A major trend in vacation experiences for 2015 is glamping. The word glamping originates from the word glamorous plus the word camping. The recipe for glamping combines one part hotel with one part tent. Glampers sleep in beds with nice mattresses. Most glamping cabins, caravans, tepees or yurts are set up on a wooden platform with nice rugs covering the floor. Glamping accommodations generally include electricity and climate control. Three glamping adventures in Iowa are sure to please guests.
- Country Side Caravans: Country Side Caravans, a unique glamping opportunity is located just outside Red Haw State Park. The glamping units are fully supplied and climate controlled. Each unit has showers and hot water. Guests may enjoy the best of both worlds; sit around a campfire at night, but walk to town for shopping during the day. Additional details and reservation information is available online.
- Moon River Cabin Resort: Located along the mighty Mississippi River in Bellevue, Iowa, Moon River Cabin Resort offers glamping cabins. The modern cabins are equipped with electricity, air conditioning and heating units. There are a total of four cabins. Each cabin is furnished with a kitchenette and shower/restroom. All linens and cooking utensils are provided. Guests sleep on beds with mattresses. The cabins vary in size. The smallest cabin sleeps only two people, while the largest cabin 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. Guests must walk to the nearby campground bath house. Guests must furnish own linens and cooking utensils. Reservation information and pictures are available online.
*Photo courtesy of Interior of a Glamping Tent by Alice Crain at Flickr’s Creative Commons.