Do you ever learn a new word, or concept, and then find it popping up everywhere? That was my experience with “glamping.” When my friend Robbie first told me that she was going glamping, I started to laugh. A fabulous word, definitely, but not something I had ever run across previously.
I feel I need to preface this post with the fact that I don’t really enjoy the whole camping experience. I did much of it when I was younger, and because it was a family thing I do have fond memories of it. However, I haven’t really gone camping since I was in my early teens, and I can’t say I’ve been missing it. I was the cranky five year old who looked at pit toilets with light bulbs in them and complained that if they could string in electricity, surely running water should have been a possibility. And I’m not kidding.
So, even though I took delight in the new word, I can’t say when I heard the word “tent,” that I was entirely on board with the idea. Not to be deterred, Robbie pointed me toward El Capitan Canyon Resort near Santa Barbara, and I started to re-think.
Now, while the safari tent brings to mind all sorts of decadence and Ralph Fiennes at sunset, it does still have the word tent in the description. I can appreciate the wisdom of having a four-poster bed appear in that tent, and I have a fondness for the wine and soft lighting package that might accompany it. But unless the package comes with a dashing prince and a secret shower/running water toilet room in the tent, I’m probably not signing up. However, my more adventurous friends should definitely do it and take many, many pictures because it does look pretty fabulous.
All is not lost for those of us who are not quite up to “roughing it.” The Safari Cabin Suite is calling our names: soaking tubs, lofts, full kitchens and soft beds appear to be my answer. Also, just in case you feel like you aren’t quite back to nature—the bathroom (with dual sinks) has a skylight. In my book, if you can see the sky, you are now in the great outdoors (but with heat, running water and a spa). So civilized!
Have any of you gone glamping? I want to hear stories!