Gorgeous Places to Go Glamping If Sleeping Bags Aren't Your Thing
Let's be honest: Not everyone wants to catch their own food and sleep on leaves. But that doesn't mean you should miss out on all the outdoor-living benefits. Yep, if you didn't already know, getting in touch with nature boosts your health. Not to mention a weekend in the woods opens up a whole new world of activities such as hiking, kayaking, even "forest bathing" if that's your thing.
This is where these gorgeous glamping locations come to the rescue. The travel trend helps you experience the best of nature and outdoor activities while keeping the hard labor and bugs (for the most part) out of the equation. BTW, you're also going to want to know about this campsite service that is basically Airbnb for the wilderness.
Ventana Big Sur In California
The newly renovated Alila Resort just launched their Redwood Canyon Glampsites this month with 15 safari-style tents situated in a 20-acre canyon. Each has the rustic cabin aesthetic you'd want for such an adventure—but outfitted with a plush glamping mattress and hotel linens, naturally. And before you ask, yes, there is hot and cold running water.
There are essentials such as handheld lanterns, reading lights, and an electrical supply, and nonessentials that make the experience more memorable: turndown service with a s'mores kit, hot cocoa, and tea, plus a backpack filled with wine and cheese. Ah, nature.
Glampsite rates start at $325 a night, ventanabigsur.com
Winvian Farm In Connecticut
The sprawling family-owned property with 18 individual cottages and one suite on 113 acres makes you feel like you are out there among the trees with just you and your thoughts. Unless, of course, you want a farm-to-table fine dining experience, an indulgent spa, and private yoga lessons at your fingertips, because those are all available, too. Stay in Camping Cottage (with a ceiling that mimics the stars at night), Beaver Lodge (with a spiral staircase that winds around a tree trunk in the middle of the loft), or every adult-kid's dream, Treehouse Cottage, which is basically a luxury playhouse built high among the trees.
Bonus: Each cabin comes with a pair of bicycles that you can take to venture around the countryside that's just outside your door.
Cottage rates start at $449, winvian.com
Firelight Camps In New York State
Pretend like you're back at summer camp (with adult beverages this time) with elevated campsites and lodging that have just the right amount of first-world comfort. Guests can visit the lobby tent with locally sourced breakfast and a full bar, a bathhouse for hot showers, and an events tent for yoga and parties. You can go hiking in your backyard—Buttermilk Falls State Park, that is—or visit some of the renowned Finger Lakes wineries nearby. (Related: The Glamping Gear You Need for Your Next Camping Trip)
Camp rates start at $189 a night, firelightcamps.com
Collective Retreats, Sites Across the Country
If the idea of going camping appeals to you mostly because of the peace and quiet that comes with isolation in nature, this is the ultimate trip to take. Collective Retreats (literally) takes you to uncharted territory—the brand partners with landowners in some of the country's most beautiful regions to grant visitors the chance to stay where regulations or infrastructure typically wouldn't allow for luxury travel development.
The Hudson Valley location is the newest of the bunch and is located on a working organic farm in the picturesque area just three hours north of New York City. In true glamping form, you'll sleep in a luxury canvas tent equipped with chandeliers, Egyptian cotton bedding, and a French press coffee bar.
Retreat rates start at $500 a night, collectiveretreats.com
Allen Ranch Campground In South Dakota
This might not be considered "glamorous" camping—there aren't any sheepskin or antler chandeliers around—but it's certainly a big step above any kind of camping you may have done before. Campers can stay in a Sioux Indian Tipi which is set up near a gently flowing river within South Dakota's Black Hills. Hiking, biking, river tubing, and wildlife viewing are all part of the attraction to this peaceful part of the country. (Related: Cute Hiking Boots for Fall That You'll Actually Want to Show Off)
Tipi rates start at $125 a night, gwtc.net
Camp Long Creek in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains
As the newest addition to offerings at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri, the campsite is available seasonally from May until the early fall. Forty luxury glamping units sit along the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake. (Camping huts and cabins are also available on the property.) Bonus amenities you definitely don’t get with traditional, “roughing it” camping include an infinity pool with sun chairs, lakefront “beach” access, and The Canteen, a vintage Airstream that serves food and beverages, including cocktails!
Glamping units start at $319 a night, bigcedar.com