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 Beth, who manages a unique property with multiple accommodations in Upstate New York, including a repurposed barn, a Western-style cabin, a solar-powered yurt, and a unique, combined boat, trailer, and tent.
1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?
I believe it may have been when I came across Glamping Hub while serching for places to advertise our yurt.
2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?
I am an architect, and my husband was a builder. After leaving New York City 15 years ago, I came up to the Hudson Valley and, soon after, several of my friends showed me their yurts. I just loved the simplicity of the structure and the potential to quickly erect a livable space. My husband had always dreamed of putting a round healing center on his farm, so when I said yurt, it was decided.
3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?
Community, nature, and comfort.
4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?
My husband took me camping once on the islands on Lake George. We got there by motor boat and had our own campsite. It was so private that I took off all my clothes, danced around, and said, "I'm a camper now!" Not bad for a girl raised in NYC.
5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?
Your sense of time changes when you do not have all of the conveniences that we are used to. Even giving up a few, like well-lit outdoor spaces or Wi-Fi, can alter your pace and bring you closer to nature.
6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?
Besides a clean and well-cared-for accommodation, guests will be staying on a farm with horses, a goat, chickens, dogs, and cats roaming around. My husband and I live on the farm and are here working on projects. We offer a pizza party and a bonfire on Saturday nights for those who want to socialize with us. If you are expecting ironed sheets, this is not the place for you.
7. What makes your property unique?
The animals, the great expanse of stars at night, the fireflies, the peeping frogs, the stream...the list goes on!
8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?
We have met so many great people who have similar interests and thoughts about how to live. People come here to have a good time, so what could be better than running a business than where people show up and all they want is to experience nature and enjoy good food and conversation?!
9. What makes your property eco-friendly?
We compost all leftover food, we have a large garden and do some farming and animal husbandry, and the yurt is solar-powered.