Guest Spotlight: Christina of "The Daily Sugar"

By Hayley Donigan

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to blogger Christina of "The Daily Sugar," who recently went on a winter weekend getaway at this lovely tree house overlooking the Mohican Valley in Ohio. Read on to hear her luxury camping experience and a brief interview about her first time glamping!

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Last week, Fred and I got to go on our "glamping" adventure, and we had such a great time. A little trip after the holidays was just what we needed before going back to our normal school/work schedules after the holidays.

I'm soo glad we found this little spot. We found this location using Glamping Hub—which by the way is such an amazing site! You can find truly unique vacation spots, and I've mentioned their blog before, but it has such fun trip inspiration on it! You have to check it out! It's the best way to book an outdoor accommodation.

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Once we parked, we decided to go check out the tree house before we unloaded the car. It was seriously SOO cute. It looked like we were walking to our own little gingerbread house in the forest. The land was just beautiful, and the site was covered in twinkle lights! There were twinkle lights outside, in the tree house, and even in view of the wedding ceremony site.

Our tree house was right by the Grand Barn, which is the dreamy indoor/outdoor ceremony space, so we had a lovely view! We had a cozy loft, and I immediately climbed up the ladder to explore it. I found the snuggliest knit throws up there, and I brought them down for us to cuddle with. I was worried about being too cold on our trip, but we had a surplus of blankets, and the tree house was pretty warm in general! I always travel with a million billion bags, but Fred was quick to carry all of them for me. He was a champ and carried most of our luggage from the car to the tree house!

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So as for the tree house itself, it had three beds! There was a queen in the lower level bedroom and two queens in the loft space. There was a main floor with a sectional sofa and a kitchen, and there was a full bathroom and an extra outdoor shower (which I totally would have used if the weather had been even a little bit warmer). All of the linen and towels were provided.

The living space had a TV/DVD. The kitchen was fully stocked with two mini refrigerators with small freezers, a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, two burner gas cooking top and a charcoal grill at ground level! Not to mention, the wraparound deck space with an amazing view and table and chairs!

We had such a good trip! We will never forget the fancy little tree house that we got to stay in. It was a first time for both of us staying in a tree house. If you're looking to find a unique winter getaway stay, check out Glamping Hub to find the perfect trip for you! I've never been a huge camper, but I could get used to this whole "glamping" thing! ;)

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Our Interview with Christina

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?

Three adjectives to describe the glamping site before our trip would be romantic, charming, and woodsy. I was really drawn to this site because of it’s charm. Fred and I were super curious and wanted to stay in a tree house and see what it was all about! Three adjectives to describe the site after our stay would be magical, cozy, and unique. The space was very magical, even more so than we imagined, and it was cozier than I was expecting. It definitely exceeded my expectations!

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

I went glamping with my fiancé Fred. My favorite memory is exploring the tree house together for the first time! We were both walking around in awe of all of the adorable features! I loved seeing Fred excited about where we were staying. We kept talking about all of the string lights inside and outside of the tree house, and I had so much fun crawling up the ladder into the loft area to explore!

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

The best part about the accommodation was definitely the uniqueness of the tree house and the area. I mean, how often do you get to stay in a tree house?! The whole concept and design was just amazing. I don’t go camping very often, but when I do, I like to stay in a cabin-type space vs. a tent. This tree house was definitely the coolest place I’ve ever stayed while camping.

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 area right outside of our tree house was an absolutely beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony space and grand barn. The path that led from our tree house to this area was lit with ground lights and hanging string lights; it was all very romantic! If you decide to stay there for a wedding, I would say summer or fall would be the perfect season for that! If you’re going for a cozy getaway, I would say that winter is the perfect season to go.

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

I was surprised to find that our kitchen was stocked! In terms of cooking utensils and appliances, we were all set to make whatever we wanted. We didn’t bring as many food items as we originally wanted to, because we weren’t sure what we would be able to prepare. We got to make our pasta dishes and our breakfast sandwiches, so it was a pleasant surprise for us!

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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?

This might sound weird, but I think I would have invited one of our favorite authors...maybe F.Scott Fitzgerald. He could have told/read Fred and I stories in our little loft area.

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!

For trips, peanut butter and bananas are two of my food staples. I love to split a banana in half, coat it with peanut butter, and then sprinkle dark chocolate chips on top. It’s an energy boosting snack, and it’s delicious. That would be the perfect snack if you didn’t have access to oven or microwave.

If you do have more appliances where you’re staying like we did, I love ham and swiss breakfast bagel sandwiches that Fred makes us. My favorite beverage for a glamping trip would probably be tea. I love hot tea, and I love icing my tea, so it’s a great choice for varying weather!

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?

It definitely depends on the trip whether I prefer a more active or a more relaxing getaway, but I would say I more often choose a relaxing one. At this glamping site, I opted for relaxing. I was feeling a little under the weather during our stay, so I wasn’t being super active. I think the best activity was leisurely exploring the campsite. There were also wine and cheese tastings and antique malls nearby that we wanted to go to but didn’t get the chance!

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

The glamping site would be the perfect place for newlyweds and couples! The site has a beautiful grand barn for ceremonies and receptions, and the staff seemed very passionate about the weddings that they put on there. Their team was actually working on some very cool features that will be available to their wedding clients soon! If you’re thinking about or planning your wedding, definitely check them out! However, I would still suggest this site to friends and families.

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

I would definitely recommend glamping to my family and friends. I already have been recommending this site! I definitely see myself going glamping again! Turns out, I like it way better than regular camping. I loved being completely surrounded by nature, while being able to stay very cozy and comfortable in our accommodation.

To find out more about Christina and "The Daily Sugar," be sure to check out her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.