7 Best Off-Season Destinations

By Neil Graham

It was a searing hot day in July, I had been standing in line at the Colosseum in Rome for about one hour, and I still hadn't even reached the shaded area yet. It was at this moment that I realized that perhaps summer was not the best time to attempt to visit one of the world's most popular historic sites. In each photograph I was in that day, I am as red as a lobster, awkwardly posing to hide most of my sweaty t-shirt, and with several tourists beside me, all struggling to find the perfect selfie spot.

Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, a time when you can escape the pressures of everyday life, and off-season vacations offer cheaper flights, a larger variety of accommodations, shorter lines, less crowds...and less awkward posing!

Mallorca

Unwind away from the crowds in Mallorca!

For such a small island, yet the largest of the Balaeric Islands, Mallorca has a fascinating and diverse landscape that is made up of luxury beach resorts, picturesque mountain villages, ancient ruins, and superb geological formations. With only five days of rain and an average high of 23 degrees Celsius (~74 degrees Fahrenheit) in October, you can explore all the delights of the island at their leisure while still enjoying the best bits of summer!

The Greek Islands

Renowned for their idyllic beaches, great weather, and delicious cuisine, the Greek Islands make for an amazing off-season destination, whether it’s for a luxury, five-star getaway or a budget-friendly backpacking odyssey. You can wander the romantic streets of Santorini, swim by the white volcanic rocks of Sarakiniko Beach on Milos, and enjoy a couple of Mythos beers while admiring the Acropolis of Lindos for an unforgettable holiday.

Chile

Why not try something away from the obvious and venture into the sublime natural beauty of Chile while embarking on an array of outdoor adventures? You can enjoy a romantic night stargazing in the Mars-like Atacama Desert, with several top-level observatories offering extraordinary astro-tourism experiences. Alternatively, you can go skiing in the Andes at Valle Nevado, which is only 46 kilometers away from Santiago, Chile's capital, and features over 7,000 acres of skiable terrain. What’s more? The geysers at El Tatio, the mountains of Torres del Paine, and the glaciers throughout Patagonia are breathtaking natural wonders not to be missed.

Baja California

Unwind in a unique setting with these glamping tents in Baja California!

Baja California is ideal for those yearning for a tropical getaway without heading too far from home. With the peninsula sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California, Baja California features paradise-like beaches, where you can enjoy an array of water sports, such as world-class surfing, supreme scuba diving, and adrenaline-fueled jet skiing. Away from the water, guests can immerse themselves in nature by trekking through dense jungle on the back of a mule, exploring the Trinidad Canyon and its ancient cave paintings, or hiking along the Sierra de San Francisco for a complete sense of seclusion. Whatever piques your interest, Baja California has it all.

New South Wales

Aside from its iconic coastal cities and its second-to-none surfing hot spots, New South Wales is home to a plethora of natural attractions and outdoor experiences that can be enjoyed at a much more leisurely pace during the off season. The spectacular, limestone Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains showcase stunning calcite formations; the powerful Kiama Blowhole is the largest blowhole in the world; and the Walls of China in Mungo National Park are an ancient, breathtaking structure that can be admired from a cycle trail or a self-guided drive tour. The best part? All of these are within easy reach of several of our glamping sites.

Big Sur, California

Enjoy the last of the warm weather to the fullest in Big Sur, California, and bask in the sunshine on glorious sandy beaches, delight in its extraordinary cuisine, and sip on piña coladas in trendy, beachfront bars. Why not make it a truly memorable getaway and stay along the coast in one of our unique glamping accommodations? You'll have your choice of everything from tree houses and Airstreams to safari tents and yurts.

Hawaii

Listen to soothing sound of the waves as you relax in style!

Hawaii boasts year-round sunshine, picturesque beaches, lush green mountains, and a laid-back vibe, making it the perfect destination for an off-season getaway. You'll take away incredible memories of scuba diving in waters teeming with life, looking down upon active volcanoes from a helicopter, and laying on a secluded beach with nothing but the waves to listen to.


Check out more extraordinary accommodations in California here, and stay in the loop with the latest in glamping here!

The Best of the Islands: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

By Elizabeth Young

Are you headed to Hawaii any time soon? While you may be thinking surfing, beaches, and sunsets, there is so much more to the islands than their stunning shores. The interior of each island is filled with verdant green rainforests and teeming with adventure. Every island has its charm, that's for sure, but today we're going to focus on the Big Island of Hawaii and Volcanoes National Park. Get ready to get up close and personal with some of Hawaii's famous volcanoes, and take a look at what there is to do and where we recommend to stay!

