Below, our contributor Anjuli Panda shares her four favorite ‘glampground’ sites that add a hint of luxury to your typical camping experience.
Camping isn’t for everyone, especially for those who continue to appreciate a hot shower, even in the outdoors. Cue glamping—the chicer way to be one with nature, some would say. Several resorts have caught on to the glamping idea, and provide means for those who are slightly more high maintenance to camp in a pre-arranged setting. Summer’s only half-way done, so it’s not too late to grab a friend and enjoy one of these four ‘glamp’–grounds!
- Enjoy: The breathtaking views, redwood canyon hikes, in-house (or should we say in-yurt) massages and outdoor yoga.
- Try: The human nest. If the yurts look a little too glamorous for you, arrange to stay in the human nest. The human nest is a life-size nest made of woven wood accessible by ladder. Bring your own sleeping bags and leave the earplugs at home. The lull of the waves breaking ashore will put you right to sleep.
- Tip: Cell service is majorly lacking at Treebones, so let family and friends know ahead of time that you’ll be off the grid. (Photo by Kodiak Greenwood)
- Enjoy: The tranquility of the isolated location within the town of Joshua Tree. This “dome” is surrounded by 360 degrees of picturesque California desert landscape, but is only a five-minute drive from town.
- Try: The meditation loft that owners Kathrin and Brian created using vintage fortune-telling games and dreamcatchers to help you reach that zen place.
- Tip: The road to the Dome is a bumpy one, so put a lid on your coffee cup and snap your seat belt back on before going through your own version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
- Enjoy: Horseback riding, fly fishing and kayaking on the surrounding rivers. Located only six miles from America’s first national park, the natural beauty to see is endless. Tents are look-a-like teepees, fulfilling your second-grade dream of sleeping in one.
- Try: The free hot chocolate in the main tent!
- Tip: Don’t forget a flashlight to assist you when walking to the bathrooms in the middle of the night. Even glampers have to bring basics sometimes!
- Enjoy: Airstream living in this funky town close to the Mexican border. Step back in time after entering into these restored mobile spaces, which are outfitted with charming vintage décor and accessories—including televisions only broadcast in two colors.
- Try: The 1950 Spartanette trailer, which features a phonograph along with a selection of 45 RPM records.
- Tip: Although equipped with kitchens, no cooking is allowed in the trailers. There are a few charcoal grills on the lot, however, to be taken advantage of.