Glamour and Camping? Go Glamping!

Campers are trading hot dogs for haute cuisine in an emerging trend called glamping. A balance between glamour and camping, these excursions let glampers experience the great outdoors along with the finer things in life.

Three elements distinguish glamping from old-school camping:

1.)    Cuisine: On its luxury river trips, Idaho Rafting Outfitters Far and Away Adventures unleashes Chef Kenny Rudolph, recognized by the James Beard Foundation, to create specialties like stuffed morel mushrooms and braised free-range chicken with fennel purée and blackberry compote. Weary rafters savor their meals riverside on linen-clad tables, complete with china and candlelight.

2.)    Sanctuary: Leave the air mattress at home. Glampers who visit Linn Canyon Ranch in Teton Valley, ID can stay in luxury sleeping tents, nestled in quaint apple orchards and aspen groves. The tents feature pillow-top king and queen-sized beds that are adorned with down comforters. With rates starting at $99 per night, glampers won’t find more posh outdoor accommodations.

3.)    Experience: The true beauty of glamping is that it offers uniquely enjoyable outdoor experiences like a wine tasting and river rafting trip (Salmon River Outfitters). The Linn Canyon Ranch offers a sunset dinner ride that spoils guests with gourmet cowboy cuisine after a horseback ride around the Teton Valley (Linn Canyon Ranch). Or, glampers can lend a helping hand at Mary Jane’s Farm, a fully-functioning organic farm set in the rolling Palouse hills.

Play in the organic garden and enjoy posh outdoor ammenities at Mary Jane's Farm.

Whether glampers want to get their feet wet, enjoy gourmet cuisine in a unique setting, take a turn at horseback riding, or to spend a luxurious weekend in the soothing simplicity of nature, glamping perfectly pairs the great outdoors with life’s finer pleasures.

Groups like Far and Away Adventures offer full-service concierge services for guests who desire a fully-customized experience. The Idaho Division of Tourism also has extensive information and ideas for glamping vacations and outfitters: www.visitidaho.org.