Top spring vacation destinations for 2019

By Eric Wright

As the Earth rattles through space on another epic orbit at nearly a million kilometers an hour and the northern hemisphere begins to warm up, spring brings with it a time of rebirth, regrowth, and revitalization.

While the birds return, the flowers start to bloom, and newly-born animals take their first steps, spring is also the perfect opportunity for us to head out into the glittering wilderness and enjoy the milder climate. These fabulous vacation destinations are the perfect way to inspire you to take that first big trip of the year in spring 2019.

Europe

1. Slovenia

If astonishingly clear lakes and seemingly impossible mountain paths indulge your senses, the pristine beauty of Slovenia's Alps is the place to head this spring.

Triglav National Park is quickly becoming a prime tourist destination, and it's no wonder why. With the majestic peaks rising up to 2,864 meters, the area is full of incredible views and mirror-like lakes, making it ideal for both a relaxing escape and outdoor sports alike. Lake Bled, which lies in the the heart of the park, offers the perfect spot to wind down after a day in the mountains and take a romantic boat trip to the fairy-tale church located at the center of the iconic waters.

Returning to your whimsical tent secluded in the forest and taking a dip in the bubbling waters of the hot tub will leave you feeling at true peace with this alluring area of the world.

2. Greece, Crete

Steeped in ancient history and Greek mythology, Crete, Greece's largest island, is famous for its fine sand beaches, rising mountain ranges, and captivating archaeological museums.

With the astonishingly beautiful coastal areas of the Balos Lagoon, the iconic pink sand of Elafonisi Island, and the Neolithic city of Knossos dating back to 7000 B.C., it's no surprise that this enthralling island is regarded as the birthplace of Zeus.

What could be better after a day spent walking in the footsteps of the Olympian gods than retiring to your own beachfront paradise to watch the sun make its descent over the vast Aegean Sea? By the beard of Zeus, make Crete your next adventure!

3. Portugal

Generally accepted as one of the best value destinations in Western Europe, the breathtakingly beautiful coastline of the Algarve in the south of Portugal is a beach lover's dream.

In contrast to its Spanish neighbor, the charming coastal towns of Lagos, Portimão, Praia da Marinha, and Carvoeiro offer a more rugged territory, full of jaw-dropping cliffs, hidden coves, and, of course, spectacular golden beaches. The foodies in the group will love having their pick of freshly-caught seafood and traditional Portuguese delicacies in the inviting bars and restaurants.

4. Catalonia, Spain

Those looking to combine a beach getaway with a location brimming with culture and tradition need look no further than the Catalan region of northeastern Spain. Tarragona's Costa Dorada, or Golden Coast, with its 15 kilometers of sandy coastline, offers the chance for lazy beach days at sites like El Miracle, L'Arrabassada, and Playa Larga.

Meanwhile, just an hour's drive up the coast will lead visitors to the winding streets and Gothic cathedrals of Barcelona. Antoni Gaudí's fascinating Sagrada Família and Park Güell are sure to evoke your creative side, while the feisty Catalan culture is an experience in and of itself.

Africa

Morocco

There's nowhere quite like the barren terrain of an alien-esque landscape to put life's tribulations into perspective, and Morocco during springtime is just the place to clear your mind and remember what's really important.

Exploring the endless deserts of the Agafay and Sahara by camel, traversing the steep cliffs and canyons of the soaring Atlas mountains, and soaking up the rich history of the ancient city of Aït Benhaddou are voyages that will be remembered a lifetime over.

If sleeping in an enchanting tent under a crystal clear sky sparkling full of distant stars and galaxies is your thing, don't miss out this spring, as, after all, the sands of time wait for no man or woman!

North America

1. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is a prime location for those who are looking for a relaxing getaway full of water sports and picturesque sunsets. The area comes to life in the spring, and the opportunities for jet skiing, fishing, waterskiing, and parasailing are endless.

Booking a chartered tour will bring you close to the brimming sea life in the area, with many tour companies offering dolphin and whale watching cruises to get up close to these magnificent aquatic beasts.

The many pristine golf courses, historic buildings, and museums also offer a way to soak up some culture and mix with the locals. With a charming Southern getaway just a few blocks from the beach, pool days will also be on this South Carolina vacation's agenda.

