Many pre-pandemic travel trends, including international jaunts, all-inclusive resort vacations and multigenerational trips, are back in 2022. But perhaps the year’s most notable travel trend is glamping, with 7 in 10 households identifying themselves as at least occasional campers or glampers as of 2021, according to the 2022 North American Camping Report conducted by Kampgrounds of America, or KOA.
While glamping has long piqued the interest of campers and noncampers alike – the term was first used around 2007 and the concept technically dates back to pre-historic times – this practice is now booming as a result of the pandemic. Glamping has cured the travel itch for many during uncertain times, allowing people to socially distance from others and even work from their campsites while enjoying the comforts of home and the luxuries of a hotel in the great outdoors.
Jon Staff, CEO and founder of Getaway, a tiny-cabin rental company whose bookings have surged in recent years, also attributes the glamping trend to another factor: a need to disconnect. “I built Getaway because I recognized that we could all benefit from the restorative power of nature and the disconnection from our devices and schedules,” Staff said. “This led to my mission, and Getaway’s mission, to create more space in the world for free time.”
What is glamping?
Glamping is exactly what it sounds like: glamorous camping. If you’re enticed by the idea of camping but don’t want to deal with the inevitable grunt work that comes with it, glamping may be the perfect compromise. The glamour portion refers to the features and amenities similar to what you typically enjoy at a hotel or vacation rental. Accommodation options, for example, range from a sturdier “tent” (often a house frame draped in canvas) to a travel trailer such as an Airstream to a cabin (in an experience sometimes called “cabineering”). Other amenities include, at minimum, a proper bed; a private bathroom or a shared bathhouse that still feels private; electricity, including heat and air conditioning; and a staff to call upon. In most cases, however, glamping resorts offer so much more – think complimentary activities, gourmet dining options, pools and hot tubs, and even spa services. Many glamping resorts are also pet-friendly.
If you’re ready to plan a glamping getaway, consider this your short list for luxury glamping resorts in California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and other destinations across the U.S.
The Resort at Paws Up: Greenough, Montana
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There’s glamping, and then there’s glamping at The Resort at Paws Up. One of the pioneers of modern-day glamping, The Resort at Paws Up offers six exclusive glamping camps (with prices to match), each one offering a different experience. Solo travelers and couples will love the two-story Tree Haus at the resort’s new adults-only retreat, the green o, while the North Bank Camp – with three-bedroom, two-bathroom tents – is ideal for large families. You can book an individual tent or, if traveling with extended family and/or friends, you might consider booking an entire camp.
Glamping guests enjoy a dedicated camping butler and, because this is an all-inclusive resort, three gourmet meals with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages daily. Select activities such as pony rides and snow tubing are covered in nightly rates. For additional fees you can also take advantage of the many unique guided activities and excursions you don’t find at most resorts, from skijoring, where a skier is pulled by a horse or dogs, to hot air balloon rides. On-site transportation and shuttle service to and from Missoula Montana Airport, about 35 miles away, is also included in your stay. While the lodging and amenities make Paws Up one of the best glamping resorts in the U.S., it’s the staff members who have earned this resort rave reviews from previous guests.
The Resort at Paws Up offers glamping mid-May through mid-October, while the green o is available for stays year-round.
Address: 40060 Paws Up Road, Greenough, MT 59823
Terramor Outdoor Resort: Bar Harbor, Maine
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As KOA’s first foray into glamping, Terramor Outdoor Resort offers luxury tent accommodations near Acadia National Park in Maine. All tents feature private bathrooms, though the types vary in whether they can sleep two people or up to five. This family-friendly resort features a pool and hot tub, lawn games, live entertainment, evening campfires, stargazing lectures, and an on-site restaurant and bar where guests can enjoy craft cocktails and regionally sourced beers. Pets are also welcome at Terramor, especially in the on-site dog park.
As of 2022, Terramor is a designated stop for the Island Explorer, a free shuttle service that transports visitors to Acadia National Park, downtown Bar Harbor and other areas of interest on Mount Desert Island. The Island Explorer operates seasonally, from mid-June to mid-October.
