Camping used to mean “roughing it” in nature with a tent, answering “nature’s call” in “nature’s wilds” and cooking food the old fashioned way: over a fire with a stick. However, nowadays, glamorous camping, or “glamping” aims to provide luxury for those who want to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors.
The latest additions to the glamping family are modular, cabin-like huts which offer the luxuries of fine hotels in the solitude of quiet, natural paradises.
One such glamping facility, Rolling Huts in Washington State offers rolling huts in Seattle’s backcountry. A small steel, glass and polished plywood box-like apartment sits atop large wheels and moveable platforms inside can be used as a place to sleep or as a place to dine. The huts may also be used in winter as each hut comes equipped with a wood-burning stove and furnace. The only downside is that although each hut has a private outhouse, fully-equipped bathrooms and showering facilities are shared.
Jackson Hole’s Fireside Cabins boast of wooden walls and angled roofs that help with heating and cooling. Guests who stay in the cabins highly praise the eco-design which is trendy and fashionable without being snobby. Furthermore, the cabins come equipped with flat-screen televisions, private decks, fireplaces and Wi-Fi with some saying that staying in and enjoying the cabin can be just as much fun as skiing in nearby Grand Teton National Park.
Endemico in Mexico’s Wine Country is for those who want full-on glamping. The cabins are purposely built to blend into the countryside, and although off-the-grid, guests lack nothing in comfort. King-sized beds, full bathrooms, Wi-Fi and private decks with kivas (traditional wood-burning clay stoves) to provide warmth at night along with a landscape carved pool and artisan restaurant all bring five star luxury to a natural environment.