Blogger Spotlight: Louise Claire Johnson

By Jessica Armstrong

She's at it again—and this time visiting one of Glamping Hub's most unique properties, a hobbit house in Quebec.

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This November, Louise Claire Johnson embarked on her fourth Glamping Hub stay, and we can see why it was the adventure of a lifetime! After days of exploring "Middle Earth" Canadian-style in this snowy wonderland, LCJ is giving us all the feels by sharing the ins and outs of her latest stay.

At this property, glampers get a taste for it all with a tipi, a yurt, and a tree house all on site. Glampers can get a first-hand glimpse below and see for themselves with Louise's latest glamping video: Hobbit House.

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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: Cool, cute, and cozy.

After: Same as above, PLUS wintery, whimsical, and wonderful

Nestled in a wooded winter wonderland, the hobbit house exceeded all of our expectations.

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

I went with my youngest sister and (one of my) best buds, Meredith. There were a lot of memorable moments from our recent trip. If I had to choose? The winter hike to a lookout point over Lake Nominingue and slow mornings sipping coffee in our little hobbit house.

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

The structure in itself was so unique with its circular frame, intricate carvings, and curved windows that it made for an incredible experience. We loved the custom bunk bed, breakfast nook with a map of “Middle Earth,” and the giant oval window that was perfectly shaped to fit the curve of your back while reading.

It’s hard to compare to any other places we’ve stayed since it was truly one-of-a-kind. It’s fun to look back and be able to say that we’ve officially lived in a true hobbit house!

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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 hobbit house was deep in the forested property of Les Toits du Monde in Nominingue, Quebec (about 200 k.m. from Montréal in the Laurentian Mountains). We stayed there just after a HUGE blizzard, which made for an unforgettable adventure. Everywhere we looked there were more titling trees dripping in crystal white snow.

The hobbit house is available all four seasons, and I’m sure you would feel just like Frodo and Bilbo Baggins bopping around The Shire in the fall, spring, or summer—but I can’t imagine anything more stunning than the snow-scapes we witnessed while staying there in the winter. It added an extra element (no pun intended) that gave us an excuse to cozy up by the fire and make s’mores every night.

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

In our tech-dependent world, I’m always surprised at just how little you need to survive and have an enjoyable time. Without the distraction of devices, we were able to spend some real quality time together, just talking, making meals, reading in comfortable silence, going for winter walks, and tending to the fire. We left feeling so refreshed and clear-headed.

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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?

It might sound corny but I wouldn’t have changed our sister-bonding time together for anything—except to include our other sister, Grace!

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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!

With only a propane cook top, we boiled a lot of water for instant coffee and tea to drink (along with some beers/ciders, which we kept outside in “nature’s fridge.”)

Egg-in-the-hole is my go-to glamping breakfast. With limited utensils/supplies, the recipe is pretty simple: cut a hole in a slice of bread (I use a tin camping mug), and toast it (along with the center piece that you cut out) on a frying pan as you crack an egg into the empty space. Eh, voila, egg-in-the-hole!

S’mores were a nightly treat, since we rarely have access to a real fire anymore.

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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?

My favorite glamping getaways are ones that offer both adventurous activities and moments of relaxation. Savoring a cup of coffee in the morning and then going for a challenging hike would be the ideal day for me.

Les Toits du Monde offers a variety of activities for every season from kayaking in the summer to dogsledding in the winter. The hike overlooking Lake Nominingue you can do all-year-round, which I would highly recommend.

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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 hobbit adventures! The hosts have done an incredible job at creating such a unique hideout. You feel as though you’ve stepped into a storybook.

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

YES x2 ! It’s the best way to give that overworked brain of yours a much-deserved break.

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Where will she go next? Never miss a LCJ adventure, by checking out her blog and vimeo page for all the updates on her explorations and travels to new destinations.

Blogger Spotlight: Ariana

By Jessica Armstrong

This November, Ariana, editor of In Clover Magazine, took her sights from the UK to Oregon for an adventure at one of the luxury tents at this organic and solar energy-powered farm in Oregon.

We got a chance to catch up with her to find out all about the magic of her stay at this idyllic property. How can we not want to explore it ourselves after the charming tales of her luxurious glamping experience on the farm?

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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: Remote, rustic, and slow living.
After: Magical, cozy, and personal.

I knew that it would be beautiful but I wasn’t expecting to have such a sense of community; our hosts were so welcoming and willing to share their knowledge of running an organic farm. It was all the personal touches that made the difference.

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

I went with my dear friend Aimee from London, as well as my cousin who is based in Portland—and a camping pro! My fondest memory from our stay was teaching Aimee how to make s’mores. Growing up in the UK she had never had them.

We spent the night chatting, drinking wine by the fire before filling up our hot water bottles and heading to our toasty glamping tent! (It was only toast, because Suzanne from the ranch had kindly built a fire in our chiminea.)

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

I honestly think it was the best sleep we had during our trip. The beds were so comfy and the extra touches of building us a fire at night and showing us around the farm all made it so lovely. It was quite fun getting up in the morning had having to harvest our own food for breakfast!

