Waking up at the crack of dawn to squeeze into a wetsuit and hit the waves is a feeling like no other. Catch the perfect wave that carries you down the coast and launches you through the pipeline. Imagine exiting the pipeline onto the beach and right onto your glamping luxury tent! Spark up the fire and grab a cold one before settling in for a comfortable night sleep to prepare you for the following day's surf. With glamping accommodations in some of the best surf spots in the world, you can be sure to get to hit the waves in style.
2. Mountain Biking
Helmet on and gear set, you are ready to navigate your way down that mountain. The trek up was grueling, but it will all be worth it as you fly down the trails with the cool breeze and spectacular views. Hit the hills of Moab, Sun Valley, Crested Butte, Brevard, and many other stunning places to mountain bike. Ride directly down to your glamping site, where you can fully relax and recover for another day of action.
3. Whitewater Rafting
Hit the rivers paddle in hand and and helmet strapped tight. Brace yourself for the thrill of whitewater rafting on some of the U.S.’s top rivers. We're talking the Colorado River, French Broad, Chattooga, Arkansas, and many more. Regardless of where you decide to embark on this water-based adventure, glamping will be within a stone's throw. Finish up the day on the whitewater by relaxing at your luxury camping site with all the desired amenities.
4. Horseback Riding
Take a ride on arguably the most majestic animal to exist—the horse. Powerful, yet gentle, and elegant, yet sturdy, a horse can make a lasting impression. Horseback riding is an experience like none other, where you can navigate rough terrain to catch a glimpse of breathtaking sunsets. You will not only build a closer connection to nature, but with the animal that is making it possible. Nothing screams glamour more than horseback riding on a beach. Stroll down the coast directly to your glamping site for an unforgettable experience.
A great way to exercise and explore a new environment is to explore it by foot. You can gain a much deeper appreciation for a location by staying closer to the ground and at a slower pace. That way you can have a more intimate hike through the pure, majestic wilderness of some of America’s finest National Parks. No matter where in the US you decide to hike, glamping will be available for you to enjoy all the necessities you would expect in a 5 star hotel. Book now for a truly unforgettable experience!
Looking to plan a trip? Head over to Glamping Hub to browse our full inventory.
Hands down, the best way to feel glamorous is by swirling a glass of red wine, and what better place is there to indulge than in California Wine Country? Napa Valley of Sonoma County in Northern California is home to some of the finest vineyards in the world, with optimal conditions for growing numerous varieties of grapes. What makes the environment so perfect is everything to do with the cool breeze that combs through the vineyards. At night, the crisp air chills the grapes and protects the thin, vulnerable skin. While glamping in Sonoma County, you will be able to experience the same breeze as you sip red wine cultivated on the very earth you stand upon. The best way to describe this experience is totally grounding, and you will only think about who you are sharing the moment with.
The mountain oasis known as Asheville, North Carolina, is truly a gem in the American south and stands tall as a beacon for craft, culture, and cuisine, while boasting the energy of a bustling artistic epicenter. The inhabitants, along with glampers who visit, have an appreciation for the hand making of crafts that runs as deep as the roots of the surrounding spires of towering pine. This is apparent in the craft beer scene of Asheville, which attracts beer lovers from across the country. You may find yourself in The Thirsty Monk at one of their tastings, or for a longer event, you would certainly enjoy the city's Oktoberfest.
While glamping in France, food lovers shall rejoice as eating well is inevitable. With traditions and recipes passed down from older generations, the French cuisine is sure to be the highlight of any visit. After collecting local produce from the town market, guests can prepare a meal inspired by the perfect surroundings. When dinner is ready, spirits are lifted as the bread is broken and the local wine is poured. Outside the French doors, the Canal Lateral reflects the bright, full moon light. What you are feeling now is within grasp at this beautiful cottage in the picturesque region of Damazan, France. Glamping here will allow you to be able to spend time with loved ones in an environment perfect for making memories.
Perhaps one of the most romantic destinations in the world is the one-and-only Venice, Italy. Imagine gently drifting in a gondola down a narrow canal on a warm summer day, and having just indulged in a tiramisu gelato. Glamping in Venice is truly an experience unlike most would have in Italy. Situated just outside of the city, your glamping site is just a short, beautiful boat ride away from the main square. In this bell tent, you can enjoy peaceful, quiet nights right by the coast.
