Host Spotlight: Pam, Randy, and Merrill

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 Pam, Randy, and Merrill—a father-mother-daughter team who manage four different glamping accommodations in Carbondale, Colorado. All questions have been answered by Pam.

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

We were originally corporate city kids from Chicago. Then, 20 years ago, several life changing events took place, and we realized that life is not a dress rehearsal, and we took hold of the opportunity to head west.

We were just going to come out for vacation, and then one day, my daughter Merrill and I were introduced to our ranch, and we felt as though our dream had come true. When we bought the ranch, it was a horse boarding facility, and over the years, we have acquired more animals, and we decided to change half of our stalls into studios for creatives and entrepreneurs.

Our daughter majored in sustainability and has always had a holistic vision for our ranch, where we can have not only horses but also heritage breeds of pigs, cows, and chickens, and then have folks coming to the ranch to learn and enjoy what we have been so blessed to have.

People have been glamping in Europe for many years, but it was new to the U.S. In the mountains of Colorado, there is a lot of camping, but I, of course, loved the more glamorous part of glamping. Honestly, there are so many people that want to be able to enjoy the benefits of being out with nature and animals and quiet, but don't have the time, knowledge, physical ability, or storage for the gear, so glamping is the perfect fit.

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

I was Vice President of Advertising for Family Circle Magazine, and Randy had worked with Drexel Burnham Lambert as an investment banker. I retired when Merrill was 5, and we came to Colorado 20 years ago from outside of Chicago. We have enjoyed having people come to the ranch to board horses over the years, and we actually had a yurt that we used just for our recreation. We came to the realization that, to be able to make the ranch sustainable for future generations, we had to diversify and seek out different sources of income; therefore, glamping is the perfect activity for us.

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

We have three safari tents, a bell tent, a yurt, and a cabin. These spaces are all tucked into over 100 acres of space on our ranch. The camping aspect offers our guests a direct connection with nature, complete solitude, and an amazing place to settle down and stargaze. We also have miles of trails for private picnics, campfires for s'mores, and barbecues for brats from the ranch.

The glamorous part of the camping comes in the form of real beds, fresh linens, and family heirlooms. We offer spaces that are all beautifully appointed with antiques, and each one has a different look and feel. When we were at the Global Glamping Summit, we found beautiful bathroom tents that have a hot shower and flushing toilet.

Our guests love to just chill and grill. but we are also just 20 minutes from fine dining establishments and a Whole Foods grocery store. Our guests wake up to fresh eggs, our heritage breed bacon, and French Press coffee every morning.

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

I think most or our guests are amazed at the views, as well as the peace and quiet, all while being so close to some of the most popular destinations in the world, including Aspen, Maroon Bells, and hot springs galore.

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

We just love meeting people from all over the world and learning from them, in addition to offering hints and tips to make their trip special. We have had a very long journey with land use changes and building code and water court issues.

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

One night, we were in our barn that we use as our lodge for guests; this is where everyone gathers after a big day of exploring to relax and get to know each other. That weekend, we had a writers' group and a couple from Saudi Arabia. The conversations went from what is going to be your next novel to what do neighborhoods look like in Saudi Arabia.

The other experience was when a couple wanted to have private nuptials up in the woods, so we put a blanket in the back of our four-wheeler, and the bride, the groom, and their dog all piled in for a ride. There are just so many experiences!

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

We have four...amazing, magical, sunsets, and stars!


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

We offer our guests the opportunity to unwind, re-group, and explore. The barn is a genuine spot where folks from all cultures and backgrounds can relax, share, and learn on a beautiful working ranch. We offer horseback riding, farm tours, alpaca yoga, fiber classes, board games in the barn, and lawn games. There are hiking trails throughout the property, too.

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

I would want to show Josh Groban glamping and listen to him sing over the campfire. Randy would want to have Rupert Murdoch, so he could pick his brain.

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

Yes, we just received the approval to open our site last August, and we had an 82% occupancy rate. We have just added a darling cabin that will be open through the winter, as we are so close to world-class skiing. We will also be adding another bell tent and safari tent, which will be tucked down in a draw and will have our alpacas wandering about. Imagine waking up and having an alpaca on your front deck!

