Host Spotlight: Beth in Upstate New York

By Jackie Dreyer

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.

A view of Beth's unique glamping property in New York.

Beth's Upstate New York paradise is ready and waiting for glampers to come soak up the area's natural beauty.

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.

The yurt from the outside, with its deck and solar panels.

Keep your carbon footprint small with a stay at this solar-powered yurt.

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.

The unique boat, tent, and trailer accommodation available at this glamping property in Upstate New York.

It doesn't get more unique than this 3-in-1 accommodation in Upstate New York.

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.

The cozy bedroom in the property's barn accommodation.

We can't imagine a more perfect place to curl up with a loved one than this repurposed barn rental.

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?!

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The property's horses are just a few of the animals guests will find here.

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.


Interested in a glamping escape to New York? See more of what Beth's one-of-a-kind property in Upstate New York can offer here, here, here, and here.

Host Spotlight: Kutira

By Jackie Dreyer

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 Kutira, who manages an eco-retreat on the Island of Maui in Hawaii.

A lovely view of the exterior of an eco-friendly bamboo cottage in Maui, Hawaii.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

A few years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

We are a fully self-sustainable, eco-friendly community, and our mission is to help people reconnect with nature and enjoy the benefits of a more natural way of living.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Rejuvenating, reinvigorating, and relaxing.

A group of glampers doing yoga in one of the property's yoga facilities.

4. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It is the most natural way to connect with the land, get grounded, and find relaxation in an environmentally-friendly place, where it is easier to unwind, restore, and recharge the energy.

5. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

A sustainable paradise located where the sun is rising. A place “where your vacation becomes a transformation!” Our property is the ideal destination no matter whether you're seeking sanctuary, writing the next chapter of your life, on your honeymoon, or simply taking a vacation.

A lovely view of the interior of an eco-friendly, bamboo cottage at this glamping site in Maui.

6. What makes your property unique?

Come explore elegant green living at Maui's magical, premiere eco-retreat. Here, guests will enjoy being directly next to the ocean, beautiful hiking trails, waterfall lagoons, a romantic setting, sunrise views, yoga and meditation classes, and only 15 minutes from town.

7. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Seeing the full transformation that our guests go through from the beginning of their stay with us until the end of their journey.

A view from the outside of the main building at the eco-retreat in Maui.

8. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We operate on solar energy from panels installed on our buildings, our water is pumped directly from our own well and rain catchment system, and we live sustainably and self-sufficiently from the land through organic farming.

At our property, you can enjoy the benefits of a setting that is free from electromagnetic waves, such as Wi-Fi (except in the main house, where guests can check their emails, etc).

All of our buildings are ecologically built. Our bamboo structures and temples are both unique and historic. We are the first permitted bamboo structure in the entire United States.

A relaxing suite with calming nature views at this eco-retreat in Maui.


Interested in a glamping escape to Hawaii? See more of what Kutira's unique accommodations can offer here, here, here, here, here, and here!

Host Spotlight: Gail

By Jackie Dreyer

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 Gail, who manages this fairy-tale luxury cottage in West Glacier, Montana, and these stunning tree houses in Whitefish, Montana.

An exterior photo of the tree house cabin in Whitefish, Montana.

Looking out towards Glacier, Montana, and surrounded by woodlands and mountains, you'll be quick to want to call this tree house home.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

Yes, several years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I grew up with memories of a tree house! I was raised in Pennsylvania in the 60s, and my father was a contractor who built thousands of single-family homes. He always had scrap lumber around the house. With his help, my siblings and I built a rough tree house in an oak tree near our home.

Our tree house was a place that I could visit and anything was possible. It was a place without limitations where my imagination could run free. If I wanted it to be a rocket ship, a castle, or a mansion in my mind, it was. As a child in that tree house, nothing was impossible.

Our original tree house was very basic, but it fueled my desire for a "real" tree house, which wasn't fulfilled until I turned 58! This past fall, we started construction on Snow Bear Chalets—the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses!—which are located five feet from the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana.

A view from the tree house's great room and its welcoming balcony.

The tree house's cozy interior brings the outdoors indoors,with stunning views from every room.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Whimsical, luxurious, and unique.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Our tree houses!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It opens up a whole new way to travel.

