Glamping :: Why We Can’t Get Enough of Luxurious Camping
Glamping, a term derived from glamorous camping, is one of our favorite date weekend getaways. It is an excellent option for those who enjoy the outdoors but do not want to sacrifice all comfort and convenience. One of the significant advantages of glamping is that you do not have to deal with the hassle of setting up a tent, sleeping on the ground, and other typical camping aches and hassles.
Instead, glamping provides a structured place to sleep in, such as canvas tent, yurt, tiny cabin, or even a refurbished old bus.
And best of all, glamping provides a bed! Glamping sites often come with seating or benches with fire pits, allowing you to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Some sites may even have parking nearby, making it easy to get to your site with all your gear. However, others may require you to canoe or hike to reach the campsite, depending on the location.
Many glamping sites come with the fire pit ready to go or elevated fire pits so a damp ground is never an issue. Some may even have a cabinet where you can lock away food away from animals. We have one site that includes Adirondack chairs for lounging, what a treat! Glamping sites run the gamut, we once glamped right on a small private fresh water lake and another right on Lake Pontchartrain.
When it comes to the weather, when it is warm I come prepared with battery operated small box fans and lots of bug repellent. We try to avoid full on middle summer overall as a small fan will not help. We have glamped when it is pretty cold as well and that is when you hope the small camping heater works. We did have a November weekend once when it did not work and you could see our breath inside the tent it was so cold! We slept fully clothed head to toe and still laugh about it.
Glamping takes the work out of camping, but not the nature!
It is a nice balance and blend of living “off the grid.” Every glamping site offers varying levels of “off the grid” living. We stayed at one site that leveraged it’s solar power to run a fan and a warm running shower. Even the outhouse was cleaned before you arrive! Most of the glamping sites do not offer the lavish experiences such as an outhouse and rustic shower. Plumbing conveniences may be limited to only a toilet and sink or if you’re in a state park, full bathroom and shower facilities are available. With warm weather we sought out the public use showers, but for the cooler weather glamping trips we skip the showers. We embrace the camping side and will save the treks to the nearest available toilet for use that truly REQUIRES flushing. The extent of our hygiene includes a brushing of teeth with a little water from our bottled water and a quick splash on our faces. We are a little gross when we finally return home, but isn’t that the fun of being out in nature?