The Property

You can really disconnect when you stay at this yurt. It's even hidden in the rainforest!

To visit the National Park, we recommend booking this family-friendly yurt, found in Fern Forest, about 15 minutes by car from the park entrance. The yurt can sleep four people and has parking for two cars, so you don't need to worry about where to park the rental. The hosts, Don and Gypsy, will welcome you for your 3 p.m. check-in and show you around.

You'll notice not only does the yurt have the basics—linens, towels, and a full kitchen—there is also Wi-Fi, a Roku for evening entertainment, and a barbecue on the lanai out back. Don and Gypsy even provide snacks! And did we mention the yurt is solar-powered? Really, what more could you need?

Take a peek inside!

Visiting the Park

A photo of the Kilauea Crater from a lookout point.

After you wake up refreshed and are ready to go, you can head out for Volcanoes National Park. When planning your trip to the park, make sure to check the hours and which parts of the park are open. Due to lava flows and repairs, certain parts of the park may be closed to the public throughout the year.

At night, you can see the lava even better.

To enter the park, every visitor must pay a fee. Each pass is valid for seven days; it is $25 per car, $12 per pedestrian or bicycle, and $20 per motorcycle. There are also certain days throughout the year that the park is free! Click here for more information.

The craters help you get a feel for how large the volcanoes truly are.

At the heart of the park lie Kilauea and Mauna Loa, both active volcanoes. The Crater Rim is a popular drive and hike in the park, allowing visitors to see several steam vent and craters, and it overlooks as the skirt the edge of the Kilauea Caldera, too. Visitors can head below ground and even walk through the Thurston Lava Tubes—get there early to avoid crowds and congestion—or go high and stop for a photo-op at the Kilauea Overlook, which spans two miles and drops 400 feet! Apart from the Crater Rim Trail, other popular hikes include Halema'uma'u Trail, the Devastation Trail, and the Kilauea Iki hike.

Out and about

After a day exploring the National Park, take a break and check out the town!

When you're not exploring Volcanoes National Park and the rainforest, the surrounding towns are home to some cool landmarks and delicious restaurants and cafés. Feel like eating breakfast out one day? Head over to Ohelo Cafe in Volcano Village or try the pancakes at the Kilauea Lodge, which are sure to be a hit. Other guests favorites include Kaleo's Bar & Grill in Pahoa, the malasadas at Tex Drive-In, Eagles Lighthouse Cafe, and Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe.

Make sure to check out any one of the local farmers' markets.

After you've eaten your fill, take some time to see what else the island holds. There's a scenic drive down into Waipi'o Valley and beach; you can visit Akaka Falls, the Black or Green Sand Beaches, Rainbow Falls; and so much more!

The hike to Akaka Falls is the perfect way to spend a day!

Volcanoes, rainforests, waterfall hikes, delicious foods and even more beautiful beaches...what are you waiting for? Don't miss the chance to book a trip to the Big Island!


Planning another trip? Head over to Glamping Hub to take a look at our full inventory.

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!

Gourmet Glamping

By Stephen Gillis

1. Sonoma, California

Hands down, the best way to feel glamorous is by swirling a glass of red wine, and what better place is there to indulge than in California Wine Country? Napa Valley of Sonoma County in Northern California is home to some of the finest vineyards in the world, with optimal conditions for growing numerous varieties of grapes. What makes the environment so perfect is everything to do with the cool breeze that combs through the vineyards. At night, the crisp air chills the grapes and protects the thin, vulnerable skin. While glamping in Sonoma County, you will be able to experience the same breeze as you sip red wine cultivated on the very earth you stand upon. The best way to describe this experience is totally grounding, and you will only think about who you are sharing the moment with.

2. Asheville, North Carolina

The mountain oasis known as Asheville, North Carolina, is truly a gem in the American south and stands tall as a beacon for craft, culture, and cuisine, while boasting the energy of a bustling artistic epicenter. The inhabitants, along with glampers who visit, have an appreciation for the hand making of crafts that runs as deep as the roots of the surrounding spires of towering pine. This is apparent in the craft beer scene of Asheville, which attracts beer lovers from across the country. You may find yourself in The Thirsty Monk at one of their tastings, or for a longer event, you would certainly enjoy the city's Oktoberfest.

3. Damazan, France

While glamping in France, food lovers shall rejoice as eating well is inevitable. With traditions and recipes passed down from older generations, the French cuisine is sure to be the highlight of any visit. After collecting local produce from the town market, guests can prepare a meal inspired by the perfect surroundings. When dinner is ready, spirits are lifted as the bread is broken and the local wine is poured. Outside the French doors, the Canal Lateral reflects the bright, full moon light. What you are feeling now is within grasp at this beautiful cottage in the picturesque region of Damazan, France. Glamping here will allow you to be able to spend time with loved ones in an environment perfect for making memories.

