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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.