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Guests will love the tree house's layout, including a well equipped kitchen for easily whipping up meals all trip long.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Expect to smile a lot!

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Being able to stay here when it's not booked!

One of the tree house's charming bedrooms.

A good night's sleep is easily obtained from any of the cozy bedrooms at the tree house.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We kept the trees on the property and built around them, as well as used the best environmentally-friendly products in construction, maintenance, and cleaning.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

I'm passing on the tradition! When my five-year-old granddaughter first set foot in the turret of one of the tree houses, she went to the window, grabbed her hair and asked me to open the window. When I asked her why, she looked at me like I was clueless and said, "How can my prince climb the tower if I don't throw my hair down?" The magic and love of fairy-tale tree houses along with the belief of infinite possibility has been passed on to the next generation.

A whimsical lofted space in the Whitefish, Montana, tree house.

As if staying here couldn't get any more magical, check out the turreted ceiling, beautifully painted like the Montana night sky.


*Book Gail's gorgeous Montana cottage and tree houses here, here, here, and here. You're sure to love our unique Montana getaways, too!

Host Spotlight: Cindy

By Jackie Dreyer

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 Elizabeth, who manages the tree houses of our childhood dreams near the White Mountain National Forest in Maine.

white-mountain-tree-house This tree house rental near White Mountain National Forest is just waiting to be discovered!

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

About three years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

Sleeping in tree houses—to me that's the ultimate form of glamping.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

A unique, peaceful, and fairytale-like experience.

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Tree houses like this don't grow on...well, they're still worth checking out!

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Sleeping in tree houses.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

You still get all the joys of camping without the stress of setting up a tent.

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Enjoy views like this when you go glamping in a tree house near Augusta, Maine.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

A one-of-a-kind experience, from a luxurious tree house with all the amenities, including Wi-Fi and DirecTV, to a nature lover's dream, tucked away in Maine's beautiful woods.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the only tree house glamping resort in New England.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

I get to meet so many wonderful people and share in the joy that we can offer them.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We have built the majority of our tree houses with lumber that was taken right from our property.

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Glamping comes in all shapes and sizes, and this caravan rental by a lake in Maine is proof of its diversity!


Interested in a glamping escape to New England? See more of what Cindy's tree houses and glampsites can offer here, or take a look at the other thousands of unique rentals we offer on Glamping Hub.

Host Spotlight: Don

By Jackie Dreyer

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 Don, who manages this luxury expedition property with beautiful tents that can be set up wherever glampers would like in Sedona, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, as well as a unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah.

One of the luxury tent offerings of this property in Arizona.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

I wanted to offer my guests the experience of being surrounded by nature with comfortable luxurious accommodations. Glamping was a term that was a perfect fit for the company.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

The concept of bringing luxury camping to my guests was truly the foundation of the business, to allow for authenticity with a personal touch for guests visiting the southwest. Our campsites are mobile and can be set up in a variety of locations according to the guests custom itinerary.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, spectacular, awe-inspiring.

A view of the river from the luxury tent in Arizona.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Many years ago while camping/hiking with my wife, she brought wine and cheese with dried salami platter in her backpack. We enjoyed the luxury touch to our outback adventure along with a good laugh.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Glamping allows you to experience nature while maintaining a level of comfort not usually found when camping.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Our goal is to exceed the guests' expectations for comfort and service while vacationing in a wilderness environment.

The interior of one of the luxury tents in Arizona.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are fortunate to operate our glamping services in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, in some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth. This includes one of the seven wonders of the world at the Grand Canyon.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Being able to give our guests a deeper understanding and appreciation for the areas we visit combined with a truly authentic experience.

The unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah, from the outside.

The unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah, from the inside.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We work on natures terms utilizing solar power. Our company follows the principals of the Leave No Trace Community Stewardship Initiative, with all effort being put into recycling or reusing campsite-related items.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Our in-depth knowledge and special relationships with these areas, bring a level of service to our guests that goes above and beyond the usual visitor experience to these amazing locations.


Click here to book this luxury tent, the other luxury tent, or the dome today. For more southwestern vacation options, check out our Arizona Weekend Getaways page!

Host Spotlight: Elizabeth

By Jackie Dreyer

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 Elizabeth, who manages this spacious yurt rental in Keaau, Hawaii.

