It goes without saying that we are dealing with some unprecedented times here dealing with an international pandemic. And while travel is generally discouraged at this time, we’ve created this post on some places you should go when things calm down a bit (while still keeping a distance). The entire tourism industry is really hurting, so consider booking for a later date.
The South is full of incredible places to get outdoors without having to “rough” it, so these are a few of our favorite places to glamp or stay in rustic accommodations. Did we leave some out? Let us know below!
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Luxury Airstream, Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast, Crane Hill
Don’t let the B&B term fool you. In addition to the traditional suites, guests can stay at Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast‘s two furnished Airstream trailers. They have beds, showers, coffee makers, and outdoor seating with views of the lake.
Bell Tent, La Cabana, Fort Morgan
There’s no better place to stay on the beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast. La Cabana has a bell tent set on a wooden platform with full beds, air conditioning, televisions, and outdoor bathrooms. There’s also a nearby pool and beach access.
Converted Grain Silo, Seven Springs Lodge, Tuscumbia
In the Muscle Shoals town of Tuscumbia is the Rattlesnake Saloon, a famous bar and music venue in a cave. But they also have Seven Springs Lodge, a 20,000-acre property with campsites for tents and RVs, cabins, and a rental in a former grain silo.
Tiny House, Pinewood Nature Cottage, Bon Secour
The one-room Pinewood Nature Cottage near Gulf Shores has a full bed, lofted space, covered, porch, and easy access to the campsite’s bathhouse. There’s also a camp kitchen and fire pit for cooking meals. They also offer traditional tent campsites.
Safari Tents, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs
The animal rescue center in the Northwest Arkansas town of Eureka Springs is a draw in itself, providing habitat for big cats and other creatures. But Turpentine Creek also has safari tents with cozy beds, African-inspired artwork, snacks, and immediate access to the park.
Covered Wagon, Prairie Palace, Hot Springs
Prairie Palace Covered Wagon is a fun glamping option outside of Hot Springs. The wagons have two beds and bathrooms as well as access to the bathhouse and kitchen. There is a large outdoor area with hammocks, a hot tub, and fire pit.
Treetop Safari Tents, Hot Springs
You might not think of a luxurious treetop safari tent that overlooks the forest being in Hot Springs. But the stunning rental has a massive porch with a hot tub, full kitchen, and stylish bedroom with modern furnishings. And don’t miss that bathtub.
Treehouses, Shady River Getaway, Pocahontas
Set in the eastern Ozarks, Shady River Getaway has riverfront cottages and treehouses that make for the perfect escape. Rooms have full beds, kitchenettes, and seating areas. While there, you can go fishing, kayaking, or tubing as well as hiking.
Tiny Houses, Catherine’s Landing, Hot Springs
Catherine’s Landing in Hot Springs has a little bit of everything for eager glampers including tiny house cottages, yurts, and campsites for RVs and tents. Cottages come with full kitchens, lofted sleeping areas, grills for outdoor cooking, and washers and dryers.
Eco Treehouse, Coldwater Gardens, Milton
What’s better than a treehouse? An eco-friendly treehouse! Coldwater Gardens north of Pensacola is surrounded by protected land for exploring. They have tree houses, cottages, glamping, and traditional camping on their farm. Treehouses have kitchenettes and bathrooms as well as hot tubs.
Luxury Tents, Fancy Camps, Grayton Beach
Beach camping takes on a whole new meaning with Fancy Camps, a company that sets up luxury bell tents in the state park. Each has a full bed inside along with rugs, lamps, and outdoor seating. All you have to do is show up!
Luxe Teepees, Westgate River Ranch, Lake Wales
This Central Florida resort has a little bit of everything from luxury rooms to rustic accommodation. Westgate River Ranch is set on over 1,000 acres on the Kissimmee River. They have safari-style glamping tents as well as luxurious teepees with full beds. They also offer horseback riding, ziplining, and weekly rodeos.
Tiny Houses, Tiny House Siesta, Siesta Key
A short drive from Sarasota is a community of colorful tiny house vacation rentals. Tiny House Siesta allows you to experience the tiny house life without committing to it full time! They come with kitchens and bathrooms as well as outdoor space and easy beach access.
Chickee Cottages, Everglades Adventure Tours, Ochopee
The “chickee” is something only found in the Florida Everglades, named for the thatched huts on platforms above the water. They’re usually very primitive and all supplies must be brought in. Everglades Adventure Tours has chickee-style cottages with a few more amenities like screening and real beds.
The Dyrt has a great article on other places for chickee platform camping in Florida.
Looking for more even places to go glamping in Florida? Check out this post from Visit Florida.
