Top 5 Glamping Destinations

Glamping.com has recently released a list of their top 5 glamping destinations for 2015. Each of their picks merges grit with glam to produce a one-of-a-kind glamping experience.

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The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana

A luxury ranch resort situated on a sprawling 37,000-acre authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana, 35 minutes northeast of Missoula.

Photo, pawsup.com

Photo, pawsup.com

Website Overview: “At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Resort at Paws Up. Whether you choose an expansive private home or a sophisticated, safari-style luxury tent, Paws Up provides an unfiltered connection with the natural beauty of Montana amidst a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort. Here, you’ll live day to day, adventure to adventure. Spend an hour, a day, or a week on horseback — all in a wilderness sanctuary you’ll never forget. Cast a fly in sparkling waters to eager trout, explore the land Lewis & Clark swooned over, or lose yourself in a world-class spa. You’ll sleep on the finest sheets, eat world-class cuisine and receive impassioned personalized service. It’s home to first-class adventure on a grand scale. The Resort at Paws Up—truly The Last Best Place. ”

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Glen Oaks Big Sur, California

Rustic-modern cabins in beautiful Big Sur country.

Photo, glenoaksbigsur.com

Photo, glenoaksbigsur.com

Website Overview: “The adobe motor lodge was considered modern in 1957, and 50 years later, Glen Oaks Big Sur has a fresh rustic-modern and green sensibility. Our remake takes the lead from the original natural adobe walls, known for keeping the hot sun out and the warmth in, and uses recycled and renewable stone, Peroba wood, bamboo, resin, wool carpets and organic cotton for a healthy and natural environment. Walk-in showers are evocative of showering in the forest, but the stylish chrome and porcelain fixtures will bring you back to the modern world. Whether you are out on a hike, or cozy in your room, you are never far from the warmth and color of nature. The natural wool blankets by Pendleton Woolen Mills and Coyuchi organic cotton bedding and feather duvets are delightful to snuggle under.”

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The Outlook Lodge, Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

An 1889 lodge near Pike’s Peak, re-imagined as a private, contemporary escape providing all the necessary creature comforts while maintaining a rustic simplicity.

Photo, outlookgmf.com

Photo, outlookgmf.com

Website Overview: “The Outlook Lodge is a handsome retreat tucked away in picturesque Green Mountain Falls and surrounded by Colorado wilderness. Offering both adventure and indulgence, The Outlook Lodge is an intimate, all-seasons getaway. Reserve the entire Outlook Lodge for a truly private escape. The Lodge is a perfect locale for family getaways, private events, and weddings.”

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Moose Meadow Lodge & Treehouse, Waterbury, Vermont

An Adirondack-style luxury lodge nestled on 86 secluded acres in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Photo, moosemeadowlodge.com

Photo, moosemeadowlodge.com

Website Overview: “With four luxury guest rooms and a magical treehouse, the property provides mountain views, a hot tub, hiking trails, a trout pond, and the Sky Loft—a glass-enclosed gazebo at the highest point of the property with unparalleled panoramic views. Whether you love skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, biking, hunting, fishing, antiquing, fine dining, the arts, or simply getting some rest, the Moose Meadow Lodge is a perfect location to do everything or nothing at all.”

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Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, Spicewood, Texas

Sleep 30 feet up in an old-growth Cypress tree and experience zipline adventures near Austin, Texas.

Photo, cypressvalleycanopytours.com

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Photo, cypressvalleycanopytours.com

Website Overview: “A night in the trees will be one you always remember. Your treehouses are nestled high up in beautiful cypress trees where you can listen to the night noises of our magical ravine, watch the fireflies dance, and slumber peacefully in your treetop haven. The Lofthaven, Juniper, and Willow treehouses each sleep two guests, and the Nest sleeps up to six guests. A bridge connects you to your magnificent bathhouse with a waterfall-filled tub to relax and look out over the ravine.”

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Glamping in Michigan

A new glamping adventure is coming to Michigan. Bella Solviva is Michigan’s first glamping eco-resort, located on 229 acres in northern Michigan. Northern Michigan is a mecca for camping enthusiasts. Michigan’s state park system takes over 1 million camping reservations per year, and campers spend up to $800 million per year on camping trips just for campsites and food.

Bella Solviva owners Brad and Sandy Carlson loved to camp with their family, but didn’t love the cramped close quarters that most campgrounds offered. So they took matters into their own hands and developed a property in the beautiful Jordan River Valley. “With sweeping vistas, winding creeks, cedar and pine forests, and towering hardwoods, we knew this was home,” said Brad. “The two ponds, one which features an adventure island in the center of the pond, will be sure to stir the imagination of your children and create family memories for years to come.”

photo, courtesy Brad Carlson

The property will eventually include 100 camping sites that will offer accommodation options from tents to tree houses to vintage RVs to suites and cabins, from just $57 a night to $1,000 a night for the most luxurious experience. The site will also offer themed areas like the adventure island and an equestrian center, and a few areas will also be available in winter months to appeal to hunters. It will also include group spaces in a village-like setting with common areas designed to foster community and social events. Projects on the horizon include a clubhouse; laundry facilities; a swimming pool; tennis and multipurpose sports courts; a natural playground; an ice skating rink in the winter; a recreation hall with a variety of games; and trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

photo, courtesy Brad Carlson

Bella Solviva also aims to be 100 percent energy independent when completed, and will install solar panels, wind turbines, hydropower, and heat generators as it’s developed. The resort intends to open this fall with a grand opening in spring 2016.

The resort also offers a number of ways you can glamp at a reduced price or even for free. “We are thrilled to partner with you in building a legacy of traditions,” says the resort’s website. “Use our referral program to share your excitement about Bella Solviva and glamp with us for free. Check out our surveys to receive a discount on your first reservation, and visit our sponsorship page to customize a glamping accommodation to your own personal specifications. We are building it so you can come! Let’s do this!”

Read more about Bella Solviva and find out how to glamp at a reduced rate at BellaSolviva.com.

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