Sparkle, sophistication, and Mother Nature. It’s an odd trio, but one that now exists thanks to the world of glamping. By definition, it’s “glamorous camping” or the pairing of camping with luxury travel. By either definition, it means you won’t find yourself sleeping on an air mattress with a mysterious leak or spend hours figuring out how to get a tent to stay upright after leaving a much needed pole at home. But gentlemen, don’t be fooled, glamping isn’t just for the ladies. The high-end lodgings, gorgeous views, and no hassle trips mean glamping is something you should put on your bucket list, even if you don’t care to admit to it.
If you’re looking for a secluded hideaway or a luxury river experience, you’ll find it glamping in the Gem State. Here’s a look at just a few of the glamorous options available.
Huckleberry Tent & Breakfast
Location: Clark Fork
This wilderness experience just 30 miles from Sandpoint is a play on a bed and breakfast. Each private campsite offers a canvas tent with a fully-equipped camp kitchen, a wood burning stove, wood floors, and a queen-sized bed. At night, you can relax by your own campfire and enjoy a little stargazing. In the mornings, enjoy a homegrown, farm-style breakfast in a solar powered homestead.
River Dance Lodge
This lodge offers glamping tents nestled near the banks of the Clearwater River. A stay in one of these tents means you’ll find pillow-top beds (king or two twins), wood floors, a wood stove, and an iron-claw bathtub. You can grill up your own meals on the BBQ or head to the lodge for a bite to eat if you’re just not in the mood to cook. But if you find you’re still a little tense, you can book an in-tent massage with a local masseuse.
Moose Creek Ranch
These luxury glamping tents feature queen sized beds nestled along Moose Creek. As you listen to the sounds of nature, enjoy a shaded porch with reading chairs, a wood stove, and an outdoor fire pit. If you have a bit of problem unplugging, Wi-fi is available. When you’re ready to emerge from your wilderness oasis, you may want to take a drive to Driggs to check out the GeoTourism Center or the Grand Teton Distillery.
Linn Canyon Ranch
Location: Teton Valley
The wilderness adventure is a combination of luxurious accommodations sprinkled with nature’s simple pleasures located in the western foothills of the Teton Mountain Range. When you decide to spend the night in a luxury tent, you’ll sleep on a king or queen sized bed, scurry across carpeted floors, and find tiled bath facilities near the lodge. And heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can check out the trail rides, pack trips, and sunset dinners available.
Far and Away Adventures
Location: Sun Valley
This customized wilderness experience travels with you, all the way down the river! This luxury adventure tour will have you paddling (and screaming with happiness) through the thrilling Middle Fork of the Salmon River by day. Then at night, the guides do the work for you. Your tent will be set up while an organic, gourmet dinner is prepared in the midst of mind blowing scenery (to make your mouth water: goat cheese fondue, champagne-poached salmon fillet, and Dutch oven pound cake.) All this is served on linen covered tables with select wines. Inside your tent, you’ll find elevated beds, flannel bedding, carpets, nightstands and lanterns. And yes, the guides pack it all back up for you in the morning.
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Feature Photo Credit: Kevin Kieran
Published on October 12, 2015