“Glamping” – glamorous camping – combines the best of a comfortable hotel stay with the adventure of an outdoorsy retreat. What’s not to love about that? Here, five places to test the fancy waters.
Hotel Jerome is a beautiful stay by itself, but if you’re looking for a little more adventure, consider booking the hotel’s glamorous camping excursion. You’ll make your way by horseback to a campsite in the wilderness of Snowmass Creek and tuck in for a night of star-capped luxury. There’s champagne and a chef-made gourmet dinner, and even fly-fishing or a nature hike if you’re so inclined. In the morning, the chef wakes you with another five-star meal before you hit the trails for the trek back to the Aspen hotel.
Hidden away in New York’s Adirondack Forest Preserve, Camp Orenda’s five canvas “cabins” come with comfy beds, fresh linens, and wood-burning stoves during the spring and fall months. It’s an all-inclusive stay with farm-to-table meals cooked up fireside by owner David Webb and served al fresco. The campsite is plenty plush, but the real fun comes off the beaten path with free kayaking, canoeing, hiking and fishing excursions. They’ll even customize a hiking trip based on your skill level, or you can join one of several off-site activities like rock-climbing and zip lining.
Ranch at Rock Creek
There’s no shortage of glamping options in Montana, and the Ranch at Rock Creek is among the fan favorites. The closest sign of “civilization” is the 930-person town of Philipsburg, but other than that, you’ll be a good 50 miles off the grid. At the ranch, you can partake in everything from yoga and a luxurious spa to regionally inspired dining. There’s archery, stagecoach rides, fly-fishing, a kid’s club and more. Choose from one of four tent options – couples will love the creekside Sweet Grass Tent with its claw-foot tub and gas fireplace.
Blue Sky Ranch
Blue Sky Ranch spans 3,300 acres of mountaintops, rolling hills and dramatic canyons near Park City, Utah. Its Antelope Yurt (a ‘yurt’ is a tent-like structure invented by Mongolian nomads) fits up to six people and is equipped with the necessary basics: solar LED power, a grill and fire pit, and beds for all. The ranch specializes in outdoorsy adventures, so there’s a lot going on. Combine any of their most popular activities, including horseback riding, bike tours and trap shooting. Skis, snowboards and snowshoes are encouraged in the winter!
Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler
As if glamping needed to get any grander, Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler ups the ante with its “glamping on a glacier” package. You’ll be whisked away to British Columbia’s wild Pemberton Icefield– by helicopter, no less – for an overnight romp through the backcountry ice caps, noshing on a personalized menu prepped by your very own chef de cuisine. After a night of stargazing, settle down in your Four Seasons-style encampment, which comes with pre-warmed beds, and wake up to a natural thermal spa experience the following morning.