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 thre 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?

Tthank 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.


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Upstate New York? See more of what Catharine's accommodations can offer here, here, here, and here!

Special Mother's Day Host Spotlight: Sonya and Kirsten

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, in honor of Mother's Day, we have a mother and daughter duo, Sonya and Kirsten, who run this gorgeous mountain retreat in New South Wales, Australia.

Let Sonya take you down memory lane and share her experience of running a glamping site with her daughter, Kirsten.

1. What's the best memory you have of traveling with your children?

We have always been a "Let's go away for the weekend!" kind of family, and all the children have always enjoyed the bush, horseback riding, and animals, just where there would be untouched nature and a river. It did not take any fancy offerings for us to enjoy the open country—we just loved visits from animals, the stars in the sky, and lovely clean country air.

2. What was your first glamping/camping experience with your children?

We started camping with our children when they were barely two years old.

3. How did you and your daughter get into the glamping business together? What inspired you?

As a family, we fell in love with some lovely countryside just 2.5 hours from Sydney; it was completely untouched and had a gorgeous crystal clear trout stream. My husband (the kids' father) was so enamored he went straight to the phone to ask if there was any land for sale on this lovely river.

It was meant to be—there were 3,000 acres for sale right on the very part of the river we had seen. At first, we built a little log cottage, next a vegetable and fruit garden, then a work shed, and it grew from there. It was not until three years ago, we discovered "glamptents" and how much fun they were.

4. If you could describe your property in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, mountain, and wilderness.

5. What types of experiences can people expect to have when they stay in your accommodation?

You do wake up to noises of the animals, and our valley is famous for its bird life (we have wedge tail eagles in our valley). Since we're in the mountains, you also do get that sharp cool start to the morning, which is so invigorating. You will see kangaroos coming for a drink or bounding past, too. All of this is very calming and gives you a wonderful feeling of well-being.

6. What makes your property unique?

I think having 6,000 acres of country trees, hills, and clear country air is priceless.

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

My daughter Kirsten and I work very well together. She looks after all the internet servicing, which is something that did not exist when we first started. She actually set up our website and found Glamping Hub, and we now get bookings from all over the world. I look after the practical side of bookings, cottage and glamping tent upkeep, and staff.

We will have seven glamping tents by the end of July, our original first one was such a great success, but they do only sleep two to three people. If there is a larger group wanting to come, we have bush cottages that sleep from six to 10 people, which are also popular for groups of young people and families.

We have horses—and ponies for children!—and do outrides through the bush. Kirsten is very much involved with the bush animals and horseback riding and looks after that, as well.

8. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Our glamping tents all have or will have wonderful large verandas that look over the prettiest part of our river. They are as private as possible and are very comfortable, and people love them.

Our guests feel like they are having a real bush experience—first in a canvas-style tent, lots of bushland surrounding, a private bathroom with a great rain shower bathroom and heating, and more.

We are in the mountains, and it can snow, but staying in a glamping tent adds that little bit extra, and people find it to be a real, and welcomed, change from city living. The tents are unique in every way, and coming here is an adventure from the minute you arrive 'til the minute you leave.


For a unique getaway to New South Wales, Sonya and Kirsten have glamping tents and a number of different cabin options, which you can find here, here, here, here, here, and here. Get inspired by this mother-daughter team and book a special trip to celebrate your mom this Mother's Day!

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, espresso...you 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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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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.


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