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Wi-Fi access, farm-to-table dining, plush mattresses and more — these amenities are not typical to the camping experience. But clients who want to immerse themselves in nature while having a luxurious, socially distant vacation can do so at one of several glamping providers.
Following are eight glamping experiences to recommend to clients this summer.
AutoCampAutoCamp is ideal for clients looking for a range of camping experiences. The highlight is the Airstream trailers, fitted with spa-inspired bathrooms and modern furnishings.
Clients can find AutoCamp locations near Yosemite National Park in Midpines, Calif., and near Russian River in Guerneville, Calif. Set to open in early 2021, the newest location will be in Cape Cod, Mass. (just five minutes from downtown Falmouth and Woods Hole), and it will offer daily ferries to Martha’s Vineyard.
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Collective RetreatsCollective Retreats offers clients a chance to have the full experience of camping in some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the U.S. — but with elegant amenities, too. Locations include Vail, Colo.; Hill Country, Texas; Governors Island, New York; and Yellowstone, Mont.
Glampers stay in a tent with a full bathroom, Wi-Fi access, electricity and even a plush king-size bed. They can also enjoy farm-to-table meals and concierge services, and participate in wellness activities such as yoga and meditation. Plus, who wouldn’t want to try gourmet s’mores made on a 6-foot-long stick?
Conestoga RanchThis resort located along Bear Lake just outside of Garden City, Utah, gives guests the option to stay in ornate Grand Tents, authentic Conestoga Wagons or Traditional Family Tents. Here, clients will truly camp under the stars; however, some perks include a main lodge with private spa-style bathrooms and a General Store.
Dunton Hot Springs The 1800s ghost town of Dunton Hot Springs sits across the mountain from Telluride, Colo., nestled in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies. There are hand-hewn log cabins, a working saloon and, of course, hot springs. Wi-Fi access is available in each of the 13 extravagant cabins, which sleep a total of 44 guests at Dunton Hot Springs.
But those seeking a glamping experience will want to book one of eight tents available at the adjacent Dunton River camp at the Cresto Ranch, which used to be a working cattle ranch in the late 1800s. Here, the original farmhouse is in its same location near the West Fork of the Dolores River, which flows right through the camp.
Ithaca by Firelight CampsFirelight Camps offers upscale camping in upstate New York. Its Ithaca glamping experience allows guests the full amenities of the La Tourelle Resort and Spa in Ithaca. Each tent has a private balcony, and a locally sourced continental breakfast is served in the tented lobby.
Hike during the day in the trails of the Buttermilk Falls State Park or get pampered at the resort’s on-site August Moon Spa. Take advantage of the nearby Finger Lakes vineyards, waterfalls and restaurants. Or, have dinner on the grounds at The Bistro at La tourelle or John Thomas Steakhouse.
The Resort at Paws Up Stay at a high-end ranch resort on a working cattle ranch that spans 37,000 acres in western Montana. Clients can rent out their very own private home or, for a real glamping experience, choose the luxury safari-style tents. At The Resort at Paws Up, guests can take part in some 40 different activities, including exploring the ranch on horseback or fly fishing. As for accommodations, they can choose from 28 vacation homes and 36 safari-style camps with one, two or three-bedroom tent suites.
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For a truly unique experience, sign up for a horse-drawn wagon tour, which culminates at the Blackfoot River with an authentic chuck wagon dinner. For those feeling especially fancy, a camping butler can accommodate nearly any need.
Under CanvasUnder Canvas offers glamping at some of the most picturesque destinations in the U.S.: America’s national parks. From Mount Rushmore National Memorial park to Great Smokey Mountains National Park, access to the parks is steps away and matched with a deluxe lodging experience in safari-inspired tents.
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At Mount Rushmore, clients have views of the monument from their camp. They can take a Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour or explore the Black Hills on horseback. At the location in the Smoky Mountains, the tents are only a few minutes away from the park, with access to 800 square miles of forest on the 182-acre camp.
Westgate River Ranch Resort & RodeoNot too far from the hustle and bustle of Orlando, Fla., is a dude ranch with all the cowboy-themed accommodations and activities one could ask for. Clients can stay in safari tents or Luxe Teepees with hardwood floors and modern amenities. Activities include horseback riding, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, nature hikes, a petting farm, a ropes course, a rock-climbing wall, a zipline and a mechanical bull. Those lucky enough to stay on a Saturday night can watch championship rodeo in the 1,200-seater Rodeo Arena.