With the Atlantic Ocean drifting onto the shores, Portland, Maine, boasts some of the freshest and most delicious seafood available. The lobster is a local legend, but the lore is for you to uncover. Discover the beautiful and historical city of Portland through the gourmet cuisine in through your taste buds. Feast on lobster rolls that boast a very liberal quantity of the coveted delicacy, warm your belly with creamy clam chowder, and try many more local favorites. To go glamping in Maine means you must come hungry for both local delicacies and plenty of adventure. Are you ready?
Granada, Spain, is a gastronomical city unlike anywhere else. You will not only eat well, but you will eat cheap. Order a glass of your preferred beverage, and then you will be presented with a delicious free tapa that pairs perfectly. Mind you, when you want more food, that means you will need to ask for another beverage to prompt another free tapa. Something else that sets this beautiful Spanish city apart are the amazing caves found dotted in the mountains. With polished furnishings and modern amenities, they are perfect for relaxing after a full day exploring the wonderful culinary opportunities that Granada has to offer.
When in Texas, glampers are going to need an appetite as big as the state itself. While Tex-Mex and Barbecue are a staple of the local cuisine, the city of Austin allows glampers to step out of their culinary comfort zone and try something new. Whether its a lively food truck festival or an unexpected fusion restaurant, glamping in Austin seamlessly mixes the perfect gastronomical adventure with fun outdoor activities that reconnect you with nature.
Hungry for more? Head on over to Glamping Hub to check out some more fantastic getaways!
I was 16 the first time I took a big trip without my family or any of my friends. Everyone else knew one another, and as the new kid in an existing social structure, I had the opportunity to see the consequences of my choices clearly.
Going through our daily lives, it can be difficult to detangle our own patterns and habits from the world around us. Doing so is a crucial part of the yogic practice. The yogic sages taught that in order to create lasting transformation in our lives, we must extract ourselves from karmic and behavioral patterns, called samskaras. If karma is not a concept you find helpful, consider that the patterns of belief and interpersonal interaction in your family are probably much older than you are.
That first experience of traveling alone gave my 16-year-old self a chance to determine which sufferings I could directly control, and the three-and-a-half weeks I was away convinced me I had the courage to make difficult changes and face adversity alone. When I returned, I made two big changes. My life has been better ever since.
While that might not sound like yoga at first, one of the most critical aspects of a yoga practice is study of the self. Our physical prowess amounts to mere tricks if it doesn't relieve our suffering and change our behavior when we are in challenging situations.
Removed from our usual surroundings, we can see ourselves more clearly. The process of using our powers of reason, analysis, and observation to learn about ourselves connects to every other part of the yoga practice. In the remainder of this article, I'll offer three ways travel can further inspire your yoga practice.
Any disruption to our schedules can be an opportunity to form new, positive habits or abandon negative ones. Whether you'd like to eat oatmeal every day or begin setting aside 10 minutes daily for pranayama, a shift in your schedule and priorities gives a window in which to make it happen.
In addition to being free from many of our usual time constraints, we are less subject to the patterns and habits that govern us when we are outside of our usual environment. Before your next trip, you might choose a habit or activity that would bring you joy and plant the seeds of that life each day during your journey.
During an extended trip to Costa Rica, I finally started using my Neti Pot daily. Those fantastical sounding claims about it improving your sleep (among many other benefits)? They proved true for me.
Yoga can be the purpose for travel, too. Setting time aside for dedicated practice, such as going to a retreat, can help you break through plateaus and elevate the baseline satisfaction you experience with your practice.
There are so many yoga and meditation retreats that it can be hard to choose. I recommend finding a teacher from whom you'd like to learn, a technique or practice you'd like to spend time with, or a place to which you feel a connection.
A retreat enables you to gather a store of resources to call upon when you return to daily life and to meet yourself very intimately. I did my first week-long, silent meditation retreat 20 years ago, and I still learn lessons from it to this day.
Even while traveling, we aren't free of our habits, patterns, and conditioning. A journey puts us outside of our comfort zone; it's up to us what we do while we're there.
