Host Spotlight: Basquali

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 Basquali, who manages this romantic tree house and lake house in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site? What did you do before becoming a glamping host, and what drew you to glamping?

I was originally a photographer from Australia, and I moved to New York in 2001. I lived in a great neighborhood in Brooklyn, but really missed the food, coffee, and community of Sydney cafe culture, so I opened a cafe in 2006 to fill the emotional hole. One day, one of my customers invited my wife Michelle and I to his house in Upstate New York. I’d never been Upstate, and we instantly fell in love with it.

Coming from Australia, I feel a very strong connection to nature, but there's a reason why New York City is called the concrete jungle. Finding Upstate was like returning to the womb of Mother Nature. Eventually, we ended up buying the tree house as our escape and sanctuary.

Since we both work in the restaurant industry, our weekends are in the middle of the week, and it seemed like such a waste having the place sitting there unoccupied on the weekends. We started sharing it with our customers and friends until we learned about Glamping Hub, and now we happily share it with other like-minded souls who seek rejuvenation in the woods.

2. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

It's one of the most glamorous and comfortable ways that someone can immerse themselves and experience nature without being in a tent.

3. What is the most special thing about your property?

Apart from the trees? The fact that when you are inside, the tree house feels incredibly spacious, while being very cozy at the same time. This comes from it being multi/split level. Having 18 foot ceilings in the lounge pit gives the spaciousness, while the low ceiling in the kitchen and the burning fire make it warm and cozy.


4. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

I love the fact that I get to share the love with others. For me, that’s what it’s all about. It gives me great joy when I read the comments people leave in the guestbook.

People really do connect and feel the love that has been put into the space, not only from my wife and I, but also from past guests. The biggest challenge is removing the snow in winter. We’ve had a few guests snowed-in in the past, but we’ve worked out a solution to that now!


5. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

There have been many memorable guest experiences. One guest was so inspired by her first visit that she returned and recorded her album there the second time around. The last guest wrote that her boyfriend proposed to her at the house and gave her a ring from Tiffany's.

6. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Magical, calming, and peaceful.

7. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

We give people beautifully curated experiences in lovely places that essentially make them feel good. We provide a haven where they can cook, read, write, listen to music, watch movies, and/or do absolutely nothing. They leave fully rested, relaxed, and appreciative—wanting for nothing but to come back for more. We are really good at making people happy.

8. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?

Yes! We're very excited to be renovating the tree house this spring. We'll be completely replacing the siding and giving it a cosmetic overhaul. We’re also putting in a new deck and going to build a new fire pit. It will get a modern spruce-up, but still retain its nostalgic charm, with a bit of luck.


For the ideal Upstate New York escape, book Basquali's tree house or lake house!

Host Spotlight: Sandy

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 Sandy, who manages this five-story tree house in Johnson, Vermont.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

When we bought our property in the 90s, the adjoining property had this crazy, five-story, pretty funky house on it—owned by a guy from New York City who’d come up on occasional weekends. I always loved the place and was itching to get my hands on it!

A few years ago, we had the chance to buy the property and have been working on it ever since, making it a fun, cozy, and truly unique experience for outdoorsy folks to enjoy.

Ok, that’s not really true. What’s true is that I had been bugging my husband about buying that place for years, so when we did buy it, he said, “Ok, now DO something with it!” So, I’ve been knocking my brains out making it a spectacular place!

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host, and what drew you to glamping?

We have owned residential apartments for many years, so the concept of renting a place out wasn’t all that foreign to me. I didn’t want this to be just a vacation rental, though; I wanted it to be an exceptional experience.

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

Well, it’s doubtful you will see another place like it! Nestled in the woods, the tree house is five stories on the edge of a 60-foot cliff. It overlooks a lovely stream and has a feeling of privacy, relaxation, and being in the middle of nature.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

That’s a hard one. Everyone loves the sparkling clean hot tub, of course, and many guests use the wood sauna so they can have the whole Finnish roll in the snow experience! One of my favorite parts is that I’ve developed an extensive trail system over the years, accessible right from the tree house's driveway—perfect for hiking, snowshoeing, or backcountry skiing.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

I try to go over and above with all of my guests! If they are getting in late, I will often leave them breakfast items for the next morning, including fresh eggs (when my hens cooperate), so they don’t have to worry about getting groceries right off the bat.

