If you love the idea of camping but hate the idea of batting away mosquitos in midsummer heat, we have a solution for you. It’s called glamping, and it’s a hybrid between traditional tent camping and resort-style amenities that perfectly suits those who want to experience the great outdoors in a way that involves less bug spray and more hot stone massages. If the only time you like to be covered in mud is during a Dead Sea facial, check out these three spots that ditch the traditional idea of roughing it and make camping a relaxing experience.
In the heart of Big Sur lies Treebones Resort, a unique coastal camping community that boasts gorgeous ocean views where you can camp like a bird. You heard us right. A human-sized nest created by local artist Jayson Fann gives you the chance to sleep high in the trees overlooking the Pacific for a camping experience you’ll never forget.
If the idea of catching Z’s in a tree gives you agita, no worries. You can also pitch a tent on a primitive campsite in a field of wildflowers right on the coastline, or for sheltered lodging, book a sumptuous yurt with a plush queen-sized bed.
Outdoor yoga classes, guided hikes and kayak tours give you the chance to experience Big Sur’s famous landscape, but if all that excitement leaves you craving some pampering at the end of the day, you’ll find it at an onsite massage studio.
El Capitan Canyon
El Capitan Canyon is another Californian coastal camping resort that provides a glamorous take on outdoor accommodation. You’ll choose between luxurious cabins or “safari tents”: large, furnished canvas tents on raised wooden decks.
This glamping destination leaves little to desire when it comes to adventure: nearby Santa Barbara Adventure Company provides guided hikes, bike rides, sea kayaking, surfing and more for your daily dose of adrenaline. At the end of the day, head to an onsite spa for a whole menu of treatments including the hiker’s favorite: barefoot deeperwork, where a massage therapist soothes your sore muscles using a series of broadly applied compressions.
Hot Springs Resort and Spa
Voted the Best Small Mountain Town by Outdoors Magazine, Hot Springs, NC is home to Hot Springs Resort and Spa, where a campground along the French Broad River allows outdoorsy types to rough it while still retaining easy access to the luxury amenities the resort has to offer. Tent sites, RV sites, and camping cabins are all available.
When you’re ready for a break from roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories, you can take a short walk to Hot Springs Spa & Mineral Baths, where Jacuzzi style hot tubs right along Spring Creek and French Broad River are pumped full of hot natural mineral water and emptied and sanitized after each use. A full service salon and spa offers everything from mud wraps to facials.
With these three spots, camping has never looked so relaxing. Pack your bags and prepare to pamper yourself in the great outdoors!
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