Host Spotlight: Catherine

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 Catherine and her vintage cabin on Vashon Island in Washington.

A photo of Catherine and her dog at the cabin.

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

Since I was a teen, I've wanted someplace that's all about getting away, relaxing, having adventures, and being with friends and family. After years looking for the "just right" spot, we found this place and felt it was perfect. We are big nature lovers and wanted to share the experience with others. Over the years, we've become friends with the former owners, and Carol is the co-host, greeting guests and helping them have a great stay.

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

A central part of my work in health is focused on the healing power of nature. As Seattle gets more busy and dense, it's important that everyone have a chance to experience quiet (or the sound of the birds!), breathe fresh air, and unplug—away from the built environment. We intentionally leave the cabin as simple and uncluttered as possible, choosing to highlight the hand-hewn log walls, which have their own beauty, and echo the natural textures outside.

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

This is a rustic setting so people can really "get off the grid." It's ideal for someone who wants to spend most of the day outdoors—being active at many of the outdoor recreational areas or simply resting in the forest. I think of it as ideal for someone who wants all the outdoor fun of camping, but also wants a real bed to sleep in at the end of the day. The "glamping" aspect is in the fully-outfitted kitchenette (we love to cook!), vintage wood stove, and the comfy beds.


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

This is a log cabin that was originally built in the 1880s outside of Lincoln, Montana—the origin of the children's toy called Lincoln Logs. It was a "line" cabin, one of several log cabins on the property line of a large ranch, providing cowboys with shelter. It's rare to have the opportunity to stay in an original structure with that kind of history.

The cabin is now set in the middle of 10 acres of forest, which guests have entirely to themselves. People rarely have that much space to simply be. We also allow dogs, as we are dog lovers ourselves, and know it can be hard to find someplace for fur babies to vacation.

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

We love to meet new people and establish those friendships, especially when people come to stay again. It is so interesting to hear people's stories and the many reasons they are drawn to glamping! Due to the rustic nature of the cabin, it's not suited for children, which I'm always sorry to tell parents.

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

We had the privilege to host a couple on their wedding night, which was so special. It's been wonderful to provide a setting for people's private celebrations—anniversaries and birthdays, especially. We've also really enjoyed hosting writers and business people as they do a personal retreat, withdrawing from the demands of daily life to do some deep creative work.

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

Clean, comfortable, and peaceful.

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

The experience is centered around having a private place to unplug, connect with your companion, and focus on the essentials—fresh air, quietness, good food, and rest. For people who want more adventure and exploration, Vashon Island has many recreational opportunities: kayaking, biking, boating, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and much more. The quaint town of Vashon has some award-winning restaurants, pubs, and an art center, which hosts popular musicians, too.

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

I would really have loved to host Mary Oliver, the award-winning poet who wrote about nature and wildlife. That would have been a true privilege. It would have been fun to see what on the property would inspire her writing.

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

We are happy to be stewards of this forest and are actively engaged in planting to increase the biodiversity and provide habitat for a wide variety of animals. Part of the plantings are also to maintain privacy, and we spend time removing invasive species, too. Last October, we planted 200 native plants and are getting ready to do so again this year. It's a joy to tend to the land, make it thrive, and share that with guests.

Remember Ethan's road trip? He stayed at Catherine's cabin and shot some exclusive footage!

To book an unforgettable stay at Catherine's vintage cabin in Washington, click here!

Host Spotlight: Ellen

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 Ellen, who manages a woodland yurt and cabin in New Haven, Vermont.

A photo of Ellen with her horses at her glamping site.

Ellen: I discovered Glamping Hub through a guest that had stayed at my yurt. My purpose with building the yurt was to create a little hideaway in the forest—a sanctuary for getting away from it all while being immersed in nature. This decision followed the passing of my husband, as I was concerned about my future, and this would not only generate an income but also bring some people in and out my door.

What I found was that people seem to have a hunger for this kind of experience. They share their stories and are appreciative of my efforts. Of course, what pleases me most is that they also feel renewed by the serenity they find in nature and the yurt.

Having grown up in rural Vermont, I know how precious nature and outdoor experiences are for our health and well-being. Since the age of six, horses have also been a big part of my life experience. They have been honest teachers, kind, and sensitive, yet strong, in many ways, and they've guided me well through the years.

