Blogger Spotlight: Louise Claire Johnson

By Jessica Armstrong

She's at it again—and this time visiting one of Glamping Hub's most unique properties, a hobbit house in Quebec.

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This November, Louise Claire Johnson embarked on her fourth Glamping Hub stay, and we can see why it was the adventure of a lifetime! After days of exploring "Middle Earth" Canadian-style in this snowy wonderland, LCJ is giving us all the feels by sharing the ins and outs of her latest stay.

At this property, glampers get a taste for it all with a tipi, a yurt, and a tree house all on site. Glampers can get a first-hand glimpse below and see for themselves with Louise's latest glamping video: Hobbit House.

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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: Cool, cute, and cozy.

After: Same as above, PLUS wintery, whimsical, and wonderful

Nestled in a wooded winter wonderland, the hobbit house exceeded all of our expectations.

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

I went with my youngest sister and (one of my) best buds, Meredith. There were a lot of memorable moments from our recent trip. If I had to choose? The winter hike to a lookout point over Lake Nominingue and slow mornings sipping coffee in our little hobbit house.

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

The structure in itself was so unique with its circular frame, intricate carvings, and curved windows that it made for an incredible experience. We loved the custom bunk bed, breakfast nook with a map of “Middle Earth,” and the giant oval window that was perfectly shaped to fit the curve of your back while reading.

It’s hard to compare to any other places we’ve stayed since it was truly one-of-a-kind. It’s fun to look back and be able to say that we’ve officially lived in a true hobbit house!

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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?

The hobbit house was deep in the forested property of Les Toits du Monde in Nominingue, Quebec (about 200 k.m. from Montréal in the Laurentian Mountains). We stayed there just after a HUGE blizzard, which made for an unforgettable adventure. Everywhere we looked there were more titling trees dripping in crystal white snow.

The hobbit house is available all four seasons, and I’m sure you would feel just like Frodo and Bilbo Baggins bopping around The Shire in the fall, spring, or summer—but I can’t imagine anything more stunning than the snow-scapes we witnessed while staying there in the winter. It added an extra element (no pun intended) that gave us an excuse to cozy up by the fire and make s’mores every night.

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

In our tech-dependent world, I’m always surprised at just how little you need to survive and have an enjoyable time. Without the distraction of devices, we were able to spend some real quality time together, just talking, making meals, reading in comfortable silence, going for winter walks, and tending to the fire. We left feeling so refreshed and clear-headed.

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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?

It might sound corny but I wouldn’t have changed our sister-bonding time together for anything—except to include our other sister, Grace!

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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!

With only a propane cook top, we boiled a lot of water for instant coffee and tea to drink (along with some beers/ciders, which we kept outside in “nature’s fridge.”)

Egg-in-the-hole is my go-to glamping breakfast. With limited utensils/supplies, the recipe is pretty simple: cut a hole in a slice of bread (I use a tin camping mug), and toast it (along with the center piece that you cut out) on a frying pan as you crack an egg into the empty space. Eh, voila, egg-in-the-hole!

S’mores were a nightly treat, since we rarely have access to a real fire anymore.

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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?

My favorite glamping getaways are ones that offer both adventurous activities and moments of relaxation. Savoring a cup of coffee in the morning and then going for a challenging hike would be the ideal day for me.

Les Toits du Monde offers a variety of activities for every season from kayaking in the summer to dogsledding in the winter. The hike overlooking Lake Nominingue you can do all-year-round, which I would highly recommend.

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Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________,” and tell us why!

This glamping site would be the perfect place for hobbit adventures! The hosts have done an incredible job at creating such a unique hideout. You feel as though you’ve stepped into a storybook.

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

YES x2 ! It’s the best way to give that overworked brain of yours a much-deserved break.

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Where will she go next? Never miss a LCJ adventure, by checking out her blog and vimeo page for all the updates on her explorations and travels to new destinations.