Staff Picks: Lauren and A Simple Act of Nature

By Lauren Coetzee

Being immersed in nature is awe-inspiring—whether watching the thunder clouds roll in or standing at the foot of the impressive ocean—a sense of calm takes over and we feel a part of something bigger than ourselves. Growing up surrounded by towering pines in a magical forest filled with diversity, from the people that vacationed there to the animals that called it home, a fascination of the great outdoors started to take shape.

Working for Glamping Hub has certainly rounded out my love for the outdoors. Life's pleasures come from the simple acts of nature and is something that resonates with me entirely. This is why today I share the confluence of emotions and nature that come with a unique getaway in the great outdoors.

To experience the sheer beauty and power of Mother Nature is a treasure that leaves me feeling inspired and renewed. With these amazing vacation rentals, you, too, can experience the uniqueness that comes with disconnecting from the chaos of concrete jungles and reconnecting with nature.

For an off-the-grid experience, why not check out this rustic tipi nestled in Ramona Valley, California? Not only will you and your significant other enjoy a blend of comfort and luxury, but you'll also be treated to the sublime views of the sweeping landscape that surrounds you. Whether your skin sings at the feeling of the sun beating down or your heart fills up with the earthy smells of rain just passed, this bohemian tipi offers the simple pleasures of getting back in touch with nature.

Born and raised in South Africa, my love for the wilderness emerged at an early age. My family owned a cabin in the woods, and I recall lying awake at night listening to the pitter-patter of rain on our tin roof. South Africa boasts a uniqueness that can hardly be expressed, and through my travels, I've always missed the rain and the wild of my home country. These enchanting tree house suites offer an authentic experience in the heart of South Africa's wilderness, where you will be amazed by unparalleled natural treasures that will mesmerize all the senses.

With an immense natural beauty and ample outdoor recreation, the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, is the perfect destination to escape the nuances of everyday life. Aspire to be inspired—by dense forests, by rugged mountains, by the breeze you'll feel while standing on the deck of one of these unique glass cabin rentals. Here, all you outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers will enjoy the best of both worlds, with luxury and nature coming together effortlessly.

Glamping is an adventure. It brings out that childlike appetite that stirs our souls and beckons us to take a leap into the unknown, to question the dazzling stars, to swoon at the fullness of the moon, to listen to echoes of the endless woodlands that are home to extraordinary beings, and to bridge that gap between our day-to-day lives and our love of wandering. Those simple acts of nature combined with a glamping adventure bring about a unique experience that'll last a lifetime.

Looking for more? Head to Glamping Hub for a full look at our luxury camping accommodations!

Blogger Spotlight: Kate

By Mahealani Schuman

Kate Houser is the content creator and founder of the blog Shady Kate. Her travel and fashion blog seeks to inspire "those who love to chase the sun in the trendiest shades and explore the warmest places in the coolest clothes." Kate always looks to blend together her love for nature and fashion with her wanderlust-filled soul.

She usually spends her weekends glamping, hiking, or backpacking around some of the most beautiful destinations and National Parks the U.S. has to offer. Naturally, a weekend away in one of our glamping tipis was a perfect fit!

If a weekend getaway filled with outdoor adventures, vineyards and wine tastings, and starry night skies sounds like your type of trip, let Kate show you how it's done.

All images courtesy of Shadykate.

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

Remote, Western, and mountainous.

How do you plan your vacations? Around destination? Around style? Around accommodation?

I usually plan my trips either around destination or lodging experience. If I have a specific place in mind, I will start there, but if I just want to get away but am not sure where, I'll do a search by type of accommodation. For example, I'm dying to spend a night in a tree house just to experience an elevated night's sleep under the stars!

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

Rustic and outdoorsy, all the way. I'm an avid camper, so when I glamp, I can definitely appreciate the amenities and endless photo-ops most glamping accommodations provide, but I still love to keep some of that natural, rustic charm you get with camping.

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

Check the weather, and not just overall, but hour by hour. Most of the places I have visited can have a dramatic change in temps, so you'll want to be prepared to be super hot during the day but freezing at night. Make sure to pack a variety of clothes and learn to love the art of layering.

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

I love capturing my trips on video so I don't go anywhere without my GoPro, Nikon camera, or tripod. We usually hike wherever we glamp, so a hydration backpack is key, and lastly, I would say my partner-in-crime, Doug.

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I would love to go glamping in Alaska once the weather warms up a bit, but there is still some snow on the ground. I picture myself waking up on a lake with a moose outside of the tent—how amazing would that be!