Over Thanksgiving, I left my roasting pan, thermometer, etc., so they could cook a turkey. Over Christmas, I make sure the place is Christmasy as all get out. I try to provide everything I can for a memorable vacation. The Christmas tree is there year-round, and I’ve decorated it for several 40th birthday parties and Valentine’s Day surprises! I love helping to make that happen.

Most of the winter, guests are coming to alpine ski at Smuggler’s or Stowe and want information on the best place to get rental equipment or go out to eat.

Frankly, the biggest challenge is making sure the tree house is a perfect fit for guests, so I appreciate good communication back and forth. I’ve had people with little kids want to rent the place, for example, and with the location and layout of the house, it’s just not a good fit. Same with people who want to bring their pets, and I feel bad when I have to say “no."

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

Several months ago, a man told me he wanted to book the place for he and his wife, to rest and recharge. He wanted her to know how much he appreciated her and all she did, as well as get away from their young children. Before they arrived, he ordered five dozen long stemmed roses from our local florist and had me put a dozen on the dining room table, take the petals off the rest, and scatter them—from the front door, down the hallway, to the dining room. I must admit, the effect was spectacular! I met them the day after they had arrived, and his wife was so surprised and thrilled and said he was the best husband ever! It was adorable.

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Magical, peaceful, and heavenly.

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

When guests arrive, I like to meet them to show them how the house "works"—the gas fireplace, hot tub, and the like. I want to make sure they are comfortable and let them know that I am accessible by text or phone if needed. Then I leave them alone to relax and have a good time!

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

That’s easy! Just by coincidence, I happened to be going on a tour in Spain a couple of months ago with one of my girlfriends and was able to meet up in Seville with Amy, a Partnerships Manager in the PR Department at Glamping Hub. It was fun to have a beer with this person I’d been emailing with over the past months! It would be so awesome to have her visit.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?

Well, that’s pretty constant, lol! I’d like to create more trails and put a bridge of some sort over one of the streams.

We closed the house for renovations last spring for a while, in order to put new siding and windows on the back side (cliffside) of the house, which was no small task with those five stories! This spring, we plan on tackling another side to do the same thing.

When you have a guest home that you want to keep top notch, there is always plenty to do!


For the ideal getaway in Vermont, you can book Sandy's tree house here!

Host Spotlight: Todd and Kim

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 Todd and Kim, who manage nine different luxury rentals in Upstate New York.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

14 years ago, we built our first vacation rental with the hopes of getting to personally enjoy it, as well. We called our rental company agent to ask him if we could come up for a week in the summer, and he informed us that we were fully booked! We actually had to build another accommodation so we could stay in our own vacation rental.

When we started to rent the second property, the same thing happened! We now have nine accommodations and have come to understand the power of listing them online in order to reach a larger audience.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host, and what drew you to glamping?

Before, we owned a construction and landscaping business, and we ended up selling it to run our vacation rental business. Over time, while we have been on all of the normal booking sites, we found that by coming to Glamping Hub, we would get more exposure to a different audience— which is exactly what we found!

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

Our well-appointed accommodations offer a number of amenities, such as hot tubs and saunas, which make vacationing in the rustic Adirondacks very luxurious. Glamping fits our bill, because guests that go through Glamping Hub expect the best.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

All of our accommodations our extremely clean and well-maintained by our care-taking staff, a husband-and-wife who have been with us for seven years. They also all come with deluxe amenities, as previously mentioned, which are big perks for people looking to have a relaxing getaway.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

Working with Glamping Hub has given us the ability to reach another type of traveler. The site itself allows us to make changes ourselves, and anytime we need help, their staff always helps us. The only challenge about being in the vacation rental business, we would say, is managing our listings on multiple sites.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

We had guests stay at the first accommodation we built. We had purchased some new items for the home and asked if they minded if we brought the items to the house. They agreed, so we went to the rental, met them, and it was an instant friendship. We have been great friends now for almost 10 years!

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Beautiful, clean, and...clean!

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

We provide as much information and photos as possible so that guests can make an informed decision before booking. We have very, very descriptive listings, and we believe that honesty is the best policy. By the time they've read our description, they know exactly what our accommodations are all about.

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

We would love for the Glamping Hub staff to come and stay at one of our accommodations. Despite most of them working from Spain, that's who we would like to come stay and have the experience—not only of the Adirondacks, but of how clean and well-equipped our accommodations are.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?

