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 Mindy, who manages this romantic A-frame cabin in Zion National Park, Utah.
1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?
The A-frame on my glamping site has been a labor of love and was built as such. It is a getaway to relax, hike, and enjoy. The stargazing is stellar, and I wanted to share this place because of the location, the views, the ambiance, and the unforgettable experience. I want to let fellow adventurers bring the outdoors in and the indoors out.
2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?
Before becoming a glamping host, I was, and still am, a full-time biology student. Studying biology has drawn me to nature and helped me gain a true appreciation for the incredible environment around me. I've decided it's only natural that I share that beauty with those who value it as much as I do.
3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?
Glamping is a way to let guests connect with nature, without sacrificing comfort. My A-frame cabin provides the option to be outside, inside, or both. To maintain comfort in our space, there is a very big, very comfortable bed that gives the luxurious feel that is expected from a glamping experience.
4. What is the most special thing about your property?
The most incredible aspect of my property would have to be the incredible views. Standing at the base of the Canaan Mountain Range is breathtaking, overwhelming, and completely gorgeous—all at the same time.
5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?
The joy that I feel from sharing such a unique experience is unparalleled. I can't tell you how many times my glamping site has given full-grown adults the urge to giggle with excitement. The convertible wall lets visitors stargaze in the evening and wake up to stunning views in the morning. That said, there are challenges. The biggest challenge I've faced is encouraging guests to respect the environment by staying on walking paths and letting the vegetation thrive.
6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.
My most memorable guest experience was with a woman named Lauren. She was visiting from California. I met her upon arrival, and she was so sweet. As we introduced ourselves and began to converse, she spoke to me about some of the struggles she had been going through. She had recently been forced to put down her long-time fur-baby due to health complications. Lauren stayed for a few days, and at the end of her stay, she expressed that the getaway to southern Utah was exactly what she needed to take a break from it all and reflect, re-energize and reset.
7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?
The three most common words I hear in feedback are view, stars, and magical.
8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.
The A-frame offers an experience so unique and so closely connected to the outdoors. The goal is to contribute an unforgettable way for travelers to disconnect from daily life and reconnect with one another.
I always recommend that my guests bring food for grilling and light the tiki torches as the sun sets to fully enjoy the experience of eating and witnessing the awe of an entire canyon as their front yard.
Instead of driving out to nearby hiking routes, I encourage guests to search for their our own hiking paths out in the canyon right in front of the cabin. It is the best way to be able to hike without any people or distractions around.
9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?
If I could host anybody at my cabin, it would be George Daniel. He's weird and talented and makes incredible tunes. Who knows? Maybe it would inspire him to make more music.
10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glamping site you would like to share with us?
I have big plans for my glamping site! Southern Utah is a truly magical place, and I am designing a site that will allow me to share my personal slice of magic with others. I want to add another A-frame cabin that offers the same experience as the first, but with enough space between the two that guests still get seclusion and privacy. I also plan to add a common area that will offer a community experience, if desired. The common area will include a hot tub, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, and other goodies.
To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at Mindy's A-frame cabin in Utah, click here!
Photo and video credit go to Ethan Abitz.