Host Spotlight: Jack

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 Jack, who manages this unique, multi-accommodation property in the city of Clifton in Central Texas, which features two luxury cabins (click here and here!) and a spacious cottage—all of which give guests prime access to this family-managed ranch and to see its 600 animals!

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

About three years ago.

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

To generate additional income.

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

Nowhere else like it!

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4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

At my own glamping site, Texas Safari.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Glamping brings families and friends together in nature.

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

They will see animals they only see on television—animals from Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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7. What makes your property unique?

There is nowhere else in the United States that has a 1,000-acre wildlife park with over 25 species and 600 animals—many of which are extinct in the wild). You will also be the only people at the park, 24/7.

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

My favorite part is raising the animals and saving species that are extinct or near extinct, like Pere David deer from China, Scimitar Oryx from the Sahara, Grevy's Zebra from Africa, and much more.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

The animals live off of the land, and we use no harmful chemicals on the ranch.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

This is the experience of a lifetime!


Come have an authentic Texan vacation experience with Jack and the ranch animals at this unique glamping site—book here, here, and here today!

Guest Spotlight: Shayla

By Jackie Dreyer

Friend of the Glamping Hub family, Shayla, took the girls getaway of a lifetime to Costa Rica, staying at multiple glamping sites, such as these luxury suites and villas in Puntarenas.

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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: Relaxing, nice, and private.
After: Luxury, charming, and romantic.

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

My friend and I took a girls trip to Costa Rica, and Glamping Hub was the obvious choice. I have so many nice memories from our stay at this hotel, but a memory that I won’t forget is being outside on our private patio and enjoying the private pool off of our room.

The room opened up to a beautiful view of the Santa Teresa Beach. We felt as though we were in the middle of the jungle, as we listened to the howler monkeys and watched the sun set.

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

The best part of the accommodation is the villa itself. The villa is nicely decorated and very well detailed from the fresh robes provided to the indoor/outdoor shower. A beautiful view can be seen from every angle of the room, which makes it seem like you are the only one on the property. We stayed at other places in Santa Teresa and to put it simply—none compare.

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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 hotel is located in a tropical surfing town called Santa Teresa. The road leading to Santa Teresa is not paved and hard to get to, but once you arrive in the town, there is plenty to do. There is an array of restaurants and outdoor activities. The summer would be a nice time to go, in order to be able to enjoy the outdoor scenery and beach activities.

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

I was surprised how much privacy we had. Each villa is separated from the other villas and main lobby. Each independent villa allows guest to feel as though they are the only ones on the property.

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

I would invite Jude Law to accompany me on this glamping adventure so we could explore the beautiful property together. We would travel down the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on ATVs to Montezuma for a canopy tour and hike the waterfalls, and we would take surf lessons and watch the sunset on horses. At night, we would dine at the hotel's restaurant, and after dinner, we would go for a drink at the hotel bar near the main pool.

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!

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the hotel. I enjoyed the Costa Rican diet, trying different dishes made by Chef Jose Luis—a master of the palate! We ate dinner and breakfast at the restaurant.

The chef cooked a beautiful three-course meal for dinner. For breakfast, we had pancakes and a typical Costa Rican rice and bean dish. This hotel offers an incredible service that is hard to match.

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

I prefer a more relaxing getaway, and here, I didn’t need to worry about a thing. Guests are very relaxed from when they first arrive at the property and are handed a welcome drink to the end of their stay when a staff member is waiting to take their luggage to the taxi.

The delicious on-site restaurant really takes special care of their guests, as well. If you’re up for leaving the resort, the town of Santa Teresa has a lot of activities to offer, from surf lessons to canopy tours.

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

HONEYMOON. This property is both romantic and relaxing. Couples can come to relax without having to worry about a thing, because the resort staff is so helpful, and the villa itself has so many areas to kick back—whether it’s in the private pool, outdoor shower, or hammock.

The town offers nightlife, restaurants, and outdoor activities if you feel like leaving the property to explore the Nicoya coast.

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

Traveling opens one’s mind to appreciate the uniqueness of different cultures, and glamping allows you to experience where you are staying differently than any other accommodation I have stayed at before.

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While staying at this villa property, I experienced Costa Rican culture while still having the comfort of a 5-star accommodation. After my great glamping experience in Costa Rica, I can’t wait to continue glamping in my home state of Arizona.

For more glamping adventures and accommodations in Costa Rica, browse and book here!

Host Spotlight: T.J.

