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Luxury camping in Washington state

Have you glamped?

Pampered Wilderness offers comfort in the woods. Photo courtesy of Pampered Wilderness

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Getting back to nature on a camping adventure doesn't have to be all about bugs, smelly old sleeping bags, wonky tents and soggy bland eats. There's a new camping choice in town (and throughout the world!) that takes the "rough" out of "roughing it," and boy, does it mean it!

Welcome to "glamping," the new, modern take on camping with a glamorous twist. Glamping, simply put, is a more glamorous and comfortable way to enjoy the great outdoors without all of the pitfalls that come with traditional camping. Instead of the two-man pup tent where one sleeps on the ground, tents, yurts or treehouses come in the luxury model. Accommodations can include super stylish and comfortable sleeping arrangements, complete with fresh linens and fluffy pillows (and some tents may even boast electricity for added convenience). Camping "equipment" is high end, and in some cases, other recreational equipment and activities are at the ready (such as touring bicycles or hiking gear). Some "glampgrounds" even bring in gourmet food treats for guests (including the traditional marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolates for s'mores by the campfire).

While glamping is most likely more expensive than the traditional camping experience, it costs less than going on standard vacations that may include hotel, restaurant and other event fees. Glamping is also a great way to get a quiet, romantic getaway for couples who want to experience natural beauty, peace and quiet without having to do a lot of work, preparation or planning.

And glamping is not going away anytime soon. It's not only a phenomenon in the United States, but it extends itself to the international arena.

Lucky for us, there are glampgrounds right here in our own backyard. Here are a few nearby options to check out and explore.

Pampered Wilderness (Millersylvania State Park, Olympia/Tenino): Pampered Wilderness is located in beautiful Millersylvania State Park, just south of Olympia. Enjoy hiking, fishing, boating or just lounging in natural beauty with a good book and good conversation. Deluxe safari-style suites and luxury amenities offer guests the ultimate in relaxation. Visit to get more information about availability, accommodations, activities, policies and rates.

Three Bears Lodge (Ashford/Mt. Rainier): Explore the beauty and majesty of Mt. Rainier National Park while relaxing in luxury at one of the seven gorgeous cabins at Three Bears Lodge. High quality, attention to detail and fantastic amenities are ready for the perfect getaway for a romantic retreat or for a family looking for a great nearby vacation. Fido is even welcome, too! Check out all the options, rates, availability, rental policies and more at

TreeHouse Point (Fall City): How about luxurious glamping in a treehouse? TreeHouse Point, 30 minutes east of Seattle, has a positively glorious assortment of treehouse accommodations so that guests can enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature, high up in the boughs. Gaze at the stars from your well-appointed treehouse retreat. This great glampground offers facilities for special events as well as private yoga and massage sessions. Get rates, availability and rental requirements, including a treehouse photo gallery, at

Here are some additional resources to explore within Washington state and beyond and other glamping information:

Washington State Parks Glamping article and photos offers great tips in creating your own glamping experiences in our state parks., and These three comprehensive websites provide information about glamping destinations worldwide, glamping tips and other resources.

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