American Glamping: Three Great Finds

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Lodge in nature without sacrificing comfort.

Treehouse Point B&B (Fall City, Washington)

Backdrop: The western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, beside the Raging River.

Best for: Couples seeking lofty hideaways and Wi-Fi–free nights.

Creature comforts: Six hand-built wooden tree houses with quilt-covered beds, large windows, and porches; a breakfast of eggs, homemade granola, breads, and fresh juice served in the main house.

Get busy: Scenic Snoqualmie Falls and surrounding hiking paths are ten minutes away.

The Hedges (Blue Mountain Lake, New York)

A lakeside porch at The Hedges (Photograph by Terry Wild Stock)
A lakeside porch at the Hedges (Photograph by Terry Wild Stock)

Backdrop: Adirondack Park, a recreation wonderland of six million acres filled with forests, lakes, and mountains.

Best for: Multigenerational families with high-energy tots and teens.

Creature comforts: Cozy family cabins, adults-only lodge rooms, and bungalows located on the shores of Blue Mountain Lake.

Get busy: Kayak, swim, canoe, fish, and cannonball off the dock; nightly bonfires with s’mores and weekly bingo are fun at any age.

Kestrel Camp (Missouri Breaks, Montana) 

Canvas yurts at Montana's Kestrel Camp (Photograph by the American Prairie Reserve)
Canvas yurts at Montana’s Kestrel Camp (Photograph by the American Prairie Reserve)

Backdrop: The American Prairie Reserve, a wildlife conservation area aiming to become the largest in the lower 48 states.

Best for: Safari buffs intrigued by America’s Serengeti, where pronghorn, bison, and prairie dogs roam.

Creature comforts: Five plush canvas yurts sport king-size beds, en suite bathrooms, and Montana-themed books.

Get busy: Naturalists guide bison-spotting expeditions.

This piece, written by Kimberley Lovato, first appeared in the June/July 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. 

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