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?”

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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.

Lorca

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.

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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.

Thoreau

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.

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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.

Staff Picks: Eric's "Star Wars"-inspired getaways

By Eric Wright

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away"...I remember being awestruck by the fabulous, otherworldly destinations seen in the "Star Wars" franchise and wishing to be able to jump in my brother's worn-out, miniature Millennium Falcon to seek out such exotic lands. Fortunately for us, many of these incredible places actually exist on our own little blue and green world.

From this hologram message, rebel scum, empire officers, and interplanetary smugglers alike will have access to the coordinates of the picturesque moon of Endor, with it's thick forest inhabited by Ewoks; the volatile lava lands of Mustafar where Anakin Skywalker met his fate; the vast deserts of Tatooine in which CP30 and R2D2 bumped into Jabba the Hut; and, the most coveted of all, Luke Skywalker's stunning secret hideaway from "The Force Awakens."

With so many astonishing locations available, getting out and exploring our fascinating universe is sure to enchant any visitor. The force is certainly strong with these ones.

Unique Dome Structure Perfect for Luxury Camping with Panoramic Bay Views in Ischia, Italy

This unique dome provides a luxury camping experience with spectacular panoramic bay views of Ischia in Italy. Glampers will be able to take a scenic ferry to Sicily to hike the majestic Mount Etna, which was used as the backdrop for the volatile planet of Mustafar and the epic battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin. For those seeking the unlimited power of nature, this is the chosen one.

Picturesque Glamping Cabin Rental near Redwood State Park in Northern California

This charming cabin is near Redwood State Park in California and gives visitors a chance to really connect with nature in a completely serene setting. Visitors can make the short trip to the gorgeous Redwood State Park, allowing guests to discover the raw wilderness that was used as the remote moon of Endor—and the chance to catch a glimpse of an elusive Ewok.

Secluded Glamping Eco-Pod Rental in the Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest, California

This secluded glamping pod in the vast Mojave Desert is sure to have guests wondering if they are indeed on a far-flung planet. Glampers can take a scenic drive to Death Valley, where CP30 and R2D2 wandered the boundless desert of Tatooine. Brave explorers on this desert planet may even wait for dusk to come when the true power of the dark side makes its stunning entrance.

Tranquil Luxury Tent in Picturesque Ireland

This property truly does give glampers a new hope to discover the sublime countryside of Ireland while sleeping in the great outdoors in these luxurious tents. Luke Skywalker's secret hideaway from the modern installments of the saga, Skellig Michael, can be reached via a spectacular boat ride, and the remote mountain island with its crashing waves and rugged coastline is sure to create unforgettable memories.


If the force of nature is calling to you, let Glamping Hub help guide your way!

A Valentine's Day Story

By David Pope

Here at Glamping Hub, we're in the business of making memories. We receive stories from our unique guests and hosts every day, describing how their most recent getaway was an experience that they'll never forget. To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, we're going to share one of the most romantic and heartwarming of these stories with you!

For Jordan and Brian, it all began with a business trip to Colorado...


Jordan and Brian's Glamping Adventure

Jordan and Brian go glamping
Meet Brian and Jordan, the stars of our Valentine's Day story!

Jordan: I've worked professionally in the corporate event and travel industry for the past five years, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Last August, I was scheduled to have a business trip to Denver, Colorado, so my boyfriend, Brian, and I decided to take advantage of this by extending my stay and using the extra time to take a much-needed vacation!

We knew from the start that, where ever we ended up staying, this was going to be a special trip. Brian is a super-nervous flyer and hadn't actually boarded a plane in over 10 years! So we were ready to make sure that this trip was one that we wouldn't quickly forget.

In the end, Brian agreed to fly from our home in Atlanta to Denver, where he'd meet me at my office so that we could begin our journey together. The only thing left to was find a special place to enjoy our adventure together! After plenty of research, and by pinging ideas off of the rest of my travel agency colleagues, we stumbled upon Glamping Hub.

We were looking for an adventurous and unique accommodation that would still allow us the luxury amenities that we're used to from our previous travels. Much to our surprise, after a brief search through Glamping Hub's listings, we quickly found "the one."

