How to Get a Job at Disney World

Have you ever dreamed of being a part of the wonderful magic of Disney? You grew up loving the classic Walt Disney movies and shamelessly sing-along to all your favorite songs. You know the Disney parks and how to get all of the fast passes, but there’s something more. You care for the tradition and joy it brings to families all across the globe. Getting a job at Walt Disney World does not have to be a dream. With 27,000 acres of space, including theme parks, Disney Springs, Disney Waterparks and dozens of Disney resorts there are a number of job opportunities waiting. No wonder it’s called Disney “World!” Below we’re going to take a look at the kinds of jobs available at Disney world and some routes towards landing those jobs.

Becoming a Cast Member

The first step to getting cast in anything is understanding the character. At Walt Disney World, you’re always “on stage” no matter if you’re sweeping streets, driving a monorail, or actually on a physical stage so let’s talk about getting into character. First of all when it comes to physical appearance Disney uses a common professional dress policy- no visible tattoos and limited facial hair. So unless you’re playing King Triton or Hercules, chances are you’re going to need a bear trim. Sorry! You need to smile. This is the happiest place on Earth, right? Be prepared to stay positive with a smile on your face even in the heat and even when you’re surrounded by say 20,000 people. Many positions are outside without shade and well… though it’s Disney World they have yet to figure out how to air condition Florida. For some heat can be a major turn off and something to consider when starting your job search. Be prepared to get dressed up. For many people this is part of the fun, but not all of the costumes are famous Characters. If this doesn’t deter you from staying positive, then great, you’re ready to move on. Just keep this in mind- when you’re “on the clock” at Disney it’s more like being “on stage” after a director has called for action. But, if you’re like me, then a little theatrics in work is much more fun than the monotony of a desk job. For more insights of what it takes to be a cast memeber try this great piece by Disney Fanatic .

Disney Auditions

Many people who work at Disney World don’t just apply to work at Disney World, they audition. You could be any of the following type of performer:

  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Musician
  • Disney Character
  • Stunt Performer
  • Band or Variety Act

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Singers should prepares two 16-bar contrasting excerpts and practice being the character the song portrays. Actors must prepare a one-minute comedic monologue and be comfortable improvising and reading lines on the spot. Dancers will be required to offer a wide-range of skills specific to desired roles. Musicians must have three excerpts prepared all contrasting. For those looking to perform as a costumed character in one of the Disney World Theme parks or restaurants be sure you show plenty of attitude as this is a non vocal physical role. It is advised that you show up at least 15 minutes in advance of your audition and be sure to bring your resume and headshot

In addition to performance roles, technical stage careers are also “cast.”

  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Services
  • Costuming
  • Scenic Design & Fabrication
  • Show Support Services
  • Pyrotechnics (Fireworks)
  • Creative Development

Becoming an Imagineer

Crafting the Disney magic is no small feat. There are a team of “imagineers” behind the scenes who work on the concept and design of almost everything we think of as uniquely Disney. Landing a job as an Imagineer is not at all easy. There are always few positions and thousands of applicants, but we think that working your way up through internship is a good route forward and here’s why: Disney functions, like so many large established companies, on seniority. The longer you are employed by Disney the more likely you are to start asking for weekends off, get improved benefits and have the ability to trade out during special holidays and religious celebrations. We noticed upon searching for Walt Disney Imagineering Jobs that there were a higher number of positions that start as internships. Show more than you’re expecting to show in an internship role and you may just be on your way towards a long-term position. Continue to innovate your skills and don’t be afraid to take on a side job in the hospitality sector to get your foot in the door. Hone your skills with a hospitality management certificate. If you are serious about heading into the Arts side of imagineering, a degree from CalArts is almost an essential. Many of the animators through Pixar got trained through the California Institute of the Arts which was initially started by Walt Disney himself. For an inspiring story of how Don Carson got his start as an imagineer listen to this episode of Inside the Magic Podcast.

Imagineers are:

  • Innovative
  • Great Artists
  • Solid Communicators
  • Versatile
  • Creative
  • Engineers
  • Prolific
  • Patient
  • Disney-lovers

While Imagineering is one of the most difficult positions to land for Disney, there are a number of positions that are easier to snag and come with great sign on bonus. You could drive a bus, work in housekeeping, do the Disney Swoop and help clean up, sell tickets, or join the security staff.

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Become Your Own Hotel: What is Airbnb and How Does it work?

Founded in 2009, Airbnb has become one of the most successful startups of the past decade, with 20 offices worldwide, 3 million lodging listings, $3 billion in VC funding, and a $31 billion valuation. Not bad for a company that began on an air mattress.

Of course, the biggest reason for Airbnb’s success is its beautifully simple premise: give guests an alternative to traditional hospitality options, like hotels or resorts, and give hosts the ability to rent out available rooms, floors, or whole units. Guests enjoy a more personal and affordable experience; hosts earn income on wasted or vacant space (generally speaking). Pundits have labeled this transaction type the sharing economy—think of similar companies like Uber and Lyft-though there’s a debate if that’s an accurate name or coherent category.

Regardless, Airbnb is here to stay and will continue to disrupt the hospitality industry.

Setting Up an Airbnb Account

Setting up an Airbnb account is easy and free:

  • Provide an email address, or connect through Facebook, Google Plus, etc.
  • Upload a profile picture
  • Verify your identity

Listing Your Airbnb

Now comes the harder (but fun, important) part.

First, pricing. Of course, you’re free to set whatever price you’d like, but in all likelihood you will want to determine the market rate, taking into account neighborhood, square feet, amenities, etc. From there, it’s important to remember your operating costs: depending on the type of Airbnb you run (see below), your utility bills may be higher, plus you need to cover taxes, cleaning fees, and Airbnb’s 3% processing fee. (Granted, it’s probable that these costs are already incorporated into the market rate, but nonetheless….)

Besides the price – and, later on, reviews – the best way to attract potential guests is the page itself. You’ll be prompted to fill out some information: for instance, will you be staying at the residence, or will guests have the space to themselves? For the description, be sure to use clear and concise copy, include specs and amenities, and then emphasize what distinguishes your Airbnb from the rest. If the space is in an urban setting, highlight relevant attractions: bars, restaurants, museums, entertain venues, and more. Have a rural space? Be sure to mention nearby scenic attractions and outdoor activities. And don’t forget pictures! Preferably high-quality ones: Airbnb guests will judge a property by its cover, and depending on your location, the company will actually send a professional photographer to take pictures. Once the page is set, feel free to cross-promote via social media and your own website.

But before we get too carried away, let’s review an important question.

What Kind of Airbnb Do You Want to Run?

Not all Airbnb’s are created equal – on purpose. Different hosts have different backgrounds, living situations, income goals, and general objectives, just like different guests have different tastes and needs: from the cozy weekend getaway to the urban bachelor(ette) pad. In other words, before you become an Airbnb host, you need to decide what type of host you want to be. While there’s no real limit – and Airbnb’s platform allows you to adjust as necessary – here’s a few helpful host types to get you started.

