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Combining glamour with the outdoors, “glamping” is the new trend of luxury camping that offers travelers the chance to appreciate nature without sacrificing on modern comforts. On a glamping adventure, you can soak in the majestic sight of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, explore the lush vegetation of Nantahala National Forest, or have easy access to the attractions in Asheville. With breathtaking views and a comfortable bed, these accommodations offer a little luxury to your outdoor adventures. From well-appointed tents to luxury cabins, read on to discover the best places to go glamping in North Carolina.
For a truly one-of-a-kind getaway, book a few days at this modern mountain retreat. Tucked away in a quiet nook overlooking a beautiful meadow, the geodesic dome sits on an 18-acre property in Alexander. You’ll be just 20 minutes from the top attractions in Asheville while soaking in the lush meadow surroundings and wildlife sightings.
You can have the best of both worlds at this luxe treehouse Airbnb, where you’re immersed in natural surroundings but have plenty of modern in-house perks. Take a walk on the well-lit path across the swinging bridge to your luxury oasis in the woods, which offers luxury bedding, an LED fireplace, fast Wi-Fi and cable TV. In addition to an outdoor shower and hot tub, you’ll have access to a large deck overlooking the forest. When you’re ready to explore, Black Mountain is 10 minutes away and Asheville is around 20.
This rustic retreat is a dream come true for glamping lovers. The fairytale-like treehouse is set amongst towering white oaks in Asheville and features modern perks such as a flat-screen TV with Netflix and kitchenette, while the biggest highlight is its patio with spectacular nature views. Spend your days kicking back on the rocking chair and watch the sun set over the mountains, then watch as the starry night unfolds.
This luxury Smoky Mountain canvas wall tent has got all you need for a memorable glamping adventure. Its beautifully decorated and features a queen-size bed, and boasts inviting amenities such as a grill, fire pit and outdoor shower. Continental breakfast (including granola, greek yogurt and fresh fruit), ice, firewood and torch fuel are just some of the extras you can expect, but its the covered porch that will lure you in with a chance to enjoy a romantic night of stargazing.
A perfect stay for nature lovers, this tiny geocode that was featured on A&E’s Living Smaller TV show offers a unique getaway. Only a 5-minute walk to the historic town of Todd and a 20-minute drive from Boone, it features inviting outdoor spaces that include a hot tub, fire table, gazebo, and comfy outdoor furniture for kicking back and soaking up your surroundings. There’s even an outdoor kitchen and grill.
One of the most whimsical stays in North Carolina, this treehouse close to Asheville is only minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The spacious rental is the largest treehouse on the east coast, held in the arms of hundred-year-old trees and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has a fully equipped kitchen, complete with chef’s knives and copper cookware, while a grill awaits on the deck for barbecues. In winter, the long-range views are incredible, while fall offers a peak at the region’s famous foliage.
You’ll almost forget you’re clamping in this luxury dome, which offers a secluded setting where you can truly get away from it all. Along with heating and A/C, the dome has a full bathroom, a memory foam mattress, and luxury bedding. You can whip up a meal in the functional kitchenette or on the grill, then lounge in the private outdoor living space that features a hot tub and fire pit.
Glamping fans need to add this top eco-friendly stay to their list. This Hendersonville, North Carolina glamping dome is as close as you can get to a hotel room, combining modern amenities and a stylish interior with a peaceful, secluded setting. Get the best of both worlds as you relax in the hot tub, by the pond or in the hammock by the stream, then roast s’mores by the fire pit and fall asleep in the cozy king-size foam bed. This couples retreat has AC, plumbing, Wi-Fi, Nespresso as well as Adirondack and camping chairs.
Live out your childhood dreams in this treehouse rental. You can wake up and enjoy a cup of pour-over coffee or pick a record to play as the sun sets, as this rental was designed with slow living in mind. For the ultimate relaxation, curl up underneath the swing bed overlooking the private pond and take in the serene nature views.
Reconnect with nature in this mountaintop clamping rental. Inside the beautiful geo dome, you’ll find space for one or two people along with a chance to enjoy some of the best views on the mountain. Your stay comes with a private hot tub and fire table right on the deck, while a plush king-size bed ensures a peaceful night of sleep. Other perks include a kitchenette, table and chairs, and a luxury bathroom.