2. Texas Hill Country

Full of great vineyards, small-town charm, and enchanting natural attractions, the wide-open views and gorgeous hills of Texas allow visitors to leave their city stresses behind and enjoy a fun-filled family getaway.

Garner State Park located in Concan, offers 1,774 acres of rolling hills, making it ideal for a day of hiking or kayaking on the winding waters of the Frio River. Evenings can be spent at the award-winning wineries of Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow, which also boast picture-perfect vistas.

When evening rolls in, there's nothing better than heading back to your own magical tree house nestled high up among the sights and sounds of the surrounding wilderness.

3. Vancouver Island

Located off Canada's Pacific Coast, the mild temperatures of Vancouver Island make it an ideal spring destination for nature lovers, beach-goers, and food connoisseurs alike. Port Hardy, found in the northern part of the island, is a haven for whale watching, salmon fishing, and kayaking, as it boasts a wild terrain of forests, lakes, and misty mountains.

After some exploration, get your taste buds tingling at one the “boat-to-table” food events held during Feast Tofino from May 3-5, where renowned chefs use local ingredients to make dishes that pay homage to the region and its famous fisheries.

At the end of your day out and about, retire to this unique cottage for a cozy evening curled up around the fireplace, cold drink in hand.

4. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee need no introduction and its endless mountains make an exceptional place to take in the resurging beauty and color that springtime kindly brings with it. As temperatures rise and the frosty ground thaws, trekking through the entrancing terrain offers beautiful awakening wildflowers, powerful waterfalls, and a wide variety of wildlife.

The friendly towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge also hold a number of spring events, ranging from arts and crafts shows, wine tasting weekends, and even trout tournaments.

With views like this from your very own private hot tub back at the cabin, a getaway in the Great Smokies is one heck of a catch this spring.

5. Southern California

Whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat surrounded by the soaring mountains of the San Jacinto or a week of wild partying in the Colorado Desert, Southern California makes a fantastic spring getaway.

Easily accessible from Los Angeles, families will love the nature trails, diverse desert wildlife, and one-of-a-kind stargazing opportunities in Joshua Tree National Park. Alternatively, the party animals out there can make the annual homage to the Colorado Desert for the hipness, bohemian outfits, and popular music of one of America's most famous festivals—Coachella.

Be it recovering after a week of dancing the night away or just a quiet family retreat, this stunning cabin is the perfect spring respite.


For more spring travel inspiration, be sure to check out our collections on family-friendly spring getaways on the East Coast, spring break escapes in Washington State, and more on Glamping Hub!

Unique Spring Break Destinations for 2018

By Jackie Dreyer

A mere couple of months into the year, and we don't know about you, but we're already planning our next big getaway. With Spring Break on the horizon—from early March through late April, depending on location—it's time you give yourself a welcomed break and jet off to a unique destination that's sure to make for your most-liked Instagram photo yet.

Our Top Five Choices

We know you probably think Spring Break is synonymous with crowded beaches, bikinis, and beers, but we'd like to present you with a few fun alternatives. From coast to coast—and even dipping down to Mexico, these five properties are out top choices for a one-of-a-kind of springtime getaway.

1. Texas

Come springtime, as the blue bonnets begin to bloom and festival season falls upon us (including the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, Texas turns into a veritable hotspot for cultural activities and nature-based adventures. At just an hour from Austin, this tree house rental puts you at the perfect distance from the city and right in the heart of the New Braunfels' countryside, nestled along the Guadalupe River and just 20 minutes from Canyon Lake.

2. Florida

Swimming in natural springs, kayaking the state's waterways, and feeling the warm rays of the "Sunshine State" brush your skin are only three of the best springtime activities in Florida. Instead of images of Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach floating through your dreams, however, you should start imagining a secluded escape to Siesta Key.

This deluxe accommodation is the perfect place for a luxurious and romantic Spring Break, complete with a private pool to take a dip in between sunbathing sessions. There's even a private walkway that leads guests right down to the white sand beaches and the calming water of the Atlantic Ocean!

3. North Carolina

Whether you're walking among the wildflowers, cycling around the area's bike trails, or paddleboarding along the shore of one of the state's numerous beaches, a relaxing East Coast Spring Break is a breeze in North Carolina.

