If you love the rugged outdoors but you’re just not that into roughing it, then glamping, a word combo meaning “glamorous camping,” may be the perfect vacation for you.
Rather than pitching a tent and rolling out a sleeping bag on the ground, glampers like to take a hot shower and sink into some Egyptian cotton sheets at the end of an adventurous day.
Because they offer such cozy and sometimes luxurious accommodations, many glamping sites stay open even when the weather turns chilly.
A word combo meaning “glamorous camping”
These 3 ideas for glamping getaways include budget-friendly options that help you save money and places to go when you’re ready to splurge.
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Follow the foliage
If you’re glamping in the fall, New England is probably the 1st destination you’ll think of to catch the dazzling seasonal changes in color, but you can find glamping sites with great foliage in other places, too.
Save: For a romantic getaway on a budget, the Bold Paths Rustic Yurt Retreat in Vermont has rates starting at $50 per night.
In the midrange, you can book a treehouse cottage in the Ozark Mountains near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The regular $175-per-night price drops to $169 in November for a king-size bed.
Splurge: For $475 a night, you can sleep in a 2-story treehouse at the Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, Vermont. There are hiking trails, a hot tub and a trout pond on-site. Plan for an early fall trip; the property is closed November through April.
Visit wine country
Glamping resorts located on or near wineries and vineyards are becoming more popular, says Ruben Martinez, co-founder of Glamping Hub.
“You can do a wine tasting and then walk back to your yurt or rustic cabin,” Martinez says. “That’s definitely something up and coming, that a lot of these wineries and vineyards are putting these unique accommodations on their properties.”
Save: An Airstream or caravan trailer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country starts at $90 a night.
Splurge: A swanky treehouse in California’s Sonoma wine country rents from $696 a night.
Escape the chill
You might try glamping in these hot spots during the fall or winter seasons.
“It actually starts getting nicer now when you’re talking about South America and anything … below the equator, where it’s almost too hot sometimes during the midsummer months,” says Ryan Hutchings, general manager of Glamping.com.
Save: Take a Costa Rican yoga retreat, starting at $31 per night, or rent a cabin on a sustainable beef ranch in Winkelman, Arizona, from $82 per night.
Splurge: Rent out a lodge or villa at the Kenoa Resort on Brazil’s northeast coast, starting at $1,270 a night, or opt for the Mashpi Lodge in the Ecuadorean cloud forest at $1,296 per night.
One last tip: The most popular glamping destinations tend to be reserved well in advance, so if you miss out in the near term, it might be a good time to starting planning for next year.