Blogger Spotlight: Ariana

By Jessica Armstrong

This November, Ariana, editor of In Clover Magazine, took her sights from the UK to Oregon for an adventure at one of the luxury tents at this organic and solar energy-powered farm in Oregon.

We got a chance to catch up with her to find out all about the magic of her stay at this idyllic property. How can we not want to explore it ourselves after the charming tales of her luxurious glamping experience on the farm?

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Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post- stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Before: Remote, rustic, and slow living.
After: Magical, cozy, and personal.

I knew that it would be beautiful but I wasn’t expecting to have such a sense of community; our hosts were so welcoming and willing to share their knowledge of running an organic farm. It was all the personal touches that made the difference.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I went with my dear friend Aimee from London, as well as my cousin who is based in Portland—and a camping pro! My fondest memory from our stay was teaching Aimee how to make s’mores. Growing up in the UK she had never had them.

We spent the night chatting, drinking wine by the fire before filling up our hot water bottles and heading to our toasty glamping tent! (It was only toast, because Suzanne from the ranch had kindly built a fire in our chiminea.)

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What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

I honestly think it was the best sleep we had during our trip. The beds were so comfy and the extra touches of building us a fire at night and showing us around the farm all made it so lovely. It was quite fun getting up in the morning had having to harvest our own food for breakfast!

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

It was very wild, but the land was also obviously well maintained. In the morning, there was a lovely fog that settled over the fields, which made for the perfect start to the day. I went in mid-October and it was quite chilly, but I’d still recommend it then! I think September time would be perfect, getting a mix of hot and cold days!

Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

I didn’t realize that Suzanne gave farm tours—there was so much to learn and I can’t wait to go back!

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

I’m a big fan of Maya Angelou. I can’t imagine anything better than sitting by the campfire listening to her tell stories, read poetry, and sing.

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

One recipe that I actually picked up on this trip was a salad recipe with toasted quinoa! I’d never heard of toasting it before. It’s such a fast way to give an extra crunch to any salad!

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Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

With my job, I’m juggling tours, events and photo shoots—it's pretty hectic. So when I’m on vacation, I really like to just switch off, catch up on my reading, new recipes, and exploring the city I’m in.

I do hope that eating can count as an activity—trying new restaurants is my favorite activity! I was surprised but delighted to hear that there was a notable restaurant in town called Smithfields.

“This glamping site would be..."

...the perfect place for old friends. In my experience, your oldest friends tend to live the furthest from you. When you get to see them, it’s a rare treat, one you treasure.

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

I already have recommended Glamping Hub to a few people! I’m thinking of even organizing a family reunion for next summer…but this time in the U.K.! :)

Follow the rest of Ariana's adventures on her blog and Instagram.

Blogger Spotlight: Mandi

By Jessica Armstrong

Today we are bringing you one of our favorites, glampers! We love Mandi of Making Nice in the Midwest not only for her exceptional lifestyle tips and incredible photography skills, but for showing the world how easily glamping can become a necessity in everyday lives.

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Having recently visited two of our one-of-a-kind sites in California—a bell tent near San Francisco and a stunning cabin in Big Bear—and one of our New York tree houses previously, she is no first-timer when it comes to exploring glamping sites across the states. You can read all about her most recent adventure with her gal pals right here.

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We had to ask Mandi for her insider's scoop, so we're always as prepared for the next big adventure just like her. Read on for some of her best glamping memories and tales.

What is your favorite part about glamping in the fall and why?

I have to admit, with my work-at-home mom lifestyle in the suburbs, I mostly get to enjoy the changing leaves and beauty of fall from the windows of my car as I drive from place to place. But a whole weekend of glamping in the wooded mountains and rolling hills of the west coast blew me away! I loved getting to soak it all in constantly, without having to worry about all the distractions at home.

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Do you prefer to go glamping solo? In small groups or big group?

I definitely enjoy glamping in a group. I've learned that as my friends and I grow older, it is far more difficult to connect with one another, especially when so many of us have moved to new homes around the U.S. Having one or two weekends a year where we can get away from it all and really connect fills us up for quite a while, but it also gives us a unique experience that bonds our ties of friendship even more.

What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

I had never been to California before my most recent glamping trip, and I was blown away by the landscape. I think my best memory was driving through the mountains with my friends who kept yelling, "SHUT UP!" about how amazing the views were! We kept stopping to take photos.

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What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

Glamping has taught me that when nature doesn't fit naturally (ha) into your everyday life, you should schedule it in and make it a point to get out there and soak it all in. I believe that humans are refreshed and inspired by nature more than human-made environments, yet so few of us make it a point to surround ourselves with nature and feel revived.

What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

My dream home would be a mid-century cabin (an A-frame in particular), so it would be so much fun to stay in one during a glamping trip. I love the experience of nature, but being able to cook in an equipped kitchen and sleep in a warm bed inside a home really makes a trip stress-free for me—someone who isn't much of a camper, admittedly. Some of the cabins I've stayed in through Glamping Hub created an escapist experience for me, making me feel way cooler than I actually am!

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What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

I doubt I'm very hip to the trends these days, but I do like to look up nearby establishments and ask followers on social media if there are any places they recommend visiting while I'm in the area.

How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

Glamping gives me a fresh perspective on the places I visit, getting me out of the off-the-highway hotels and shopping areas and into the beautiful landscapes and quaint areas I really crave.

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Give us the scoop on your glamping go-tos: What’s in your bag?