4. Venice, Italy

Perhaps one of the most romantic destinations in the world is the one-and-only Venice, Italy. Imagine gently drifting in a gondola down a narrow canal on a warm summer day, and having just indulged in a tiramisu gelato. Glamping in Venice is truly an experience unlike most would have in Italy. Situated just outside of the city, your glamping site is just a short, beautiful boat ride away from the main square. In this bell tent, you can enjoy peaceful, quiet nights right by the coast.

5. Portland, Maine

With the Atlantic Ocean drifting onto the shores, Portland, Maine, boasts some of the freshest and most delicious seafood available. The lobster is a local legend, but the lore is for you to uncover. Discover the beautiful and historical city of Portland through the gourmet cuisine in through your taste buds. Feast on lobster rolls that boast a very liberal quantity of the coveted delicacy, warm your belly with creamy clam chowder, and try many more local favorites. To go glamping in Maine means you must come hungry for both local delicacies and plenty of adventure. Are you ready?

6. Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain, is a gastronomical city unlike anywhere else. You will not only eat well, but you will eat cheap. Order a glass of your preferred beverage, and then you will be presented with a delicious free tapa that pairs perfectly. Mind you, when you want more food, that means you will need to ask for another beverage to prompt another free tapa. Something else that sets this beautiful Spanish city apart are the amazing caves found dotted in the mountains. With polished furnishings and modern amenities, they are perfect for relaxing after a full day exploring the wonderful culinary opportunities that Granada has to offer.

7. Austin, Texas

When in Texas, glampers are going to need an appetite as big as the state itself. While Tex-Mex and Barbecue are a staple of the local cuisine, the city of Austin allows glampers to step out of their culinary comfort zone and try something new. Whether its a lively food truck festival or an unexpected fusion restaurant, glamping in Austin seamlessly mixes the perfect gastronomical adventure with fun outdoor activities that reconnect you with nature.


Hungry for more? Head on over to Glamping Hub to check out some more fantastic getaways!

25 Bucket List-Worthy A-Frame Cabins

By Shelby Stewart

A-frame cabins are the biggest trend in summer glamping. After reading through our list of 25 must-book choices, we'll have you packing your bags in no time.

1. A-Frame Cabin with Scenic Views near Lake Logan, Ohio

This cabin is conveniently located in the Appalachian Mountain range and is the peaceful escape you've been meaning to take.

2. A-Frame Cabin with Mountain Views in Tahoe National Forest, California

Check out the incredible location of this A-frame cabin. Once you see these gorgeous views, you won't want to leave!

3. A-Frame Cabin Getaway on Woodland Farm Retreat near Augusta, Maine

Plan your stay at this New England retreat for the perfect getaway.

Hiking A-Frame Cabin near Mt. Hood, Oregon

Ready for an adventure? Book your stay at this cabin and get ready for skiing, hiking, and fishing in the beautiful Oregon landscape.

5. A-Frame Cabin for Mountain Getaway near Big Bear Lake, California

Check out this mountain retreat for an accommodation with the perfect mix of relaxation and outdoor exploration.

6. Lovely A-Frame Cabin on Sandy River near Lake Trillium, Oregon

Book your next adventure at this a-frame cabin on Sandy River for the ultimate summer getaway.

7. Peaceful A-Frame Cabin Rental in Tahoe City, California

Stay in this luxurious cabin and discover all that Tahoe City has to offer.

8. Luxury A-Frame Cabin in Carnelian Bay, California

Explore California's nature by staying in this A-frame cabin with the most beautiful all-glass window wall.

9. Picturesque A-Frame Cabin in the Catskills, New York

Nestled in the Catskills, this cabin in New York is your ideal peaceful retreat on the East Coast. This accommodation even has it's own yoga room, providing the ideal space to practice your form.

A-Frame Cabin with Spacious Deck Overlooking the Cotee River, Florida

Ready to discover Florida? Book your stay at this retreat and get ready for a trip to remember.

11. A-Frame Cabin in Massanutten Resort, Virginia

Check out this luxurious getaway in Virginia! Located near Shenandoah National Park and Charlottesville, there are endless places to explore.

12. Beachfront A-Frame Cabin Rental in Florence, Oregon**

Plan your stay at this beautiful beachfront cabin! Whether you choose to spend all day in the sand or explore all of the natural recreation areas nearby, the location will certainly not disappoint.

