Opposites do attract and when it comes to camping out that can be a problem. One partner on vacation may want amenities such as a bathroom and room service. The other may want to sleep under the star in a sleeping bag…
There may be a solution in the middle—“Glamping’. This is a fast growing business in the United States and worldwide. When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. Facilities vary greatly and may be established in a tent, yurt, airstream, hut, villa or treehouse. Glamping is similar to facilities in African safari country.
Two foodies, Emma and Bob Frisch, who used to own a restaurant in Nicaragua, established a Firelight Glamp in Ithaca, NY.
“Camping doesn’t have to mean roughing it. For us, it means spending time with loved ones in a beautiful environment without having responsibilities that break the magic”, according to Emma, a food blogger, http://www.emmafrisch.com/about-emma Food
Firelight Glamp Tent in Ithaca. NY
Network star. Bob is a veteran of the Peace Corps and is now a consultant to the US National Parks.
“While the camping facilities are situated on ponds, ravines, and in the forest, Firelight Camps offer a communal lounge where complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning, and where games, a community campfire, and a phone charging station are accessible to all guests, “Emma Frisch explains.. She adds that a bathhouse with two full bathrooms, hot water, and a small sauna is a minute walk from all tent facilities.”
The menu, the Frisch provide is made up of local wines and fresh produce.
The couple hopes establish additional glamps on local properties such as farms and vineyards to help to sustain small farmers and vintners.
Nightly rates start at $155 for the Firelight Camp in Ithaca.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the site of another glamp.
The site provides king size bed, luxury linens, concierge and cleaning services. It has a Glamping Bathhouse, which has private, luxury washrooms – including rain showers, heated floors and organic spa products. Butlers are a phone call away. While you are out communing with nature, professional service staff cleans your tent in preparation for your return. Rates start at $375 and if you like it, you can buy a glamp and attach it to your car and put it in your own backyard.
For more information on Firelight Camps nationwide check http://www.firelightcamps.com
Glamping is popping up everywhere, even in the wild outback bush of Australia. Many of them are under the umbrella of “Lux camps.”
The Paperback Camp in Woollamia, Australia, for example, is located just outside of Jervis Bay. Close to coastal scenery and pristine beaches. Family-run, its Glamping tents at are nestled among tall eucalyptus trees (native to Australia) and offer an eco-experience that ranges from bird-watching and star-gazing to five-star relaxation in the Aussie outback. Rooms are safari tents built off the ground on a timber platform and capture the sea breeze. They all feature the following:
• Sturdy canvas structure
• Large timber deck area
• Outdoor lounge
• Full mosquito screening
• Private open-air en-suite with hot shower and freestanding bath
• 12V solar powered lighting
• Comfortable queen or king/twin bed
• Luxury 100% cotton linen and towels
• Hotel amenities
• Insect repellent
There is also a Restaurants and Bar, The Gunya, is onsite and serves a range of food from local to international cuisine.
After you are out mountain biking, hiking or canoeing, when you return, you may opt for a professional massage. About $126 per night but often sold out.
For more information on this glamp site and others in far off places, check
The glamp at Two Lakes in Dorset, UK is closer to traditional camping than those mentioned above. Set in the heart of rural Somerset, it offers a range of wildlife including otters, badgers, rabbits, deer and 70 species of birdlife. It provides two miles of nature trails. The secluded lakes cover approximately 4 acres and are well stocked with a selection of fish including large carp, (up to 25lbs). There is also a golf course not far away.
Bell tents are provided with double bed and sofa bed which can sleep up to four and bed linen. Also available are cutlery, electricity and lighting, cooler / fridge, gas stove, fire pit or barbecue.
Bell Tent prices from per night range from $152 up.
For more info about Two Lakes Glamping, check http://www.countryglampingholidays.co.uk/