Now I am a certified Equine Assisted Life Coach, supporting others with the assistance of horse wisdom. I am also a certified life energy healer and meditation teacher. This brings me deep satisfaction providing nurturing support for others through Kindred Horse Life Coaching events and experiences.

If I were to pick three words I hear most often about my guests' stays, it would be unique, magical, and healing. I provide a dreamer's cottage in the woods. It looks and feels like a fairytale, and I often refer to it as my "playhouse."

You can hear the forest sounds through the canvas walls, along with the rain and wind, so you are aware of what your environment is doing. The nightly glow of the fire from the pellet stove, in addition to the candles, creates warmth to nurture you. It's a restful, comforting, and quiet place to unwind and catch your spiritual breath.


My only challenge a host has been when I see disappointment from guests that do not read the listing details and expect something we do not offer. We don't supply a television, air conditioning, or microwaves, because we feel those things distract from a quiet lifestyle.

In the near future, our expansion plans are to host more retreats on the property through my business, Kindred Horse Life Coaching, as well as through Airbnb Experiences. The experience will be called "The Healing Nature of Horses" and will be an introduction to equine-assisted life coaching. We would also like to add a meditation trail amid our 23 acres of fields and forest. Our final jewel will be a tipi, planned for 2020, where we can do meditation and healing ceremonies with our guests.


To book a unique woodland getaway at Ellen's yurt in Vermont, click here for the yurt and here for the cabin!

Host Spotlight: Marina and Valeria

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 mother-daughter duo, Marina and Valeria, who manage these stunning hut rentals in Sardinia, Italy.

A photo of Marina and Valeria at their glamping property.

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

Since I was a child, I waited impatiently on Sundays for my family to make our weekly trip from our town of Nuoro to the countryside—ready to run and do somersaults in the meadows and collect mushrooms, beets, wild fennel, and asparagus. Growing up, I chose a course of study that would allow me to learn more about this wonderful world: five years for the diploma in agriculture, plus an additional two years for two certificates, "Expert technician in the recognition and cultivation of medicinal and aromatic essences of Sardinia" and "Expert technician in the manipulation and transformation of the medicinal and aromatic essences of Sardinia."

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

I worked in the agricultural and herbal sectors, recognizing this as my real passion. But I decided to make a change in my life with my own business project. For two years, I searched for agricultural land that was perfect for my project, to start building it and dedicate myself to the land. After about two years of wandering in different areas of Sardinia, I found the right place—11,000 meters of land on a hill—to welcome people from all around the world to experience the real Sardinia.

From here, you can see the sea; the Posada River that flows along the plain; the bird varieties of the Tepilora River Park; the limestone massif of Montalbo, where you can hike up to its peaks; the nearby lake with its magical landscape; the naturalistic oasis of Usinavà; the ancient village of Posada with its narrow streets up to the castle; and Torpè with its cathedral on display...paradise.

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

For us, this place lets you protect yourself and recharge, in the heart of Tepilora Natural Park in inner Sardinia. Through the rediscovery of your senses and your oldest values, you can recover your lost relationship with nature and feel a part of it completely once more.

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

The property is made of four stone and wooden circular huts with conic roofs, which are called pinettos in Italian—each of which is themed after a type of sensory path and an essential oil. In addition we offer chromotherapy, aromatherapy, wellness treatments, massages, yoga and meditation sessions, and residential seminars.

Since the architecture takes the form of an ancient quadrilobate nuraghe and the chamber is circular and conical, the energy inside the room moves more intensively than in a square building. When you enter one of these structures from an ancient, essential dimension, you create an original sensory experience, enjoy total relaxation, and wake up regenerated, with an inner strength that comes from this 1,000-year-old land.

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

We are a team: me, a mother with a passion for officinal plants, and my globetrotting daughter, who came back to Sardinia to give back with the knowledge she has gained. What we love the most, which is also the biggest challenge, is being a mother and a daughter working together for the great Mother—creating an oasis of ancient values, a place where every guest can finally feel at home in his or her essence, finding connection with life through the senses again.

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

It's not because these guests came from Glamping Hub, but Hanna and Boyan from London honored us by choosing us as their favorite location in Sardinia! Here is what Hanna said about her stay:

"We had the best time at this amazing location in Sardinia! The whole stay is an experience, each room has a different colour and combines essential oils and aromatherapy. I stayed in the Myrtle Room, which helps respiratory condition, which is perfect as I suffer with asthma.

