Host Spotlight: Darren

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Darren, who manages these luxury tents, with both all-inclusive and non-inclusive options, located in the city of Culver in Central Oregon's gorgeous high desert landscape.

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1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

Long after we were under way building our resort, possibly three years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

My wife. We wanted to build a place where people could come and disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with nature. We wanted it to be 100% solar-powered and demonstrate to guests that you can be very comfortable, enjoying every luxury while still leaving a light footprint.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Romantic, restorative, natural.

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4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Once we built our decks, put up our first safari tent and outfitted it with a bed, we had a date to watch the Perseid Meteor showers in August. It was amazing.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and reconnect with the earth—something we all need. The bonus is that you have gourmet food and plush bedding, so it's not spartan and muscle spasm-inducing like camping on the ground in a tent.

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6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Luxury, adventure, pampering, digital detox, beautiful scenery, amazing sunsets, restorative spa options, yoga, meditation, and fresh, delicious, local, chef-prepared food. Best of all? None of the crowds.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are 100% solar powered. We are on 40 acres where each site is situated with the utmost privacy. Guests love the open-air showers that are private for each unit. We have blended the glamping experience with eco-friendly practices and spa/personal restoration therapies.

It feels like a 40-acre outdoor destination spa. Guests feel far removed from the outside world while being only 20 minutes from the airport. We also have a hot air balloon launch site on-site. I'm a hot air balloon pilot and have been flying for over 20 years.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

We have had the most incredible guests. It has been a wonderful experience sharing this space with others who truly appreciate it.

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9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We are in the middle of national grasslands on a designated wild and scenic corridor, perched on a beautiful river canyon with 100% solar-powered electricity, a composting program, and a policy of buying not only food, but all supplies, locally.

We built with strict clauses in place that our builders had to build in a way that they did not harm the grasses and sage. It took us 3 years just to place each camp site so that we didn't disturb wildlife migration trails.

Each king unit has a clear panel above the bed so guests can watch the night sky. All linens and toiletries are organic and custom-made for us. The main furniture in the tents was made for us by a woodworker a few miles up the road, who used juniper that was cleared in the area for fire protection.

In our entire building process, we only had to cut down one juniper tree on the whole 40 acres. We also limit the amount of water guests can use, due to our shower and fresh water system. The great thing is that guests don't even notice it.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

We offer a wide array of activities both on- and off-site. It's a great place to stay, whether you never leave the property or as a base to explore Central Oregon. Every single person who has stayed has said verbatim, "I wish we could stay at least one more night."

What are you waiting for? Book the all-inclusive option or just the tents today for a unique glamping getaway in the Pacific Northwest!