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A relaxing experience?

Every summer when our children were young, we went camping with a group of friends at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park on the shore of Lake Michigan.

The kids loved it.

The beach was sandy and beautiful with water so calm that even the little ones could “swim” and afterwards they climbed up and ran down sand dunes that seemed like mountains. Best of all, there were always snacks and someone to play with.

My husband loved it.

Although he’s a hard core camper who regularly backpacks in the mountains with friends, he also enjoys sitting around a campfire with 20 people and thinks sleeping in a tent is a relaxing experience.

I didn’t share their enthusiasm.

Even after days spent racing around with the kids, swimming, preparing meals, and talking to friends, I tossed and turned so much that during our three day camping trips, I probably slept a total of 12 hours. It was the lethal combination of mosquitoes, thin sleeping mats, noise, and fear of being unable to find the restroom that made me a temporary insomniac.

Glamping

If I had known about Glamping, things could have been different. Glamping takes two words that aren’t usually associated with each other, “glamorous” and “camping,” and merges them.

It’s recently become much more popular although it actually originated back in the early 1900s, when wealthy Europeans and Americans wanted some of the comforts of home when they went on a safari in Africa.  Since then, it’s evolved into a worldwide industry.

“Glampsites” include yurts, tipis, safari tents, treehouses (my favorite) and more and range in price from $75 per night to well over $1,000, depending on the amenities and location.

For me, it’s all about the amenities starting with a bed and branching into lighting, linens, and sometimes a private bathroom (No more trying to find the camp site restroom in the pitch dark at 3:00 a.m.) and even meals. The “good” parts of camping, being in nature, opportunities for adventure, and campfires, are still there but the so-called negatives are no longer present.

Glampinghub.com offers more than 7,000 places to visit all over the world including Moroccan-style luxury yurts in Southern Spain, fully furnished tents on an organic farm in Illinois, and eco-friendly spheres suspended in trees in British Columbia, Canada.

Looking at all the various glampsites made me want to take a vacation right away, but I managed to restrain myself.

Glamping in Treehouses

I’ve loved treehouses since I was a child, but didn’t realize I could vacation in one until now. Here are just a few places to visit caught my eye.

You have to canoe for 13 miles to reach this treehouse in South Carolina.

This treehouse in the middle of Vermont’s Green Mountains has a circular staircase wrapped around a Maple Tree.

Best of all, it has a Queen size bed, and breakfast is included along with the spectacular views.

Or, you could go to a a bed and breakfast treehouse like this one near the redwood forest in Southern Oregon. (The breakfasts are made from organic, locally-grown food.)

Not far away, is this luxury 2-story treehouse nestled at the foot of Mt. Adams, WA.

Glamping in Africa and Australia

If you want to go further, why not visit this spectacular treehouse in Kenya which is located within a 125,000-acre private conservancy with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and wild animals?

Or, if you prefer a modern, luxurious style, stay in this treehouse spa in New South Wales, Australia.

Although I prefer treehouses, there are plenty of other types and you can search glampinghub.com by destination or type of accommodation.

Have you gone glamping? We’d love to hear about it! Head over to our Bombay Outdoors Facebook page and post a photo or comment!


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