We would like to add video tours of our rentals on our listings.


For the ideal luxury camping escape in Upstate New York, you can book Todd and Kim's accommodations here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here!

Host Spotlight: Kim and Stuart

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 Kim and Stuart, who manage an off-the-grid cottage in Waiuku, a town in the Auckland Region on the North Island, New Zealand.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

Over the years, we have been collecting bits and pieces with the idea of building a little cottage at the back of the farm, where we could relax and watch the river valley below. Initially, it was going to be just for us, but once we got started, we knew it would be a wonderful place to share with others—the perfect glamping spot.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host, and what drew you to glamping?

We have both traveled extensively throughout Asia, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Europe. Being bought up in a rural environment, we have an open-door policy to our home, with a constant flow of family and friends. Joining the Glamping Hub family seemed like an ideal way to keep meeting interesting people and sharing this special place that we live.

We also run a busy farming business, as well as do extensive conservation work to rejuvenate the whitebait spawning habitat that surround us. A portion of the profit from our glamping rental goes towards helping to fund this project.

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

The cottage is glamping without the canvas tent. Perched high on a hilltop and off the grid, it lets our guests enjoy its beauty and tranquility in complete privacy. A glamping experience should be simple, yet luxurious—a place where you can go to recharge and relax—and our cottage ticks all the boxes.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

The cottage has many things that make it a special experience. Its location gives you complete privacy with the most amazing views, yet it's less than 60 kilometers from downtown Auckland. There is an outdoor bathtub with hot running water that is set into the hillside among the reeds, as well as a cozy romantic fire for heating in the winter and bi-folding windows and French doors that open the cottage up to the outdoors in the summer.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

The best part of running a glamping site is meeting all the different people that pass through and seeing how much they enjoy their stay. They often turn up looking rather stressed, having battled Auckland traffic or just finished a busy week, but they always leave looking relaxed and chilled out. Our challenge is to fit this new adventure into our already busy lives, but so far, so good.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

Our most memorable guest experience was sharing our Christmas day with a lovely couple from Germany. Along with our family and other friends, we had eight different nationalities around the Christmas dinner table. It was a day of food, wine, cricket in the sun and great conversations—a real Kiwi Christmas.

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

The most-used words in the feedback we receive are amazing, peaceful, and wonderful.

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

Our guests are free to roam our 500-acre farm. They can take our flat-bottom punts and explore the wet land, as well as walk or bike through the native bush. Mostl, though, it's about doing nothing—soaking in the bath and watching the world spin from your hilltop perch.

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

If we could have anyone staying at the cottage, it would have to be those who truly need a break from their everyday pressures. This place has a special wairua, or spirit, that seems to calm and relax people, and it's so nice to share that with others.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?

We have plans to make a dedicated circuit walkway from the cottage to the wetland, and we hope to have a foot bridge in the near future. The bridge will allow our guests to walk among the river delta and along the two kilometers of board walks that we are in the process of installing.


For the perfect New Zealand getaway, you can book Kim and Stuart's unique cottage here!

Host Spotlight: Brenda and Bruce

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 Brenda and Bruce, who manage a luxury camping tent in Raglan on the North Island of New Zealand.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site? What did you do before becoming a glamping host, and what drew you to glamping?

We have been involved in the hospitality industry for the past 18 years, owning cafés, bars, and accommodations in various locations around the North Island. We really enjoy the interaction with people!

When we purchased our 10 acres in Te Uku four years ago, it had a self-contained unit, and this was the start of our bed and breakfast offerings. We were looking at ways to utilize our land, and we came across the glamping tent concept. We thought this was a perfect opportunity and location to introduce a rural retreat.

2. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

Our glamping tent is essentially a tent; however, from the moment you arrive, you instantly experience the "wow factor"—with an in-ground fire pit to roast marshmallows as the sun sets, following dinner on the four-burner barbecue. We provide year-round comfort with a heat pump and the luxury of a spa pool under the stars.

3. What is the most special thing about your property?

It is a rural property that is only 10 minutes away from the world-renowned surfing town of Raglan. We not only offer a farm experience, but also the opportunity to visit Bridal Veil Falls. At a mere 13 kilometers away, you can walk through the native bush to view the 55-meter waterfall.

4. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

We love meeting, greeting, and hosting people from all over the world. We haven't really experienced any challenges; however, we always try to ensure the experience is perfect for all of our guests.

5. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

Our most memorable moments thus far have be when we had two separate couples chose our location to get engaged at.

6. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Wow, amazing, and luxurious.

7. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

We provide a rural experience with five-star hotel amenities, which includes luxury linens on the queen-size bed, a tiled shower and toilet, a Bluetooth speaker, bottled water, juice, and Nespresso coffee. We pride ourselves on these small details, like providing marshmallows and biscuits to make s'mores around the fire pit; a relaxing spa pool to stargaze from; and a heat pump to keep you cozy all year round. We also like to keep our guests entertained with various board games, including giant Jenga.

8. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

The CEO of Glamping Hub, so he can experience firsthand how beautiful our site is.

9. 10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?

Yes, we are currently looking into expanding our offerings with another unique glamping experience at our rural property. We are excited to introduce this to you in the near future!


For the perfect New Zealand getaway, you can book Brenda and Bruce's luxury camping tent here!

But wait! We have a double feature this month, so click here to read all about Emilie and Chad's tiny house rental, too.

Host Spotlight: Emilie and Chad

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 Emilie and Chad, who manage a woodworking space turned sweet tiny house in the woods in Murphy, North Carolina.

The idea

Emilie and Chad are a young, dynamic duo of wedding photographers, with three incredible children, who had the drive and the dream to invest in a project with a soul—what is now their secluded, woodland tiny house rental.

It all started with an equity settlement that Emilie received from a previous divorce—money that took a long time to receive, which made Emilie feel like it was "money [she] could never count on or money [she] would never see again," driving her desire to invest and make money off of it.

The young couple found the perfect home in Murphy, North Carolina, which was previously owned by the Bonawitz family of the Murphy Slackers, a hometown slack-lining group, and from there, they moved into the woodworking shop down the mountain from the main house. They quickly realized, however, that the shop was much bigger than they needed and didn't suit their preference to live in a smaller space.

The construction

Of this larger woodworking space, the tiny house accommodation was born. From their last wedding photography job in November to their first shoot of the following year, Emilie and Chad worked side-by-side—including the loving help of their kids—for four to five months until the tiny house was complete.

"We worked late nights with music turned on for dance parties and had plenty of opportunities to learn as we went. Paint spills turned into laughing fits. Freezing temperatures outside pushed us to figure out a real-life Tetris arrangement. All five of us would sit in the loft with our feet hanging down, just dreaming of what it would look like finished," said Emilie.

The accommodation

The tiny house is private and surrounded by forest; it's a space that allows folks to enjoy food together around a fire and play music. There are hammocks in the trees and zip-lines to swing from.

A past guest once said, "It doesn't matter if you are going hiking or just looking to 'Netflix and chill'—it is better at The Holler House," and Emilie says she thinks she would agree with that. Being there is a real vacation, providing guests with a place to really relax.

The inside of the accommodation is so calming; it's air-conditioned and equipped with a full bathroom. But the most special thing about it is the design. The space has everything one could need in a 16-foot by 20-foot layout. The ceiling are high, the space is clean and simple, and it declutters one's mind and world.

There is a clawfoot tub in the main room for folks to enjoy a soak. When they placed the tub in the main space, Emilie said she envisioned someone on the bed just staring and flirting with the other in the bath. There's nothing like a good soak after a hike! What's more? The place was designed to never run out of on-demand, hot water.

Recent updates to the accommodation include a tiny, roofed porch for grilling and a hanging hammock chair. Off to the side of that, Emilie and the kids built a floating yoga porch that doubles as an outdoor shower. Needless to say, they're even more in love with the space now, and Emilie speaks of how great it feels to finish another project on the house.

The reason behind glamping

Emilie was drawn to glamping and Glamping Hub due to her love of photography. As a wedding photographer, she is a fan of a good Instagram post and believes that every post is a story in and of itself. This is her philosophy when shooting—telling the story while capturing the fun and adventure that unfolds.

"Glamping brings us back to the basics of family and of life. We sit around a fire and see what it important. I see my husband helping one of the kids, and I fall in love all over again. I see my sweet children just soaking in family time. We love glamping because it helps us keep the balance in life that we need and the downtime to invest in each other," said Emilie.

The experience

Guests of the tiny house always comment on how well thought out everything is. While Emilie agrees with them, she knows she's biased, as she did the planning and knows how much time went into everything, but says it's so encouraging when the guests see it, too. They appreciate the little touches, like Emilie's grandmother's lamp above the kitchen sink and the custom library ladder that leads to the loft.

