GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted March 22nd, 2022

Glamping in the USA: There’s More Than One Way to Go

Happy Camper Blog

It’s like getting the best of both worlds. Let’s say you prefer a bit of luxury when you travel, yet you still want to get out and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature. That’s where glamping comes in. The term is a combination of the words “glamour” and “camping,” and what it really means is that you can enjoy getting outdoors without giving up the comforts of home like a comfy bed and hot showers.

The other great news is that you have a lot of choices when it comes to glamping. There are beautifully-appointed safari tents, fully-restored vintage Airstream trailers, luxury cottages and log cabins, just to name a few. Here’s a look at some of the many choices you have across the USA:

Open Air Resorts, Spicewood, Texas

Set in the Texas Hill Country, this pet-friendly resort offers a pool, fire pits, outdoor games, picnic tables, a playground, dog park, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. For a fun glamping experience, there’s a choice of seven fully-renovated vintage trailers. Each one is equipped with an attached porch, outdoor grill, high thread-count sheets, kitchen appliances, a bathroom and big screen smart TV. They even have fun names like Lucille, The Jetson, The Minty and Lil’ Buckaroo. Open Air also offers fully-equipped tiny homes they describe as being “small but mighty.” One of them even has a porch with a fireplace.

Cape Charles / Chesapeake Bay KOA, Cape Charles, VA 

Located just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Virginia's Eastern Shore, their KOA Resort sits right on the Chesapeake Bay with its own private beach. Bring along your fishing gear, kayaks, and paddleboards to take advantage of this terrific setting, or make a splash in the campground's two pools. Enjoy waterfront views and stunning sunsets with a cocktail on the deck at the onsite Jackspot Bar & Grill, or order up specialty coffee drinks and ice cream at Happy Jack's Cafe. There's even a dog beach for your furry travel companions!

Their waterfront campground boasts of a variety of accommodations suited for both campers and glampers, including RV RentalsRV SitesDeluxe Cabins, and Safari Tents

Emberglow Outdoor Resort, Mill Spring, North Carolina

Located in the rolling hills of western North Carolina, Emberglow offers a resort-quality pool, hiking and biking trails, sand volleyball, sport fields, a community firepit, playground, jump pad, sand volleyball court, a Gaga Ball pit and a dog park. For glamping, there’s a choice of vintage campers (including Big Ben, a 1962 double-decker bus), tiny homes, yurts and glamping pods, which are tiny cabins that each sleep two. The resort also takes advantage of its wooded setting to offer a few different styles of treehouses, including a family treehouse, a Bohemian treehouse and primitive treehouses.


The Retreat RV and Camping Resort, Huffman, Texas

This pet-friendly resort, located on Lake Houston, offers a wide variety of amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, walking trails, fishing pier, pool, playground, Gaga Ball pit and mini-golf. There’s even a BYOB wine and beer garden! Choices for glamping include fully-furnished, air-conditioned luxury cottages with designer finishes. The cottages include a charcoal grill, patio, kitchenette, full bathroom with ADA shower, cable and free Wi-Fi. The resort also offers Conestoga Wagons that are air-conditioned (yes, really) and include a fire pit, mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Each wagon can accommodate up to four, with a king-sized bed and a set of bunk beds. Two full bathrooms in “The Outhouse” are just a short walk away.

Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California

The Inn Town Campground is a new, family-owned and operated campground in the heart of historic Gold Rush Nevada City. The 15-acre forested campground offers over 20 unique glamping sites so you're sure to find something to find your needs. In addition there is a 3000 square foot communal building with a camp store, kitchen, dining area, living room, laundry facilities, bathrooms and showers and a season swimming pool. 

Alabama-Coushatta Lake Tombigbee Campground, Livingston, Texas

Located on Lake Tombigbee and operated by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe on Texas’ oldest Indian reservation, this campground is a fun family destination that offers a choice of log cabins. The most spacious ones are the cottage-style Chief Oscola and Chief Colabe Cabins that each feature two bedrooms with full-sized beds, and full-sized kitchens and baths. The campground also offers rentals of teepees—definitely a popular choice for the kids!


Sandy Pines Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine

Talk about choices! First of all, the campground offers luxurious Couples Glamp Tents that are restricted to two adults per tent (no kids, no pets) to give adults a place for a quiet getaway. Each tent is beautifully decorated with a different theme, such as Wanderlust, Nautical Nights and Castaway. The campground also offers other unique retreats for couples, including vintage trailers, Conestoga Wagons, a shepherd’s hut and a glass house as well as cozy Couples Camp Cottages. But there are plenty of options for families, too! There’s a choice of Family Glamp Tents equipped with either a daybed with trundle inside the main tent or a second, smaller 8×10 tent outfitted with two twin beds and bedding. Each family tent also has a different theme such as Coastal Comfort, Boho Luxury Nest and Plein Air. The campground also offers Family Cottages which are a more spacious version of the Couples Camp Cottages and have a larger footprint to accommodate one king bed and two single beds. Sandy Pines also has a heated saltwater pool that’s open in the summer and a Kids’ Kamp with a playground and games.


Interested in even more camping options? Try out the GoCampingAmerica.com Plan Your Route tool and search your favorite destinations to see what they have to offer!