Blogger Spotlight: Carolyn

By Jessica Armstrong

There's no better time than summer to catch the best weather the Pacific Northwest has to offer. On top of the luscious greenery, gorgeous scenic views of the Cascades, and, hello, boating season, Washington offers you glampers the most unique and epic accommodations around.

Carolyn of Hey Pretty Thing is no stranger to taking advantage of Washington's stunning summers, and who could blame her? We are already planning our trip their too! Especially, with this beachside cabin on Herron Island calling our names.

Beachside Cabin in Washington

Beachside Cabin in Washington

An exterior view of this gorgeous beachside cabin.

Looking for more reasons to visit Washington and go on other glamping getaways across the globe? Let Carolyn give you the ins and outs on how to plan, prep, and perfect your vacation this summer.

Beachside cabin in Washington

Enjoy lake activities including paddle boarding, steps away from the property.

Where are your favorite spots to travel?

The most special place I always travel to is Hong Kong, because that's where I'm from and where my family lives. The city is so energetic, and all the sounds and smells make me nostalgic for childhood. They say there is no place like home!

Another place is probably Iceland, because we recently traveled there in the summertime, and it felt like we were transported to another world. You can drive to soak in geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon, check out the tectonic rift valley at Thingvellir National Park, and so much more.

I also love Italy. My husband and I hiked through the five towns of Cinque Terre, and the views were stunning. We ate and drank along the way (lots of pesto and limoncello!) so it was also a fun culinary experience!

Beachside Cabin in Washington

Guests can find the beach just steps away from the front door of their private cabin.

I have to mention Civita di Bagnoregio (nicknamed "the dying city") as well, where I traveled with my best friend. It was founded by Etruscans over 2,500 years ago, and the town itself is near collapse due to erosion. There is anywhere between 12-100 people who live there. The quaint community, surrounded by gorgeous sights of the Tiber river valley, is just so unique to visit. But as touristy as Venice is, the city of water, canals, and bridges is too charming to pass up.

What is important to you in choosing a travel destination?

I like to visit places I've never been. With that said, I take into account practical details like the time of year, weather, political climate, safety, etc.

Beachside Cabin in Washington

This cabin comfortably sleeps eight guests.

What types of accommodations do you think make great summer spots?

For summer spots, I look for accommodations that are, in themselves, the destination. While I like to go out and explore, I also want downtime to lounge, so I like the accommodation to have a view or nearby activities and dining.

Beachside Cabin in Washington

Glampers can enjoy every meal from the deck of their glamping oasis.

How would you prefer to travel to your glamping destination?

Any way! While flights are quicker and more direct, sometimes a road trip is the adventure.

What do you look for when choosing an accommodation?

I look for accessibility, safety, and uniqueness.

Beachside Cabin in Washington

Carolyn enjoying an early morning stroll next to the tranquil bay.

What blogs do you read, websites do you look at to find more information, or people you consult on your destination before booking?

I do a ton of research online before booking. I look at Pinterest, read travel blogs, consult Tripadvisor, peruse reviews, and more.

What is your favorite part about planning a trip?

I enjoy the research aspect of planning a trip. That's when I learn a lot about the area's customs, history, neighborhoods, foods, etc.

Beachside Cabin in Washington

Interior view of this stunning cabin on Herron Island.

For someone who is planning a glamping trip for the first time, what would your main piece of advice for them be?

For me, preparation is key to relaxation. While there are a lot more amenities included with glamping, you should still be prepared to bring some necessities like water, extra towels, food and snacks, sunscreen and bug spray, and more. If you have room, pack along secondary items like games and beach equipment. As long as you know what is provided and what you still need to bring, it's easier to be prepared and enjoy the trip!

Beachside Cabin in Washington

Interior view of the living space.

To visit your very own beachside cottage on Herron Island, check it out here!


Be sure to catch Carolyn's latest adventures on her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Top Fishing Tips for Glampers

By David Pope

Glamping is shore-ly the best way to explore the great outdoors in style and comfort, with some-fin for every type of traveler! While for some, the peace and quiet of secluded glampsites are enough to inspire relaxation and tranquility, for others, it's the call of outdoor activity that sparks a getaway. So why not par-hake in that classic camping experience, and add some fishing to your glamping trip? Here are our top tips to help you get started! Sweet breams are made of this!

1. Choosing the location

fishing vacation rental in canada

Canada makes for the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a day by the water.

Whether you're looking for a roe-mantic (or is that row-mantic...) cabin or a spacious lodge for groupers, the location of your glamping getaway can make or break your fishing trip.

No matter if fishing is the sole reason for your glampventure, or if your just tackle-ing it on, making sure that you choose the right location is of paramount importance. Some lakes and rivers require permits or licenses, so be sure to check that your rental matches your needs.