  • The Weekender: Though by no means exclusive to one segment of the week, The Weekender-type host is the most relaxed, casual, and off-the-cuff Airbnb-er. Maybe you’ve got a spare room you want to rent out every now and then, or maybe you’re simply not around that often and want to subsidize a portion of your rent (otherwise spent on unoccupied space). This kind of low-commitment approach won’t turn you into a hospitality magnate, but that’s not really your goal. You’ve got other (more pressing) responsibilities. The Weekender Airbnb host simply wants to make some spare change on the side. Some might call it a side hustle, but even that’s a stretch. A little more like receiving an allowance for occasional chores, or repeated birthday checks from a forgetful grandparent. Either way, the deposits add up. (Final note: if you’re new to hosting an Airbnb, you might try this route first.)
  • The Moonlighter: The Moonlighter veers much closer to the “side hustle” category. Hospitality still isn’t your main line of work, but you host enough Airbnb guests to be considered a seasoned amateur, and you’re earning a solid secondary revenue stream. It might not match your monthly salary, but it covers rent – and maybe groceries – and then again, maybe it does match your monthly salary. (Like we said, Airbnb hosts come from a variety of professional backgrounds.) The Moonlight Airbnb host knows how to find, prepare for, and entertain guests, and they also have the means (read: space) to do it. You’ve got multiple spare rooms; or a convenient private quarter with a kitchen(ette), bathroom, and living room; or you’ve got an entire available floor or guest house. This isn’t quite a second full-time job, but as the name implies, the Moonlighter is giving the hospitality biz a run for its money – and making a living, to boot.
  • The Professional: The Professional might not be a “professional” in the traditional sense, but there’s nothing traditional about Airbnb in the first place. And while it’s perfectly possible to maintain another job, for many in this category, Airbnb hosting is the full-time gig. That means ample space and potentially multiple properties. It also means serious experience. Even if you’ve got enough space, time, and ostensible know-how from the start, it will be much better to work your way up to this level, both for your sake and your guests’. Because no matter how nice an Airbnb is, the host is the linchpin – the same as any hotel, resort, or other hospitality establishment. (Though the service and delivery of service may have changed, many of the expectations remain the same.) Having said that, once you do become a Professional Airbnb host, the upside is substantial. There’s plenty of money to made – some make six-figures – and, depending on the circumstances, could be less risky and more lucrative than operating as a landlord.

How To Furnish Your Airbnb

Furnishing your Airbnb is an essential part of the host’s responsibility – and where you need to think most like a hospitality professional. For instance, you might not personally ever use a hair dryer, ironing board, or coffee maker, but many of your guests will expect these accessories (the same ones found in any hotel room). Likewise with entertainment options: a TV should be available with at least a basic cable package, on-demand options, and access to Netflix, Hulu, and other popular streaming platforms. A comfortable bed is a surefire way to land a good review, and don’t forget to decorate the space where appropriate.

Obviously not every Airbnb needs to have high-end amenities, but the price should reflect the overall offerings. Even on lower-budget rentals, it’s better to exceed expectations than fall short. If you live in the same space you rent, additional furnishing may be redundant (or may not). The point is to provide lived-in aesthetic. Yes, Airbnb is popular among guests for its affordability, but the host is also offering an experience. Motels are affordable, too. The key is in the name: “bed and breakfast” means personal, comfortable, and authentic. Don’t forget that the hospitality industry is closely tied to the service industry.

How To Protect Your Airbnb

As Airbnb hosts need to look after their guests, they also need to look after their guests. Fortunately, plenty of options are available. The company offers Airbnb hosts a guarantee of up to $1 million in insurance coverage in 29 countries, including the US, UK, and Canada. US hosts also receive liability insurance up to to $1 million per case. Still, it’s wise to have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to be safe, and Airbnb generally doesn’t cover for theft. Reach out directly to your current provider to tailor the best plan.

Most hosts also include a security deposit up front. Given its pro forma status, a deposit shouldn’t deter potential guests, but again, that’s up to the host. (Frankly, if a guest is worried about a security deposit, the host should be worried about the guest.)

Cleaning service fees are commonly included in the rental cost, as well.

Paying Taxes and Staying Legal

The two best ways to ensure your Airbnb stays open are to pay your taxes and run a legal operation.

Airbnb makes taxes relatively straightforward. At the end of the year, hosts receive a 1099 form to file with their federal income taxes. And remember: because your Airbnb is a business, you may be entitled to self-employment deductibles like business expenses for cleaning fees, insurance, and/or a home office deductible. Just be sure to keep and organize your receipts. Many major cities have also updated policies to levy local taxes on your Airbnb, which essentially treats it like a hotel or other hospitality space. If you’re in a large metropolitan area, keep this mind.

Also of note in large cities: legality. Local governments are increasingly enforcing stricter rules and regulations on Airbnb properties – particularly those in which the owner doesn’t maintain residence – and Airbnb hosts need to be cognizant of these changes. (It wouldn’t hurt to study up on why these rules are being enforced, either.) Further, if you do not have full control over the property you want to rent – i.e., you answer to a landlord, co-op, or homeowners’ associate – you will need to get permission. Yes, the early days of Airbnb feature stories of renter hosts duping landlords, but Airbnb is no longer a secret. You’ll eventually get caught, and for as great as Airbnb is, it’s not worth risking your lease.

Basic Airbnb Maintenance and Upkeep

One final word and reminder. Ever Airbnb property needs accessible emergency materials, including but not limited to: a first aid kit, functioning smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, functioning fire extinguisher, clearly marked fire escape route, emergency contact info, and directions to the nearest hospital.

Make sure guests keep your neighbors in mind and notify them of any building rules (smoking, parking, pets, etc.)

Hosting an Airbnb can be a great way to pocket spare cash, earn a steady supplementary income, or start a six-figure hospitality business. One thing it’s not is easy, but the above guidelines are good start to setting up your Airbnb project.

20 Great Dude Ranches Across America

The hustle and bustle of everyday life are starting to become pretty unnatural. Though we live in the 21st century, humanity has only subsided with what we now call creature comforts for about 100 years. Why even going home, the modern American has to learn to unwind with the unnatural dings, buzzes, and blairs of the phones and TV. It’s time to press pause and unplug. Chances are, if you’re reading this you feel it. What is it? That pull to head back to nature and sync up with your natural rhythms- a chance to connect with animals, and breath in fresh air- a place where the only sounds you hear are the clacking of horse hooves, birdsong, and flowing streams. Maybe you and the family are looking to change scenery and take on a more wholesome approach to your next vacation. Or maybe you and your partner get out everywhere and are looking for new places to go equitrekking across fields, hills, and mountains. We took a look around for the best dude ranches in America, and though we noticed that naturally there were more to select from out West, there was something for everyone in most regions of the United States. We decided to cast a wider net and look at guest ranches and dude ranches that span the nation with unique amenities, activities, and one single-thing that unifies them all: re-connection with the wilderness. Whatever your reason for trying to find a beautiful ranch to call your own, there’s something for all sorts of adventurers below.

