Founder of Glamping Hub Goes Glamping

By Jessica Armstrong

You have seen all the bungalows by the beach, dreamt while sleeping under the stars from a of one-of-a-kind tree house, and snuggled up by the fire outside your woodland yurt. Glamping Hub founder, David, also had the opportunity this summer to visit some of California's most unique glamping getaways.

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Glamping Hub founder, David

Four years after the launch of Glamping Hub and just months after launching Glamping Hub for Pets, David is still constantly striving to bring glampers and travelers alike the opportunity to connect with nature from the comfort of a luxurious accommodation.

After visiting a few glamping properties in California this summer with his family and friends, David gave us a little insight on his vision for the glamping industry and where his passion comes from everyday.

Check out an exclusive with David below.

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David's son and dog glamping at this safari tent near San Francisco

What are all the sites you have visited since launching Glamping Hub?

I have visited anything and everything from Airstreams in Northern California and bell tents in Panama to tree houses in Southern California and yurts in Tarifa, Spain.

What kind of accommodations would you like to visit in the near future?

There is a really unique tree house/bungalow structure in Tulum, Mexico, that provides a really cool way to connect with nature. This is a side of Mexico I would like to explore.

I want to visit more of the Pacific Northwest. In Oregon, there is a glass house property that I am hoping to visit.

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Luxurious Tree House Perched on the Mountains of Julian, California

What have been the highlights from your most recent glamping trips?

Having the chance to be with my family and grill on the barbecue right outside our safari tent in the Mendocino region or looking out at the millions of stars from the beautiful sky in Southern California while enjoying the hot tub on the patio of our tree house stay—these are the moments you know you are going to remember for the rest of your life, especially when surrounded by friends and family.

At one of the accommodations we visited in Southern California, the drive to get to the glamping site was incredibly scenic, around a lake, in an area that was really secluded and unlike anything else I had ever seen there before. It reminded me of something I would see in Southern Italy.

What are the trends in the glamping industry you most looking forward to?

One of the most beautiful things that the Internet has provided over the years is options. People now have the opportunity to choose the type of vacation that is most relevant to them. People saying "Yes, I want to connect to the outdoors, and yes, I want to be comfortable", but tying it into an activity, for examples yoga retreats and certain hiking and climbing spots, thus increasing the depth of their experience.

Glamping and the type of accommodations we provide allow people, for example climbers and extreme sport enthusiasts, to be close to the experience and setting. People being able to browse and choose specific activities and envision the type of experience they want is something that has taken travel and vacations to a whole new level.

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David at this luxury airstream site near San Francisco

If you were to build your own glamping site, what kind of accommodations would you have and why?

A tree house. My dad built a tree house for us when I was 11 years old. My dad was a MacGyver. I remember the excitement of the tree house, the height, and I felt really alive in those moments, so being able to recreate that would be really appealing to me and something to share and create for my son as he grows up. There is something magical about seeing the world from up in a tree house and creating something in your mind and imagination.

What are your glamping essentials?

I always bring this huge blanket that my cousin brought me as a gift from India. I bring it with me any time I'm going somewhere outdoors. I can set it up for my friends and relatives. I always bring my swimming goggles to be able to jump into any body of water—lake, river, ocean, you name it. And lastly, my camera, to capture the moments that will last a lifetime.

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David and our office pup, Brooklyn

To start searching for your own unique experience, check out Glamping Hub and Glamping Hub for Pets.

Summer Like a Celebrity

By Chloe Stein

With summer nearing to an end, we are reflecting on some of our the most glorious vacation spots and wondering to ourselves, "Why on earth haven’t these people gone glamping this summer?" Maybe they haven’t realized just what glamping can offer them.

To that we say: Celebrities all over the world, now is the time to gear up and glamp your heart out.

Pictured: Jay-Z and Beyonce. Photo from Popsugar.com

Kristen & Dax

We shall start this post by mentioning the phenomenal Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. After their hilariously entertaining and downright riveting music video covering their safari trip and set to Toto’s well-acclaimed "Africa," we think the world could use an encore.

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Maybe a music video featuring a walking tour in Australia complimented by the one and only “500 miles” by The Proclaimers—just an idea guys, just an idea. But in all seriousness, Kristen and Dax, we are begging you.

Photo from Glamping Hub.

Beyonce & Jay-Z

This summer "Lemonade" has put us through the ringer. Our hearts are going through a roller coaster of emotions, and while we sit back and watch the love story of Bey and Jay unfold, we are hopeful that maybe a romantic getaway is just what they needed.