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 T.J., who manages this multi-accommodation property on Grasshopper Island in Ontario, Canada, which features three different types of cabins, which can be seen here, here, and here, as well as these traditional tipis.

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

10 years ago.

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

I could have severed my private 25-acre island into 25 or more lots, sold them, and then—poof!—entire island gone. Instead, I built an island eco-destination to share with the world, those who want to just get away from it all and set their spirits free.

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

Unique, breathtaking, eggperience.

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4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Tenting in the "back forty" on my parents' farm, surviving off of fish and catching bugs in spider webs for fish bait.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's the experience of a lifetime! Simple is always—and I mean always—the best.

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

An experience like no other vacation.

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7. What makes your property unique?

A mix of beautiful nature alongside the island's farm animals; the clients interacting with each beautiful animal; stars galore; and sunsets and sunrises that literally dance on the glittering lake before you.

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

The smiles on my islanders' faces! Last week, not a single person wanted to depart; I had to put my Captain's foot down.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

There is no electric; the sheep and alpacas cut the grass; we utilize solar power in a few places; the Wi-Fi is solar powered; piglets eat the compost; the eggperience of picking your eggs fresh; and the simple, beautiful eco-cabins.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

I LOVE WHAT I DO! I am so blessed!

Come have an authentic Canadian vacation experience with T.J. and the island farm animals at this truly eco-friendly glamping site—book here, here, here, or here today!

Host Spotlight: Darren

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 Darren, who manages these luxury tents, with both all-inclusive and non-inclusive options, located in the city of Culver in Central Oregon's gorgeous high desert landscape.

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

Long after we were under way building our resort, possibly three years ago.

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

My wife. We wanted to build a place where people could come and disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with nature. We wanted it to be 100% solar-powered and demonstrate to guests that you can be very comfortable, enjoying every luxury while still leaving a light footprint.

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

Romantic, restorative, natural.

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4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Once we built our decks, put up our first safari tent and outfitted it with a bed, we had a date to watch the Perseid Meteor showers in August. It was amazing.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and reconnect with the earth—something we all need. The bonus is that you have gourmet food and plush bedding, so it's not spartan and muscle spasm-inducing like camping on the ground in a tent.

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

Luxury, adventure, pampering, digital detox, beautiful scenery, amazing sunsets, restorative spa options, yoga, meditation, and fresh, delicious, local, chef-prepared food. Best of all? None of the crowds.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are 100% solar powered. We are on 40 acres where each site is situated with the utmost privacy. Guests love the open-air showers that are private for each unit. We have blended the glamping experience with eco-friendly practices and spa/personal restoration therapies.

It feels like a 40-acre outdoor destination spa. Guests feel far removed from the outside world while being only 20 minutes from the airport. We also have a hot air balloon launch site on-site. I'm a hot air balloon pilot and have been flying for over 20 years.

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

We have had the most incredible guests. It has been a wonderful experience sharing this space with others who truly appreciate it.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We are in the middle of national grasslands on a designated wild and scenic corridor, perched on a beautiful river canyon with 100% solar-powered electricity, a composting program, and a policy of buying not only food, but all supplies, locally.

We built with strict clauses in place that our builders had to build in a way that they did not harm the grasses and sage. It took us 3 years just to place each camp site so that we didn't disturb wildlife migration trails.

Each king unit has a clear panel above the bed so guests can watch the night sky. All linens and toiletries are organic and custom-made for us. The main furniture in the tents was made for us by a woodworker a few miles up the road, who used juniper that was cleared in the area for fire protection.

In our entire building process, we only had to cut down one juniper tree on the whole 40 acres. We also limit the amount of water guests can use, due to our shower and fresh water system. The great thing is that guests don't even notice it.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

We offer a wide array of activities both on- and off-site. It's a great place to stay, whether you never leave the property or as a base to explore Central Oregon. Every single person who has stayed has said verbatim, "I wish we could stay at least one more night."

What are you waiting for? Book the all-inclusive option or just the tents today for a unique glamping getaway in the Pacific Northwest!

Host Spotlight: Douglas

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 Douglas, who manages this gorgeous tree house cabin rentals in Carmel, California.

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

The first time I heard the term glamping was when Glamping Hub first contacted me with a reservation request.

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

The performance of Glamping Hub in being the best lead-generator I use is what inspired me to have my own site.

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

That's easy—peaceful, quiet, nature.