2E Twin Elm Guest Ranch- Texas

Founded in 1939, this 230-acre ranch is one of the oldest in the Hill County of Bandera, Texas and the perfect place to switch off and escape the demands of everyday life. There are no phones and no TVs here! Twin Elm accommodates all sorts of travelers whether camping along the Medina River or those toting their own caravan and horses, all are welcome. Just be sure to have your up-to-date Coggins on each horse before arrival. Novices and advanced riders alike are welcome to come ride- and your instructors are some of the best champion rodeo riders in the country. Speaking of Rodeo, you’ll have an opportunity to see one every Friday night, so we recommend a long weekend! If you’re tuckered out, take a hayride, kick back on an inner tube, or cuddle up by the campfire. The nearby town is known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” and a true rancher’s town with dance halls, saloons, and local Western bands. If that weren’t enough, Twin Elm is also family-friendly and accommodates large parties and special occasions to boot!

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  • Nearest Town: Bandera, Texas

Vee Bar Guest Ranch- Wyoming

Vee Bar Guest Ranch is a family run ranch that makes the perfect getaway for groups, families, and couples. Here you’ll experience first-hand what it’s like to herd cattle, work with horses, photograph the great outdoors and more. If you’re all done horsing around, no worries! Vee Bar offers hiking, fishing, tubing, and camping. In the wintertime you can ski, cross countyr ski, go sledding, or snow shoeing. You’ll love the workshop experiences including the ever-popular adult week- a great opportunity to meet and greet like-minded adults who just like you are looking for the great escape. The kids are welcome too and consider taking a trek out to Vee Bar in the Summer between June and August- a popular time of year to host a family reunion. At the end of the night find your own way to unwind either in the hot tub or John Wayne Saloon where you’ll find games and a fully stocked bar.

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  • Nearest Town: Centennial; Laramie

Alisal Guest Ranch and Spa- California

Located in California’s famous Santa Ynez Valley is the 10,000 acre ranch and spa that will leave you feeling awe-inspired and genuinely renewed. This ranch and spa is a match made in California heaven combining the raw and rich outdoors with a lush and lulling relaxing spa experience. Outside you’ll experience well over 50 miles of riding trails, a spring-fed lake for fishing, as well as an 18-hole championship golf course. Moments away you’ll discover over 75 new world vineyards and wineries and an old-world Danish village known as Solvang. Check out their vintage motorcycle museum and the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, unwind with a game of tennis, take a dip in Alisal Lake, or let the kids try their hand at caring for horses, archery, and the simplicity of slinging a lasso. Finish off your stay with the “Cowboy Cure” a 60 minute body scrub massage, and restorative treatment.

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  • Nearest Town: Solvang

Cherokee Park Ranch – Colorado

Cherokee Park Ranch is an all-inclusive dude ranch that has welcomed multiple generations of guests since 1886. Here you’ll probably run into a few return customers as the vast majority have enjoyed this Rocky Mountain ranch for decades. If you’re looking for an unforgettable all inclusive experience for yourself or your family, this is it. Chefs use locally sourced ingredients, the pond is loaded up with Rainbow Trout, and children aged 2-5 are welcome to take a pony ride. Like in all dude ranches this is a horseback riders, dream. Here you are welcome to ride under a canvas canopy or the canopy of the stars. Ready to say “whoa”? Try hiking, mountain biking, swimming, skeet shooting and tubing. When it’s time to hit the hey there’s plenty to choose from including 1-3 bedroom cabins all with their own unique theme. This all inclusive vacation dude ranch is the place to go for the next generation’s much-needed digital detox.

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  • Nearest Town: Livermore, Fort Collins

Los Pinos Guest Ranch- New Mexico

Does your heart pine for a real taste of the wilderness? Get lost in the Pecos High Country of New Mexico about an hour Northeast of Santa Fe. Free from worry and care nestled in Elk Mountain you’ll find Los Pinos Guest Ranch. Back in the wilderness you’re free to hike, take guided horseback rides, or just breathe in the fresh air. Coniferous forests and aspen groves are you backdrop in what is known as the Santa Fe National Forest. The Pecos National Historic park is just 25 miles away down the Pecos river. Other nearby national parks and monuments include Aztec Ruins, the Carlsbad Caverns, and Pecos Pueblo National HIstorical Park. At night time you’ll feel right at home and can sit for a spell on the rustic front porch- a great place to gather or simply muse. At night round up the group and head fireside when things start to cool off. Plan your trip in the early Springtime to get a peek at the native wildflowers. A stay at Los Pinos is like staying with family.

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  • Nearest Town: Cowles; Santa Fe

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch- Montana

If a stay at a dude ranch moments from Yellowstone National Park in Paradise Valley doesn’t sound like… well, Paradise, then we don’t know what does. Mountain Sky Guest Ranch is a great place to land for all levels of riding styles and abilities. And with over 10,000 acres to explore you may never leave the saddle during your stay here. That being said,this all-inclusive dude ranch has something for all types of outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of physical exercise. Round out your experience with a yoga class, golfing, clay shooting, fly-fishing, or a tour of Yellowstone. You won’t head home sore, either as Mountain Sky Guest Ranch features a Wellness Center were you can grab a massage or try out an afternoon aqua stretch class. When it’s times to eat you’ll be really looking forward to it, and luck you- Mountain Sky has a number of gourmet chefs who are ready to serve you their signature dishes and accommodate any dietary requirements.

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  • Nearest Town: Emigrant, Big Sky

Clear Creek Guest Ranch- Burnsville, NC

Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest is Clear Creek Ranch. Pisgah is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. And though when you think “dude ranch” you may think of points West, Clear Creek has everything you would find on a typical ranch and more. The scenery is breathtaking and certainly one of the major perks of this affordable dude ranch location. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains you’ll never want to leave the saddle. If horseback riding is not for you of course hiking, biking, and golf are also part of the package. Accommodation is versatile and among our most affordable picks. Guests may stay for as few as 2 nights or take on a longer stay for a week or more. Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Now is your chance. When you’re ready to unwind with a brew, try Asheville or Black Mountain- both have great spots to find their renowned local beers, restaurants and more.

