Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

By Stephen Gillis

In the pre-dawn air the sulfuric scent of combusting propane gas lingers, while the desert soil reverberates with the blasting of fire cannons. Illuminated faces gather around the burners as hot air slowly levitates colorful nylon fabric. The ascension has commenced with the rising sun over the horizon. Giant, colorful balloons appears before your eyes like a Jackson Pollock painting. Specks of color spot the blue New Mexico sky, creating a master work of art courtesy of hundreds of hot air balloons. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has begun.

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is the largest display of hot air balloons in the world. That must explain why it's the most photographed event in America. People from all over the globe gather to witness the spectacle. Whether you are adding to the vast aerial fleet or enjoying the fiesta from the ground, fun is to be had and memories are to be made.

A great option for those wanting to enjoy the festivities from the ground is to go glamping! For the first time ever, Glamping Hub is proud to announce that there will be fantastic glamping accommodations available on-site, bookable here.

You don't have to settle for camping when you could be spending the weekend glamping in the lap of luxury. The spacious tent can fit either a queen-size bed or two twin beds, and additionally features a private bathroom and shower! Hang out with your fellow glampers in your own private lounge area where you can watch the balloons soar across the horizon without having to leave the proximity of your tent. Chill out by the campfire and roast sausages and s'mores, and spend quality time with your family while gathering around the picnic table. You won't want to miss out on the fun and beauty of this event, enjoying magical moments with those most special in your life.

The accommodation is only available from October 6th to the 15th (the duration of the fiesta). With close to one million people predicted to attend this year, you can expect that these accommodations are going fast. Next year, we will have an even larger presence at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, as Glamping Hub hosts its very own glamping village!

While enjoying all of the beautiful sights to be seen at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, make sure to stay in the most comfortable, luxurious setting offered on the grounds. For an unforgettable experience, book with Glamping Hub and enjoy a stay unlike any other!

To experience the best of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, click here!

Guest Spotlight: Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to one of our incredible Glamping Hub staff members and her experience glamping in the south of Spain! Emily, one of our Customer Support Specialists, stayed at one of these eco-friendly yurt rentals in Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain.

Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post- stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Before our stay, I imagined the place to be secluded, primitive, and quiet. After my stay, I would describe this place as special, equipped, and homey. The place was still so secluded and quiet, so two out of three of my previous thoughts is not bad!

What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you've stayed?

This experience was like no other experience I've ever had. The yurts were beautiful! The beds were comfy, the place was spotless (no bugs to be seen, surprisingly!), and the decor was earthy and romantic. Solar-powered fairy lights were scattered among the trees and bushes, guiding you to your yurt along the footpaths—the perfect detail to shed further light in the yurt as the sun went down, too.
The yurt was surrounded by trees, and as Cadiz is a windy place, we could hear the bustling of the leaves and the wind circling the yurt as we drifted off to sleep. It was the best eight-hours-a-night I've ever had!

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

The yurts are found down a gravel road a short drive from the center of town in Tarifa. It's far enough to feel disconnected but close enough to go in to the city if you wish.The acres of green land surrounding the place are home to horses, sheep, cows, and more—plus the views are breathtaking.

Summer is a great time of year, because the beach is only a short, eight-minute drive away, so you get the best of the mountains and beach. I do think this place would be equally as comfortable in other seasons, too, with perhaps a couple more blankets for bed time in the winter.

Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

I always thought glamping meant that you may be restricted in certain ways but that the beauty of nature would make up for those little restrictions or amenities one is used to when staying in a hotel. I was very mistaken!

Here, you have hot showers, proper toilets, and a fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge, an oven, and a stove! There was a beautiful seating area with a modern barbecue, so I enjoyed fine wine and delicious home-cooked food throughout my stay. I did not feel deprived of anything—in fact, the exact opposite—it was a home away from home.

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

The hosts provided us with an organic food hamper, which was a special treat for our group. We enjoyed tomatoes, avocados, fresh eggs, bread, chutneys, and marmalades that were all made by the host using products from their organic farm. They also gave us a bottle of their ecological wine...wow, delicious! Needless to say, the hamper lasted all of one breakfast for our group.

Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

As this was a family trip, it was important that we could mix activities with downtime, and this place was perfect for that. There is a playground by the yurts, which is very charming: an old wooden boat converted into a climbing frame, in additino to a trampoline and two huge boxes of Lego. It was all perfect for keeping my two-year-old very occupied. That was my relaxation time and his activity time, which I spent chilling by the picnic tables outside of the yurt.

