What is Glamping?
Glamping is basically the best version of camping you could ever imagine. It’s all the benefits of camping in the great outdoors, without any lack of luxury. The word literally comes from a new-age mash up of the words “glamorous” and “camping,” and is a way of experiencing nature that’s insanely comfortable. Glamping destinations offer their guests top-of-the-line luxuries like full mattresses, air conditioning, unique luxury living spaces like yurts or teepees, and of course, fully functioning plumbing. It’s really caught on throughout the U.S. especially with younger 30 something couples and retirees because it offers a no-hassle variety of relaxation that still brings you the peace and quiet of the outdoors. There’s perhaps no place more suited to this new camping phenomenon than North Carolina.
Why North Carolina for your glamping adventure?
North Carolina has long been touted as the ultimate outdoor experience for the avid camper, hiker or biker, which makes it no surprise that glamping has really taken hold here. First off, North Carolina offers a ton of luxurious glamping destinations, but we’ll get to that next. More importantly, North Carolina is perfect for glamping because it’s truly beautiful, and it has the space to hold glampers:
North Carolina is full of mountains. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Smoky Mountains, the state is riddled with them, and more importantly, they’re protected. The vast acreage of protected forests and state parks means that the natural spaces of North Carolina are largely untouched and unmarred by civilization. When you go glamping in North Carolina, you’re surrounded by pristine natural spaces where you can truly relax and enjoy the great outdoors. There’s very little pollution, and there are forested mountain vistas as far as the eye can see. So whether you’re planning on hiking or biking while you glamp, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places to do it.
Along with the mountains and protected forests comes an intricate network of gorgeous spring-fed rivers that snake across the state, through forests, mountains, and parks. And because of the rocky topography of North Carolina, these rivers mean that there are all sorts of waterfalls to enjoy during your glamping stay. If you’ve always wanted to tube down a real lazy river, there’s plenty of spots to enjoy that, or you can simply spend a day going waterfall hunting.
Ever heard of Asheville? We’re sure you have. It’s been voted one of the top destinations in the U.S. for quite a few years now. And it’s just one example of the awesome cities to explore while you’re glamping in the mountains of NC. The mountain cities here are the birthplace of craft brewing, Appalachian art and music, and so much more. The food is traditional southern comfort, from chicken and waffles to killer homemade, pit smoked BBQ. The people are some of the nicest around, dedicated to making sure you have an amazing experience while you’re in town. If you like cute small towns with lots to do, then the mountain cities of NC won’t disappoint.
Now that you know why NC is one of the best places to go glamping this summer, let’s check out a few of our favorite NC glamping hosts. While there are sites all over the state, with all kinds of amenities to suit any taste, these are just a few of our favorite luxurious destinations to help you get started on your search:
Some amazing NC Glamping Destinations
Credit: Falling Waters Resort
The Nantahala National Forest has long been a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts for its extensive hiking trails, pristine rivers, and countless waterfalls, but now it’s even better because you can stay in a yurt! And that’s an experience you don’t get every day. The yurts at the Falling Waters Nantahala campgrounds are gorgeous, inspired by authentic Mongolian design, and then upgraded to hold just about every amenity you could imagine. Complete with real, functional bathrooms, heaters, a refrigerator, a coffee maker, a queen-size mattress, and yes, a domed skylight that lets you look out at the stars each night, this is the ultimate glamping destination. Each yurt features a circular deck where you can sit and watch the river go by, and is located right in the Nantahala Forest, the ideal location for you to do a bit of hiking, biking, or kayaking.
If you’re looking for a glamping experience with a quality location, then the Dome, just outside of Asheville, is an excellent option. Asheville Glamping has quite a few glamping properties, but the Dome is our favorite. Perfect for a romantic getaway this half tent/half globe-like structure features awesome mountain views and comes complete with electricity, heat, air conditioning, and even a refrigerator. Freshen up in the heated rustic outdoor shower, and cook your meals on the fire pit and grill provided. Best of all, the Dome is just minutes from downtown Asheville, and one mile from the French Broad River, offering you a multitude of options for daytime excursions. Situated amongst horse and cattle ranches, this is one glamping destination where you can truly unplug while being close enough to take in all of the big city attractions.
Credit: Blue Bear Mountain Camp
Located right smack in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Bear Mountain Camp is another awesome camp site offering unique glamping options. Here, you can opt to stay in a traditional, hand painted tepee that’s been furnished with all of today’s modern amenities. Each tepee is 22′ tall, which means there’s plenty of space for a real mattress, a small table with chairs, and areas to put your belongings. Add that to the private bath house and dishwashing station, and it’s the perfect place to relax. Best of all, the camp itself backs up to a number of trails, lakes, and rivers to explore in the Blue Ridge Mountains while you’re on vacation. If you’re looking for a night in town, be sure to check out Boone, a cute mountain town just a few minutes drive away.
Credit: Sugar Creek Treehouse
Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse for a few days? This awesome glamping destination is the stuff of childhood dreams. Stay a weekend high up in the trees, looking down at the beautiful Toe River, and across to Mt. Mitchell, one of the tallest mountains on the east side of the country. The treehouse itself is equipped with a full wrap-around deck, a complete kitchen, bathrooms, real mattresses, and so much more, making it a glamping destination that’s truly in the heart of the forest. If you’re staying for a long weekend, take one day to check out Asheville, just 45 minutes away, and take another day to explore the Appalachian Trail or one of the rivers and lakes perfect for fishing and hiking.
North Carolina is the ultimate destination for glampers anywhere with our vast protected national forests and parks and temperate climate. And just in case you visit North Carolina, and decide it might be somewhere you’d like to call home, check out one of Asheville’s newest developments, High Hickory! A sustainable mountain living community, High Hickory provides residents with the peace and quiet of the forest, at just a short 15-minute drive from beautiful cities like Asheville and Black Mountain. For more information on our gorgeous properties, check out our website, or give our office a call today at 866-936-5263.