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The Summer Glamping Guide

Summer’s finally arrived…and with it, plenty of opportunities get out of town and let your hair down. (Or put it up J.)

But if 100-pound backpacks and sleeping on the ground this Memorial Day sound less than relaxing, fear not: We’ve found some glam ways for you to get earthy and chill without ever uttering the words, “Where’s that tent pole?”

Here, our Summer Getaway Guide…where to go, what to know, and how to pack in style.

 

DESTINATIONS…

BEACH CANYON AUTHENTIC TIPI

TOPANGA BEACH, CA

Imagine comfy duvets on a real bed, French press coffee, Native American rugs underfoot, and WIFI…that’s what you get when you step into this tipi glamping experience in Southern California. Perched on a private farm property, this all-natural experience melds the best of both worlds: Hot tub under the stars, hike, mountain-bike, or horseback-ride through dozens of breathtaking trails with a 180 degree view of the ocean; grab snacks at the farmhouse kitchen…and, yes, have access to an actual bathroom.

 

THE BAR N RANCH

YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA

Rustic but beautifully appointed cabins are the hallmark of this scenic camp, located about six miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. When you’re not swimming, kayaking, or fishing on the 200-acre ranch itself (the Madison River rambles right through the property), you might be enjoying a gourmet meal and cocktails from a fully-stocked bar in the main lodge, where wood-burning fireplaces lure you in for a truly relaxing evening.

 

SUGAR CREEK TREEHOUSE

BLUE MOUNTAINS, NORTH CAROLINA

Here’s your chance to indulge in some good old-fashioned childhood nostalgia. Spend the night in this artist’s tree house suspended 35 feet above gently cascading waterfalls…walk up the floating log staircase to a romantic loft bed and balcony…and whip up a memorable meal in the stocked-to-the-gills gourmet kitchen. That is, if you can manage to stay inside. Trout and bass fishing, swimming, hiking mountain trails, and serious bird watching are at your fingertips (as is a hairdryer!). When you’re ready to get a taste of something more glam, take the 45-minute drive to Ashville and explore the Biltmore Estate — a little fancier than a tree house, we admit, but worth the visit.

 

 

YOUR PACKING LIST

Platypus Big Zip SL Hydration Pouch: Staying hydrated as you navigate trails, paths, and creeks is important, and this cool BPA-free “bladder” slips right into your backpack, with a handy hose-clip that you attach to your chest strap. Makes sipping water (or perhaps something a little stronger — it is vacation, after all), super easy.

Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo: Sure, many of these not-quite-rugged destinations provide everything from hot showers to hair dryers, but when you want to go a day — or two or three — without the full on cleanse, Instant Refresh is your 10-second answer to volumized, frizz-free, grease-free hair.


Rainrap: You could drag an umbrella or a really unattractive rain slicker; or you could pack a Rainrap, the most stylish answer to summer showers. Hooded, water-repellant, fast drying, and lightweight, this baby packs up tiny and comes in a slew of cool hues.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote: These indestructible, affordable carryalls (they’re made of builder’s canvas) have been around since 1944, when Bean introduced them as the perfect receptacle for hauling ice from car to ice chest. These days, they’re available in every imaginable size, color, and style (zippered, open, leather handled, etc); and can be monogrammed if you want to be extra cool.

Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Spray: You can’t separate a girl from her hairspray no matter how rough the terrain, so at least make it a product that multi-tasks by saving your style from humidity, while amping up shine, and locking in a hairstyle for three full days. Power Spray does all that, and still lets you fiddle and move strands around.

Packable Straw Hat: We’re kind of digging this very summery raffia fedora: not just because it protects face and hair from the sun, and looks seriously cute…but because the thing scrunches up into nothing in your backpack or luggage, then pops out perfectly every time.

K-PAK Luster Lock Repair and Shine Treatment: This instant miracle worker provides deep TLC for damaged, color-treated hair, while locking in an amazing, gleaming finish and intense color vibrancy. Why pop a tube in your bag? Because it’s exactly what you need after a day in the sun or an afternoon floating on a river…especially if your glamping experience includes fancy alfresco dinners.

 

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