Treehouses, Hostel in the Forest, Brunswick
It’s easy to drive past the dirt road in Brunswick, the gateway to the Golden Isles. But here you’ll find the Hostel in the Forest, a longtime retreat for those looking to get off the grid. They have tree houses, huts, and a bunkhouse. Guests are also asked to pitch in on chores and are welcomed for the vegetarian dinners.
Backcountry Lodge, Len Foote Hike Inn, Dawsonville
Accessible only via the five-mile hike from Amicalola Falls State Park, the Len Foote Hike Inn is a LEED friendly lodge that has rustic bunkrooms and includes all meals. It’s a great place to stay for day trips to Springer Mountain, the starting point of the Appalachian Trail.
Geodesic Dome, Elatse’Yi, Ellijay
There are a few fun glamping options at Elatse’Yi, a mountain retreat and a farm in Ellijay. They have Airstream trailers and bell tents, but it’s the geodesic domes that are totally unique. It allows guests to sleep under the stars in a full bed.
Wine Barrel Cabins, Unicoi State Park, Helen
It’s not all rustic and Alpine-inspired cabins. Unicoi State Park in Helen has cabins made of huge metal wine vats that are one and two bedrooms. They have full kitchens, balconies overlooking the lake, and seating areas with a television. It’s also close to the hikes within the park.
Glamping Tents, Little Raccoon Key, Jekyll Island
Located is on a reef island off the coast of Jekyll Island, this unique option offers both daytime fishing charters and overnight glamping in luxurious tents. The staff can arrange all sorts of activities like nature walks, beachfront massages, and chef dinners.
Conestoga Wagons, The Rock Ranch, The Rock
The Rock Ranch has plenty of kids to enjoy, including seasonal corn mazes, fruit and vegetable picking, ziplines, and wagon rides. But it’s the Conestoga wagons where you can spend the night that are worth the trip. They have bunk beds for everyone and easy access to bathrooms. You can even add on a hot dog package to roast over the fire.
Vintage Trailer, Camp Whitmarsh, Savannah
Savannah seems like an odd place to find glamping, but it is a great getaway. Camp Whitmarsh is a fun glamping spot in Savannah with vintage trailers. They have an outdoor bath, fire pit, kitchenette, and plenty of books and records to keep you entertained.
Teepees, KOA St. Mary’s/Jacksonville, St. Mary’s
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay before taking the ferry to Cumberland Island, the St. Mary’s/Jacksonville KOA is the perfect place. Not only do they have cabins and traditional campsites, but they also have air-conditioned teepees with televisions and real beds. You also get free breakfast and use of their pool, mini-golf course, and playground.
Tiny Houses, Getaway Chattahoochee, Suches
Getaway is just outside of Atlanta and the 21 onsite tiny houses have everything you need for a comfortable stay and are pet-friendly. Some cabins have bunk beds and all have a kitchenette and fire pit for cooking meals. There’s a full bathroom with a shower as well as a heater.
Yurts, HomeGrown HideAways, Berea
HomeGrown HideAways is like an adult playground with activities like kayaking, fishing, waterfall hikes, and shopping for local pottery. They have a little bit of everything from treehouses to yurts to Airstreams to tipis and platform camping. Their yurts come on elevated platforms as well
Wigwams, Wigwam Village Inn, Cave City
Inspired by the roadside motels of the 1950s, Wigwam Village Inn #2 has glamping with fully furnished tents. Located near Mammoth Cave and Bowling Green, the wigwams are furnished like traditional motel rooms with beds, televisions, and bathrooms.
Covered Wagons, Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort, Corbin
You might know Corbin as the home of Kentucky Fried Chicken but it’s also a place to disconnect. Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort has rustic bunkhouses and campsites as well as converted covered wagons with bunks and full beds. While here you can go rafting, ziplining, and biking.
Treehouses, Earthjoy Tree Climbing Adventures, Brooksville
Earthjoy Tree Climbing Adventures has treehouses featured on Treehouse Masters that guests can spend the night in. It’s completely furnished with coffee makers, heaters, and memory foam beds but doesn’t have cell service, so plan on disconnecting and spending the afternoon soaring through the trees.
Safari Tents, Paris Landing, Paris
No, not that Paris! Paris Landing is a glamping and camping resort near the thoroughbred farms. They rent cabins and safari-style tents that come fully furnished and have outdoor showers. While there, you can go fishing on their lake or hit up a nearby brewery.
A-Frame Cabins, Stella Plantation, Braithwaite
The lakefront A-frame cabins at Stella Plantation, a wedding venue located south of New Orleans, are the perfect getaway. Set on Paloma Lake, the cabins come with a screened-in porch, queen-sized bed, showers and restrooms, and a bonfire and grill for preparing food.