The safari tent Jordan and Brian stayed in during their glamping adventure.
Jordan and Brian decided to book their glamping adventure at this stunning safari tent near the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado.

Booking our safari tent overlooking the Arapaho National Forest through Glamping Hub was seamless. Everything fell perfectly into place. We submitted our booking request, and a few emails later, our trip was officially confirmed and ready to go! Our spectacular host for our stay, Emily, reached out to us immediately after we'd submitted our booking, via the Glamping Hub site.

She welcomed us, welcomed our questions, and welcomed any requests we may have had, as well! Being a travel agent, I, of course, requested a few things to enhance our trip. Little did I know, however, that Brian had a few special requests of his own that he kept secret from me during our booking process!

Jordan with a bouquet of flowers waiting for her at her safari tent.

Here's a snippet of Jordan and Brian's review of their stay in Colorado:
The photos and descriptions of this beautiful ranch, however accurate, don't even begin to do it justice! This property is absolutely stunning—a must-see! Right near the foothills of Rocky Mountain National Park, the safari tent is located at the end of a dirt road that follows alongside the most scenic lake we have ever seen! The ranch is remote, intimate, and postcard-worthy.


Once we arrived at the glamping site, we were greeted by our hosts and other excited guests, all with big smiles on their faces! I was thinking to myself, "People in Colorado have even more hospitality than us southerners!" I later discovered that they were all in on the big surprise that Brian had in store for me.

After checking into the ranch, we made our way up the dirt road that hugs a beautiful lake before winding its way through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the door of our beautiful accommodation. There stood our safari tent, accompanied by our own private deck and fire pit, overlooking the property's private lake!

The private lake at the foothills of this glamping site on the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Our glamping adventure had just begun, and already it was a fantastic experience. We were immersed in one of the most beautiful places in the world, in a one-of-a-kind accommodation. I already knew this trip was more special than the rest. What I didn't know, however, was that there was a surprise waiting for me beyond the zipper of our tent. What I found inside changed my life forever!

The interior of the safari tent decorated for the proposal.

The tent was decorated with rose petals, lit by the warm, flickering glow of plenty of candles, and quickly became flooded by my tears! In the center of the room, upon the bed, sat a sign that read "Will You Marry Me?" I was stunned! I couldn't believe how beautiful this moment was. I also couldn’t believe that Brian and everyone at the glamping site (who were complete strangers) had come together to make all of this possible. This was a dream come true. And, after I composed myself, I SAID YES!

Jordan with her engagement ring at the glamping site
A very happy Brian after he proposed to Jordan!
A very excited Jordan, and a very happy (or maybe relieved?) Brian, after the proposal!

We truly are forever grateful to Glamping Hub, as well as Emily and the other fantastic hosts at our Colorado glamping experience for helping us get to our "Happily Ever After." This spectacular place now has such a special spot in our hearts—we can't wait to return for our anniversaries!

The engagement ring!

Thanks to Jordan and Brian for sharing that story with our Glamping Hub community—we wish them all the luck in the world!


Why not get started on planning your own romantic glamping getaway and head over to our handpicked collection of unique accommodations? From all of us here at Glamping Hub, happy Valentine's Day!

Staff Picks: Rebecca

By Rebecca Dalby

At Glamping Hub, we get to work with hundreds of beautiful and unique accommodations each and every day. To showcase some of her personal favorites, our Brand Manager, Rebecca, has chosen her top picks—for the moment, at least!


Originally from Ireland, a country with one of the most picturesque landscapes in the world, I was brought up with a love of nature and the outdoors. It is often said that Ireland would be the most beautiful place in the world, if only you could put a roof over it.

The only small issue with our beautiful Emerald Isle is that a warm, dry, and sunny day is extremely unusual—so camping is very rarely an option! Luckily, I discovered glamping. I adore the outdoors and connecting with nature so adding a touch of luxury, a dash of style, and a pinch of comfort to camping really is ideal for me.

At the end of the day, wherever the vacation destination, I always have two goals: firstly, to do something I have not done or seen before, to have an entirely new experience, and secondly, to make it count! For me, vacations are about creating memories that I can look back on, decades from now, with a big smile. With that in mind, my personal glamping picks are all sites where I know these goals and more could become a reality.

