There’s nothing like spending a little time with your family in the great outdoors, but some mornings you’d rather not wake up at the crack of dawn with a crick in your neck from sleeping on a rock.
Even Royal and Liz liked to camp in style. Camp 4 at Yosemite might have been (and still is) home to the dirtbags, but Royal’s tent was always the sharpest, with a record player and a bottle of wine always at the ready.
That’s where “glamping” can come in handy — all the wonders of nature, paired with all the comforts of home. From Paws Up resort in Montana to Tyler Place in Vermont, these amazing outdoor spots offer over-the-top amenities (think real beds and fireplaces), but with a camping vibe. The best part is the activities: hiking, biking, rafting and more.
Go glamping in Montana, at Paws Up, high up on abluff overlooking the confluence of the Blackfoot River and Elk Creek. This 37,000-acre property features “tent suites” – think tents that include bathrooms with a jetted tub and shower; a plush dining pavilion; amenities like The Last Best Bed, a custom-made luxurypillow-top Beautyrest by Simmons mattress, with silky sheets; plus a camping butler at your beck and call. The camp butler coordinates all your activities and meals (and will even craft the perfect s’more for you). Activities at the resort include: ATV tours, geocaching, go-karts, hot air balloon rides, rafting, rappelling, and horseback riding, among others.
C Lazy U Ranch
Located in Colorado C Lazy U Ranch is a dude ranch that has more activities than just horseback riding. There’s fly fishing, archery, cattle roundups, standup paddle boards, basketball, tennis mountain biking,ropes course, zip lining and more.
In addition to the stand-alone cabins that feature fireplaces and multiple bedrooms, you can also go glamping in their luxe tents, which have amazing views. The tent comes either with a king bed or three twin beds. Every campsite gets a fire pit and and the always-essential s’mores kit.
Tyler Place Resort
Highgate Springs, Vermont
Looking for a unique outdoor adventure that doesn’t involve sleeping in a tent? Then head to Lake Champlain, on the Canadian border, to Tyler Place Resort in Northern Vermont. Each family gets a stand-alone cottage, many of which have amazing views of the water. Most cottages have two or three bedrooms, a living room with a fireplace, bathroom, sun deck, and kitchen. They also have bigger cottages for larger families (or groups staying together; not a bad place for a family reunion). What these cottages don’t have, however, are TVs or Internet, meaning few modern-day distractions to keep you from the great outdoors. What makes this resort so great is all the activities, including biking, kayaking, fishing, hiking, canoeing, tennis, yoga, water sports and more — all geared towards both kids and adults.
Even if one of these great places isn’t for you, never forget that you can always inject a little glamping into your everyday camping trip. Whether it be a bottle of wine, handheld speakers (because we definitely won’t be carrying a record player), or a great book, indulge yourself.