I love the idea of camping with my family, whatever season, a getaway back to nature to enjoy a fun family escape. On the flipside, I hate all of the work that goes into preparing for and executing a comfortable camping adventure, especially for the colder months. A “comfortable” family camping adventure is there even such a thing!
Additionally, I like to spend my money on awesome travel experiences and part of that is staying in amazing accommodation. A way to incorporate both an awesome experience and amazing accommodation, a family getaway that’s back to nature and easy and super comfortable is glamping (glamor camping), we tried it and loved it! There are glamping opportunities all over the U.S., here are five of the best:
Yellowstone Under Canvas- Yellowstone National park, Montana
America’s first national park and Wyoming’s star attraction, Yellowstone National Park is one of Mother Nature’s most stunning creations. Imagine staying in a luxurious Safari tent with the sights and sounds of nature all around you. Yellowstone Under Canvas is located just ten minutes from the park entrance with majestic wildlife, steaming geysers, and a superabundance of rivers and waterfalls all just minutes from camp.
Each of their large luxury Safari tents can accommodate two adults and two children. They come with a king-size bed (or two twins), all bedding, towels and linens you need. There’s even a cozy wood burning stove inside complete with complimentary firewood. Luxury bathrooms with flushing toilets, sinks, and hot showers are also just moments from your tent. The opportunities to explore all that Yellowstone has to off are endless and there is plenty to do right at camp!
The Resort at Paws Up- Greenough, Montana
The Resort at Paws Up is a luxury ranch resort situated on an expansive working cattle ranch in western Montana. The ultimate in luxury camping experiences, Paws Up is a first class family adventure on a grand scale! The Resort has five camps, each with four, two bedroom tents. Each luxury Safari tent comes with an ensuite bathroom (with heated slate floors), electricity, heating and air-conditioning, housekeeping services, and an outstanding location on the banks of Blackfoot River or the Elk Creek. While the kids will be excited to sleep so luxuriously out in nature, you will be thrilled with your own camping butler and personal chef.
The resort offers so much for kids of all ages to enjoy. The Kids Corps of Discovery offers age-appropriate activities for kids four to seventeen including pony rides for little ones, go-carts, and archery for six to twelve-year-olds, and paintball wars and acrobatics school for adventurous teens. When the kids aren’t out enjoying an organized adventure they will love the playground treehouse, petting zoo, and mini zip on the property.
Cave B Estate Winery & Resort- Quincy, Washington
Cave B sits perched 900 ft. above the Columbia River offering stunning views of the estates vineyard and the most dramatic gorge in Washington State. Staying at Cave B is a different glamping experience; you stay in deluxe Desert Yurts. The Yurt camp is a ten-minute walk from the main resort, adjacent to the Cave B vineyards. Each environmentally sensitive yurt comes complete with a king-size bed (right under the sky dome, perfect for stargazing at night), private in yurt bathroom, a mini- fridge, comfortable sitting area, coffee maker, teapot, Wi-Fi, a deck with chairs, and stunning vineyard views.
More suited for older children, Cave B will show your kids you can camp anywhere, lush forest to dry desert! The resort offers access to a variety of activities throughout the year, hiking and biking, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, swimming (yes, there is a stunning cliff side pool), wine tasting and Nordic skiing. The diverse area offers a little something for everyone to enjoy.
River Dance Lodge- Idaho
Located on the banks of the wild and scenic Clearwater River in Idaho, River Dance Lodge offers families the opportunity to explore a part of America that few know of. The area is rich in history, the Lewis and Clark Trail is close by as well as important historical sites of the Nez-Pearce Indian Tribe. The canvas glamping tents are located along a rushing creek on the property. Each has a king-size bed (or two twins), a table and chairs, wood stove, sink and counter area, and a back porch with a propane heated antique claw foot tub (with some privacy, of course). Close by there are BBQ grills, a shared campfire area, and a bathhouse with toilets and showers.
An escape for adventurous nature lovers, River Dance offers a variety of exciting activities and tours to enjoy including hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, and horseback riding. Rich in history, epic adventure, and luxurious comfort sounds like family fun to me!
Choose Your Own Glamping Site- Anywhere
If you want to create your own custom glamping adventure, Solid Ground Shelters will bring glamping to you. Name the place, and the company will bring all of the needed equipment, set it up and breakdown for you. Solid Ground delivers a custom experience designed by you wherever you want! If you want to set up at a festival, create and unforgettable experience for a kids birthday party or a special family event Solid Ground will provide everything you need including the s’mores.
Back to nature experiences can be comfortable, even in the winter! A lot of glamping companies offer accommodation year round. Most canvas tents come complete with electricity so heaters are common. There are parks and resorts that offer glamping accommodations all over the U.S. Summer, winter, whenever, a glamping experience is a fun family getaway that’s probably closer to home than you might think.
About the Author: Tracey Tullis is a freelance writer who travels full time with her family. She shares travel tips, advice, and stories about their unconventional family life on their blog The Expat Experiment.