2. Packing for the fish

Wahoo! You've booked your stay, so what next? We don't want to carp on about this, but preparation really is the name of the game. Mahi-king sure that you've researched what fish are nearby will help ensure that you stock the right type of bait, as well as the best practices for catching them.

Luxurious Cliffside Cabin Rental with Private Pool in Canyon Lake, Texas

Enjoy the views of Canyon Lake from this stunning cabin.
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3. Learning the craft

Fishing, like any other sport, requires plenty of training and knowledge, so prepare yourself with plenty of tips, or even take a lesson! Thatfishing.com has plenty of tips and tricks for knowing the trade and even offers up a handy guide for beginners, so be sure to check them out. Mullet over, but to enjoy your trip, you've cod to prepare!

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Start your morning right at this glamping site. You know what fishers say, "Early fish gets the bait."
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4. Be patient

Fishing requires time, lox of time. And sometimes, you might be out in the water, beckoning and cursing fish until you're blue fin the face. But for those patient enough to enjoy the serenity of nature, as stoic as a monk, this is the beauty that the act of fishing can provide in even the most barramundane moments.

Sardinely, this is a great ray to enjoy the natural surroundings present at each glamping site.

Thanks to our friends over at That Fishing for the helpful tips on how to make the most of a fishing and glamping trip!


Hungry for more? Tuna in to our blog for more outdoor tips and tricks, and check out Glamping Hub for unique rentals from around the globe.

Host Spotlight: Don

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Don, who manages this luxury expedition property with beautiful tents that can be set up wherever glampers would like in Sedona, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, as well as a unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah.

One of the luxury tent offerings of this property in Arizona.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

I wanted to offer my guests the experience of being surrounded by nature with comfortable luxurious accommodations. Glamping was a term that was a perfect fit for the company.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

The concept of bringing luxury camping to my guests was truly the foundation of the business, to allow for authenticity with a personal touch for guests visiting the southwest. Our campsites are mobile and can be set up in a variety of locations according to the guests custom itinerary.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, spectacular, awe-inspiring.

A view of the river from the luxury tent in Arizona.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Many years ago while camping/hiking with my wife, she brought wine and cheese with dried salami platter in her backpack. We enjoyed the luxury touch to our outback adventure along with a good laugh.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Glamping allows you to experience nature while maintaining a level of comfort not usually found when camping.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Our goal is to exceed the guests' expectations for comfort and service while vacationing in a wilderness environment.

The interior of one of the luxury tents in Arizona.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are fortunate to operate our glamping services in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, in some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth. This includes one of the seven wonders of the world at the Grand Canyon.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Being able to give our guests a deeper understanding and appreciation for the areas we visit combined with a truly authentic experience.

The unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah, from the outside.

The unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah, from the inside.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We work on natures terms utilizing solar power. Our company follows the principals of the Leave No Trace Community Stewardship Initiative, with all effort being put into recycling or reusing campsite-related items.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Our in-depth knowledge and special relationships with these areas, bring a level of service to our guests that goes above and beyond the usual visitor experience to these amazing locations.


Click here to book this luxury tent, the other luxury tent, or the dome today. For more southwestern vacation options, check out our Arizona Weekend Getaways page!

Your Perfect Cottage Stay in the Lake District

By neilgraham

Recently awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park and attracts 18 million visitors every year, due to its picturesque landscape. Home to pristine lakes, lush valleys, and craggy mountains, this area of sublime natural beauty is located in the northwest of England in the region of Cumbria, offering glampers an idyllic setting for an unforgettable getaway.

Where to admire the views

The lakes and hills of the Lake District.

At 978 meters, England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike, is a rewarding hike that offers spectacular views of the Lake District on its many routes of varying levels of difficulty, making it accessible to anyone willing to brave the Cumbrian weather. Visitors can also take their Kendal Mint Cake along the challenging twin ridges of Helvellyn or the popular trail to the peak of Skiddaw. The Langdale Valley is inspiring all year round and a great day out for budding photographers.


Escape to the English Countryside with Modern Cottage in North Cumbria

Unique cottage rental from the interior in North Cumbria.


Where to eat and drink

People clinking together glasses of beer.

A well-earned pint can be enjoyed at the Drunken Duck Inn in Ambleside where the cozy ambiance makes for a great place to soothe any aches and pains after a day in the hills. If you’re traveling with your furry friend, pop into the pet-friendly Dog and Gun Pub in Keswick for a steak and ale pie and a pint of the region’s finest craft ale while Fido makes friends with the other canine companions.


Elegant Countryside Getaway with a Garden in the Southern English Lake District

Cottage in English Lake District.


What to see

Wray Castle from the outside.

