Glamping. It seems that most people know what it is– ‘glamorous camping,’ but few have actually done it.
Yet it’s a great way to experience the great outdoors without hauling around a bunch of camping gear. And anyone who’s pitched a tent knows what a comedy of errors that can become!
Although we may be nearing the end of summer, one of the fun things about glamping is that you can find everything from a safari tent to a rustic cabin. As the weather begins to cool, look for a place with a potbelly stove or fireplace to keep you cozy warm. Some rentals have small kitchens or even come with breakfast or room service delivered at your request so you can leave your cooking gear at home.
Advice from a pro
Experienced glamper, Jen Pollack Bianco of My Life’s a Trip, says “the range of glamping accommodations runs the gamut from ‘roughing it but you don’t have to pitch your own tent’ to all-out not-so-rustic luxury. I’d advise checking for your ‘must’ amenity (such as wifi) before putting down money. Glamping allows you to connect with nature and your surroundings in a different way than you would if you were staying at a hotel.”
Glamping around the world
Unique and sometimes wildly quirky, even if you’re just an armchair traveler, you should visit Glamping Hub’s website. There you’ll find everything from a cave in Spain to a thatched-roof hut with an ocean view on the coast of Baja. The photos alone will have you dreaming up adventures around the globe.
Glamping in Oregon
Closer to home in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find yurts, greenhouses and tree house cabins on the river. Many are situated on the way through or near wine country, presenting the opportunity to wine taste along the way. Some accommodations are bare bones rustic while others definitely put the glam in glamping. Click here for a full list of glamping in Oregon.
“If you’re more city mouse than country mouse, look for a location like a vintage airstream in Santa Barbara, where you can walk or bike to activities or sites. If you prefer solitude, find a yurt in a wilderness location. The uniqueness of each glamping destination may not be the most consistent, but it will make for a more memorable stay than a weekend at a name brand hotel,” says Pollack Bianco.
Still not sure if glamping is for you? How about a free glamping trip to convince you that it’s fun?
Natura Wines and Glamping Hub have partnered up and are having a glamping contest. Their grand prizewinner gets free airfare and a 2-night stay in a safari tent in San Diego County. And entering is easy!
How to enter to win
Just snap a photo of your Natura wine in nature,then post to the Natura Wines Facebook page or on Twitter or Instagram using #SipandGlamp and tagging both @NaturaWines & @GlampingHub. Click here for complete contest rules.
And here are three different ways to enter the Natura Wines and Glamping Hub contest:
Tweet your Natura Wine photo on Twitter and be sure to tag @NaturaWines & @GlampingHub and use the hashtag #SipandGlamp
Post your Natura Wine photo on Instagram and be sure to tag @NaturaWines & @GlampingHub and use the hashtag #SipandGlamp