As I previously mentioned, we were extremely close to the beach and close to the mountains, which allowed us to go walking to digest all the food we consumed throughout the day. Both the kids and adults enjoyed animal watching and getting to know the on-site donkey, Pedro—not to mention Bimba and Bob, the two friendly dogs that roamed around the gardens. Off-site, there are many water sports to do, such as surfing, or you can go hiking in the mountains, too.

Fill in the end of the sentence: "This glamping site would be the perfect place for ___________________," and tell us why!

Everyone! Families because its kid-friendly,couples because its romantic, groups of friends because its close enough to whatever you want to do, whether it be city based or outdoorsy in nature. This place is ideal to spend quality time with whoever you want to—or even alone by yourself!

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

Yes and yes. I will definitely go glamping again. These experiences are like no other and so easy with kids. They make standard hotel stays seem boring and unadventurous, so for me, there is no going back!


To stay at this incredible yurt, click here, and for more options in Cadiz, Spain, keep exploring on Glamping Hub!

All photos were taken by Emily.

Host Spotlight: Anne

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Anne, who manages a unique room rental and loft within a repurposed barn, as well as a romantic tree house—all amid the Healing Springs in Crumpler, North Carolina.

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

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

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

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

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

Cozy, romantic, and comfort.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

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

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

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

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

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

7. What makes your property unique?

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

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

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

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

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


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

Guest Spotlight: Manchester, England

By Amy Ahlblad

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to one of our incredible Glamping Hub staff members and her experience at this unique pod rental in Rossendale near Manchester, England. Amy, our Partnerships Manager in the PR department, has been glamping many times before and grew up camping and traveling, but this was her first time glamping in the U.K.!

Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post- stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Green, quiet, and cozy were my expected adjectives for before our stay. I am happy to say that our experience was all of these adjectives, in addition to serene, peaceful, and tranquil.

What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

The best part of the accommodation was how unique it was! I was unsure of how to categorize these adorable wooden structures. "Huts" sounded too rural, and so did "shacks." I also heard a few new words, such as "wigwam" but that may also be too rustic. They were so nicely built, clean, and new. They were some of the most comfortable glamping accommodations I have visited.

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

The perfect time to visit would be early summer; however, I imagine these to be incredibly cozy in the rainy season, as well. There are miles of walking trails and artistic structures nearby that are worth seeing while the weather is nice. The grounds are so well kept, with tons of outdoor spaces to sit and listen to the creek or read a book.

Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

I was surprised about how contemporary and well taken care of the bathrooms were. The facilities are brand new and nearby the accommodation. There is also an extensive DVD and book library in the game room, complete with a pool table.

I was also surprised how modern and cute the town of Rawtenstall is. I am not very familiar with that area, and I wrongly assumed that it would be a small country town. There are great restaurants, charming cafés, shopping, and more!

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

My ideal food item for a glamping trip would be a boutique barbecue: artisan ciabatta buns, goat cheese, caramelized onions, bison burgers, and stuffed jalapeños with cheddar cheese and bacon bits! We were too tired after hiking all day so we opted to go out for dinner; however, you can create this special recipe right outside of the accommodations. There are barbecue starters available and nearby stores to purchase all of the necessary ingredients.

Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

I enjoy both active and relaxing getaways equally. For this experience, we opted for a more relaxing weekend, with lots of walking in the countryside. My favorite activity nearby was the Singing Ringing Tree. The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind-powered sound sculpture that resembles a tree, overlooking beautiful views of Burnley.

Fill in the end of the sentence: "This glamping site would be the perfect place for ___________________," and tell us why!

A romantic getaway for a couple or a young family's first camping/outdoor adventure.

All creature comforts are available, and there are many nearby activities available—planning will be a breeze!

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

I would recommend glamping to family and friends, as well as anyone looking for an outdoor experience with five-star facilities. Glamping is a great way to get close to nature and experience something new.


Book today where Amy stayed or keep exploring on Glamping Hub and find your own adventure at one of our 500+ accommodations in England!

Guest Spotlight: Algarve, Portugal

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to one of our incredible Glamping Hub staff members and her experience glamping in Portugal! Lauren, one of our Managers of Business Development, stayed at this unique camping tent in Aljezur in west Algarve, Portugal.

I came to this glamping site with my boyfriend for a relaxing weekend for his birthday, and we had the best time. Immediately upon arrival, you could see the oasis that Mario and Joanna have created; each tent has been built with so much care and detail. The property is absolutely stunning—from the hanging dream catchers and hammocks to the roaming chickens and beautiful vistas of the surrounding forest, valley, and lake. There is no shortage of beauty!