This will give us six units all together. We will be opening up the yurt in March, and the rest of the units in April. We had so much success with our alpaca yoga that we will be adding to that next summer. We are going to promote glamping weddings, workshops, family reunions with an ancestry workshop, and wine-tasting weekends, where guests can learn more about the wine industry.


To book one of Pam, Randy, and Merrill's accommodations, click here for the glamping tent, here for the yurt, here for the safari tent, or here for the cabin!

Host Spotlight: Jenna

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 Jenna, who manages this secluded tiny house in Clinton on Whidbey Island, Washington.

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

In 2013, I built a tiny house on wheels so that I could pursue my dream of living debt-free. For an entire year, I traveled the country with my tiny house in tow before settling in the Pacific Northwest. Now that I'm debt-free, I'm able to spend the majority of my time traveling. When I'm away, I like to share my tiny house with others. It's a special space, and it helped me achieve my dreams. I hope that it inspires others, too!

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

Before becoming a glamping host, I have been a blogger and videographer. I like to share stories of other people living alternatively and building incredible structures.

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

My tiny house is the definition of glamping, because it's set in the woods, with rustic and chic decor and simple, yet efficient, amenities. Outside, you can appreciate nature while roasting marshmallows over the fire pit or hiking the nearby trails; meanwhile, at the house, you can watch wildlife from the porch or enjoy stargazing out of the skylight in the bedroom loft.

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

Everything in the tiny house is customized and personalized, with innovative, space-saving furniture and efficient appliances. See how small you can go!

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

I love that I get to share my space—it's a very special home to me. My favorite thing to do is read my guest book.

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

Some of the notes in my guest book are very heartfelt. One kind note was from someone who became inspired to build her own tiny house after staying in my space. There's no better feeling than that!

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

Stylish, quirky, and magical.

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

Guests can expect to have a private oasis in the woods while staying in a quirky, small space that provides comfort and a one-of-a-kind experience.

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

I love hosting people who like new experiences that push the boundaries of the typical hotel room.

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

I'm roofing the patio/deck in a few weeks, so that my guests can enjoy sitting on the patio in all-weather conditions. I also plan on doing some landscaping in the near future, including installing a herb garden that guests will be encouraged to use and harvest for their cooking pleasure.


*For the ultimate Washington getaway, book Jenna's tiny house in Washington here!

Host Spotlight: Basquali

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Basquali, who manages this romantic tree house and lake house in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Magical, calming, and peaceful.

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

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

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

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


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

Host Spotlight: Sandy

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Sandy, who manages this five-story tree house in Johnson, Vermont.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magical, peaceful, and heavenly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Host Spotlight: Todd and Kim

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Todd and Kim, who manage nine different luxury rentals in Upstate New York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beautiful, clean, and...clean!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Guest Spotlight: Shannon Guerrero

By Amy Ahlblad

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to graphic designer and travel blogger, Shannon Guerrero, who recently celebrated a birthday with her friend, Janelle, at one of Glamping Hub's coziest cabins in British Colombia. Read on to hear all about her luxury camping experience!

What are the three words you would use to describe your glamping site?

Cozy, spacious, and secluded.

What was your favorite memory from your glamping getaway?

Putting on a face mask, firing up the Jacuzzi, and relaxing in the warm water on the back porch.

How do you plan your vacations—around destinations, style, or accommodation?

It's hard for me to even choose where I want to go next, because I want to go everywhere. Usually, the decision comes down to price, and everything else falls into place after that, i.e., accommodation and itinerary.

How would you describe your glamping style? Chic and stylish or rustic and outdoorsy?

I would definitely describe my glamping style as comfortable chic. I'm not necessarily the outdoorsy type, which is why glamping is a great in-between option.

What is your biggest piece of advice for planning steps before booking a trip?

Do your research, and be flexible. I love to know all about the location I'm visiting beforehand, but I also like being able to discover things along the journey. I think it's a great idea to keep an open mind while traveling; you should have an idea of what you'd like to do, but put aside time to explore without a specific agenda.

What are your five go-to’s for your glamping stay?

A beautiful setting, location, amenities, good friends, and good food.