Address: 1453 Maine state Route 102, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Backland: Williams, Arizona
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New in 2022 is Backland, a remote resort with four glamping options: the Suite, Grand Suite, Sky Suite and Grand Sky Suite. The latter two feature a view of the stars from a 16-foot skylight over the bed, but all four are fitted with panoramic windows for breathtaking views of the Arizona wilderness. Tents accommodate up to either four or six guests – plus no more than two pets – and each features king-sized beds, a full en suite bathroom with a shower, luxury linens, electricity, automatic climate control, an outdoor patio, a coffee maker, a mini fridge, housekeeping and some toiletries. Backland purposefully doesn’t offer Wi-Fi, though, as guests are encouraged to unplug during their stay. Instead of doomscrolling on social media, you can enjoy horseback riding, bird-watching, stargazing, geocaching, electric biking and roasting s’mores over a campfire. There’s also a tented spa, restaurant and pond with a beach.
Address: 6929 E. Rosilda Springs Road, Williams, AZ 86046
Wylder Hotel Hope Valley: Hope Valley, California
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Old meets new at the Wylder Hotel Hope Valley in northern California. Purchased by Wylder Hotels in 2020, the nearly century-old resort touts restored cabins (which maintain much of their original charm) and new glamping accommodations. These options for glampers include yurts with wood fireplaces and private soaking tubs; cabins with fully equipped kitchens that can fit up to 10 guests; and a restored 1951 vintage Spartan trailer with a kitchen, bathroom, seating area and deck. Set on 165 acres amid the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Wylder Hotel Hope Valley is just over a 25-mile drive from Lake Tahoe, the most well-known lake in California.
Four-season activities at this resort include snowshoeing and sledding in the winter, and hiking and mountain biking in the summer. The Wylder Hotel Hope Valley also features a wood-burning sauna, swimming hole, general store, and on-site restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner plus apres-ski on a heated outdoor patio are available.
Address: 14255 California state Route 88, Hope Valley, CA 96120
Klarhet: Lutsen, Minnesota
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Klarhet, which means “clarity” in Swedish, aims to bring just that to its glamping guests. The intimate property is located on the shores of Lake Superior and surrounded by a regenerative food forest, where an assortment of edible plants and animals attempts to mimic natural ecosystems.
Klarhet offers just four domes – Raidho, Dagaz, Laguz and Berkanan – which all bring the outdoors inside with stellar views of the night sky and lush greenery. Each dome is equipped with king- and queen-size beds and sustainably sourced cotton bedding; a large fan; a toilet; a custom rainfall shower; Public Goods bath amenities; Turkish bath linens, bathrobes and slippers; and a yoga mat. Amenities at Klarhet include a communal fire pit, board games and snowshoes, with more offerings – such as a teaching kitchen and culinary tastings – in the works. Recent guests praise everything about Klarhet, from the accommodations to the staff.
Address: 233 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612
Cuyuna Cove: Crosby, Minnesota
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While you can tuck into a cozy cabin at Cuyuna Cove any time of the year, travelers who visit from May through October also have the option to stay in a glamping tent. Each tent sleeps two adult guests in one queen bed, with some options also offering two foldable cots for children. Tents also feature a heated blanket or oscillating fan, a French press with organic coffee beans, a noise machine, charging outlets, a vintage lantern, the always-important wine opener and more. Outside of each site, there’s a fire pit with a grate for grilling, a hammock, a table and camp chairs. Toilets and showers are available in an indoor/outdoor bathhouse with complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
With bike storage at the tents and free use of two inflatable paddleboards, Cuyuna Cove helps you take advantage of activities such as various types of biking and water sports on the lake. When you’re ready to slow things down, a Nordic-style redwood sauna awaits you. Close by, you can also explore the historic Main Street in the former mining town of Crosby, replete with restaurants, coffee shops and a brewery. Cuyuna Cove is about 125 miles north of Minneapolis, making it an ideal weekend getaway destination for city dwellers.
Address: 22642 Minnesota state Highway 6, Crosby, MN 56441
Naturluxe & Stars: Watkins Glen, New York
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If you’ve been wanting to see New York’s Finger Lakes, here’s your sign that it’s time to book that trip: A glamping resort near Watkins Glen State Park opened in 2021. Naturluxe & Stars offers three glamping options, one of which is the safari tents with toilets, sinks and showers. While the other two tent types – platform and bell – don’t have private bathrooms, the shared bathhouse does, with the addition of a private outdoor shower. Rates include a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, nightly campfire s’mores, lawn games and access to 42 private acres of hiking trails. Naturluxe & Stars is located next to Watkins Glen International racetrack, but don’t worry – you typically won’t hear the roar of the engines past 4:30 p.m.
