Guest Spotlight: Louise Claire Johnson

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to blogger Louise Claire Johnson, who recently stayed at this cozy yurt in Ontario, Canada. Read on to hear her luxury camping experience and a brief interview about her first time glamping!

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It’s easy to get lost in the rhythm of routine. A recent bird’s eye view of my day-to-day unveiled that I had become bogged down in the minutiae. All too easy to do, often challenging to undo.

As many people have felt at one point in time, the struggle to manage work-and-life is more of a juggling act than a balancing one. When the words “stressed,” “busy,” and “tired” return unbecomingly to our vocabularies, that’s when we know the cycle needs to be broken.

I discovered the Canada Weekend Getaways on Glamping Hub and was immediately smitten. It reminds me of a folksy, outdoorsy alternative to AirBnB. It makes me want to adventure to all of these obscure, remote locales. I never knew you could escape to safari tents, little log cabins, and tree houses—at affordable prices—in places all over the world. It’s quenched my thirst for wanderlust and inspired me to travel to new destinations.

A couple weeks ago, my friend Tasha was willing to take a mind vacation with me and adventure to a cozy yurt near Sturgeon River Provincial Park on Lake Washagami in Canada. We were hours outside of any discernable cell service, so there was no choice but to check out of the tech matrix.

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It was pretty chilly, so for warmth we used a kerosene heater, and they provided wood and kindling for fires. We played board games, walked through the forest (coffee in hand), read books, did some writing, and chatted fireside for hours. It was luxe living!

My favorite part was when we canoed into the middle of the deserted lake with a bottle of red wine and our cozy blankets. There is nothing more peaceful than the sound of a paddle dipping calmly in and out of the water.

With no technological distractions, we let our bones melt into nature’s embrace. The murky mist in my mind cleared. I disconnected and reconnected with the tangible.

Our Interview with Louise

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?

This was my first ever glamping experience, and I was blown away. Reality exceeded all of my expectations (to infinity and beyond!). I had never stayed in a yurt before, so I didn’t really know what to expect, to be honest. After my stay, I’d describe it as cozy, charming, and magical.

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

I went glamping with one of my childhood best friends and lifelong travel partner-in-crime, Tasha.

I loved waking up in the morning and seeing the trees through the dome-shaped window at the top of the yurt while cocooned under the covers. Sipping coffee and eating breakfast outside under a canopy of greenery with absolute silence was also pretty magical.

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My favourite part was when we canoed into the middle of the deserted lake with a bottle of red wine and our cozy blankets. There is nothing more peaceful than the sound of a paddle dipping calmly in and out of the water.

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

It’s hard to pick just one! Our hosts created such a welcoming atmosphere from the get-go. They had a little kerosene heater waiting for us, an old-school radio, board games etc. The twinkle lights and candles added to the warm ambiance. They provided wood and kindling for us to build our own fires outside the yurt, as well as access to a canoe and a sauna. I couldn’t have asked for better hosts or a better experience.

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?

We stayed on Lake Washagami, which is a picturesque little lake about an hour outside of Sudbury, Ontario, in Canada. Since my friend and I were looking to take a mind vacation and check out of the technology matrix, we wanted a remote locale that would allow us to disconnect and reconnect with nature.

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

I was surprised to discover how much heat you can pack into a little yurt! Since we were up north in Canada, the weather was pretty chilly for late fall, so we were expecting to be pretty cold at night. The kerosene heater we used indoors and the fires we built outside were more than enough to keep us toasty the entire time. Having a barbecue and a hot plate to boil water and grill up lunch was also a luxury that we weren’t expecting!

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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?

I have an eternal girl crush on Audrey Hepburn, so I would probably invite her over for a “girls yurt night in." We’d sit around the fire making s’mores and play some Scrabble (I read somewhere that she was quite the wordsmith) whilst sipping tea before breaking into the gin!

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!

Sipping red wine in our canoe in the middle of the lake made for such a memorable experience so that’s one (adult) beverage of choice! Coffee is also a must-have. There’s nothing more relaxing than slowly savoring a cup o’ joe in the morning while shooting the breeze with a friend.

Overnight Oats are ideal to bring on a glamping trip for breakfast or a snack! You can pack them in Tupperware or little mason jars. They are very easy to make and don’t require any cooking (unless you want to heat them over a fire or on a plate to take the chill out).

Overnight Oat Recipe + Instructions

• 1/3 cup raw rolled oats
• ½ cup almond milk
• 1/3 cup greek yogurt
• ½ banana
• ½ tbsp chia seeds
• Pinch of cinnamon

Mix everything above together in your Tupperware or mason jar and put in the fridge to soak overnight. (Our yurt had a mini fridge for us to use!)

In the morning, top with some crunchy cereal or granola, add more berries if you like, and coconut flakes for flavor

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 tend to go back and forth between active and relaxing getaways. With this particular glamping site, I opted for a relaxing experience. I wanted a place where I could put my phone away, unplug my electronics and have in-depth, face-to-face conversations with my friend, read a book, play a board game, and just enjoy being in nature.

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The best activity in the area was by far canoeing along the lake. There was no one else around and it was so peaceful and serene.

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 a city escape! It’s a cozy retreat to get away from the rhythm of routine and allow yourself to just be. My pent-up stress dissipated immediately upon arrival.

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

100%, absolutely! I’ve been telling almost everyone I know about Glamping Hub and how amazing my cozy yurt getaway was. I’m already looking into my next glamping adventure in California. This time, I’d like to experience staying in a tree house! I like staying somewhere that’s a little off the beaten path. Glamping Hub provides so many unique abodes around the world that I probably wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. It’s inspired me to try new places when I travel.

To find out more about Louise, be sure to check out her blog, Facebook, and Instagram!