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Yurts, Bell Tents and Tipi Villages: Glamping, North America Style

From British Columbia to the US Virgin Islands, and from California to Colorado to Maine, your options for upscale camping experiences are practically unlimited. If you love spending time in the big beautiful outdoors, but wild nature and rugged campground living are not exactly your idea of a real good time, first-class camping, also known as “glamping” might be just the thing for you.

Shuswap Lake BCGlamping vs. camping

According to Huffington Post, “Glamping” is a portmanteau of the words '"glamourous" and "camping." In the 21st century, affluent young professionals who wish to spend their weekends in the wild do so with amenities such as five-star dining, king size beds, Wi-Fi service and other upscale options.

Camping gear is generally pretty basic and may include little more than a canvas tent, sleeping bags and a propane-powered cook surface. Glamping, on the more extravagant hand, involves the enjoyment of nature without all the inconveniences, insects and hard work.

Eclectic glamping destinations

You may wish to polish your Español before visiting Quintana Roo for your state-of-the-glamping-art outdoorsy experience. Constructed with eco-friendly building materials and outfitted with sustainable bell tents, the first-class camping locale sits squarely on the grounds of the Green Beat Organic Permaculture Farm in the lively region of Harmony. Here you can explore nearby natural wonders or just stay inside and relax in utmost luxurious surroundings.

Glamping closer to home

Glamping Hub offers descriptions of a remarkable assortment of Canadian glamping destinations that you can get to without boarding an aircraft. In fact, driving a Jeep Patriot to Saskatchewan, Sudbury or Shuswap Lake may be the best way to arrive at an upscale Canadian camping locale.

At British Columbia's Shuswap Lake at Revelstoke in western Canada, one can rent a sky-high treehouse that comes with virtually all the amenities you’d expect in a nice hotel room. Situated on a lovely semi-private lake, the Hidden Treehouse glamping experience comes with a sheer-draped king size bed, gas fired pellet stove and a cozy kitchen in which to prepare gourmet meals and tasty snacks.

Ridgeback Lodge in Kingston, New Brunswick offers luxury dome lodging that comprises Japanese hot tubs, pellet stoves to keep cozy, fully outfitted gourmet kitchens and full bathrooms complete with luxury linens.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Tofino, British Columbia offer upgraded dining, health and beauty spas, and more than two dozen exquisitely outfitted glamp tents. Additionally, there are tents designated for reading and playing games along with easy access to a sweet selection of water adventures including kayaking as well as rock climbing, hiking, archery and other land-based adventures.

If your partner loves the great outdoors, but the notion of sleeping in a thinly padded bag on the cold ground leaves you less than enthused, check into glamping opportunities near you. You may find that with the right assemblage of upscale amenities, camping provides a better time than you ever imagined.

Nicole Humphreys is an extreme traveller! She shuns the regular tourist trail and goes off the beaten path seeking connections with locals and an experience she'll never forget.

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