If my husband had his way we would be living in the middle of the woods with gas lanterns and a wood stove. Unfortunately for him, he married a city girl. Over our seven years together; we have tried camping many times. The first time we were on a cross country trip and Edward (not used to having a lady friend at camp) packed a one person tent and sleeping bag. The second time we were in very populated campground and I tried sleeping in the car setting the car alarm off….twice. We’ve gotten a lot better (atleast I think so) but it’s still not something I look forward to. So you can imagine my excitement upon discovering the new activity sweeping the nation: Glamping! Glamping is sleeping in the wilderness among fine linens and gourmet meals! The tents are usually heated and there are usually toilets! I've found a great resource for glamping today: glampinggirl.com Here are a few standouts.
Mary Jane runs an outdoorsy Idaho bed-and-breakfast, offering nights in her wall tents and dining on Shirred Eggs Florentine around the campfire. She also manages her PayDirt Farm School, which is an apprentice program. For more information, see the www.maryjanesfarm.org. I had the opportunity to stay here a while back and it's just as beautiful as it looks.
"El Cosmico is part vintage trailer, yurt and teepee hotel and campground, part creative lab, greenhouse and amphitheatre - a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange."
As part of the overall aim to build community in a creative and sustainable space, El Cosmico offers accommodations in several renovated vintage trailers, reinvented yurt structures called eco shacks, a traditional 22 ft. diameter Sioux teepee, and a number of tent campsites. Visitors are encouraged to explore and use the communal spaces on the land including an elm grove full of hammocks, a community lounge and mercantile, and an outdoor kitchen and dining space. El Cosmico offers wood fired Dutch hot tubs seasonally and, eventually a large pool and pavilion will lie at the Bedouin heart of the village to offer an oasis for guests and Marfans alike.
I realize that Elqui Domos is not domestic but I had to include it. We stayed here in Chile a while back and enjoyed it so much. Living in a bubble is so surreal and looking at the stars from our bed (there is a flap at the very top of the dome that can open and your lofted bed is only about two feet away from it) was romantic. The hotel organized a private tour for us on horseback at night where our guide was able to point out all of the constellations.