"My last guest asked me who the welder was; he was referring to the sink base and other shelves. I told him about our local community college, how the students built that base, and what a fantastic experience it was working with them. I am going to sign up for the welding class in the spring now. I can't wait!" said Emilie.

Meanwhile, for each stay, Emilie and Chad make sure guests have everything they need—and then leave them alone. Before guests arrive, the couple make sure the place is welcoming and sparkling clean. They also have an amazing, vintage Marantz sound system and love to have the tunes on to welcome their guests.

Emilie and Chad also provide a stash of local maps and ideas for local adventures and food, but they often communicate beforehand with guests so they can plan ahead. They like to send folks to places the "locals" go, so Emilie sends them typed-out directions if Google won't get them there.

The duo also provide firewood for the open-air fire pit and barbecue, as well as a gas barbecue, hammocks, an outdoor picnic area, a tipi, and access to the property's biplane and all the tree house slides and swings if it's not already booked. For digital entertainment junkies, Netflix, Apple TV and Wi-Fi are all provided, too.

The guests

The real joy for Emilie, however, comes from their guests. The type of travelers that stay at this tiny house are serious about investing in their relationships, staying at cool places, and having real experiences. It inspired her, as a family and as a wife, to invest in time together with her family building memories.

Emilie's all-time favorite guest was a single mother with her two teens. Emilie ran something down to the house later in the evening, and they were watching a movie together—just hanging out, like old friends.

"I saw them sitting outside in the morning just talking, and it was so evident that momma just loved being with her kids and that the kids loved being with her. They were making memories simply by giving each other time and listening. It was powerful," said Emilie.

The kids enjoyed exploring the woods and the tree house, too. The mom told Emilie later, in a review, that the kids took books and just read in the tree house. They felt like it was a space just for them—a sanctuary. She still keeps in touch with this family and hopes they visit again.

As for future guests, if Emilie could have anyone come stay, she's hoping for more photographers. She loves it when they come to stay, as it allows her to see the different eyes that other creatives have for their special place.


For a fantastic North Carolina getaway, you can book Emilie and Chad's gorgeous tiny house rental or the tree house at the same property, lovingly managed by their eldest daughter!

But wait! We have a double feature this month, so be sure to click here and read all about Brenda and Bruce's luxury camping tent, too.

Host Spotlight: Matt

By Amy Ahlblad

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 Matt, who manages a unique hotel crafted out of repurposed shipping containers in Round Top, Texas.

Meet Matt White. Antique savior, hotelier, and Dead devotee. White is the creator of the first shipping container hotel in Texas and is quickly capturing the attention of couples, families, and friends from all over with this unique destination. Heck, even a group of Emirates flight attendants traveling with World of Crew came all the way from Dubai and left saying that White’s shipping container hotel was one of the most amazing places they have ever experienced.

Set in wanderlust, these six unique accommodations were inspired with a craving to create, an obligation to recycle, and a passion for making people happy. Detail-driven and passively forcing you to relax, White invites you to unplug, put your favorite record on (literally), take a dip in the one-of-a-kind pool, meet a random neighboring cow or two, and enjoy a sunset (a badass sunset, that is).

Vintage goods and antique salvage have been a part of White’s life since he was a child. He grew up attending antique shows with his father and would refurbish goods to be sold at flea markets. Later in life, White would study horticulture and design; establish parent company and antique showroom Recycling the Past, which doubles as a grand ballroom for large events, and outfit hundreds of restaurants and storefronts—REI, Urban Outfitters, Ralph Lauren, and Nordstrom, to name a few.

All of this lead up to the birth of his unique hotel in 2016. Just like everything on-site, the idea for the shipping container hotel came from the past, as well. Born from childhood imagination, these containers are the grown-up versions of carefully constructed cardboard box forts where anything is possible.

Each shipping container is outfitted with 100% recycled materials and adorned with antique treasures from all over the world. No two are exactly alike, but all promise the most comfortable bed you could wish for (often mentioned in the reviews), a hammock, complimentary coffee and tea, Topochico sparkling water, and Mexican Cokes.