Mario and Joana are so charming and have thought of everything. The tent was equipped with towels, fresh fruit, and an enormous walkout deck, which is attached to the back of the tent and overlooks the valley. They even went out of their way to put a telescope in our tent for us to look at the full moon, which we did and it was gorgeous!


Our favorite spot in the tent was the spacious patio that overlooked the forest and valley. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine (or two) and sunned and relaxed out there most of the day. We spent all day in the comfortable wooden chairs, and I managed to finish a whole book while the fat, camp kitty, Banksy, sat in my lap and napped and purred.

The tent was incredibly cozy, clean, and so pretty. Even the compost toilets were easy, convenient, and did not smell at all. Their property is so eco-friendly, but has all of the luxuries of a modern accommodation.

We managed to get the best of everything while we were there: a cozy rainstorm, bright sunshine during the day, and a full moon come nighttime. We woke up to a dewy sunrise and a full breakfast of fresh eggs with homemade bread, jams, and juices, which were all delicious.

The free-range chickens, two big pups, and very friendly kitty make the property so pleasant and warm. The property is close to Aljezur's city center and the beach. The bliss was tangible. We had an absolutely fantastic time and will definitely be back.


To stay where Lauren and her boyfriend stayed, click here, and for more incredible accommodations in Portugal, keep exploring here on Glamping Hub!

Guest Spotlight: Costa Rica

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to one of our incredible Glamping Hub staff members and her experience glamping in Costa Rica! Caroline, our Director of Business Development, stayed at one of these beautiful, eco-friendly suites in Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

1. Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post-stay.

Before: Relaxing, remote, and rustic.
After: Unique, tropical, and secluded.

2. Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I was traveling with my friend Shayla, and this was our second glamping accommodation on our trip traveling around Costa Rica. My favorite memory during our stay was relaxing in the pool while looking out at the forest. The pool feels like it is in the middle of the wild—it almost feels like a natural pool, as it blends into the surroundings so well.

3. What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

The accommodation was truly unique, especially after our earlier stay in a tree house that was incredibly basic. The structure of the property was very interesting; you are in close proximity to the neighboring guests in private rooms, but it manages to feel like you are secluded.

The shower is made to feel like you are suspended in the rainforest and looking out at the trees. The floor-to-ceiling glass creates a very open space, allowing you to truly appreciate your surroundings. Each balcony also has a suspended floating bed, which is incredibly relaxing to lie on while listening to all of the animals singing.

4. Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be and why?

The area of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais is an adventure traveler's dream. It is slightly off the beaten path, due to the transportation links and roads being poorly maintained; however, it is a mini-paradise. From climbing waterfalls, zip-lining, horse back riding, and some of the best swells for surfers on the pacific side of Costa Rica, it's any outdoor lover's ideal haven.

It is also relatively undeveloped. There are many nice local restaurants and some culinary delights, but there are no big resorts, which has allowed the area to retain its charm. I would recommend a trip here in November.

5. Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

The host has two very friendly German Shepherds. As an animal lover, it was a pleasant surprise to see them trotting around the grounds. The accommodation also has a communal Jacuzzi that is great for relaxing in after a long day of surfing or exploring.

6. If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be and what would you have done together?

David Attenborough. I would have him explain the area to me and educate me on the local flora and fauna surrounding our suite.

7. What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

Anything from the local surroundings. The fresh fruit and fish in the area around Santa Teresa was incredible.

8. Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

I like to combine activities with relaxation, and Costa Rica and the Puntarenas area are perfect for this—you really can cater to all needs and have the best of both worlds. I really enjoyed surfing in Santa Teresa, especially at sunset, which is early, but it is very nice to be in the water as the sun fades and then trek back through the jungle.

We also hired ATVs and went on a small day trip to the local waterfalls of Montezuma—the perfect mini-adventure. It took around 40 minutes to get to the waterfalls, driving across the country side and backroads. We then hiked up the river to get to the big pool and waterfall, where the locals were swimming and jumping from the highest parts of the falls. It felt like a hidden paradise.

9. Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ___________________,” and tell us why!

Anyone wanting to relax and explore! It is great for couples or friends traveling. Each suite is fully-equipped, and you can easily enjoy the local town of Santa Teresa or stay secluded and relaxed at the accommodation.

10. Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

When traveling around Costa Rica, glamping is an absolute must! I would always recommend glamping. I think once you try it, other accommodations simply can't compare. For me, it's the only way!


Click here to keep exploring where to go glamping in Costa Rica or here to stay and glamp as Caroline did!

Host Spotlight: Alison

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Alison, who manages this beautiful, pet-friendly cabin in Phoenicia, New York.


