‘Glamping’ takes you camping in luxury

Northwest campers rarely put the words “camping” and “luxurious” in the same sentence, but the combo retreat called “glamping” does exist around here.

Pampered Wilderness at Millersylvania State Park near Tenino offers such accomodations: roomy tentlike cabins with real beds and mattresses, rocking chairs and rugs, heaters and refrigerators, and even the dog is welcome.

Wake up with fresh coffee and a continental breakfast en suite.

Take the pricetags off your new outdoors gear and head out to the park’s hiking trails or boating venues.

If indoors is more your speed, nearby Tenino has a museum, winery, antiques shops and a chocolatier.

At dinnertime, enjoy a catered meal in your sultan-style tent or grill your own on the barbecue.

The Rustic Retreat or the Safari Suite are $144.50 a night for two with a two-night minimum stay. Go to pamperedwilderness.com for more information.

The glamping experience at Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes near Roche Harbor on San Juan Island offers a few more options.

They offer the glam canvas cabins with real beds and furnishings, but no electricity. Cordless lanterns are provided.

A couple of families can occupy the duplex canvas cabins. And even more luxurious is the canvas cottage with electricity, a full bathroom and something every tent needs: a chandelier.

The retro draw here is camping in the woods in those cool silver Airstream trailers of yore.

Each has a double bed and a pull-out sofa, refrigerator, cooktop and microwave, and toilet and shower.

Prices vary depending on the number of guests and accomodations, but a two-night stay at a canvas cabin is about $448. Check them out at www.lakedale.com.

More in Life

Mark Ellinger works with fire to create unique texture and color on a float. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Glass Quest: Find clue balls to trade in for hand-blown floats

The ninth annual Great Northwest Glass Quest is on Camano Island and in Stanwood through Feb. 25.

See migrating snow geese at birding festival next weekend

The Port Susan Snow Goose Festival in Stanwood features speakers, bus tours and kids activities.

Mixer vs. maker: War for counter space is like Game of Thrones

Is there a correlation between weight gain and the small appliances we keep on our kitchen counters?

Welsh revival: Cardiff sheds rust-belt past for glossy future

Just an hour from major English destinations such as Bath and the… Continue reading

The farm-to-table concept in an easy-to-grow container garden

Through container gardening, you can grow edible plants in pots instead of the ground.

How do plants survive freezing temperatures? With genetics

Plants have evolved to tolerate the weather conditions of where they are growing.

Beer of the Week: Scrappy Punk’s Dark English Lager

The Snohomish brewery’s English-inspired lager was created by a first-time brewer.

Barnard Griffin’s award-winning rose is a wine to fall for

Looking for a bottle of vino to go with your Valentine’s Day weekend dinner? Think pink.

‘Black Panther’ builds a proud new superhero world

The movie presents a vision of what central Africa might have looked like without colonialism.

Most Read