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  • Nearest Town:Burnsville, Black Mountain, Asheville

Mayan Dude Ranch- Texas

Enjoy a “cowboy’s” breakfast. Stay in a Western style lodge. Take some time to work out the steps to a few barn dances, and soak in the scenery. Mayan Dude Ranch is a great family getaway and is here when you are ready to press pause on the face-pace tech-centric life and get out to wholesome nature. This is a great place to take the whole family and only a short ways a way from some dinosaur tracks- who doesn’t want to see those? Barbeque, Mexican fiestas, and steak are always on the menu and they boast the “best sweet and sour ribs”- you’ll just have to try them and see for yourself. If line dancing and horseback riding don’t fill the time, then why not jump on a hayride, try your hand at some roping, take a dip in their outdoor pool or have a sing-a-long by the bonfire? This is a true cowboy’s or cowgirl’s retreat. Be sure to check their nightly schedule so you can plan your evening activity accordingly.

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  • Nearest Town:Bandera

Tanque Verde Ranch- Tucson, Arizona

Tanque Verde Ranch is like a resort for folks who love a guest ranch. This all-inclusive dude ranch is a great place to hit the trails or simply take in the scenery. This is a family-friendly resort and babysitting is available on the premise if you’re ever looking for a day without the kids. All stages of riding experience welcome- from first timers to life longers and riding instruction is available. And the type of riding activities are endless including overnight trips, hunting trips, nature rides, mountain ride, cattle drive and more. After a few days in the saddle, we highly recommend you give canoeing, rock climbing, river rafting, and western dancing a try. You can even take day trip to local historic sites, national parks, or nearby champion golf courses. Do you really just want to take things slow? No sweat! The art of relaxation is centric to Tanque Verde where you can head out with friends and simply observe nature, and swing in a hammock. If there are more knots in your back than in your rope, relax in La Sorona Spa and let the massage therapist help you get untangled.

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  • Nearest Town: Tucson

Western Pleasure Ranch- Idaho

It is all in the name at Western Pleasure Ranch in Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint is located along the majestic Lake Pend Oreille and is a magical location for a romantic retreat or family vacation. If you do bring the kids, the children’s camp program is fantastic and teachers kids 8-18 all about the love and care required for a horse as well as equipment care. This family-run ranch excels at passing down the traditions of running a ranch. In the Summertime, the Youth Horsemanship program runs like a camp and is a week in length and culminates with a horseshow. Lodging is available in either their handcrafted log cabins or in one of the lodge’s guest rooms. If you need a break from reins spend the day shopping or take a dinner cruise on Lake Pend Orielle. It may come as no surprise that fishing, canoeing and rafting are all popular activities available just around the riverbend. In the wintertime, enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, skiing and more. A great adventure awaits no matter what time of year at Western Pleasure Ranch in Idaho.

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  • Nearest Town: Sandpoint

Drowsy Water Ranch- Colorado

Drowsy Water Ranch keeps you on your toes Western dancing or sweeps you off your feet with their many horseback riding programs. There’s something for all ages- including infants and young children. This is a great family ranch. Horseback riding excursions are suitable for the beginner or individual who has rode their whole life. This is truly an all-inclusive place for you to either saddle up and dive into all of the ranch activities or simply take in the magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains. This dude ranch has a zip line course, areas for mountain biking, nearby golf, hiking, and more. If you are taking an extended stay in the Winter, Drowsy Water is a short bus to a number of nearby accommodating ski lodges including Breckenridge, and Eldora. At the end of the day you will love the cozy lodge and accomodations decorated with all of the Southwestern trimmings. You’ll never want to leave Drowsy Water Ranch.

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  • Nearest Town: Granby

C Lazy U Ranch- Colorado

Are you a city slicker ready to unplug and break free from the hustle and bustle of city life? Perhaps you’re the type who has always been called “the horse whisperer.” Doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your background is, C Lazy U is the perfect all-inclusive guest ranch getaway for the adventurer in us all. No matter what time of year you’re ready, C Lazy U has something spectacular waiting for you. If you decide to make the trip in Winter, you are only a bus ride away from nearby ski lodges, hills for sledding or snow tubing not to mention a thrilling ride on a snowmobile. Wanna stay close to the ranch? C Lazy U has private snowcast skiing as well. If you’re ready to get back in the the saddle, there’s a 200 horse headcount and the trails winding through the Rocky Mountains are breathtaking. Has it been awhile since you were up on a horse? No matter! There’s something for beginning to advanced riders. Other activities include mountain biking, trap shooting, archery, tennis, hiking, and spa treatment. Expect to make this vacation one you’ll enjoy again and again.

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  • Nearest Town: Granby; Boulder

Eaton’s Ranch- Wyoming

This family-owned and operated ranch located in Northern Wyoming just off the border of Montana is the perfect place to head for a wholesome family vacation. Couples and small groups are always welcome, of course! Lodging is extensive and varied and will accommodate large parties. When at the ranch you can trail ride twice daily or take an all day ride and explore the nearby Bighorn National Forest. If you’re ready to jump out of the saddle, you could spend the day soaking up the sun in the swimming pool or head over to Wolf Creek to catch rainbows, and largemouth bass. The kids will love to try their hand at archery, and roping and the whole family can join in for their barbeques, dances, and dude ranch games. If you just need a day to unwind- take the morning to go bird watching and spend your afternoon in the hottub. The evenings are great for campfires, fine dining, or cocktail hour. There’s something for all ages at Eaton’s Ranch.

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  • Nearest Town: Wolf; Sheridan; Bozeman

The Ranch at Rock Creek- Montana

Learn how to be a real ranch hand. Take a trip cross-country on skis. Try your hand at archery. Or just grab a fishing pole and sit and listen to the sounds of nature. All sounds pretty great, right? Chances are you’re here to escape the hustle and bustle and get back to nature. The Ranch at Rock Creek is an all-inclusive resort-like dude ranch that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. No matter what the season, there’s a corresponding activity that you will either have done your whole life or have never tried before. No matter what you’re level of experience all are welcome- and don’t forget to bring the kids. The children can learn how to geocache, lasso a steer, fish, hike and more. If you like shooting sports, not only are trap and clay shooting available but you can spend your afternoon down at the range if you please. Want to dig a little deeper into nature? Try one of Rock Creek’s courses that include nature photography as well as their “Master Naturalist” class. You’ll leave wanting to come straight back, and who knows- after a week on the Ranch you just might never leave.

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  • Nearest Town:Philipsburg; Missoula

Triple J Wilderness Ranch- Montana

When it comes to a dude ranch vacation, Triple J is classic! Learn from a real Wrangler how to tend to the ranch. Kids learn how to throw a rope, and everybody rides! The frontiersman or woman inside of you comes to life just south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation overlooking the Flathead National Forest. After fishing, hiking, and riding chances are you’re going to be ready to eat, and Triple J serves up hearty and wholesome Western-style cuisine made with fresh local produce. Special diets are readily accommodated. Finish up your day with one more ride, float in the lake or soak your sore muscles in the hot tub and watch the sun go down. When you’re ready to call it a day, the cozy cabins are waiting fully equipped with mini fridge, coffee , tea, and grand views. This is a vacation that you won’t soon forget.

