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.

Staff Picks: The Age of Glamping is Here, so Set Your Watches to Yurt

By David Pope

"Camping is a thing of the past," a friend once remarked to me between bites of a macaroon. "This is the age of glamping!"

She was, of course, wrong, as it was the early 1980s. But if she had waited just a few short decades, she would have been dead right, in an obvious kind of way. As her spoon dove through layers of trifle, an excellent choice given her outfit, she continued to gift me pearls of wisdom that stick with me today like sticky pearls.

"Sleeping bags won't cut it anymore, and regular tents are just soooo 1,000 B.C." The moonlight bounces off of her eclair as she speaks, casting the shadow of a tipi. "Mark my words, the future is calling, and the phone is inside a yurt."

I laugh, but not at anything she's said. "But how will people know what glamping sites to visit?" She's quiet for a moment and then pokes her head through her croquembouche pyramid in a charmingly conservative kind of way, while replying, "Sorry, what was that you said?"

But I knew what she meant.

She meant that there'd need to be an expert's guide, the words of a sherpa to bring the un-glamped to glamping. So let this serve as that, my personal pick of the best spots to glamp from across the world.

1. Inviting Cabins in the Trees Surrounded by Redwoods near Big Sur, California

glamping cabins in redwood forests in California

I was born and raised in Brisbane, a small pineapple farm-turned-city on the avocado-drenched heartland of Australia's east coast. My mornings were spent the same way as all Brisbanite children, in a sweatshop drawing satirical cartoons for The Economist, dreaming about escaping to the redwoods of northern California (pun intended).

These picturesque cabins surrounded by forest are exactly the place to which my infant mind would have somnambulated, with the trees keeping things cool in summer and heaters ensuring coziness in winter.

2. Charming Couples' Yurt Rental with Air Conditioning in Texas Hill Country

yurt glamping tent in Texas Hill Country

The soft, rounded edges of this glamping tent in Texas Hill Country call to a mind a sense of vulnerability reminiscent of a young Grace Kelly, or an elderly Chris Hemsworth. Equipped with a sumptuous queen-size bed and air-conditioning, this getaway is a sure-fire hit for couples seeking romance or a glamping tent.

3. Stunning Luxury Airstream Rental Outside of Portland, Oregon

Airstream for rent near Portland

I never had the intention of becoming a glamper. In fact, most of my youth was spent protesting against the influence tree houses have in the pharmaceutical industry. But it was Airstreams such as this rental that drew me closer to the concept.

In addition to a super-trendy decor and exterior, guests here will be able to enjoy a comfy bed and a well-equipped kitchenette for a fully-appointed and unique getaway.

4. Mongolian Yurts for Two & Four People near the Costa de la Luz in Cadiz, Spain

Yurt for rent near Cadiz, Spain

It was the comfort-seeking society of the Mongols that first came up with the idea of the yurt, with king-of-cuddles Genghis Khan himself saying that his yurt was the only place he could find a decent cushion upon which to update his Twitter.

This yurt rental on the Costa de la Luz in southern Spain is no different, offering elegance, comfort, and style in abandon. Glampers will feel secluded and come away restored and recharged.

5. Unique Underground Camping Pod Rental on Crop Farm for Vacation near Nashville, Tennessee

Unique vacation rentals near Santa Fe, TN

With hobbit home rentals like these, it's easy to see why Tennessee is officially known as "the foot hair state." Glampers traveling here will find delight in these underground pods, each one filled with a rustic decor. Guests will also be able to enjoy the bounty of nature, with the property home to a variety of seasonal fruits and veggies.


Hungry for more? Check out other unique glamping getaways at Glamping Hub or head to our blog for more travel tips, tricks, and destinations.

Three Summer Must-Haves for a Pet-Friendly Getaway

By Jessica Armstrong

Is your pet feeling a bit stressed from the ruff hustle and bustle of everyday life? Is he or she looking to frolic through the great outdoors where he can bark, lounge, and holler without a worry in the world?

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Hello summer furcay!

Sounds like your four-legged friend could use a pet-friendly vacation with Glamping Hub and Glamping with Pets. But don't forget to pack these three summer must-haves to make your pet's fur-cation even better!

V-Dog Kibble and Treats

V-Dog kibble and treats

V-Dog—it's nose-licking good, according to this pooch.

Good for your pup's tummy and the environment? You better believe it! V-Dog is vegan, so now your pet can be, too. Making premium products that are animal and cruelty-free is just one of the ways V-Dog helps your dog contribute to bettering the environment one bone or biscuit at a time. Be sure to buy these yummy treats and doggy bags by the bunch so your dog can be eating the best of the best all summer long.

Olive + Atlas Collars and Leashes

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Olive + Atlas has the top accessories to make your pup's summer colorful & stylish.

They're hip, trendy, comfortable and will have every other pet barking for more info on where to get these unbeatable dog collars and leashes. Olive + Atlas have designed a look for your pet that will have them strutting through the parks without a worry in the world. And you know that it will be the first thing they will want packed for their pet-friendly getaway.

