Leave your tents and sleeping bags at home: there’s a new trend that’s making its way around the U.S. called “glamping” – that’s glamorous camping, of course. So what exactly does glamping entail, you might ask? Imagine trading in hard-to-assemble tents and Boy Scout-sized rations of food with the first world conveniences of air conditioning, private bathrooms, and tricked-out kitchens with electricity.
This new kind of camping experience has become so popular, it was even featured on an episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County. It’s perfect for jetsetters from all walks of life who desire a mix of rustic scenery and seclusion, without the discomfort of unregulated temperatures, creepy crawlies, and BEARS (we’re not looking for a sequel to The Revenant).
Check out some of these must-see glamping sites that are located within a reasonable driving distance from Washington, D.C.
Distance from DC: 2 hours
Price: $250 per night, $1,500 per week (1-4 occupancy)
With a name like Rose River Farm, travelers are immediately ushered into a zone of tranquility, rest, and relaxation. The yurts (a.k.a. fancy huts things) are beautifully constructed of cedar and glass, and represent a modern interpretation of Mongolian yurts. Situated on a private 20-acre property in Virginia, the surrounding views capture the Blue Ridge Mountains and Rose River Valley. Each cabin is over 1,100 square feet, features two bedrooms, AC/heat, wifi, a flat screen tv with satellite, and boss leather furniture. This glamping destination has it all.
Distance from DC: 3 hours
Price: $195 per night (1-2 occupancy)
Located a few hours southwest of DC in Montebello, VA, some may consider Rock-n-Creek Cabin remote, but for the glamper in search of a camping vacation that balances luxury with the rugged outdoors, this specialty lodging can’t be beat. Relax on three covered porches (because obviously one isn’t enough) that overlook the fields of wildflowers. The cabin features a fireplace parlor, three bedrooms, and necessary conveniences like whirlpool bathtubs and a dishwasher. Forgot your reading material? Not to worry, there’s a library for that.
Distance from DC: 5.5 hours
Price: 1 bedroom treehouses ranging $600 – $1,000 per night (1-2 occupancy)
We think a stay in a tree house should be on everyone’s bucket list (it’s on ours). Perched atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the Meadows of Dan, is Primland Resort, which features three luxurious tree houses to choose from. The tree houses boast king size beds, keurigs, daily housekeeping, private decks, and BVLGARI bath amenities. Oh, and since each suite is perfectly secluded, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is provided for travel to and from the main lodge.
Distance from DC: 2.5 hours
Price: Yurts range $220-255 per night (1-2 occupancy)
Yurts, and more yurts! Apparently, good things come in round packages at Savage River Lodge. Book a yurt with a private deck, heated floors, muffin delivery service (I know, right?!), and luxury linens. No glamping trip is complete without a little bit a wine, right? Choose from a selection of fine wines before heading out on a luxury hike in the surrounding 700 acres of state forest lands. This retreat holds its own year-round.
Distance from DC: 4 hours
Price: $611-$719 per night
Of all of Virginia’s state parks, surprisingly only Kiptopeke offers on-site glamping options. Located on the shore of popular Lake Charles, accommodations are in high demand, so book your yurt, lodge, or bunkhouse before they’re all taken for the warmer months. The yurt features its own private deck, outdoor fire ring, AC, and picnic table. If you’re heading to the Chesapeake Bay for a stay and want a taste of luxury, look no further!
Distance from DC: 2 hours
Price: Yurts starting at $110 per night (2-4 occupancy)
Massanutten Springs offers affordable and stylish yurts for glampers! Book a riverfront site with a personal picnic table, fire ring, grill, electricity, and nearby bathroom facilities. This four-season camping retreat is surrounded by the stunning Shenandoah River Valley. Take your friends tubing, swimming, or fishing in the river!
Distance from DC: 3.5 hours
Price: $115-$130 per night (double occupancy) *call for special group rates*
Glamp like never before at Blue Haven, which is home to more vintage campers than you can count, each with its own theme…. Go Caribbean, visit France, or pretend you’re a Hollywood star! Funky and affordable, we guarantee you won’t find another destination like this one, located just off highway 151 in Roseland, VA.