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  • Nearest Town: Augusta

Southern Cross Guest Ranch- Georgia

Who says you have to head West to get the western feel? In the heartland of Georgia between the Hard Labor Creek State Park and the Oconee National Forest lies Southern Cross Guest Ranch- a hidden gem of the South. If you’re from farther away, this guest ranch is also convenient to the Atlanta Airport. This dude ranch is perfect for the active or relaxed individual or family, and it doesn’t matter if you are an expert rider or a beginner- Southern Cross accommodates everyone. Year round, the ranch offers unguided riding opportunities on its pastures and trails and is well known for amazing home cooked food. As a working horse farm, guests visiting in the spring/summer will have the opportunity enjoy the new foals. Don’t feel like horseback riding? No problem! You can spend your day hiking, biking, gaming, or napping! Additionally, Southern Cross allows non-staying guests to come and ride, but be sure to book a reservation. Popular day trips include activities like golfing, kayaking, or shopping. This is a truly accommodating dude ranch that won’t break the bank.

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  • Nearest Town:Madison; Atlanta

Shangrila Guest Ranch- Virginia

Shangrila Guest Ranch is located in Southern Virginia right near the border of North Carolina. This is a family-oriented dude ranch with a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone including singles, couples and families are welcome to come and ride or not ride and nobody will be lacking for things to do!. The children will enjoy learning all about the ins and outs of the guest ranch and are also welcome to meet the chickens and gather eggs. Games are popular after a day of horseback riding and include Badminton and Volleyball. If you’d rather stay off the saddle, you may enjoy the hiking and walking trails, fishing or simply sitting in the rocking chair listening to the sounds of nature. Need some time “just us girls?” Shangrila Guest Ranch offers Cowgirl Retreats twice per year. Be sure to check their homepage for more details. At the end of a long day get cozy by a campfire and then when lights are truly out, you’ll be all tucked in in the private cabins.

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  • Nearest Town: South Boston

Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm- Vermont

The Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm is one of the few places in the Northeast where you can go and enjoy similar activities to that of a dude ranch. We selected this horse farm for the amazing breed of horses available- the Icelandic Horse, and you can ride them all year round. You’ll tour the forests, mountains,and meadows with your horse who you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about. Day, two-day, and six-day treks are available if you’re feeling particularly adventurous! Lodging takes place in the Mad River Inn- an 1860’s victorian era Bed and Breakfast fully restored and a great quaint spot to take your riding boots off and just relax. In the Wintertime why not take a day trip to either Sugarbush or Mad RIver Glen ski areas? Or you can take a day trip down to Burlington for hiking and shopping. If you fall in love with your horse, the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm even offers some for purchase and will help you every step of the way. For a home away from home style vacation, try Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm.

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  • Nearest Town: Waitsfield

Vermejo Park Ranch- New Mexico

With nearly 600,000 acres of privately owned exquisite land, you are in for the royal treatment at Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico. With privately owned land you often find that the land is perfectly preserved which means you could spot bison, elk, pronghorn and more during your stay. This property is the size of some national parks which makes for endless opportunities for exploration. You could hike through rugged mountain terrain, ride horses through canyons, or spend the whole day taking pictures of the local wildlife. There are 17 fishable lakes and over 30 streams- making this every fisherman’s dream location. Other amenities include spa services, fine dining, and lessons on photography. At the end of the day why not gather around a campfire under an endless canopy of stars to share your day’s experiences with friends and family. After a vacation at Vermejo Park Ranch, chances are you’ll be ready to book your next one.

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  • Nearest Town: Raton

Dunton Hot Springs- Colorado

Are you looking to have it all this vacation? Dunton Hot Springs offers a variety of vacation packages from ranching to hot springs, to ski vacations and more. This is not your typical cookie cutter dude ranch, this is more of a choose-your-own adventure. There are 13 cabins from which to choose all cozy no matter what time of year. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall you can carve your way across nine miles of gentle or rugged mountain rides on the West Fork of the Rockies. Love fishing? Great! Fly fishing is at its finest here on the Dolores River. If you would rather do you work off the saddle and on dry land why not try a day of mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking in the San Juans. For a bit of a thrill, Dunton Hot Spring also offers white water rafting excursions and more. There’s so much ancient history just waiting to be discovered and archaeological day tours are available with an appointment. This is truly a place to unleash your inner-adventurer.

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  • Nearest Town:Dolores

A Guide to the Most Valuable Hospitality Management Certificates and Certifications

As with many fields, certificates and professional certifications can be some of the most time and money effective ways to fast track your career. Hospitality management is no different. There are a variety of different certificate and certification types that can both enhance your skills and lead to automatic raises in some corporations. First, let’s make the distinction between certificate and certification. Typically, certificate programs are offered by universities or online course platforms that show that a student has successfully completed a small grouping of courses. Certificate programs can occur at the high school through master’s levels and often require a student to take several for-credit courses. On the other hand, professional certifications often rely on some combination of on-the-job learning, experience, and preparatory work and are granted by professional organizations after an applicant successfully pasts a test. Some professional certifications are also paired with the taking of a course at the end of which the student takes a test to obtain their certification. There are pros and cons to both, and where certificate programs will definitely be the best choice for some hospitality workers, certifications will work better for others. With that said, both can successfully increase vocational skills and lead to greater opportunities and rewards in your work life.

Let’s check out some of the most common professional certifications and certificate programs for hospitality-related fields below. If you’re looking to skip ahead, we have two general sections we’re going to cover in this guide:

  • Certificate Courses from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • And for-credit certificate programs at the associates through graduate levels

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) Certificate Courses

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute is one of the longest running (it was founded in 1953) and most prestigious professional organizations for hospitality management continuing education. They offer a wide range of certification programs for those working in the following facets of hospitality and lodging:

  • The front office
  • Revenue Management
  • Food & Beverage
  • Housekeeping
  • Maintenance
  • Security
  • Human Resources
  • Sales


For most disciplines, their courses of study spans multiple seniority levels from front line through executive positions. Each certificate has work experience requirements as well as testing requirements. Certifications last for five years, in which some recipients elect to re-certify at the same level while others may elect to pursue more senior certifications. Free online courses and continuing education credits may be used towards re-certification. Most certification programs are offered through institutions of higher learning or specific large corporations. The three most general certification programs are listed below from lowest to highest seniority levels.

Certified Guest Services Professional

Certified Guest Services Professionals have exhibited academic and work experience showing their ability to effectively engage and connect with guests in a way that goes above and beyond their call to duty. This certification is known as the highest award for guest service attainable today. Three training options are available in this certification including a “making connections” track, a “golden opportunities” track, and a “tourism” track. Each track requires seven competency areas to be displayed for successful completion of the certification. Students may study for the certification through a variety of tracks including self-study online, through group training, and through select academic institutions. A further benefit to your place of employment comes through the fact that hospitality properties may apply to be designated Certified Guest Service Property or Certified Guest Service Partner properties once all guest services employees have obtained this certification. Only 291 properties in the world have obtained this coveted status. Currently close to 120 academic institutions offer training for this certification. Check the AHLEI site for more details.

