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.”[/quote]

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 101

The views from these beautiful tent cabins are stunning. Image courtesy of GlampingHub.

Glamping in Oregon

Closer to home in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find yurts, greenhouses, and treehouse 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.

Glamping 101

This glamping site provides an amazing view while taking a relaxing soak. Image courtesy of GlampingHub.

[quote align=”center” color=”#993333″]“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.[/quote]

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Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at michele@winerabble.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.

16 Comments

  1. Pech 2015-08-28 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Glamping is the only way I’ll go… I feel no appeal for being physically active all day hiking and no access to running water or a comfy sleep!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-28 at 8:29 am - Reply

      I totally agree Pech!

  2. Rachel Lloyd 2015-08-28 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I’m so excited! I’ll be glamping soon too!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-28 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      Rachel- where are you off to?

  3. Ali 2015-08-28 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    With 3 small kids, camping is seriously daunting. But this I could get behind!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-28 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Ali- hauling around kids is hard enough but to leave the camping gear behind, that makes great sense!

  4. Rosie for Blog To Taste 2015-08-28 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of Glamping making camping more accessible to people who aren’t what we think of as a typical camper. I am a happy camper, and actually enjoy setting up my own tent, but have been doing some glamping things for years, before the term “glamping” was so well known. The pictures of accomadations you shared are striking, I would love to take a bath with that view of nature!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-28 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Rosie- Thanks! Nice to hear that you’re an experienced glamper before there was a name for it. I too would love to take a bath with that view!

  5. Kelley 2015-08-28 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I’ve been camping in the rain too many times to say anything against glamping. Thanks, I’ll be looking into some of these sites for this fall.

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-28 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Kelley- I too have camped in the rain one too many times (actually, isn’t once enough?) and am now considering giving away my tent. Happy glamping!

  6. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife 2015-08-28 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I love the variety of glamping spots now available. So many great ones close to home!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-28 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Marlynn- It’s amazing how many different locations are nearby as well as different types; from tents to yurts to greenhouses! There really is something for everyone.

  7. I grew up hiking remote trails and sleeping on the forest floor all over the PNW, but glamping is something I haven’t done yet. As I get older though, it is starting take on more appeal, if you know what I mean. :)

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-30 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Oh don’t I know it Renée! A comfy bed becomes more and more important with age.

  8. Jude Smith 2016-10-11 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    It’s definitely a more flexible option too. Forget putting the tent up in the rain! Having something to walk straight into be it a tent, cabin or anything else makes life much more comfortable! We like the idea of a little electricity to power reading light too!

    Have a look at our cabins and let me know if you are interested in doing some editorial on them in the future. We are pushing glamping in BC and are starting to get some real interest.

  9. Jude Smith 2016-10-11 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Sorry, our website is http://www.thelittlecabincompany.com

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