Glamping with Pets Gift Card

Glamping with Pets Gift Card Book the ultimate pet-friendly getaway with your very own
Glamping with Pets Gift Card

The best thing you can do for your pet this summer is to take them on the vacation of a lifetime with Glamping with Pets. Buying a gift card allows your pet to help you decided where the adventure will take you, too. Whether that is a lakeside cabin in New York or a safari tent in Washington, a glamping retreat is calling you and your pup's names.

These three must-haves can be yours when entering Glamping Hub's Pet-Friendly Summer Giveaway—enter here!


Don't forget to visit our Instagram, too, to see how to prep your pup for the best glamping summer yet!

Best Places to Hike in Scotland

By Joe Endaya

A man going on a hike in Scotland.

We believe that the perfect detox for escaping that daily 9-to-5 grind is fresh air, exercise, the pure liberating feeling of freedom, and an adventure away from it all—even if it's just for a weekend. Shrouded in mist and mystery, the eclectic landscape of Scotland is the perfect destination for anyone looking for their next great experience. With miles upon miles of challenging trails for even the most seasoned of adventure junkies and breathtaking views that are sure to scratch that wanderlust itch, here is some of our favorite hiking spots in Scotland where you can lose yourself among the splendor of nature.

1. For The Best Views: The Magical Great Glen Way

A glamping cottage with a great view in Scotland.

The Great Glen Way stretches from coast-to-coast across the sprawling Scottish countryside. Sweeping hills to sprawling lochs, highlands to lowlands, and everything in between, this spectacular trail truly encompasses and encapsulates the diversity of Scotland's topographical landscape.

As you follow the prevailing winds toward the east, you'll feel as if you were dropped into a fairytale, wandering through marvelous castles and esoteric ruins of medieval strongholds from eons long gone. The trail even crosses the iconic Loch Ness, where you might catch a glimpse of the ever-elusive and legendary Loch Ness Monster. For an experience that is so quintessentially Scotland, this trail might just be the perfect fit!

2. For Adventure Junkies: A Third of the National Three Peaks Challenge

A hiker on a trail in Fort William, Scotland.

The illustrious National Three Peaks Challenge of the U.K. is perfect for outdoor buffs and thrill seekers alike. The challenge consists of three mountain climbs across the U.K., with the highest–and most challenging!–being the formidable Ben Nevis in Scotland, also known as the highest peak in the country. At an elevation of 4,409 feet, good ol' Ben Nevis poses a challenge for even the most seasoned of mountaineers.

If you're looking for an adventure like no other, there's no better way to fuel your adrenaline needs than climbing up to the pinnacle of Ben Nevis and reveling in the breathtaking views of the Scottish countryside's sheer beauty as your reward. With the vast mountainscape below and the pristine cerulean skies above, the views from the top promise to be a sight to behold.

3. For Couples: Finding Love at the Lover's Stone

A view of Lover's Stone in Scotland.

With France, Spain, and Italy in the mix, Scotland isn't always everyone's go-to spot for an intimate couples getaway, but Latin Europe sure doesn't have a monopoly on romance. With dramatic cliffside bluffs, enigmatic woodlands, and fairytale-esque castles abound, Scotland is just a good a place as any for couples looking to lose themselves in a magical land.

The remote coastal St. Kilda is the perfect spot for a picturesque, intimate hike with your other half, whether you're celebrating your anniversary or newlyweds who can't tell the difference between a honeymoon and an adventure. Perhaps the most romantic spot of all is the Lover's Stone, with legends foretold of prospective grooms proving their dedication to their loved one by standing on one foot over the jutting rock atop the precarious cliffside.

4. For Those with a Furry Friend: Paws Up at Loch Lomond

A dog posing mid-stream in a river in Scotland.

If there’s one thing dogs love, it’s getting in touch with the wilderness. Any pup, pug, or poodle would feel right at home at nature, it’s in their blood. As pet owners ourselves, we know how important it is to let the pooch roam and frolic in the great outdoors. With a number of dog-friendly trails in Scotland, there's no excuse not to bring Fido on your next adventure.

Loch Lomond is just one of the many places in Scotland that welcomes hikers with both two feet and four. From splashing on the loch to running wild and free across vast, boulder-strewn fields, your furry friend can explore its inner wild side in the very same wilderness their very ancestors used to roam.

5. For Just About Anyone: Flying High in the Highlands

Lastly, we have the sprawling Scottish Highlands—the absolute perfect haven for adventure enthusiasts, thrill seekers, and nature lovers alike. With a meandering mountainscape stretching as far as the eye can see, you'll be able to find a number of mountain ranges, craggy pinnacles, sweeping valleys, plateaus, ridges, chasms, and other otherworldly geological wonders just waiting to be explored.

Some of the most dramatic trails can be found in the Highlands, as well as some of the most surreal sights that you're bound to come across. The area abounds with medieval ruins and other remnants of the past. From a full-on hiking expedition to a quiet afternoon amble, the Highlands might be the perfect backdrop for your next adventure.


That isn't all. For more potential adventure ideas in Scotland, check out our curated collection of Scotland's top glamping sites here!