Certified Hospitality Supervisor

The Certified Hospitality Supervisor Certification is the most prestigious hospitality certification available to supervisors in a wide range of hospitality settings: the front office, revenue management, food & beverage, housekeeping, or maintenance. Prerequisites for attempting to gain the certificate include being in a supervisory role over at least two other individuals and in which you spend at least 20% of your working time supervising. Eligible supervises must have been in a supervisory role for at least 90 days or have already achieved a supervisory, department head, management, or executive hospitality certification. Preparatory workbooks are available and recommended prior to testing. The exam includes 100 questions on nine skill areas as well as practical hospitality questions. Areas covered in the exam include:

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  • Supervision
  • Leadership
  • Time Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
  • Orientation and Training
  • Motivation and Team Building
  • Staffing and Scheduling
  • Improving Employee Performance
Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA)

The Certified Hotel Administrator Certification is the most prestigious certification available to hotel general or assistant managers and hospitality executives. Online training modules allow for practice in a wide variety of hospitality management disciplines. Prerequisites include being a general manager or owner/operator of a hospitality venue, or a corporate executive at a hospitality corporation who is in charge of at least two properties. An experience stipulation is also present for entering the program, though previous high-level certifications lower the time required in your current role. The final exam requires 35 questions to be answered at 70% success rate of higher in the following topics:

  • Financial Management
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Revenue Management
  • Rooms Management

For those who have already passed the exam, some institutions of higher education are willing to accept the certification as the equivalent of college credit in comperable areas.

As shared in the image above, there are many other specialty certifications offered by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. If you have not seen a certification for your role in a hospitality venue, please check their page to find the appropriate certification.

For-Credit Certificate Programs

A second route one may pursue to advance their hospitality career prospects through a certificate includes passing a for-credit certificate program from an institution of higher learning. These credit programs involve taking a “cluster” of university courses to gain and prove expertise in an area. These certifications are often more about acquiring new knowledge through several intensive courses than passing a test and proving knowledge you may have mostly acquired on the job (as with the certifications in the previous section). For-credit certificates are often available at the associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and post-graduate levels. In the hospitality management space, some culinary certificates are also available at the high school diploma level. While often more expensive (often the typical for-credit course rate for universities), for-credit certificates can allow you to place some of the most prestigious hospitality management schools on the planet on your resume for much less time and money than a typical degree. If you’re interested in seeing some of the best schools that offer certificate programs, check out our ranking of the most prestigious hospitality management departments in the world. Below we’ve just listed a sampling of certificate programs offered by universities as examples.

High School-Level For-Credit Certificates

Lehigh Career & Technical Institute is a great example of for-credit certifications that can occur at the high school level. At the end of their program for high schoolers attendees can obtain the following certifications while still in high school:

  • Certified Junior Culinarian via American Culinary Federation
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
  • S/P2 Culinary Certificate
  • First Aid Certification via American Red Cross
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

Furthermore, select hospitality management universities will accept certifications and credit taken while in high school as college credit in related programs. While there are a number of other certifications for high schoolers, including some online, Lehigh’s program exemplifies some of the best of what hospitality certificates can mean for high school students. Participants should be able to obtain skilled work in hospitality settings upon completion, and coupled with an associates or bachelor’s degree in a related discipline advance even further.

Associates-Level For-Credit Certificates

A much wider range of certificates related to hospitality management are available at the associates degree level. Many community colleges and vocational schools offer certificate programs in hotel management, restaurant management, bar management, and related disciplines. Some certificate programs will be part of a larger associates degree, while others stand alone. A Great example of a certificate more thorough than others is the Hotel Management Certificate offered by Houston Community College. This certificate requires 2 semesters of study and a total of 9 courses. While less than a degree, it provides a solid basis in a wide range of academic topics pertinent to hospitality management including human resources, accounting, management, hospitality law, and hands-on experience. For students looking to avoid the time and money of a full degree, certificates like HCC’s can be a great way to quickly gain qualifications for lower level management positions.

Bachelor’s-Level For-Credit Certificates

Bachelor’s level certificates in hospitality management generally come in two forms. The first are certificates that are quite similar to associates-level certifications. After all, associates level coursework is part of bachelor’s level coursework. In this sense, some institutions that are not community colleges may offer certificates similar to our last example at Houston Community College. Though in a sense this is a “bachelor’s” certificate instead of an “associates”-level certificate. Alternatively, some bachelor’s-level degrees offer certificates as a way of specializing a more general course of study. An example of this form of hospitality management certificate can be seen in Capella University’s online bachelor’s-level certificates. These courses of study are often paired with a bachelor’s degree, though don’t have to be. These particular certificates take about 1.5 years of study, and can be applied to a bachelor’s degree if the student continues on to pursue one.

Graduate-Level For-Credit Certificates

Perhaps the most common form of for-credit hospitality management certificate are those at the graduate level. What this means is that students endeavoring to receive a certificate must have finished their undergraduate course of study. With that said, admissions are often much easier for certificate programs that full-on graduate degrees. They also take much less time and are often geared almost entirely towards practical business skills (rather than theory). A great example of a graduate-level for-credit certificate in hospitality management can be seen from the world class Cornell University school of hospitality management. Cornell’s Online Graduate Certificate in Hospitality Management requires 5 graduate courses in marketing, human resources, management, revenue management, and accounting. Think of this sort of course of study as a “mini-MBA” of sorts. You can obtain career-specific graduate-level knowledge without taking any courses that won’t pertain to your discipline. Taking a graduate-level certificate in hospitality management is a great way to really stand out from your competition in the workplace.

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The 20 Best-Value All-Inclusive Resorts in America

Have you ever left a vacation thinking: I need a vacation from my vacation! If so, we completely understand. Not all vacations go as planned, accommodate everyone, and some vacations just turn out to be logistical nightmares. A resort vacation is a great way to accommodate the needs of everyone and without the hassle of planning each and every segment. Though sometimes resorts and their hidden fees lighten the wallet a little quicker than planned, there are many resorts that can provide a great value for taking care of everything you need on a vacation. Some are as affordable as a bed and breakfast, and others have great rates during off-seasons. All of these resorts include games, spa days, fun excursions and plenty of space to accommodate large parties or romantic couple getaways. No matter who you are, you deserve a break. Why not take your next vacation at one of our choices for the “best value” resorts in America?