There's no better place than this waterfront cottage rental on North Topsail Beach for a trip that even the family dog can come along on. For the ultimate in luxury, you can even hire a private chef to prepare you meals in the gourmet kitchen all trip long.

4. California

California has literally got it all—from beautiful beaches and State and National Parks to stunning desert landscapes and mountainous terrain. With a plethora of outdoor activities to take advantage of, you won't miss for a second the overpriced cocktails and poor music choices of any establishment on the main drag of a major city.

Opt, instead, for one of these off-the-grid glamping pods in the Mojave Desert in California, where you can rent off-road vehicles to best explore the desert that surrounds you. At night, you'll rest peacefully, with the stars keeping the evening pleasantly aglow, from the comfort of a luxurious queen-size bed.

5. Mexico

"Go big or go home" seems to be the age-old Spring Break motto down in Mexico, but we're not taking you to all-you-can-drink Cancun this spring. We'll do you one better—with this luxury tree house in Tulum, Mexico. With 360° views of the jungle and the ocean, in addition to proximity to the area's famous Mayan ruins, you'll get fun, flora, sand, sun, waves, and a dose of culture at this deluxe glamping site.

No matter where you stay this spring, whether it be a beachfront villa or a secluded tree house, try Glamping Hub on for size and stay unique!


For more Spring Break ideas, check out our page on Spring Getaways and get inspired!

Best Spring Break Destinations for Couples in 2018

By Chloe Stein

Ahhh, spring. We missed you.

Spark the inner glamper in your significant other, and take a spring break vacation unlike any other. From Northern California to Upstate New York, these destinations are some of our top getaways and perfect for a couples escape.

Enjoy warm afternoons spent outdoor grilling, take long hikes in nearby parks, and, if your heart so desires, frolick in the nearby valleys. At the end of the day, you and your sweet thing will blissfully relax in the serenity and privacy of these glamping accommodations.

Fully Outfitted Yurt on Trinity River, Northern California

California couples can do what California couples do best at this yurt in Big Flat, Northern California. With the Trinity River nearby, guests will have plenty of nature to explore, as well as marvelous views of the Trinity Alps.

This yurt comes with an electric fireplace and a kitchen space, as well as plush linens and a luxury clawfoot tub. Better yet, upon request, this host can offer private dinners, as well as a selection of beer and wine for an additional fee. Now that is what we call the ultimate couples retreat.

Fantastic Glamping Dome Nestled in Appalachian Mountains, Georgia

Are you and your better half fans of the night sky and overall stargazing? Well, this glamping dome located in Georgia is just what you both have been dreaming of.

Glampers who stay here will love its unique structure, luxury interior, and fantastic 360-degree views of the surrounding nightsky. For those astronomy nerds, this is the place for you, while those seeking adventure will enjoy Carters Lake—only minutes away and offering the best place to kayak, canoe, and do what campers do best.

Luxurious Colorado Tipis Located Between Gunnison and Blue Mesa Lake

Bring your loved one to one of these tipis in Gunnison, Colorado. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy not only its emerald rolling plains and crystal clear skies, but also the type of laidback vibes that only Big Sky Country can offer.

Located near Blue Mesa Lake, these tipis are surrounded by babbling creeks and scenery, the kind of idyllic setting from which poets find the inspiration to write sonnets. What more perfect of a way to spend time with your significant other than by horseback riding on back-country roads, kayaking on nearby lakes, and taking that much needed picnic. (Don't forget the wine and cheese!)

Luxury Safari Tents in Enchanting Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York

Take some time with your lovebird, and enjoy the simple things in life at a luxury safari tent in Upstate New York. Whether you're located in the Hudson Valley, on Long Island, or smack dab in the middle of Brooklyn, these tents are just a stone's throw away—and well worth the trek.

Staying here will have you both instantly relaxed, given the luxury that is the Finger Lakes Region. Visit the area's well-known wineries that are scattered around each lake's perimeter. Furthermore, guests who stay here will have fantastic bike trails to take advantage of and but a short drive to the magnificent Lake Ontario. Best of all,? The hammock comes included.

Want to check out some other spring getaway ideas? How about an East Coast road trip, these trip ideas, or a getaway to the lovely Cape Cod?