Host Spotlight: Beth

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 Beth, who manages this incredibly unique villa in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The glamping property and its pool at sunset

An exterior shot at sunset of the villa.

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

From your website!

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

The Onion House is something like five-star luxury camping. With no outside walls (only screen and stained glass), you are fully immersed in the lush tropical environment. I had a hunch that travelers would delight in it as much as I do.

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

Artistic, Joyful, Transformational.

The glamping property

The entire property in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

When I spent the summer at our property when I was 10 years old.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

To expand your concept of the possible. The built environment has a profound effect on the psyche. As Winston Churchill said, "First we shape our buildings. Afterward, they shape us." Becoming attuned to the rhythms of an unusual setting can awaken and invigorate the senses.

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

An unforgettable experience of delight, with privacy to swim and immerse yourself in nature. One guest said, "I feel like a butterfly living under a leaf!" Guests have the place to themselves, with the freedom to swim 'au naturel,' sharing an eccentric slice of Hawaii's history.

A view from the pool.

The villa's pool, accompanied by the property's gorgeous views.

7. What makes your property unique?

The visual aesthetics are like nowhere else on earth. This wildly original structure, a landmark of organic architecture, was built for the McCormick Spice family, with a history of colorful characters. Guests' vacations provide funds to renovate and maintain this unique architectural legacy.

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

I love the impact that this unique place has had on so many people's lives. Some come to celebrate their marriage, anniversary, or a special birthday. Others give themselves a personal creative retreat. Families often say it is the best vacation they've ever had together.

The master bedroom of the property.

The villa's master bedroom.

**9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We try to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all while growing tropical fruits, some of which guests may have never experienced, like jaboticaba, guanabana, pomelo, and loquat. Organic architecture seeks to embody natural forms within the built environment—in this case, the shape of a sea shell.

The unique shower in the bathroom.

The luxury shower in one of the villa's bathrooms.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

A private retreat in a work of art can have a profound transformative effect. One guest wrote, "There was my life BEFORE the Onion House, and my life AFTER the Onion House." Just as the unorthodox setting of the Onion House nourished my own artwork, it continues to spark creativity among our guests. The environment of 'no boundaries' without walls and square corners conveys a sense of the unexpected possibilities in life, and people tell me their lives have been transformed.


*Interested in a glamping escape to Hawaii? See more of what Beth's one-of-a-kind, tropical villa can offer here!

Must-Have Glamping Items for 2017

By Jackie Dreyer

We're constantly finding ways to make everything we do more simple, from ways to work more efficiently to how to organize our closet to make mornings a breeze. Make travel and adventure that much easier with these must-have glamping items for 2017.

1. Luci Light

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The Luci Light, created by MPOWERED, is a definite glamping necessity. These easy-to-pack, solar-powered lights will come in handy, no matter what your destination may be. From nighttime strolls along the beach to a gentle glow to read a book or play a game by, no matter which Luci Light you choose, you'll easily be able illuminate your surroundings and brighten up your vacation.

That's not all, though! This week, for every purchase of a Luci Light, you’ll be entered to win a contest with Glamping Hub and MPOWERED. The top five winners will receive a $250 Glamping Hub gift certificate and a Luci Light, while the five runners-up will receive a $150 Glamping Hub gift certificate.

Buy it on Amazon here.

2. Grid-It by Cocoon

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Never worry about how to pack all your little odds-and-ends in your glamping bag ever again with Cocoon's Grid-It organization system. Perfectly arrange anything from toiletries to electronics and their accessories, leaving you plenty of room in your bag for all of your other travel goodies.

Buy it on Amazon here.

3. CGear Sand-Free Mat

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If you're planning a beachfront glamping getaway, the CGear Sand-Free Mat is absolutely indispensable. The only downfall of the beach is the amount of sand that gets everywhere, but with this product, that is no longer a concern. You can also set it up to stay put in one spot, it's easily cleaned, and dries instantly. No sand? No problem!

Buy on Amazon here.

4. Steamfast Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron

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Unlike your average camping trip, glamping allows you to dress as stylishly as you'd like. To ensure that your clothes never have a wrinkle while you're on the go, the Steamfast Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron is the perfect compact size to fit easily into a suitcase and makes it so you can keep your glamping wardrobe in pristine condition no matter where you are with an electrical outlet.

