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Glamping, a combination of the words glamorous and camping, offers the chance to enjoy the great outdoors with many of the comforts of home. While it’s a fun experience just about any time of the year, autumn may be one of the best seasons of all. You’ll get the best of both worlds, immersed in gorgeous fall scenery while sleeping in a cozy bed and perhaps enjoying many other luxurious perks you wouldn’t normally find at a standard campground.
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Mendocino Grove offers glamping in the coastal woods just a one-minute drive to the Victorian village of Mendocino that sits on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. Enjoy a romantic stay in a spacious tent with a comfortable bed, wool blankets and down comforter. Each tent sits on its own wooden platform with leather butterfly chairs. Guests have access to a bathhouse with indoor and outdoor hot showers, fluffy towels and organic bath products. You’ll also have a fire ring and grill for open fire cooking, along with access to gas BBQs throughout the property which also includes a 24-hour tea bar, coffee and hot chocolate in the morning, yoga on Saturday mornings and more.
This off-grid cabin backs up to Pisgah National Forest, bringing especially enchanting and colorful views while surrounded by a private, 125-acre mountain top property. You’ll be just 25 minutes from downtown Asheville with fantastic eateries, breweries, and art galleries while having easy access to miles and miles of trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy grilling out and making S’mores over the fire pit, and even sleeping under the stars by opening the glass garage door. The cabin has a queen-size bed, a propane 2 burner cook stove, a solar generator for the lights and charging cell phones, and a water cooler for drinking and washing. If it gets chilly, you’ll have a propane heater. An outdoor shower with a solar shower camping bag is included too.
Fall is a great time to visit Zion National Park. The heat of summer will have dissipated, bringing much more pleasant weather, and in late October, beautiful autumn colors. For a stay just a short walk from the park, this adorable A-frame is ideal. You’ll be totally off-grid, surrounded by nature right at the border of the park, just 140 feet from the East Rim Trailhead. It has solar power that’s generated by sunlight and stored in batteries, along with battery-operated candles that provide a romantic ambiance in the evening. There’s a shower that can be enjoyed indoors or out with a secluded nature view, a washbasin and propane BBQ for cooking along with kitchen necessities and a Yukon Igloo cooler. All sorts of extra perks are included like a fire pit with firewood, games, books, and a telescope and lounge chairs in the meadow.
The Hyggelig Hytte oozes romance with a magical ambiance tucked deep in the woods in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains. In the fall, you’ll be surrounded with vibrant reds, golds and oranges. A unique Nordic inspired cabin, it sits on an 11-acre property with mixed evergreens and hardwoods along with the owner’s house, but you’ll have your own driveway. It sleeps two adults on a queen-size futon and has a loft for a toddler or small child. Enjoy fabulous stargazing with no light pollution, watching for wildlife like deer, wild turkey and the occasional black bear, and, sitting around the fire in your private fire pit. An outhouse is right behind it and you can shower or do laundry in the main house. A sauna is available for guest use as well.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, located in scenic southwest Montana, is often ranked among the country’s top ranches and offers one of the most luxurious glamping experiences there is. This all-inclusive property is spread out over 10 square miles, framed by the Sapphire, Anaconda and Flint Creek mountains. While guests have a variety of accommodation options to choose from, the upscale creekside tents, warmed by big potbelly stoves with a private Jacuzzi just steps away, range from spacious 790-square-feet options to small house-size at 1,300-square-feet. All include attractive rustic, Western-style decor. The amenities on site are hard to beat, including activities like horseback riding and fly-fishing. At the end of the day, indulge in a relaxing massage, sip a drink in the Silver Dollar Saloon and dine on regionally-inspired cuisine, like bison burger with blueberry cobbler for dessert.
Dunton River Camp in southwestern Colorado is surrounded on all sides by the aspen-covered San Juan Mountains, which in the fall, are transformed into a beautiful golden yellow. Glamping is offered in one of eight lavish safari-style tents, all of which include a gas stove for heating, a luxurious bed and furnishings as well as a bathroom with a large soaking tub and a private terrace with breathtaking views of the river and the mountains. It’s not exactly camp food here either, with the chef sourcing local, organic fare like chanterelle-grazing lamb paired with wine from one of the area’s vineyards.
