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When you close your eyes and imagine the idea of ‘glamping,’ the image in your head is probably of Under Canvas. The industry leader now offers nine elegant tent resorts, nestled amid stunning scenery near some of America’s most iconic national parks. Just added for this season is a new campsite at Lake Powell-Grand Staircase, joining existing sites from Acadia to Zion. If you want to get out and experience nature but without hauling out a sleeping bag or wondering about the restroom facilities, glamping could be your perfect travel experience.
Experience Luxury in a Deluxe Safari-Style Tent
One of the most glamorous rooms you’ll ever sleep in may actually be a tent at a glamping resort. That’s certainly the case at Under Canvas’s eight locations. You’ll find a king bed with luxurious linens in the deluxe and suite tents, plus your own wood stove with pre-chopped wood, a deck, and a private bathroom with a flushing toilet.
“A lot of people are afraid of roughing it but still want to experience the outdoors” says Sarah Dusek, CEO and cofounder of Under Canvas. “We bridge that gap. When you stay with us, you don’t have to sacrifice creature comforts.”
At Under Canvas’ Grand Canyon and Great Smoky locations, the tented lobbies are furnished with stunning West Elm furniture and accessories. It makes checking in feel more like it’s part of an experience rather than a task. You’ll discover your tented room is just as elegantly appointed. What’s more glamorous and romantic than sleeping in the outdoors without ever having to set up a tent, crawl into a sleeping bag or get dirty? Did we mention you can order coffee service to be delivered to your tent?
Live in the Moment
Glamping allows you to experience a digital detox. When you glamp, you may not have access to WiFi in your tent or even in the common area. At Under Canvas’ glampgrounds, this lack of connectivity is called “an intentional inconvenience.” Why? So that guests can disconnect from technology and reconnect with those they love.
When you don’t have WiFi or television, it leaves plenty of time to talk with your family, friends, or other glampers dining next to you at the on-site Embers Cafe. After a long day of adventuring, you can play some board games with your family or get valuable park tips from others enjoying s’mores around the community fire.
Discover a Sense of Community
There’s a personalized approach that trickles down from the check-in staff to the concierge service to campfire conversations at Under Canvas. There’s a fantastic restaurant designed to encourage interactions among staff and guests. There’s a campfire with complimentary s’mores where you can trade tips with other guests in the evening.
Opt for an All-Inclusive Stay
Rather than spending time trying to figure out what attractions are closest to your campsite or which hike in the Grand Canyon is not going to leave your thigh muscles seized up for days, kick back on your porch and enjoy your morning coffee. At Under Canvas, a guest concierge service can give you insider park tips and help plan your entire vacation once you arrive. Or plan months in advance and opt for a three-to-four night “Expedition Package” that includes all meals and adventures like a helicopter tour of Zion National Park or stand-up paddleboarding near Yellowstone. A lower-priced, two-to-three night “Adventure Package” includes all meals, plus activities like a Jeep tour of the Grand Canyon.
Be an Environmental Steward
By choosing to glamp, you’ve already taken a step toward becoming a better environmental steward. Glamping resorts use less electricity than standard hotels. First, there are no air conditioners to slurp up tremendous amounts of power. Second, lighting in your tent or in common areas comes, at least in part, from solar panels. Since there are no hallways, solar LED lights often line outdoor paths.
Glamping resorts also use less water than standard hotels. In fact, at Under Canvas locations, you actually have to pull a dainty chain to get the water to flow out of your shower, which helps them use 87 percent less water than a similar-sized hotel.
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