The word glamping was born when some fabulous human combined the word glamorous with the word camping. Glampers sleep in beds with soft mattresses. Most glamping cabins, caravans, tepees, or yurts are situated on a wooden platform welcoming rugs covering the floor. Glamping accommodations often include electricity and sometimes even climate control. These three glamping adventures in Iowa are worth adding to your summer adventure list.
- Country Side Caravans in Chariton: Country Side Caravans is a unique glamping opportunity located just outside Red Haw State Park. The glamping units are fully supplied and climate controlled. Each unit has showers and hot water. Guests enjoy the best of both worlds here. Sit around a campfire at night, but walk or bike to Chariton for shopping during the day. Additional details and reservation information is available online.
- Moon River Cabin Resort in Bellevue: Located along the mighty Mississippi River in Bellevue, Moon River Cabin Resort offers cozy cabins. The modern cabins are equipped with electricity, air conditioning, and heating units. There are a total of four. Each cabin is furnished with a kitchenette and shower/restroom. All linens and cooking utensils are provided. Guests sleep on comfortable beds and the cabins vary in size. The smallest sleeps only two people, while the largest will accommodate up to six guests. All cabins are equipped with cable television. Browse the website for reservation information.
- Pammel State Park: A mere four miles southwest of Winterset is tranquil Pammel State Park. The park offers two 24 foot diameter yurts for rent. Each yurt sleeps eight people comfortably on two sets of bunkbeds, a sofa sleeper, and a futon. The 450 square feet of living space is climate controlled and insulated for year round comfort. The fully functional kitchen contains a refrigerator, stove, and microwave. Families or groups may eat indoors at a dining table or outdoors at a picnic table. There are no restrooms or showers inside these particular yurts, but guests must walk to the nearby campground bath house. One caveat-- visitors must furnish their own linens and cooking utensils. It's worth it. Reservation information and pictures are available online.
*Photo courtesy of Interior of a Glamping Tent by Alice Crain at Flickr’s Creative Commons