13. Beachside A-Frame Cabin near Cascade Head on Oregon Coast

Book your next adventure at this A-frame cabin near Cascade Head. With less than a minute's walk to the beach, this truly is the ultimate beach getaway.

14. A-Frame Cabin Nestled in the Woods near Tahoe City, California

Check out this spacious cabin rental on the shores of Lake Tahoe!

15. Beautiful A-Frame Cabin near Lake Donner and Lake Tahoe, California

Plan your trip to this Lake Tahoe cabin and discover the endless outdoor activities in the area. Whether you want to hike the mountains or swim in Lake Tahoe, this trip will appeal to everyone.

16. Unique Woodland A-Frame Cabin in Lake Tahoe, California

Book your stay at this cabin in Lake Tahoe with beautiful lake views and beach access.

17. Riverside A-Frame Cabin on Umpqua River in Reedsport, Oregon

Check out this incredible riverside cabin on the Umpqua River. Known for its incredible fishing, this location allows you to fish on one of 17 nearby freshwater lakes.

18. Off-the-Grid A-Frame Cabin near Flagstaff, New Mexico**

Stay in this secluded cabin for an adventure you will not forget! Situated on 100 acres of private solar-powered property, you will truly experience an escape from the modern world.

19. Rustic Forest Cabin near Sierra at Tahoe, California**

Looking for something unique? Check out this forest cabin and get lost in the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains.

20. A-Frame Cabin with Alpine Views in Walden, Colorado

It's time to pack our bags and head to Colorado! This rustic cabin is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, alpine lakes, and beautiful valleys.

21. A-Frame Cabin near Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort, California

Book your stay at this rustic retreat and explore all of the outdoor adventure located just minutes away.

22. Charming A-Frame Cabin near Smoky Mountains in Townsend, Tennessee

Stay at this charming a-frame situated in the middle of a forest and explore the Smoky Mountains for your next adventure.

23. Off-the-Grid A-Frame Cabin with Convertible Wall near Zion National Park

Check out this unique off-the-grid cabin that truly brings the outdoors in. Located along the border of Zion National Park, the hiking opportunities are endless.

24. Luxury A-Frame Cabin in Zephyr Cove, Nevada

Ready to discover Nevada? Book this luxury cabin for panoramic lake views that will leave you speechless.

25. Deluxe A-Frame Rental in Glacier, Washington

Plan your stay at this stunning cabin and get ready to explore the beauty of Washington. Looking for even more of an adventure? Taking a day trip into Canada couldn't be easier from the location of this property!

Which A-frame is calling your name?


Looking for more inspiration to book your next escape? Check out our collections on unique A-frame cabins on the West Coast, in New York, and near Placer County!

Where to Eat, Sleep, and Glamp in the Cowichan Valley of British Columbia

By Jessica Armstrong

Editor's note: This is a guest post written by Joe Schwartz.

Vancouver Island has a unique style compared to the rest of British Columbia. Maybe the separation from the busy mainland has something to do with it, or perhaps its the proximity to the ocean and the laid-back vibes that go along with that. "The Island," as it's known in British Columbia, has always been a place to escape from normalcy—a place to unwind and decompress from the daily hustle and bustle. A lot of folks who live here take this same approach with life, which is reflected in the funky, character-filled communities on the Island.

The Cowichan Valley

Guests will leave this cabin and immediately want to plan their next trip back!

Hopping over to the island's eastern shores, one will notice some distinct changes in geography and climate. While the West Coast takes the full brunt of the Pacific Ocean's storms, the east side is sheltered by the mountains. The temperatures are generally warmer and the water calmer, but the adventurous island vibe pervades on this side, too.

The Cowichan Valley is a great example of this. A broad, fertile valley guarded by forested hills, the area is more British Columbia's interior farmland than a coastal destination.A broad, fertile valley guarded by forested hills, this area is more BC Interior farmland than Coastal destination. A quick detour onto the backroads will pass by vineyards, cows grazing, and lush farmland. It's pretty easy to forget that the ocean is just a stone's throw away.

The Cowichan Valley is a place to escape from normalcy, a place to unwind and decompress from the daily hustle.

Your Dream Cabin

Guests will leave this cabin and immediately want to plan their next trip back!

Detour up to the Cowichan River—along a maze of country roads and up a steep gravel driveway—and you'll have arrived at this incredible, eco-friendly cabin on Stoltz Bluff. Fully off-the-grid and sustainably built, this property and accommodation are an inspiration, not to mention make for a luxurious place to stay.