Address: 2870 New York county Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo: River Ranch, Florida
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The Sunshine State is synonymous with theme parks and beaches, so you might be surprised to learn you can also go glamping in Florida.
At Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo near Kissimmee, you can spend the night in a variety of luxury glamping accommodations, each with a private bathroom and kitchenette. Choose from a climate-controlled tent, a 651-square-foot luxe conical tent with a living room, or a luxe Conestoga wagon, which has space for up to six guests. Regular glamping tents with separate bathroom facilities are also available. Guests of all the glamping accommodations enjoy perks such as coffee and pastry deliveries each morning and access to a personal concierge; if you opt for one of the three luxury glamping options, another special amenity is a golf cart for roaming the property.
Not only is Westgate River Ranch considered a glamping resort, but it’s also the largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of this property’s activities and amenities: airboat and swamp buggy rides, horseback riding, an archery range, a petting farm, a weekly rodeo, an on-site steakhouse and more. Resort activities, including VIP tickets to the rodeo, are covered in rates for glamping guests staying in one of the two luxe accommodations, making the experience nearly all-inclusive. Previous visitors agree this relaxed resort is a fun alternative to the nearby theme parks in Orlando.
Address: 3200 River Ranch Blvd., River Ranch, FL 33867
Bodhi Farms: Bozeman, Montana
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Nestled beside the Gallatin Mountains, Bodhi Farms allows travelers to sustainably and authentically experience the beauty of Montana through immersive activities and amenities. The warmer months boast creekside yoga and spa services, farming projects such as gardening and caring for livestock, a wood-fired sauna, nightly campfires, and fly fishing both on- and off-site. Farm-to-table dining at the Field Kitchen restaurant – situated on an open-air patio during the summer – includes a Sunday Cowboy Brunch. Complimentary breakfast is available to guests of the resort’s nine glamping tents, another highlight of this eco resort.
Available for stays from May to October, each cone-shaped tent features either one king bed or two twin beds (plus a plush dog bed if you decide to bring Fido), as well as two porches at opposite ends, two lounge chairs, a hammock, plenty of natural light, and heaters and fans upon request. Luxurious bathrooms are shared, yet still feel private, and Bodhi Farms provides eco-friendly toiletries and complimentary bathrobes.
Address: 13624 S. Cottonwood Road, Bozeman, MT 59718
Camp Long Creek: Ridgedale, Missouri
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Named for its location on Table Rock Lake at Big Cedar Lodge, Camp Long Creek offers glamping near Branson, Missouri. Its glamping units bring wood floors and chandeliers into a canvas tent, with each offering an outdoor bathtub, fire pit, table and chairs, small fridge and coffee maker, and sleeping accommodations for two. These tents are scattered around the property, so views range from the lake to the forest. All units are dog-friendly and feature a private bathroom.
When you’re not white-knuckling the roller coasters at Silver Dollar City (considered one of the best amusement parks in the U.S.) or uncovering history at the Titanic Museum Attraction, take time to enjoy the resort’s activities such as golfing, horseback riding, hiking, or boating and fishing on the lake. Other amenities include pools and hot tubs, a fitness center, and a canteen with grab-and-go bites and beverages. Previous guests rave about the setting and conveniences of glamping at this resort.
Address: 1358 Long Creek Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739
Alila Ventana Big Sur: Big Sur, California
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There are a few places in California that offer luxury in a destination where you would otherwise have to rough it. In Big Sur, a region that is only accessible via one road and doesn’t always offer electricity, travelers will find a limited selection of five-star accommodations – among them Alila Ventana Big Sur. The resort offers safari-style tents in a 20-acre redwood canyon, all equipped with plush beds, electric lamps, instant hot and cold potable water with sinks, and power outlets with USB ports. Glampers can also make use of amenities for enjoying the outdoors, such as Adirondack chairs, wood-burning fire pits and picnic tables. Restrooms and showers are available at a shared, well-maintained bathhouse.
Glamping guests can purchase the Spa Alila Day Pass, which includes one 50-minute massage or facial, one poolside entree and one nonalcoholic beverage, plus full access to the meadow pool, infinity hot tub and sauna. You also have the option to enjoy fine dining at The Sur House on-site. Some parts of the Alila Ventana Big Sur grounds are currently reserved for resort guests only, so glampers will not have access to certain facilities.