The exterior of the yurt in Hawaii

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

On an NBC show.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I have a yurt in Hawaii—what better type of lodging and great location are there?

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Peaceful, nature, calming.

Outdoor deck of yurt in Hawaii

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Camping in the Rocky Mountains.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Because it is camping in nature with all the amenities needed to feel comfortable.

The interior of the yurt in Hawaii

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

They can expect a beautiful large yurt, natural sunlight, and a large private property that is well-maintained and close to all outdoor activities. The yurt is away from it all, yet close enough to towns and the airport.

7. What makes your property unique?

It's a 700-square-foot yurt with indoor plumbing!

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

People who stay here start to dream about having a yurt of their own, which shows they were happy with their experience at our property.

The bed inside the yurt in Hawaii

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

It's the closest thing to living off the land as possible.


Interested in a glamping escape to Hawaii? See more of what Elizabeth's yurt can offer here!

Host Spotlight: Beth

By Jackie Dreyer

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 this incredibly unique villa in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The glamping property and its pool at sunset

An exterior shot at sunset of the [villa](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/).

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

From your website!

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

The Onion House is something like five-star luxury camping. With no outside walls (only screen and stained glass), you are fully immersed in the lush tropical environment. I had a hunch that travelers would delight in it as much as I do.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Artistic, Joyful, Transformational.

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The [entire property](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/) in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

When I spent the summer at our property when I was 10 years old.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

To expand your concept of the possible. The built environment has a profound effect on the psyche. As Winston Churchill said, "First we shape our buildings. Afterward, they shape us." Becoming attuned to the rhythms of an unusual setting can awaken and invigorate the senses.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

An unforgettable experience of delight, with privacy to swim and immerse yourself in nature. One guest said, "I feel like a butterfly living under a leaf!" Guests have the place to themselves, with the freedom to swim 'au naturel,' sharing an eccentric slice of Hawaii's history.

A view from the pool.

The [villa's](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/) pool, accompanied by the property's gorgeous views.

7. What makes your property unique?

The visual aesthetics are like nowhere else on earth. This wildly original structure, a landmark of organic architecture, was built for the McCormick Spice family, with a history of colorful characters. Guests' vacations provide funds to renovate and maintain this unique architectural legacy.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

I love the impact that this unique place has had on so many people's lives. Some come to celebrate their marriage, anniversary, or a special birthday. Others give themselves a personal creative retreat. Families often say it is the best vacation they've ever had together.

The master bedroom of the property.

The [villa's](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/) master bedroom.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We try to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all while growing tropical fruits, some of which guests may have never experienced, like jaboticaba, guanabana, pomelo, and loquat. Organic architecture seeks to embody natural forms within the built environment—in this case, the shape of a sea shell.

The unique shower in the bathroom.

The luxury shower in one of the [villa's](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/noncontinental/hawaii/kailuakona/villa-rental-kailua-kona-hawaii/) bathrooms.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

A private retreat in a work of art can have a profound transformative effect. One guest wrote, "There was my life BEFORE the Onion House, and my life AFTER the Onion House." Just as the unorthodox setting of the Onion House nourished my own artwork, it continues to spark creativity among our guests. The environment of 'no boundaries' without walls and square corners conveys a sense of the unexpected possibilities in life, and people tell me their lives have been transformed.


Interested in a glamping escape to Hawaii? See more of what Beth's one-of-a-kind, tropical villa can offer here!

Host Spotlight: Jack

By Jackie Dreyer

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 Jack, who manages this unique, multi-accommodation property in the city of Clifton in Central Texas, which features two luxury cabins (click here and here!) and a spacious cottage—all of which give guests prime access to this family-managed ranch and to see its 600 animals!

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1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping??

About three years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

To generate additional income.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three (or four) words, what would they be?

Nowhere else like it!

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4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

At my own glamping site, Texas Safari.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Glamping brings families and friends together in nature.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

They will see animals they only see on television—animals from Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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7. What makes your property unique?

There is nowhere else in the United States that has a 1,000-acre wildlife park with over 25 species and 600 animals—many of which are extinct in the wild). You will also be the only people at the park, 24/7.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

My favorite part is raising the animals and saving species that are extinct or near extinct, like Pere David deer from China, Scimitar Oryx from the Sahara, Grevy's Zebra from Africa, and much more.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

The animals live off of the land, and we use no harmful chemicals on the ranch.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

This is the experience of a lifetime!