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Although we find Hawaii to be beautiful vacation destination, we think these two need a place that is magical, mysterious and unique, much like the pair themselves. We are thinking the next destination for this dynamic duo should be Slovenia—a fairy tale-esque wonderland that will have Jay saying “Becky who?” (Too soon?)

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Taylor Swift

Last, but not least, Taylor Swift. With the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian social media explosion that erupted in mid July (when will these two ever make amends!?), we think she could certainly benefit from a secluded tree house in the mountains or maybe a tent along a secret beach cove.

Photo from TheDailyBeast.com.

How about this beach spot? Set in Tuscany, this glamping site is a secluded coastal property, making it a complete paradise for celebs looking to escape the spotlight. This is the perfect place to splash around with new boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston, while Instagram-ing photos of yourself having the time of your life, T-Swift. We'll make sure you remain the envy of all who view your social media—don't you worry!

Photo from Glamping Hub.

Haven't gotten your celebrity fix? Click here & here for glamping weddings and much, much more.

10 End-of-Summer Getaway Ideas

By Vita Unwin

The days may be growing shorter, but the leaves on the trees are showing no sign of changing color—we're not done with summer just yet! As Shakespeare famously mused, "Summer's lease hath all too short a date," so if you're feeling like there's room in your schedule for one last getaway, let us inspire you with our favorite 10 end-of-summer trip ideas.

1. Spacious and Modern Cottage in the Peaceful Catskills Mountains, New York

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If the summer weather has been somewhat overshadowed by the concrete and pollution of city living, it is time to break free and make the most of the last days of heat at this modern cottage rental. Located in the peaceful Catskills Mountains in New York, the cottage has quiet corners to curl up with a good book, as well as open spaces for yoga and meditation, dancing, and even hosting a dinner party. Nature is beckoning from every window, and glampers can enjoy the kind of silence you simply cannot recreate in an urban environment.

2. Sophisticated A-Frame Cabins above Bass Lake, California

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Yosemite National Park offers just about every outdoor activity under the sun. Have you ever been whitewater rafting? If the answer is no, you are missing out on a truly exhilarating summer activity. Yosemite offers some of the best rafting courses on the West Coast, and glampers can combine adrenaline-fueled exertion with some luxury relaxation. This unique A-frame cabin is only a small hike away from the National Park and is fitted with a luxury queen-size bed and stunning forest views.

3. Spacious Cabin Rental for Groups with Hot Tub in Port Angeles, Washington

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The summer season means parties, festivals, and lots of daytime drinking, but as the season draws to a close, there are always a few friends who we somehow didn’t quite get around to seeing. Renting a glamping cabin is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your favorite friends—cooking, adventuring, and relaxing together. This spacious rental can sleep up to eight, and there is even an outdoor hot tub, where you can while away the hours reliving old memories and creating new ones.

4. Secluded Eco Dome in Dark Sky Ordinance Territory, Texas

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For those who are looking to immerse themselves in nature without distraction, this glamping site in Terlingua, Texas, is the ideal spot. Set in a desert location that is one of few remaining places under the Dark Sky Ordinance, guests can enjoy unforgettable starry nights during their stay, as well as unparalleled sunsets. The cabin is solar-powered, so we suggest you get in there sooner rather than later!

5. Simple Cabin Accommodation for Four near Fort Collins, Colorado

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If summer escapades have left you with slightly tighter purse strings than you enjoyed in the spring, this doesn’t mean that you have to forgo your end of summer getaway. This simple cabin accommodation offers great value for money, but guests can still enjoy all the luxuries of modern living. The cabin is fitted with a kitchen, a queen-size bed, a barbecue, and even a coffeemaker, so that glampers can enjoy your early morning coffee on the wooden veranda overlooking Estes Park in Colorado.

6. Peaceful Safari Tent Camping in Coastal Woodlands near San Francisco

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When we say the word tent, we are not talking about your ordinary flimsy affair, prone to collapsing and letting muddy water in under the door. This safari tent is the peak of camping sophistication. Built on a wooden platform, it comes fully outfitted with a queen-size bed, a down comforter, and cotton linens, so that even if there is a late-summer chill in the air, glampers know they will be warm and cozy at night.

The luxury rental is located on a tree-covered bluff above one of most spectacular oceanfronts on the Northern California coast. It is even a short walk to the gorgeous beach at the mouth of Big River and the charming town of Mendocino, where you can build on your summer glow taking in the late August sunshine.

