Have you tried glamping yet? Perhaps you are asking, what exactly is glamping? Glamping is camping with an added touch of luxury. It’s camping, often in unusual places, but with some of the comforts of home or hotels. Imagine camping with a bearskin rug on the floor, a king- or queen-size bed, and maybe even some air-conditioning or heat.
It is getting in touch with nature for some. For others, it is the novelty of sleeping in a cave, a treehouse, a teepee, or maybe even a castle. It can be a nature tourism adventure, a romantic weekend getaway, or a family vacation.
Glamping accommodations, in most cases, take advantage of the surrounding elements. Glam-camping is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It could be considered a nature tourism retreat where you fill your days with hiking, wine-tasting, farmers markets, whitewater rafting, the sounds of nature, and so much more.
From a yurt tent or a treehouse to a wood cabin or a tiny house, these unique places and hotel alternatives are exceptional and inspiring. Glamping allows you to relax in nature without sacrificing comfort. No sleeping on the ground; instead you have a soft, cozy bed.
Where do you find the perfect glamping destination? Some are listed privately, and others can be found online through a reservation system like GlampingHub.
Currently, GlampingHub has over 300 accommodations in my home state of Pennsylvania and over 24,000 unique accommodations worldwide.
The 11 glamping sites I have chosen to highlight for you are excellent options that celebrate the outdoors while having modern and comfortable amenities. I selected various styles of glamping and destinations so you can see the variety and the luxury available.
1. Luxury Safari-Style Tents, Gettysburg
Glamping in a luxury safari-style tent near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, offers a truly peaceful escape from the city. These unique retreats are handcrafted from native cedar logs, and tin roofs over the tents give the fully furnished getaways a rustic-chic.
A wood-burning stove inside the tent will keep you warm at night in the fall while you enjoy a queen-size bed, seating area, and a deck with a view. Each tent has a private, eco-friendly restroom and outdoor shower.
2. Colorful Yurt-Style Cabin, Lake Ariel
Glampers will have lots to do when staying in this idyllic getaway in a colorful yurt-style cabin near Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. From golfing to skiing at Hideout Ski Slope to enjoying water-based activities on three nearby lakes, you will have plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun. After a day spent in the great outdoors, enjoy a glass of wine while watching the stars.
The stylish yurt-like cabin is situated among the trees in a gated community. It has two bedrooms and one bonus sleeping area, each with a queen-size bed.
The floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to enjoy the outdoors while staying inside if you desire. Everything needed to cook meals is available in the kitchen. Air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi will make you feel right at home. Up to six glampers can enjoy a memorable getaway in this accommodation.
There is a shared swimming pool, gym, and tennis and basketball courts for you to enjoy, but the big draw is spending the day enjoying Lake Ariel.
3. Airstream, Columbia
A unique accommodation for a glamping getaway in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is an airstream.
This lovingly restored modern airstream with fully furnished amenities will provide a comfortable stay for two glampers. Amenities include a television, indoor fireplace, Wi-Fi, modern appliances, and air conditioning.
Luxury campers will enjoy the beautiful outdoor living area with comfy sofas set around the fire pit.
4. Off-Grid Cabin, Ringtown
This charming off-grid cabin in Ringtown, near Harrisburg, runs entirely on solar power. Glamping in Pennsylvania at this tranquil spot is perfect for those desiring crisp mountain air.
A comfy king-size bed, smart TV with Wi-Fi access, a fire pit area, and an outdoor grill are sure to help you kick back for a day or two.
This charming Ringtown accommodation is excellent for up to four guests to enjoy weekend getaways.
5. Cabin, Lake Harmony
Tucked away in Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, this cabin is perfect for a family retreat. It is beautifully furnished, has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and can accommodate eight glampers.
Glampers can snuggle up with their favorite book and a glass of wine as the fire crackles in the impressive stone fireplace in the living area. The fully equipped kitchen has everything needed to prepare meals for the group. Other amenities include heating and Wi-Fi.
There is an outdoor barbecue plus a fire pit ideal for roasting marshmallows and sitting around the campfire. This cabin offers a fantastic getaway in the great outdoors. An array of outdoor recreation, including mini-golf, basketball, baseball, and watersports, is within walking distance.
