Glamping, aka glamorous camping, is the latest camping trend that is all about reimagining the idea of sleeping outdoors by highlighting the aspects of style and comfort. A warm bed. A hot shower. It really is a luxurious camping adventure like none other.
Over the BC Day long weekend here in Canada, I had the opportunity to go on my first ever glamping getaway thanks to Glamping Hub and I am beyond excited to share my trip with y’all! By the way, yes, this is a sponsored post, but all opinions are of my own.
What is Glamping Hub?
Glamping Hub is a third-party online booking platform that provides unique outdoor accommodation rentals all over the world by connecting hosts with travellers. (Think Airbnb but with glamping.) From safari tents to camper vans and even tree houses and cabins, there are a wide range of rental options to choose from for that perfect getaway. All the accommodations are pet-friendly as well so furry friends are definitely welcomed.
The Booking Process
As mentioned above, this is a sponsored post hence my stay was completely arranged by the Glamping Hub team. That said, their reservation process is still fairly straight forward. If a glamp is available on the date(s) you wish to visit, simply hit the “Request Booking” button, fill out your information, and proceed with the on-screen directions.
Once your request has been submitted, the host will take about 24-48 hours to respond. When the host has accepted your request and your credit card has been charged, you will then receive a booking confirmation e-mail with the details of your stay including the exact address of the glamp. Again, very similar to Airbnb and it really is a no brainer.
My Experience at Love & Lantern
Through Glamping Hub, I was able to discover Love & Lantern, which is located at Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch in Golden, BC just along the beautiful Rocky Mountain horizon.
Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch is essentially an RV and tent campground with bathroom + shower and laundry facilities. The campground is divided into numbered sections and each tent space has its own number.
We parked our rental car right in front of the tent so in a way it’s kinda like a regular house with driveway parking and an address plaque except you’re in the woods. Definitely very cute!
I brought a +1 with me on the trip and prior to our arrival, the host (Alysia) had already set up everything for us and we were given a passcode to access the tent. We literally only had to pack our bags and drive our bums there. As simple as that.
Okay, first off, how adorable is this!!!!!!!!!! And can we pleaseeeee talk about the fact that it’s located in a town called Golden!? All ’bout that glam life yo!
Since there have been numerous wildfires here in BC, open flames have been banned. Alysia does provide cookware and utensils but because we couldn’t exactly cook, we brought our own food from a nearby grocery store.
During our stay here, we also got to experience Camper Jam. Not sure if it’s an annual event but it’s a cool little gathering for all VW buses. There are games, live music, craft beer, and food trucks. Oh! And morning coffee!!
One particular van that really caught my eye was The Rocky Bean Co run by a duo who do coffee out of a van in the Bow Valley. Being able to wake up in the middle of the woods to the smell of coffee? You can’t beat that.
Apart from these fun little activities, campers can also come here to paraglide.
Last but not least, a big highlight of glamping… shower!
Amenities: ★★★★★ (in terms of camping, having bathroom/shower/laundry facilities is more than plenty)
Proximity: ★★★★☆ (10-minute drive from main Golden area)
Safety: ★★★★☆ (follow campground rules to avoid attracting wildlife!)
Space: ★★★★☆ (sleeps up to two guests and is quite roomy!)
Value of Price: ★★★☆☆ (~$195/night)*
Internet Access: Wi-Fi available near main office
– You don’t need to bring camping equipment and spend hours struggling to set things up
– Extremely hospitable host and welcoming staff at the ranch as well. Alysia was quick to respond my questions via e-mail and also made some awesome itinerary suggestions for us.
– Shower facilities available
– Very close to hikes and water activities in the nearby region
– Camper Jam = more people = louder night parties. They kept me up until 2am but after things quieted down I really did sleep like a baby. Again, it most likely only occurs once a year so a visit at another time may be much more tranquil.
– Lots of mosquitoes but that’s the same no matter where you camp.
*In terms of price, I rated it as 3 stars because for $195, you really could stay at a hotel and not actually get bit by mosquitoes or have to fight for the washroom with other campers. BUT I can tell Alysia put a lot of time and effort into decorating the tent not to mention this really is a unique experience. Plus it is glamping after all, a glamorous version of your usual camping fun. I say it’s worth checking out!
As for Glamping Hub, I do find their website to be very user friendly. I’ve seen quite a couple other rental destinations that I really want to visit as well, especially the secluded rentals which you can find here. (Secluded cave vacations? Sign me up!)
I will conclude this week’s blog post here and hope this will inspire you to get out there and embrace nature. I also visited Banff on this same trip so please stay tuned for an upcoming photo diary. Also don’t forget to subscribe for newsletters in the sidebar on the right and I’ll see you next week!
November 2019 Update
It appears that Love & Lantern is no longer available for booking. Regardless, there are several other fun and cute alternatives on Glamping Hub that are definitely worth checking out!