If you're looking for something unique and exciting this summer in California, check out these great tipi and tent glamping sites.

If you want to keep up with Kate's style tips and glamping escapes, follow along on her blog, YouTube channel, and Instagram!

Staff Picks: Gigi and Why the PNW is North America's Best-Kept Secret

By Giovanna Tapia

Corporate tech giants (think Amazon and Microsoft), ultra-hipster coffee shops, micro-breweries as far as the eye-can-see, flannel attire, and that infamous, unrelenting drizzle have become what the Pacific Northwest (affectionately referred to as the "PNW" by locals) is probably best known for. And to be honest, locals are eager to keep that rainy and cold reputation alive!

A growing sense of regional pride has made locals want to preserve this hidden gem, well, hidden from an ever increasing flow of transplants and tourists. But as a Seattle native myself (or as close to a "native" as I can be), I'm here to let you all in on the secret.

Image courtesty of Pixabay.

The PNW is truly a utopia for outdoor lovers, adventure enthusiasts, music lovers, and foodies alike. While it is true that Seattle and the PNW suffer from overcast and rainy skies for a large part of the year, it is for that very reason that this region is undeniably one of the most beautiful in the country (probably even the world). Thanks to the consistent rainfall and relatively mild temperatures, the area remains lush and verdant year round, even appropriately earning Washington the nickname of "The Evergreen State."

Having lived in three of the most prominent areas of the PNW: British Colombia, Washington, and (briefly) Oregon, I'll admit that, growing up, it was easy to take these naturally stunning surrounding for granted. Hopping in the car and driving a short distance away from any city was far too easy and offered the opportunity to see some of the most pristine coastlines, rugged mountains, and emerald-hued lakes that I've seen to date!

As I write this article from sunny Sevilla, Spain, the inner Seattleite and PNW-er in me is yearning for a little rainfall and some of those out-of-the-city hiking adventures I grew up with. So, without further ado, here are some of my top picks for a glamping getaway in the Pacific Northwest.

Magical Tree House in Seattle

This luxury tree house will make you feel like you've stepped into a forest

One of the best parts about living in Seattle is that you don't really need to leave the city to experience mother earth at it's finest. Even the city's most urban spaces are green and full of flora.

Take for instance this modern elevated tree house that is in the Lake City neighborhood. It's just a short drive from the very heart of Seattle's bustling city center, yet one step into the property, and you'll be left feeling like you've left behind the urban landscape for a lush forest setting.

Farm-Style Cottage near Whistler

Image of Pemberton courtesy of Pixabay.

Located just a short, but scenic, drive north of the famous skiing village of Whistler and about 150 kilometers from Vancouver, Pemberton embodies the spirit of the PNW outdoors perfectly. Often overlooked for its more famous neighbor, Whistler, Pemberton is nestled amidst the green-belt valley in the Coast Mountains providing it a stunning natural surrounding.

I first visited it in 2014 for Pemberton Music Festival and was quickly enchanted with the area, as it is the perfect city escape! Don't just take my word for it, though. Take in the crisp mountain air and experience the Canadian wilderness for yourself with a stay at this farm-style vacation rental located just 10 minutes from the Pemberton city center.

Unique Cabin on Oregon Coast

Relax at this cozy A-frame cabin near Seaside, Oregon.

On the northwestern coast of Oregon, the small resort city of Seaside is probably best known for its great surf waves and a 1920s promenade but offers so much more than just that. My stepfather had family there, so growing up, we'd frequent Seaside during long weekends and summer vacations.

I was always so excited for these getaways, since I knew I could look forward to walks along the long stretches of beach (at the now famous Cannon Beach), a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, and of course, the endless samples of Salt Water Taffy along the Seaside boardwalk. The area is also rich in wildlife, including eagles in the Necanicum River estuary and migrating gray whales that can be seen along the coast.

This lovely A-frame cabin features plenty of natural light and is the perfect place to stay if you're looking to visit Seaside, Cannon Beach, and or Astoria (where the childhood classic movie, "The Goonies," is set) for your very own Oregonian adventure.

Quirky Beachside Farmhouse

How adorable are these furry little alpacas? You won't want to miss a stay at this farmhouse!

I'll wrap up my list with another Washington pick, since it's where I hold nearest and dearest to my heart. Located in the Puget Sound, and a relatively short ferry ride from Seattle, Whidbey Island is unlike anywhere I've ever been in my life. It has a truly special essence that makes for the perfect antidote for any big city pressures you may be looking to escape.