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I'm hoping to take some mini-road trips around California during the winter, but I would also love to venture off to some of the amazing other accommodations that are on Glamping Hub.


To follow Shannon and her travels, visit her website Shannon Did What? or Instagram here!

Host Spotlight: Kim and Stuart

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Kim and Stuart, who manage an off-the-grid cottage in Waiuku, a town in the Auckland Region on the North Island, New Zealand.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

5 ways to show appreciation on Veterans Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Every year on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we honor those who have and continue to serve their country in the armed forces. In America, we call this Veterans Day; in other parts of the world, such as the U.K., they refer to it as Remembrance Day. A few things remain the same, however: the date, the symbolic poppies worn in buttonholes of coats and hanging off purses or from the rearview mirrors of cars, and the desire to show extra appreciation for those who put their lives on the line for us.

While our veterans deserve to be honored and recognized every day of the year, we want to share with you a few special things you can do to show your support and appreciation on November 11.

1. Plant a commemorative poppy or tulip.

As a way to honor veterans in an everlasting manner, there's no better option than planting a commemorative poppy or tulip. Why a poppy or a tulip you may ask?

After World War I, poppies began to pop up in droves across Europe, which many assumed was due to the now lime-enriched soil as an aftermath of the war. The flower soon was recognized as a symbol of all the blood that had been shed in battle. Later, on September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion to memorialize the soldiers who served and died in World War I.

A view of the aforementioned tulips in Ottawa, Canada. Photo from the Ottawa Tourism website.

Meanwhile, in Canada, the tulip started as a symbolic gesture on behalf of Princess Juliana of Holland to Canada in honor of the 7,600 Canadians who died fighting to free the Netherlands in World War II. She sent Canada 100,000 tulip bulbs after the war, and every year since, Holland continues to send Canada 20,000 bulbs.

2. Write a letter.

If you know someone who is stationed far from home, including overseas, now's the time to set aside a moment to surprise them and write them a letter. Getting mail is a surefire way to brighten someone's day. Even if you don't personally know any veterans, there are a number of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that allow you to write letters to a randomly assigned soldier, such as Operation Gratitude, Adopt a U.S. Soldier, Any Soldier, Doing Good Together, and Soldiers' Angels.

3. Donate your time and/or resources.

There are a variety of ways you can show your support by donating your time or financial resources, which include:

  • Volunteering at a local Veterans Hospital or Veterans Center. Find the facilities closest to you on the Veterans Affairs website!
  • Putting together homemade care packages for the troops. The aforementioned organizations, Operation Gratitude and Soldiers' Angels, in addition to Support Our Troops and Operation Shoebox, all specialize in soldier care packages. (Click here for ideas on what to put in a care package!)
  • Donating to organizations that support soldiers and veterans, as well as their families, such as TAPS or Folds of Honor.

4. Visit a National Park.

Spending time—particularly amid the soothing peace and quiet of nature—is yet another great way to show your beloved veteran that you care, and there's no better place to go than one of the the U.S.'s 58 National Parks. What's more? On Veterans Day weekend, the National Park Service offers free admission to everyone. You can find your nearest National Park here!

5. Say thank you.

Perhaps the simplest idea of them all, though not to rid it of its merit, is to say thank you if you happen to see someone in uniform, or identifying as a veteran in some other way, in public. A quick word of thanks or small act of kindness, like discreetly paying for their cup of coffee or even just opening a door for them, will help demonstrate how much their service means to you.


For more great information for veterans and their families and friends, see the following resources: the National Veterans Foundation (U.S.); the European Organization of Military Associations (Europe); the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association (Australia); the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada (Canada); and the World Veterans Foundation (global).

Staff Picks: Finding your perfect writer's retreat with Kyomi

By Kyomi Wade

The writers retreat—an enthralling concept for any writer who takes themself even semi-seriously. There is something about carving out the time to just write, in beautiful surroundings, that makes you feel like something great is happening. And this is all thanks to one of our core values here at Glamping Hub, nature—the beauty of it, its propriety for adventure, and its ability to let you be alone with your own thoughts.

