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Glamping has become all the rage in the travel world. What is this exactly? It’s “glamorous camping”. In other words, it’s like camping 2.0, the bigger, better, more luxurious version of camping. Glamping gives you that great outdoor, oneness with nature experience, but with a few added luxuries and modern amenities; think comfy beds, stylish furnishings, controlled heating and air, things of the like.
There are tons of glamping sites popping up around the U.S. but no one does it quite like the south, where “southern hospitality” is the way of life. Southerns know how to make you feel at home whether you’re just passing through or staying for a while. So, whether you’re a seasoned glamper looking for some new and cool destinations, or you’re new to this whole luxury camping thing, here are some unique and glamorous glamping destinations in the south you must check out.
Who says you have to be the Jay and Beys, and Sir Richards of the world to parlay on your own private island? Newsflash, my friends – you don’t! Little Raccoon Key takes camping to a whole other level, by not only setting you up in luxurious digs, but doing so on a private island where it’s just you, the great outdoors, and a glamorous tent fit for the queen/king that you are. Decked out with a king-sized, memory foam bed, a gas grill for cooking, and even an outdoor shower, Little Raccoon Key gives you the camping experience with all the comforts of home. You can even request chef prepared meals to make your glamping experience even more glamorous.
Located in the Golden Isles, just a short 10 minutes from Jekyll Island, this small reef island is a hot spot for vacationers glamping in Georgia, and is the perfect getaway no matter the time of year. Kick back in a hammock, cozy up next to the fire pit, or chill on the beach and enjoy a little peace and relaxation. Wildlife is plentiful here so you’ll get your fair share of birdwatching and may even get a visit from a few dolphins in the area. You’ll also learn all about the ecosystems that make up the island during included activities with your stay.
Claw-foot tubs, double-sided fireplaces, air conditioning and heating, Luxe Teepees is far from roughing it. With 651 square feet of luxuriousness you will experience glamping in Florida like never before. Located just an hour south of Orlando, this 1,700-acre dude ranch is is surrounded by 400,000 acres of protected wetlands. Each Luxe Teepee has its own unique name, such as “Roaming Buffalo” or “Soaring Eagle” and embodies the Native American spirit of the word “Takoda” meaning, “friend to everyone”. Guests can enjoy complimentary resort activities, such as horseback riding, airboat rides, skeet shooting, and the list goes on. It’s the perfect family or romantic glamcation.
With the Appalachian Mountains as its backdrop, glamping in Asheville, North Carolina is an outdoors lover’s dream. There are state and national parks; as well as, campgrounds galore, making this an awesome destination for a little luxury camping. The Dome at Asheville Glamping is a romantic baecation for the books. Spend your evenings stargazing and your mornings being kissed by the sun as it spills over from the mountains beyond and seeps into the large bay windows of the Dome.
Is Georgia on your mind? It should be, because it offers some of the south’s best weekend getaway destinations. Take for instance, this Restored Vintage Airstream in Ellijay. This camper is the perfect mix of retro charm, with a dash of modernity and a whole lot of character.
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this secluded gem is only about 15 minutes from historic Ellijay. Guests can enjoy apple picking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, and tons of other outdoor adventures while glamping in Georgia.
From Mongolia to Marfa, experience yurt living with El Cosmico, where they believe in believe in “tuning in, dropping out and being here now”. There’s no better place to “be in the now” than an outdoor escape in a luxury yurt, decked out with wood floors, a queen bed, and writing desk.
Guests can enjoy activities such as cooking classes, sewing classes, and writing workshops. With prices as low as $85/night, this is an absolute steal!
Looking to have the ultimate luxury outdoors experience? Look no further than glamping in South Carolina. Check out this romantic tree house on Glamping Hub. Tucked away on 40 acres of farmland, in Walhalla, South Carolina, this whimsical treehouse will not disappoint. A comfy king bed, vintage furnishings, and even a chandelier, this is luxury camping at its finest.
This little slice of paradise is eco-friendly and is the perfect place to unplug and hit reset. From the outdoor rope, swing bed, to the outdoor shower, guests will be fully equipped with everything needed for a tranquil and relaxing getaway. Enjoy your honeymoon, babymoon, or just because moon here. It’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.
These underground pods may remind you of Hobbiton, one of the filming locations of The Hobbit, located in New Zealand; however, these cute little hobbit huts are right here in the good ol’ USA south. Just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, glampers can enjoy a unique camping experience in this small eco-system. Guests will be able to enjoy all sorts of flora and fauna while there, and even may be able to forage their own fruits and veggies during their stay. There are three pods total on site. Two are for sleeping and the other is the kitchen area for guests to utilize.
Glamping in Georgia and glamping in North Carolina has gotten even better with Getaway House, the tiny cabins tucked off in the mountains. Located within a couple of hours from major cities like Atlanta, Raleigh and Charlotte, Getaway House is the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, tune out the world around and tune into self. There’s no TV and no cell service, so it is the ultimate glamping getaway for relaxation. Sleep soundly in nature, wake up to idyllic views from the massive window overlooking the forested surroundings, roast marshmallows by the fireside and take leisurely strolls around the expansive property. Getaway House is the place to enjoy the simplicity of life and all its treasures.
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Convinced yet, that you need to take a glamcation down south to experience some uniquely awesome luxury camping? I’d love to hear about your glamping experiences, or if you’ve never been, which of these destinations entices you the most. Leave me a comment below.
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