As the name (and the steepness of the driveway) might suggest, the retreat is built on the top of Stoltz Bluff, overlooking the Cowichan River Provincial Park, and offers incredible views up and down the main valley, which allows for memorable sunrises and sunsets right from the porch. Seriously, the view alone makes it worth the trip.


No need to bring camping gear when this eco-friendly cabin has everything you could ever dream of.

Leon and Tonya, the visionaries behind this project, had no prior experience in building in this style, but were determined to create something that would serve to inspire others. The accommodation and property hit on all the requirements of their original vision: an eco-friendly design that utilizes off-the-grid systems and is located in a private, stunning area that shows off the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. Every detail of the house is hand-crafted, and it's clear it was built with the intent to create a haven of relaxation and contemplation for generations to come.


What to do in the area

One can sample the results of such lush farmland at the weekly farmers' market in the local town of Duncan. Fresh baked goods, Cowichan wines, towering tables of local produce, and plenty of perfectly eccentric folk that live in the area. Wine and food are at the forefront at another Cowichan Valley favorite, Saison Market, where everything tastes freshly picked and lovingly crafted.

Glamping Hub personally thanks Joe and the hosts of this stunning cabin for allowing us to feel like we got to tag along on this incredible getaway through Cowichan Valley!


You can see more of Joe's adventure in British Columbia and learn more about the properties on Gibbon Whistler. Don't forget to book your very own getaway at this eco-friendly cabin, here.

It's Time to Visit Jordan River, British Columbia

By Jessica Armstrong

Editor's note: This is a guest post written by Joe Schwartz.

Jordan River is located on the southern reaches of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Only a short drive from the largest city on the island (and the province's capital), Victoria, the Jordan River area maintains a mystique and sense of remoteness not affected by its proximity to a big city.

Nothing looks more relaxing than enjoying the sunset while roasting s'mores right by the ocean.

Step inside your dream accommodation.

Where to stay

Don't you want to call this charming woodland cabin on Jordan Island your home away from home, too?

That funky vibe extends to Vancouver Island's accommodations, too. On the very southern reaches of the island's famous West Coast lies the hamlet of Jordan River. Once a mining and logging town, Jordan River is most well-known for its surf breaks and miles of wild coastline, all connected by the Juan de Fuca trail, a 29-mile (or 47-kilometer) trek along desolate beaches and through tangled forest.

Just outside of Jordan River, nestled amongst the towering Douglas firs, cedar trees, and hemlock is this stunning, secluded cabin. The cabin's hosts, J.S. and Candice, had lived in the area for almost a decade, observing more and more tourists arriving each year. Besides the local campsites, there wasn't much else in terms of accommodation for the area's growing number of visitors.


Guests will feel cozy and comfortable their entire stay at this unique rental in British Columbia.

Taking matters into their own hands, J.S. and Candice built the cabin three years ago, hoping to provide a welcoming space for everyone from weekend road-trippers to international visitors. Their goal with the cabin was to create a clean, well-built, and relaxing space. The minimalist interior design was intended to make guests feel comfortable and not distracted by unnecessary details.

While the modern appearance of the cabin may feel at odds with the towering trees surrounding the cabin, it all comes together perfectly when you're cozy in bed, listening to the wind whistle through the trees, or sipping a warm coffee on the patio as the morning sun filters through the branches above.

Guests will leave this cabin and immediately want to plan their next trip back!

What to do in the area

The Jordan River area boasts quality restaurants and places like the Sheringham Distillery, which offers tours and tastings on the weekends. Just minutes from the cabin are a few options to eat, including amazing breakfast and lunch sandwiches at the Cold Shoulder Café, wood-fired pizza at Stoked Pizzeria, and one of the most incredible dining room ocean views and classy cuisine at the Point No Point Resort (including binoculars on each table for dinner-time whale watching).

Glamping Hub personally thanks Joe and the hosts of this gorgeous and unbeatable cabin rental for allowing us to feel like we were a part of the glamping getaway in Jordan River!


You can see more of Joe's adventure in British Columbia and learn more about the properties on Gibbon Whistler. You can also your very own stay at this cabin on Jordan River, here.

14 Days of Summer Glamping Guide

By Shelby Stewart

Summer is a time like no other—the air gets warmer, nights get longer, and the urge to travel gets stronger. How will you choose to spend your summer? Whether you are booking the perfect girls trip, a relaxing family vacation, or a romantic getaway for two, our 14 days of Summer Glamping Guide provides all the inspiration you need to get planning.

Why should you make glamping your next summer adventure? The answer is simple. Glamping allows us to connect with nature while escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s the necessary pause everyone must take to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with nature with our loved ones around us.