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4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

As my response to question #1 indicates, I have not had a glamping/camping experience as a guest, but only as a property host.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Glamping Hub is the best [company] I have used in streamlining the booking process from inquiry to payment receipt to welcoming the guest to our property.

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

As our website states, a peaceful, relaxing interaction with Mother Nature—and internet access when desired.

7. What makes your property unique?

The unique setting on 19 acres of redwood forest on the Big Sur Coast, as well as easy, 20-minute access to the villages of Big Sur (South) and Carmel (North).

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

The ability to have [Glamping Hub] connect me with the demographic of large numbers of people who are looking for exactly what our property offers.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We do not offer TV or microwave ovens, we use propane as our heat source, and we are in the process of installing solar panels to power our entire property. Our cabin rentals are in keeping with our family goal of making our footprint on planet Earth as light as possible.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

I welcome the opportunity to create a deeper business relationship with Glamping Hub, quite possibly moving towards the time when it can be our exclusive and only lead-generating company.

Book Douglas' tree house cabin rentals for your California glamping getaway today!

Host Spotlight: Mary

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 Mary, who manages this modern cottage in the Catskills of Upstate New York.

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

A while back, my niece told me about a “glamping vacation” that she took in New Mexico. This is the first time I head the term.

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

I was renovating a two-story Quonset hut into a two-bedroom guest cottage, and the wooded setting, abundance of wildlife, and history of the structure made it a good choice for a “glamping” destination.

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

Elegant, spacious, peaceful.

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4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

My family did not do much camping, but I became an avid camper in college, visiting some of the national parks and hiking/camping through New England.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It is nice to be comfortable, and getting close to nature is essential in this over populated, over stressed world. Glamping allows for both.

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

Comfort, quiet, lots of wooded views, wildlife sightings, indoor and outdoor cooking spaces, and room to breath. Also, accessibility to the artsy Upper Delaware River region that offers culture and great dining plus hiking and river activities.

7. What makes your property unique?

The unique nature and history of the Quonset hut structure, the peacefulness of the setting, and accessibility Upper Delaware River region.

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

My favorite part is when my guests have a positive and memorable experience in the cottage, personalizing it to whatever they need—be it peace and quiet, touring, or adventuring.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

It is a re-purposed Quonset hut, and much of the materials used in the renovation, as well as the furniture, are antiques or were special features left in the cottage when I bought it, such as the re-purposed brownstone doors that separate the great room from the kitchen. The cottage is fully heated, but also has a fully functional (optional) wood stove.

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*To book this gorgeous Upstate New York rental—which has been featured in blogs, such as "10 End of Summer Getaways Ideas" and "Your Summer Grilling Inspiration"—click here!

Summer Like a Celebrity

By Chloe Stein

With summer nearing to an end, we are reflecting on some of our the most glorious vacation spots and wondering to ourselves, "Why on earth haven’t these people gone glamping this summer?" Maybe they haven’t realized just what glamping can offer them.

To that we say: Celebrities all over the world, now is the time to gear up and glamp your heart out.

*Pictured: Jay-Z and Beyonce. Photo from [Popsugar.com*](https://www.popsugar.com)

Kristen & Dax

We shall start this post by mentioning the phenomenal Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. After their hilariously entertaining and downright riveting music video covering their safari trip and set to Toto’s well-acclaimed "Africa," we think the world could use an encore.

*Courtesy of [Today.com](Today.com)*

Maybe a music video featuring a walking tour in Australia complimented by the one and only “500 miles” by The Proclaimers—just an idea guys, just an idea. But in all seriousness, Kristen and Dax, we are begging you.

*Photo from [Glamping Hub](https://glampinghub.com/australia/northernterritory/alicesprings/safari-tent-tour-package-sydney/).*

Beyonce & Jay-Z

This summer "Lemonade" has put us through the ringer. Our hearts are going through a roller coaster of emotions, and while we sit back and watch the love story of Bey and Jay unfold, we are hopeful that maybe a romantic getaway is just what they needed.

*Photo from [Christalrock.com](Christalrock.com)*

Although we find Hawaii to be beautiful vacation destination, we think these two need a place that is magical, mysterious and unique, much like the pair themselves. We are thinking the next destination for this dynamic duo should be Slovenia—a fairy tale-esque wonderland that will have Jay saying “Becky who?” (Too soon?)

