I am sure there is a quite a few of you wondering what exactly “Glamping” is. I know the first time I heard the term I was confused and was trying to figure out exactly what it meant in the context of how I heard it, but let me give you the simple definition. It is the combination of words glamorous and camping, hence “Glamping.”
We like to go camping, but ours is more of a Glamping-style. We own a tent because we did the tenting thing – once.
Tenting is not so much our thing. We like to be in the outdoors and eat over a campfire, but we also like to sleep on a bed and have a roof over our head.
Camping does not have to be pitching a tent, but if you do want to learn how to do the tent camping thing, consider trying out the I Can Camp program offered through the Minnesota State Parks. That program will supply almost everything you – you just need to bring food and sleeping bags.
If you would rather pass on tenting, then there are lodging options. You just need to know where to look and what to look for. The most obvious option is camping cabins which include beds to sleep in. They tend to be rustic and you still have to use their public bathroom and cook outside.
State parks and KOA campgrounds often have a variety of choices. Often the KOA cabins also have air conditioning, now that is really glamorous camping! Lots of resorts will also cabins for rent.
The best thing to do it pick up tourist brochures (or call their area chamber and request they be sent to you) and look at the ads or descriptions to see what each place has available.
I often do searches on the internet to find new location options. Some cities and county will also have parks and reserves that have camping but they may not advertise as much, so these could be hidden gems.
You can also think beyond cabins and look for something more unique. Consider staying in a yurt. We will be spending our 4th summer spending a weekend in the same yurt at a state park in Iowa (they have bunk beds and a futon).
You can find yurts in other locations, including KOA campgrounds, which have a whole slew of unique camping experiences that include yurts, teepees, wall tents, Airstreams, tree houses and cabooses.
We will actually be camping in a teepee at a county park in Wisconsin for the first time this summer. This will be as close to tenting as we come, but I did buy double-height air mattresses for us since there is no bed, but there is electricity inside the teepee so we can bring along a fan to keep us cool while we sleep.
Another option is to rent an RV. You could rent an RV and drive across the country like Robin Williams did in the movie RV, or you could find out if any RV resorts in the area rent RVs or trailers that are in their park. This is a great option because you can also keep your food in refrigerator or freezer and will probably also have a cook top and/or stove and maybe even microwave, toaster and coffee pot. RVs are also very likely to have a TV in there and you may have a full bathroom for your own use and possibly even heat/AC.
With an RV, you can make it as little or as much about the outdoors as you want and you don’t have to let the weather ruin your plans. Last year, we stayed with our friends in their seasonal RV and also spend a weekend at an RV resort where we rented an RV in southern Wisconsin. It was such a fun experience, we are heading back there again this summer.
In all we will be glamping in four different campgrounds with four different lodging options (teepee, cabin, yurt and RV.) Some day I would really like to stay in a Tree House, with a bed of course!
If you have trouble finding a place to stay with lodging options, just ask your friends. Chances are you know someone who also likes glamping or has done a little glamping in the past, even if they didn’t call it that when they did it. People love to share their stories and experiences.
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