Glamping can take many different forms, making it the perfect way to create an experience tailored to your personal desires. From bell tents and houseboats to caravans, tree houses, and everything in between, we have no doubt that your next glamping experience will be the trip of a lifetime.

With so many places to explore, choosing your summer getaway may seem like the most daunting part. With an eye for detail, but mainly an eye for adventure, we have handpicked accommodations for our summer inspiration guide that will not disappoint. Without further ado, here are our top 14 picks for glamping in the U.S. and beyond.

1. Extraordinary Houseboat Rental on Manatee River in Sarasota, Florida

Check out this houseboat for rent in Sarasota, Florida.

Nothing says summer more than a trip to Florida! This unique, floating chapel accommodation is the perfect escape to the Sunshine State, allowing you and your fellow travel companions time to soak up the sun and enjoy the charming town of Palmetto. With beautiful views from the marina and your own barbecue on deck, this glamping experience is one for the books!

2. Luxury Tents near Colorado Springs, Colorado

Book a stay at these luxury tents near Colorado Springs.

These luxury tents are guaranteed to take your breath away. With magnificent views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and your own fully-equipped kitchen, you won't want to leave. Whether you want to plan a full day of hiking or are looking to explore the countryside on ATVs, this accommodation is full of outdoor adventure. Make this your summer destination, and we promise it will be the glamping experience you've been dreaming of.

3. Breathtaking Cabanas Over the Water in Belize

Book your summer trip to Belize here!

Floating cabanas on a private island in Belize? Say no more! This glamping trip has relaxation written all over it. Whether you choose to spend your time swaying in a hammock overlooking the water or plan a day of snorkeling in the nearby barrier reef, these cabanas provide the ultimate mix of leisure and adventure. Add Belize to your summer bucket list, and start planning your trip to paradise.

4. Picturesque Caravan Getaway near Taos, New Mexico

Plan your trip to this caravan for the perfect glamping experience!

This blue caravan is the perfect place to call home for your summer adventures! Located near Taos, New Mexico, glampers can explore the landscape of Mesa or plan a hike in one of two National Parks nearby. Looking to spend a day in town? Venture into Taos to experience the local culture, which is rich in art and history. No matter how you choose to spend your time, this glamping hot spot will not disappoint.

5. Amazing Floating Cabin Getaway in Key Largo, Florida

Check out this incredible floating cabin in Key Largo, Florida.

This floating cabin offers the ultimate escape from reality. No need to dock for dinner—this boat includes a barbecue that allows you to cook up your personal catch of the day. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking during the day, and then relax and lounge on your private patio while taking in the gorgeous sunsets each evening. Book a stay at this cabin, and we have a feeling you'll fall in love with its charm just like we did.

6. Cozy Luxury Tent for a Romantic Getaway near Zion National Park, Utah

Book your stay at this luxury tent near Zion National Park.

This luxury tent is situated on a 120-acre glamping site that proves to be the perfect landscape for any adventure. Whether you want to venture into Zion National Park or explore the Canaan Mountain Wilderness, you're guaranteed a unique experience each and every day. What could make this property even better? Its pet-friendly, meaning you can share this amazing glamping experience with your favorite four-legged friend.

7. Deluxe Bell Tents at Camp West Sonoma near San Francisco

Plan your trip to these bell tents at Camp West Sonoma!

Whether you are in desperate need of a girls' weekend or looking for the perfect romantic escape, these bell tents nestled in Sonoma, California, are a go-to for your next glamping trip. The tents are conveniently located near vineyards for a day of wine tasting, but you can just as easily stay on-site and take the party poolside for a day of sun and relaxation. However you choose to spend your time in Sonoma, these bell tents provide the ultimate glamping experience.

8. Unique Vacation Rental with Ocean Views near Pahoa, Hawaii

Ready, set, aloha!

Pack your bags, and get ready to head to Pahoa, Hawaii! Hawaii is the perfect pick for a tropical and luxurious vacation with endless places to go explore. Black sand beaches, snorkeling, and beautiful forests are all just a short drive away from this amazing accommodation! Whether you are looking for a vacation full of adventure or something a bit slower paced, this glamping spot will have you saying aloha in no time.

9. Magnificent Bell Tents near Venice, Italy

Check out these incredible bell tents near Venice!

Ready for a European adventure? These bell tents are located near Venice, Italy, and provide the ideal balance between city and beach life. Within a 30-minute drive of Venice and just a quick walk from the beach, each day is guaranteed to be full of new scenery. Book a stay at this accommodation, and get ready for the glamping experience of a lifetime.