The hosts Valeria and Marina were so so lovely, some of the kindest people we have met. We were very well taken care of, the room was very clean and the bed was so comfy. Each morning I woke up to birds and the sun shining and each evening the sky was full of clouds! It really was the most peaceful place.

The aromatherapy in the Myrtle Room was amazing. My breathing was so good while I was there. Especially as the hut is in the middle of nature, flowers and greenery all around. As it is out of the way, there were stars all around to see at night. It was such a unique place to stay.

Perfect views and so many unique touches around, like very comfortable arm chairs around the huge grounds which are lovely to explore. It is also not a far drive to some beautiful beaches and there are shops for groceries in Torpe nearby. We would love to come back again and would recommend anyone to stay here for a truly unique sensory experience."

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

Amazing, relaxing, and peaceful.

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

Scent of wind and lentisk, fresh water on the skin, crickets chirping at night, taste of aniseed and cinnamon, a breathtaking view on the Mediterranean... You enter your sensory hut suite with 100% Sardinian essential oils, and you breathe this natural magic that restores you and makes you feel in step with the life of the universe. Having a purpose and always finding new incentives and connections are only a few of the great benefits of spending time exploring the life cycle of the earth, seasons, plants, and animals again.

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

For me, it is more a type of person than a specific person. Thanks to the time and the experience you have here, something similar to the distillation of officinal herbs in essential oil can happen to you: something like your true essence can come out of you, the most intimate part of you, a few drops of your true nature.

If you're ready for this extraction, if you're willing to get the best from you, you'll take on a wonderful sensory pathway that will help you improve both internally and externally, in full respect of the environment, but without giving up any comforts.

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

We will be improving the spa and massages services, as well as adding a restaurant service, in order for our guests to have every phrase of their holiday in Sardinia take place here.


All questions were answered by Marina, some of which originally appeared here.

To book an unforgettable stay at Marina's glamping site in Sardinia, click here!

Host Spotlight: Rodney

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 Rodney, who manages five charming cabin and cottage rentals in Texas Hill Country.

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

After graduating from college with a marketing degree, I moved to Houston for my first "real" job. After seven months, I quit, moved to Wimberley, Texas, and started building houses. I also had a side job doing home repairs. A lot of the jobs were on rental cabins, which gave me the idea to build my own.

I wanted to do something different and unique from all the others. I looked around for a couple years before I found the perfect piece of property and slowly started building my cabins in my free time—creating the place I would want to visit.

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

Before I started building my property, I was building custom homes and pursuing an acting career. When I originally built it, it wasn't my intention for it to become my primary job.

After sevens years, the cabins became self-sufficient, thanks to repeats and referrals, which allowed me do other things and opened the door to traveling and focusing on my photography. When not at home managing the cabins, I'm out photographing great white sharks, saltwater crocodiles, stampeding horses, surfers, and rock stars.

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

I have five rustic and cozy accommodations nestled among the cedar trees in Texas Hill Country, where you can reconnect with nature while soaking in your own private hot tub. Each cabin has elements of salvaged materials collected from old ranch houses in the area, but with all modern amenities. The cabins are only four miles from Wimberley Square, but you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. We also have DirecTV and DVD players, but I hope guests will leave the TV off and go enjoy the outdoors.

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

The cabins are spread out on 10 acres, and each one is its own private oasis nestled into the cedar trees. They each have their own private pool and hot tub, a king-size bed, a kitchen, and a fireplace. It truly is a place to get away and relax with nature.

There are deer, rabbits, fox, the occasional turkey, and, of course, lots of birds. One of my favorite things is to sit on the back porch in the mornings and listen to the doves coo back and forth to each other.

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

I leave notebooks in the cabins for guests to tell about their experience. I look forward to reading about their story and how it helped them de-stress from work, reconnect with their partner, or just escape the pressures of the real world for a couple days.

The biggest challenge I face is maintenance. For several years, I did it all. I built them and did all the maintenance, repairs, and cleaning. There are five pools, five hot tubs (about to be six), five water heaters, five air conditioners...well, you get the point. There's always something that needs to be tended to, and the biggies always seem to happen the day before I go out of town.

