5 Ways to ‘Glamp’ this Winter

Escape to Neverland (for grownups)

Tramping through fall folliage.  Snowshoeing across white terrain. Sipping a hot toddy near an open fire (extra whiskey please!). These are some highlights of a perfect fall or winter getaway. But what if we could promise cozy accommodations that bring you right into the heart of the great outdoors? We’re talking about custom treehouses and safari-style tents from California to Virginia, five-star accommodations that bring you further from the same ol’ and closer to nature. These glamping, or high-style glamorous camping, expeditions will take all the hard work out of your next wilderness expedition. Take a peek at five year-round sites whose adventures will have you reimagining your youth ala Huck Finn and Peter Pan.

(Photo courtesy of El Capitan)

El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, CA offers guests a variety of options including rustic canvas yurts and deluxe cedar cabins. Stay in the Safari Cabin Suite, their newest and most opulent option, for the ultimate experience. This two-bedroom suite is complete with a full kitchen, an open deck with a gas barbeque grill and an outdoor entertaining area.

(Photo courtesty of Vista Verde Ranch)

If you’re looking for a fancy ranch, then Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, CO is for you. This family-friendly resort tempts guests with private cabins and lodge rooms. From picnic-style gatherings to fine dining affairs, professional chefs will delight you with a variety of options, like coconut, ginger and cilantro shrimp kabobs and roasted pork loin with fingerling potatoes.

(Photo courtesy of Primland)

Nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland is a 12,000-acre retreat known for its top-notch golf course and seasonal, farmland cuisine. The resort’s 11 mountain homes – each named after some of the region’s wildlife like red fox and black bear – are secluded, but spacious.

(Photo courtesy of Westgate Resorts)

Just one hour south of Mickey Mouse’s home, Westgate Resorts in River Ranch, FL is an upscale take on a traditional dude ranch. Glamping guests will appreciate the canvas, air-conditioned tents, set on constructed wooden platforms. The optional luxury package includes personal concierge service and coffee service each morning

The Mohicans
(Photo courtesy of The Mohicans)

Rustic luxury is the theme for The Mohicans cabins and tree houses in Glenmont, OH. These Amish-built cabins welcome wandering guests in from long days of hiking the Mohican State Park trails. But the hiking doesn't end on the trails, guests climb ladders and cross bridges to get to their wilderness abodes.