10 Reasons We Love Glamping [& You Will Too!] + Beautiful Photography & Video

Do you love the outdoors? Do you love to wake up to the sights, sounds, and smells of Mother Nature while still enjoying the most basic amenities of your home?  If you answered yes, then glamping might just be your fix. What’s glamping you ask? It’s simply camping with your basic amenities – kitchen, bathroom, and bedding – while still experiencing the spoils of camping – outdoors, natural surroundings, conversations by camp fire, dinner by the camp fire, roasted marshmallows, star gazing, and just chilling. There are fancier options for glamping if you’re looking for a more luxurious experience. Click on the glamping link above to learn more.

Why not just camp, you ask? Well, we used to do hard core camping in our youth. Basically, we would pack our small tents, sleeping bags, food and water, and head out into the woods for a few days with Mother Nature. As we got older though, we decided to make our experience a little more comfortable by using bigger tents, air mattresses to give us more cushioning, and camp sites with bathrooms and showers.

Today, we do a combo of both. Those who want to tent, do it, while those of us who want to have a little more comfort, rent a small cabin or a tent cabin. We fall into the latter category.

Collage or cabin, tent, and big redwood trees.

Glamping at Fernwood Resort at Big Sur.

While the summer season is coming to an end, there’s no harm in fantasizing about your next season’s gateaway. After all, who doesn’t like to have something to look forward to in the future!

Here are 10 reasons whey we love glamping and we know you will too:

1. You switch off

Is it just us or do gadgets become less important when you’re outdoors? You have no desire to plug in to your phone, TV or any other electronic distractions, which in today’s world is nearly impossible.

“…almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes.” – Anne Lamott 
Image of the ocean and mountains

Breathtaking!

2. Step away from your day to day routine and activities

Let’s face it, sometimes our daily routine can get extremely monotonous and mundane. Taking a few days where you wake up and go to sleep as you wish, eat and drink when you want to, be spontaneous with your activities or just do nothing is refreshing!

Image of smiling woman sitting by a mini waterfall.

Mini waterfall tucked away in the Redwoods on Big Sur River. The water was delicious!

3. Recharge

Maybe it’s the fresh air or the surrounding beauty, but being outdoors just has a way of clearing your mind and allowing you to have a new and fresh perspective on life. You come away feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the world head on.

Image of beautiful purple flowers

My favorite color!

4. Reduce stress

Going about your day not worrying about work, running your household, managing your busy schedule, or paying bills is a great remedy for stress.

Image of woman posing on a balcony with a beautiful backdrop of the mountains and ocean

Stunning view of the ocean and mountains from Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur

5. Enjoy and appreciate all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer

What’s not to love about beautiful  mountains, breathtaking sunsets, lovely birds and butterflies, sprawling beaches, clear water rivers, and majestic redwood trees.

Image of beautiful Redwood trees

Majestic! We can never get enough of Redwoods!


Image of beautiful beach by Highway 1

Beautiful!


Image of Big Sur River

What’s not to love about Big Sur River!

6. Experience the unexpected

Image of two women wading in the water

We love firsts! Wading in the water where the Pacific Ocean meets Big Sur river. Magical!

While glamping in Big Sur a few weeks ago, we discovered hiking trails, an ocean view restaurant tucked away in the hills, river rafting on Big Sur river, birds migrating, and horse riders on the beach.

Image of man and child hiking up a hill in the redwoods.

Invigorating 2 mile hike to the restaurant. Great exercise before a delicious meal!


Image of 3 people riding on horses by the beach

We must try riding on a beach! Looks like such fun!

Image of front of Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur

Image of people sitting outside Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur

Breathtaking views from Nepenthe Restaurant!


Image of mouth watering burger

Mouth watering and delicious!

7. Loose track of time

Enjoy the usual camping delights without a care in the world. Escape with  conversations and laughter by the camp fire and delicious roasted marshmallows.

Image of tent and chair by the camp fire

8. Indulge in your favorite camp side treats

There’s no time to think about diets while glamping. Go ahead and enjoy mouth watering hot dogs, burgers, barbecue steaks, roasted corn, your favorite beer or wine.

Image of barbecue steak on a grill

Yummy!

9. Just chill

Sit around and do nothing. It’s liberating!

Image of woman smiling sitting in a tube on Big Sur River

Chilling on Big Sur River

10. Feel a sense of calm and belonging

In a world of social media and less in person interactions, reconnect with your friends and family. It’s good for your soul.

Image of calm and serene woman looking into the camera with a backdrop of the ocean

My cup is full.

Even though camping season is coming to a close, it’s never too early to start planning for your next summer getaway.

And while at it, why not try glamping and enjoy the best of both worlds; your basic comforts and the outdoors at the same time. We promise you’ll come away feeling healthy, rejuvenated, and happier.

Here are some glamping resources to give you a head start:

Have a wonderful Labor Day gapmusers!

Be inspired.

 

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