Water was slowly seeping in through the bottom of the tent, as I lay shivering inside my sleeping bag in Oklahama. “Never again!” I thought to myself, hugging my pillow trying to get warm. If you are one of those people who enjoys roughing it in the great outdoors, that’s great (although, I doubt we could ever be friends). Camping and me just don’t go well together, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to learn about a new trend quickly gaining popularity across America – Glamping. Glamorous Camping, or Glamping, is a way to explore nature in an upscale, luxurious environment, while you get to enjoy many amenities not offered in traditional camping. If you are ready to give it a try, check out some of these amazing Glamping destinations.
The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
Imagine falling asleep to the peaceful sound of the Blackfoot River right outside your tent, and waking up in a comfortable king-sized bed, well rested and ready to start the day. That’s what you’ll get if you stay at the Resort at Paws Up River Camp, located in Greenough, Montana. This camp has six tents with electricity, a bathroom (with a shower) and many luxury decorations and amenities. Outside, enjoy meals prepared by a gourmet chef on the dining pavilion, or roast marshmallows on the fire pit. While you go out swimming or fishing at the river, a twice-daily housekeeping service will come in and straighten up for you. Before bed, sit out on your own private deck and enjoy the stars.
Ridgeback Lodge, Canada
Going to bed doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the outdoors when you stay inside a Dream Dome at the Ridgeback Lodge in New Brunswick, Canada. These Domes feature tent walls that can be rolled back, providing a stunning view of the surrounding trees and wildlife. Wake up in a king or queen-sized memory foam bed, take a shower in your private bathroom, and cook your own meals in the fully equipped kitchenette. During the day, you can go hiking, canoeing, swimming or snowshoeing depending on the weather. Afterward, relax in your own personal wood fired hot tub right outside the tent.
Sleeping in the trees isn’t just for kids in tree houses anymore; stay in the Treehotel in Sweden for a completely unique camping experience unlike any you’ve ever had before. Located in the tall pine forest near the Lule River in Harads, Sweden, you can choose from many different structures to stay the night in, all of which are suspended in the trees. The Mirror Cube is covered with reflective glass, making it almost invisible from the outside. Inside, enjoy panoramic views of the forest from multiple windows, sleep in a bed, and hang out in the rooftop terrace. Or stay inside the Bird’s Nest, the outside of which is completely covered in twigs and branches to make it blend into the surroundings. This one has separate rooms, toilets and a living area to enjoy. Other types of rooms are available depending on your preferences, and a shower, restaurant, bar, sauna, TV and Internet are available a short walk away at Britta’s Pensionat, the nearby guesthouse where Treehotel guests check in.