From Mountain Khakis

Glamping in the West

Photo courtesy Ranch Seeker on flickr

Photo courtesy Ranch Seeker on flickr

Glamour and camping: two words that don’t belong together are now wedded into an entire industry. If your idea of camping is sleeping in a pup tent and eating pork and beans right out of the can, you are not a candidate for glamping. If, on the other hand, you want your beans on fine china, then you are going to pay for it and pay for it and pay for it.

Collective Retreats | Vail, CO and Big Sky, MT
The 4 Eagle Ranch, just a few miles west of Vail is where the Vail Collective of Collective Retreats pitches their tents. Their pop-up glamping tents include one plush King or two single beds, full electricity, and private baths. Also included are: in-room wellness snacks, coffee and tea (not sure but this must be better than non-wellness snacks), gourmet breakfast, chef curated lunch along with nightly communal campfires. I’m guessing you won’t be the one chopping wood or tending the fire. They also offer a Yellowstone location in Montana with rates for a tent for two at both locations running from $500-$700 per night.

The High Lonesome Ranch | De Beque, CO
The High Lonesome is a huge ranch with lodges and cabins. The glamping comes into play at Castle Rock Camp in their Kimball Creek Valley with safari-style tents furnished with King-size beds, dressers, chairs and thermostatically controlled heaters. They don’t have in-tent bathrooms but private locked marble baths are close by. There is a 1200 square foot pavilion nearby with a roaring stone fireplace for group meals and activities. You have to contact the ranch for prices but as they say: If you have to ask the price….

The Resort at Paws Up | Missoula, MT can set you up at glamping sites all over the world. One such site they offer out here in the west is the Resort at Paws Up. Located on a 37,000 acre working cattle ranch they offer private homes or for your glamping pleasure: one and two bedroom safari-style luxury tents. With a world-class spa on the property you’ll have the run of the place along with the finest sheets, world-class cuisine and personalized service in your tent for only $1455 per night. These tents do sleep 2-4 people, making them much more affordable, especially since it has they have in-suite bathrooms.

Glamping Treehouse | Monterey, CA
The Glamping Treehouse is located in the middle of the Sequoia forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay in California. It comes well equipped with a high bed and a kitchen with a small stove, refrigerator and cooking tools. There is a bathroom with a shower and toilet. A hot tub under the trees adds to your glamping fun along with a gas stove for heat and electricity for your TV and DVD player. The treehouse even comes with a resident, friendly cat named Grey who will visit but lives outside. Prices start at a very reasonable $132 per night making this a big-time Glamping deal.

Anywhere Else in the World along with another biggie in the industry are sites that will set you up with a tent almost anywhere in the world. While accommodations start at the low end like The Treehouse in California, the price can go up and up to as high as you can imagine. Services range from non-existent to butler service. The dining goes from cook-it-yourself to gourmet chefs serving delicacies on fine china. Things have sure changed since we used to camp in Army surplus pup tents and eat beans out of the can.