After doing it solo for 15 years, I finally brought in my brother to help out with some of the workload, and my parents also live nearby, so my dad is able to help out with things when I'm traveling.

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

After 25 years, that's really a tough one to answer. There have been so many. I've had writers that come to get away to finish their projects, couples that have gotten married on the property and come back every year for their anniversary, and people celebrating birthdays, new jobs, and retirements.

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

Relaxing, secluded, and peaceful.

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

My property is all about escaping the city and reconnecting with nature. Guests always ask me what there is to do in Wimberley, but when they get here, most people don't leave the cabin. You can lay out by the pool or soak in the hot tub on the back porch while looking at the stars. Wimberley is a dark sky city so you can see all the stars in the sky.

If you do want to step out, there are numerous wineries in the area, restaurants, zip-lining, swimming in historic Jacobs Well and Blue Hole, and shopping.

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

Anyone? If I could go back in time it would have to be Jacques Cousteau or Sir Ernest Shackleton. I am an adventurer and a wildlife and underwater photographer. I'd want to pick Cousteau's brain on the best dive sites in the world and would love to hear firsthand how Shackleton was able to bring back all 28 members of his crew after his ship was crushed in the Antarctic ice in 1914.

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

I am always upgrading, redecorating, or remodeling something to keep it fresh and new. The part I'm most excited about is the tiny home addition that will be available in the next month.

While building houses, I also dabbled in the film industry; I even moved out to LA for a couple years, where I worked on a couple big films, but I missed my Texas roots. When I moved back in 2001, I built an 150-square-foot tiny house that I lived in for five years. After I moved out, it sat empty for 10 years and was kind of forgotten about.

This past year I've been remodeling and added on an extra 100 square feet. The tiny house movement has become so popular; it will be a great way for people to try it out to see if it's something they would really like to do. The abundance of natural light and high ceilings definitely don't make it feel like a tiny house, though. And yes, it even has a king-size bed and a hot tub!

A sneak peak of the backyard of the soon-to-come tiny house.

To book an unforgettable stay in Texas Hill Country at one of Rodney's accommodations, click here, here, or here for one of the cabins and here or here for one of the cottages!

Host Spotlight: Julia K.

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 Julia, who manages this vintage travel trailer near Los Angeles, California.

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

When my husband, Michael, and I bought our property in 2011, I realized the potential to develop a "trailer zone" near the rather forlorn and abandoned wood interior office trailer from 1963 that was near the shipping container. Both were left on the northern half of our acre by the former owner. We had to do a lot of cleaning and junk removal, but it became a nice alternative bedroom and art supplies storage unit.

The open land and framework nearby inspired me to build out and get another trailer for a nice guest area. In 2016, I found one for sale in New Orleans, so we went out there and bought her. Michael and the seller brought her back and up the hill, where she now permanently resides.

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

I grew up camping quite a bit with my family across the U.S., always car camping to visit relatives between California and Maine. I also have extensive backpacking experience in the Sierra Nevada and Vancouver Island. As adults, we have both traveled widely internationally and love the excitement of wild places. We both enjoy adventuring, hiking and freelance employment—me in the fashion industry and Michael as owner of Seaman Battens.

The popularity of restoration and ownership vintage trailers, as well as glamping in them, is widespread. We want to offer a similar experience in a highly collectible trailer for future guests who are still dreaming about, or working on their trailers, as well as those who are searching for a totally unforgettable stay.

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

In every way! Our 1954 Spartan Manor trailer and 1963 vintage office trailer are extremely collectible and both quite rare. The site itself is spectacular, and somehow the short steep road is just right to get a feeling of remoteness and distance from everyday life.

The trailer zone is fully outfitted for luxurious relaxation, with numerous lounging options and trails nearby for exploring. It offers guests privacy, open air, nature at the doorstep, and civilized amenities, such as shade, comfortable furniture, a well-equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with hot shower.

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

It has to be the view. Or Bella, our beautiful dog. The first we have gotten used to, the latter we adore, and our guests love her, too. Hiking with Bella off-leash is a great experience; just watching her leap like a gazelle and enjoy life reminds us to try that, too.

The trailer zone is special because it is self-contained and grants a feeling of serenity and privacy. Inside our house, we also get that.

