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Find Luxury in the Great Outdoors
I

f your idea of
“roughing it”
means the
cheap room at
the Four
Seasons, you’re
in good
company —
and glamping,
or glamorous
camping, might
be the cure for
getting in touch
with nature
without
sacrificing
comfort.
The term glamping hasn’t been
around all that
long, but the concept is not
new. Lavish accommodations in
far-flung locations have been
around for centuries.
Today, glamping pairs upscale
amenities and technology with
exotic vistas for a range of prices at yurts, tents, caravans,
trailers and treehouses, among
other campsites. So if you want
experience the great outdoors
without sleeping on the great
outdoors, glamping might be
your best option.
Glamping is much more than
an upscale tent. “Glamping is
the ultimate realization of ‘disconnect to reconnect’,”said

George Morgan-Grenville, the
founder and chief executive of
Red Savannah, a high-end travel company in overview of glamping in The New York Times
last summer. And that doesn’t
always mean out in the wild.
In New York, Collective
Retreats launched a seasonal
camp in New York Harbor featuring 37 tents, its own restaurant, massages, furnished
porches and wood-frame beds
with high linen counts, according to the article. Luxury hotels
are also getting in on glamping,
offering private terrace retreats
in Chicago, Beverly Hills and
Denver.

Those experiences come with
top-dollar price tags, of course.
But many glamping outposts in
the wild offer luxury-style
accommodations in the mountains, at the beach and around
the country and world for reasonable prices.
Under Canvas and Collective
Retreats are two of the largest
glamping outfitters, operating
seasonal “resorts” in such places as Mount Rushmore in
South Dakota, the Great Smoky
Mountains in Tennessee and at
ranches in Texas. The companies also host outposts in the
Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
The locales and options are

almost endless.
How to get started? Begin
online. There are literally dozens of reputable newspapers,
magazines and travel sites featuring a variety of glamping
experiences. In addition, sites
such as glamping.com and
worldofglamping.com offer
overviews and links to locations
and the companies that service
them. The two previously mentioned glamping outfitters,
Under Canvas and Collective
Retreats, are among the largest
companies involved in booking
these trendy, exotic but luxurious retreat vacation options.

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