Tuesday, June 17, 2008

glamour camping

glamour camping, it seems, is becoming a full blown phenomenon.

my youngest brother, Travis, is camping up in northern california this week with some of his friends. but the thought of camping, to me, is not something i would be interested in. glamour camping, on the other hand is something i could (maybe) get into.

if you haven't heard of it, glamour camping, or "glamping", is a five-star way of getting in touch with nature, all without having to pitch your own tent or sleep on the ground.

in fact, the perks of a resort like The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre getaway in the heart of Big Sky country Montana, include a camp butler to build fires, a maid to crank up a heated down comforter at nightfall and a cook to whip up bison ribeye for dinner and french toast topped with huckleberries for breakfast.

"it’s not about experiencing what Lewis and Clark did," said Milton Pedrazza, chief executive of Luxury Institute, a new york-based research company. "it’s about enjoying nature and all the comforts that come with the luxury lifestyle. they see it as one big seamless, wonderful experience."

when i heard of "glamping" last week on the news, it caught my attention. of course, then finding out it cost as much a week (depending on where you go) as traveling to an oversees resort made me wonder, is it that worth it? i mean, really, it sounds, fabulous to "get away from it all" and be close to nature, but i've never been an outdoor-type, so i would just be fooling myself by taking a vacation like this, no matter how posh.

what do you think? if you could afford it, would you go glamping?

check out this article from ABC News and visit glamping specialists Ambercrombie & Kent.

photo: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times and Neal Karlinsky/ABC News


Ron Gibson said...

Glamping is the best of both worlds- Wilderness Vacations and Luxury Accommodations. I wanted to add that the photo above of the tent interior is from Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, not Paws Up. You can see more of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort at their blog www.wildretreatblog.com.

monique said...

ron, i never meant to imply that the tent interior was from paws up...i found the photos from various articles on the subject. thank you for clarifying.