There is just such a sense of peace and tranquility that captivates any visitor to the island. Whether it's the small town charm of the villages that dot the coast of the island, such as Langley and Coupeville, or the wide-open beaches, scenic vistas, outdoor adventures, great art, and fine dining, Whidbey is truly a special little corner of the world.

Ringing true to the quirkiness that the greater Seattle area is often known for, this farmhouse is located on an alpaca farm right next to the waters of the Puget Sound. And yes, you read that right—an alpaca farm! It does not get much more Pacific Northwest than that.

Seattle is home to both stunning nature, and bustling citylife—it truly has it all!

And now I feel like I've betrayed my fellow PNW-ers by letting the cat out of the bag that the PNW really is the best, but I couldn't keep that kind of secret to myself. It is just so much the archetypal location for a glamping getaway, and everybody deserves to see this beautiful part of the world for themselves!

Witness the magic of the Pacific Northwest for yourself and check out some more of our accommodations in Washington and Oregon in the U.S. and British Columbia in Canada!

Host Spotlight: Philippe

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 Philippe, who manages this luxury Airstream in Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Canada.

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

About 10 years ago, a couple encountered us at our lakeside tent site, sunning our duvet and sitting down to a full brunch of omelette, bacon, sautéd tomato/garlic/herbs, brioches, juice, get the idea. Inviting them to join us, they used "glamping" to describe the experience. We had a good laugh, as it's simply our way of enjoying the best of life.

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

With the purchase of our Airstream, our place enables us to share a piece of of paradise.

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

Rejuvenation, reconnection, and escape.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

I've always glamped, understanding that its basic requisites are great food, comfy living, and paradise settings. The beauty is in stripping back to essentials in order to find remote places of natural beauty, but never leaving behind selected luxuries of life.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Good glamping offers a window of opportunity to leave daily routines and possessions behind and to sample a simple, yet superb, lifestyle in the great outdoors—with the option to retreat into a devine and secure interior!

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

Simply stated, our property is modern living in a pastoral setting: pristine inside and out, guest services, regional attractions, privacy, and discrete, yet responsive, hosts.

7. What makes your property unique?

Starting with the opportunity to enjoy staying in a brand new Airstream, the property is situated to take advantage of infinite views, distant hills, grazing cows...the experience is designed for two and, as such, is gloriously private. Sunny and shady decks, a new barbecue, new bikes, and park passes are just a few of the guests' many privileges.

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

The fantastic responses of our guests! Absolutely every guest has left happy and satisfied. We didn't realize how popular the stay would be for special occasions, like anniversaries and birthdays, and we take special care to make all memorable.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

The Airstream is equipped with solar panels, so off-the-grid services are a guest's choice. Our water is spring-fed, and we recycle all grey water (thus providing bio-soaps for guest use). The compact nature of the Airstream lends itself to a leaving a very small carbon footprinte.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Our property exists to give guests a fantastic and unique experience.

Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Canada? See more of what Philippe's accommodation can offer here!

Staff Picks: Across the Globe with Liz

By Elizabeth Young

When asked to pick a few of my favorite accommodations on our website, I really had to think. Working here, you come across so many amazing properties that it is hard to decide where to begin. When choosing mine, I decided to pick from four different categories: rentals I brought to the website when I worked in the Sales Department, rentals I've visited, rentals on my bucket list, and rentals that everyone can afford. So let's take a look!

Dome in the Catskill Mountains, New York

This property stands out in my mind for a few reasons. Firstly, I am from New York and have visited the Catskill region many times—it's beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. If you're looking for an memorable outdoor getaway from Manhattan, the Catskill Mountains are an easy drive. Another reason is that this is one of the first properties I signed up on the website when I was working in Sales. It is a truly unique place, with a few different kinds of accommodations on the property and enough space for large groups to come and stay.

Villa Rental in Andalucia, Spain

Living in Andalucia, or southern Spain, means that you get almost a full year of sunshine and more than eight months of beach weather. I was lucky enough to visit this villa last year with a group of friends for my birthday. Not only was it an easy drive, but it was the perfect space for eight people and even has a pool. There are few things better than waking up surrounded by loved ones and spending your days under a sunny, blue sky by the pool.

When you stay here, you can visit many stunning coastal towns like Nerja and bigger cities like Malaga or Marbella. There's truly nothing like the Spanish sunshine, especially when accompanied by a glass of sangria or some delicious tapas.

