Blogger Spotlight: Jessica and Carla

By Jessica Armstrong

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and the East Coast is looking like a pretty good place to be right about now. Travel blogger BFFs, Jessica and Carla of Dining Traveler and Spicy Candy DC, would surely agree.

Just this March, they grabbed their bags, hubbies, and glamping must-haves to make their way over to the coziest cabin in Lexington, Virginia. A little getaway from Washington, D.C., to disconnect in the great outdoors was just what the doctor ordered!

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But what makes a glamping stay with your squad that much better? Find out below, as Jessica and Carla give Glamping Hub the full scoop on their most recent stay, and do's and don'ts:

What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in Virginia? On the East Coast?

Jessica: Love the nature of Virginia. It's lovely to be able to live in such a dynamic city such as D.C. and have Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge mountains. The East Coast is so diverse. Would love for my next glamping experience to be in upstate NY. Having gone to high school and college in the area, I have an appreciation for the nature of the region, especially in fall.

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Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

Jessica: It depends what you want. If you want to be outside, I recommend spring or fall. Our trip was at the end of winter, which made it nice to stay in by the fire and hang out at the cabin.

Carla: I think so! I'm not a big fan of insects (who is though?) but like I can't deal with mosquitoes so I prefer to travel to outdoorsy places during the fall.

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What is your go-to must-have for traveling?

Jessica: My camera. Love capturing the moments of my travels. When I was younger, I didn't take that many photos and I regret that. I've been to places like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Qatar and don't have many photos from those experiences.

Carla: I bring dry shampoo with me every time I travel! This minimizes the time in getting ready.

What is your absolute favorite activity to do when glamping? Why?

Jessica: Having a glass of wine by the fireplace with my friends. Love that cozy feeling!

Carla: Having a good glass of wine by a fireplace! There is something so soothing about the sounds of wood burning.

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If you could pack your bags to go glamping anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

Jessica: To New Zealand. It's been my dream destination for years, and I would love to be as close to nature as possible.

Carla: Oh man! I'd love to visit Colorado, but Tulum is also on my radar.

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Do you prefer glamping trips with a couple people or a large group?

Jessica: Rather do it with a small group, five people max.

Carla: Large group is always more fun! But I can totally see the romantic moments you can have if you go with just your significant other.

What is your most memorable experience from your stay in Virginia?

Jessica: Being able to share the experience with my close friends and family.

Carla: The bonding time we had during our cooking sessions!

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What do you recommend the most for a glamping stay?

Jessica: Staying in at least one night and cooking together. Really brings people together.

Carla: This glamping site would be perfect for anyone that is looking for a fun adventure outdoors!

This glamping site would be perfect for...

Jessica: A small group of friends or a family. I traveled with my four-month baby, and the experience was fantastic.

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To find more staycations close to home, check out the Virginia Getaways Portal, here, and follow Jessica and Carla's future travels on their blogs: Dining Traveler and Spicy Candy DC.

Blogger Spotlight: Jane and Drew

By Jessica Armstrong

Newly married and founders of Outdoor Junkiez, Jane and Drew Farwell have taken the time to share their experiences with both glamping and camping with Glamping Hub, including what differentiates and unites both vacation styles.

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Outdoor Junkiez connects travelers with the gear and goods for exploring the beautiful islands of Hawaii, and they know that getting all the insider tips and need-to-knows while planning a vacation can sometimes be overwhelming. That's why these two campers-turned-glampers made a stay at a one of Glamping Hub's finest Maui eco-retreats that much easier to book with their go-to guide for the ultimate Maui stay.

Pull out your yoga mats and snorkels, and let Jane and Drew take you on the adventure from here.

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What truly makes an impact in defining the difference between camping and glamping?

Glamping, an idea originally created as a style of glamorous camping, has taken the next step with Glamping Hub. Just like our campsites have evolved over the past 30+ years, we now find campsites with showers and bathrooms, and we bring mattress pads, coolers full of frosty beverages, and anything we can cook on a stick. Yet camping remains nostalgically simple—a space to escape, sleep under the stars, and reek of campfire smoke for a good 48-72 hours.

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The defining difference between glamping and camping, aside from the gl- and the c-, is experiencing someone’s special place on their property, designed specifically for a tranquil and relaxing vacation.

With camping you need to be prepared for the elements, which for Hawaii can be quite minor—a couple of rain showers at night, critters attracted to the blazing fire, and the occasional rooster who will think they’re being helpful by waking you up at dawn.

All of this is part of the camping experience, and once the tent is folded back up, the campsite is swept for any left over trash, and you get back into your car, and you feel refreshed yet very, very, dirty (nothing a beach shower won’t mend).

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Our experience in Maui was just this. We had spent four nights camping in Hana and sleeping in a yurt on farm and felt alive, yet in need of a good waterfall shower, dinner, and a comfortable bed to lay our heads. In our efforts to redefine the way people buy, use, and rent outdoor equipment, we have seen also how the idea of glamping is no longer bringing a fancy cot to sleep on and a cast iron skillet for bacon in the morning...it is much more, but bacon is always a nice touch.