In the springtime, the green, grassy hillsides and valley below are so stunning. 900 feet below us, at the valley level, we even have a water view! The ecology pond inside the nature preserve is designed to hold enough water through the dry season for the wild animals.


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

I really enjoyed building it and choosing all the materials—designing with recycled, repurposed, and reclaimed items found or sourced online. I learned that if you look long enough, you do find the great stuff!

We love to share our home and the trailer zone with friends, family, and guests. On a first visit, it is always really gratifying to see people's reactions to what we have achieved through the development of our property.

We are expecting to have some upkeep; because of the age of the trailer, some furnishings and materials might need to be repaired or replaced. We will continue to restore the trailer and protect her from getting damaged. Encouraging guests to be easy on the old girl is important.

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

We had a couple here during the painted ladies butterfly migration. I think they planned to leave for the day, but they ended up lounging, relaxing and watching thousands of butterflies drift by on their journey to Oregon. It really was an amazing sight to see them floating by, five feet above the ground and in a straight line over obstacles. The guests even mentioned it in their review!

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

Unique, hiking, and view.

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

The trailer is completely furnished with custom-made and designer-sourced, one-of-a-kind items—right down to the plates and silverware. We stock fresh English muffins, eggs, and butter; and snacks, breakfast drinks, and condiments are supplied. Guests sleep in an extremely comfortable bed, dressed with high-end, super soft, 100% cotton linens.

We offer all guests a guided hiking experience nearby on the private trails, and we take Bella, too. The guests just love watching her antics! We also offer them to come visit our house, which is just 50 yards away; we want to make sure they know that we are there in case of any problems or questions.


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

We would love to meet Yvon Chouinard. He is strong, admirable, and smart—a true leader and lover of nature and of life.

"He is widely recognized for his unique corporate style and philosophy, and his visionary environmental leadership." - Doug Bruns

"Yvon Chouinard has come to embody something near-mythic: a life lived hard-on-the-edge, perfectly and gracefully." - Doug Stanton

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

The building phase did finally end after more than two years since bringing the Spartan Manor to Chatsworth. We always set up the outdoor bed, outdoor umbrellas, and all the extra outdoor furnishings on May 1. We would like to focus on providing positive, unique guest experiences and to meet fun and respectful guests who think it our property is as special as we do.


To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at Julia's vintage travel trailer in California, click here!

Photo credit goes to both Sibylle Allgaier and Ethan Abitz. Video credit goes to Ethan Abitz.

Host Spotlight: Mina and Rich

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 Mina and Rich, who manage this stunning tipi rental in the Catskills of Upstate New York.

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

In 2014, my partner and I decided to leave the big city for life in the country, a dream we both had long before we met each other and, a dream that I believe brought us together. We loved living in the Catskills so much that we decided to start building structures outside of our home so that more of our friends can come enjoy the beauty of one of the oldest farming communities in upstate New York.

At the time, we weren't familiar with the concept of glamping; we just both loved the idea of tipi camping and decided to give it a go. Finding the best spot on our 10-acre property took longer than I care to admit, but a year and a half later, we had the tipi of our dreams, and we decided to open it up to guests.

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

Rich and I are both artists and makers, and we enjoy the challenge of things we've never done before. We love traveling and collecting inspiration from other cultures and incorporating that into our lives.

Before moving to the country, I worked for a heritage fashion company, and Rich worked a set builder for photo shoots. We both knew we could do more—we just needed the space to explore our talents and put them to good use. What better place than the country?

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

We do all the work—you have all the fun! Our tipi is equipped with all the comforts one might need to enjoy their time away in nature; there's no need to rough it to enjoy sleeping under the stars and getting lulled to sleep by the babbling brook. We provide beautiful wool blankets, custom-made furniture, cut firewood, and a small kitchenette.

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

Its hard to pick just one. Our wildflower field is often inhabited by fireflies at night—a sight to behold and one you will not soon forget. The tipi is located in Meeker Hollow, one of the best places for stargazing in the state of New York.

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

One of my favorite things is to see the transformation our guests go through while staying here. After a night in the tipi, I love seeing my guests emerge from the forest with wide eyes and smiling faces, excited to go out and explore the sights.

We love teaching them about how a tipi works and watch them get excited about starting an open fire inside the tipi and maintaining it to stay warm on chilly nights.
We also love connecting our guests with our local farms and markets and supporting our local community.