Bucket List Mountain Getaway in Australia

The longer I work at Glamping Hub, the longer my bucket list grows—every day, I come across stunning properties that you could never even imagine existed. Forget that same hotel room that you always go back to, and this holiday, book somewhere really special. This secluded mountain cottage in Australia is a perfect example.

This cottage is truly one-of-a-kind, with a private location, a wrap-around deck, and a beautiful, modern interior. At the end of the day, relax under the stars with that special someone, perhaps with a glass of Australia's famous Shiraz.

A Pacific Northwest Getaway Everyone Can Afford

You may be thinking, "This list is getting a little expensive," and that may be true. To switch things up a little bit, I chose one of our most stunning, riverfront cabins, and the best part is, you can stay here for under $100 per night! On the banks of the Sandy River in Rhododendron, Oregon, guests have easy access to the Mount Hood National Forest, as well as the Mount Hood Skibowl and the Timberland Ski Area, for some outdoor fun all year long.

Looking for more? Head to Glamping Hub for a full look at our luxury camping accommodations!

Staff Picks: Jen's Favorites

By Jenn Johnson

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, I was brought up on the Atlantic Ocean and near numerous lakes and rivers, so it isn't surprising that most of my favorite glamping sites are on or near the waterfront. Growing up, most summer days were spent bodyboarding and surfing at Folly Beach or wakeboarding and water skiing in the rivers and lakes.

I cannot think of a better place to have grown up than in my old neighborhood, where the Cooper River and two gorgeous lakes were just steps away from my childhood home. Spending the first 18 years of my life in such an idyllic setting has allowed me to fully appreciate the benefits of being in nature, and it is a big reason why glamping is so special to me today.

With a strong passion for cooking, surfing, wakeboarding, sports, guitar, yoga, and a healthy lifestyle, I choose accommodations where I can easily enjoy my hobbies and spend the maximum amount of time outdoors, experiencing nature with all five senses. For me, the experience of living in nature helps me to connect with my true self.

Luxurious Tree House on Working Farm in Taos, New Mexico

a treehouse for rent in Taos, New Mexico

Everything about this enchanting tree house is unique, particularly its design, its setting, and its marvelous location in the art colony of Taos, New Mexico. This special tree house was hand-built by the owner—a Taos artist and metal sculptor—and features handmade furniture and antiques. When you stay at this breathtaking property, you'll love having breakfast on the deck that overlooks a 100-foot pond, with the relaxing sound of the Rio Hondo River flowing in the background. It'd be hard not to adore the company of the property's friendly alpacas, ducks, chickens, geese, and Pyrenees dogs on the working farm.

Camping Cabin for Yoga Retreat near Mauna Loa, Hawaii

a camping cabin in Mauna Loa, Hawaii

An uplifting and spiritual experience is what's in store at this unique retreat near Pahoa, Hawaii. The site offers yoga with an ocean view, daily meditation, and holistic nutrition. To top it all off, the nearby beaches are ideal for surfing. It really doesn't get any better than this!

Chic Lakefront Cabin in South Lake Tahoe, California

a cabin rental on the shores of Lake Tahoe

One of our core values at Glamping Hub is "To-Gather," and for me, glamping is about sharing the experience with the ones you love most. For family glamping getaways, cabins are an optimal choice in accommodations, because they provide maximum comfort for everyone, especially for grandparents and other elder family members.

This unique cabin on Lake Tahoe is one of my top choices because of its waterfront location, stunning surroundings, gorgeous design, and fantastic amenities. Here, you can enjoy boating, jet skiing, water skiing, and wake boarding right out the front door. With the mountains nearby, there are endless year-round activities at this fabulous destination, no matter the season.

The cabin also boasts a private dock, a spacious deck with a hot tub, and stunning lake views, making it the ideal waterfront glamping site. The main level has an open floor plan with two dining tables and is an ideal space to gather in the evenings to play board games and card games, which has always been a tradition on glamping getaways with my family.

Stylish Yurts near Beaches in Tarifa, Spain

a yurt rental in Tarifa, Spain

Not only is this special glamping site located in one of my favorite places on this planet, but it also shares my values of sustainability, simplicity, and a healthy lifestyle. The delicious, homemade breakfast and welcome basket include local products, such as freshly-laid eggs, honey, homemade jam, and cheese. This property's rustic setting by Tarifa's gorgeous beaches allows me to get back to the basics, connect with nature, and, of course, head out into the ocean for some kiteboarding or windsurfing until the sun sets.

