Guest Spotlight: Lisette of "Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary"

By Hayley Donigan

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to blogger Lisette of "Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary," who recently went on a luxurious getaway in Washington at this upscale cabin near Glacier. Read on to hear about her luxury camping experience and a brief interview about her first time glamping!

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A while back, I mentioned we were going on a little family adventure. We finally went on our adventure and stayed in a modern cabin in the woods. We enjoyed the solitude and location of our cabin, but most important was the time we spent together as a family. Our time there reminded us that we feel most alive surrounded by trees and breathing in the fresh mountain air, but also how we hope to one day have a cabin of our own nestled in the woods.

We stayed at our cabin for two nights and brought with us enough groceries so that we had no reason to leave other than for our own choosing. Aside from an afternoon of snowshoeing, we mainly just hung out at our cabin. So often with hotel rooms, we end up paying a lot of money for a place we hardly spend any time in, but renting this house allowed us to stick to our routine while still being on vacation. Jasper was able to have his own room and sleep when he wanted to, while we were able to enjoy the hot tub and relax by the fireplace.

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We loved all the natural light and airiness of our cabin accompanied by the warmth of the natural wood ceilings and open stairwell. We also loved the two-story space in the living and dining area and spent a majority of our time as a family there. In case we had forgotten something, there was a small grocery store, a couple of restaurants, and a bakery in the town of Glacier, which was roughly one mile away from our cabin.

When we arrived, there was a nice blanket of snow surrounding our cabin. We had hoped to be there during another snow storm, but all we ended up with was rain. We still savored the pace of our days at the cabin, however—each morning, we would sleep in and have a leisurely breakfast. Before we knew it, the clock said "afternoon", so we would try to take advantage of as much daylight as possible during those short winter days. Nights were filled with lots of playing with Jasper and the reminder that this slice of his life, although exhausting at times, will be a flash before our very eyes.

Our Interview with Lisette

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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, I would have said woodsy, secluded, and quiet. The words I choose afterwards are modern, respite, and relaxing.

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

I went with my husband and toddler son. Snowshoeing up at Mount Baker on a cold, windy day and then having a warm inviting cabin to come back to afterwards for hot soup and to relax by the fire was the best part.

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

The best part about our cabin was the vaulted ceilings and the wall of windows. We were able to feel like we were connected to nature, even while we were indoors.

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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 site is in a small community where they know your name and your coffee order if you are a local and are excited to see you if you are a visitor.

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

I was surprised by the variety of accommodations available. I always thought of glamping as primarily staying in a yurt, but glamping includes tents, tree houses, tipis, campervans, and more.

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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?

Hands down, I would choose Oprah! I would take her snowshoeing and insist on taking a zillion selfies with her, and then we would come back to the cabin and sit by the fire. We would talk and talk for hours like we were old friends while sipping on drinking chocolate. In the evening, we would go into town for a meal, and everyone would be shocked that Oprah came to town.

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!

Hot brownie sundaes with ice cream are always a good idea while on vacation.

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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?

I like a combination of the two, which makes winter getaways ideal. You can be active during the day and then cozy and relaxed at night.

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

I would say a young family who likes the outdoors, cooks their own meals, spends quality time together playing games, and loves sitting by the fire and enjoying hot tubs.

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

Yes, I would. It allows you to stay in unique places that you might not otherwise have access to or the energy to track down.

To find out more about Lisette and "Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary," be sure to check out her blog, Instagram, and Pinterest.