The "glamping" concept has moved up the ranks in the travel world over the last few years. First things first, what is it? A mashup of the words "glamour" and "camping", it's basically the answers to your prayers if you're looking to enjoy the outdoors, but aren't super sold on roughing it for a weekend (or even a night).
Glamping does not involve pitching a tent yourself, or cocooning yourself in a sleeping bag, or any of the (rather painful) work involved in camping! Glamping comes in many forms and at many price points too, but whether we're talking a fully-equipped tent, a yurt, an igloo, a cabin, or a teepee, it's a fun way to experience the outdoors without fully sacrificing luxury.
After a full day of hiking, kayaking, geocaching and other outdoor fun, relax in an actual bed, drink a beer around the soft glow of a fire, and look up at the star-filled sky. In the morning, you can have juice and a warm breakfast waiting for you. Sign me up!
Rose River Farm Luxury Cabins - Syria, VA
Whether you are an expert fly fisherman or not, you can enjoy the luxury accommodations at the Rose River Farm fishing resort. Cabins are designed and built like modern yurts, and each cabin has 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, plus a full kitchen. The resort offers horseback riding and kayaking trips in addition to private and group lessons for fly fishing. Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon hiking trails are both within 10 minutes of the farm. Not feeling so outdoorsy? Head to one of the nearby wineries instead!
Distance from DC: 100 miles
Yurts at Savage River Lodge, Frostburg, MD
The Savage River Lodge is nestled in 700 acres of the Savage River State Forest and provides luxury cabins and yurts -- definitely go with the Yurt. Each of the eight yurts have a king bed, private bath and extra-large shower. Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping, spend the day outdoors on the forest's multiple hiking trails and come back to a hot dinner at the lodge's restaurant -- it's the ultimate relaxing weekend.
Distance from DC: 152 miles
Shawnee Inn Glamping - Poconos, PA
Canoe or kayak to the glamping site, which is set on a private island, to be greeted by tiki torches, a fully-assembled tent and a "concierge" who will set up a campfire for the night, provide you wine, beer, soft drinks, everything you need to enjoy s'mores around the fire and a hot breakfast in the morning. These tents are no ordinary tents either. They come complete with a full bed, fan, coffee maker, shared bathrooms, running hot water and other amenities. Spend the morning kayaking downstream and end the day with a beer flight at the Shawnee Craft Brewery.
Distance from DC: 225 miles
Treehouse at Primland - Meadows of Dan, VA
The three treehouse cabins at Primland are actually built around tree tops and sit at the edge of the mountain, which means spectacular views of the Kibler Valley and surrounding mountains from your private deck. The only way to get to these treehouses is using a four-wheel drive vehicle, which the lodge provides for access to and from the main resort.
Distance from DC: 300 miles
Solid Ground Shelters Pop-Up Tents - Ruckersville, VA
Think of this as the hipster hotel of camping -- It's a pop-up. Solid Ground will literally set up your tents at the destination site of your choice. The tents include a mattress, furniture, and the team will have a campfire set up and ready to light. Groceries are available on request, and will be waiting for you when you arrive. All you need to do is show up!
Distance from DC: Various pop-up locations as needed