One of Patanjali’s sutras on yoga that I have found especially helpful to work with while traveling is this one, Heyam duhkham anaagatam (Yoga Sutra II.16), which may be translated as "future suffering can be avoided." This means that if it hasn't happened yet, then we still have room to intervene.
Travel allows us to feel and to experience our own reactions to thoughts and circumstances. The clutter in our minds and hearts of needing to pay the bills, be at work and so on, quiets, and we have an opening through which to see what we would like to change.
Realizing we wish to change something in our lives can be frightening. Still, this is one of the most potent ways in which travel can fuel our practice of yoga. Simultaneously, being out of our usual environment affords us affirmation that we'll be alright. Through change, comings and goings, fear, and comfort, we'll be alright.
The main idea is this: Seeing the world and the lives of others helps us to better see ourselves and the impact of our actions more clearly. No matter where you go or whether you can bring your yoga mat, you can still bring your practice. Happy travels!
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On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, which ensured that Yellowstone was "reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale" and that it was "for the benefit and the enjoyment of the people," thus, creating the concept of a National Park.
Today, there are 60 National Parks across the United States, many of which showcase some of the world's most fascinating and awe-inspiring geological features on the planet—including red rock canyons, snow-capped peaks, deep lakes, and even a supervolcano. Every year, they attract millions of adventurers who are yearning to experience the sublime beauty of the wilderness and a rejuvenating sense of freedom.
To help you decide where to go on your next glamping getaway, here are five interesting facts about National Parks along with five of our most extraordinary accommodations nearby.
Yellowstone National Park
Sprawling across three different states, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, Yellowstone was the first ever National Park and is renowned for its multitude of wildlife and geological features including Old Faithful, a spectacular cone geyser that erupts with relative predictability, which led to its name.
Fact #1: Beneath the surface of Yellowstone is an active supervolcano that contains enough magma to fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times over.
For your trip to Yellowstone, stay at this log cabin with mountain views in Montana.
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park lies in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and is world famous for its astonishing sequoia trees in the Giant Forest and its breathtaking trails, including the Moro Rock Trail, which offer sensational mountain views.
Fact #2: Named after an American Civil War general, the General Sherman sequoia tree towers above any visitor at 83.8 meters tall and is the largest-known, living, single stem tree on the planet.
For your trip to Sequoia National Park, stay at this riverfront cabin in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California.
Yosemite National Park
Thanks to the efforts of Scottish activist John Muir, who grew up in Wisconsin, the natural beauty of Yosemite was well-documented in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, and he was able to raise awareness about the potential threat of destruction to its landscape.
Fact #3: Yosemite's Half Dome granite rock formation provided the inspiration for the logo of outdoor specialists, North Face.
Spanning across North Carolina and Tennessee, the legendary park is renowned for its astonishing fall colors, its snowcapped peaks in the winter, and its rich Southern Appalachian history. Unlike other National Parks, there is no charge to enter the park, and it proudly holds the title of the most-visited National Park in the U.S. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, as well as picturesque rivers and waterfalls, ancient woodlands, and 300-million-year-old mountains.
Fact #4: The park gets its name from the Cherokee word shaconage, which means "place of blue smoke" and describes the eerie fog that gathers above the forested mountains, which creates a "smoky" effect.
For your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stay at this luxury log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Olympic National Park
The Olympic National Park is one of the most unspoiled parks in the country, giving visitors an insight into its ancient formation from glacial ice and an authentic wilderness experience. Its mountains were developed deep beneath the ocean's surface before glaciers, which were one mile-thick, carved out its rugged terrain. Nowadays, it is home to an array of diverse ecosystems, all teeming with wildlife, and boasts 73 miles of epic mountainous coastline.
#Fact 5: Due to its Ice Age isolation, 15 animals and eight species of plant evolved here and nowhere else on the planet, such as the Olympic marmot, Olympic mud minnow, and crescent trout.
Without nature, one of the four pillars of Glamping Hub's core values would crumble—which is why we, as a business, both respect and appreciate every aspect of it. This month, as Earth Day approaches on April 22, we are taking the opportunity to help spread the word about its aims and complex subject of ecotourism.