Eco-Friendly Luxury Cottage in Asturias, Northern Spain

a cottage rental in Asturias in Northern Spain

This property in Asturias in Northern Spain is one of my absolute favorites for so many reasons. I greatly admire the hosts for following their dreams and converting this stunning piece of land into the incredible glamping site that it is today. I also find their lifestyle, based on simplicity and sustainability, a huge inspiration.

I appreciate learning new things all the time, and that is another reason why this site is at the top of my list. The hosts are passionate to teach you about their acquired skills and knowledge related to low-impact living, such as how to grow your own vegetables, how to sustain a natural water supply, and much more.

Lastly, this wonderful property is only a few minutes' drive from one of the sweetest surfing spots in Spain—Playa Rodiles—with its picturesque setting, golden sand, and perfect waves.

For more wonderful staff recommendations, check out the rest of the Staff Picks, or start your own adventure by browsing Glamping Hub!

7 Pioneering Female Travelers (Who You Haven't Heard Of!)

By Elizabeth Young

Throughout history, women have been met with the word "no" time after time—it doesn't matter if they were flying a plane, traveling alone, or sailing around the world. In the face of such adversity, that only makes these seven women and their feats that much more remarkable. Desires to explore new lands, reach new heights, and find the undiscovered, all drove these women forward, in some cases quite literally.

In celebration of International Women's Day, we're highlighting these seven adventurous women who paved the way for generations to come.

Annie Londonderry

This is a photo of Annie Londonderry on her bike.
Photo Sourced from JWA

Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, also known as Annie Londonderry, was a Latvian immigrant who arrived to the U.S. in 1894 or 1895 and became the first woman to cycle around the world. It started as a bet; Annie was challenged not only to circle the earth on a 42-pound Columbia bicycle, but to also earn $5,000 en route. Not only a test of physical fortitude and endurance, this was a test of a woman's ability to fend for herself in the world.

A true trailblazer, Annie flipped every Victorian notion of female propriety on its head. She left her husband and children, she rode in a man's riding suite on a man's bicycle for most of the journey, and earned her way selling photos and advertising on her bike.

Junko Tabei

This is a photo of Junko Tabei at the summit of Mount Everest.
Photo Sourced from The Guardian

Junko Tabei reached new heights for all women—literally. No mountain was too much for the five-foot tall Japanese mountaineer. Weighing in at 92 pounds, Tabei became the first woman to scale Mount Everest in 1975, and later on, to climb the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on every continent). And she didn't stop there—Tabei was also the first woman to reach the highest peaks in more than 70 countries, like Aconcagua in Argentina and Vinson Massif in Antarctica.

Back in the 1970s in Japan, men were the ones to work outside, and the woman's role was in the home. In the face of this adversity, Tabei was able to finance three years of training, the climb, and plan an expedition of all women (plus six female sherpas). Pretty darn impressive, if you ask us!

Freya Stark

This is a photo of Freya Stark.Photo Sourced from the New York Times

Freya Stark, one of the first female explorers, led an extraordinary life. Born in Paris in 1893, she moved around many times with her parents, never receiving a formal education; however, by the time she entered college, Stark was already fluent in French, German, and Italian.

After her time as a nurse in World War I and her studies in London at the School of Oriental Studies, she headed to Lebanon in 1927, kicking off a life-long affair with the mysterious Middle East. Her travels brought her to Persia (modern-day Iran), by that point she was fluent in Farsi, where she became the first Westerner to identify the Valley of the Assassins on a map.

Moreover, Stark was an immensely-significant figure, not only because she was one of the few women explorers of the time, but also due to her language abilities, which gave her a certain advantage of her male colleagues. Stark was able to get very close with the women of the Muslim societies she visited, granting her a much more intimate understanding of the woman's role in the Middle East.

Kay Cottee

This is a photo of Kay Cottee sailing.
Photo Sourced from Australian Sailing Hall of Fame

Kay Cottee is an Australian sailor, who was the first woman to sail around the world. In fact, she circumnavigated the globe and did so alone, without stopping. She completed this amazing journey in 1988 on her 37-foot yacht, Blackmores First Lady, in 189 days. Cottee and her sponsor, Blackmores, raised more than $1 million on the voyage for education programs. She also completed an 18-month national school tour, inspiring high school students to follow their dreams.