1.)Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino has it all for those who need to unwind. If you want to experience an oasis in a desert that has games, sunshine, great food, and lazy spa days, Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino in Reno, Nevada has all of that and more. Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino is a great choice to book for your next wedding or birthday party and is one of the most affordable of our picks. Winter prices average around $77 per night and Summer at peak season is still a great deal at just $116 per night. You’ll feel right at home in their cozy hotel rooms, spacious gyms, sparkling pools, and impeccable shops. But if relaxation and good times weren’t enough, Peppermill Resort and Spa Casino is also ecologically friendly. That’s right, Peppermill is devoted to multiple green initiatives including Clean the World- an initiative that provides soaps and bottled amenities to families-in-need throughout the world. Peppermill is also known for its great customer service, accessible amenities, and low-bet roulette tables. If you’re ready to cut loose without breaking the bank, Peppermill is a great affordable option.

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  • Average Price Winter: $77 per night
  • Average Price Summer:$116 per night
  • Ways to Save: Pick a time “off-season”.

2.)Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

It’s all in the name at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. Omni Hilton Head is located on the East coast of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This destination paradise resort includes an 11-mile lagoon system with bike trails, golf courses, tennis courts, and more. This little slice of Southern paradise is the perfect getaway both for couples, and families alike. In fact, Omni Hilton Head has over 15,000 square feet for events and meetings- and would make a lush location for a business convention. Wellness is at the heart of the Oceanfront resort that includes the full-range of spa amenities, pools for all ages, and the Atlantic Ocean just a few steps away. For a custom experience, Omni Hilton Head offers a number of packages including their custom package that helps you tailor your experience to meet your specific needs. Whether a romantic excursion, family adventure, or a fun spot to play a few rounds of golf, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Hotel is your ace in the hole.

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  • Average Price Winter:$116 per night
  • Average Price Summer:$359 per night
  • Ways to Save: Pick a time off-season; Check out their offers tab!

3.)Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

For anyone craving elegance and a place to hideaway in San Diego, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is not to be missed. Even though Catamaran is an all-inclusive resort, privacy is still central- each of their 310 rooms and suites come with a private patio or balcony. You’ll enter feeling relaxed and enjoy your stay like you have the place to yourself. When you’re ready to join the crowd, there’s plenty of action at Catamaran including a cruise around Mission Bay aboard the Bahia Belle sternwheeler. Bahia Belle is a great place to take in the Mission and cut loose on the dance floor. This Polynesian-themed resort houses some truly exotic attractions like their exotic bird show, sunset luau, and Mai Tai cocktail hour at Moray’s. Just across from the resort is Pacific Beach- a great place to head if you’re ready to catch some waves and soak in the sun. No need to head all the way to Polynesia to unwind island-style, and Catamaran has unique ways to save already built into the experience with no resort fees and no amenities fees either. Whether you’re heading into San Diego for the Zoo, their famous restaurant week or are looking for the perfect “Staycation” the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa has something for you.

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  • Average Price Winter:$173 per night
  • Average Price Summer:$269 per night
  • Ways to Save:Pick a time off-season, check their website regularly for deals

4.)Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head is known as a family-friendly island with over ten miles of beaches, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, phenomenal nightlife and shopping, as well as convenient proximity to Savannah and Charleston. The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is the ultimate destination for any individual, couple, family, or group looking for the ultimate escape. Each room comes equipped with a mini kitchen, high speed internet, a private patio and more. This all-inclusive resort is the perfect place to host a wedding or your next work event as the Sonesta houses over 23,000 square feet of space for whatever your function. The island of Hilton Head is a great place to unwind outdoors on their bicycle trails, golf courses, and nearby tennis courts. If you’re looking for value, AAA and CAA members receive a discount and the Sonesta offers myriad hotel packages for all types of parties. In the Winter, you’ll save 20% off the best deals during your stay of two nights or more. If you’re looking for a high value unforgettable vacation, the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is the perfect retreat.

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  • Average Price Winter:$139
  • Average Price Summer:$349
  • Ways to Save:Pick a time off-season, join their mailing list

5.)Omni Bedford Springs Resort

Some of the best natural hot springs in the United States are located in the West and South West. But did you know that deep in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania lies an over 200-year-old world-class hot spring turned resort? Omni’s Bedford Springs Resort is the perfect place to find historic charms, modern creature comforts, and ancient rejuvenating natural mineral waters. In June of 2017, Omni opened the Clubhouse at the Old Court where guests enjoy over 6,000 square feet of club space to wine and dine, relax by a fire, and of course golf! As an all-inclusive resort, Omni Bedford Springs offers spa days, pool days, myriad of dining options, and event space. The bedrooms are luxurious and provide old-world charms like afternoon tea, rocking chairs, and marble flooring as well as modern accommodations like WiFI and HDTV. Indoors you can take a dip in their spring filled pool or enjoy the 30,000 square foot spa room that uses ancient springwaters in a number of their spa treatments. Bedford Springs is the perfect combination of quaint old-world charm and premium new-world luxury.

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  • Average Price Winter:$189
  • Average Price Summer:$359
  • Ways to Save: Book your stay in the Winter, Try a package offer located here

6.)Enchantment Resort

Imagine waking up to the dramatic red rocks, and dazzling sun streaming through your hotel window. Your stroll isn’t a stroll at all but an adventure through steep canyon walls and scented pine forests. This is an enchanting moment that you will never forget thanks to your stay at Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. You’ll never want to leave Enchantment as the amenities are truly diverse including a day in the spa, a trek through ancient Native American land, golfing the seven canyons and even a camp for children- Camp Cayote. All of this sits on the spiritual land that once was inhabited by the Hopi, Apache, and Navajo tribes. Enchantment resort makes sure to preserve those traditions and culture through their Solistic and Equinox Celebrations, Canyon Conservationists Programs and their Che Ah Chi: The History of Boynton Canyon documentary. A stay at Enchantment Resort is truly unlike anything else.

7.)Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

If you need to unwind after a day of mouse ears and long lines, try the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. This family-friendly resort offers affordable prices all year long and is less than a mile from Walt Disney World. You don’t have to be here with family to enjoy all of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress’ amenities. Grand Cypress is great for a romantic getaway or a place to hold a business meeting. In fact, there are 65,000 square feet of meeting spaces available throughout the resort. If love is in the air, the Grand Cypress is a popular wedding destination location with lakeside views and gorgeous Florida sunshine as the backdrop. Grand Cypress offers premiere wedding packages that help take the guesswork out of your wedding planning experience. When you’re ready to hit the lake there are several options for those who take to the water- go paddle boating, water skiing and canoeing. If you’re more of a land dweller this is the place to try your hand at golf- as Grand Cypress is among the top 25 golf schools in the United States. There’s something for everyone and all budgets at Grand Cypress!

