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Where to Stay: Booking with GlampingHub.com

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What type of accommodations do you like to stay in on your trips?  It varies for me and a lot of the time it depends on the destination and costs.  Sometimes the traditional hotel room or even Airbnb, isn’t always the best or most unique choice.

How would you like to stay in a tree house, a yurt, a teepee or maybe even a cave?  That’s where GlampingHub.com comes into play.  I actually just learned about Glamping Hub.  Glamping Hub allows you to book your accommodations like any other site, but they offer a unique take on where you sleep.  Trust me, you want to check out all of the different types of places to lay your head at night.

Do you know what glamping is?  Glamping is technically the words glamorous and camping merged together.  Just my kind of camping and that’s what Glamping Hub specializes in.  You get that unique getaway focusing on the outdoors in a luxury way.

When planning a trip to the Banff National Park area, I knew checking out what Glamping Hub had to offer was absolutely necessary.  The thought of being in such vast tree forests and towering mountains, a regular hotel room didn’t sound like an enticing stay.

I found an awesome cabin to stay in on Glamping Hub.  It was a 3 bedroom beautiful cabin - a little extra, I know, for 2 girls to sleep, but it was really was the perfect way to embrace nature in a luxurious way.  The cabin was nestled on a secluded mountainside, but offered all of the best amenities.  The absolute best part was the terrace patio complete with a hot tub overlooking a view of British Columbia.  You best believe we spent a good portion of our night relaxing with face masks on in that hot tub, true story.

It was sad, during the trip, there were almost 600 fires burning in the British Columbia area so the air quality and sky were filled with smoke.  Because of this the view was not visible.  All that could be seen was a white abyss.  

Never the less, the cabin was the perfect spot to stay.  We were even 45 minutes from Yolo National Park.  The cabin was one of many unique and cozy cabins located at the Cedar House Chalets.  The grounds have a restaurant, too.  It’s places like this gem that are more easily found using the Glamping Hub search engine.

The Cabin we stayed in was called the Mountain View Chalet.

How to do you find your lodging and accommodations for your trips?  It’s a big part of the planning process and there are a lot of options and places to search.  I highly recommend checking out GlampingHub.com to search for a fun and different place to stay on your next trip.  You never what kind of gem you’ll find on there!

Yours Truly // Shannon
 

*Sponsored Post: My stay was provided in collaboration with Glamping Hub! All opinions are my own.

 

Glamping vs Camping: Joshua Tree

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There are definitely two ways you can do Joshua Tree.  You can camp or you can stay in the surrounding areas right outside of Joshua Tree National Park.  On my recent weekend trip, we were able to do a night of both, which if you know me, camping isn’t necessarily my thing. Why sleep on the floor when you can sleep on a bed, right? Well, regardless, I’m always up for adventures wherever I’ll be sleeping!

Did you know the desert can get crazy cold?  Ya, I didn’t either.  Wait, you did? Smartypants.  When we arrived in the afternoon, it was in the 40’s and driving into the park there were signs saying winds were expected to reach up to 80 mph through the night.  I know, you’re probably thinking what I was, it’s going to be a long night.

There are 8 campgrounds you can choose from if you want to camp within Joshua Tree National Park.  All of them around first come, first served and are either $15-$20, but two sites you can reserve ahead.  Be warned though, there is no running water through the grand majority of the park.  Make sure you bring plenty of drinking water with you, especially if it is hot outside.  No one wants to be dehydrated in the middle of the desert.

We stayed at the Jumbo Rocks campground, and boy was it a pretty setting to set up camp in.  Or for my best friend, Hannah, to pitch our tent in.  However, I still think you can build a tent.  (Something Hannah adamantly tells me is wrong) Granted, it’s pretty hard to find a bad view in Joshua Tree which is funny to me since I used to not like the way cacti looked.  It’s possible that the jumbo rocks blocked some of the wind, but then again it was crazy windy.  I thought our tent was going to fly away.  Not to mention the 30 degree, freezing temperatures.  

I’d do it again though.  I’d actually want to try the White Tank campground.  it had giant boulders surrounding it, as well, but just had a nice feel to it with only 15 sites versus the 124 at Jumbo Rocks.  It also was where the Arch Rock trail is which I included in my Joshua Tree Top 6 post (check it out!).

The next night we arranged to stay at the infamous Hicksville Tailer Palace.  I know, sounds funny to want to stay at a trailer park, but this is the most hip trailer park you’ll ever see.  There are 9 themed trailers that are anything but boring.  The property has miniature golf, an archery and bb gun range, a library, a life-size tee-pee with a fire pit, a rooftop hot tub, ping pong, and bean bag toss.

There is a ton of secrecy that surrounds Hicksville, which is definitely what gives it its’ intrigue.  You don’t even receive directions to the property until a few days prior.  You really do feel completely off the grid at Hicksville and it is amazing.  No checking in on social media and you’re literally alone in the middle of the desert.

Glamping in our cute Airstream called “The Sweet” (pictured above) was a welcomed change during the cold temperatures.  We had 2 heaters and it was so comfortable.  There is only one bathroom for most all of the campers - fair warning.  It really does feel like you’re staying in a wacky, uber hip, off-the-grid campsite.  Best part is that you don’t have to sleep on the ground!

I’d definitely recommend trying out both options.  Camping is a great experience especially in such beautiful setting and you're already inside the park, but falling of the grid in the unknown hideaway that is Hicksville is an experience in its own.

Yours Truly // Shannon