Valentina Tereshkova

This is a photo of cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.Photo Sourced from Time Magazine

From a young age, Valentina Tereshkova was destined for great heights. Born in 1937 in a small Russian village, Tereshkova made her first parachute jump when she was just 22. When she wasn't working, she also enjoyed skydiving, and it didn't take long for her to become a pro. In 1962, she was selected for the Soviet space program, a time when the Soviets were in a fierce space race with the U.S.

While she was selected with two other women at the time, Tereshkova was the only woman aboard Vostok 6 when it headed for space in June 1963. She reentered the atmosphere a little less than three days after her departure—and entered history as the first woman in space.

Asnath Mahapa

This is a photo of pilot Asnath Mahapa.Photo Sourced from LinkedIn

Asnath Mahapa was always fascinated by planes, but growing up in post-apartheid South Africa, it often seemed impossible. Though her family strongly disapproved, Mahapa went on to break boundaries by becoming South Africa's first black female pilot. She first enrolled in a course in electrical engineering, only to later start at flight school. She was the only woman in her class; however, her hard work paid off, and in 1988, she took to the skies.

Mahapa didn't stop there. In 2012, she opened the African College of Aviation to help and inspire further generations of female pilots. She has no regrets, despite all the challenges, and said "Ask any pilot, they'll tell you, our view from our office is the best in the world, so why would you get bored doing a job like that?"

Jeanne Baret

This is a photo of Jeanne Baret.
Photo Sourced from NPR

Born in France in 1740, Jeanne Baret was the first woman to sail all around the world. Jeanne's interest in botany, in addition to some schooling in the subject, led her abroad. When the French government announced they were sending two ships around the world to discover new territories for the glory of France, they needed a plant hunter-botanist on board, and Jeanne and her partner, Philibert de Commerson, leaped at the opportunity.

While women were expressly prohibited aboard a ship, that didn't stop Jeanne. Jeanne, or Jean as "he" was known aboard, was eventually found out and forced to abandon the crew. Her bravery and tenacity, however, paved the way for women to come.

March is Women's History Month, and March 8 is International Women's Day. Check out our Instagram and Facebook for more updates!

Host Spotlight: Wallis

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 Wallis, who manages this lodge and cabin property in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.

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

My family and I have always gone camping, but I believe I learned about it before we visited El Capitan in SoCal and booked a swank cabin for our "babymoon." It was perfect!

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

We took over the property from a couple who lovingly cared for this historic property for a decade, but didn't have any sort of online or social presence. The beauty of this unknown place motivated me to open the doors to a younger generation of travelers and adventurers.

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

We hear the word "magical" almost daily, so magical, nostalgic, and adventure.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

In the womb—my parents' San Juan Islands camping and bike tour. It's on my bucket list to do that adventure. Maybe this year!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

There are plenty of travelers who don't consider themselves "outdoorsy" but want the creature comforts of a cozy, warm home to come back to after an adventure. Whether you're at home in nature or not, a glamping experience can bridge the gap.

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

This is our home. We hope that people will feel nostalgic and comfortably at home, like they're visiting a destination from childhood or a friend's cabin.

We're pretty hands-off while guests relax and explore the property and beautiful Willamette Forest. We look forward to adding more experiences and options to the property.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the remaining historic lodge in the entire area and are what people imagine when they picture a "log lodge in the middle of 'Nowhere,' Oregon."

The property has been quiet for a decade and was even completely closed for the decade before that. For being so beautiful, on the river, and sitting on hot-spring activity, we think that it's the perfect blank canvas for events, retreats, and reunions.

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

Everything except old plumbing!

I love the vibe of every event and the energy of every visitor. People come here to celebrate and reunite with friends and family. People come and fall in love with the property, and I can tell they feel the same way I do.

Personally, being on the property fills me up fast. Decorating and loving on those cabins is the happiest I've ever been. I'm literally giddy when I'm working.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We're self-sustaining and relatively low maintenance. Being a historic property, there's plenty of ways to update the property to help it to be greener. We've added new decks with long-lasting, sustainable materials and look forward to many many more eco-friendly updates.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Most of the items in the cabins are also for sale! The rugs are a side-project of mine, and I do a lot of pop-ups with vendors in Bend, Oregon. My on-site store will open in 2018. I've collaborated with local artists, brewers, instructors, and businesses for a lot of cross promotion.

Interested in a glamping escape to Oregon? See more of what Wallis' accommodations can offer here, here, here, here, and here!

Staff Picks: Mahealani

By Mahealani Schuman

If you asked me to tell you my favorite place on earth, I’d answer without hesitation: Hawaii.

