Glamping Hub x The Breasties: A Galentine's Day weekend getaway

By Amy Ahlblad

What happens when an alternative travel company empowering guests to reconnect in nature, a unique host with a passion for recycling and repurposing, and a nonprofit organization supporting young women with breast and gynecological cancers come together? One unforgettable Galentine’s Day weekend—where a group of 24 strong, brave women came together at one of Glamping Hub’s most unique accommodations and left as breast friends.

The Breasties is a NPO made up of a group of women who move mountains. With their own unique take on support groups, they host free wellness retreats and meet-ups across the U.S. that connect survivors and previvors of breast and gynecological cancers, as well as caregivers. This was their first retreat of 2019, and we were so happy to share this special weekend with FlopHouze.

Below the infinite blue Texas sky sit six “shipping containers on psychedelics,” i.e., FlopHouze. Here, you can find host Matt White, who is just as unique as his accommodations. All the shipping containers have been outfitted with recycled vintages goods, and each with its own special treasures from around the world. Similar to the Breasties—sitting around the campfire, opening up to one another about their journey—no two are alike, but they all have something in common: they tell their stories of the past and inspire hope for the future.

White went above and beyond to help make this event the unique success that it was. He introduced us to chef and women's healthcare champion, Monica Pope, and lead the women to the world-renowned music institute, Festival Hill, for Saturday's activity. Pope, who you may know from Top Chef, provided healthy, locally sourced, farm-to-table meals, as she believes in healing the mind, body, and spirit by using food as medicine. She also recently co-founded the organization I'll Have What She's Having in support of women's healthcare in the hospitality industry.

While we did our best to plan each and every detail, we all know that there will always be surprises. For Saturday's activity, The Breasties made there way to Festival Hill—a sprawling 210-acre campus, containing major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens, parks and nature preserves.

Among its collection of rare artifacts, this site also holds a statue of St. Joseph, and a guide, Bruce, from Festival Hill tells the story of the statue's wish-granting powers and his own personal account of its lure. In short, the man was having trouble selling his house, when one of the founders of Festival Hill recommended he pay St. Joseph a visit.

Intrigued by the story of the statue, Matt and The Breasties trekked deep into the woods to see for themselves. As told by Matt and Breastie Bri Wesley-Majsiak in follow up conversations, when they found the statue, an unfamiliar sound began to arise. After a few moments, everyone realized it was coming from the birds. The forest had come harmoniously alive, as all of the birds in all of the trees suddenly decided to serenade The Breasties—an inexplicable and eerie coincidence, but a memorable experience shared together nonetheless.

Upon starting this partnership with The Breasties, I could never have predicted how moved I would be by this organization of women. I have not been personally affected by cancer, and I cannot fathom what these brave women and their families go through on a daily basis. It all started last September when was introduced to Bri Wesley-Majsiak by a colleague of mine from Glamping Hub. We started discussing ways we could potentially work together for a wellness treat, and I felt so inspired by the Breasties. I was in awe of their strength, yet I also had feelings of guilt. Were there things in my life I was taking for granted?

Fellow Breastie, Dr. Lisa Pena, covered it as authentically and as real as it could possibly be said in her post, "Forever Changed":

"Just imagine for a second that you are in your mid 20s or early 30s. You are living your best life. You have plans and dreams and goals and although you have not found "the one" you know the universe or God will send the right person at the right time and you will have babies and a house and each other and a career… you know… no rush. Then you get the call. You have cancer and it's bad. It will require your beautiful young self to go through rounds and rounds of chemotherapy that will remove every piece of hair from your body, it will ruin your nails, it will devastate your libido and the medications that come with the chemotherapy may cause weight gain and swelling. You will now be single, have no hair, look sick to the world, feel sick most days, maybe be at a weight you aren't comfortable with and then you will lose your breasts to an extreme surgery. Your self confidence will be at an all time low and before all that you will consider freezing some eggs if you can afford it. What now? How in the world do you even begin to navigate this ridiculous dating world with all these perceived disadvantages?"

If there was anything I did understand, it was that these women are unstoppable. “They are terrified but dance and sing to Cardi B anyway. They are filled with anxiety but laugh and joke and drink too much in hot tubs anyway. They are uncertain and scared but love with all they have anyway. They are sad and grieving but lift everyone up around them anyway," Pena went on to write. The Breasties are united beyond their diagnoses. They are a group of women who take nothing for granted, open their hearts, and love endlessly. Glamping Hub is honored and humbled to have been a part of this experience.

All photos and video were taken by Erin Panosian.


For more on the Breasties, check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram!

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!

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!

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!