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?

It was very wild, but the land was also obviously well maintained. In the morning, there was a lovely fog that settled over the fields, which made for the perfect start to the day. I went in mid-October and it was quite chilly, but I’d still recommend it then! I think September time would be perfect, getting a mix of hot and cold days!

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

I didn’t realize that Suzanne gave farm tours—there was so much to learn and I can’t wait to go back!

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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’m a big fan of Maya Angelou. I can’t imagine anything better than sitting by the campfire listening to her tell stories, read poetry, and sing.

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!

One recipe that I actually picked up on this trip was a salad recipe with toasted quinoa! I’d never heard of toasting it before. It’s such a fast way to give an extra crunch to any salad!

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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?

With my job, I’m juggling tours, events and photo shoots—it's pretty hectic. So when I’m on vacation, I really like to just switch off, catch up on my reading, new recipes, and exploring the city I’m in.

I do hope that eating can count as an activity—trying new restaurants is my favorite activity! I was surprised but delighted to hear that there was a notable restaurant in town called Smithfields.

“This glamping site would be..."

...the perfect place for old friends. In my experience, your oldest friends tend to live the furthest from you. When you get to see them, it’s a rare treat, one you treasure.

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

I already have recommended Glamping Hub to a few people! I’m thinking of even organizing a family reunion for next summer…but this time in the U.K.! :)

Follow the rest of Ariana's adventures on her blog and Instagram.

Blogger Spotlight: Mandi

By Jessica Armstrong

Today we are bringing you one of our favorites, glampers! We love Mandi of Making Nice in the Midwest not only for her exceptional lifestyle tips and incredible photography skills, but for showing the world how easily glamping can become a necessity in everyday lives.

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Having recently visited two of our one-of-a-kind sites in California—a bell tent near San Francisco and a stunning cabin in Big Bear—and one of our New York tree houses previously, she is no first-timer when it comes to exploring glamping sites across the states. You can read all about her most recent adventure with her gal pals right here.

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We had to ask Mandi for her insider's scoop, so we're always as prepared for the next big adventure just like her. Read on for some of her best glamping memories and tales.

What is your favorite part about glamping in the fall and why?

I have to admit, with my work-at-home mom lifestyle in the suburbs, I mostly get to enjoy the changing leaves and beauty of fall from the windows of my car as I drive from place to place. But a whole weekend of glamping in the wooded mountains and rolling hills of the west coast blew me away! I loved getting to soak it all in constantly, without having to worry about all the distractions at home.

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Do you prefer to go glamping solo? In small groups or big group?

I definitely enjoy glamping in a group. I've learned that as my friends and I grow older, it is far more difficult to connect with one another, especially when so many of us have moved to new homes around the U.S. Having one or two weekends a year where we can get away from it all and really connect fills us up for quite a while, but it also gives us a unique experience that bonds our ties of friendship even more.

What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

I had never been to California before my most recent glamping trip, and I was blown away by the landscape. I think my best memory was driving through the mountains with my friends who kept yelling, "SHUT UP!" about how amazing the views were! We kept stopping to take photos.

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What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

Glamping has taught me that when nature doesn't fit naturally (ha) into your everyday life, you should schedule it in and make it a point to get out there and soak it all in. I believe that humans are refreshed and inspired by nature more than human-made environments, yet so few of us make it a point to surround ourselves with nature and feel revived.

What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

My dream home would be a mid-century cabin (an A-frame in particular), so it would be so much fun to stay in one during a glamping trip. I love the experience of nature, but being able to cook in an equipped kitchen and sleep in a warm bed inside a home really makes a trip stress-free for me—someone who isn't much of a camper, admittedly. Some of the cabins I've stayed in through Glamping Hub created an escapist experience for me, making me feel way cooler than I actually am!

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What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

I doubt I'm very hip to the trends these days, but I do like to look up nearby establishments and ask followers on social media if there are any places they recommend visiting while I'm in the area.

How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

Glamping gives me a fresh perspective on the places I visit, getting me out of the off-the-highway hotels and shopping areas and into the beautiful landscapes and quaint areas I really crave.

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Give us the scoop on your glamping go-tos: What’s in your bag?

My last trip was actually my first time narrowing down my bag contents to fit inside of a carry-on! I packed light with two pairs of jeans (black and blue), a couple of t-shirts (gray and white), a couple of sweaters, and one chambray shirt. I brought active wear as well, but didn't end up using those!

I wore boots and a poncho on the plane (along with one of my t-shirts and jeans) and packed spare toiletries, and my camera and lenses, as well as a couple of books. I even had room to bring a few souvenirs for my family.

I picked up a friend before driving to the cabin, and she filled up our vehicle with games, and then we stopped at a grocery story to get enough food to last us a couple of days. It was a lot of fun cooking with friends!

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Follow the rest of Mandi's adventures with Glamping Hub on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Blogger Spotlight: Cheryl

By Jessica Armstrong

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Summer coming to an end doesn't mean our travel plans have to!

