In keeping abreast of yurt-news around the nation and the globe, I frequently come across yurts in conjunction with glamping. What’s glamping, you ask?

“If the eco-friendly idea of falling asleep under the stars and roasting marshmallows around a campfire appeals to you, but the reality of pitching a tent and sleeping on bumpy ground does not, glamping, the new term being used for upscale—or glamorous—camping, could be your ideal green vacation.” (NY Times)

“While glamping is sometimes caricatured as over-the-top luxury (think butlers with bug spray), its real potential is in making ‘roughing it’ a little less rough but still affordable. At the moment, the very high-end dude ranches are still conspicuous consumption. But camping with trimmings—tents with heaters, eco-outhouses, showers hidden around the corner—has tremendous appeal.  It’s outdoorsy, but with a good mix of the comforts of an active resort. The business people who provide these experiences get to skip building a big hotel, and put up ‘mobile rooms’ instead. Meanwhile, glampers get a feeling of being close to nature, with a full complement of activities like hiking, fly-fishing and kayaking.” (WSJ)

butler + bug-spray + yurt = amazing


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