10.Romantic Getaway Cottage Overlooking Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

Ready to book your trip to New Zealand?

Whether you're looking for the perfect honeymoon or a romantic couples retreat, this cottage is the perfect place to vacation. With gorgeous views and the coastal downtown just a five-minute drive away, this cottage gives you the perfect balance of hideaway and adventure. It's time to head to New Zealand for a destination getaway you'll never want to leave.

11. Delightful Dome Nestled in Appalachian Mountains, Georgia

Plan your summer trip to this fabulous Georgia glamping dome!

Glamping in this Georgia dome is the perfect withdraw into the Appalachian Mountains. With Carters Lake just minutes away, glampers can fish, kayak, and hike during the day and return to the ultimate outdoor kitchen and campfire in the evenings. Conveniently located near the historic city of Ellijay—home to vineyards, apple orchards and an annual apple festival—there is always something new to discover. A summer escape to Georgia is exactly what every glamper needs to reconnect with nature alongside loved ones.

12.Dreamy Tree House Rentals near Austin, Texas

Book your trip to these tree house rentals near Austin, Texas!

Tree houses are the perfect way to escape the ordinary, and this accommodation located near Austin, Texas, will not disappoint. Nestled in Texas Hill Country, it offers a wide variety of places to explore, including a day trip to Austin to experience the "Live Music Capital of the World." What's the best part of this gem? You can book a private, on-site zip-line tour with the host, and you'll find out.

13.Custom Designed Tree House near Mochian State Park, Ohio

Check out these tree house rentals near Mochian State Park!

We love tree houses so much we just had to add another to the list. Conveniently located near Mohican State Park, you will be able to create your own hiking adventure every day. Made from 100% reclaimed materials and nestled within the pine trees of Ohio, this property is the perfect escape to become one with nature. Adventure is calling—it’s time to head to Ohio!

14. Stunning Tree House Near Germantown, Kentucky

Plan your trip to these tree house rentals near Germantown, Kentucky!

Our last pick is none other than this charming tree house located near Germantown, Kentucky. Situated on 200 acres of secluded wilderness, this is the ideal spot for hiking and exploration. What makes this accommodation even more unique? You can book a hiking canopy tour with the host to truly experience all the beauty this tree house has to offer. End each night with quality time by the campfire, and this trip will surely be the summer experience of a lifetime.

Summer is calling...where will you go?


For more summer inspo, check out our collections on Summer Tent and Tipi Camping in California, Glamping Cabins in Upstate New York, and Summer Vacations with the Kids in Texas!

Extraordinary Accommodations for the Best Summer Solstice Celebrations

By Neil Graham

The Summer Solstice is a celestial event that has been respected for thousands of years all over the world, from the Ancient Egyptians, who believed it was responsible for the vital annual flooding of the Nile, to the Vikings, who would go on fishing expeditions and raids. Even today, it is a time to appreciate the life-giving powers of the Sun and it’s relationship with Earth, which allows every living thing on our planet to thrive. It’s also a time when the warm weather lets us gather with friends and family and enjoy the great outdoors, whether it’s hiking through forests and mountains, serving barbecue lunches, or simply lying on the beach with a well-earned cold one in hand.

In 2018, the Summer Solstice will fall on Thursday, June 21, in the Northern Hemisphere, and these are our favorite accommodations to experience the world’s best celebrations.

1. Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara, California

Relax in this incredible cabana rental near the beach and enjoy the vibrant floats and costumes, as well as live music and dancing at the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade!

2. Summer Solstice Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina

Stay just an hour away from the colorful celebrations in Greensboro, North Carolina, with this cabin near Raleigh and discover an artisan market with an array of hand-crafted goods and culinary delights, live musical performances with influences from around the globe, and dazzling fire-spinning displays in the evening!

3. Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland

Marvel at the breathtaking mountain and ocean views from a private outdoor hot tub with this unique glass cabin near the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavík and watch world-class musical acts from a variety of genres. 2018's acts include Slayer, Stormzy, Bonnie Tyler, and Gucci Mane!

4. Astrofest in Istria, Croatia

This superb villa rental is based on the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia near the site of Astrofest where lovers of astronomy and mystical mythology gather to watch the sun set before rising again on the shortest night of the year.

5. Mountain Fires in Tyrol, Austria

The extraordinary spectacle of the Mountain Fires on the peaks of Ehrwald, Lermoos, and Biberwier in Austria’s Tyrol region is a truly unique sight, with the glowing sculptures reaching a height of 200 meters. Make your Summer Solstice getaway unforgettable by staying in an igloo in the enchanting city of Innsbruck.

6. Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in England

Gather around the ancient standing stones of Stonehenge and admire the first rays of the sun while joining in the extravagant pagan celebrations. Guests can expect to see displays of flamboyant Aztec and druid costumes, mass yoga sessions, and lively drum circles.


Looking for more summer vacation ideas? Have a look at our collections of Unique Summer Getaways in California and Unique Summer Getaways on the East Coast!

Travel Inspo: Our 5 Most-Booked Glamping Sites in 2018

By Kyomi Wade

Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday we were scribbling down our New Year's resolutions, and now, here we are almost halfway through the year! More than ever, people all over the globe are catching on that glamping is truly one of the most breathtaking ways to spend time in nature and appreciate the beauty earth has to offer, and we are happy to guide them to that perfect glamping experience.

We've looked at the bookings for 2018 so far to see where have been the most popular places to stay on Glamping Hub. Whether for those yet to try glamping or just to book their holiday this year, we present the best bit of travel inspiration you'll stumble across today. Without further ado, here are our 5 most booked glamping sites of 2018!

1. Pet-Friendly Safari Cabin Tent near Warner Springs, California


Though the adorable dog in photo is not included, this pet-friendly accommodation is a firm-favorite and was the most visited in all of 2017, too, so we’re not surprised it's proving to be popular again this year. Being spacious, having panoramic views, and with the added perk of a private hot tub, staying here offers the opportunity to enjoy nature in a comfortable way.

Glampers will love the easy access to all the basics needed, such as coffee, good DVDs, and a pizza oven (a nice touch, if we do say so ourselves), as well as being able to completely disconnect from your day-to-day. If you are bringing a pet, you'll love watching them enjoy the great outdoors along with you, too. And yes, before you ask, it's in easy reach of Wi-Fi, just in case you need to check in with the outside world.

2. Eco-Friendly Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, California


A leisurely stroll through the woods will get you to your front door of your vacation rental, which just so happens to be a tree house! A queen-size bed, a well-equipped kitchen, and a hot tub will assure your comfort levels are met while you take in the beauty of the surrounding redwood forest. If you are a keen hiker, the hiking trails at The Forest of Nisene Park come highly recommended, so make sure you make some time for it.

One of the things we personally love is that this tree house is just 17 minutes from the coast, so you can really get the both worlds—perfect for indecisive travelers. One thing is for sure, though: it is guaranteed to be truly unique.

3. Inviting Cabin surrounded by the Redwoods Forest near Big Sur, California


It's time for some cabin love. You can really become at one with nature in this beautiful rental—bathing in its private outdoor baths, while being surrounded by the Big Sur redwood forest, a tranquil creek that runs by the property, and the chirping blue jays. It’s enough to truly allow you to unplug from the business of your standard day-to-day, but Wi-Fi can be requested if needed.

Better yet, you'll only be 15 minutes away from Carmel Beach for the coast-chasers among your party. The city of Carmel, where the cabin is located, has a European feel and a rich history that glampers can learn about, but you can just as easily go and simply enjoy sampling the various restaurants and boutiques on offer.

Being one of our most popular properties, we can tell you two things you won't forget about this cabin: the view and the best night's sleep you’ve had in ages.

4. Peaceful Green House near Silverton, Oregon


With this glamping gem, you'll find yourself amid the infamous Pacific Northwest in Oregon—both near the world-famous Silver Falls State Park and situated on a 67-acre organic farm. Animal lovers will feel truly at home here, with cats, dogs, and horses roaming the grounds.

At this cabin, the true beauty lies in its walls, which are deliberately transparent, so you always feel surrounded by the beautiful landscape. And, of course, like many of our popular glamping sites, a huge plus is the hot tub, which will only further help you relax amid these tranquil surroundings.

5. Romantic Tree House in the Redwoods of Santa Cruz, California


Get ready to fulfill all your childhood dreams in style. This tree is small but perfectly formed, perfect for you and your other half to have a nature-based escape. You'll naturally want to spend some quality time with your fellow glampers while on vacation, which is easily done at this secluded accommodation.

Situated not too far from Santa Cruz, you'll be able to easily explore local shops and tuck into some quality cuisine, too. So what else can you expect from this property? Aside from great access to hiking trails, as is the case with most of our best accommodations, you are only a five-minute walk to the world famous Mystery Spot, a 15-minute drive to the beaches of Santa Cruz, and close to two golf courses—sounds like a good plan to us!


We've found over 60 glamping sites that have had people particularly enamored this year. To see the full list for 2018, click here. Don't forget to share this list with someone who needs to try glamping this year, too!