Guest Spotlight : Ali & Drew

By Chloe Stein

This week, we're bringing you a guest spotlight featuring Ali & Drew, a California-based couple who love to escape the hustle and adventure together, hand in hand.

Our Interview with Ali

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?

Pre-trip: Unique, peaceful, and relaxing.

Post-trip: Romantic, genuine, and beautiful.

Our expectations were blown out of the water by this oasis. It was such a rad experience to get to escape reality and kick back together. We got to spend the most amazing times together, staring into the open landscape and literally just talking about our dreams. It was absolutely amazing to get away for a minute.

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

I went glamping with my boyfriend, Drew Primrose. He surprised me for my birthday and had wine and a card waiting. Our favorite memory was on the first day. We decided to Jacuzzi and watch the sunset. Wine in hand, Jack Johnson on, cotton candy skies, we walked down to the hammock and sat and talked, laughed, and cried. We actually fell asleep it was so peaceful.

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

THE BATHTUB. It's heavenly.

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?

Very rural. Warner Springs was a place where I was expecting cows, horses, apple trees, etc. It was very desert-like. The perfect time to stay would definitely be spring. I could just imagine how amazing the breeze would be and perfect 70s and 80s temperatures. especially with the Jacuzzi and a fire. AMAZE.

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

IT'S SCARY! Drew has a deathly fear of snakes, and I'm just constantly paranoid, so sometimes when it would get extremely quiet and we would here anything move—even a stick—we would hide under the blankets and act like five-year-olds.

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?

We probably would have loved to have Bob Marley come over to our site. We love his music and carefree way of life. A live concert wouldn't be too shabby either.

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why?

We usually go for hot dogs and beans, super typical genuine camping food, but that is when we are in a tent. [Drew] is a big beer guy, and I'm a wine-o, so we enjoy our beverages.

We also have a tradition where we drink a bottle of whiskey and fill it with the sand or dirt where we are staying. This time, we stepped it up for my birthday.

It was so nice to have a FULL BLOWN kitchen in our getaway. We made homemade pizzas with unique toppings, tacos, sandwiches, and picnic snacks with my favorite coconut cake!

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?

We like activity. This summer has been very hectic, so it was nice to get away and relax, but we are usually super active people and love experiencing new adventures. This trip, we went to a couple wineries, had a picnic at Vail Lake, went to dinner, and hiked a little bit. It was 100 degrees almost every day, so being out in the hot, hot sun so inland called for more wine and the cold Jacuzzi.

Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________.¨

Wanderlust lovers.

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Let us know why!

HELL YES. Camping, glamping, adventuring, anything—we are down. Drew and I are both huge beach bums, so our next destination will definitely be by the water.

Stay tuned for more Guest Spotlight features, and to book the safari tent where Ali and Drew stayed, click here!