While sipping Mai Tais at sunset on the famous beaches of Waikiki is a notorious image across the world, for travelers, Hawaii is sometimes shrugged off due to its high popularity and price tag. But as someone who was born and raised there, I can tell you from the heart—Hawaii is everything that you could ever imagine and more!

There are few words to adequately describe the feeling of being surrounded by nature, observing life as it naturally flows around you. I think there is a point in everyone's life when we have that “ah ha” moment—the moment when we are humbled by the world and its stunning beauty. This moment is not something bigger than ourselves, but rather, it’s when we are really able to reconnect with the raw beauty of our world and find our place within it.

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Originally from the island of Oahu, I experienced these moments and feelings my whole life. Nature was and still is engraved in the fiber of my being. Since before I could remember, living meant being a part of nature, embracing what was there before us in its pristine state, and growing with it.

As kids, we were taught how to respect the land we live on, learning to interact with the worldly elements that surrounded us in our day to day. Our parents used to tell us, “Never turn your back to the ocean. Never take a lava rock from the place you found it. Never pick the Ohia Lehua flower because it will begin to rain torrential rain.”

As I traveled around the world and later began my professional career after university, these fundamental values I grew up with, especially the bond I had with nature, became even more important to me. Life is about collecting moments, moments that change you and the world in positive ways.

At Glamping Hub, one of our core values is nature. All of our accommodations are thoughtfully sought after and selected to be on our site with nature in mind. Every day at my job, I am inspired by our incredible hosts, and I’m able to see firsthand how the most unique stays connect people back to nature.

For my staff picks, I want to bring you my favorite places, placing you in the heart of nature. Of course, Hawaii is at the top of my list!

Hawaiian Eco-Friendly Tree House

This is a treehouse ins Hawaii

Tucked away in the green-mossy Ola'a forest, this tree house offers guests an experience like nothing else. Literally built into the surrounding nature, elevated 15 feet above ground this eco-friendly tree house is the all encompassing sleeping-in-the-trees escape.

Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, this is the perfect location for all things adventurous! One of the most untouched islands of the Hawaiian chain, the Big Island is home to eight of the 13 different climate zones in the world. These ecosystems range from tropical dry forests and grasslands to snowy mountain tops and anchialine pools.

In Volcano National Park, guests can explore the subterranean lava tube systems, feel the heat of sulfur vents from miles below, or hike out to the coastline and watch the sunset as Kilauea pours into the ocean. There really is nothing missing from this one-of-a-kind tree house, just be sure not to pick a red flower from the ohia tree!

Tiny House, Volcano National Park

This is a tiny house in Volcano National Park, Big Island of Hawaii.

I couldn't help but pick yet another accommodation from the Big Island. This unique, hand-built tiny home perfectly balances inside comforts with the nature of the world outside. Of course, take a day or two to explore Volcano National Park, but make sure to venture out and experience the other sides of the island.

Mauna Kea is not too far of a drive and debatably the most amazing experience you will have while staying at this tiny home. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the state and the tallest sea mountain in the world. If measured from the ocean floor, it is 33,000 feet taller than Mt. Everest!

During winter, snow covers the tops providing ski-enthusiasts with the novelty of skiing in Hawaii.At night visitors are encouraged to stay and watch as the sky fills with stars, appearing so close that you could reach out and touch them.

For anyone looking to reconnect with nature, the Big Island is one of my favorite places to recommend. Make sure to seek out the green, black, and pink sand beaches, swim with the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, and jump into a few waterfalls along the way!

North Shore Yurt in Haleiwa

This is a yurt on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The most widely renowned island is the Island of Oahu. Home to the infamous Waikiki Beach and memorable Pearl Harbor, this island is often seen in movies and popular television shows. As I’m from Oahu myself, it is undoubtedly my favorite, which is why I suggest these glamping yurts on the North Shore.

This non-traditional take on a Hawaiian vacation spot puts guests right in the center of the best surf and the most beautiful views in the area, allowing them to experience Oahu’s finest during their stay. Eco-friendly and locally made, these yurts offer guests everything they could imagine, plus things they hadn’t dreamed of, like a private slide leading into natural salt water pools.

Oahu also has so many activities for guests to enjoy! Close to the rental, guests can take on the challenging Crouching Lion hike or take an easy stroll to Waimea Falls. Make sure to take a day trip to Kailua Beach and the West Side to see a sunset, too!