Address: 48123 California state Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Treebones Resort: Big Sur, California
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If you want to glamp in Big Sur, you might also consider Treebones Resort, which offers yurts with king beds and modern furnishings, as well as accommodations you’re not likely to find elsewhere. The Autonomous Camp Collection’s twin units, which can best be described as a full apartment fit into a tent, take glamping to the next level; this solar-powered, upscale option is complete with a bedroom, en suite bathroom, lounge area and outdoor deck. For a more rustic but no less unique stay, the Human Nest campsite is exactly what it sounds like – meaning you’ll need to bring your own bedding and tent for protection from the elements when you sleep on the futon pad inside this wood art.
Something else Treebones Resort has that you don’t find at most glamping resorts? Sushi. The Wild Coast Sushi Bar features an omakase dining experience in which patrons sit face to face with the chef, who uses their reactions to craft the 14-course tasting menu. Previous guests say it’s an absolute must when staying here. You can also dine at The Lodge Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and a three-course dinner. Other on-site amenities include a massage studio and yoga. The rugged coastline views at Treebones Resort rival many in the area, and glampers may also choose to explore the beauty of Big Sur through guided excursions.
Address: 71895 California state Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Under Canvas: Multiple Locations
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First-time glampers should consider Under Canvas, which offers glamping locations nationwide. Guests in the safari-style tents enjoy king-sized beds, wood-burning stoves, West Elm patio furnishings, and en suite bathrooms with organic bath products and hot running water. On-site cafe-style dining (including locally sourced ingredients) is available in addition to complimentary camp programming that spans yoga, guided hikes, live acoustic music, fireside chats and s’mores. At Under Canvas Yellowstone, there’s a coffee bar and an event space just for kids, while at Under Canvas Grand Canyon, guests can sip cocktails at the new outdoor bar. Past guests of Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase, one of the brand’s newest properties, say the experience is magical. Under Canvas operates seasonally, with dates varying for each site.
Little Arrow Outdoor Resort: Townsend, Tennessee
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Aside from Under Canvas’ Great Smoky Mountains location, there are several individually owned resorts and rentals with glamping in Tennessee. Among the best options is Little Arrow Outdoor Resort, which in addition to its modernized cabins and tiny homes offers glamping tents. These glamping accommodations come in three forms: the Luxury Glamping Lodge, Luxury Glamping Tents and Primitive Glamping Tents – all equipped with plush bedding, heat and air conditioning, and a fire pit with a grill grate. The luxury options come with private bathrooms and kitchenettes, while the “primitive” experience means you’ll have to venture over to the bathhouses.
An exhaustive list of resort amenities includes a lounge with coffee, games and books; a zero-entry swimming pool, splash pad and hot tub; outdoor spa services; a dog park (yes, the resort is pet-friendly); a playground; a community garden; sports courts; and food truck service. Don’t forget to explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just minutes from the resort. Recent guests say Little Arrow Outdoor Resort is especially fun for families and groups.
Address: 118 Stables Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
Asheville Glamping: Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Glamping stands out for the variety of accommodation options it offers across three sites near Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to traditional glamping tents, travelers can rent a treehouse or a variety of domes, one of which sleeps eight people and features an indoor slide. Amenities vary by accommodation category. If you select a safari tent (which sleeps up to five guests with an additional cot), you’ll enjoy a queen-sized bed and a futon; an outdoor propane grill, fire pit and picnic table; air conditioning; and a shared bathhouse with toilets and showers. Pets are welcome at Asheville Glamping, and you’ll find plenty of local outdoor adventures to enjoy with your furry family members.
Safari West: Santa Rosa, California
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Safari West gives visitors the chance to experience an overnight safari without having to travel all the way to Africa. While certainly less grand than an adventure in Serengeti National Park, Safari West, which calls itself Sonoma‘s version of the Serengeti, is still pretty impressive, spanning 400 acres with nearly 900 animals. Accommodations, imported from Botswana, are raised tents that let guests watch the wildlife (separated by fencing, of course) from their private decks. The number and size of beds vary depending which tent you book. All tents feature rustic furnishings, polished hardwood floors and en suite bathrooms; overnight guests enjoy complimentary continental breakfast daily. Previous guests say Safari West is especially fun for kids.
