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Unleash Your Inner Bear Grylls – With a Cocktail in Hand!

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September 9, 2023

Outdoor adventure meets Five-star luxury. Curious yet?

Did you ever imagine sleeping under a chandelier of stars, on a bed softer than a cloud, while being serenaded by the symphony of the wild? 

Well, no need to pinch yourself – it’s not a dream but a reality we call ‘glamping’.

Traditionally, camping is about survival, right? You against the wilderness. While this adrenaline-fueled experience might be the bee’s knees for Bear Grylls wannabes, for the rest of us… let’s just say we’d rather not sleep on a bed of rocks.

Enter Glamping – or glamorous camping, if you will – your sweet escape into nature’s arms, but with plenty of creature comforts. 

Think of glamping as your favorite designer handbag – it’s all about the accessories. A golden rule in the glamping handbook is “Never skimp on comfort”. So, pack that inflatable mattress with 1000 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, or the fur-covered moon chair, and bask in the envious glances from the sleeping-bag-and-tent crowd. 

Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Luxury Tent: Opt for a spacious canvas tent that allows standing room and, of course, room for your luxuries.
  • Bedding: Bring along an air mattress, cozy blankets, and plush pillows. Remember, comfort is key!
  • Lights: Swap traditional camping torches with solar-powered string lights or chic lanterns for an enchanting ambiance.
  • Furniture: Think folding tables, moon chairs, even a hammock or two. The wild is your living room, after all.
  • Cookware: Embrace gourmet cooking in the wild. A camping stove, griddle pan, and enamel dishware will do the trick.

Best Glamping Locations

  • Under Canvas, Various Locations: These luxury tent camps are situated near some of the most popular national parks, including Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Zion.
  • Ventana Big Sur, California: This glamping site offers luxurious safari tents, plush beds, and even daily housekeeping services.
  • Collective Retreats, Various Locations: From Vail to Hudson Valley, these retreats offer amazing tents with en-suite bathrooms, wood-burning stoves, and private decks.
  • The Resort at Paws Up, Montana: It’s renowned for luxury camping, offering tented accommodation with fine linens, artwork, electricity, and your own camping butler!
  • Blue Bear Mountain Camp, North Carolina: Offers luxury teepees with hardwood floors, queen beds, and private picnic areas.

Hacks to Add a Pinch of Luxury

  • Comfortable Accommodations: Invest in a top-quality glamping tent, or consider a glamping site with pre-set luxury accommodations. A good night’s sleep is the foundation of any luxury holiday.
  • Food & Drink: Plan a gourmet menu, and consider bringing along a portable camping stove. Pack your cooler with your favorite wines and ingredients for fine dining alfresco.

Pro-tip: Consider a camp stove espresso maker or a solar-powered refrigerator to keep your goodies at the right temperature.

  • Furniture: Portable furniture can greatly enhance your camping comfort. Consider folding chairs, a small table, even an inflatable sofa.
  • Lighting: Leave the fluorescent camping lanterns behind and bring strings of fairy lights or solar-powered lamps. Nothing says glam quite like illuminating your campsite as if it’s ready for its Instagram closeup!
  • Bedding: Sleeping bags? Not for glampers! Bring an air mattress, quality sheets, plush pillows, and warm blankets to make your sleeping arrangement cozy and inviting.
  • Wardrobe: Glamping doesn’t mean you can’t dress up. Bring your favorite comfy yet stylish clothes and don’t forget the loungewear for relaxing around the campsite.
  • Personal Items: To feel truly pampered, bring along your favorite personal items, such as an indulgent moisturizer, a good book, or a plush robe.

Remember, it’s not just about the destination, but the journey. Make every moment count, even in the heart of the wilderness. Sprinkle a bit of luxury, a dash of comfort, and your own personal style to create unforgettable memories under the vast, starry sky.

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