6. Bell Tent, Delaware Water Gap
Spend the night glamping in a bell tent near the Delaware Water Gap. This is tent camping kicked up a notch. Each bell tent boasts a queen-size bed and a twin day bed, bedside tables, lamps, area rugs, a refrigerator, and more.
Shared bathroom facilities are just a short walk to an adjacent site.
Each tent site enjoys a private campfire where glam-campers can watch the stars from their deck.
Breakfast is included with your stay in the main Inn.
This area is known for fantastic hiking. Check out some of the best trails in the Delaware Water Gap Area.
7. Secluded Cabin, Spring Mills
Nestled within a 20-acre forested property is this secluded cabin. Surrounded by trees, the sounds of nature, and special touches, guests can unplug and relax. Outside is a private, mile-long hiking trail that features a secluded pond, streams, and a meadow. You will enjoy spectacular stargazing in the dark skies enabled by the seclusion and lack of light pollution in the heart of Central Pennsylvania.
This property borders thousands of acres of state forest land. Nearby Bald Eagle and Rothrock state forests provide many hiking and biking trails.
Perfect for a couple’s getaway, this one-bedroom (with a king-size bed), one-bathroom luxury cabin exemplifies true glamping style. The bathroom features a heated floor and an open concept shower, and you can enjoy a deep relaxation soak while viewing the hillside in a large clawfoot cast-iron soaking tub.
Its full kitchen has granite custom countertops. The main living area has maple hardwood floors, vaulted beams, and comfortable seating.
Guests will have everything they need to enjoy a luxury escape surrounded by nature inside this tranquil and luxurious cabin.
8. Elegant Cabin, Huntingdon
Located near the beautiful Raystown Lake, this large luxury cabin is excellent for your large group or family get-together. Sitting on 53 private acres, you can get away from it all while you enjoy nature and luxury.
This private cabin can accommodate up to 22 guests. There are five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and one half bathroom.
Leather sofas, hardwood floors, and high ceilings highlight the living area. A huge recreation room, a fully equipped kitchen, and a dining area make this a great glamping experience for large groups.
A spacious, covered, wrap-around porch with comfy patio furniture, a large fire pit area, and an outdoor grill extend the outdoor living space.
Raystown Lake offers a variety of water and outdoor activities to please glampers. Read more on Pennsylvania’s best-kept secret here.
9. Riverfront Cabin, Confluence
Take the family along to enjoy this riverfront cabin that sleeps up to six guests, and your four-legged friends are welcome, too (for an extra fee). It is located near Pittsburgh on the Youghiogheny River.
There are two attractive bedrooms and a comfy queen sofa bed. There are two full bathrooms.
Glampers will enjoy the high, vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, and splashes of bright color. A spacious kitchen makes meal prep a joy.
You will fall in love with the outdoor space that includes a large deck, lush lawn, two fire pits, and a private beach along the river.
10. Large Group Cabin, Lehighton
Think family reunion, corporate retreat, or large group getaway. This stunning large group cabin is tucked away on beautifully manicured land in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. It overlooks Beltzville Lake and the State Game Lands.
It is located just two hours from New York City and one and a half hours from Philadelphia. It is an easy weekend getaway destination that rivals a five-star lodge.
Six elegantly furnished bedrooms, extra beds, sleeper sofas, and futons can accommodate up to 23 glam-campers. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, a fireplace for cozy nights, and a balcony.
The vast great room has a centrally located stone fireplace that is open on both sides. Comfy sofas, a full kitchen, and two dining tables make this the perfect retreat.
A furnished outdoor living area, gazebo, and a manicured garden provide spots to get away from the group to enjoy nature as you listen to the sound of the lake lapping against the shore.
11. Farm Cottage, Lancaster
A cozy living room, fully equipped kitchen, and Wi-Fi complete this cottage. Pets are also welcome.
Glampers can enjoy a side deck, gas barbecue, and a front porch with rocking chairs overlooking the countryside.
Now might be the time to stop wondering what glamping is like and find out for yourself — somewhere in Pennsylvania or around the world. You just might fall in love with glamping!