As we approached our 10-year anniversary, we wondered how we should celebrate. Tonya and I have a shared passion for mountaineering and have taken many wilderness trips together since our first meeting in the Himalayas.
We also both travel frequently for work, so spending time together was paramount in our anniversary vacation search. And while we both love nature, we thought it was time to experience it differently.
One word kept creeping into our conversations: glamping, aka glamorous camping. At first, we just joked about it, but the more we looked into it, the more we thought we should give it a try. After all, the idea was to relax and celebrate – so why not have our camping with a side order of luxury?
From five-star tents, to treehouses, yurts and luxury cabins, glamping has gained popularity in the United States and across the globe. Websites such as glampinghub.com and glamping.com list hundreds of destinations and are dedicated to helping people find suitable locations to meet their needs. Using one of these sites, we discovered a cabin in Manzanita, Oregon, along the coast that promised rustic luxury and close proximity to both the ocean and the mountains.
And so the adventure began. After a scenic drive from Portland, we arrived at our cabin as the sun was setting on a gorgeous August night. We could hear ocean waves crashing nearby, and a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers, were waiting for us inside. From that moment, I knew this trip would be a far cry from our typical wilderness camping experiences.
The furnishings within the little cabin made us feel pampered. Instead of a tent and foam pad with a sleeping bag, we had a comfy bed situated in a cozy loft. Instead of having to melt glacial snow for hot water to cook instant pasta, we had a stove and refrigerator and excellent restaurants nearby. We could even have a hot shower at the turn of a dial. After drinking prosecco by the fire pit, we set off to bed, anticipating the days ahead.