Glamping Hub will be donating 10% of the day's revenue to the official Earth Day Network and have launched a Green Pledge with the full support of the company's senior management.
What is ecotourism?
As you begin to understand the principles of ecotourism, it is easy to immediately be thrown off by the industry's technical jargon. Eco-friendly, responsible tourism, conscious travel, and green tourism are just a few of the larger list of terms that are regularly used in an interchangeable way.
But we have good news for you! The majority of these definitions unify to support quite a simple ethos: protecting and respecting local culture, adopting environmentally-friendly practices, and economically supporting local communities in a sustainable way.
We particularly like the definition of Ecotourism coined by the director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at Harvard, Epler Wood: "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” For example, it might be easier to think of conserving the natural wonders of our earth as ecotourism—which it is—but equally so is making sure that the locals are economically benefiting from tourism.
The travel industry has the opportunity to provide education, job/career creation, and development for local communities. However, due to what is referred to as "tourism leakage," sometimes only a mere 10% of money is going back to the local community. Your contribution as a conscious traveler can be awareness when traveling, choosing to spend your money at local businesses whenever possible.
Earth Day and making a difference
This year, Earth Day is calling each and every one of us to pledge to end plastic pollution, one of the most important environmental problems that we face today and one that we have contributed to greatly—whether knowingly or not. Did you know that 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and that 90% of that is thrown away? The opportunity to tackle this is huge, and with your input we can really make a difference.
But why should you care about plastic pollution? The issue with plastic is that the amount of plastic we create is essentially here forever. To put it into perspective, one single plastic bottle, though it may decompose, takes close to 500 years to fully do so. Moreover, although it breaks down, it still remains in our soil and water, affecting our crops, ocean life, and ourselves.
When plastic decomposes in the ocean for example, it breaks down into small poisonous particles, microplastics, that are then swallowed by ocean life and, later, humans. As if this wasn't enough reason for concern, the energy it takes to simply create plastic creates omissions that catalyze climate change. Therefore, if we think about how much plastic we use on a daily basis, pledging to recycle or cut down on usage seems like a small feat to combating climate change and protecting the health of both our sea life and ourselves.
What you can do and our pledge
Thanks to our wonderful and proactive Glamping Hub Green Initiative Team, we have already started to take steps as a business to reduce our waste and recycle. We have developed a system to educate our office on what goes where, making the process of recycling easier for everyone. Currently, we can are recycling plastic, cans, paper, glass, and batteries.
Continuing the green theme and our support of Earth Day on April 22, we pledge to not use plastic bottles, bags, and straws for the whole month of April. We have also organized fundraising initiatives to add to our contribution.
If you're wondering what you can do to help out starting today, let us be of assistance. Begin by reading some easy-to-implement tips on traveling green. If you are a traveler, you may or may not know that 2017 was the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and a very useful resource is their "Tips For a Responsible Traveler" guide, from the #travelenjoyrespect campaign, which you can find here.
You can also sign the Earth Day petition to end plastic pollution. The petition calls on governments and world leaders to take note of the severity of plastic pollution. Your signature would make a world of a difference in showing those in charge that we, the people of planet Earth. You can find the petition here!
Lastly, you can book your next glamping trip with peace of mind! As mentioned above, Glamping Hub will be donating 10% of revenue made on Earth Day, April 22, to the official Earth Day Network. You can plan your perfect getaway knowing that you are simultaneously making a pledge to protect our earth.
Want to browse some beautiful, eco-friendly properties on Glamping Hub? Start exploring here!
We hope that by Glamping Hub pledging to make internal changes, we have made you think about your relationship with our planet. Though we don’t yet consider ourselves to be a fully eco-friendly company, we hope you will join us in our journey to do so,one step at a time!
With Earth Day right around the corner on April 22nd, Glamping Hub is taking the time to highlight the importance of sustainable, eco-friendly travel. This week, we're checking in with Cameron Brown ofThe Thriving Collective, who's here to tell us what exactly eco-tourism is and why it's shaping up to be the next big thing in the travel industry.
What is eco-tourism?
Eco-tourism is all about traveling in a way that is responsible and deliberate—to affect global, positive change for the individual, the broader community, and the planet as a whole.
