Washington State is blessed with bustling cities with famed sites and cuisine, as well as natural wonders within its national forests, pristine lakes, rivers and dramatic coast—and camping is one of the prime ways to delve into much of it. If you find it hard to depart from the city and totally embrace the natural surroundings, there’s always glamping. Glamping is now a term officially listed in the dictionary, and is quoted as “a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.” So yeah, Washington’s got that, and these are the most beautiful places to enjoy it.
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Located snug against tidal waters of Olympia, Washington, guests will get to stay in a sleek Airstream trailer, which is always an absolute treat. Completely modern with a stainless steel accented kitchen, a sitting area and a cushy bed, one can soak in the exterior beauty from ultimate comfort. Kayaks and paddleboards are provided so you can venture out onto the inlet, to see the natural landscape from a different perspective. A private hot tub is the cherry on top of this Washington glamping sundae.
Set near numerous major points of Washington, like Mount Rainer and Seattle, Brook Hollow Farm is a proximal, yet disconnected retreat. The 16-foot bell tent, which also kind of looks like a teepee, spaciously accommodates two guests, so it’s an ideal honeymoon or anniversary haven. Clover Creek trickles nearby and birds often fly overhead, adding the sweet song of nature. Spend mornings nights by the campfire enjoying a provided cup of joe or piping hot tea.
Whidbey Island isn’t far from Seattle, but seems a million miles away. The WT on Whidbey offers beautiful canvas tents with some of the more elegant aesthetics you’ll find within Washington’s glamping scene. Intricately patterned linens, parlor furniture, and Moroccan style lanterns give each retreat its own flair and refinement. With superb outdoor commons areas, including a cozy fire pit, organic veggie garden and plenty of space to stroll, the island getaway is both serene and captivating. Being a sustainable property, you’ll notice features like a rainwater sink and solar power.
Described as a quasi-primitive cabin, the humble abode is simply accented with wood, string lights and a plush convertible bed. Listen to the rain hit the roof, sip a warm beverage on the front porch, and of course, venture out into the beautiful natural setting. The tiny house is simple in the most pleasant way, and our favorite attribute may be the clawfoot tub which is heated via a roaring fire.
How much majestic-ness can one handle? Your limits will be tested when approaching this actual cave, carved out of the rock in the vicinity of the quaint, Bavarian-inspired area of Leavenworth. Not only have two bedrooms and a bathroom been intricately built into Batman-esque lair, but a hot tub, in a cavern, with a tiny pebble design, awaits for ultimate nights hanging with your love. Even the hosts have a hard time putting this gem into words, so just book it and find out.
The underground hygge provides more shelter than a tent, but still holds onto the endearing minimalism of glamping. Funky round windows, doors and sinks, and natural building accents really do mimic a hobbit home from Lord of the Rings. The host ensures the greeting is just as enchanting, as previous guests noted amazing scones and whittling crafts upon their arrival.
Take in mountain peaks and forests from this multi-level luxury cabin. A small kitchenette, a kid’s sleeping loft and plush foam beds are a sampling of the features. Walking up to the treehouse is mesmerizing in itself. To round it all out is a huge soaking tub surrounded by windows and a fireplace.
The towering treehouse wraps around cedar trees and sits amongst a variety of others, which are coated in a lovely layer of forest moss. The half bathhouses a compostable toilet, and the outdoor shower is constructed of cedar—the top portion has skylights for viewing the trees around the campsite. Coolers are available for food storage and the fire pit is calling your name.
A yurt is far stronger than typical tents and will block cold wind and other elements while guests enjoy staying deep in the woods. The circular form is unique and beautiful, and a gorgeously tiled bathroom is connected. Soak in the clawfoot tub or perhaps opt for the onsite hot tub.
Few places in the world outdo the Columbia River Gorge. Covered in foliage and carved by pristine waters, it feels a bit like heaven. Oversized windows in this treehouse allow guests to fully absorb the surroundings, and one of the trees from the land serves as the structure centerpiece.
Precious, snug and affordable, the wee little yurt is the place to come for both isolation and proximity to great food and shops. So if you’re wanting a taste of nature and civilization, what are you waiting for? Fishing, kayaking, views of mountains—this romantic abode is a couple’s getaway.
A unique bubble offers a way to both camp under shelter while viewing the stars at the same time. The transparent structure features the snuggliest bed, so you and your loved one can enjoy the disconnected, serene environment in comfort. An outdoor kitchen and shower are onsite, as well as a hot tub. Guests get a welcome basket with garden-grown veggies, and can special order local wine and seafood.
The naturalistic yurts are located on a farm full of goats and pigs which you can interact with. However, gorgeous hikes and river views are a short distance away. Those who love the outdoors, in general, will truly appreciate this glamping site. An outdoor kitchen, composting toilet, and simple eclectic surroundings make it a special spot to escape to.
Pampered Wilderness in Millersylvania State Park offers access to the lovely Deep Lake while being encapsulated in aromatic firs. Full of nature but simultaneously meticulous, the canvas tents framed by thick rustic wood scream luxury. Of course, outdoor opportunities overflow out here, but nearby is the town of Tenino where campers can spend an evening tasting wine, chocolates and browsing through antiques. If you are searching for a camping experience that is more upscale, this is it.
Self-described as “basically luxurious”, there could not be a more fitting term for Leanto, in Olga, Washington. Immersed in Moran State Park, guests are enveloped in dreamy scenery of Orcas Island, where you’ll find 30 hiking trails, pristine lakes and zero materialized world interruption—that means little cell service and zip electricity. Canvas tents are tucked within wooded areas and set atop rustic platforms with minimalist furnishings. Flushing toilets and showers are on the property.
Contemporary yet rugged, The Rolling Huts in Winthrop look as if a chunk of that trendy loft in the city was plucked out and placed in a meadow surrounded by mountains. Each Methow Valley unit has been designed with glamping in mind, with just enough modern convenience. Six huts are grouped together, (canvas tents are available, too) and normal showers are located in the barn. On the cusp of phenomenal cross country skiing and hiking, this refined establishment mixes the best of both worlds.
Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island is a paradise for canoeing, fishing, hiking—all the basics for a weekend outside via three spring-fed lakes and wooded terrain. While well-equipped cabins can be booked, the canvas tents, also referred to as canvas cabins, with wood flooring and comfy beds still offer practicality, in addition to extra nature immersion. Be sure to taste the local wine, along with the lodge breakfast of eggs, signature granola, pancakes and multitudes of other treats to start an adventuresome day.