Welcome to the land of the restored, repurposed, and relaxation. Stay a while. See something you like? You’re in luck—everything is for sale. As a guest, you will receive a complimentary 20% off your purchases for up to $100. You can leave with peace of mind—and your favorite one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Guests from far and wide have come to enjoy this experience. Who would White love to host? Besides Jerry Garcia, White would like to see Richard Branson and the Dali Lama visit. Richard Branson was chosen out of admiration for overcoming challenges to achieve success—and because he would make for interesting conversation. He picked The Dali Lama because he is a peaceful and inherently good person who leads a life of simplicity to achieve happiness. With that said, it may come as no surprise to you that one of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle is to take care of things and repair them.

“If you use an object for as long as you can carefully, repairing it when necessary, you will find that not only your relationship with these objects begins to change, but so will the way you relate to people. People who endlessly chase after new things have lost their freedom to earthly desire. Only those who can enjoy using their imaginations when working with limited resources know true freedom.” - Shoukei Matsumoto, Buddhist monk


To book one of Matt's unique glamping accommodations in Texas, click here, here, here, here, here, or here!

Host Spotlight: Anne

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 Anne, who manages a unique room rental and loft within a repurposed barn, as well as a romantic tree house—all amid the Healing Springs in Crumpler, North Carolina.

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

I don't exactly remember when I first heard the term, but I thought that it perfectly suited to what I was trying to convey with some of my lodging options.

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

I love the way that it makes you feel rustic, but with touches of little luxuries.

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

Cozy, romantic, and comfort.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

I have been camping/glamping for years! It's all about bringing little luxuries with you to enhance the experience of enjoying the outdoors.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It allows you to appreciate the connection with nature and the outdoors without sacrificing life's little comforts.

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

Cozy, romantic luxuries surrounded by the beauty of Ashe County.

7. What makes your property unique?

The history, the Healing Spring, and the fact that we are in some of the prettiest country that North Carolina has to offer.

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

The people! I love all the folks that I get to meet. I love hearing about what a nice time they are having and how they enjoyed my property.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

The use of recycled materials. Our tree house is built almost entirely out of reclaimed materials that are over 130 years old.


Interested in a glamping getaway to North Carolina? See more of what Anne and her rustic glamping rentals can offer here, here, and here!

Host Spotlight: Alison

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 Alison, who manages this beautiful, pet-friendly cabin in Phoenicia, New York.


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

A few years ago online somewhere—I thought it was really clever when I heard it.

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

It just kind of happened. I had a weekend vacation in the Catskills and ended up falling in love with this incredibly special property. It's like being in a dream here.

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

Forest + Stream = Magic.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Years ago when I was traveling in India, I stayed outside of the city of Jaisalmer in these gorgeous tents that were covered with colorful printed fabric and set within beautiful gardens. There was even a full bath inside the tent!

These were the tents that royals would camp in. They certainly had glamping down from way back! Traveling has always shaped my perspective and design style.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Today more than ever, I meet people who feel the need to connect more with the earth. They are tense and anxious from being connected to technology and the speed of the time we live in. They forget what they can learn just from watching a butterfly land on a flower or breathing in the forest and the garden.

Just sitting outside listening to the birds brings a calmness that you start to feel in your whole body—or at night seeing the stars, what fireflies look like, and how deeply you can sleep to the sound of crickets and the stream. It's the most amazing kind of therapy, and it inspires your regular life.

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

The property is situated at the end of a private dirt cul-de-sac, and it consists of a main house and guest cabin that are nestled in the curve of a babbling stream on a mountainside. One side is a sunny, southern-facing organic garden with fruit trees and flowers, while the other side is the mossy rock covered forest stream side.

The decks wrapping the accommodations make them look like a series of tree houses from the back. You can relax in the spacious living room with a vaulted ceiling, lounge on the deck, or go sit on a rock in the middle of the stream's flow. The kitchen is also fully-equipped, and there is a handy guide of restaurants and things to do and see in one of the coolest towns in America (voted in 2011): Phoenicia, New York.


7. What makes your property unique?

The sound, the setting, and the energy.

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

I love reading through the guest book and learning about the people whose lives were touched by being in this special place. We've had many marriage proposals and honeymoons here, as well as families getting together and people taking sabbaticals or time off to practice self-care or write a novel.

