Glamping
Monday, July 13th, 2009 by Trendspotter   
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I used to consider myself one of these girls.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always understood the draws of camping; escaping the city, sleeping under the stars, exploring nature, sitting around a campfire. It all sounds great, until I saw an actual campsite.

Nothing dampens the beauty of the great outdoors quite like a line of rusty RV’s, cheap lawn chairs, and those heinous blue tarps. (Seriously, someone should fine whoever is making those things.) Overweight middle-aged men guzzling down cheap beer and hotdogs are a close second.

As quickly as I was sold on the idea, I was repulsed.  The idea of sleeping on the ground just didn’t sound appealing anymore. That was until I discovered “Glamping” or glamorous camping.  There’s two ways to go glamping: 1) Stay at a resort that caters to glampers (click here for more info) or 2) be a DIY glamper.

Some of the nicer glamping resorts cost just as much (or more) as a 5-star hotel, but don’t let a price tag scare you off. You can easily create your own glampsite for a fraction of the cost. After all, glamping is really just a state of mind. It’s for those who realize camping doesn’t have to mean eating BBQ beans out of a can. You can still be stylish and luxurious while you camp, you just have to put a little extra thought into food and drinks and bring along some of your own little luxuries.

Here’s how I envision my glampsite… Who knew camping gear could be so cute?!

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[Image Above, Clockwise from to Top Left] Laura Ashley Fabric Tent, DWR Airstream $49,066, (comes fully furnished and decorated with DWR products, even sheets) Camp Chef Oven $185, Soul Pad Canvas Tent (start at $359), Floral Picnic Basket $72, Crosley Attic Radio and ipod dock $98, Ikea Sheepskin rug $19.99, Crate and Barrel Table in a Bag $44.95, Coleman Stainless Steel Cooler $159.95 (says it can keep ice for 3 days, wow!), Cath Kidston Box Floral Tent $162.38, Cath Kidston Floral Oven Mitts $13, Cath Kidston Strawberry Tablecloth $45.47, Frieling Stainless-Steel 35-Ounce French Press $69.95.

The real luxury comes out at night.

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[Image Above, Clockwise from to Top Left] DWR Tepee $2,200, Atrio Stainless Steel Fire Basket $788.50, Plush Puff Gourmet marshmallows $5.99, Godiva Chocolate Biscuits $8.50, Cast iron Twig Skewers (Set of 8) $30, Tea Light Chandelier $96, Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Blankets ($175 each), Soul Pad Canvas Tent (start at $359), Deluxe Portable Bar Set (if this doesn’t say glamorous, I don’t what does…)$119.95, Retro Coleman Lantern $22.99, Crate and Barrel Citronella Bucket Candles (Large $16.95, Small $6.95).

Are you here yet?

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Here are some other tips I gathered from two sites devoted entirely to the art of glamping: glampinggirl.com and goglamping.net

1) If the idea of sleeping on the ground or not taking a shower has you scared, consider an elevated air mattress and the Teepee Shower Tent.

2) For added comfort, get a silk sleeping bag liner and bring oversized pillows and a soft plush blanket like the ones pictured above to snuggle with.

3) Don’t forget the tunes and portable speakers. Glampinggirl.com even provides a suggested glamping playlist.

4) Don’t forget the buggies. This tip comes from INPT’s own Posh Hippie. Read more here.

5) Another pearl of wisdom from Posh Hippie: Bring something to do.

Until next time,
Trendspotter

16 Responses to “Glamping
  • Nina Farina on July 14, 2009 at 5:18 am

    What should we bring to do? The Nintendo DS you introduced me to?

    • Trendspotter on July 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm

      Yeah! Apples to Apples is really fun too. Posh Hippie raves about Cranium. I’m dying to play it. I picked up ‘Travel Games for Dummies’ for the DS last time I was at the airport. It has a ton of crosswords for all levels. I’m about 4 puzzles away from finishing them all. I used to think I wasn’t good at crosswords. I love proving myself wrong.

      • admin on July 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

        Test

  • Left-tie on July 14, 2009 at 5:19 am

    I like camping. But I think I would love glamping
    My beef with campsites is all the dirt which always ends up in the tent
    and I hate the bathrooms. I always see those period films where the men with many wives live in those huge comfy tents. That’s the life for me.

    • Trendspotter on July 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm

      One of Glamping sites I mentioned actually addresses this issue. It recommended bringing a welcome mat (like you would have at your house) to put outside your tent. Or you could just pretend you’re Japanese and make everyone take off their shoes before getting in the tent.

    • Trendspotter on July 14, 2009 at 12:44 pm

      Do you mean Big Love?

  • Kawaii Kid on July 14, 2009 at 5:52 am

    I am crazy old school about Yahtzee!!!

    • Trendspotter on July 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

      Wow! I haven’t heard about Yahtzee in like 10 years. Old school board games are the best. I miss fighting over who gets to be the thimble in monopoly.

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  • Rachel on March 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I love all of your suggestions! Thanks so much for the great post, I’ll be linking to this.

    • Trendspotter on March 31, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      Wonderful, we love links! Thanks Rachel.

  • Anonymous on June 30, 2010 at 3:38 am

    you should try http://www.coldatnight.co.uk – as they say it is camping with just the best bits.
    really is a special place
     

  • si on June 30, 2010 at 3:40 am

    if you like  glamping then you should go to: http://www.coldatnight.co.uk – camping with just the best bits. It really is a special place.
     

    • Trendspotter on June 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks for the tip. I will definitely have to check it out.

  • highclasscamping on July 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Glamping is the future, you get everything in your tent/tipi/yurt including the kitchen sink wooden floors, pine tables and best of all comfy beds. 

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