This sort of self-aware tourism is rapidly becoming a big trend in the travel industry and is set to become even more influential in the future. More and more people around the world—in many areas of life, both personally and professionally—are searching for that which gives them more meaning, something that gives them a sense of purpose, and above all that which allows them to really connect with something greater than themselves.
Eco-tourism is about using travel as a means to achieve this in a sustainable and purposeful way that is of benefit to not just the traveler, but the planet as a whole. On a more individual sense, it's about helping people to experience just what makes travel so special.
If, when traveling, you're just staying in a resort the whole time and not getting out and exploring your surroundings, you're really missing out on what makes travel so special. It's a unique experience that lets you take in another culture, see a spectacular piece of nature, and see what it is that makes that part of the world so beautiful. And again, most importantly, it's about making it easier to connect with something greater than yourself.
Why should we take part in eco-tourism?
What I've found personally is that when I'm engaging in travel and experiencing and exploring new cultures and places, whether it be Idyllwild, California; northern Argentina; Columbia; or Costa Rica, these different places all have different reasons for why they are so special. It's so much harder to appreciate and respect these reasons if you're not out there exploring and experiencing it for yourself. What can happen then, if you're able to get out and discover it for yourself, on your own terms, is that this new experience is able to increase your compassion for that place and for the natural landscape that supports it.
Consequently, this kind of travel heightens your awareness of how and why to start making decisions, and taking actions, in a way that is of benefit to the planet as a whole. I really believe that this is a really important part of travel in general. Tourism can truly change the world, but only if we are doing it in a way that is thoughtful, self-aware, and purposeful.
How do I become an eco-tourist?
When it comes to being an eco-tourist, whether it is within the U.S. or abroad to other parts of the world, the questions that we should always be asking ourselves are:
Is this going to be good for me?
Is this going to be good for others?
Is this going to be good for the planet?
When it comes to planning a vacation, a lot of people really only focus on the first one: "Is this going to be good for me? Am I going to enjoy myself?"
And to be fair, that's really important! People should be able to enjoy themselves on vacation (that's kind of the point, of course!), especially if they've had a really stressful working year and are taking this time to get away from it all. But to be a conscious and sustainable traveler, and to thus be an eco-traveler or an eco-tourist, it's vital to ask yourself those other two questions.
Yes, this is good for me, and yes, I'm going to enjoy myself, but is it good for others? This can be as simple as making sure that if you are traveling with others, whether they be family or friends, that it's good for them. But, more importantly, it's about ensuring that this travel is going to be good for the local community that you are visiting.
"Eco-tourism is about traveling in a way that is responsible and deliberate, to affect global, positive change."
I was recently traveling through Costa Rica, and I heard plenty of anecdotes from the people living there about how their communities were receiving barely any money from the commercial tourist cruise ships that flock to their shores each year. In cases like this, which happen every day in every part of the world, tourism is really not supporting the local community. This type of travel is not self-aware, it's not purposeful, and it's not sustainable. To be a deliberate eco-tourist is then to ask yourself; is what I am engaging in beneficial to the people who are supporting my travel here?
The third question we need to be considering is that of our impact on the global eco-system as a whole. Is this good for the planet? Given the increasing number of tourists who travel and base their stay in a resort for their entire experience, this question is more important today than ever before.
The need for new, luxury resorts in close proximity to spectacular scenery is causing bulldozing in these pristine environments at an alarming rate, gradually encroaching on and destroying those very same beautiful areas that they are striving to give their guests access to in the first place.
While spending time in these high-end resorts can be a totally acceptable part of even an eco-vacation, it's important to make this choice in a deliberate and self-aware manner and to also make sure that you're spending some time out in other areas, as well. Not only will this exploration give you an increased sense of discovery, and hopefully allow you to connect with something greater than yourself, you'll also know that you're doing your part to make the world a better place.
The importance of eco-tourism
Eco-tourism, then, is about acting in a way that is responsible and deliberate. It's part of a broader lifestyle choice that sees our impact on the world as something that is within our power to change. Utilizing travel as a means to make positive change in the world is not a new concept, but it is one that is surely more important now than ever before.
