Host Spotlight: Todd and Kim

By Jackie Dreyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beautiful, clean, and...clean!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Spotlight: Shannon Guerrero

By Amy Ahlblad

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

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

Cozy, spacious, and secluded.

What was your favorite memory from your glamping getaway?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

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

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

Host Spotlight: Kim and Stuart

By Jackie Dreyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 ways to show appreciation on Veterans Day

By Jackie Dreyer

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

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

1. Plant a commemorative poppy or tulip.

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

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

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

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

2. Write a letter.

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

3. Donate your time and/or resources.

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

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

4. Visit a National Park.

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

5. Say thank you.

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

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

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

By Kyomi Wade

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

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

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

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

England, U.K.

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

Cadiz, Spain

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

Otiake, New Zealand

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

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

Ontario, Canada

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

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

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

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

Asheville, North Carolina

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

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

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

Host Spotlight: Brenda and Bruce

By Jackie Dreyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wow, amazing, and luxurious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Host Spotlight: Emilie and Chad

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 Emilie and Chad, who manage a woodworking space turned sweet tiny house in the woods in Murphy, North Carolina.

The idea

Emilie and Chad are a young, dynamic duo of wedding photographers, with three incredible children, who had the drive and the dream to invest in a project with a soul—what is now their secluded, woodland tiny house rental.

It all started with an equity settlement that Emilie received from a previous divorce—money that took a long time to receive, which made Emilie feel like it was "money [she] could never count on or money [she] would never see again," driving her desire to invest and make money off of it.

The young couple found the perfect home in Murphy, North Carolina, which was previously owned by the Bonawitz family of the Murphy Slackers, a hometown slack-lining group, and from there, they moved into the woodworking shop down the mountain from the main house. They quickly realized, however, that the shop was much bigger than they needed and didn't suit their preference to live in a smaller space.

The construction

Of this larger woodworking space, the tiny house accommodation was born. From their last wedding photography job in November to their first shoot of the following year, Emilie and Chad worked side-by-side—including the loving help of their kids—for four to five months until the tiny house was complete.

"We worked late nights with music turned on for dance parties and had plenty of opportunities to learn as we went. Paint spills turned into laughing fits. Freezing temperatures outside pushed us to figure out a real-life Tetris arrangement. All five of us would sit in the loft with our feet hanging down, just dreaming of what it would look like finished," said Emilie.

The accommodation

The tiny house is private and surrounded by forest; it's a space that allows folks to enjoy food together around a fire and play music. There are hammocks in the trees and zip-lines to swing from.

A past guest once said, "It doesn't matter if you are going hiking or just looking to 'Netflix and chill'—it is better at The Holler House," and Emilie says she thinks she would agree with that. Being there is a real vacation, providing guests with a place to really relax.

The inside of the accommodation is so calming; it's air-conditioned and equipped with a full bathroom. But the most special thing about it is the design. The space has everything one could need in a 16-foot by 20-foot layout. The ceiling are high, the space is clean and simple, and it declutters one's mind and world.

There is a clawfoot tub in the main room for folks to enjoy a soak. When they placed the tub in the main space, Emilie said she envisioned someone on the bed just staring and flirting with the other in the bath. There's nothing like a good soak after a hike! What's more? The place was designed to never run out of on-demand, hot water.

Recent updates to the accommodation include a tiny, roofed porch for grilling and a hanging hammock chair. Off to the side of that, Emilie and the kids built a floating yoga porch that doubles as an outdoor shower. Needless to say, they're even more in love with the space now, and Emilie speaks of how great it feels to finish another project on the house.

The reason behind glamping

Emilie was drawn to glamping and Glamping Hub due to her love of photography. As a wedding photographer, she is a fan of a good Instagram post and believes that every post is a story in and of itself. This is her philosophy when shooting—telling the story while capturing the fun and adventure that unfolds.

"Glamping brings us back to the basics of family and of life. We sit around a fire and see what it important. I see my husband helping one of the kids, and I fall in love all over again. I see my sweet children just soaking in family time. We love glamping because it helps us keep the balance in life that we need and the downtime to invest in each other," said Emilie.

The experience

Guests of the tiny house always comment on how well thought out everything is. While Emilie agrees with them, she knows she's biased, as she did the planning and knows how much time went into everything, but says it's so encouraging when the guests see it, too. They appreciate the little touches, like Emilie's grandmother's lamp above the kitchen sink and the custom library ladder that leads to the loft.

"My last guest asked me who the welder was; he was referring to the sink base and other shelves. I told him about our local community college, how the students built that base, and what a fantastic experience it was working with them. I am going to sign up for the welding class in the spring now. I can't wait!" said Emilie.

Meanwhile, for each stay, Emilie and Chad make sure guests have everything they need—and then leave them alone. Before guests arrive, the couple make sure the place is welcoming and sparkling clean. They also have an amazing, vintage Marantz sound system and love to have the tunes on to welcome their guests.

