Is your idea of camping staying at a hotel without 24-hour room service? Have the kids outgrown your attempts to appease them by pitching a tent in the backyard? “Glamping,” a melding of “glamorous camping,” is a growing trend that provides a back-to-nature experience without sacrificing some modern day conveniences and luxuries that aren't usually accommodated by a traditional camping trip in the great outdoors. If you are looking for an opportunity to roast marshmallows over an open fire but not if it means you’ll have to use leaves as toilet paper, check out these great campgrounds and campsites that offer the best of both worlds.
Offering cabins and campsites with electrical and water hookups, this campground is chock full of amenities. A spring-fed pond and sandy beach offers kids a contained place to enjoy the floating water toys or play sand volleyball. Hiking trails are nearby along with paved paths perfect for bike riding. If the pond water is chilly, a heated pool ensures the swimming fun can continue. And while each campsite offers a fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs over an open flame, the S’more Snacks Shack serves up great eats for poolside dining or carryout. A weekly movie, game room and organized activities ensure your whole family will stay entertained during an extended stay or just a quick weekend.
Do you worry about bad weather impacting your camping trip? Smokey Hollow Campground has a number of accommodations and amenities that ensure you will not be left out in the rain. Gazebos, travel trailers, and even a coach bus are all unique sleeping quarters available for rent. A general store selling keepsakes as well as groceries, supplies, firewood, and snacks is open in case you run out of something or want a ready-to-eat tasty treat. If unplugging is not an option, a business center complete with wifi, a computer and faxing and copy-making capabilities will keep you connected as you mix in a little work with play. Laundry facilities round out their at-home essentials so you can return from your vacation relaxed and rejuvenated – without the chore of washing and folding a mound of laundry!
Glamping is in full swing at this campground, and you can ask for it by name! Customizable packages relocate hotel luxuries to the great outdoors. This type of tent camping removes the sleeping on the cold, hard ground portion and allows you to wake up feeling refreshed after a slumber in a full size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. When you’re ready to venture out, fishing, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are offered on-site or nearby.