Glamorous Camping Tent, New Zealand

This is a bell tent in New Zealand.

There really are so many places I want to visit, and not just in Hawaii. On the top of my list are these unique and glamorous bell tents. Guests can enjoy all the luxuries and comforts of a hotel in their glamping tent with the addition of these magnificent views in Waitaki Valley, New Zealand. With a personal fireplace outside the tents and a beautiful wooden deck, watching the picturesque sunset has never been so cozy.

New Zealand has so many amazing opportunities for glampers to experience, from gorgeous hikes to adventure sports outside! These glamping tents are the perfect place to start.

If these beautiful places have inspired you, head over to Glamping Hub and get back to nature!

Staff Picks: The Poetry of Nature

By Pollyanna Durbin

It can be said that only in nature may we understand the infinite, and poetry is, perhaps, the map with which we can decipher this greatest of mysteries. Its beauty begets the simplicity of our existence and in its melodic wordplay, we can find truth.

I have long considered wildness a necessity and have been fortunate enough to indulge in exploring the written word under many different skies around the world.

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, grew up in the vast plains of Ohio, and it was here that her reverence for nature began. When she moved to New England, she set the majority of her work against the backdrop of the wooded, lake-studded acres that surrounded her home.

"Whoever you are", she wrote, "the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—over and over announcing your place in the family of things."

Nature connected her to those she loved, and to a silence so tender, it imparted on her the most gracious of affirmations, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”


This cabin is near where Oliver wrote the majority of her work. Flanked by pine trees and with ocean views, it is the perfect place to pay homage to this mindful poet.

Federico García Lorca

It was among the shadows of the cypress trees in his hometown of Granada that Federico García Lorca sat and started to gift the world his incurable love poems. Woven into a time of political unrest, Lorca found solace in the moonlight and the large spaces of his home. A great explicator of duende, the idea that all art should be imbued with authentic self-expression and soul, he reworked myths into his own private narration.

In nature, he experienced profound isolation, and from that isolation came a tencious courage. Soon, the sun baked meadows that he had traversed as a young boy—with arms outstretched among the poppies and fireflies—became a place of war and suffering. Nature has its own language in Andalucia, and Lorca was its greatest translator.


Unravel with Lorca in this cabin and relish the splendor of this region where "the landscape sidled on the pivot of a larger arc, into the green of evening."

Virginia Woolf

It was in Bloomsbury, central London, that the acclaimed writer Virginia Woolf strode into the world. A genre-defining, experimental artist, in the truest sense of the word. Along with her unique "set" of fellow thinkers, they deconstructed societal conventions and paved the way for a new literary epoch, one in which women did not have to be defined by their male counterparts.

Woolf once described herself as “a porous vessel afloat on a sensation," and it was among the generous meadow flowers and colorful country gardens of Sussex on the south coast of England where these sensations became some of the most enduring works of the early 20th century.


Though it is unlikely that Virginia herself would have ever had the opportunity to stay in a yurt, this authentic accommodation boasts the same dreamy views that she would have delighted in.

Henry David Thoreau

It is impossible to discuss nature without examining the back catalog of Henry David Thoreau. Often considered the father of environmentalism, Thoreau’s transcendental work speaks directly to the modern condition of restlessness. A gardener, both literally and metaphorically, his ideas germinated in his need for a more spiritual existence.

His most famous work "Walden, Life in the Woods" espouses a profound rhythm of life lived in the wild, away from the boundaries and expectations of urban living. He wrote “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” To Thoreau, reality only existed within the spiritual world that nature encompassed, and as a transcendentalist, he was attached to a deliberate and ethical way of living—a model which many of us follow today.


Experience a different way of living for the night on this houseboat, not far from the ponds that inspired Thoreau's iconic work.

Emily Bronte

It is hard to separate the internal and external landscape of Emily Bronte. Her writing is as stark and weather-beaten as the moors of her homeland. Nature plays a pivotal role within the characters she interweaves into her novels and poems. The scenery she explores is imposing, dramatic and eternal.

From the impossibly soft wildflowers on the side of brook-beds to the bloated shadows of clouds making their exodus across hillsides, a visit to God's own country is a humble one. You only have to look out at the rolling panoramas to envisage Emily—monastic and alone, reactive to the very seasons that we so often ignore.


This country retreat is the perfect place to explore the vast crags and "the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving the alms of the sun."

If any of these writers have inspired you to immerse yourself in nature, grab a book, visit Glamping Hub, and let a little wildness in.