost upon us—a time when expectations to have the perfect day planned are at an all-time high. What's the perfect restaurant to book? Where's the most romantic place to have a cocktail or two?

Scratch all of that. Why not treat your partner to a romantic getaway, surrounded by serene nature and beauty from every angle, instead? From tree houses and cabins to luxury tents, experience a different type of Valentine's Day this year with unique accommodations that are sure to give you a weekend beyond compare.

Tips to make Valentine's Day a success

1. The gift

Finding the perfect gift can cause a lot of trouble, especially with the market saturated with generic and cliché gifts that don't quite hit the mark when it comes to expressing how you feel about your loved one. With a romantic weekend getaway, this becomes the gift—taking away a lot of the pressure that surrounds this part of the day.

2. Dining out

Valentine's Day sees many couples booking reservations to dine out at a different or expensive restaurant. The stress of finding the best place that both you and your partner will enjoy is gone with a glamping stay. The two of you can relish in the comfort of your luxurious accommodation in front of a home-cooked meal, which, let's be honest, is usually way nicer than dining out.

3. Dress to impress

Finding the best outfit for the Valentine's Day can come with a lot of money spent, as well as a lot of time wasted scrolling on the internet for an outfit that suits the occasion. While glamping, the natural surroundings allows a more relaxed approach with no expectations. Of course, if dressing up is something you particularly enjoy, a romantic getaway still allows you to do this, simply without the gaze of other couples that are also celebrating.

4. A full day of plans

A meal or drinks after work is the usual plan for many couples on February 14. However, when you make plans for the entire day—and maybe even more!—it allows you to spend more quality time with your partner, something that you may not get enough of amid the busyness of your normal, day-to-day schedule. Glamping allows you to make 100% of the time quality time, with relaxing together and enjoying one another's company being the only thing on your agenda.


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