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!

Our Top Five Staff Picks

By Chloe Stein

Staff Picks: Every two weeks, we'll be bringing you one of our staffer's favorite glamping sites. This week, Chloe is here to share which accommodations she's chosen!

When working at Glamping Hub, not a day goes by without oogling and ogling over a newly-listed tree house, a funky yurt or a charming shepherd hut—and don't even get me started on tiny houses, they're utterly praise-worthy.

So, let's begin our first week of staff picks with two things in mind. One, prepare to be amazed, and two, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a tiny house.

1 - Tree House: Misiones, Argentina

This new sign up is the bee's knees, his legs, and his arms. Why do we love this Argentinian tree house? I mean, isn't it obvious?

2 - Tented Cabins: Rhone Alps, France

These tents are our second choice as they are available year-round—withstanding winter, spring, summer and fall. Also because we can always get down with a glass of Côtes du Rhône, from the Rhone Alps, with love.

3 - Safari Tent: Kanab, Utah

This third pick makes our list for many reasons, but the number one? Location, location, location. This destination is right next to the immaculate Grand Staircase National Park, as seen in the second photo below.

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Photo by Kane County Office of Tourism

4 - Private Island: Little Diamond, Maine

If we were to pick one region in the world to camp for the rest of our days, it would probably be New England—which brings us to this private island rental in Maine.

5 - Tiny House: Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Don't say we didn't warn you! This gosh-darn adorable tiny house is what dreams are made of. Is that going overboard? Personally, we think not. All hail tiny houses!


Like what you see? Stay tuned for our staff picks in the weeks to come or, if you're feeling adventurous, create a free Glamping Hub account and start your own wishlist today!

Staff Picks: The Age of Glamping is Here, so Set Your Watches to Yurt

By David Pope

"Camping is a thing of the past," a friend once remarked to me between bites of a macaroon. "This is the age of glamping!"

She was, of course, wrong, as it was the early 1980s. But if she had waited just a few short decades, she would have been dead right, in an obvious kind of way. As her spoon dove through layers of trifle, an excellent choice given her outfit, she continued to gift me pearls of wisdom that stick with me today like sticky pearls.

"Sleeping bags won't cut it anymore, and regular tents are just soooo 1,000 B.C." The moonlight bounces off of her eclair as she speaks, casting the shadow of a tipi. "Mark my words, the future is calling, and the phone is inside a yurt."

I laugh, but not at anything she's said. "But how will people know what glamping sites to visit?" She's quiet for a moment and then pokes her head through her croquembouche pyramid in a charmingly conservative kind of way, while replying, "Sorry, what was that you said?"

But I knew what she meant.

She meant that there'd need to be an expert's guide, the words of a sherpa to bring the un-glamped to glamping. So let this serve as that, my personal pick of the best spots to glamp from across the world.

**1. Inviting Cabins in the Trees Surrounded by Redwoods near Big Sur, California**

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I was born and raised in Brisbane, a small pineapple farm-turned-city on the avocado-drenched heartland of Australia's east coast. My mornings were spent the same way as all Brisbanite children, in a sweatshop drawing satirical cartoons for The Economist, dreaming about escaping to the redwoods of northern California (pun intended).

These picturesque cabins surrounded by forest are exactly the place to which my infant mind would have somnambulated, with the trees keeping things cool in summer and heaters ensuring coziness in winter.

2. Charming Couples' Yurt Rental with Air Conditioning in Texas Hill Country

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The soft, rounded edges of this glamping tent in Texas Hill Country call to a mind a sense of vulnerability reminiscent of a young Grace Kelly, or an elderly Chris Hemsworth. Equipped with a sumptuous queen-size bed and air-conditioning, this getaway is a sure-fire hit for couples seeking romance or a glamping tent.

3. Stunning Luxury Airstream Rental Outside of Portland, Oregon

Airstream for rent near Portland

I never had the intention of becoming a glamper. In fact, most of my youth was spent protesting against the influence tree houses have in the pharmaceutical industry. But it was Airstreams such as this rental that drew me closer to the concept.

In addition to a super-trendy decor and exterior, guests here will be able to enjoy a comfy bed and a well-equipped kitchenette for a fully-appointed and unique getaway.

4. Mongolian Yurts for Two & Four People near the Costa de la Luz in Cadiz, Spain

Yurt for rent near Cadiz, Spain

It was the comfort-seeking society of the Mongols that first came up with the idea of the yurt, with king-of-cuddles Genghis Khan himself saying that his yurt was the only place he could find a decent cushion upon which to update his Twitter.

This yurt rental on the Costa de la Luz in southern Spain is no different, offering elegance, comfort, and style in abandon. Glampers will feel secluded and come away restored and recharged.

5. Unique Underground Camping Pod Rental on Crop Farm for Vacation near Nashville, Tennessee

Unique vacation rentals near Santa Fe, TN

With hobbit home rentals like these, it's easy to see why Tennessee is officially known as "the foot hair state." Glampers traveling here will find delight in these underground pods, each one filled with a rustic decor. Guests will also be able to enjoy the bounty of nature, with the property home to a variety of seasonal fruits and veggies.


Hungry for more? Check out other unique glamping getaways at Glamping Hub or head to our blog for more travel tips, tricks, and destinations.

Staff Picks: Putting the Amp in Glamping

By David Pope

Staff Picks: Every two weeks, we'll be bringing you one of our staffer's favorite glamping sites. This week, David is here to share which accommodations he's chosen!

