There are few summer vacations quite as timeless as camping under
the stars and telling stories while roasting s’mores around a
But, camping has a few, well, let’s call them limitations. For
one, it’s not always all that comfortable. Sure, the
right gear helps (a lot), but at a certain point, you aren’t
going to make sleeping on the ground, in a tent, without the
amenities of home (think: running water) appealing to all
travelers. Glamping, however, captures the best parts of camping
while eliminating most of the drawbacks.
So, what exactly is glamping?
The term first surged in Google searches around the summer of
2007 — likely starting in the United Kingdom before moving
westward to the United States. These days, popular glamping
amenities include plush mattresses, multicourse meals, private
bathrooms, customized outdoor adventures and, sometimes, a personal
butler or other on-site staff members.
And while the concept may have taken off and spread across the
U.S. and beyond more recently, it dates back much further, to when
the well-to-do would go on a safari complete with massive tents and
staff to look after their every need.
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River Camp Dolores, Colorado (Photo
courtesy of Dunton River Camp)
Dunton River Camp is most definitely on the luxe end of things
when it comes to glamping. Located near Telluridein
the San Juan Mountains of Colorado,
Dunton River Camp comprises eight large safari-style tents on the
After a day of exploring, hiking, bike riding, fishing or
sauna-ing, you can cozy up to an included chef-prepared organic
meal featuring local, organic ingredients with wines to match.
Duntonâ€™s River Camp isnâ€™t cheap, but it does include those
meals and beverages.
You most definitely wonâ€™t be roughing it here. Guests have
their own bathroom with 6-foot soaking tubs, complete with showers,
hot water, double vanities and even towel warmers.
For the summer of 2020, the river camp is only available to
families or groups looking to book the entire property due to
social distancing guidelines, but if youâ€™re planning ahead for
the summer of 2021, nightly rates for a single tent start around
$1,775 for double occupancy.
Under Canvas Various
by Bailey Made
For travelers flocking to national
parks this summer, you can skip the backcountry and bed down
instead at an Under Canvas luxury camp.
Under Canvas can be found near some of the most popular parks
and monuments in the country, including
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Zion National
Park, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and
Glacier National Park, among others.
All seven of the eco-friendly camps have reopened this summer,
so travelers can enjoy incredible access to these iconic
destinations â€” one of the great perks of traditional camping â€”
with high-end amenities including organic bath products,
wood-burning stoves, king-size beds with fresh linens and, in some
cases, even private bathrooms with a shower, sink and flushing
Rates vary depending on date and location, but can generally be
reserved from $189 a night. For travelers planning ahead, Under
Canvas locations are coming to Acadia National Park, Yosemite,
Joshua Tree and Catalina
Island, the brandâ€™s first-ever island retreat.
If you want a glamping-style stay in the trees with hardly
anyone else around, Sinya may the glamping retreat for you. This
property in Texas
Hill Country has only one treehouse built for two with a
custom-designed safari tent direct from South Africa.
(Photo by Lynn Gallimore)
Inside the tent, youâ€™ll find a king-sized bed and a
century-old clawfoot bathtub. The tent is even equipped with air
conditioning and heat. Youâ€™re on your own for meals here, but
there is a kitchen you can use, and weâ€™re big fans of The Leaning
Pear restaurant, just a very short
drive away in downtown Wimberley.
Texas road trips from Houston
(Photo by Lynn Gallimore)
Prices here range from $350 to $400 per night.
Retreats Various locations (Photo
by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)
With nearly half a dozen locations across the country, from Big
Sky, Montana to the
Big Apple, travelers will discover tented camps with elegant
king beds, locally inspired decor and gourmet meals from
Even shared bathrooms offer private showers, sinks and flush
toilets, so you donâ€™t have to worry about brushing your teeth
with strangers, and thereâ€™s plenty of hot water and plush Turkish
towels to go around. Some tents even feature private ensuite
bathrooms with rainfall showers.
Rates vary depending on date and location, but an entry-level
Governors Island in New York City is available from under $300
this summer, while a tent in Vail, Colorado starts at $199.
Asheville, North Carolina (Photo
courtesy of Asheville Glamping / Facebook.)
Whether you want a traditional tent, a dome, an Airstream
trailer or a treehouse, Ashville Glamping has you covered. This
company describes itself as something between a traditional
campground and a five-star resort. (But donâ€™t worry, the units do
have air conditioning!)
As an exceptional added bonus for staying here, youâ€™ll be
within easy driving distance of all that the Asheville area has to
offer such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, the
Biltmore and more.
Thereâ€™s a two-night minimum here and prices range from $200 to
$400 per night in the treehouse, domes and safari-style tents.
Best things to do in Asheville
Eastwind Hotel & Bar
Windham, New York (Photo
courtesy of Eastwind Hotel & Bar.)
Donâ€™t let the name discourage you: This property, located in
one of the
hottest destinations of the year, has a collection of
distinctive wood-and-glass A-frame cabins perfect for a first foray
Donâ€™t let the minimalist aesthetic fool you either: These
cabins have queen beds, private bathrooms, Frette linens and
Zenology bath products â€” not to mention electrical outlets.
Itâ€™s the ultimate outdoorsy experience for travelers who still
prefer to bed down inside and wake up to sweeping views of the
surrounding meadows and mountains.
Barbecue kits are available upon request, though travelers can
also mosy over to the main hotel for light bites at High Spirits,
the bar (open Friday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). A communal
Saturday supper is also an option, as is a breakfast buffet. Due to
the pandemic, however, cocktails are being delivered directly to
rooms and breakfast baskets are available
in place of the buffet.
Just know this kind of glamping wonâ€™t be nearly as affordable
as pitching a tent. Many dates require a two-night minimum stay and
can set you back over $500 per night this summer.
Getaway cabins Various
by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
Travelers can also leverage the network of Getaway
cabins across the U.S. Here, youâ€™re not going to find a deep
soaking tub and there wonâ€™t be locally sourced organic meals with
white-glove service. But, these tiny cabins are a form of glamping
in that you have a comfy bed (or two) with soft linens,
all-you-can-enjoy air conditioning and your own private bathroom at
Youâ€™ll find Getaway cabins located within driving distance of
major cities such as Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington,
D.C., New York and more. Prices start at $99 per night (plus $40 to
bring a pup), but can go north of $300 during peak nights.
Pro tip: If you do decide to
book a Getaway cabin, code TPG25 will save you $25 on your
by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)Bottom line
For travelers seeking new ways to connect with nature this
summer â€” especially without having to track down and pack extra
toilet paper â€” glamping can be a great way to enjoy the great
outdoors without foregoing any of the comforts of your favorite
hotel or resort.
Because glamping retreats are rarely part of any loyalty program
(though Marriott admittedly made a foray into the glamping market
last year with a
collection of luxury tents in Indonesia) travelers should just
be prepared to pay with a credit card that earns bonus points on
travel purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire
Reserve (3x) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred
Perfect for both romantic getaways and family vacations,
travelers will find that glamping can also be one of the best ways
to access some of the more remote (and coveted) destinations in the
country. And still, all of your creature comforts will be
accommodated. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Featured image courtesy of Dunton River Camp.
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