As the name suggests, glamping combines glamor and camping, where breathtaking nature meets modern luxury. According glamping.com, some call it luxury camping, while others call it glamorous camping. For many outdoor enthusiasts across the country, experiential travel is an authentic way to connect with nature. Together, the experience is about getting off the beaten track, moving away from superficial tourist activities and embracing an immersive cultural environment. By stepping out of their comfort zone, experiential travelers experience a shift in perspective that enhances the way they connect to the world.
Now more popular than ever, glamping attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world who enjoy being close to nature. These four glamping locations offer premium, comfortable amenities and an experience that no hotel can provide.
Ventana Big Sur, a resort town in Alila, Big Sur, California
Guests of all ages can glisten among towering redwoods at the resort’s Redwood Canyon glamping sites which offer 15 stylish safari-style canvas tents with plush glamping mattresses, premium bedding and cozy heated blankets; hardwood floors; free s’more kits, firewood and fire pits; full hotel amenities at the impressive Bath House; daily maid service; morning coffee and tea; portable lanterns and reading lamps; power outlets and more. The breathtaking location among the redwoods is an ideal setting for guests to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with each other over fireside storytelling, campfire dining and forest hikes and along Big Sur’s iconic coastline.
Grand Cedar PavilionRidgedale, Missouri
Reopening this month for the season and with new camp cabins this summer, Long Stream Camp sits along 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake in Missouri’s award-winning Ozark Mountains resort, Big Cedar Lodge. The “glampsite” offers travelers a chic way to relive their favorite summer camp moments. Accommodations include luxury glamping tents, stylish camping cabins and camping cabins, as well as activities and amenities for the whole family, such as access to the lake beach and boating, a pool with luxury lounge chairs and stunning views of Table Rock Lake, outdoor games and s’mores kits upon arrival. , a dog park so you can bring your furry family members, and more. Plus, you can enjoy casual bites at the canteen, the Airstream at Camp Long Creek, which serves delicious treats including cheeseburgers, bratwursts and canned cocktails to go, as well as activities and dining options at Big Cedar Lodge.
La Quinta Resort & ClubLa Quinta, California
Combining luxury hospitality with the natural splendor, open skies and pristine landscapes of legendary Joshua Tree National Park, guests can book La Quinta Resort’s Joshua Tree Experience offering a luxury glamping experience in conjunction with I camped. Book a minimum stay of three nights and enjoy first and last night accommodations at La Quinta Resort & Club and one night in a luxurious camp setup, with plush resort bedding, a camp meal prepared for two, s’mores, a fire pit, nightly butler service, morning coffee, and transportation to and from the campsite. Guests can choose to enhance their experience with a private dinner under the stars prepared by a private chef by the fireplace.
The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts CollectionPark City, UT
Set on 3,500 private acres in the Wasatch Mountain Range, the intimate retreat exudes luxury. Blue Sky’s yurts sit atop two of the most scenic peaks on the property and serve as the base for various culinary and adventure offerings. Groups of ten or fewer are invited to indulge in fine, farm-to-table cuisine by celebrated Executive Chef Galen Zamarra. For thrill seekers, explore the easy, moderate, or difficult hiking trails on site with an experienced guide. Arrive at the yurt to enjoy a rustic picnic, take part in an outdoor art class atop a mountain, or take part in a mediation session while admiring the stunning views. For an even more intense adventure, take a helicopter ride outside your yurt as part of the resort’s heli-adventure program, which includes fly fishing, yoga or meditation, hiking, and mountain biking.