I'm a writer myself and studied English and American literature in Kent in the U.K.—an area that is known as the "Garden of England"—so there has always been a personal overlap between nature and writing for me. Whether it was studying writers influenced by nature or being inspired by nature for my own work, nature has always been a catalyst for my creativity. Once I started to truly explore the world of Glamping Hub, I became inspired by so many potential places to escape to and just write at.

A writer named Henry David Thoreau famously escaped to nature to undertake a huge writing project, known as "Walden," where he declared, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

And it is with him in mind—as well as his famous counterparts, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, who discussed the divinity in nature—that I present six hand-picked glamping accommodations perfect for a writer's retreat, from various corners of the world.

England, U.K.

First stop, my original home: the U.K. I've started with an accommodation that is as glamping as you can possibly get, a tree house, which is situated on the breathtaking Lizard Peninsula of Cornwall, England. If you can tear yourself away from writing in this cozy, handmade masterpiece, you'll enjoy leisurely walks on the beautiful coastline, littered with rocks and tall cliffs, because as we all know, a good walk is perfect for writing inspiration! For further inspiration or material, guests can wander down to a nearby picturesque fishing village and get to know the locals.

Cadiz, Spain

Next up, I chose something I have my eye on, as it is rather close to my new home of Seville in the south of Spain. This tented cabin is quite literally enveloped by the Bay of Cadiz Nature Park (Parque Natural Bahía de Cádiz) and offers writers a wooden deck to look out to the lush greenery. You can just imagine yourself there with a good book or your notepad. What's more? Being in this part of Spain, you are most likely guaranteed the sun will be shining on your face while doing so. Location-wise, you'll never be far from the natural beauty of the coast or the stunning city of Seville.

Otiake, New Zealand

Two words: The view. If you are partial to travel magazines or blogs, you will know that the natural landscapes of New Zealand are often raved about, so I had to take a digital visit when compiling this list. It made the final cut for a few reasons.

Firstly, the essential luxuries offered by this site really epitomizes my idea of glamping, including the extremely comfy-looking bed and the restaurant-quality food (just check the reviews). Secondly, the nearby mountains and lake will allow you to really feel like you have enjoyed a key part of New Zealand's offerings. Lastly, but once again, the view. If that doesn't inspire creativity or a vast change from the standard day-to-day, I don't know what will.

Ontario, Canada

There is definitely something about the gentle movement of calm waters that really inspires reflection—and, hopefully, many prolific writing sessions! I can't say if I was swayed more by the library wall, the charming decor of the cabin, or the fact that it's quite literally perched on a lake. Either way, this accommodation feels like it was simply made to inspire creativity. If you are staying during the winter, you can enjoying cozying up to the wood-burning stove, and in summer, you might want to go for a row on Lake Erie to take in some fresh air and encourage further inspiration for your next writing session.

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

I chose this next glamping site for two very good reasons: (1) it’s in Massachusetts, the home of Thoreau's original Walden project; and (2) I genuinely feel like this has been taken out of a children's fairytale. The cottage is popular among honeymooners in particular but is completely suitable for a solo writer's retreat, too. It offers up the comfort of a dreamy king-size bed and all the basics you could want for your simple-living retreat. When you want to go outside and reconnect with nature, you can undertake the nearby Appalachian Hiking Trail or stroll through the two acres of woodland walking paths on-site.

Fun fact: If you have a car, two hours will take you to Thoreau's actual cabin—inspiration at its finest!

Asheville, North Carolina

Last, but not least, is this charming restored barn near Spring Creek in Madison County, North Carolina. This is quite literally the home of a writer, so it has authentically been designed with a writer's wants in mind! An artistic look and feel, a library, a hot tub and more, this glamping site offers comfort, but also well-needed solitude to simply write, as the host original bought the land for this purpose.

You will have two bases to choose from when getting down to some serious writing: the big wooden desk with a library wall as a backdrop or a huge porch with views of the greenery. With two National Parks nearby, too, nature is truly on your doorstep with this cabin.


Inspired to book your next writer's retreat in nature? (I personally can't wait!) Head to glampinghub.com to start your trip or to get a gift card for a loved one!

Host Spotlight: Brenda and Bruce

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Brenda and Bruce, who manage a luxury camping tent in Raglan on the North Island of New Zealand.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wow, amazing, and luxurious.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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