The serenity of the Lake District is a huge draw for poets, writers, and artists, with an array of galleries, museums, and artisan markets prevalent throughout the region. The enchanting former home of Beatrix Potter, the author of the famous children’s story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, is based in the town of Ambleside, where visitors can explore the quintessential English cottage for a memorable family experience.

The Pencil Museum gives you the opportunity to sharpen up on your local knowledge and get an insight into life in the world’s first pencil factory and Wray Castle in Hawkshead is the impressive former training center of the Merchant Navy radio officers, which can only be reached by boat or bicycle.


Romantic Waterfront Cottage Rental on Lake Ullswater in England

A waterfront cottage on Lake Ullswater in England.


What to do

Two people kayaking on Lake Windmere.

It’s not all about walking and hiking in the Lake District, Lake Windermere is the place to be for kayaking and sailing while scenic boat tours of Lake Derwentwater offer breathtaking views of the surrounding fells. The forested mountain park of Whinlatter is home to an array of wildlife as well as the Lake District’s longest purpose-built biking trails including the Quercus Trail, a modest eight-kilometer route, and the Altura Trail, a route designed for experienced cyclists with a high level of off-road skills required.


Check out all of our glamping accommodations in Cumbria, which are just as magical as the Lake District itself, and find the perfect adventure for you!

Blogger Spotlight: Coco

By Jessica Armstrong

Meet Coco Bassey of Milenielle—fashion blog extraordinaire and newest member of the Glamping Hub community of global travelers. We can't get over Coco's recent stay at this beautiful elevated tree house in North Carolina, and we can bet you won't be able to either.

We asked Coco to sit down with us and share a bit more about her packing process, biggest glamping surprises, and plans for her future glamping getaways. Glampers, you can be sure this won't be her last trip to a tree house.

Coco on the deck of the tree house near Asheville.

Meet Coco Bassey of Millenielle.

What three words would you use to describe your Glamping Hub stay?

Relaxing, Adventurous, Cozy.

An exterior photo of the tree house near Asheville.

A majestic view of Sugar Creek Tree House.

What are your packing essentials for every glamping trip?

Lots of water and snacks, bug spray, a camera, comfortable shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing! My phone died on me while I was on my trip, and having my laptop was a lifesaver...so definitely double down on backup technology if you can!

What are your main steps to planning a getaway?

Planning the trip: Do I need to rent a car? How long is the trip and what are my target times to arrive and depart?

Activities: What do I want to do during my trip, and what do I need to pack along with me (e.g. hiking shoes, camera, boots, cards, campfire essentials, a book, my laptop, etc.)?

Wardrobe: What do I need to pack to stay comfortable throughout my trip?

Inside the kitchen of the tree house near Asheville.

Inside the tree house near Asheville.

Interior shots of this beautiful Asheville, North Carolina Tree House.

Food and Drink: Always pack lots of extra food and water. Even though our tree house had drinking water amenities, you never know when you'll need it in an emergency! Snacks are great for the road trip, and if there's a fire pit, s'mores are a must!

Tourism and Photography: Research your destination before you leave—are there any spots along the way that you want to stop and see? We popped into Asheville on our way home, and it was such a great opportunity to double our travel experience!

Coco posing with a camera on a hiking trail near the tree house.

Coco enjoying the surrounding forests while at her tree house stay.

Do you prefer to travel in large groups, solo, or with a companion?

I love traveling with one or two people, but there's always something so relaxing about taking a day to break out and explore on my own!

What is your main piece of advice for travelers planning their first glamping stay?

It's always better to over-plan and over-pack! Especially when it comes to clothes, water, and food...you wanna be ready for anything.

The bedroom of the tree house near Asheville, North Carolina.

A view of the dreamy loft bed room at this getaway.

What is your dream destination? Why?

I've traveled quite a bit, but I can't believe I haven't been to the Mediterranean yet...I'm absolutely dying to do Spain, Italy, and/or Greece ASAP!

An interior photo with a guitar of the tree house near Asheville, North Carolina.

The perfect nook to get some musical inspiration.

If you were to visit a glamping accommodation tomorrow, where and what type would it be?

I'd love to experience different regions, like a tropical beachfront bungalow in the summer or a winter cabin rental over the holidays.

What was the biggest surprise about your glamping stay?

I'm a city girl through and through, so of course, I had some negative presumptions about how rough it would be for me to step away from the hustle and bustle of my city life for a whole weekend! I'm so happy I tried it though—this Tree house had ALL of the amenities to make me feel right at home while providing the peace and quiet I was looking for during a quiet weekend getaway.

The fire pit at the tree house.

Nothing better than ending a gorgeous day with a campfire and s'mores.

To find your perfect North Carolina Getaway this summer, click here!


Don't miss Coco's next glamping getaway, and make sure to keep up with her on her blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.