Thanks to Cameron for that insightful and inspiring piece! Be sure to check out his other fantastic work over at The Thriving Collective.
What's Galentine's Day, you ask? "It's only the best day of the year," according to the beloved Leslie Knope. Our favorite "Parks and Rec" character has made it clear: February is not just for showering your S.O. with love and affection. Your gal pals deserve a major shout out, too!
Start celebrating Galentine's Day in 2018, and honor those strong female presences in your life and all of the devotion, support, and respect they give you day in and day out. Gift them a glamping trip, or plan a girls' getaway for February 13 to really pay tribute to these strong lady friendships.
What better way to illustrate the power of "ladies celebrating ladies" than by imagining where the women of "Parks and Rec" would do Galentine's Day their way? We know just the spots.
Where Leslie Knope Would Glamp
The sheer number of beds at this enormous mountain cabin in Colorado would mean two incredibly important things to Ms. Knope. One? She would literally have space to invite every female who ever was important to her ever. And two? The many bedrooms at this accommodation are just screaming for a Pawnee Goddesses-style sleepover, complete with pillow fights, puppies, and candy.
That's not all this luxury, winter-perfect cabin has to offer, either! It's many amenities include four cozy, wood-burning fireplaces, Wi-FI in order to post envy-inducing photos all day long, and an inviting games room.
Where Ann Perkins Would Glamp
Being the "beautiful, naive, sophisticated newborn baby" that she is (Leslie's words, not ours—we swear!), a classic A-frame cabin is most certainly what Ann would book for a Galentine's Day escape with her best ladies. A fully-equipped kitchen ensures all the right tools for Leslie to surprise the girls with a full brunch—100% homemade, of course—and the wood-burning fireplace would be the perfect spot for the women to circle up and tell inspiring stories about their favorite females.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Donna would be screaming "Treat yo' self!" and reserving this luxury villa in Malibu, California, without batting an eye. Complete with a heated, freshwater pool (including waterfalls and a wading pool!), an outdoor bathtub overlooking the rolling hills of California, and opulent décor throughout the entire interior, the girls would most certainly be glamping in the lap of luxury, and let's face it—they deserve it.
Where April Ludgate Would Glamp
You know by now that April would pretend to go along with whatever Leslie's plan for Galentine's Day was, meanwhile sneakily swiping her credit card and booking her own February 13th celebration for just one gal (herself, obviously), far away from the others.
April would surely beeline for this upscale Airstream in Southern California, rejoicing in her good fortune to be alone and have a luxurious queen-size bed to roll around in all to herself. What could be better than a little peace and quiet in complete solitude? To April—and perhaps, to you—nothing.
Love is in the air—not the thick and polluted air of the city, but the fresh air of the great outdoors. This year, why not treat that special someone to a Valentine's Day they'll never forget, with a unique glamping getaway near you? Glamping Hub is here to help you with all things love and adventure, so we've put together some of our top trip ideas for making memories that will last a lifetime.
Chuck the chocolates, forget the flowers, and ditch the diamonds because Valentine's Day isn't a time for things—it's a time for unforgettable romance.
Adorable Tipis in the Woods of Oregon
Escape to the peace and quiet of rural Oregon to enjoy an intimate immersion into nature this Valentine's Day. These quirky tipi rentals offer an atmosphere of romance in the midst of a pristine landscape, perfect for getting away from the distractions keeping you from your special someone.
Unique Tented Cabins for Rent in Kings Canyon National Park, California
They say that love makes your spirit soar above the trees. Well, with a Valentine's Day getaway to a luxury tented cabin like these ones, high above the sequoia boughs, your body won't be far behind. Aside from the elegant rental, included in the daily rate of this site are meals prepared in the fine-dining alfresco pavilion, so that you won't have to lift a finger to keep the romance high on the agenda.
Romantic Safari Tent Rental in Woodlands of Olympia
Tucked away in the lush, green woodlands of Washington is this romantic safari tent, perfect for enjoying a secluded Valentine's Day getaway. In addition to the cozy king-size bed, there is also a fireplace to add that extra spark to the romantic ambiance—plus a spot for cuddling up!
Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas
Gazing over the stark and austere beauty of the Texas Hill Country from the private deck of this unique bell tent near San Antonio is sure to invite contemplation and romance. With a surprising amount of space and a comfy queen-size bed, this quiet retreat seems made for lovers!
Luxury Safari Tents in Enchanting Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York
The Finger Lakes region of New York is perfect for romance, with quiet forests and rolling hills cascading into fertile valleys covered in a thick blanket of winding vines bursting with fruit and color. With this romantic safari tent rental, you'll be able to treat your Valentine to all this and more! So go on, book it now, romance waits for no one.
Looking for more romantic destinations in which to spoil that special someone? Check out the rest of our listings over at Glamping Hub and let your inner romantic shine. Looking for stuff to do on your romantic getaway? How about these picnic ideas?
Valentine’s Day is coming up faster than you can say “dinner reservations,” and it’s time to start planning your next big move to woo your boo. If you’re looking to step it up a notch from a cliché candlelit meal this year, you're in luck.
We've played Cupid for you and gathered a handful of overlooked activities that will have your loved one swooning. Your getaway will be even more enticing with these 9 alternatives to a Valentine's Day dinner that are guaranteed to make this February 14 better than 1,000 boxes of chocolate.
1. Hot Air Ballooning near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Take your loved one’s breath away with a tranquil hot air balloon ride above Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. This luxurious expanse filled with picturesque mountains and sunsets will make you swear you’re staring at a painting, all while floating peacefully over pristine lakes and enjoying the scenery.
After a few hours of thrilling hot air ballooning, these nearby luxury cabins will prove to be the perfect comfy abode. You won’t need to give candles as a gift when you can just open your windows and let the sweet smell of tree sap waft in!
2. Mansion Tours in Newport, Rhode Island
Live in luxury like the Vanderbilts did when you stay in this charming lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. Snuggle up to a cup of warm New England clam chowder in the lighthouse tower with your honey while you take in the stunning views of the surrounding ocean and quaint harbors.
Later on in the day, pretend as if you live in the gilded age by touring these stunning socialites’ mansions and gasp in awe when you see just how extravagant every detail, down to the last door knob, is. An air of romance shrouds these grandiose summer homes, bringing you a Valentine’s Day so special that it will make all of your friends question why they didn’t think of it first.
3. Long Walk on the Beach in Santa Barbara, California
This whimsical Airstream trailer near Santa Barbara, California, will have you swept away in its glimmering exterior, charming patio, and quirky decorations. Live the laid-back California lifestyle this V-Day by riding the two beach cruisers down to one of Santa Barbara’s many expansive beaches.
Take a long stroll lined with towering palm trees on one side and steady rolling surf on the other that will have you filled with some happy, relaxed vibes. You and your companion are sure to leave here with some color on your face and joyous memories in your heart.
4. Wine Tasting in Vendée, France
What says romance more than a day full of wine tasting in the countryside of France? These luxurious tents on a historic estate are in the prime location for easy access to Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais, a small village where you can taste high quality wine to your heart’s content.
Let the sweet aroma of these fine wines grown in the Vendée region overwhelm you with an air of passion and enchantment. With a trip for two to these amazing luxury tents, you and your partner’s love will grow deeper than the red of the wines you’ll be tasting!
5. Hiking in the Green Mountains, Vermont
For outdoorsy couples, this tree house in Vermont will provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where you can spend some quality time hiking, fishing, or just relaxing and breathing in the fresh forest air. Nothing beats being secluded in the great outdoors, where you can spend some alone time with your loved one and won’t be bothered by anything more than a passing squirrel.
The 31 windows in this tree house allow for views of the gorgeous foliage that will really set the scene for the perfect Valentine’s Day. This year, you’ll be able to pick your own flowers instead of buying them from the store!
6. Romantic Road Trip near Cornwall, England
Turn on your favorite tunes and sing at the top of your lungs with your lovebug as you roll through the English countryside in style in this precious vintage V.W. campervan. Pack a polaroid camera, and park at a scenic overlook for some delightful memories and charming photos that you’ll have hanging on your walls for years to come.
Drive to a local market and pick up some of Cornwall’s delicious seafood, which you can roast up on this campervan’s BBQ grill for an off-beat way to celebrate the February 14, leaving your loved one smiling from ear to ear.