Address: 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
El Cosmico: Marfa, Texas
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If you’re looking for a pet-friendly glampground with whimsy, consider the stylish El Cosmico in the small desert city of Marfa, Texas. Luxury accommodations include new Bushtec Tents, which combine cabin and camp life with electricity, vintage soaking tubs, outdoor showers, and front and back decks. Solar-powered Jupe Tents, designed by a team from SpaceX and Tesla, will be debuted soon. Travelers also have the option to stay in a safari or cone-shaped tent (similar to traditional camping, but with a bed and charging outlets), vintage trailer, yurt or the Cosmic Kasita, a limited-edition bunkhouse. With the exception of some of the trailers and the Cosmic Kasita, most accommodations don’t have private indoor bathrooms, so you’ll use a communal bathhouse. El Cosmico also offers a communal outdoor kitchen and dining area, bike rentals, a provisions store, a hammock grove, an outdoor stage and wood-fired Dutch hot tubs.
Address: 802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX 79843
Collective Retreats: Multiple Locations
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Did you know you can go glamping in the concrete jungle of New York City? It’s all thanks to the creative minds behind Collective Retreats, which operates two other glamping resorts – in Texas Hill Country and Vail, Colorado – with several others in the works. Accommodations in every location are pretty cushy; these glamping tents come in different varieties but all boast luxurious linens, panoramic views, electricity and upscale toiletries. Some tent types, such as the Outlook Shelter exclusive to the Governors Island resort in New York, feature an en suite bathroom, while others require you to use a shared bathhouse. Collective Retreats offers an array of activities across its locations, whether you want to get a massage in New York, make your own hot sauce in Texas or ride a horse in Colorado. You can also enjoy the on-site dining experiences, including a chef’s tasting menu – and, on Governors Island, a complimentary in-tent breakfast.
Dunton River Camp: Dolores, Colorado
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Situated on 500 acres in the Colorado Rockies, this former cattle ranch is surrounded on all sides by verdant meadows and forests radiating a sense of adventure. Dunton River Camp is not only stunning but also intimate: It has just eight safari tents on-site. Each tent, sitting on a 640-square-foot wooden platform, comes equipped with luxe amenities including a king-sized bed, a gas stove, complimentary Wi-Fi access, two mountain bikes, a private bathroom with a 6-foot soaker tub and shower, and a towel warmer. Guests can choose between glamping sites with views of the Dolores River or the mountains. Nightly rates, based on two guests, include all meals and beverages (including nonalcoholic and alcoholic drinks at the resort’s new lounge, Barbara’s Bar), making this an all-inclusive resort. Keep in mind that Dunton River Camp is only open in summer. You can find Dunton River Camp in southwestern Colorado, about 155 miles south of Grand Junction.
Address: 50014 Road 38, Dolores, CO 81323
Capitol Reef Resort: Torrey, Utah
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Capitol Reef Resort is among a growing list of places in the U.S. where glamping takes the form of a Conestoga wagon. The resort’s Conestoga wagons can sleep up to six guests thanks to two twin bunk beds accompanying the king bed. They feature lighting, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and beautiful rustic furnishings. Additionally, guests have access to detached private bathrooms located a short distance away. The resort also gives lodgers the option to stay in glamping tents, which sleep two adults and come with much of the same amenities as the wagons – plus flat-screen TVs. Both glamping options are available seasonally, typically from late May through September. Capitol Reef Resort also offers on-site dining and an outdoor pool and hot tub with views of Utah’s red rock cliffs. Previous guests say it’s a convenient place to stay if you plan to explore Capitol Reef National Park, one of the lesser-known treasures in Utah.
Address: 2600 Utah state Route 24, Torrey, UT 84775
Sinya on Lone Man Creek: Wimberley, Texas
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Experience the beauty – and the wines – of Texas Hill Country at Sinya on Lone Man Creek, inspired by a trip to Tanzania and named after a baby elephant in Kenya. This glamping retreat is situated atop a ridge, making you feel as if you’re in a treehouse overlooking the beautiful surrounding greenery and Lone Man Creek. The creek’s name aptly sets the scene for this exclusive experience, since the property consists of only one tent – but it can accommodate two guests, so there’s no need to be truly “lone” if you don’t wish to be.
This singular tent is decked out in beautiful country-style furnishings and outfitted with a king-sized bed (not to mention goose-down pillows), a Nespresso coffee maker, a sofa, a kitchenette and a bathroom, which features a claw-foot tub, bathrobes and Turkish towels. Venture outside and you’ll find the resort has five furnished outdoor spaces for lounging, including a deck with a hot tub and shower. Recent guests, many of whom visited with a romantic partner, appreciate the seclusion of this glamping resort.
