A Cruising Couple | August 15, 2016 9:00 PM ET
5 Epic End-Of-Summer Glamping Spots In The US
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We recently returned from one of our favorite glamping spots in Costa Rica: Finca Bellavista—the world’s first sustainable treehouse community. Whenever we retreat to these remote tree houses in southern Costa Rica, I’m reminded just how much joy it brings the soul to reconnect with nature and her many gifts.
But as much as I love waking up to a chorus of tropical birds, soaking in the dewy jungle air and hiking through crystal-clear rivers, one thing I’ve never been able to get behind is camping. I’ve tried time and time again, but something about sleeping in a tent, no showers or running water, doesn’t do it for me. However, glamping on the other hand—or glamorous camping—is a whole different story. Stylish accommodation in remote, off-the-beaten-track destinations…what’s not to love? The ability to glamp in a treehouse is one of the reasons we keep returning to Finca Bellavista time and time again.
The good news is, you don't have to travel all the way to Costa Rica to enjoy spectacular glamping in stunning locations. Don’t let the rest of summer escape you. These five epic glamping spots throughout the U.S. combine gorgeous natural scenery with all your creature comforts:
1. San Juan Islands, Washington
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If you’re looking for sleepy towns, outdoor activities and excellent local cuisine, then you can’t go wrong with a visit to the San Juan Islands. The long summer days mean you’ll have plenty of time for hiking, sailing, fishing, or simply soaking in the relaxed atmosphere. Animal lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to spot orcas on a whale watching tour, while foodies will want to take advantage of the plethora of fresh seafood and local Washington wines.
Where to stay: Why not try a luxury canvas tent on San Juan Island? You’ll never want to go back to your sleeping bag again after enjoying turn-down service and your queen-size bed. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast enjoyed with relaxed lake views.
2. Upcountry, Maui
Few travelers give Upcountry the time it deserves. Lush rolling hills, a vibrant art scene and a unique “cowboy” history ensure you’ll have plenty to see and do in the area. Make sure to stop by the Maui Winery where you can sample their mouth-watering pineapple sparkling wine.
Where to stay: We chose the Hawaiian Dream Temple, a romantic, eco-friendly bamboo cottage. Surrounded by lush jungle, the Dream Temple included: a fully equipped kitchen, two serene bedrooms, numerous screen porches, a pool and even a luxurious hot tub.
3. Asheville, North Carolina
Photo by Jon Roberts via Flickr
When we’re not in Costa Rica, North Carolina is home for us. The state is full of gems, but one of our favorite destinations is Asheville. The hip downtown is known for its excellent art and craft beer scene, while the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains promise plenty of adrenaline-pumping adventures.
Where to stay: This quaint treehouse keeps you near the action in Asheville while still offering a secluded and peaceful spot to retreat. With the onsite swimming platform, paddle boats and fishing pier, you might just find you don’t need to leave your treehouse at all! There’s even Wi-Fi, though we recommend disconnecting if you can.
4. Blackfoot Valley, Montana
Photo by Bitterroot via Flickr
Montana is gorgeous year-round, especially in late summer when the weather is warm and the days long. Enjoy famous Blackfoot River (known for its excellent fly fishing conditions) or take a day trip to experience the wonder of Glacier National Park.
Where to stay: Glamping at Moonlight Camp with Paws Up looks utterly sublime. Located at the base of Louis and Clark’s Lookout Rock, Moonlight Camp’s luxury tents offer all the amenities you could want, along with activities such as horseshoes and horse-drawn wagon tours for plenty of family fun.
5. Rockland, Maine
Photo by Corey via Flickr
Summertime in Maine is the ideal time to visit the state’s fantastic lakes, mountains and state parks. We recommend getting out on the water, whether that means an afternoon of sailing, island hopping or eating lobster with an ocean-view. Rockland is the perfect place for all those experiences, while also enjoying local wine tours and farm-to-table cuisine.
Where to stay: This secluded yurt offers a fantastic spot on the coast of Maine. The yurt is originally from Mongolia, but has been outfitted with everything from a washer and dryer to a striking sky lamp.
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