Thursday, June 14, 2012

Guide to local glamping

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM


You might be wondering: What the heck is "glamping"?

It's luxury camping and something I'm guessing the average reader of this blog cares almost nothing about. This has always been more of a used-gear backcountry crowd than one interested in, say, room tent service.

But here's something you may find interesting:, an online directory of luxury campsites, has all of eight U.S. locations listed and half are located in our neck of the woods. That makes our region the heart of haute adventures.

Here's who made the list from our area:

The Resort at Paws Up, about 30 minutes east of Missoula
Features: "This luxury camping experience features The Last Best Bed®, fine linens, art on the walls and, yes, electricity." There's a video if you want to see more.

Bar W Guest Ranch, near Whitefish
Features: "Both tents are adorned with a queen size bed, full sized futon, private porch, kitchenette and chic Western décor ... daily housekeeping services."

Yellowstone Under Canvas, West Yellowstone
Features: "14 spacious cabin-style furnished safari tents ... 4 deluxe safari tents with private bathrooms"

River Dance Lodge in Kooskia, Idaho
Features: "King-sized beds and bathing in antique iron-claw bathtubs warmed by propane."

Nightly rates for these spots run anywhere from $89 to $715, with Paws Up on the high end. So, you know, if you're still making summer plans ...

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