Address: Deer Lake Estates, Wimberley, TX 78676
The Ranch at Rock Creek: Philipsburg, Montana
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This five-star dude ranch in western Montana, frequently lauded for providing one-of-a-kind travel experiences, also specializes in glamping. Like the rest of its property and offerings, The Ranch at Rock Creek takes its glamping accommodations to the next level. Here, glamping accommodations start at nearly 800 square feet and are part-tent, part-cabin; with 10 such dwellings in four different styles – some of which are open year-round – options for amenities vary. Inside these “canvas cabins,” you’ll typically find spacious bedrooms, additional living areas, gas stoves, attached bathrooms, and outdoor spaces such as porches or decks. Guests can also sleep in a Conestoga wagon with a king bed and twin bunks.
What’s more, glamping accommodations qualify for the resort’s all-inclusive rate, which covers farm-to-table meals, drinks, transportation on the ranch and airport transfers, as well as resort activities like horseback riding and archery. Peak season at this property spans late May to early September. The Ranch at Rock Creek exceeds expectations, according to previous guests.
Address: 79 Carriage House Lane, Philipsburg, MT 59858
Borealis Basecamp: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Have you ever dreamed of sleeping beneath the northern lights in Alaska? At Borealis Basecamp, you can do just that. Located less than 30 miles north of Fairbanks, Borealis Basecamp unfurls across 100 acres and offers igloos in lieu of tents, further elevating the one-of-a-kind experience. The igloos are made of fiberglass in a similar construction to the dwellings used in polar expeditions and research centers, ensuring guests will be toasty throughout their stay.
Accommodations feature cozy beds, Wi-Fi access, private bathrooms with showers and hairdryers, free toiletries, and skylights so guests can fall asleep admiring the aurora borealis when visible. You can also take in the morning view while drinking a cup of complimentary coffee or hot cocoa from the breakfast bar, but beyond a hot water kettle the igloos do not have cooking facilities, so you may want to check out the on-site restaurant during your stay. The camp also offers new “cubes” (think sleek cabins) with floor-to-ceiling windows and “treehouse” beds with viewing windows just for kids, plus a kitchenette and an en suite bathroom. Not surprisingly, recent guests say staying at Borealis Basecamp was one of the most unique experiences they’ve ever had.
Address: 2640 Himalaya Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Little Raccoon Key: Jekyll Island, Georgia
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Little Raccoon Key – a small, uninhabited island accessible by a short boat ride from Georgia’s Jekyll Island – stands out from most other glamping destinations in the U.S. for one reason: There’s just one campsite available. Not only will you have the entire reef island to yourself, but you’ll be pampered by staff from start to finish. In addition to your private-island accommodations and the short boat tour there that often passes dolphins, you can request chef-prepared meals, pre-arrival grocery delivery and a lesson on oyster reefs around the island at no extra cost.
Your campsite features most necessities, such as a luxury canvas tent, a gas grill, a stove, a kettle, other cooking supplies, and an outdoor shower and toilet, as well as Adirondack chairs, board games, books and beds with memory foam mattresses. While Little Raccoon Key provides a cooler for ice, it’s recommended to bring your own so you can store several days’ worth of food, since there’s no refrigerator. You also won’t find running water or air conditioning at this solar-powered island camp, but you’ll be provided with a battery-powered fan. Note that Little Raccoon Key requires a two-night minimum stay.
Address: 1 Harbor Road Suite No. 1, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Firelight Camps: Ithaca, New York
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Experience the natural beauty of upstate New York with a stay at Firelight Camps. This glamping site enjoys a scenic location in a wooded area that’s not only minutes away from local state parks including Buttermilk Falls but also less than 4 miles south of Ithaca’s popular Collegetown neighborhood, making this particular destination easier to reach than most.
Canvas drapes the natural wood beams of the tents, which come with either one king bed or two queens. Tents also feature hardwood floors, a private tented balcony complete with rocking chairs, lanterns with USB ports, and a writer’s desk and chair. Upgraded tents come with electricity, though it’s important to note that none have private bathrooms; instead, there’s a shared bathhouse with eco-friendly products. Guests can also expect to enjoy artisanal spirits at the on-site bar as well as delicious (and complimentary) breakfast each morning, thanks to co-founder Emma Frisch, who was a top finalist on season 10 of “Food Network Star” and has her own cookbook. Previous guests praise the resort staff’s hospitality.
