Envision yourself hiking in the deep wilderness of Minnesota, trekking through the land of towering pines, pristine lakes and black bears. You’re in the midst of raw and organic wilds, taking in the atmosphere only the Upper Midwest can provide. You stumble on an untouched lake, so crystalline you can see the pebbles and fish underwater. This should be a euphoric moment, enveloped by unblemished nature and its everlasting serenity.

Instead, the kids start to complain. You’ve travelled a long way, and are far from anything that defines an amenity. There is no cell service, no Facebook, no bathroom, and it appears a thunderstorm is rolling over the horizon. You and your family will soon be drenched, and you and the kids do NOT want to sleep on the ground tonight.

Introducing Glamping: AKA glamorous camping. This clever portmanteau is a new take on an old concept: being as comfortable as possible while also enjoying the outdoors. It’s saying, “Sure, we can roast marshmallows, but why don’t we do it over the firepit on the porch?”

Glamorous camping got its roots in the Middle Ages, when kings and queens travelled to other kingdoms and battlefronts with many of their home palace’s provisions. They set up palatial tents complete with servants, artwork and fine beds and linens. Later, when African safaris were the rage with wealthy Brits and Americans, they refused to give up their domestic opulence and instead brought along their familiar comforts like electricity and champagne.

Nowadays, glamping is a global trend that allows people from different walks of life to experience the enjoyable aspects of camping (time with family, enjoying scenery) without the unfavorable (raccoon in the tent-unless it’s Rowdy-, insomnia).  Various glamping lodgings, including cabins, cottages, villas and yurts also have a large range of prices that can accommodate most travelers.

While it may not appeal to the more bucolic among us, glamping offers a chance to experience the outdoors while allowing us to keep in touch with modernity. It is alluring to the overloaded vacationer who can’t get all the way away from their desk, as well as the novice camper who is easing their way into the craft.  Let us know your glamping adventures, and if you don’t yet have any, it’s probably time to give it a try!

 

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