*Photo from [Glamping Hub](https://glampinghub.com/slovenia/savinjska/ljubnoobsavinji/slovenia-glamping/).*

Taylor Swift

Last, but not least, Taylor Swift. With the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian social media explosion that erupted in mid July (when will these two ever make amends!?), we think she could certainly benefit from a secluded tree house in the mountains or maybe a tent along a secret beach cove.

*Photo from [TheDailyBeast.com](TheDailyBeast.com).*

How about this beach spot? Set in Tuscany, this glamping site is a secluded coastal property, making it a complete paradise for celebs looking to escape the spotlight. This is the perfect place to splash around with new boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston, while Instagram-ing photos of yourself having the time of your life, T-Swift. We'll make sure you remain the envy of all who view your social media—don't you worry!

*Photo from [Glamping Hub](https://glampinghub.com/slovenia/savinjska/ljubnoobsavinji/slovenia-glamping/).*

Haven't gotten your celebrity fix? Click here & here for glamping weddings and much, much more.

Host Spotlight: Nick

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 Nick, who manages this eco-friendly cabin in the village of Capertee in New South Wales, Australia.

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

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

The cabin site is very special and peaceful, and we wanted to share it with others.

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

Peaceful, tranquil, and remote.

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4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Camping as a young man in a two-man tent, with no power or lights.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Because glamping offers something beyond the norm.

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

An exciting 4WD (Four-Wheel Drive) trip to the site, then a very comfortable stay in a rustic, quirky, hand-built cabin.

7. What makes your property unique?

A combination of many things: location, isolation, peace, wildlife, views, comfort, and silence.

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

Meeting lovely people from all around the world.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We use solar power, wind power, and collected rainwater. All waste is treated through a septic system and even the food scraps are not wasted—they go to the ducks!

To book this incredible Australian cabin rental—which has been featured in collections of ours, such as Eco-Friendly Camping Cabins in New South Wales—click here!

Oh the Glamping Places You'll Go

By Jessica Armstrong

When planning your glamping trips, what are your initial thoughts? What do I bring? Where do I go? When do I go?

Glamping Hub not only brings glampers the ease of traveling to unique and luxurious nature-based accommodations around the globe at the click of the button, but helps travelers learn from the firsthand experiences of others.

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By putting together the best team of international bloggers out there to share, retell, photograph, and relive their glamping tales again and again, fellow travelers and glampers get ahead of the game in planning their own adventure.

Many of these bloggers have been showcased during our summer series and will continue to be featured as we move into fall. But while we are still in the thick of our summer season, let's take a look back at some of the beautiful sites our traveling companions have been exploring.

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This peaceful cedar green house in Silverton, Oregon visited by Rachel Bernhardt.

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This unique A-frame cabin in the mountains of San Jacinto, Southern California, visited by Local Adventurer.

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This stunning luxury tent site in British Columbia, visited by Treasures and Travels.

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This dreamy one-room tree house rental near Austin, Texas, visited by Trading Places Global.

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These sleek and romantic cabins in an unspoiled forest on the southern coast of Australia visited by Mapping Megan.

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This glamping tent on a luxury camping resort in North Carolina visited by the trio Corbin Tate, Louella Reese, and The Style Hunt.

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This stunning bamboo villa encircled by tropical fauna in Hawaii visited by A Cruising Couple.

To see more of the stunning accommodations our bloggers have visited, check out all of our blogger spotlight features here!

Host Spotlight: Kristin

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 Kristin, who manages three gorgeous accommodations in Silverton, Oregon, on her 67-acre farm: this luxury Airstream, this picturesque cottage, and this stunning glass and cedar wood rental.

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

When I was interested in buying an Airstream trailer.

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

The property was just so ideal, I wanted to share it with others.

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

Idyllic country retreat.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

I remember banging pots as a kid to chance away the bears in Yosemite!

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5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

To escape the city and get back to nature and the land.

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

A fabulous soak in our natural hot tub; gorgeous hikes right from the farm; and a comfortable bed with luxurious cotton sheets!

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7. What makes your property unique?

We offer glamping for everyone, from our converted greenhouse surrounded by garden views to our new, cozy, luxury Airstream trailer, all located on our 67-acre organic farm. We have endless miles of hiking trails right from your doorstep! All of our accommodations are ideally located an hour from Portland, Oregon, too.

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

I love meeting new and interesting people from all over the world and sharing this special place.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

Our natural spring water and organic farm and gardens. We use recycled materials in our building and reiteration projects, too.

Book Kristin's Airstream, this cottage, or this luxury rental for your Oregon glamping getaway today!