Address: 1150 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Sandy Pines Campground: Kennebunkport, Maine
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Kennebunkport is known for its beaches and quaint downtown area, which often leaves leaving the nearby green spaces overlooked by visitors. But Sandy Pines Campground offers travelers the chance to experience these underrated landscapes without sacrificing proximity to the water. Guests can choose from a variety of unique accommodation options, including Airstreams, Conestoga wagons, cottages, huts and traditional glamping tents.
The tents for couples are decorated to the nines – some with chandeliers – and outfitted with a king-sized bed, a seating area, a private deck, a mini-fridge, lighting, air conditioning and a small heater, and bath amenities. The family tent options have similar features but come with either a daybed in the main tent or a separate smaller tent with twin beds. Guests can take advantage of glampground amenities such as new bathhouses, a saltwater pool, a general store, a snack bar, laundry facilities, bike and water sports equipment rentals, and lots of activities for kids. Speaking of younger guests, previous visitors say Sandy Pines Campground is especially ideal for families.
Address: 277 Mills Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Mendocino Grove: Mendocino, California
One of California’s most breathtaking small towns offers a serene glamping experience. Mendocino Grove sits within a forest bluff adjacent to the town, affording spectacular views of the camp’s towering trees and the coast. Most glamping tents sleep two guests, but some sleep up to four or six; you’ll also find certain ones are pet-friendly. Beds vary in size and come with down comforters and wool blankets; the adult beds also feature heated mattress pads. All tents come equipped with fire pits, picnic tables, limited electricity for powering lamps (which have USB ports) and decks with stylish leather chairs. Other on-site amenities include two shared bathhouses with organic products, hammocks, a bocce ball court and weekend yoga, as well as complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa at The Meadow Commons, which also lends out books and games.
Address: 9601 California state Route 1, Mendocino, CA 95460
Huttopia: Multiple Locations
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What started as a small campsite in the French Alps in 2000 has since expanded to more than 60 locations across three continents, including four U.S. sites in Southern California, upstate New York, southern Maine and New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Huttopia’s goal is to provide travelers with comforts that go above traditional camping but aren’t so comfortable that you’ll stay in your tent rather than explore the beautiful surroundings of its properties. All its tents and cabins offer plush beds and electricity, while some have private bathrooms, kitchenettes or kitchens, and decks. Shared bathhouses are available to guests who don’t have private toilets and showers. The company’s newest U.S. location, Huttopia Adirondacks, opened in 2021 and offers a heated swimming pool as well as French camping cuisine at its on-site restaurant – from espresso and crepes to brick-oven pizza and French wine.
AutoCamp: Multiple Locations
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If your idea of glamping is spending the night in an RV – but you don’t have the budget or patience to buy one – it’s time to explore AutoCamp. This glamping resort company specializes in Airstream accommodations, with five locations (and counting) ranging from national parks to beaches. Airstream amenities vary slightly by location, but you can expect plush beds (including dog beds upon request), spa-inspired bathrooms, heating and air conditioning, basic cookware, and fire pits with grills. Families love the BaseCamp Mini Suites – an Airstream with an adjacent tent for kids – available seasonally at select resorts; another unique lodging option at some sites is the BaseCamp Suite, which is part-Airstream, part-tent. Additionally, most locations offer standalone glamping tents. Further options include suites and cabins, which you can find at the brand’s newest outpost, AutoCamp Catskills, as well as certain others.
Like the accommodations, some of the on-site programming varies by resort. For instance, AutoCamp Yosemite has a pool, while the Cape Cod location has free continental breakfast and a playground. But all of AutoCamp’s outposts are dog-friendly and offer complimentary cruiser bikes (first come, first served), Wi-Fi and coffee; they also promise on-site stores for provisions, including wine and beer, and an experience you won’t soon forget.
Royal Gorge Cabins: Cañon City, Colorado
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One of the top adventure resorts in the U.S., Echo Canyon River Expeditions offers glamping at Royal Gorge Cabins from May through September. Tents, which reviews say are exceptionally clean, sleep up to four people in either one or two queen beds. These glamping tents also feature electrical outlets, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, an outdoor porch or patio with seating and a picnic table, a desk and chairs inside, a fire pit, and views of the mountains. Toilets and showers are available in a communal bathhouse. Guests of the resort enjoy a full-service restaurant and bar and – thanks to its location near the Royal Gorge – prime whitewater rafting for all skill levels. Royal Gorge Cabins is situated about 55 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.
