Places Where You Notice the Sky More: Glamping in the USA

Are you looking at the clock often? Do weekdays have you glued to your desk, weekends glued to your bed? Monotony has fallen across your spirit. You find yourself dreaming of different places, belonging to a different time, relieving a bit of yourself… Out of towns and cities, away from offices and computers.

Seems taxing to isolate a time and place where you can forget about the moderation of daily existence. Searching for a realm to awaken your curiosity – a place where you notice the sky more.

It’s not as hard as you think – to get as far as possible from everything you know so well. The preserved nature that sweeps the United States offers some of the most pristine landscapes on our planet. Within these natural wonders, you find yourself alive in otherworldly stillness.

With this in mind, the experience of “glamping” (short for glamorous camping) has taken precedent over luxury hotels and impressive Airbnbs. The balance of convenience and escape is what makes glamping attractive. To really get away, to feel the pure zephyr of the wilderness, you must venture out to beyond the broad highways of civilization.

Autocamp: Santa Barbara, California

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It may not be in the most isolated of locations, in fact it’s attached to one of Santa Barbara’s own trailer parks, but Autocamp in Santa Barbara is an alternative way of seeing the great coastal plain that is the Pacific Ocean.

Five renovated airstreams sit on a small property in downtown Santa Barbara. All of the abodes are plushly furnished- white linens, turquoise mosaic tiled showers with curved counter tops, and revamped steel appliances. The windows above the cotton topped bed look out to green bamboo stalks, making it feel like you are in your own private jungle. And of course, there’s a hefty goodie bag waiting for you on the kitchen counter featuring aluminum water bottles, gas lamps, sunscreen, a cute neighborhood guide, a souvenir trucker hat, and a voucher for 2 free mimosas across the street. For the morning: mason jars filled with coffee, sugar, and black tea.

In the evening, allow yourself to sit outside beneath the canopy of twinkle lights, and enjoy the peacefulness Autocamp gives you in the seaside escape that is Santa Barbara.

Vagabond Lodge: Hood River, Oregon

 The majestic Columbia River Gorge makes Hood River, Oregon one of the most idyllic places in the Pacific Northwest. Famous for windsurfing and kiteboarding, Hood River, also known as “Hood,” has made a name for itself in the adventure sports world. The five-acre Vagabond Lodge is encircled by pines lit by wildfires, all perched above the mighty Columbia River. The fire ring and BBQ establishes an intimate community vibe.

Yellowstone Under Canvas: West Yellowstone, Montana

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There is a spectrum when it comes to glamping. Some prefer to stay in deluxe safari tents while others prefer a basic teepee. At Yellowstone Under Canvas, you have the option. Try a teepee tent with a camp cot, safari chairs, and lantern or a safari tent equipped with ceramic sinks and spa products. Either or, Yellowstone Under Canvas is nestled in a secluded location 10 minutes away from the Yellowstone National Park entrance. Here, there are no interrupted views.

Martyn House, North of Atlanta, Georgia

The Martyn House, about an hour north of Atlanta, is steeped in history. The nostalgic quaintness is partly due to the homestead that was built in the 30’s by Orland and Essie Martin. The new owners have cultivated the land and preserved the guesthouse, adding luscious vegetable, flower, and herb gardens. Inspired and decorated by a trip to India, each luxurious sleeping tents has a southern Rajistan aesthetic. Vibrant linens, colorful interiors, and European antiques fill the canvased quarters. Each tent allows exclusive privacy within the meadow.

Mustang Monument: Wells, Nevada

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Where the hell is Wells, Nevada? And why would you want to travel there? Well, it’s 6 hours away from Vegas, 3 hours from Salt lake, with a population of 1300. Home to 3 truck stops, Wells is a text-book desert town. What has changed the landscape of Wells is the Mustang Monument. A sustainable 900 square mile preserve for wild mustangs. 650 rescued wild mustangs roam the property, and are now the stars of this glamping retreat. Range shooting, ropes courses, repelling, guided historic hikes, and archery are just some of the activities offered. And of course, it wouldn’t be luxury without in-teepee spa treatments.

Edisto River Treehouse: Canadys, South Carolina

Allow me to pitch an idea to you. How about a 13 mile paddle to a private enclave nestled in the trees of the Edisto River’s edge? The Edisto River Treehouse is a treehouse neighborhood only accessible by canoe. This adventure is a little more off the grid— no electricity or running water, but the completely natural wood treehouses are stocked with cooking utensils, futons, outdoor grills and dining decks. Lit torches and oil candles form ethereal hues over the longest free flowing blackwater river in the southeastern U.S. The subtle comforts of this unique and adventurous getaway make Edisto River Treehouse a truly special escape.

El Cosmico: Marfa, Texas

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The most understated nomadic site of Marfa is El Cosmico. Here, you’re on the plains. The vast open spaces illuminated by light from the mystical Texan moon create a safe haven for the audacious traveler.  The Spanish flair flows throughout the vintage trailers, safari tents, Sioux-style teepees, and Mongolian yurts. Outdoor kitchen, hammock grove, and ivory clad bathtub, and mercantile are just some of the amenities. Try the wood-fired hot tubs – there is no better place to stargaze.

Moose Meadow Lodge: Waterbury, Vermont

New England: known for its foliage, ski resorts, and maple syrup, has a simple charm that everyone adores. Donned with traditional Vermont landscape and decoration, Moose Meadow Lodge is serenity within the village of Waterbury. Four guest rooms and a treehouse ornament the already noteworthy property: hiking trails, mountain views, trout pond, and hot tub. At the top of the 86 acre property sits a glass-enclosed gazebo. As the owners say: this is the place where “nature and luxury are in tranquil harmony.”

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