7. Skiing Adventure in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada
Instead of buying your significant other a box of chocolates, hand them a steaming cup of hot chocolate—sure to taste like a little slice of heaven after a long day of hitting the slopes in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. For couples that are crazy for extreme winter sports, these solar-powered yurts will be the perfect place to come home to after a full day in the great outdoors.
Perhaps the most special thing about these yurts is that they come with a built-in ski guide, ensuring that your trip is as spectacular as possible. There is even a helicopter ride to the location, which is sure to make your loved one’s jaw drop open in amazement!
8. Horseback Riding in River Ranch, Florida
These luxury tents on a dude ranch in Florida will offer the ideal off-the-beaten-path escape. Equipped with a personal concierge and gorgeous wooden furniture, it’s guaranteed that you’ve never stayed in a tent quite like this before.
Here, you can have a blast horseback riding, biking around the ranch’s expansive grounds, or even trying your hand at archery. Maybe you’ll find out that you're as skilled as Cupid is with a bow and arrow!
9. Couples Massage in Tarn-et-Garonne, France
Enjoy a couples spa treatment in the romantic department of Tarn-et-Garonne, a section of France filled with picturesque villages and rolling green hills. You and your significant other can completely unwind at these spa tree house cabins where endless massages, complimentary breakfast, and hours of relaxation in the sauna are at your disposal.
You’ll fall head over heels in love with the private Nordic bath at your tree house and the breakfast baskets that will be delivered to your door daily. Here, you don’t need to worry about a thing.
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Think about how much time you spend looking at social media. For most of us, the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to check that no one has tagged us in an embarrassing photo from the night before and then proceed to “like” all the latest memes and videos on Facebook.
After that, it’s a quick look at Instagram to figure out who exactly it was that started to follow you and whether or not you want to follow them back. This whole routine can last between 15 minutes to a half hour, and already, we're pushing back plans for the day.
Wouldn’t it be great to live the day just for ourselves and not for others to judge? Here’s why taking a break from social media can be good and why it’s necessary...at least every once in a while.
Putting the phone down for a few hours might leave some frustrated at not being able to feel “in touch” with the social media world, but we soon realize that the real world is pretty interesting, too. Have you ever been in the mountains or some other awesome part of nature only to find that your photographs never do the landscape justice? Maybe we should forget about trying to see the world as a potential profile picture and instead use the authentic #nofilter—our own eyes!
The non-profit organization Common Sense Media reports that the average teen in the U.S. spends nine hours a day on social media, while the average adult spends around two hours a day. Therefore, the average person will spend roughly five years and four months in a lifetime on social media.
That’s enough time to become world-class at four different fields. (We'll wait for you to pick your jaw back up off the floor.) Malcolm Gladwell’s theory is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery at something, which works out to only 417 days—talk about putting things into perspective!
We all enjoy a good night out at the weekend; it’s a good opportunity to blow off steam with friends and catch up. It’s becoming more and more common, however, that we sit in silence, all looking at our cell phones—either “checking in” to let everyone know that we’re in the coolest spot in town (funny how no one does it when they’re visiting their grandma on a Sunday afternoon) or Whatsapping our partners to say we’ll be home soon when we all know there's still going to be one more round. We’re in good company—let’s set our phones down and make the most of it!
Let people learn more about the real you
With a quick glance at one of our friends’ Facebook profiles, we may think they live a globetrotting, bohemian lifestyle, with their Ray Bans and Indie band-style photographs. In reality, I know Joe doesn’t know how to play the guitar, and Stephanie never wears flowers in her hair. Unlike Joe's Facebook friends, I know he has many hidden talents and unique interests that are considered not cool enough to “share” on social media. We say show off your talents, teach us more about your interests, and you’ll find you’re way cooler than your Instagram.
When we think about our favorite memories, they are all about being with loved ones or going on an adventure—maybe somewhere romantic or perhaps like that time when everybody couldn't stop laughing. They are certainly not about the day we looked at Facebook for 15 minutes on the bus.
Take a break from social media and use your extra time to explore the great outdoors with one of our unique glamping getaways!