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

So many of them! From kids being excited about every little thing in the forest to grumpy adults that were dragged by their partners to a tipi in the forest that turned to sworn campers overnight, we enjoy seeing how our guests use our property and how it transforms them.

We love all our guests and their courage and curiosity, but there is one that really made our day by gifting us a beautiful painting of our tipi and property. You could really tell from the painting that the experience moved them, and that means so much to us.

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

Relaxing, peaceful, and magical.

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

We designed the tipi and chose the location very carefully with privacy and tranquility in mind—500 feet from the farm house and nestled between a creek, maple trees, and a wildflower field. The tipi is equipped with everything one might need for a perfect country getaway: handcut firewood for bonfires, a long list of local activities to enjoy while you're here, and a hammock for lazy afternoons by the stream. During summer months, you can tour our organic garden and pick your own greens.

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

John Burroughs, without a doubt. He was an American naturalist and nature essayist born not far from our farmhouse. I'd love to learn about our land from someone that spent his life writing about it.

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

Yes, we are constantly growing! This year, we are building a new glamping site that we hope to have available by the end of summer.


To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at Mina and Richa's tipi in Upstate New York, click here!

Host Spotlight: Mindy

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 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.

Host Spotlight: David and Marta

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 David and Marta, who manage a unique glamping property on the Península de Setúbal near Lisbon, Portugal.

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

[David:] There are two stories behind starting our glamping site: a childhood dream and a love story. I was a boy from Lisbon, spending all of my weekends and holidays at my parents' bungalow in the countryside (what is now the glamping property) and reading many Mark Twain, Jules Verne, and pirate books that took me on amazing travels and adventures around the world without ever leaving the sofa.

Fascinated by Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn's tree house, when I was about 10, I decided to build a tree house—which ended up being a few wood boards tied together with a rope on a big pine tree close to our house. Since that moment I dreamed of living in cabin or tiny rustic space one day.

Many years after, Marta and I met and fell in love in Lisbon, and as soon as she visited the property for the first time, she, too, surrendered to the beauty of this place, and we soon decided to leave the city and move to the countryside to start our glamping project.

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

[David:] After high school, I studied hotel management at university and started working as a bellboy in a 180-room, four-star hotel in the center of Lisbon, later moving to reception. Six years later, I changed to another international hotel chain, where I later became the Front Office Manager where I was also responsible for the Back Office, group reservations, meeting rooms and events.

The turning point to change things was when I decided to go back to university and do a postgraduate degree in hotel management. One of the subjects was innovation in the hospitality and tourism industry, and we had to present a group project. I suggested a project about eco-friendly tree house glamping, including an organic garden, animals, solar energy, rain water collection, and school excursions to put children in touch with nature, see how food is grown, and have them taste some real, healthy, organic veggies grown without any chemicals or pesticides.

The teacher liked our project but we were even more enthusiastic. The glamping "seed" that had been in my mind for so long had finally started growing, and I started to feel the need to change my direction towards a more natural way of life and to share our unique space with others.

In 2015, we made the first experience transforming a storage space into a small cottage. After the successful results, we started seriously believing we could make a living out of it—a family-friendly life in harmony with nature and far from the stressful urban environment of the big city. One year after I left the company, I moved with my family to our property in the countryside, and we started making our dream come true!

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

My idea of glamping is a way of connecting people to nature and wildlife without sacrificing luxury, sleeping in original and cozy accommodations in an environmentally-friendly place.

Our original "Hobbit pods" and tree house cabin are entirely made of wood and perfectly match their natural surroundings. The caravans from the '80s are completely renovated and lay in the shade of the property's beautiful pine trees, where our guests can fully immerse themselves in nature in a place where ecological awareness and sustainability are always present.

Environmental problems are of great concern for us, and we make a real effort to be as eco-friendly as possible. Our electricity comes from solar panels; the water comes from our well; we use dry compost toilets and organic amenities; and we have a beautiful organic garden, from which we take most of our food during spring and summer, that we love to share with our guests.

Living our lives like this also gives us the opportunity to help develop the local economy, as we buy most of what we need in the village, including fresh and delicious regional cheese and bread from the local baker. We also recommend great restaurants in the area and a large number of outdoor activities organized by local companies, such as dolphin watching, rock climbing, caving, paragliding, kitesurfing, and more.