Address: 45054 W. U.S. Highway 50, Cañon City, CO 81212
Getaway: Multiple Locations
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Thanks to Getaway, you don’t have to go far to get away. All of the company’s outposts are located within a two-hour drive of major U.S. cities, and feature tiny, pet-friendly cabins with either queen beds or queen bunks, fully equipped kitchenettes, bathrooms with complimentary biodegradable products, heat and air conditioning, a picnic table with chairs, and a fire pit with a grilling gate. There are provisions available for purchase in your cabin, or you can select a “sustenance box” when you make your reservation for more food options. Because Getaway encourages travelers to disconnect from their devices, each cabin also includes a cellphone lockbox so you’re not tempted to respond to work emails (not that you’ll be able to – none of the cabins have Wi-Fi).
Lakedale: San Juan Island, Washington
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Off the coast of Washington state, Lakedale offers year-round glamping on San Juan Island, a picturesque place that can only be accessed by ferry or floatplane. Here, year-round glamping accommodations consist of yurts, each with a king bed, full-size sleeper sofa, en suite bathroom, wet bar, fridge, flat-screen TV, skylight, seating indoors and outside, and private decks with hot tubs. In the summer months, travelers also have the option to glamp in a canvas cabin or cottage, ideal for families with space for up to six guests. Complimentary on-site activities at Lakedale include lawn games, bike rentals and water sports on the resort’s three spring-water lakes.
Address: 4313 Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls: Logan, Ohio
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Surrounded by the lush forests of Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls boasts fully equipped cabins, cottages (some of which are pet-friendly), yurts and geodomes. Each insulated yurt has a king bed or two twin beds, a full bathroom, a kitchenette that includes a gas log stove and microwave, a wood deck, and rocking chairs. The geodomes, outfitted with one king bed, have similar amenities to the yurts, plus a dining table and sofa. All guests have access to a full-service spa and a restaurant, lauded by guests for its food (which includes complimentary breakfast); both are located in 1840s-style log cabins. Of course, you’ll also find outdoor activities galore, from hiking to stargazing at nearby John Glenn Astronomy Park, named for the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.
Address: 21190 Ohio state Route 374, Logan, OH 43138
The Vintages Trailer Resort: Dayton, Oregon
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The Vintages Trailer Resort offers 36 trailers in a variety of styles, nine of which welcome dogs and all of which make the perfect home base for those exploring Oregon’s Willamette Valley, otherwise known as Oregon wine country. Trailer styles and designs vary, but all offer comfortable beds, bathrooms – or at the very least toilets – air conditioning and heating, and kitchenettes or outdoor grills; separate shower facilities are also available. Pro tip: Book the 1956 Spartan Royal Mansion trailer to stargaze from an open-air soaker tub.
The on-site amenities at The Vintages Trailer Resort are almost as good as the trailers themselves – think a seasonal swimming pool, fire pits, a general store and complimentary cruiser bikes for enjoying Dayton, the gateway to several local vineyards. Even better is the staff, whom previous guests praise in their glowing reviews of the resort.
Address: 16205 SE Kreder Road, Dayton, OR 97114
Eastwind Hotel & Bar: Windham, New York
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Eastwind started with a luxury hotel in the Catskills and in 2022 will soon open its second location just off Main Street in the New York village of Lake Placid. The original Scandinavian-inspired hotel in Windham features 26 pet-friendly accommodations in two styles: Lushna Suites and A-Frame Cabins. Lushna Suites sleep up to four guests; each one has a lofted queen bed, fridge, writing nook, and private bathroom with an indoor shower, in addition to an outdoor shower, a private deck and patio furniture, and a hammock. A-Frame Cabins offer a queen bed, a panoramic window wall with views of the Adirondack Mountains, and a private bathroom with a skylight-roofed shower.
Eastwind also offers a wood-barrel sauna (that amenity alone necessitates a visit), a full-service bar, a library of vintage books and communal fire pits. Weekly programming such as live music and yoga classes is available, as are bike rentals.
Address: 5088 NY-23, Windham, NY 12496