Back at the Glampsite
When your busy day is done and a sleepy sunset-kissed sky beckons you back to your site, that’s when the benefits of glamping truly kick in. While traditional camping usually involves sleeping on the hard ground in a tent, glamping offers a luxury, hotel-style experience one zipper-pull away. Alexandra offered tips for a successful glamping experience:
- Bring your own firewood. If the ranger station is open, they sell firewood for $8 a bundle. Collecting firewood is not allowed.
- Pack cooking implements if you plan to go for traditional cooking-over-the-fire fare. Bring charcoal if you wish to use the grill. You’ll also need your own paper plates and utensils. Eating out or bringing takeout is also an option.
- Don’t forget a towel and toiletries for use in the on-site bathrooms.
Here are a few suggestions for your first (or next) glamping experience, but however you choose to do it is fine, too. There are no hard-and-fast glamping rules. If you’re relaxed and unplugged, you’re doing it right!
Girls’ Getaway: Swim, hike, kayak or bike during the day, then gather up your BFFs for a glamping pajama party. Roast ‘Smores around the fire pit outside and swing in a hammock as you read aloud from the latest novel you’re binge-ing. Sip a chilled beverage and pick at a swanky charcuterie platter. The cozy beds also make a great setting for a board or card game. Pillow fight, anyone? There’s plenty of them! If you hear a crashing sound in the bushes outside, Roxane at the ranger station says it’s probably an armadillo, not a bear, but if you want to embellish the story when you get back, we won’t judge!
Family Glamp: Take the kids fishing, kayaking or geo- seeking. Have lunch under one of the pavilions built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and learn about the CCC’s history from the posted placards. If the kids aren’t tired enough yet, let them run around on the playground at the riverside picnic area. In the evening, enjoy stories or games and ‘Smores by the campfire. A night time walk around the campground might turn up a deer or raccoon. Then tuck the littles into their cozy beds while the adults enjoy some quiet time under the stars.
Glamping With the Guys: Yes, men can glamp, too! Disconnecting from tech and work for a couple of days can be good for the soul. Bring a football or a frisbee. Dust off those fishing licenses and stock up on firewood and ice. Bring your favorite beverages and a Bluetooth speaker for the evening (quiet time doesn’t start until 11PM, but your neighbors will appreciate it if you keep the Garth Brooks and Jimmy Buffett to a reasonable volume). Warning: cooking what you catch over a smoky fire is bound to bring on some nostalgia. Tell those old stories. Remind each other of “when.” Enjoy this time with good friends, good beer, and good conversation. “Today’s troubles” can wait until tomorrow.