Buy it on Amazon here.

5. goTenna

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A truly amazing device, the goTenna allows glampers to send texts and GPS location even when there's no cell service nor Wi-Fi. Perfect for hikes or glamping in remote locations, this product allows you to always stay connected and get in touch when you really need to.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Top Glamping Sites to Bring a Luci Light To

By Jackie Dreyer

At glamping’s very core is the ability to have a unique, nature-based experience. Choosing an eco-friendly accommodation is the easiest way to align your vacation values with Mother Nature, and Glamping Hub has a plethora of options. Once you’ve found your ideal “green” destination, there’s one thing you absolutely must add to your packing list: the Luci Light.

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These ingenious and environmentally-friendly lights are lightweight, making them easy to throw in your bag, and waterproof, making them practical for any glamping environment. In addition, these lights are also solar-powered, helping you easily align your glamping belongings with your eco-friendly rental.

What’s more? This week, for every purchase of a Luci Light, you’ll be entered to win a contest with Glamping Hub and MPOWERED. The top five winners will receive a $250 Glamping Hub gift certificate and a Luci Light, while the five runners-up will receive a $150 Glamping Hub gift certificate. Read on to see what top glamping sites we think would go great with your new Luci Light.

1. Tree House Suite at Eco-Friendly Glamping Retreat near Charlottesville, Virginia

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This tree house suite near Charlottesville, Virginia, is already a fan of eco-friendly lighting—the entire accommodation is outfitted with LED lighting with a dimmer! However, this environmentally-friendly property doesn’t stop there. Their accommodations feature natural flooring, energy-efficient windows and doors with thermal shades and curtains, and green appliances, cleaning products, and toiletries. The hosts even do single-stream recycling and make compost for their garden using coffee grounds.

2. Eco-Friendly Tents on Organic Farm in Tulum, Mexico

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Cozy up in one of these luxurious bell tents in Tulum, Mexico, which are nestled on an organic permaculture farm outside the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfectly suited for couples, these bell tents come with an outdoor table and chairs, where a romantic evening for two can be shared as your Luci Light casts a romantic hue over your glasses of wine.

3. Eco-Friendly Elevated Cabin Rental for Tree House Experience near Asheville

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Let the sounds of the leaves blowing gently in the breeze lull you to sleep each night at this elevated cabin near Asheville, North Carolina—providing the ultimate tree house experience. Its sheer beauty aside, this environmentally-conscious accommodation puts forth a number of efforts in order to uphold its green status, including using recycled paper products or cloth alternatives; solar-powered outdoor lighting; non-toxic cleaning products; water-saving kitchen and bathroom fixtures; energy-saving windows; low-impact furnishings; and down comforters and renewable-resource linens. It even has a composting toilet!

4. Eco-Friendly Luxury Yurt Nestled in San Juan National Forest, Colorado

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Get ready to explore under canopy of pine trees and stars at this luxury yurt nestled in the San Juan National Forest of Colorado. From eco-friendly toiletries to a gravity-fed wine barrel shower, this property also includes natural linen sheets to snuggle up in at night in its comfortable bed after a full day of outdoor adventures in the aforementioned National Forest. Before you hit the hay, though, take advantage of the yurt's deck for a rousing round of cards or story telling gathered around your Luci Light.

5. Eco-Friendly Ultra-Lightweight Travel Camper Accommodations in Southern California

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Prepare for the road trip of a lifetime in one of these lightweight travel campers in Southern California! Outfitted with modern amenities, these quirky vintage caravans are both easy to maneuver, easy to tow, and can be towed with any vehicle, leaving your California adventure with no limits. They're even 100% solar powered. And you know that no matter where you set up your travel camper to explore, a Luci Light will come in handy, from curling up with a good book as the sun goes down to late-night strolls.

