Glamping: The art of glamorous camping from swanky tents to solar power
August 29, 2014
If you live in Summit County, your love for the outdoors is a given. You've probably bagged more 14ers than you can count, wrestled a black bear and survived a six-day backcountry hiking excursion. Well done; you've earned your Colorado Badge. Perhaps the upcoming Labor Day weekend would be a nice time to sit back, relax and enjoy the splendor of "glamping," the art of glamorous camping.
Whether you're heading to one of the campgrounds in the Dillon Ranger District or setting up camp in your backyard, here's a list of items that are sure to elevate your experience. Some may be realistic, some are a bit far-fetched, but all are decidedly glamorous.
Safari Tent ($1,999.99), http://www.barebonesliving.com
When you think of camping, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the tent: the classic, cozy, tiny space you and a friend will squeeze into like sardines and hope there's enough air to last you the night. This is not that kind of tent. The Safari Tent from Barebones is a 120-square-foot structure with 9-foot-tall loft ceilings, eight windows and two double doors, large enough to sleep you, your seven friends and a pack of wild dogs. The aluminum and nylon structure with heavy-duty floor comes with a lifetime guarantee and is designed for year-round exposure.
Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern ($29.99), http://www.thermacell.com
Keep the bugs at bay with the Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern from Thermacell. More than a stylish light source, this lantern serves double duty as an insect-repellent device. The battery-powered lantern uses a butane cartridge to heat a small mat that is saturated with bug repellent, allowing the vapor to rise into the air. The vapor is safe for humans and pets but repels mosquitoes, black flies and other flying insects. The lantern heats up within minutes, providing a 15-foot area of repellency. Bring a few if you have a large campsite or deck, allowing you to be pest-free without having to spray bug spray, which is decidedly unglamorous.
Gallant & Jones Aberffraw Deck Chair ($379), http://shop.gallantandjones.com
Glamping is all about the lounging. Leave the wobbly aluminum chairs at home in favor of these wood-framed beauties from Gallant & Jones. Hand-crafted from North American white oak from Vancouver, each chair is stained with eco-friendly oil for outdoor protection. The fabric is removable, allowing for cleaning or storage in the winter months. If the stylish pattern from designer Trina Turk isn't enough to entice you, the company donates and plants a tree with each purchase.
GSI Outdoors 10-ounce Leather Wrapped Flask ($42.95) and Glacier Stainless Martini Glass ($12.95 each), http://gsioutdoors.com
You've got your tent set up and your chairs situated; it's time for a well-earned libation. The luxurious leather-wrapped flask from GSI Outdoors will carry 10 ounces of vodka from Woody Creek Distillery. The snap-on leather cap holds two stainless steel shot glasses, perfect for measuring martinis to enjoy in the Glacier Stainless Steel Martini Glasses. Sleek, elegant and unbreakable.
Restoration Hardware Cashmere Throw ($199), http://www.restorationhardware.com
A cashmere blanket needs no explanation. You want it; you need it. This throw from Restoration Hardware will add an elegant touch to your glamp. Choose a dark color such as charcoal or aubergine to hide any campfire soot that may want to follow you home. Go full-on glamp and add your monogram to the blanket.
LL Bean Men's Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas ($44.99), http://www.llbean.com
Victoria's Secret Fireside Long Jane Pajamas ($52), http://www.victoriassecret.com
We're talking classic plaid, flannel pajamas for him from LL Bean, of course. And for her, pajamas so well-suited for glamping that they bear the name Fireside Long Jane Pajamas. These cuties from Victoria's Secret even come with a matching eye patch, an obvious necessity for glamorous outdoor adventures.
Urban Outfitters ION House Party Portable Sound System & Built-In Light Show ($130), http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
You've been trying to learn the guitar since seventh grade. And perhaps someday, you will be the cool guy at the campsite strumming obscure Dylan riffs, but until that time comes, the ION House Party Portable Sound System has you covered. (See picture on this page.) Plug your phone or MP3 player into the audio input, or stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth music player. This small speaker cranks out clear sound, while the built-in light show projects from the upper dome. Colorful light patterns radiate onto your tent walls or out into the night sky. Dance party highly encouraged.
GoalZero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator ($1,399.99), http://www.goalzero.com
Between your phone, iPad, curling iron, blender and sound system, you're going to need power. Major power. Luckily the folks at GoalZero are up to the challenge. The robust Yeti 1250 Solar Generator allows you to forgo the noise and fumes of gasoline generators. You can charge your 1,200-watt generator with solar panels or home outlet or even from your vehicle, if you're in a pinch. Plug your devices into one of the three USB ports, three AC outlets or a 12-volt outlet. The roll cart with extending handle makes this 100-pound gem easy to pull onto your glamp-site.
Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts & Cookhouse ($225 per night), http://www.tennesseepass.com
The only thing more glamorous than setting up a swanky campsite is not having to set anything up at all. Skip the fuss and head directly to the Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts. These gorgeous structures recently added to the Ski Cooper area are the epitome of glamping — wilderness without sacrificing the comforts of home. The beautiful round structures are created of wood and canvas, with hardwood floors, a moon light and a wood-burning stove. A kitchenette complete with a percolator and a well-stocked selection of coffee and tea awaits. Plush linens and comforters and even down slippers are set out for your arrival. Located along the Tennessee Pass Nordic Ski trails, you'll hike the 1.3 miles to your yurt, your bags and chilled wine already waiting for you. You and your five friends will saunter over to the Cookhouse for an exquisite meal that's truly glamorous.
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