Travel and fashion blogger, Cheryl of Oh to Be a Muse shows us just what we need to pair a perfect getaway to Mexico with the transition of seasons. Having her glamping style down, Cheryl shares with us on her blog all the details of her trip with Glamping Hub to these beachfront casitas in Tulum, Mexico.

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Glampers can sure pick up a tip or two from her travel-wear to how to pack for any season, destination, or accommodation. Read on to get all the styling answers you'll need before your next glamping escape.

What are your top must-haves when glamping in fall?

It depends. If I want to glamp in a fall setting, then I want to make sure that I'm wearing cozy clothing and surrounded by beautiful fall scenery. Or I might want to get away from the cold and glamp some place warm, in order to hold onto the last warm days of the year.

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How does your travel style change between seasons?

No matter the season, I always make sure I travel in my athleisure to stay comfortable. In the spring and summer, I like to make sure that I pack a lot of sunglasses and hats. In the fall and winter, I keep scarves, cable knits, and booties as part of my travel style.

How do you plan your vacations? Around destination? Around style? Around accommodation?

I plan around the destination for sure. It's all about the location, because my main purpose for traveling is being able to see new places. My wardrobe and accommodations just accessorize my surroundings.

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Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

Definite overpacker. I never want to be in a situation where I run out of something important—and important can range from face moisturizers to fedoras. I always pack a couple extra of everything.

What is your favorite piece of fall apparel?

Right now, I'd have to say that my favorite piece of fall apparel has got to be the floral bomber jacket. It might not seem like your typical fall piece, but it's so perfect for adding layers to your look. I'm also a fan of lace-up sweaters this season as well.

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How do you advise fall glampers to plan their wardrobe?

Always bring more than you think. It's much easier to remove a few layers than to add some, especially if you didn't pack the right amount. Also, you can turn one look into three just by switching up your scarves and cape blazers.

What is your favorite type of accommodation to style for?

I feel like I could be comfortable styling for any accommodation, really. I always ask myself if I prefer a beach view, mountain view, or city view, and I think each setting has its benefits. From a beachside cabana or tree house in the woods to a loft apartment with a skyscraper view, it would be hard not to find the beauty in any of those accommodations.

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How would you describe your glamping style? Chic and stylish or rustic and outdoorsy?

Chic and stylish, for sure. That doesn't mean that I need a full face of makeup, but I do need a little more than just a can of bug spray. It is glamping, after all.

You can learn more about Cheryl, her travels, and her style on her Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and blog.

Blogger Spotlight: Megan

By Jessica Armstrong

As the summer season continues on down under, Megan Jerrard of Mapping Megan took a trip with her partner down to Victoria, Australia, to give glamping in the green countryside a go!

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Bikes, comfy socks, and camera in hand, this glamping gal was well prepared for another adventurous getaway—this time to this contemporary cabin on Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. At this luxury cabin retreat, Megan and her partner enjoyed the comforting luxuries of their cozy farm stay, the on-site Jacuzzi, the regional wine, and they even made a few friends in the Australian wildlife.

Now that she has said goodbye to camping life and taken a plunge into the world of glamping, Megan has some unique advice for travelers on taking the next steps and transitioning to a more luxurious and nature-based way of life. For more information on her glamping must-haves, must-dos, and can't-live-withouts, check out her interview with Glamping Hub and photos of the stunning countryside accommodation she stayed at below.

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What is your favorite part about glamping in the fall and why?

Glamping is all about spending time in the great outdoors and enjoying nature, and there's no prettier time of year than fall. It's such a spectacular sight to watch as the leaves change, regardless of whether you're in Australia or glamping along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina!

Fall glamping feels a lot more romantic than other times of the year because of the color of the trees!

Do you prefer to go glamping solo? In small groups or big group?

I prefer glamping with my partner—most glamping sites offer a wonderful opportunity to disconnect and therefore reconnect with each other, and the cozy atmosphere makes for an amazing romantic trip.

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What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

Out first glamping experience was the most memorable—we weren't sure what to expect and were blown away when we realized the level of luxury! We stayed at sleek and romantic cabins in an unspoiled forest setting on the Southern coast of Australia, and it was spectacular beyond belief. This was the moment we realized we would never camp again!

What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

That you don't have to sacrifice creature comforts to enjoy the wilderness and the great outdoors.

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What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

We enjoy cabins, as they usually come with kitchen facilities, and we enjoy the freedom to cook proper meals.

What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

We always check the season and the time of year against the type of accommodation we're booking. For instance, if it's winter, we'll usually opt for cabins as opposed to luxury tents—there's just that little bit more insulation. Whereas in summer, or in destinations with a mild climate year round, we're happy to opt for tents, yurts, hammocks...you name it!

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How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

We now no longer camp!

Give us the scoop on your glamping go-tos: What’s in your bag?

Knowing that we're going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, I always pack suntan lotion and mosquito repellent. And aloe vera gel for when I fail to apply the sun tan lotion!

Pack warm clothes, even if you're heading to a warm destination. Sometime,s regardless of the country or time of year, nights can become quite cool.

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To see more of the beautiful properties Australia has to offer, check out Glamping Hub's Australia portal, here.

Be sure to follow Megan and her newest adventures on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.