Inviting Yurt with Twinkling String Lights in Slane, Ireland

A yurt in County Meath, Ireland, on a green pasture
You'll have the luck of the Irish if you get the chance to stay at this yurt rental in County Meath!

Of course, I had to choose an accommodation in Ireland to begin with! This gorgeous yurt is on my list of places to visit in 2018. This fantastically-unique rental is beautiful on the inside and on the outside, but it's the views of the vast, verdant countryside beyond that really capture my attention.

There is so much attention to detail in these yurts, from the luxury bed linens to the handmade toiletries and more. Outside of the yurt, there is even a wood-burning hot tub and a clay oven for making pizzas! It's such a cool and unique place to glamp—I can't wait to visit.

Dome Perched on Towering Cliffs Overlooking the Capertee Valley of New South Wales

The view from a bubble glamping dome in New South Wales, Australia.
Now this is what I call dome sweet dome!

My second glamping pick is this glorious dome in New South Wales, Australia. I honestly can't think of a better way to feel fully immersed in nature, all the while enjoying a serious amount of luxury! The views, the weather, and the incredible design of this dome are why it comes a close second on my list.

The queen-size bed with goose down pillows is just one of the luxurious features you can enjoy here. For me it's the perfect romantic getaway; this would be sure to knock the socks off that special someone! Just imagine waking up, cozy and warm, amid five-star comfort, while taking in that beautiful Australian sunrise cresting over the ocean horizon.

Beautifully Decorated and Spacious Tent Rental Overlooking Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Entrance flaps to a unique bell tent accommodation near Queenstown, New Zealand.
Check out those curves!

We'll take a quick leap away from Australia now and arrive at fabulous number three. This brings us to the pristine, Middle Earth-esque South Island of New Zealand. This bell tent is probably closer to camping than my previous picks, but it's without a doubt camping at its most glamorous!

This particular rental has incredible views of Lake Wanaka, and has everything you need for a truly comfortable and stylish stay. I love this accommodation because of its uniqueness, and with space for up to four people, it'd be sure to make for a fantastic girls' getaway!

Storybook Tree House near the Rogue River in Tiller, Oregon

A tree house tower in Oregon against a beautiful blue sky, the color of the sea in summer.
I'd feel on top of the world, staying at this tree house in Oregon.

We'll come back north through the Pacific Ocean and arrive at my last pick of the day (but, by no means my least favorite!). This unbelievably-cool accommodation is so unique that it makes it difficult to label it as one type of accommodation! Is it a tree house? Is it a tower? I say it's both!

Since I began working in Glamping Hub, I have had a fascination with tree houses: to be elevated and so close to nature is such a special thing to experience. I hope someday to visit this particular rental in Oregon.

If you are like me and love to get out and about in nature (but aren't the biggest fan of slumming it with camping!), why not give glamping a try? It's not hard to fall in love with unique rentals like these.


If you've been inspired by Rebecca's story, why not start planning your own glamping getaway and peruse our fantastic collection of unique accommodations in extraordinary nature? Alternatively, take a look at our other Staff Favorites for an expert's guide to glamping!

Staff Picks: Nadia's Favorites

By Nadia Yasmine

As a lifelong lover of the great outdoors, I needed very little encouragement to get behind the glamping philosophy, and I was sold long before I started working at Glamping Hub. Being raised in the English countryside, camping trips and summer festivals were a regular pastime. However, in case you haven’t heard, the U.K. is not always blessed with the most glorious weather. “Give up" and “go back inside,” I hear you say? No chance! We bought bell tents.

In a bell tent, you have all the space of a small living room in which to relax and socialize—big enough for a double bed and with room to spare—not just your average tent! All your friends gathered to wait out the rain, and then, when it stops, all you have to do is unzip the porch and there you are, in a green field, surrounded by nature. When life gives you intermittent rain showers, go glamping! That’s what they say, isn’t it?

Beautiful Bell Tent in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Rediscover camping in a bell tent!

Pick number one is this fully-furnished bell tent in Pembrokeshire, Wales. No matter the weather, you can enjoy the sounds and smells of nature from this cozy, tented accommodation. Inside, you'll find everything you would need for the perfect relaxing getaway at just a stone’s throw from the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. You will also find you'll get very good at balancing on one foot while you master the delicate art of removing muddy shoes before coming inside. This isn’t just a vacation, you know—these are life skills!