Get away from it all at this rustic VRBO retreat in Alexander. The unique property is your own private island, with the one-of-a-kind glamping cabin ideal for those looking to unplug and recharge. It features a partially covered porch, an open fire pit grill and an outdoor rain-fed shower. Catch some rays on the private riverfront beach, bike along the historic Old Marshall Highway or kick back and relax on the hammock. At night, you can listen to the sounds of wildlife and toast s’mores on the fire. While it’s set on a private island in the French Broad River, you’re still just 25 minutes from downtown Asheville.
Get off the beaten path with this unique stay in Upper Hominy. The modern retreat is actually a converted shipping container and backs up to Pisgah National Forest. Electricity, heat and air conditioning are all available at this off-grid gem, as well as a mini fridge and water dispenser. Best of all, the Airbnb is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your well-behaved furry friend. Hikers will appreciate the easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, while Asheville’s food, music and beer scene is just 25 minutes away.
Beautifully constructed, this Airbnb in Swannanoa is both an Instagram-worthy gem and an off-grid haven. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville and less than 10 from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the airy space is a perfect artist retreat designed to inspire and unplug. In addition to a beautiful breakfast alcove, tea loft and entertainment loft, there’s a cozy sleeping area, expansive windows and a swing for enjoying both indoor and outdoor views. You certainly can’t find this type of ambiance in a cookie-cutter hotel room.
Its all about the panoramic Great Smoky Range views at this luxury glamping cabin, which straddles the Eastern Continental Divide. Centrally located near North Carolina’s top attractions, it also offers a remote mountaintop experience with its open-air deck. There’s no need to leave, as there’s a grill for cooking out and a 5-gallon dispenser with fresh spring water while explorers will appreciate the 10 acres of high mountain pasture for hiking. Wildlife watchers can keep their eyes peeled for bobcats, deer, turkey, hawks and falcons.
You can enjoy year-round mountain views from the porch at this tiny home, which sits high atop a ridge. Cozy up to the woodstove with a book, relax on the hammock, grill out or start a campfire, while adventurous travelers can make the one-hour drive to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. In-house perks include an electric hot plate, kettle and dining table, as well as a well-stocked kitchen, gas grill and fire pit.
If you’re the type of glamper that prefers 5-star luxuries, book a stay at this idyllic VRBO in Old Fort. Perfect for families or large groups, it can sleep up to eight guests in its three bedrooms, loft and basement. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world with its picture-perfect patio, where you’ll have an incredible vantage point of the surrounding mountains. Got the kids in tow? They’ll love the games room with air hockey, ping pong and foosball, while bunk beds are also available. With around 2,700 square feet of living space, this log home is a luxury retreat.
If you want to stay near nature but are not willing to give up luxury amenities, then this VRBO is a perfect choice. Nestled within tall trees, this cabin offers dazzling panoramic views and wildlife watching opportunities as well as a hot tub, fireplace, fire pit and flat-screen TV. Outdoor adventures such as white water rafting, kayaking and hiking are at your fingertips, while it might be hard to peel yourself away from the outdoor deck and its gorgeous views. Other convenient amenities include a well-equipped kitchen with a coffee maker, refrigerator and oven as well as a reading nook net by the wood-burning stove.
Setting the scene for a romantic getaway for two, this luxury tent offers you the ultimate glamping experience in a serene natural setting. Nestled on a 20-acre sanctuary, you’ll find plush bedding, a private outdoor shower with hot water and complimentary breakfast served tent-side each morning. Enjoy the covered outdoor seating on your spacious deck, where a private fire area offers a cozy place to snuggle up to a campfire. You’re just minutes from the French Broad River activities, where you can spend your day rafting, tubing, and fishing, while Asheville’s craft breweries offer plenty of spots to indulge in a refreshing beverage.
Nothing beats a relaxing soak in the hot tub after a long day of hiking, and this VRBO delivers by adding panoramic mountain views to the mix. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and Jacuzzi tub, while the spacious deck features a two person-swing, glide rocker, picnic table and grill. It offers all the ingredients of a memorable mountain cabin experience, offering a gas burning fireplace, a well-equipped kitchen and flat-screen TV. Outdoor activities abound, including fishing, biking, golfing, hiking and white water rafting nearby.
Bell Tent - Asheville
Offering over 300 square feet of floor space, Bell Tent isn’t your typical overnight camping experience. It’s here in this Asheville location that you’ll find a queen-size bed and apartment-sized refrigerator, where a propane grill and coffee maker ensure you can have plenty of comforts from home. With air conditioning and Wi-Fi, you’ll never be too far from modern conveniences, but the real highlight of this property is the luxury two-person hot tub. Relax your muscles after a day of adventure and watch the stars light up in the night sky as you soak in your surroundings.