It was a Tuesday when I first started working at Glamping Hub. Black clouds hung low and fat over the horizon, and I remember being dazzled by the photographs that seemed to shimmer on the wall as I took my first, tentative steps into the warmth of the office. There were yurts, tipis, tree houses, castles—each one a different mottle of colors and set in a different, far away place. Like portals to distant lands, they seemed to be asking me to step through their thin veneer of physicality and explore new sightscapes in an era of exploration continued from the first pushes of discoverers like Hercules and Magellan.

So, reader, that is what I would like to share with you today. These are just some of the places that inspired me to wildly explore in a way few do, and I hope that they also serve as inspiration for you to begin your own adventures.

1. Peaceful Cedar Green House In Silverton, Oregon

This may not be the first thing that pops to mind when you think glamping. It's not a tent or a tree house or a hobbit hole, it's not made out of recycled fur donated by a family of charming badgers.

But, for me, the greenhouse theme of this unique getaway in Oregon offers travelers the perfect way to immerse themselves in the sights of their natural setting. And, just like a greenhouse, those who stay inside also grow and change as they relax into their surroundings.

2. Rustic and Romantic Tree House Rental in Sonoma Wine County

Tree houses have that magical ability to not just take us to a new place, perched high above the troubles of the world, but to also take us back in time to the unremembered skies and snows of childhood.

This particular rental in Sonoma, California, is no different, transporting us to ourselves as much as to Californian wine country.

3. Mongolian-Style Yurt with Spectacular Views in Victoria, Australia

In 1969, Neil Armstrong took his first steps across the quiet surface of Earth's moon, cementing humanity's place amongst the stars and reminding us all of the importance of not forgetting pronouns when forging great quotes.

But this yurt doesn't care about that. It stands on an ancient Australian landscape that seems to suggest that it will outlast the orbit of the moon, and lets us enjoy a timeless escape.

4. Glamping Caboose Rental Perfect for Families near Clyde, North Carolina

Just as the castles of medieval warlords and feudal chieftains were transformed into the sumptuous palaces of royal elites, so to has this former train carriage been turned into a luxury glamping site. Choo-choo-choose it for your next getaway.

5. Pod on Stilts Surrounded by Vineyards near Mendoza, Argentina

The vines of Mendoza stretch out as a patchwork quilt of purples and greens that blankets the landscape of Argentina in color and vivacity. Making where you stay why you stay is the very core of the glamping dogma, perfectly encapsulated by this pod on stilts above vineyards bursting with life.


Like what you see? Stay tuned for our staff picks in the weeks to come or, if you're feeling adventurous, create a free Glamping Hub account and start your own wishlist today!

Staff Picks: The Best of the Best in Spain

By Jessica Armstrong

Staff Picks: Every two weeks, we'll be bringing you one of our staffer's favorite glamping sites. This week, Jessica is here to share which accommodations she's chosen!

A quick look through our incredible glamping offerings in Spain is enough to give anyone travel envy—I, myself, am dying to visit ever single one! Luckily, my time in Spain has given me the opportunity to visit, albeit briefly, a number of these properties—villas, yurts, and tents, to name a few!—but I'm still hopeful that, one day, I'll get to take a tree house for a spin, too.

Prepare to be inspired by my favorite glamping picks for the best of the best in Spain—you'll be booking a trans-Atlantic flight to España in no time!

1. Luxury Villas and Tents in Malaga

High above the coast of Malaga, these undeniably lovely glamping accommodations offer up the ultimate luxury vacation by the sea. While the site has two different types of accommodations on-site—both villas and tents—glampers can't go wrong no matter which accommodation they choose.

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For our stay, my boyfriend and I opted for the villa, as we went during the winter months, and the tents were being updated for spring. It's the perfect excuse to come back! I can't wait to experience the breathtaking view, the amazing service, and full Spanish breakfast all over again.

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2. Yoga Yurts at 30 minutes from Seville

Tucked away into the secluded valleys of southern Spain, this charming glamping property offers yogis and glampers the experience of a lifetime in these yurt rentals. With an offering of fully organic and delicious fruits and veggies (some even grown right on-site!) for guests, this glamping yoga retreat will feed your mind, body, and soul—leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed by check-out.

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Glampers have the option of staying in an apartment, yurt, or tent when visiting this unique yoga center for a getaway. What's more? You can go for a relaxing dip in the pool every day after practicing yoga and meditating. If it were up to me, I would nama-stay here forever.

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3. Safari Tents in Cadiz

Thanks to this property, you don't have to go all the way to Africa to experience an authentic safari tent. Located just a couple miles off the shore, these stunning tent rentals can be found in the natural parks right off of Cadiz proper.

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The warm weather, beautiful green scenery, and high-end features found in each tent are enough to make any traveler fall in love with southern Spain. Having visited these tents a couple times now, each experience has been unique and left me with new memories. Perfect for both couples or groups of friends, these luxury tents are definitely the best way to visit Cadiz.

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4. Tree houses in Galicia

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I've had my eye on these beauties for awhile, and I think it's finally time to make my dreams become reality. From the breathtaking treetop views right from the accommodation to the ultra-luxurious amenities, I don't know what's taken me so long to book a stay here. Just close your eyes and imagine waking up to those sky-high vistas every morning without ever having to leave your bed. Needless to say, off to Galicia, I will soon go!

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Check out last week's Staff Picks post and browse more one-of-a-kind Spanish glamping treasures here!