Luxury Tiny House in New Zealand

Dream big in New Zealand from this tiny house rental.

Fast forward a couple of years, and I’m sitting at my desk in the Glamping Hub office with my mind lost in a world of wanderlust. While perusing images of stunning accommodations in far-flung parts of the world I'd love to visit (this is work, I promise), I stumbled across this beautiful glass house in New Zealand.

Tiny houses are my new favorite thing, by the way. Everything about them is ingeniously designed and considered, something that I find endlessly satisfying, and they are eco-friendly, too! Dream big, sleep small, and look up to the stars!

Tree House near Chattanooga, Georgia

Tree houses aren't just for kids—see for yourself!

This tree house I present to you with mixed emotions, because this is hands-down nicer than my apartment and a whole lot cooler. (Life goals: Must live in a cool tree house one day…). Who wouldn’t love to go for a weekend getaway in this amazing accommodation in Chattanooga, Georgia? Now, I have never been to the U.S.A., but when I do, staying here is at the top of my to-do-list. New York City might never sleep, but I’m going to...in this amazing tree house!

Luxury, Romantic Tree House in Walhalla, South Carolina

Plan your trip to South Carolina, but make sure it includes a stay here.

Call me predictable—it’s another tree house! But, come on, look at that window! The crystal-clear vistas of these stunning woodlands in South Carolina from a beautiful treetop vantage point makes me wonder if I should be antiquing all my furniture in a rustic-modern style and elevating it a good three meters up in the air. (On second thought, that does seem like quite a lot of effort) Maybe I’ll just hit the road instead! You can keep your pancakes, Kerouac; I’m doing a tree house tour of the U.S.A.!

Luxury Glamping Pod Under the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

Take a walk on the wild side and dream of the Northern Lights in a luxury dome!

Speaking of American cult travelers, this final accommodation takes us "Into the Wild", but instead of heading up to Alaska, this accommodation can be found in Finland. I love the idea of a cozy night’s sleep in a luxury dome, looking out over the Northern Lights! These beautiful domes become part of the landscape, perched amongst the trees on a lake's edge in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Since reading Philip Pullman's "Northern Lights" as a child, seeing them in real life has been a firm constant on my bucket list and a beautiful testament to the way in which nature can captivate the imagination.

We all know that camping is not for everyone, but glamping certainly is. Wherever the destination, nature is not only for the cavalier, backpack-wearing, adventurous types. Glamping opens the door to everyone, even the bookish daydreamers!


Where will your wanderlust take you? Check out the best glamping in the U.K.!

Staff Picks: Marta's Favorites

By Marta Gintowt

As a lover of luxury, as well as the outdoors, I, as an editor at Glamping Hub, have found myself in the perfect position, not only professionally but within my travels. In a normal day at the office, I get to see firsthand the gorgeous collection of accommodations that our website has curated, allowing me to personally craft my past, present, and future adventures. In this blog post, I am happy to share two of my most cherished glamping experiences, as well as two more that I am planning for in the future.

Incredibly Secluded Ski Cabin with Spectacular Views in Taos, New Mexico

When planning a getaway, I have to always keep a few things in mind. For instance, comfort and convienience can never be compromised. That being said, when I need a vacation, I expect to immerse myself in sheer relaxation and head to where I can be completely secluded in nature.

While planning a vacation where the objective was that I could reconnect with myself while I disconnect from everyday life, I decided that this gorgeous ski cabin near Taos, New Mexico, would be perfect for me. Waking up in the shadows of the surrounding mountains was truly magical, and being encompassed by the silent, profound forest was food for the soul. As my stay came to an end, I could imagine myself staying here forever.

Elegant Villa Rental with a Private Pool in Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain

In complete contrast with the previous accommodation, this unforgettable villa in Mallorca allowed me to experience the magic of the Mediterranean at its best. Situated close to the rocky coast, this property had everything I needed and more.

