It’s okay to admit that a bout of luxury camping every now and then is sheer delight. Unless you’re a pure masochist, everyone from ardent outdoor enthusiasts to city folk can benefit from a weekend of glamping – the name for a glorious camping experience, where you get to enjoy the great outdoors without the hassle of traditional camping; a travel experience at the intersection of luxury and simplicity.
Camping is great fun, perfect for getting off the grid, and generally inexpensive … but it requires equipment like tents, camp stoves, and sleeping bags. Moreover, all that gear won’t set itself up – somebody has to do it. And Maybe after that crushing week at the office, you just don’t have the energy for the fuss camping requires. Whether it’s to treat yourself to a break or pamper a romantic partner, glamping is adventurous, eco-friendly and gets you close to nature in all the right ways.
If you’re ready to spend a little money, here are 10 great glamping spots in North America. Get ready to be cozy and exhale with an ahhhh.
Alpenglow Luxury Camping
Glacier View, Alaska – Alpenglow Luxury Camping is a remote outpost Northeast of Anchorage open for business June through September. It features canvas tents framed by timbers that rest on cedar platforms in a beautifully forested area. The camp sits at a close distance to the Matanuska Glacier where you can trek and ice climb with local guides. You’ll be served a hearty breakfast and coffee in the morning. You can relax in the adirondack chairs by day and in the cedar hot tub or by night, bathe in outdoor showers and just chill around the fire pit. The electricity is solar-powered. From $132
Asheville, North Carolina – You’ll find vintage trailers, domes, tents and even treehouses here available from March until November. Not all the sites have running water, but electricity, a refrigerator, and grill are provided for each glamping abode. Great hiking trails, the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway, are there for your nature-fix. You can also for mountain-biking in nearby Pisgah National Forest. From $110
Ensenda, Baja – You can be hosted on a 144-acre vineyard in stylish tent cabins designed by architects just south of the boarder. You won’t be bored or hungry with horseback riding, wine-tasting, and a restaurant on-site. The Salsipuedes Bay offers an opportunity for activities like scuba diving and mountain biking. Each tent comes with a deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean and an outdoor shower. From $238
The Resort at Paws Up
Greenough, Montana – Luxury tents with private bathrooms, heated floors, and Wi-fi can be booked May through October on this 37,000-acre property next to the Blackfoot River and Salmon Lake. You’ll be able to fly-fish, mountain bike, or paddleboard where you choose. The resort also has a private island lodge. Your stay includes a butler to book outings and start your campfire, as well as a chef at the dining pavilion. From $597
AutoCamp Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California – For a quick getaway close to town, AutoCamp offers Airstreams parked within walking distance to amazing coffee roasters, Mexican food, and craft beer. Bikes are available for you to get around, or enjoy local bicycle trails or the beaches of Santa Barbara. AutoCamp has two additional locations, close to Yosemite and the Russian River. From $179
Dayton, Oregon – You can choose from 34 trailers set in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. Each trailer has an outdoor grill, along with coffee items and bathrooms for you to lounge around in. There’s a pool on the property and fun can be had with lawn games, wine tastings, and movies that are screened outside in the evening. From $120
Anegada Beach Club
Anegada, British Virgin Islands – Stay in a thatch-roofed palapas next to turquoise waters and a long stretch of sandy white beach. While away your day on a private canopy bed and deck overlooking the sea. Each comes with a private bathroom. Activities at the club include kitesurfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking at your palapa doorstep. From $360
Sandy Pines Campground
Kennebunkport, Maine – Take your pick of place here – from canvas tents, Airstreams, A-frames, covered wagons, and cottages. You can buy your S’more supplies from the general store, drop your kids off at the craft tent, take a dip in the saltwater pool or paddleboard at Goose Rocks Beach. The Eastern Trail is also close for hiking and bike riding. From $199
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Keystone, South Dakota – From the deck of your safari-style canvas tent, you can gaze across the valley at the faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Each tent comes with a bathroom, hot shower, and solar-powered lights. There’s a camp café where chefs will fix your food, hiking in the Black Hills, and climbing options in Custer State Park. From $149
Hawley Farm Glamping
Hamilton, Missouri – Stay in a yurt or canvas tent on this 210-acre farm that’s not too far from Kansas city. All accommodations are set up with beds, lanterns, and private campfires. Each tent has a solar-heated shower, s’mores supplies, and coffee and breakfast are delivered each morning. Hiking trails crisscross the property with a fishing pond at your disposal with a wildlife conservation area nearby. From $165