Host Spotlight: Sam

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 Sam, who manages this A-frame cabin with a private dock on Payette Lake in Idaho.

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

I first read about and saw glamping in a travel magazine a few years ago. There was a beautiful photo of a tree house that people were camping in.

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

Glamping Hub called me and said they thought my cabin would be perfect for their website.

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

Mountain, lake , and comfort.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Our family rented cabins on lakes and went on canoe trips in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada as a kid, and then I backpacked in Montana and Idaho. I love spending time in beautiful, natural areas.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Glamping means enjoying gorgeous, natural areas in comfort. We feel most alive when we are close to nature. Glamping provides a connection to the earth and our natural world that is difficult to find in a city. It allows us to leave behind the busy world and enjoy ourselves without distraction.

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

Stepping into the A-frame cabin, you will feel like you are visiting your grandparents' cabin in the woods. You will be surrounded by knotty pine walls and lodge décor throughout the cabin. The new, comfortable beds and furniture are cabin-themed. The large deck with a view of pristine Payette Lake will beckon you to the cabin's private dock, deck, and beach, just 90 steps away.

7. What makes your property unique?

The cabin's huge deck, lake view, knotty pine walls (no drywall in this cabin!), spacious living room, multitude of beds, lakeside deck, and private beach and dock make this cabin unique. Families nostalgic for their grandparents' cabin will love this property.

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

We love being able to share our special place with others who appreciate an authentic cabin on the lake. All rent we receive from sharing our cabin goes back into improving the cabin's furnishings and keeping them fresh and clean, without destroying the cabin's historical integrity and homey ambiance.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

McCall's mountain air and cool, summer nights eliminate the need for air conditioning. Just open the windows and let the breeze cool you off. The wood-burning stove and back-up oil heater keep the cabin toasty warm when occupied, but are shut down after cleaning until the day the next guest arrives. The new shake roof keeps the cabin well-insulated and large windows let in natural light. Guests are encouraged to leave recyclables in a separate bag for the maid to take care of.

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10. Anything else you’d like to add?

We love our family cabin and we are grateful that everyone who has stayed here has treated it like their own. National Geographic named McCall, Idaho, the #1 Secret Ski Town for light, powder snow and for families. The ski hill is just 15 minutes away and Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails are everywhere. Fall is one of our favorite seasons at the cabin, because it is so quiet and colorful. We love to kayak on the glassy lake. Spring brings new life and growth, as the melting snow replenished the woods and lake. And summer is simply paradise.

Book Sam's cozy, family-friendly cabin rental in Idaho here!