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

If I had to choose only one thing, it would have to be the special and unique beauty of this place! We're just 45 minutes by car to the south of Lisbon, and we're in a secluded area near the sea, which forms part of the Parque Natural da Arrábida. It's the perfect place for those looking to connect with nature, explore the beauty of the nearby beaches and the endless coastline trails, watch stunning sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean, and stargaze while listening to the waves.

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

What I love the most about running a glamping property is the independence that it gives me. It allows me to simultaneously spend time with my family and work in the place I've always dreamed to live, surrounded by pine trees and beautiful landscapes while listening to the ocean nearby.

In the last few years, I have learned so many different things—from management to organic gardening, from social media to carpentry, from accounting to electrical work and construction. This changed my way of looking at things and to start focusing on solutions instead of problems. The most important thing is to live a happy life and go to bed each day with a smile on my face and the feeling of having had a productive and fulfilling day.

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

We have had quite a few memorable experiences, but the last one was just before Christmas. We received a message from a super-friendly couple with a photo of an ultrasound scan, saying that this was their baby—a result of the two amazing weeks they spent on holiday in our caravan last September. What could be more memorable than that?

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

The words we hear most often to describe our accommodations are peaceful, magical, and charming.

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

There are different kinds of experiences you can take away from a stay at our glamping property.

On the one hand, our unique, eco-friendly glamping project is an ideal way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. You will be immersed into nature and have the chance for a relaxing holiday that mixtures countryside, sun, and sea.

On the other hand, and from a more philosophical point of view, it can be an introspective exercise that may lead you to find out that you could happily and easily live without most of the stuff we have at home. Why not downsize and get rid of things we do not really need? We had this conversation with many guests where we noted this question stayed in their minds.

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

Greta Thunberg is definitely the person I would love to host the most. She is a 16-year-old Swedish activist that is seeking to fight global warming, and she is a perfect example of the determination that young generations need in order to face big environmental challenges, such as global warming, carbon dioxide emissions, and plastic pollution.

She has participated in the Rise For Climate demonstration outside the European Parliament, the United Nations Climate Change conference, and the Davos World Economic Forum, among other events. She represents the future we want for our children and younger generations, who fairly deserve a healthier planet than the one we have now.

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

Last season, we built a new cabin that has been a success, and during the winter, we did the deck and insulation. We now have six accommodations in total! This year, we will not add any more units, but who knows if next season a beautiful gypsy caravan may make it's way to the property or not...?


To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at David and Marta's glamping property, click here or here for a "Hobbit" pod, here or here for a caravan, here for the tree house cabin, and here for the cottage!

Host Spotlight: Robert

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 Robert, who manages a unique glamping site on the western edge of Zion National Park in Utah.

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

I've always loved nature. Living at the edge of Zion National Park gives me access to 146,000 acres of wilderness at all times. The property is in the heart of hiking and climbing country, and its very remote and beautiful—nestled in its own valley surrounded by the red rock of Zion.

I'm an artist, writer, and filmmaker for PBS, as well as Channel 4 in England, and now, I have opened my home to offer people the unusual experience of solitude and silence in this age of noise and distraction.

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

Glamping was the best way to share the natural beauty of where I live, next to Zion National Park. I am an artist with an unbounded enthusiasm for nature and its healing beauty. Glamping is my way of sharing. Through the films I've made for PBS and the books I written, I've shared this love, and now, through glamping, I can share it directly with others.

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

If glamping is providing a unique outdoor experience close to nature, our accommodations provide that without giving up the basics: a good bed, a shower, and a kitchen. Yet, you are still at the heart of the artichoke of Zion National Park's wilderness. Here, you don't have to drive nor hike with anyone else, as you do in other areas of the park.

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

The most special aspect is our location at the wild western edge of Zion National Park. People visiting actually have the experience they desire—visiting the southwest without the crowds.

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

The guests are the most interesting aspect of running a glamping site. What do they want to do? How can I help? These are the greatest pleasures for me. My greatest challenge is getting people to know our property is here.

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

A family of four from Venezuela wanted to do a diverse number of activities while they stayed here. They wanted to hike, bike ride, paddle on the reservoir, horseback ride, and relax!! Working out their schedule and seeing them smile made them my most memorable guests.

