5 Best Glamping Spots to Visit This Summer

By now, you’ve probably heard about the chic camping trend known as “glamping.” It is just as it sounds—a more glamorous way of camping. I mean, why stay in a grungy tent you bought from Costco when you can post up in a gorgeous, resort-style tent complete with amenities? It’s one high-end way to experience nature, that’s for sure.

Summer is undoubtedly the best time of year to go glamping. Even if your glamping station is equipped with heat or air conditioning, the outdoors is where you’ll be spending the majority of your time—and you can’t beat that gorgeous summer weather. To help make sure your glamping experience is one for the books, we’re sharing some of the best spots to visit this summer.

Mendocino Grove | Mendocino, California

Encompassing 37 acres, Mendocino Grove offers 60 spacious Safari-style classic and family tents, each fully outfitted with comfortable beds, warm down comforters, wool blankets, crisp cotton linens, lanterns and more. What more could you need, right? For your Instagramming needs, each tent is housed on a wooden platform with a redwood deck furnished with leather butterfly chairs. This is also an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding forest. The property boasts fun activities such as yoga and complimentary guided hikes with a resident naturalist on weekends.

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo | River Ranch, Florida

This stunning ranch in the Florida wilderness sits on 1,700 acres and is surrounded by another cool 400,000 acres of protected lush land. Glampers can choose between a more traditional camping experience (in a basic glamping tent) or true glamping luxury (in a 651-square-foot Luxury Teepee). Both offerings are equipped with AC, refrigerator, beds, private patios, microwave, private gas grill, electrical outlets, morning coffee service and personal glamping concierge. The Luxe Teepees also feature a double-sided rock hearth fireplace, leather furniture, private en-suite bathrooms with vanity and porcelain cast iron claw bathtub and shower, personal golf cart rental, unlimited Ranch activities and more.

Dunton River Camp | Cresto Ranch, Colorado

Eight luxurious canvas tents make up this pristine camping destination located in an alpine clearing in the Colorado Rockies. The seasonal resort includes a main lodge located only 20 feet from the Dolores River, a restored 19th-century farmhouse with dining room, guest salon and wraparound deck with spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains. Each tent features a king size bed with luxury bedding, gas stove, spacious en-suite bathroom and private lounging porch. Guests can explore and hike over 1,600 acres of wilderness area in the San Juan Mountains. Additionally, Cresto Ranch guests have complimentary access to Dunton Hot Springs’ Bath House, outdoor hot springs and restaurant. Adventure seekers will love taking advantage of the complimentary activities, including fly fishing, horseback riding, mountaineering, mountain biking, rafting and archeological day tours.

Collective Yellowstone at Moonlight Basin | Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Set around an alpine pond with 11,166-foot Lone Mountain rising above it on one side and the Spanish Peaks on another, Collective Yellowstone’s tents are uniquely outfitted with local decor and furnishings. Each features a king-size bed made up with high-thread-count linens, over-the-bed chandelier, wood-burning stove for comfort, private en-suite bathroom with plush towels and boutique bath products and private deck with Adirondack chairs. Campers have access to a myriad of summer adventures on Moonlight Basin’s 8,000 acres, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fly fishing on two world-class trout rivers, whitewater rafting and tours of Yellowstone National Park.

Conestoga Ranch | Garden City, Utah

About two and a half hours from Salt Lake City and just two hours from Jackson Hole/Yellowstone and Park City is Conestoga Ranch—a must-stay for those visiting the mountains and national parks. In addition to their resort-style amenities and services, they offer a variety of fun and cozy accommodations including Grand Tents with en-suite bathrooms, Conestoga Wagons and Traditional Tents. A Main Lodge features several private, full bathrooms, and there is the Campfire Grill Restaurant serving three gourmet-quality meals a day with live music on weekends during dinner. All guests receive complimentary s’mores kits for use at their private fire pits, and there is a “fire concierge” who will get the fire going each evening. New this season: a spa and wellness center for massage and yoga and all-inclusive lodging packages that cater to various interests.

 

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