As the weather begins to cool and the leaves turn color, the best way to take advantage of this mild season is with a glamping getaway. Glamping (as in an elevated, ultra luxe take on camping) is a people-pleasing approach to weekend adventures, where you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without having to rough it or skimp on creature comforts. So grab your floppy hat and that cashmere sweater, and start planning the perfect autumn retreat with the help of these five gorgeous glamping sites.
Inspired by all things free-spirited and bohemian, El Cosmico is a nomadic hotel and campground located in Marfa, Texas. Accomodation at the resort ranges from renovated vintage trailers to teepees, yurts, and safari tents; each gorgeously decorated with a comfy bed, lighting, electrical outlets, heating, and A/C. Quite a few of the trailers are hooked up with a full-bathroom situation, but there’s also a communal bathhouse, complete with showers, tubs, toilets, and sinks. By day, you can explore Marfa or relax in the hammock grove and at night, you can experience the ultimate in rustic luxury by renting a wood-fired hot tub. If you’re an outdoor festival fan, Marfa hosts the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love every fall, too.
Nestled in the heart of Western Montana, Paws Up is a 37,000-acre ranch that is home to 30 luxury camping tents. Divided into six different campsites, there are one and two bedroom tent suites that come fully stocked with the amenities of a five-star hotel. There’s an on-site chef to deliver a full gourmet experience, the option of a camp butler, a spa on the edge of the property, and most importantly, access to amazing nature excursions. This glamping site is the ultimate outdoor playground with over 100 nearby hiking trails, 10 miles of the Blackfoot river, and one-and-a-half million acres of wilderness area on your doorstep. With an extensive list of activities to choose from, you can see the Rocky Mountains from a hot air balloon, try your hand at Montana fly-fishing, or have a bonafide Wild, Wild West moment with an adventure on horseback.
What’s better than sleeping under the stars and experiencing one of America’s greatest national parks, simultaneously? Doing it in beautifully crafted, fully outfitted, luxury safari tents — that's what. Under Canvas started off as an immersive Montana safari experience and evolved into four different glamping locations to choose from, mere moments away from Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, and Utah’s Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. You can pick from fun, pre-packaged itineraries or you can choose your own adventure. There’s no shortage of things to experience at each of their four locations. Scenic flights, hikes, whitewater rafting, trail rides, mountain biking, and paddle boarding are some of the adventures you can choose from, while staying at Under Canvas.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Located in British Columbia, deep in the Canadian wilderness, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers up a northern take on glamping. With 20 tents to choose from, king-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, wood stoves, antique furnishings, and an abundance of candles set a rustic but luxurious atmosphere. If you’re a foodie, then you’ll love the resort’s fine-dining experience, featuring locally-grown food and dishes that reflect the Cascadian Region. There are day trips to Hot Springs Cove to take a rejuvenating dip, deep sea fishing excursions, bear watching, rock climbing, zip lining, and an abundance of other activities to make your glamping getaway a memorable one.
Pitched on the grounds of La Tourelle Resort and Spa in Ithaca, New York, Firelight Camps is an upstate glamping haven. Each tent is warmly lit with battery-powered lanterns and includes a king or queen-sized bed, safari-inspired furniture, a private balcony, and mesh screening to keep nature’s critters at bay. The newly renovated bathhouse is barely a minute away, complete with toilets, hot showers, full-length mirrors, hair dryers, and lots of eco-friendly bath products at your disposal. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast during your stay and happy hour with a selection of the region's craft beverages. If you’re passionate about nature, you’ll enjoy the wealth of parks, forests, and trails nearby. If laidback luxury is more your thing, you can take in the famed vineyards, eat your way through Ithaca’s bustling food scene, or enjoy outdoor yoga on the resort grounds with your fellow guests.