Basking in the warm Spanish sun was made easy with the private pool, which made deciding where I would go relax for the day a difficult choice. Here, I was able to appreciate luxury, sophistication, and comfort throughout my entire stay, and again, imagined myself perpetually sunbathing by the sparking swimming pool.

Romantic Tree House Cottage in Forest of Halfmoon Bay in British Columbia

British Columbia is a destination that I have had my eye on for a while. From the ominous, mid-latitude rainforest to the peaceful, stoney shores, it seems ideal for a glamping getaway to get away from it all. This breathtaking tree house-style cottage features a private hot tub and a secret reading nook, both of which would be attractive to any glamper looking for a romantic stay with a significant other or a trip away with friends. As spring sneaks into the northern hemisphere, I am truly look forward to a rejuvenating stay along Halfmoon Bay.

Charming Classic Airstream Rental in Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Central Colorado

As stated above, when I travel, I look forward to staying in an accommodation that keeps my comfort in mind, as I appreciate escaping from everyday life. I have never stayed in an accommodation outside of my comfort zone, and I feel that this unique Airstream in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and its desert is the perfect place to start. The combination of the still isolation of the desert mixed with a vintage-esque dwelling is comparable to something out of a 1960s movie—exactly where I want to be.


For more firsthand glamping experiences from our staffers, check out Neil's recommended mountain treks and Liz's Glamping Hub wishlist!

How to Celebrate a Very Glamping Galentine's Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Leslie Knope from

What's Galentine's Day, you ask? "It's only the best day of the year," according to the beloved Leslie Knope. Our favorite "Parks and Rec" character has made it clear: February is not just for showering your S.O. with love and affection. Your gal pals deserve a major shout out, too!

Start celebrating Galentine's Day in 2018, and honor those strong female presences in your life and all of the devotion, support, and respect they give you day in and day out. Gift them a glamping trip, or plan a girls' getaway for February 13 to really pay tribute to these strong lady friendships.

The starry night sky of Texas, perfect for a Galentine's Day setting.

What better way to illustrate the power of "ladies celebrating ladies" than by imagining where the women of "Parks and Rec" would do Galentine's Day their way? We know just the spots.

Where Leslie Knope Would Glamp

The sheer number of beds at this enormous mountain cabin in Colorado would mean two incredibly important things to Ms. Knope. One? She would literally have space to invite every female who ever was important to her ever. And two? The many bedrooms at this accommodation are just screaming for a Pawnee Goddesses-style sleepover, complete with pillow fights, puppies, and candy.

A group-sized cabin for rent in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
View from a winter cabin for rent in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

That's not all this luxury, winter-perfect cabin has to offer, either! It's many amenities include four cozy, wood-burning fireplaces, Wi-FI in order to post envy-inducing photos all day long, and an inviting games room.

Where Ann Perkins Would Glamp

Being the "beautiful, naive, sophisticated newborn baby" that she is (Leslie's words, not ours—we swear!), a classic A-frame cabin is most certainly what Ann would book for a Galentine's Day escape with her best ladies. A fully-equipped kitchen ensures all the right tools for Leslie to surprise the girls with a full brunch—100% homemade, of course—and the wood-burning fireplace would be the perfect spot for the women to circle up and tell inspiring stories about their favorite females.

A luxury camping cabin in the woods of San Jacinto, in southern California.

P.S. What we really think is that if Ann let her wild side show juuuust a little, she'd be booking these funky, chic, repurposed shipping containers in Florida.


Where Donna Meagle Would Glamp

The pool next to a luxury villa for rent in Malibu

Without a shadow of a doubt, Donna would be screaming "Treat yo' self!" and reserving this luxury villa in Malibu, California, without batting an eye. Complete with a heated, freshwater pool (including waterfalls and a wading pool!), an outdoor bathtub overlooking the rolling hills of California, and opulent décor throughout the entire interior, the girls would most certainly be glamping in the lap of luxury, and let's face it—they deserve it.

Where April Ludgate Would Glamp

You know by now that April would pretend to go along with whatever Leslie's plan for Galentine's Day was, meanwhile sneakily swiping her credit card and booking her own February 13th celebration for just one gal (herself, obviously), far away from the others.

Inside a vintage airstream trailer for rent in southern California.