Glamping is focused on thinking (or sleeping) outside the box, to experience a 100% sustainable eco-retreat tucked back into the lush jungle and gardens of Maui. It gives you the opportunity to stay places you’d never thought you’d experience and brings a new perspective to your trip.

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Now having experienced glamping, will this influence your future outdoor getaways?

Drew and I grew up camping, him on the East Coast, me in California, and both in Washington and Hawaii. For us, camping has always been a one- or two-day escape from the hustle and bustle of town. This was the main reason we started Outdoor Junkiez here in Hawaii, provided the low-cost rental option for both travelers and residents to check out and see Hawaii in it’s rawest form.

Glamping Hub is the perfect component to balance out the more rugged style of vacationing while holding on to a lot of what we believe is a better way to travel. Staying in eco retreats, yurts, and 100% off-the-grid cottages, to name a few, is the perfect compliment to our conservation through recreation lifestyle.

Next on the list is to stay in one of the stunning tree houses listed...

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What positive experiences in both can you share with our readers?

Living in Hawaii and promoting a platform to reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills, while also getting more and more people outside, has been the most positive experience we could ever ask for. Our connection to one another and this island we call home only grows stronger with each weekend get away.

You literally have to pinch yourself as you watch the sun set over the ocean into a fiery orange and purple haze, while humpbacks play in the water no more than 300 yards away. You get to disconnect—our phones are only used, if ever, to play music and record a video here and there to document and hopefully inspire others to get outside, too.

There's nothing better than falling asleep to crashing waves while shimmying into the sand to create the perfect sleeping body mold, only to wake up with the sun for a salty dip.

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Our experience in Maui while glamping at the Maui Eco Retreat was nothing short of wonderful. Being a part of someone’s land and their efforts to create a sustainable and relaxing environment is both humbling and inspiring. We did as much as time allowed us, from swimming in the waterfall pools and eating delicious Thai food to sleeping in a comfortable bed listening to the bamboo rustle in the wind.

Glamping gives an elevated experience to camping while still holding on to the idea that being outside is better than being inside. Also, the glamping amenities did not go unnoticed to this camping couple! A hot shower, fresh eggs to cook in the morning, and a beautiful deck to lounge, read, and relax on were all welcomed aspects to what glamping has to offer.

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What is one thing you will not forget about your stay in Maui?

Hopefully we will not forget a single moment from this trip, but if one would have to stick out, it would be skinny dipping in a jaw-dropping waterfall overlooking the ocean. It was cold, refreshing, and all to ourselves. I tell you, if you haven’t skinny dipped in a waterfall...you haven’t lived!

For your very own luxury getaway to Hawaii, browse the selection of one-of-a-kind tropical stays, here.


Be sure to catch up with Drew and Jane and their next adventures on their blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Staff Picks: Putting the Amp in Glamping

By David Pope

Staff Picks: Every two weeks, we'll be bringing you one of our staffer's favorite glamping sites. This week, David is here to share which accommodations he's chosen!

It was a Tuesday when I first started working at Glamping Hub. Black clouds hung low and fat over the horizon, and I remember being dazzled by the photographs that seemed to shimmer on the wall as I took my first, tentative steps into the warmth of the office. There were yurts, tipis, tree houses, castles—each one a different mottle of colors and set in a different, far away place. Like portals to distant lands, they seemed to be asking me to step through their thin veneer of physicality and explore new sightscapes in an era of exploration continued from the first pushes of discoverers like Hercules and Magellan.

So, reader, that is what I would like to share with you today. These are just some of the places that inspired me to wildly explore in a way few do, and I hope that they also serve as inspiration for you to begin your own adventures.

1. Peaceful Cedar Green House In Silverton, Oregon

This may not be the first thing that pops to mind when you think glamping. It's not a tent or a tree house or a hobbit hole, it's not made out of recycled fur donated by a family of charming badgers.

But, for me, the greenhouse theme of this unique getaway in Oregon offers travelers the perfect way to immerse themselves in the sights of their natural setting. And, just like a greenhouse, those who stay inside also grow and change as they relax into their surroundings.

2. Rustic and Romantic Tree House Rental in Sonoma Wine County

Tree houses have that magical ability to not just take us to a new place, perched high above the troubles of the world, but to also take us back in time to the unremembered skies and snows of childhood.

This particular rental in Sonoma, California, is no different, transporting us to ourselves as much as to Californian wine country.

3. Mongolian-Style Yurt with Spectacular Views in Victoria, Australia

In 1969, Neil Armstrong took his first steps across the quiet surface of Earth's moon, cementing humanity's place amongst the stars and reminding us all of the importance of not forgetting pronouns when forging great quotes.

But this yurt doesn't care about that. It stands on an ancient Australian landscape that seems to suggest that it will outlast the orbit of the moon, and lets us enjoy a timeless escape.

4. Glamping Caboose Rental Perfect for Families near Clyde, North Carolina

Just as the castles of medieval warlords and feudal chieftains were transformed into the sumptuous palaces of royal elites, so to has this former train carriage been turned into a luxury glamping site. Choo-choo-choose it for your next getaway.