Cajun Cabins, Bayou Cabins Bed and Breakfast, Breaux Bridge
In the small town of Breaux Bridge, travelers can stay in rustic cabins on the Bayou Teche at Bayou Cabins Bed & Breakfast. The Cajun-style cottages include daily breakfast, Internet, and rustic furnishings. There’s also an unrestored 1869 house that serves as a museum as well as a cafe.
Lakefront Cabins, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
Located on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans is Fontainebleau State Park. They have lakefront cabins on stilts with multiple beds, sofas, and kitchens with all the supplies. They’re a short drive from the restaurants and shops of Mandeville.
Rustic Cabins, Horseshoe Hills Ranch, Natchitoches
The Cabins at Horseshoe Hills Ranch in Natchitoches feel like they could be tucked into the mountains, but are a short drive to the city’s attractions. The 40-acre property has six pine cabins, all outfitted with kitchens and cozy furnishings.
Alligator Tents, Louisiana Cajun Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Youngsville
Louisiana Cajun Mansion Bed and Breakfast, located south of Lafayette, has the Alligator Tent, a standard tent outfitted with funky decorations like Mardi Gras beads, alligator decor, and lights. It’s set on a platform with full beds, air conditioning, and access to the bathhouse.
Converted Silo, The Farmhouse, Corinth
Set on a farm in north Mississippi, The Farmhouse has a converted grain silo turned into accommodations. It comes with multiple beds in a lofted area, a seating area with a flat-screen television, a full kitchen, and a bathroom.
Forest Cabins, The Forest, Gloster
The Forest is one of the unique places to stay in the Homochitto National Forest, made up of private cabins. Relax on the wrap-around porch or take in the natural surroundings from the floor to ceiling windows. It’s the perfect place to disconnect.
Glamping Tents, The Aisle, Kosciusko
The Aisle is a popular wedding venue for its rustic and woodsy style. But guests can also stay in their glamping tents, which come with full beds, lamps, and air conditioning. There’s a nearby full kitchen and bathhouse as well as a fire pit and Adirondack chairs to relax in.
Treehouse, The Johnny Knight Treehouse, Mendenhall
The Johnny Knight Treehouse is a whimsical space south of Jackson. Connected by elevated walkways covered in fairy lights, the namesake Knight built it in the 1970s as his home. Today it’s available for events and rentals and has beds, a full bath, kitchen, and a flat-screen television.
Elevated Cabins, MJ Cabins, Yazoo City
Located on the Mississippi Blues Trail, the cozy MJ Cabins are on the shores of Wolf Lake. They provide opportunities to connect with nature by hiking and kayaking. Cabins come with two queen beds, a full kitchen, fire pit, and kayak rentals.
Upcountry Camp also arranges glamping and teepee tents at any location around Madison.
Geodesic Dome, Asheville Glamping, Asheville
Asheville Glamping offers another unique experience with vintage trailers, glamping tents, tipis, domes, and yurts in West Asheville. Sites also have fire pits and nearby restrooms. Their geodesic dome even has a lofted bed area and a slide to get downstairs!
Geodesic Dome, Glamping Unplugged, Boone
Asheville isn’t the only place with domes to sleep in! The college town of Boone has Glamping Unplugged, an eco-resort where the owners plant a tree for every guest. Domes have beds, a rope hammock, lights, a fan, a toilet, a stove, and a cooler. It is a primitive camping site so there isn’t running water, WiFi, or electricity.
Treetop Cabins, Jellystone Park Golden Valley, Bostic
Featuring your favorite Hanna-Barbera characters, Jellystone Park is an award-winning resort popular with families for its tent and RV campsites, glamping tents, and cottages. But the treetop cabins showcase the best scenery of the mountains. They come with full beds, televisions, detached bathroom, and outdoor kitchenette.
Yurts, Skyridge Yurts, Bryson City
Sky Ridge Yurts in Bryson City also offers “glamping” in the form of cozy Mongolian tents furnished with full beds, kitchens, bathrooms, televisions, and even WiFi. Views overlook the Nantahala Gorge, allowing you to appreciate the surroundings in comfort.
Cabins, Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach
If you’re willing to “rough it,” there’s no better location than Carolina Beach State Park, which has rustic cabins and campsites. Amenities include a bathhouse, boat ramp, laundry facilities, kayak rentals, and trails through the park.
Glamping Pods, Emberglow Resort, Mill Spring
Set between Asheville and Charlotte is Emberglow Resort, a glamping wonderland with traditional campsites, primitive treehouses, yurts, treehouses, vintage campers, and tiny houses. But the glamping pods are unlike anything else with double beds, kitchenettes, and full bathrooms. It’s convenient to Lake Lure and Chimney Lake so there’s plenty to see.
Tiny House Cabins, Blue Bear Mountain, Todd
Blue Bear Mountain is a short drive from Boone and has both traditional campsites and teepees. But their tiny house cabins have large windows to admire the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. They come equipped with a queen bed, coffee maker, and access to the bathhouse.
