Despite being situated in the frightening wilds of Montana, Paws Up isn’t exactly roughing it. Amenities include luxury ranch cabins, gourmet catered meals, “decadent spa treatments,” flat screen TVs, and heated bathroom floors. Someone call Billy Crystal, City Slickers III might just be a go! Feel like making your own dinner and letting the help take the night off? Try our recipe for No-Chop Spaghetti Puttanesca.
Located in Texas Hill Country outside Austin, Sinya offers a “safari-style retreat” in the safety of a modern amenity-strewn cabin with a roof shaped like a tent. The resort advertises such modern conveniences as a kitchenette equipped with refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven, induction cooktop, toaster oven, and coffee maker as well as a bathroom with a claw-footed tub and towels made of 50% bamboo. After spending an evening reading the New York Times, wad it up and put it, and your fancy kitchen, to good use with a Fish Baked in Newspaper.
Maui Eco Retreat has all the modern amenities anyone could want but, in keeping with an eco-friendly sensibility, makes sure to minimize its environmental footprint — and all on the beachfront in Maui! If you think this doesn’t sound like it has much to offer on the camping side of glamping, think again: you have to ask the owners how to get there, it is that secluded. For entertaining on the beach, check out these indispensible glamping tips.
The Martyn House in the Chattahoochee Forest of northern Georgia is home to three “Gypsy Faire Sleeping Tents,” each with covered and heated porches. The resort is in Ellijay, Ga., a town which — in addition to sounding like Ellie May’s long-lost male twin — plays host to the annual Georgia Apple Festival in mid-October, a great time to pay Martyn House a visit. Try adding some of those apples to our glamping sausages recipe.
Outside the Spartan town of Santa Barbara, there is a glamping site called El Capitan Canyon Campground, which bills itself as “minimalist without deprivation.” Available amenities include cedar cabins with willow wood beds and luxurious bedding and linens. So, for those who feel deprived when faced with a dearth of down duvets, El Capitan Canyon is your kind of retreat. And while you're by the ocean, partake of its bounty with this grilled whole fish recipe.
Safari West allows guests to languish in luxury safari tents and go zebra, giraffe, and cheetah spotting right on their front porch in a 400-acre African wildlife refuge… all without leaving Santa Rosa, California’s wine country! Is that a hyena over there!? No, it’s just little Dakota picking grapes on his hands and knees. Dakota, remember: Mommy likes Riesling! If, while on your safari, you happen upon a clutch of ostrich eggs, try this easy-for-camping simple scrambled eggs recipe (chicken eggs work, too).
Treebones overlooks the breathtaking Big Sur coastline and offers luxury yurts with queen-size beds, full wooden floors, electric heating, French doors that open onto a redwood deck from which you can gaze out at redwood trees, an outdoor sushi bar, heated pool, and a hot tub. Phew, that was a mouthful of amenities. And, if you squint hard enough, you’ll see the ghost of Jack Kerouac moaning in the surf. Once you get sick of all that luxury being handed to you, make some of your own with this camping-friendly chicken tagine with sweet potatoes and golden raisins recipe.
Located an hour from scenic Santa Fe, N.M., Andaluz offers a single, large yurt with room enough for four guests. The accommodations make an ideal location for daytime events such as weddings and other gatherings and the location near Santa Fe and Carson National Forest make Andaluz a great spot for any desert, art, or adobe lover.
The amenities at Canvas Cabin Retreat include redwood flooring and decks, spacious canvas tents with king-size beds, leather futons, and heated showers. Throw the gorgeous Wallowa Mountains in the background and you’re practically vacationing in an Eddie Bauer ad (custom-designed Ford Explorer not included). While you spin horrifying tales of camping trips without plumbing and cellular service, also try some of our entertaining around the campfire tips.
Between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks is Storm Creek Outfitters, home to spacious tents and bedding, elaborate meals with wine pairings, and spa treatments with available massage. For the more adventurous, ask about guided off-trail hikes, fly-fishing, and for the truly iron-willed: wildflower photography.
So named because of its secluded location outside Waynesville, NC, The Can’t Find It Inn is right by the Great Smokey Mountains and the suites offer California king size beds, mini-fridge, hi-def flat-screen TV, and a wet bar. But be warned, this location is for adults only. Hey, get your mind out of the gutter! It just means no-kids-allowed.