Sometimes I tear up reading it. Sometimes I come back here after being away and see that people were in the stream stacking rock cairns. I feel blessed that they understood and added to the sacredness of this place.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

First, we try to only use non-toxic cleaning supplies and materials for everything we do here. We compost and try to instill in every guest the premise of "leave no trace." We have no public trash pick-up, so we are very aware of recycling and keeping waste to a minimum. We encourage guests to shut the lights off when they leave and remind them the best air conditioning we have is opening the windows and allowing the cool breeze flowing down the mountain in.

We are working towards installing solar energy with proceeds from our glamping...stay tuned! Also, in light of being even more eco-friendly, we have been on a mission to introduce more native plants into the gardens and work diligently to remove invasive species that are taking away habitats from our hummingbirds and pollinators.

We hope you like bugs because we are attracting them! Oh, and P.S. since we are on moving water, mosquitoes don't really like it here.

10. Anything else you'd like to add?

If you're looking for a special place for a reboot for your spirit—and want to explore the heart of the Catskill Mountains—check us out!


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Upstate New York? See more of what Alison and her cabin can offer here.

Host Spotlight: Ciel

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 Ciel, who manages
a magical dome tree house and Italian-style cottage in Topanga near Malibu, California.

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

I thought "glamping" was a term I came up with back when I opened the woodlands here in 2011! I had no idea it was to become a popular word around the world. In fact, I came up with it as I stood on the huge wooden bridge that spans a small stream between the cottages in the woods here.

I was dreaming about the tipis I was thinking of putting in, down by the stream and the meditation area, and I said to my friend,"It's going to be 'glamping' instead of camping," because I always do everything as luxurious and glamorous as possible! So I first heard it out of my own mouth many years ago.

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

Four years ago, I realized I needed to open up this family land for as many people to enjoy its tranquility, peace, healing, and beauty as possible. I began with the main tree house and expanded to what is now our Magical Dream Dome Tree House, where couples (and singles) have been coming to stay from all over the world. They always leave with the same amazing reviews of this magic and always return.

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

Luxury, rustic, and magical.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Here at my property—I haven't experienced what I do anywhere else!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Well, that would depend on the person. For example, I know people that just want to camp in a basic tent on the side of a mountain, and those travelers would not be interested in camping with all the luxury and romance we offer here. But if the travelers expressed an interest in staying in the woods or on the side of a mountain, but didn't want to have to use an outhouse or actually heat their water over a fire, I would highly suggest "glamping."

There you can experience all of nature and the feeling of living outdoors, but in a certain "lap of luxury" at the same time, including French press coffee, a wood-burning pellet stove, a hot shower, a regular toilet, a bottle of frizzante, and hand-ironed linens.

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

They can expect a feeling of total privacy, peace, tranquility, romance (definitely!), and a bit of unexpected luxury, all in the great outdoors. Meanwhile, inside, they will have a feeling that they've just stepped into a tree house in Provence or Tuscany, with fresh flowers everywhere, fine linens, down duvets, organic breakfasts, and more. It's definitely not your average glamping experience!

7. What makes your property unique?

The whole entire property here in the woods of Topanga Canyon is absolutely magical and completely unique. You have to experience it just once, and you will "get it" immediately. The land is situated in a woodland of oaks and eucalyptus and is cross-connected by bridges—both an enormous dining bridge and a foot bridge to a lower mediation area.

I am a professional chef, so our clients are offered the opportunity to order a very custom, totally private multi-course French Country or Italian dinner in the woods under the stars, or in inclement weather, in the main tree house cottage over the stream. We also offer private meditation, yoga, all modalities of massage therapy and Ayurvedic healing, and acupuncture.

A guest can sleep in the dream dome under the huge octagonal skylight and fall asleep under the stars, and wake up to a morning organic breakfast, followed by a massage on the bridge in the woods, and end with a private dining experience under the stars. The whole retreat is incredibly special and unique, which is attested to by our 198+ five-star reviews!

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

There is a lot I love about hosting this magical glamping experience here, but I would say the best is the people I've met from all over the world in the four years we've been open. Magic...100% magic.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

I think probably the most important eco-friendly feature is that we switched a few years back from wood-burning stoves in our cottages, to the very low footprint of the pellet wood-burning stoves. They leave very little carbon in the environment and none for the person inside the tree house. They are truly amazing, and I wish everyone would switch, as it's a huge help to the ozone.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for reading all this! I adore everyone over there at Glamping Hub. Although I'm obviously not new to the business, your company has fast become my favorite! You are all so appreciated!!!


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to California? See more of what Ciel and her accommodations can offer here and here!