My last trip was actually my first time narrowing down my bag contents to fit inside of a carry-on! I packed light with two pairs of jeans (black and blue), a couple of t-shirts (gray and white), a couple of sweaters, and one chambray shirt. I brought active wear as well, but didn't end up using those!

I wore boots and a poncho on the plane (along with one of my t-shirts and jeans) and packed spare toiletries, and my camera and lenses, as well as a couple of books. I even had room to bring a few souvenirs for my family.

I picked up a friend before driving to the cabin, and she filled up our vehicle with games, and then we stopped at a grocery story to get enough food to last us a couple of days. It was a lot of fun cooking with friends!

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Follow the rest of Mandi's adventures with Glamping Hub on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Blogger Spotlight: Cheryl

By Jessica Armstrong

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Summer coming to an end doesn't mean our travel plans have to!

Travel and fashion blogger, Cheryl of Oh to Be a Muse shows us just what we need to pair a perfect getaway to Mexico with the transition of seasons. Having her glamping style down, Cheryl shares with us on her blog all the details of her trip with Glamping Hub to these beachfront casitas in Tulum, Mexico.

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Glampers can sure pick up a tip or two from her travel-wear to how to pack for any season, destination, or accommodation. Read on to get all the styling answers you'll need before your next glamping escape.

What are your top must-haves when glamping in fall?

It depends. If I want to glamp in a fall setting, then I want to make sure that I'm wearing cozy clothing and surrounded by beautiful fall scenery. Or I might want to get away from the cold and glamp some place warm, in order to hold onto the last warm days of the year.

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How does your travel style change between seasons?

No matter the season, I always make sure I travel in my athleisure to stay comfortable. In the spring and summer, I like to make sure that I pack a lot of sunglasses and hats. In the fall and winter, I keep scarves, cable knits, and booties as part of my travel style.

How do you plan your vacations? Around destination? Around style? Around accommodation?

I plan around the destination for sure. It's all about the location, because my main purpose for traveling is being able to see new places. My wardrobe and accommodations just accessorize my surroundings.

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Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

Definite overpacker. I never want to be in a situation where I run out of something important—and important can range from face moisturizers to fedoras. I always pack a couple extra of everything.

What is your favorite piece of fall apparel?

Right now, I'd have to say that my favorite piece of fall apparel has got to be the floral bomber jacket. It might not seem like your typical fall piece, but it's so perfect for adding layers to your look. I'm also a fan of lace-up sweaters this season as well.

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How do you advise fall glampers to plan their wardrobe?

Always bring more than you think. It's much easier to remove a few layers than to add some, especially if you didn't pack the right amount. Also, you can turn one look into three just by switching up your scarves and cape blazers.

What is your favorite type of accommodation to style for?

I feel like I could be comfortable styling for any accommodation, really. I always ask myself if I prefer a beach view, mountain view, or city view, and I think each setting has its benefits. From a beachside cabana or tree house in the woods to a loft apartment with a skyscraper view, it would be hard not to find the beauty in any of those accommodations.

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How would you describe your glamping style? Chic and stylish or rustic and outdoorsy?

Chic and stylish, for sure. That doesn't mean that I need a full face of makeup, but I do need a little more than just a can of bug spray. It is glamping, after all.

You can learn more about Cheryl, her travels, and her style on her Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and blog.

Unbeatable Christmas Gifts for You and Your Bestie

By Jessica Armstrong

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Nothing screams #SQUADGOALS like a getaway with your bestie. Where will you be treating your number #1 guy or gal this holiday season? If you still haven't decided between a backpacking trip through Europe or a surf excursion to Costa Rica, not to worry because with a Glamping Hub Gift Card, you can go anywhere you'd like whenever you'd life. Your best pal will never complain that you did not text them back five seconds after they called ever again, when they receive the ultimate gift of a lifetime.

What's even better is being able to share these memories together and at over 5,000 different unique accommodations around the globe! We have put together a list of the most unbeatable #BFFgetawayVACAYS that you will not want to miss out on.

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Hawaii Getaways

Texas Getaways

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Canada Getaways

Spain Getaways

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California Getaways

United Kingdom Getaways

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Italy Getaways

North Carolina Getaways

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Australia Getaways

Colorado Getaways

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Start packing your bags, booking your flights, loading the car, or hoping on the next train to paradise, but with a gift card you will not have to worry about the roughin' it part of booking the most unbeatable accommodation this Christmas season.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend's Parents in 2016

By Jessica Armstrong

As the holiday season approaches, there is no better time than the present to begin planning the perfect gift for your Boyfriend's parents. What's a better way to show them how much you care, than gifting the experience of a lifetime to visit any luxury glamping accommodation in some of the best winter destinations in the United States using a Glamping Hub Gift Card. You will be winning some big points in your Mother-in-Laws eyes with some of these luxury resorts.

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Do not waste time search through endless sites to find the perfect gift, when Glamping Hub's Collection of Winter Getaways provides a glampers with the most unique, and luxury-nature based experience-filled stays, aka the most thoughtful gift of all. Trade in an apartment for a cozy safari tent in the woods of Washington or a five-star hotel for an outstanding tree house with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Wherever this loving gift takes them, you will be receiving a permanent invite to every holiday celebration.

Just imagine the joy your boyfriend's parents will have when they set their eyes on these winter getaways:

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To find more one-of-a-kind winter glamping getaways, visit Glamping Hub’s Winter Portal, here.