7. Modern Luxury Tree House Surrounded by Tranquil Forest in Seattle

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There is surely no better way to spend some time with Mother Nature than to spend the night in a tree house. This tree house oozes glamour, with welcoming red tones and chic furnishings. Although the property is just 10 minutes from downtown Seattle, guests will feel 1,000 miles away from civilization, thanks to the shady trees and gentle stream that surround the tree house. If peace and tranquility is what you look for in a summer getaway, you need look no further.

8. Fully-Equipped Yurt Nestled in Unaweep Canyon, Colorado

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If you have never spent a night in a yurt before, you have no idea wht you're missing out on. These traditional circular accommodations are like a Pandora’s Box, and this one is fitted with all the modern essentials guests would expect in a luxury hotel. There is enough sleeping spaces to accommodate four, a small kitchen, a bathroom, and even a shower all under this authentic canvas roof.

9. Deluxe, Mountain Cabin with Oxygenated Bedrooms for Utmost Comfort in Telluride, Colorado

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Don’t let the pressure of work deprive you from your end of summer vacation—it is possible to combine business with pleasure at this glamping rental, which has a stylish integrated workstation. It will hardly feel like work at all, especially when the Bang and Olufsen surround sound system is up and running!

The rental can be accessed by cable car, and is tucked away high in the San Juan Mountains in Telluride, Colorado. In the evening, guests can enjoy a glass of wine together on the wooden terrace, furnished with a wood-burning stove, and take in the panoramic mountain views.

10. Dreamy One-Room Tree House Rentals near Austin, Texas

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It's never too late for one last summer romance. This dreamy one-room tree house is the perfect couples retreat, located just 20 minutes from the city of Austin, Texas. Glampers can spend quality time together enjoying a morning cup of coffee on the porch, taking advantage of the swimming pool and other luxury facilities, and cooking up delicious barbecue food.

For more summer getaway ideas, take a look at our extensive collection of Summer Getaways 2016, and get to booking your next vacation!

Blogger Spotlight: Nuria

By Jessica Armstrong

A restless globetrotter, fearless adventurer, creative director, Nuria cannot be beat when capturing what glamping really is all about.

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Having visited two of our most off-the-beaten-path luxury getaway locations, this luxury tent in Morocco and this cozy mountain cabin in California, she can share with us all a thing or two about finding the best glamping stay.

Before the summer finishes and we get ready for fall, we got the chance to ask her about some of her best end-of-summer glamping advice.

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What are the best glamping getaways for the end of summer?

For me, the best glamping for the end of summer would be a tree house in the mountains.

Tell us about your ideal summer vacation.

Summer means beach, sun, and friends, so I'd do a mix of those things to get the perfect summer.

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What things do you hope to cross off your summer bucket list while glamping?

Some surfing days and having a tent near the beach.

How many glamping trips do you hope to take or have taken during summer? Where? Why? Which was your favorite?

I'm going to L.A. in September, so I'm hoping to take a trip to the desert and experience a glamping getaway there!

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What advice do you have for glampers trying to get in one last trip before fall creeps in?

Getting a glamping accommodation where you can watch a nice sunset and sunrise is such a special experience.

Where are your dream destinations?

Tokyo!

Tell us about one of your favorite glamping getaways.

A desert experience in Morocco! We had the chance to spend a night at the tents in Merzouga in the middle of the dunes.

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Be sure to catch the rest of Nuria's many adventures on her Instagram, Freckles Nur. And for any Spanish-speaking readers, check out Nuria's June post on Condé Nast Traveler about the most amazing places she has ever slept across the globe!

Host Spotlight: Nick

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 Nick, who manages this eco-friendly cabin in the village of Capertee in New South Wales, Australia.

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

2006.

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

The cabin site is very special and peaceful, and we wanted to share it with others.

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

Peaceful, tranquil, and remote.

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4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Camping as a young man in a two-man tent, with no power or lights.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Because glamping offers something beyond the norm.

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

An exciting 4WD (Four-Wheel Drive) trip to the site, then a very comfortable stay in a rustic, quirky, hand-built cabin.

7. What makes your property unique?

A combination of many things: location, isolation, peace, wildlife, views, comfort, and silence.

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

Meeting lovely people from all around the world.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We use solar power, wind power, and collected rainwater. All waste is treated through a septic system and even the food scraps are not wasted—they go to the ducks!

To book this incredible Australian cabin rental—which has been featured in collections of ours, such as Eco-Friendly Camping Cabins in New South Wales—click here!