Capitol Reef Resort, set on the edge of Capitol Reef National Park, offers a variety of accommodations, from the main lodge and luxury cabins, to glamping options that include Conestoga wagons and teepees. In a teepee, you’ll get the same outdoorsy feeling as a tent but with a cushy mattress that won’t leave your bones aching the next morning. The wagons are more luxurious, outfitted with king beds and two sets of twin bunks. While they may be based on 19th-century designs, you won’t have to rough it like the early pioneers as they’re all air-conditioned with private bathrooms just a few steps away.
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is located just a few miles from Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills. It sits on an original gold mining settlement among Ponderosa Pines and Common Juniper, offering a variety of glamping tent options with upscale features like woodstoves. The Stargazer has a night sky viewing window above the bed, while the most luxurious option is the Suite which has a private bathroom, a bedroom wing with a king-size bed and a lounge area with a leather queen size sofa-bed. Just some of the amenities on the property include a fire pit and s’mores, nature walks and on-site dining.
This historic retreat offers the ultimate in a wilderness glamping experience, set along the remote western coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. All-inclusive itineraries include a wealth of options like hiking, fishing and horseback riding as well as decadent treatments and yoga at the Healing Grounds Spa that overlooks the water. You’ll sleep in tents with period lighting, like candles and oil lamps, and on beds with down duvets. Fuel your activities with the contemporary coastal cuisine, including dishes that source ingredients from the on-site herb and vegetable garden, as well as halibut, salmon and scallops provided by local fishermen.
Big Sur, located on the Central California coast where the soaring Santa Lucia Mountains are on one side, while the steep cliffs and crashing waves are on the other, is home to Treebones Resort, an ideal place to connect with nature, and each other while enjoying plenty of luxuries. Plus, the fall often means more tranquility and weather that’s even better than what you’ll find in the summer months. Choose from cliff-side yurts or the unique Human Nest and Twig Hut, unusual wood-art created and built by a local artist that you can spend the night in. No matter what time of year you visit, you’re likely to hear the sounds of barking sea lions and owls at night and you can also look forward to fabulous farm-to-table cuisine.
Nomad Ridge at The Wilds offers one of the most unique glamping experience there is, and animal lovers will certainly want to put it on their travel bucket list. This over 10,000-acre wild animal preserve is home to endangered and little-known species like wild horses, Pere David’s deer and even southern white rhinos. Book one of the 12 hillside yurts which include bathrooms, screened windows, and bamboo floors as well as private deck s for wildlife viewing. The property includes a fire pit and a larger deck where guests can mingle, and the adults-only overnight stay includes breakfast and dinner at the Overlook Cafe, open-air safari tours for a closeup look at the wildlife and a 24-hour concierge.
The ultra-luxe and super romantic Resort at Paws Up sits across more than 37,000 acres that overlook Elk Creek and the Blackfoot River in the Blackfoot Valley just 30 minutes east of Missoula. It offers five luxurious camping collections, each of which includes four to six tents for an “American Safari” experience, all with features like copper soaking tubs, chandeliers, on-call chefs and butlers. Spend your days on horseback and casting your line into world-class fly fishing waters for cutthroat trout, followed by one of the heavenly in-room spa treatments. The camp’s dining pavilion serves up family-style meals like whole roasted rainbow trout and Black Angus steaks that can be paired with flights of vintage Pinot Noir.
Sleep in a luxurious yurt while surrounded by the trees, waking up to the songs of the birds and with scenic trails right outside your door. It sleeps two and includes a full kitchen and some light breakfast supplies along with a full bath that has a shower and clawfoot tub. You’ll have a fire pit with some complimentary firewood, candles and Wi-Fi too. There are 23 acres of wooded paths, horses to visit, and if you come in early fall you may be able to take advantage of the local swimming hole with a waterfall nearby.