6. Remarkable Environmentally-Friendly Cabin in Secluded Woodlands near Pacific Ocean, Oregon

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Tucked into the woodlands of Oregon, this remarkable cabin rental near the Pacific Ocean comes complete with hardwood floors made from the 104-year-old Douglas firs that stood where the accommodation now does, as well as a private natural swimming hole just 100 yards from the house and a wet or dry sauna. Set up an outdoor meal at the picnic table, gather around the property's fire pit, or kick back and watch for local wildlife as you perch on one of the outdoor benches—the possibilities are endless at this eco-friendly luxury cabin.


Keep exploring for more accommodations to use you your Luci Light at www.glampinghub.com!

New Year, New Glamping Goals

By Jackie Dreyer

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In what direction will 2017 point you? Take the new year by the reins and decide where you want to explore this year—and let us do the rest. The new year means new glamping goals, new accommodations to discover, and new outdoor activities to try your hand at. Let us show you the newest and most popular additions to Glamping Hub so you can start adding to your list of glamping goals for 2017.

1. Unique Luxury Safari Tent Rentals with Private Balcony on Greenwell Point, New South Wales alt

2. Incredible Beachfront Glamping Cabin on Private Island near Olympia, WA alt

3.Luxury Bell Tent Vacation Rentals with Panoramic Views in Central Tilba alt

4. Contemporary Eco-Friendly Cottage Camping near Newcastle, New South Wales alt

5. Eco-Friendly Elevated Cabin Rental for Tree House Experience near Asheville alt

6. Beautifully Furnished Pop-Up Bell Tent Rentals in Margaret River, Western Australia alt

7. Spacious Outdoor Log Cabin Rental on Farm in Bath, New Hampshire alt

8. Luxury Seven-Person Cabin Rental with Outdoor Hot Tub in Idyllwild alt

9. Beautifully Furnished Glamping Tent Campground near Panama City Beach alt

10. Family-Friendly and Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas alt


Keep adding to your glamping list for 2017 on Glamping Hub! We can't wait to show you the world.

5 Best Glamping Spots Tailored for Oprah and Michelle Obama

By Jackie Dreyer

Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama want to go glamping, you say? Good thing glamping is our specialty—and yes, it is definitely "so much better than shopping!" We know just the places to send these two inspiring women to have the adventure of a lifetime, whether they're looking to explore, kick back and relax, or a little bit of both. You've never seen accommodations like our five best glamping spots tailored for Oprah and Michelle.

1. Charming Mid-Century Cabin Overlooking Austin Creek, California alt alt alt

This cabin rental in Cazadero, California, is the right dose of cozy and upscale for Oprah and Michelle. Can't you just see themselves warming up post-hike around that gorgeous and unique wood-burning fireplace? The fully equipped kitchen even has an oven for O to whip up one of her many specialties, and the private sauna just screams luxurious.

2. Cozy Safari Tent Rentals in Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York alt alt

Tents take on a whole new meaning with these cozy, luxury safari tents in Upstate New York. With quick and easy access to Finger Lakes Wine Country, a tasting or tour—or two!—is the perfect activity for a ladies weekend getaway.

3. Chic and Modern Villa with Ocean Views on the Peaceful Oregon Coast alt alt

Nothing says luxury better than floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to spectacular ocean views, just like at this modern villa in Port Orford, located on the Oregon coast. We can't think of a better way to wake up in the morning than to the warm and soothing colors of the Oregonian sunrises and sunsets right from the comfort of your bed.

4. Eco-Cabins in Texas Hill Country Offer Yoga Retreats near Austin alt alt alt

A yoga retreat for two? Don't mind if we do! This glamping property near Austin, Texas, offers both eco-friendly luxury accommodations and yoga classes all day long, ensuring that guests are always feeling calm, centered, and at their very best. What's more? There's an air-conditioned "floating cabin" that all glampers can use for wildlife viewing, reading, or simply relaxing.

5. Spa Tree House Cabins with Complimentary Breakfast, France alt alt alt

If a European girls glamping getaway is what piques these ladies' fancy, these gorgeous tree houses in Labastide de Penne, Tarn-et-Garonne, France, are the be-all and end-all. The private Nordic hot tub on the accommodation's deck is simply the icing on the glamping cake.

We know you're "down," Michelle, so it's time to find a free weekend in Oprah's schedule! We bet she already has all the best glamping tips stored up from her last glamping trip with Gayle, too. It's time #OprahandFLOTUS go glamping.