Moonlight Camp on the Blackfoot River in Montana: The Resort at Paws Up
How do I spell camping? D-I-V-O-R-C-E. Just kidding! I love my Man-Versus-Wild-Wannabe husband. And I like sleeping under the stars. I just don’t want to wake up on the damp ground with melted marshmallows in my hair and dirt under my fingernails. It’s not that I require five-star accommodations – I’m just a girl who would prefer to connect to the great outdoors with my creature comforts intact.
Well apparently I’m not the only one. “Glamping”, aka glamorous camping, is a burgeoning industry thanks to widespread media coverage and the evolution of high-tech tents, gear and accessories catering to the upscale camper. The concept of grandeur in the wild dates back to African safaris of the late 1800s with white hunters like Teddy Roosevelt sipping tea from bone china in sumptuously appointed ”tents” with oriental rugs underfoot. In fact, adventurers in Africa, Asia and Europe have been glamping for decades, but North America is catching up. Believe it or not, the United States now has its own official National Glamping Weekend – June 2 -3, 2012!
Glamping trailblazer Ernest Hemingway on safari in East Africa circa 1947.
Mary Jane Farms in Moscow, Idaho. Mary Jane is a pioneer of the glamping epedemic and originator of National Glamping Weekend.
Want to plan your own glamping adventure? Check out Glamping Girl for a list of great destinations in the United States including the fabulous Fireside Resort outside of Jackson Hole. And check out my Pinterest board for more suggestions. If you have some favorite glamping spots please post them here!