April would surely beeline for this upscale Airstream in Southern California, rejoicing in her good fortune to be alone and have a luxurious queen-size bed to roll around in all to herself. What could be better than a little peace and quiet in complete solitude? To April—and perhaps, to you—nothing.


We're certainly not saying you should forget about bae, either, though, so make sure you take a gander at our options for romantic weekend trips for Valentine's Day in 2018, too!

Staff Picks: 4 Reasons to Visit Julian, California

By Jessica Armstrong

It wouldn't be a vacation to California without some glamping, and I've got a special treat for you. While I'd love to keep the charming town of Julian, California, a secret just for me and my family, it would be wrong of me not to share.

A beautiful view of Lake Julian from the tree house cabin.

A stunning view of Lake Julian from the comfort of Rick Dyer's tree house cabin.

Just an hour outside of San Diego, Julian offers epic views of nature around every corner, the US's best apple pie (yum!), deer sightings almost every hour, and one of the best glamping sites I have visited to date. For a town of only 1,502 residents, Julian sure has a lot to offer glampers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

1. Rick Dyer's Tree House Cabin

I have had my eye on this accommodation for quite some time, and boy, did it exceed my expectations. From waking up to woodpeckers in the trees to enjoying the sunset from the Jacuzzi after an excellent day of hiking, this tree house cabin was the perfect place to call home for the week. Having been passed down for generations, Rick has made this glamping accommodation a true haven for families to spend some quality time with each other.

Rick Dyer giving us the grand tour of the cabin rental.

Be sure to get the full tour to learn fun facts about this glamping rental.

A photo of the author in front of the tree house.

I couldn't help but get a photo in front of this beautiful retreat.

All bundled up around the kitchen table playing board games, catching up, making new memories, and sharing laughs that could probably be heard across the canyon is exactly what glamping with the family is all about. When visiting this cabin be sure to ask Rick for the grand tour—it is worth hearing all the fun facts about the previous owners' family stories. This will not be my last visit to this tree house cabin.

A view of the tree house from the trails above.

Explore the trails above the tree house to get the most epic views of Julian.

2. Julian Apple Pie

If you have heard of Julian, apple pie was probably mentioned in the same sentence. Why is Julian so famous for apple pie, you ask? During the Gold Rush, Julian arose as a charming mountain town and along with it came an outstanding number of apple trees. As the saying goes, when life gives you apple make apple pies—and so they did.

One of Julian's delicious pie companies.

This may or may not have been our secret pie spot, but guess you will have to find out for yourselves.

With over five different pie companies in Julian alone, glampers will have to make a day of touring the different cafes to find out which one really is the best. We found our answer, but I will keep that an insider's secret for now.

Dutch Apple Pie from Julian Pie Company.

We're still dreaming of Dutch Apple Pie.

3. Antiquing

There is nothing I love more than a good shopping trip, and Julian is filled with the cutest antique stores. A personal favorite? The Warm Hearth of Julian. With cookbooks, kitchen products, clothing, and home goods galore, it was hard not to spend more than an hour browsing the trinkets and collectibles this store has to offer. I wouldn't be the shopper I am if I did not pick up a few collectibles to fill my house with.

A view from the top of Stonewall Peak hike.

There is nothing quite as good as hiking to the top of Stonewall Peak with this view as your reward.

4. Hiking Stonewall Peak

The exquisite views that stretch from Julian to the Pacific Ocean are worth the hike up Stonewall Peak. A good hike for beginners and intermediate hikers, it takes about two hours and 30 minutes from start to finish. I would not recommend hiking this trail on a very windy day, as the top of the hike requires stairs and holding onto rails, but on a sunny day like ours, it could not be beat. I cannot wait to go back and visit more trails surrounding this peak.

A view from the other side of Stonewall Peak hike.

My brother is a professional climber, so he did all the daredevil work for us.

A view of Julian from the top of Stonewall Peak.

A photo does not quite capture the beauty to been seen from the top of Stonewall Peak.

From a lovely stay at Rick's tree house cabin to the yumminess of apple pie and the breathtaking views of Southern California, Julian is one for the books.


Be sure to check out more amazing, one-of-a-kind getaways in Southern California, including this amazing Julian tree house rental for your next getaway!