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 Willie and Greg, who manage this beautiful, two-story tree house in Vermont.
1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?
I think it was in 2004. We had guests who suggested that we put up luxury tents around the property. She had read about it somewhere, and it was the first time we ever heard the word “glamping.” That word always stuck with us.
2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?
A good friend of ours built a tree house on his property. It could sit three people, and it had windows and small wood stove for heat. My husband and I both said, “We have to have one.” It was probably 10 years later that we actually moved forward on the idea.
3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?
Magical, jaw-dropping, and inspirational.
4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?
It has to be in July of 1994 in a remote cabin on Clarence Lake, Alaska. Accessible only by sea plane, the cabin was off-the-grid, but fully furnished and equipped. The two of us were the only humans for hundreds of miles. We fished for food and lived among the caribou, eagles, and moose.
5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?
Glamping is best for people who have done and enjoyed traditional camping. They know how to rough it, but sometimes you just want to reward yourself with a comfortable luxurious getaway, yet still be part of nature.
6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?
Expect the unexpected. We provide a very laid-back atmosphere, creature comforts, and natural surroundings. We try to make our guests immediately feel at home. Many of them feel comfortable about coming out for breakfast in their pajamas or robes, heating up meals in our kitchen, and sharing stories with other guests.
7. What makes your property unique?
A lot of things make our property unique. We have 86 acres of hiking trails, panoramic mountain views, a glass-enclosed gazebo at the highest point on the property called The Skyloft, and an Adirondack-style architecture unlike any other B&B in Vermont.
In addition, the property is at once surrounded by nature, yet only three miles from Waterbury, New England’s best craft beer town where there have always been “localvores” before that term was a thing.
8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?
Our favorite part is the ability to provide an opportunity for people to celebrate their lives. Whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or a time for father-son bonding, the tree house has attracted many guests with special stories.
One of our favorite examples is a 12-year-old girl who had spent more than a year in a hospital for cancer treatments. Every week, they would watch the TV show “Treehouse Masters.” She dreamed of staying in one. Her parents promised her that one day, when she got better, they would take her. She did get better and they were able to fulfill their promise. We were honored to be a part of that.
9. What makes your property eco-friendly?
We try our best to be kind to the environment and have a great appreciation and respect for our natural surroundings. For nearly two decades, we have put our property in a State of Vermont-sponsored land and forest stewardship program, which requires us to create and implement a forest management plan that enhances vegetation as well as wildlife habitat. We recycle materials, and we compost food waste. We use LED lights throughout the property. We use highly efficient wood-burning fireplace inserts to augment our heating system and to conserve propane.
10. Anything else you’d like to add?
Our tree house is often used as a surprise gift. When a guest arrives who has no idea where they are staying, we have a very special way we reveal the surprise.
To book Willie and Greg's incredible tree house, click here! What's more? One of our favorite bloggers, Louise Claire Johnson, recently stayed at the tree house and wrote about her experience for her blog and ours. (All photography in this post was taken by Louis Claire Johnson, too!)