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

The three most common words in guest feedback are: unique, unexpected, and comfortable.

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

I provide as much, or as little, guidance as guests want. There are numerous outdoor activities available to them right on the property including hiking, climbing, biking. The most popular experience, though, is relaxing in our quiet, beautiful valley. Our property is a very private place.

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

I like families, because they are a mixture of ages, and it's a pleasure introducing them to nature in ways they've not experienced before.

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

2019 is my second season. I am adding an area for yoga practice and a full-bodied outdoor shower. I have also extended my connections to include more available experts to lead outdoor activities. I have been recognized as a beautiful venue for smaller weddings, as well.


To experience all the southwest has to offer, book a life-changing stay in Zion National Park at Robert's suite or guest house. Coming with a group? You can even book the whole property!

Host Spotlight: Daria

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 Daria, who manages a gorgeous couple's retreat in Casares—a charming town in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain.

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

Meticulously designed to frame our natural setting within a stunning national park, our retreat has been created by passionate travelers with an eye for detail, a love of nature, and an innate desire to be different. Everything you see reflects the influences that have personally inspired us on our own journeys across the world.

We are not a standard hotel, but a family-run private retreat, where guests can step away from the stresses and commitments of everyday life and take time out to relax, refresh, and recharge. We pour our heart and soul into what we do. We don't sell rooms—we bring you a special one-of-a-kind experience.

Here, on our four-hectare woodland estate—complete with a unique exotic ambience—you will find a tranquil escape that's a world away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby coast. We offer absolute privacy with exceptional facilities and personalized service.

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

Before creating our retreat property, we traveled across the world, visiting over 60 countries and being inspired by the amazing exotic ambience of Asia, as well as diverse cultures, interiors, and designs. With our passion for traveling and desire to create a slice of paradise that our guests could enjoy, the idea of our retreat was born.

A photo of the host, Daria, at the retreat.

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

We offer luxurious and private accommodations within a stunning natural setting. Our suites and tents offer the perfect glamorous setting within the niche glamping market. Our guests get to enjoy private and deluxe facilities while being surrounded by the natural environment.

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

Absolute privacy and a very exotic setting that is hard to find in Europe. With a maximum of three couples on-site at any given time, this means our couples can enjoy the utmost in seclusion during a romantic and intimate time away with each other.

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

The main challenges faced are the weather and climate changes. Our property is located within a natural setting, with most of our facilities, like the heated infinity pool and terraces, located under open sky. It is paramount to us that our couples get to enjoy the most perfect setting and receive the top experience during their stay with us. When it starts raining with heavy winds, however, this is the biggest challenge for us and our guests, as the only thing we cannot change is the weather.

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

Our property is often chosen by couples for a special occasion, such as anniversaries, birthdays, and more, and we do our absolute best to ensure they will receive this pure romance experience they seek.

One of the most wonderful and special stays that we've had was last year, when a gentleman flew from the U.K. to propose to the love of his life at the retreat. She had absolutely no idea of what was happening. He secretly flew to us, and we prepare one of our stunning suites for him with a beautiful bouquet of red roses, champagne on ice, and special music.

A photo of the happily engaged guest from the host's story.

When her friends brought her to the property for "lunch," all of the staff had to hide so she wouldn't know where she was. Her friends walked her to the suite, and he came out of the suite, got down on one knee, and proposed to her. The emotions, tears of joy, and happiness...the couple cried and we cried, and it was just the most beautiful moment ever.

The fact that our couples choose and trust us with such special occasions makes us feel so proud and grateful.

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

Stunning, paradise, and "out of this world."

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

What makes our property very special is that we personally take care of our guests; we never treat them as if they were strictly clients. As such, so many of them have become our friends and a part of the retreat's family over the years. The experience is as personal as it could really get.

We personally meet our guests upon arrival, with freshly squeezed orange juice and a cool aromatic towel for them in hand. We prepare each suite before their arrival, making sure there is music softly playing when they arrive and an exotic fragrance scent throughout the room—all to provide the most luxurious experience for them.

Most of our couples enjoy personal, special complimentary extras upon arrival to make their arrival extra romantic, too!

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

We invite everyone to come experience our romantic setting.


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

We have some special and wonderful upgrades planned for this season...stay tuned!


To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at Daria's retreat in Málaga, click here or here for the tents and here for the cabin!