Luxury Treehouses, Bolt Farm, Charleston and Walhalla
The luxurious treehouses at Bolt Farm have been featured in countless publications and television shows for the stylish decor. Each one is different and comes with features like a bathtub, indoor movie theater, kitchenettes, and chandeliers. They have locations across the state including Wadmalaw Island and Walhalla.
Glamping Tents, River Island Adventures, North Myrtle Beach
From North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, adventurous types can go with River Island Adventures to a remote glamping outpost. They have queen-sized beds, decks, heaters, and propane tanks. The campus has hammocks, fire pits, lawn games, and a boat ramp.
Edisto River Treehouses, Carolina Heritage Outfitters, St. George
Accessible only by kayak, the Edisto River Treehouses are the perfect retreat between Columbia and Charleston. There are three sizes of treehouses that can hold a number of people. They come equipped with hammocks, outdoor grills, and games.
Creekwalk Tiny Homes, Travelers Rest
Located a short drive from Greenville in Travelers Rest is Creekwalk, a tiny house community. While the majority of the homes are residences, they have some vacation rentals for travelers to enjoy. They have kitchens, bathrooms, and flat-screen televisions.
Luxury Treehouses, Sulfur Ridge, Bloomington Springs
Tennessee’s first luxury treehouses are at Sulfur Ridge in Bloomington Springs, located outside of Nashville. The building is Amish built and has items like a 100-year-old piece of stained glass and jukebox. They also have vintage campers for rent.
Treehouses, Treetop Hideaways, Chattanooga
While located on the Georgia side of the state line, the treehouses are closest to the city of Chattanooga. Treetop Hideaways has treehouses with large windows overlooking Lookout Mountain and uses reclaimed materials. They offer complimentary drinks and snacks during your stay.
Tiny Cabin, Camp Grits, Cosby
Located on the quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains, Camp Grits has a rustic cabin, three vintage trailers, and a teepee. The cabin comes equipped with a wood stove, vintage furnishings, and a compost toilet. There’s also a nearby bathhouse and propane stove.
Vintage Trailers, Camp LeConte, Gatlinburg
Camp LeConte is a short drive from downtown Gatlinburg as well as the entrance to the national park. They have many ways to glamp in the Smokies including luxury treehouses, safari tents, and traditional campsites. But their trailers have fire pits, beds, and access to the playground, bathhouse, and picnic tables.
Log Cabins, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Hurricane Mills
Did you know that you can stay at the former home of country music legend Loretta Lynn? Her ranch west of Nashville has its own campground and RV park but also offers different types of cabins. They have kitchenettes, front porches, WiFi, and televisions.
Hobbit Houses, Forest Gully Farms, Santa Fe
You don’t have to go to New Zealand to experience hobbit houses. Forest Gully Farms outside of Franklin has underground homes on a 15-acre farm. The rental rate includes all three huts and access to a kitchen and bathhouse. They also offer foraging tours.
Glamping Tents, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort, Townsend
Little Arrow Outdoor Resort outside of the Great Smoky Mountains has something for every type including traditional campsites, rustic cabins, Airstream rentals, and tiny houses. But their glamping tents are popular for their cozy furnishings and access to the pool and clubhouse.
A-Frame Cottage, Montfair Resort Farm, Crozet
Set in Crozet, a short drive from both Charlottesville and Shenandoah National Park, Montfair Resort Farm is an eco-friendly resort with uniquely designed guest cottages. The 129-acre property also provides countless opportunities for outdoors lovers.
Converted Cabooses, Grassy Creek Cabooses & Depot, Fancy Gap
Grassy Creek Cabooses & Depot have converted train cars to spend the night in right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Inside are private bedrooms and bathrooms with kitchenettes, televisions, and a porch for outdoor seating to enjoy the Southwest Virginia views.
Luxury Teepees, Sandy River Outdoor Adventures, Rice
Sandy River is a popular retreat for families and groups for its ziplines, ropes courses, and offbeat accommodations west of Richmond. They have luxury tipis with different styles but all include air conditioning, full bathrooms, kitchenettes, and real beds.
Tiny Houses, Getaway Shenandoah, Stanardsville
Like with the location outside Atlanta, Getaway Shenandoah is a popular retreat from the bustle of Washington DC. Located near Shenandoah National Park, the tiny homes are a short drive from some of the state’s best wineries.
Vintage Camper, The Bunny Box, Virginia Beach
Enjoy a stay at The Bunny Box, a vintage trailer set up in First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. It comes equipped with a mini-fridge, kitchenette, flat-screen television, and whimsical furnishings. It’s parked near the park’s bathhouse.
Looking for more places to go glamping in Virginia? Check out this article on Savor VA.
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