Glamping is what happens when you add a little glitz to your camping experience. Here are five places where you can sample the concept:
1 The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Mont.: An early adopter of the glamping concept, this Montana ranch getaway continues to expand its luxury overnight options. The most recent addition is the Cliffside Camp, featuring six luxurious, safari-style tents perched atop a cliff overlooking the Blackfoot River and offering expansive views of the 37,000-acre working ranch. In honor of its 10th anniversary, Paws Up will host guest chefs for farm-to-table experiences as well as VIP fly-fishing excursions. Resort activities include hiking and fitness trails, cattle drives, fly-fishing, rock-climbing and rafting.
2 C Lazy U, Granby, Colo.: Enjoy scenic trail rides, hiking, fishing and dinner in the lodge. Then retreat to your own outpost, where fully furnished tents await. Enjoy stories and s’mores around the campfire before settling under cozy covers. Two tent types are available, one with a king bed, another with four twins. Wake to a stunning landscape and the prospect of adventure.
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3 Treebones Resort, Big Sur, Calif.: This eco-resort is “perched lightly” on the magnificent cliffs above the Pacific Ocean on the Big Sur Coast. The Handy family recycles, gardens, composts, raises chickens, drives electric vehicles and even uses pasta noodles as coffee stirrers.
Enjoy freedom from noise and light pollution on the pristine grounds in one of 16 seaside yurts. Or climb into the human nest, an artist-designed structure woven of wood, for an evening of views, sea breezes and an unusual sleeping experience.
4 Westgate River Ranch, River Ranch, Fla.: Leave it to your personal glamping concierge to make your overnight experience in Florida cattle country memorable. Wake to hot cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit and coffee delivered to your tent flap.
Play board games with the kids on the screened porch before they head off for an afternoon of zip-lining, horseback riding or cowboy-theme mini-golf. Join your crew at the petting farm or schedule an air-boat ride.
End the day with tall tales around the campfire.
5 High Sierra Camp, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Calif.: Rest easy in your cozy canvas bungalow after a day exploring California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and a one-mile stroll into camp. Dine on meals served in an al fresco dining pavilion.
Families can spend time stargazing, hiking to nearby lakes and meadows, learning about the giant trees or fly-fishing in mountain streams. After sundown, sink into your plush-top mattress and feather pillow and dream the night away.