Come have an authentic Texan vacation experience with Jack and the ranch animals at this unique glamping site—book here, here, and here today!

Host Spotlight: T.J.

By Jackie Dreyer

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 T.J., who manages this multi-accommodation property on Grasshopper Island in Ontario, Canada, which features three different types of cabins, which can be seen here, here, and here, as well as these traditional tipis.

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1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping??

10 years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I could have severed my private 25-acre island into 25 or more lots, sold them, and then—poof!—entire island gone. Instead, I built an island eco-destination to share with the world, those who want to just get away from it all and set their spirits free.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Unique, breathtaking, eggperience.

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4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Tenting in the "back forty" on my parents' farm, surviving off of fish and catching bugs in spider webs for fish bait.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's the experience of a lifetime! Simple is always—and I mean always—the best.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

An experience like no other vacation.

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7. What makes your property unique?

A mix of beautiful nature alongside the island's farm animals; the clients interacting with each beautiful animal; stars galore; and sunsets and sunrises that literally dance on the glittering lake before you.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

The smiles on my islanders' faces! Last week, not a single person wanted to depart; I had to put my Captain's foot down.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

There is no electric; the sheep and alpacas cut the grass; we utilize solar power in a few places; the Wi-Fi is solar powered; piglets eat the compost; the eggperience of picking your eggs fresh; and the simple, beautiful eco-cabins.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

I LOVE WHAT I DO! I am so blessed!

Come have an authentic Canadian vacation experience with T.J. and the island farm animals at this truly eco-friendly glamping site—book here, here, here, or here today!

Host Spotlight: Darren

By Jackie Dreyer

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 Darren, who manages these luxury tents, with both all-inclusive and non-inclusive options, located in the city of Culver in Central Oregon's gorgeous high desert landscape.

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1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

Long after we were under way building our resort, possibly three years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

My wife. We wanted to build a place where people could come and disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with nature. We wanted it to be 100% solar-powered and demonstrate to guests that you can be very comfortable, enjoying every luxury while still leaving a light footprint.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Romantic, restorative, natural.

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4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Once we built our decks, put up our first safari tent and outfitted it with a bed, we had a date to watch the Perseid Meteor showers in August. It was amazing.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and reconnect with the earth—something we all need. The bonus is that you have gourmet food and plush bedding, so it's not spartan and muscle spasm-inducing like camping on the ground in a tent.

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6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Luxury, adventure, pampering, digital detox, beautiful scenery, amazing sunsets, restorative spa options, yoga, meditation, and fresh, delicious, local, chef-prepared food. Best of all? None of the crowds.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are 100% solar powered. We are on 40 acres where each site is situated with the utmost privacy. Guests love the open-air showers that are private for each unit. We have blended the glamping experience with eco-friendly practices and spa/personal restoration therapies.

It feels like a 40-acre outdoor destination spa. Guests feel far removed from the outside world while being only 20 minutes from the airport. We also have a hot air balloon launch site on-site. I'm a hot air balloon pilot and have been flying for over 20 years.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

We have had the most incredible guests. It has been a wonderful experience sharing this space with others who truly appreciate it.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We are in the middle of national grasslands on a designated wild and scenic corridor, perched on a beautiful river canyon with 100% solar-powered electricity, a composting program, and a policy of buying not only food, but all supplies, locally.

We built with strict clauses in place that our builders had to build in a way that they did not harm the grasses and sage. It took us 3 years just to place each camp site so that we didn't disturb wildlife migration trails.

Each king unit has a clear panel above the bed so guests can watch the night sky. All linens and toiletries are organic and custom-made for us. The main furniture in the tents was made for us by a woodworker a few miles up the road, who used juniper that was cleared in the area for fire protection.

In our entire building process, we only had to cut down one juniper tree on the whole 40 acres. We also limit the amount of water guests can use, due to our shower and fresh water system. The great thing is that guests don't even notice it.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

We offer a wide array of activities both on- and off-site. It's a great place to stay, whether you never leave the property or as a base to explore Central Oregon. Every single person who has stayed has said verbatim, "I wish we could stay at least one more night."

What are you waiting for? Book the all-inclusive option or just the tents today for a unique glamping getaway in the Pacific Northwest!