5. Pod on Stilts Surrounded by Vineyards near Mendoza, Argentina

The vines of Mendoza stretch out as a patchwork quilt of purples and greens that blankets the landscape of Argentina in color and vivacity. Making where you stay why you stay is the very core of the glamping dogma, perfectly encapsulated by this pod on stilts above vineyards bursting with life.


Like what you see? Stay tuned for our staff picks in the weeks to come or, if you're feeling adventurous, create a free Glamping Hub account and start your own wishlist today!

Guest Spotlight: Serinda Swan

By Jessica Armstrong

Happy 2017 Glampers! We are kicking off a new year of guest spotlights with the amazing Serinda Swan.

This Christmas, the Canadian actress and her family wanted to "think outside the box" and experience a glamping getaway together to these stunning tents in British Columbia. We asked her to share some stories of her experience with us and can't wait to see where she goes next—hopefully bringing her adorable French Bulldog, Buddha, along for the journey again.

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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?

Pre-trip: Tranquil, beautiful, and relaxing.
Post-trip: Perfection, wonder, and celebration.

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

This year, my family decided to "think outside the box." Nothing would be given in boxes or bags, with bows or with ribbons; instead, we would give each other the gift of time with one another. We decided to wrap ourselves up instead, walk through the forest, tie scarves around our necks, and pull on hats as we explored the sea coast recounting the past year and telling stories. I think my favorite memory was playing crib with my family by the fire laughing and drinking wine.

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

The property. Waking up to that via every more was incredible and not like anywhere else I have stayed, as its so secluded and private.

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?

Going in the winter was lovely, because you enjoyed the fire and hot soaker tubs, but in the summer, you would be out by the pool and kayaking so honestly I think any time of the year.

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

It's just as luxurious, if not more, than staying in a hotel. The staff at the property were so helpful and created the perfect environment to relax and disappear but always there if you needed them.

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 would ask to trade the "celebrity" for my grandmother, and we would have done the exact same things...laugh, hike, play crib, and sit by the fire.

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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!

Steaming hot coffee and the perfect breakfast consisting of eggs, toast, and copious amounts of avocado! Oh, and a hot Toddy!

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?

Usually when I go glamping, it's to get away and relax. I like to be in nature and explore new places, and I found that at the resort, the area has some of the best hiking I have ever done (you can hike to waterfalls or secret ocean coves—it really is quite spectacular).

Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________,” and tell us why!

My birthday! Just like Christmas, my birthday is a time I like to get all the people that are important to me together. I was born in July, so the weather would be incredible, and I know all my friends and family would love this property.

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

Of course! With glamping, you get the privacy and seclusion you are looking for, plus varying degrees of comfort you can choose from, so really, it's a perfect way to travel.

Follow the rest of Serinda's adventures on her social Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You might even see her on another Glamping Hub trip very soon!

5 Best Glamping Spots Tailored for Oprah and Michelle Obama

By Jackie Dreyer

Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama want to go glamping, you say? Good thing glamping is our specialty—and yes, it is definitely "so much better than shopping!" We know just the places to send these two inspiring women to have the adventure of a lifetime, whether they're looking to explore, kick back and relax, or a little bit of both. You've never seen accommodations like our five best glamping spots tailored for Oprah and Michelle.

1. Charming Mid-Century Cabin Overlooking Austin Creek, California alt alt alt

This cabin rental in Cazadero, California, is the right dose of cozy and upscale for Oprah and Michelle. Can't you just see themselves warming up post-hike around that gorgeous and unique wood-burning fireplace? The fully equipped kitchen even has an oven for O to whip up one of her many specialties, and the private sauna just screams luxurious.

2. Cozy Safari Tent Rentals in Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York alt alt

Tents take on a whole new meaning with these cozy, luxury safari tents in Upstate New York. With quick and easy access to Finger Lakes Wine Country, a tasting or tour—or two!—is the perfect activity for a ladies weekend getaway.

3. Chic and Modern Villa with Ocean Views on the Peaceful Oregon Coast alt alt

Nothing says luxury better than floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to spectacular ocean views, just like at this modern villa in Port Orford, located on the Oregon coast. We can't think of a better way to wake up in the morning than to the warm and soothing colors of the Oregonian sunrises and sunsets right from the comfort of your bed.

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A yoga retreat for two? Don't mind if we do! This glamping property near Austin, Texas, offers both eco-friendly luxury accommodations and yoga classes all day long, ensuring that guests are always feeling calm, centered, and at their very best. What's more? There's an air-conditioned "floating cabin" that all glampers can use for wildlife viewing, reading, or simply relaxing.

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If a European girls glamping getaway is what piques these ladies' fancy, these gorgeous tree houses in Labastide de Penne, Tarn-et-Garonne, France, are the be-all and end-all. The private Nordic hot tub on the accommodation's deck is simply the icing on the glamping cake.

We know you're "down," Michelle, so it's time to find a free weekend in Oprah's schedule! We bet she already has all the best glamping tips stored up from her last glamping trip with Gayle, too. It's time #OprahandFLOTUS go glamping.