Emilie and Chad also provide a stash of local maps and ideas for local adventures and food, but they often communicate beforehand with guests so they can plan ahead. They like to send folks to places the "locals" go, so Emilie sends them typed-out directions if Google won't get them there.

The duo also provide firewood for the open-air fire pit and barbecue, as well as a gas barbecue, hammocks, an outdoor picnic area, a tipi, and access to the property's biplane and all the tree house slides and swings if it's not already booked. For digital entertainment junkies, Netflix, Apple TV and Wi-Fi are all provided, too.

The guests

The real joy for Emilie, however, comes from their guests. The type of travelers that stay at this tiny house are serious about investing in their relationships, staying at cool places, and having real experiences. It inspired her, as a family and as a wife, to invest in time together with her family building memories.

Emilie's all-time favorite guest was a single mother with her two teens. Emilie ran something down to the house later in the evening, and they were watching a movie together—just hanging out, like old friends.

"I saw them sitting outside in the morning just talking, and it was so evident that momma just loved being with her kids and that the kids loved being with her. They were making memories simply by giving each other time and listening. It was powerful," said Emilie.

The kids enjoyed exploring the woods and the tree house, too. The mom told Emilie later, in a review, that the kids took books and just read in the tree house. They felt like it was a space just for them—a sanctuary. She still keeps in touch with this family and hopes they visit again.

As for future guests, if Emilie could have anyone come stay, she's hoping for more photographers. She loves it when they come to stay, as it allows her to see the different eyes that other creatives have for their special place.

For a fantastic North Carolina getaway, you can book Emilie and Chad's gorgeous tiny house rental or the tree house at the same property, lovingly managed by their eldest daughter!

But wait! We have a double feature this month, so be sure to click here and read all about Brenda and Bruce's luxury camping tent, too.

Host Spotlight: Matt

By Amy Ahlblad

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 Matt, who manages a unique hotel crafted out of repurposed shipping containers in Round Top, Texas.

Meet Matt White. Antique savior, hotelier, and Dead devotee. White is the creator of the first shipping container hotel in Texas and is quickly capturing the attention of couples, families, and friends from all over with this unique destination. Heck, even a group of Emirates flight attendants traveling with World of Crew came all the way from Dubai and left saying that White’s shipping container hotel was one of the most amazing places they have ever experienced.

Set in wanderlust, these six unique accommodations were inspired with a craving to create, an obligation to recycle, and a passion for making people happy. Detail-driven and passively forcing you to relax, White invites you to unplug, put your favorite record on (literally), take a dip in the one-of-a-kind pool, meet a random neighboring cow or two, and enjoy a sunset (a badass sunset, that is).

Vintage goods and antique salvage have been a part of White’s life since he was a child. He grew up attending antique shows with his father and would refurbish goods to be sold at flea markets. Later in life, White would study horticulture and design; establish parent company and antique showroom Recycling the Past, which doubles as a grand ballroom for large events, and outfit hundreds of restaurants and storefronts—REI, Urban Outfitters, Ralph Lauren, and Nordstrom, to name a few.

All of this lead up to the birth of his unique hotel in 2016. Just like everything on-site, the idea for the shipping container hotel came from the past, as well. Born from childhood imagination, these containers are the grown-up versions of carefully constructed cardboard box forts where anything is possible.

Each shipping container is outfitted with 100% recycled materials and adorned with antique treasures from all over the world. No two are exactly alike, but all promise the most comfortable bed you could wish for (often mentioned in the reviews), a hammock, complimentary coffee and tea, Topochico sparkling water, and Mexican Cokes.

Welcome to the land of the restored, repurposed, and relaxation. Stay a while. See something you like? You’re in luck—everything is for sale. As a guest, you will receive a complimentary 20% off your purchases for up to $100. You can leave with peace of mind—and your favorite one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Guests from far and wide have come to enjoy this experience. Who would White love to host? Besides Jerry Garcia, White would like to see Richard Branson and the Dali Lama visit. Richard Branson was chosen out of admiration for overcoming challenges to achieve success—and because he would make for interesting conversation. He picked The Dali Lama because he is a peaceful and inherently good person who leads a life of simplicity to achieve happiness. With that said, it may come as no surprise to you that one of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle is to take care of things and repair them.

“If you use an object for as long as you can carefully, repairing it when necessary, you will find that not only your relationship with these objects begins to change, but so will the way you relate to people. People who endlessly chase after new things have lost their freedom to earthly desire. Only those who can enjoy using their imaginations when working with limited resources know true freedom.” - Shoukei Matsumoto, Buddhist monk

To book one of Matt's unique glamping accommodations in Texas, click here, here, here, here, here, or here!

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, 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.