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

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

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

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

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

Forest + Stream = Magic.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

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

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

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

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

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

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

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

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


7. What makes your property unique?

The sound, the setting, and the energy.

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

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

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

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

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

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

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

10. Anything else you'd like to add?

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


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

Blogger Spotlight: Hilda

By Amy Ahlblad

Blogger Hilda Castillo, of World Worth Wandering, recently went on a fairytale glamping experience and stayed in a bell tent in Nevada City, California, and we're so lucky she's decided to share with us her travel tips and insight from her time spent glamping on the West Coast.

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

Unique, peaceful, and beautiful.

How do you plan your vacations?

I like to plan my trips around the number of outdoor options available. I am also drawn to unique, hands-on opportunities and experiences.

What was around the destination?

The old town of Nevada City was within walking distance of our bell tent—so many dining options and cute shops! There were also a few hikes that started right from the property, including one that lead to a suspension bridge that is 150 feet long and hangs over 60 above the river in the middle of the forest! The Yuba River was also a short and beautiful drive from our bell tent and was some of the clearest water I've ever laid eyes on.

What was the style of the glamping site like?

Walking into the campsite literally felt like I was walking into a real-life fairy garden. Not kidding. The neighboring town had a very down-to-earth, hippie feel, with very friendly people.

What else can you tell us about the accommodation?

In addition to the bell tent experience, this property works as a bed and breakfast and has some of the nicest hosts I've ever met. Guests of the bell tent get to join the bed and breakfast guests for breakfast at the house every morning, where we sat on an outdoor deck overlooking the creek and waterfall—dreamy!

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

Definitely outdoorsy. I don't have time to be too particularly stylish when I'm "roughing it." I'd prefer to spend more time taking in all of the sounds, smells, and sights than worrying about looking cute.

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

Read reviews!

What are your five go-tos for a glamping stay?

  1. My daughter
  2. My camera
  3. My Sovrnrepublic backpack
  4. Bug spray and sunblock (Gotta stay comfortable!)
  5. A swimsuit

What was your favorite memory from your glamping getaway?

My favorite memory from my glamping experience was our evening routine. I would watch my daughter swing and belly laugh on the hammock chair, which hung over the creek while I sat in a chair on the water. Then we would clean up and get into our pajamas for s'mores around the campfire—beautiful memories!

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I want to stay in a tree house next! I mean...who didn't dream of spending the night in a tree house as a child? It's time to make that dream a reality.


You can read more about Hilda and her travels on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram! For those interested in Sovrnrepublic, you can get 20% off with the code worldworthwandering, and for a züe swimswear discount, you can use the code WANDERLUST for 10% off, all courtesy of Hilda.

Host Spotlight: Ciel

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Ciel, who manages
a magical dome tree house and Italian-style cottage in Topanga near Malibu, California.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luxury, rustic, and magical.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

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

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

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

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

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

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

7. What makes your property unique?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

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

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

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


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

Host Spotlight: Catharine

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 Catharine, who manages two cabins (second one here!), a tipi, and a tiny house in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.

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

Several years ago.

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

The Finger Lakes area is one that is heavily traveled by tourists, which I love, so I wanted to share its beauty and hidden wonders. I am also a life-long learner and teacher, so being able to inform and share my knowledge is important to me personally.

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

Private, convenient, and symbiotic (with our natural surroundings).

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Our travels as a young family always involved camping. In general, as a family, we love being outside.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

A temporary escape from technology can be an eye-opening experience for some young people. Glamping just makes it a little easier to break away.

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

We are very small and work hard to customize our guests' stays. Some want to be on the go and see all there is to see during their time at Turtle Rock Hollow. My extensive travel experiences throughout New York State give me a wide array of options when it comes to attractions to pass along.

7. What makes your property unique?

Several things! Our location on the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, the sense of privacy, the rustic charm, and my attention-to-detail all form part of our uniqueness.

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

Meeting people from all over the globe and sharing.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

This is what we are built on! All of our accommodations have a small carbon footprint, as we recycle and reuse everything we can find. The Eagles' Perch cabin is built out of shipping pallets, reclaimed barnwood, reclaimed metal roofing, and cast away windows. (This is the way with all of our units.) In addition, we have natural mulch walkways and no blacktop, and we think sharing how we can become more comfortable with the world around us is an important concept.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Turtle Rock Hollow is a wonderful escape to get back to nature, paddle a kayak across the lake, hike a waterfall trail, hang out at a campfire, play horse shoes, or even gather with friends and family. We sleep up to 16, and with four units, we have had the opportunity to host several family reunion-type activities.


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