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  • Average Price Winter:$179
  • Average Price Summer:$199
  • Ways to Save: Become a member of Hyatt and save 10%

8.)Pier House Resort and Spa

The Florida Keys are a coral cay archipelago located on the southeastern coast of Florida and the perfect destination for snorkeling, scuba, and boating. Key West is one of dozens of major islands off the coast of Florida, and is home to a conveniently located International Airport. Once here, you’ll need a place to stay and nothing comes at a better value than Pier House Resort and Spa. Pier House Resort and Spa was built in the late 1960s and became a haven for anyone who wanted to get away. Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Shel Silverstein were just a few authors who spent years of peak creativity among the shores of the Florida Keys. During you’ll stay you’ll understand why some of America’s greatest writers came to escape here- the atmosphere is secluded and peaceful- the truest definition of “getaway.” This historic beachfront resort offers thousands of square feet of conference space, event catering and of course private ceremonies. Of the 142 luxury rooms and suites most have private balconies and ocean views that exude relaxation and privacy. You won’t be too far away from modern amenities however as Pier House Resort includes WiFi and Tesla car charging stations. For a great value, and your own taste of paradise, visit Pier House Resort and Spa.

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  • Average Price Winter:$200
  • Average Price Summer:$400
  • Ways to Save: Save up to 25% in the Wintertime

9.)L’Auberge de Sedona

L’Auberge when translated from the French means “The Inn” but L’Auberge de Sedona is much more than just an Inn. It’s a world-famous destination for the adventurer at heart. The heart of your adventure is up to you-whether you’re looking for an unforgettable romantic retreat or a grandiose wedding with an ancient backdrop, you’ll find it here. What’s more, is that the Summer prices tend to drop- meaning that your next Summer vacation will not only be magical but also affordable. No matter what you seek, you’ll find five-star accommodations. The customer service and quality are some of the most renowned features of this affordable resort. The whole family can come along too- even Fido! That’s right, L’Auberge welcomes pets in certain locations. For even more deals try the L’Auberge packages such as their 2-night chef’s tasting, babymoon maternity package, and anniversary experience. There’s something for every occasion at L’Auberge de Sedona.

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  • Average Price Winter:$480 per night
  • Average Price Summer:$335 per night
  • Ways to Save:Book in the Summertime!

10.)Rosen Shingle Creek

Floating down the creek came the mighty cypress tree and their hollow trunks that provided just the right materials to create shingles for roofs over settler’s heads. Rosen Shingle Creek gets its name from the 1800s practice of preparing and creating shelter from these beloved native Floridian trees. Today, Rosen Shingle Creek is a beloved all-inclusive resort for couples, families and business members. Here you’ll find endless Florida sunshine and myriad of amenities that make your stay feel as cosy as setting foot into your own home. You can relax by the pool or spend a few hours playing a round of golf with your buddies. This Award-Winning Orlando golf course partners with Arnold Palmer Design Company. Check out their newsletter for affordable deals. You’ll feel like royalty in any of their King Suites fully serviced by VIP concierge assistance. Rosen Shingle Creek is fully equipped to accommodate your wedding or other special occasion and uses green practices throughout the resort. For a truly welcoming stay that makes you feel like you’re home sweet home but without any of the responsibilities, Rosen Shingle Creek is a great pick.

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  • Average Price Winter: $309
  • Average Price Summer:$138
  • Ways to Save:Try booking in the Summertime; monthly dining specials

11.)Bilmar Beach Resort

Bilmar Beach Resort located on Treasure Island, Florida is one of our best value resorts. Treasure Island is located on the West coast of Florida across from the Gulf of Mexico. The vast majority of rooms overlook the beach. You can find all of the best rates directly on their website and Bilmar Beach Resort regularly posts steep discounts for all types of guests. The vast array of amenities make Bilmar Beach Resort a welcome stay for families, groups on business, newly weds, and brides-to-be. You won’t be stuck in the sand with nothing to do as Bilmar Beach provides cruisers, paddle boards and kayaks for those ready to take to the waves. When you’re all sunkissed and ready to retire, you can unwine in one of their two heated pools, relax by the fire pit or have a nightcap at the local restaurant. For the convention-goers there’s over 8,000 square feet of meeting space- not a bad place to build moral among the white sandy beaches of the gulf coast region. Bilmar also includes a number of business services to ensure that your business meetings are smooth sailing. Speaking of smooth sailing, you’re only a few steps away from nearby parasailing and watercraft rentals. Let your cares float away with a stay at Bilmar Beach Resort.

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  • Average Price Winter:$135
  • Average Price Summer:$209
  • Ways to Save:Check website regularly for discounts

12.)Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter

There’s no arguing that Disney has the ability to transport you anywhere your imagination can take you. When you enter Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, you’ll feel like you’ve been ferried away to the French Quarter in New Orleans. Lamp posts, and float emblems adorn the lobby and carnivalesque features are dotted all around the resort quarters. Naturally this is a family-friendly location, but what about a romantic vacation? Does a moonlit ride in a horse drawn carriage sound like your idea of romance? What about a night of jazz music and cocktails? There’s something for everyone at this magnificent Disney Resort. Of course the New Orleans theme wouldn’t be complete without great food. And Disney’s Port Orleans Resort does not disappoint. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory serves up all of New Orleans’ staples like Jambalaya, beignets, creamy grits, and king cake. In addition to horse-drawn carriage rides, and great food and drinks, Port Orleans offers two refreshing pools, cajun campfire activities, surrey bike rentals, and movies under the stars. For a taste of New Orleans all in one location, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is the way to go.

13.)The Kahala Hotel and Resort

If you are making the trip to Hawai’i, chances are you’re spending some time in Waikiki on the Island of Oahu. Along the sandy beaches in earshot of the crashing waves is the exclusive Kahala Hotel and Resort. This “luxury hideaway” has it all- including their own resident dolphin! Have you ever wanted to try yoga on a paddle board, then relax in a rejuvenating spa and spend the evenings sipping on champagne and strawberries? Well, you can here. Considering the location and number of high quality amenities, this resort is very affordable. Take a look on their site to ensure you get the best rates possible, and don’t hesitate to extend your stay- every 4th night is free! If you book 60 days in advance you save 15% and Kahala even has a rewards program for its members. Do we need to list all of the reasons to spend your next vacation or honeymoon in Hawai’i? We think you get the picture, but just in case here are a few of the unique experiences available to those who stay at Kahala: Luau buffet at night, helicopter tours of the island, go snorkeling with turtles, or jet ski across the Oahu bay. Amenities include something for everyone including kids. For vacation memories that last a lifetime, Kahala Hotel and Resort is here to make it happen.

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  • Average Price Winter:$425
  • Average Price Summer:$450
  • Ways to Save:Become a member; Every 4th Night is Free

14.)Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

Four! Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate is where golfers go to compete. There are 36 holes of championship golf available and for the kids or child-at-heart you can even try their 18-hole miniature golf or a lighter 9-hole course. This is a luxury retreat resort located right in the heart of Florida close to all of the famous Orlando amusement parks and other attractions. The amenities within the resort are enough to keep you and your family busy- like the family pool with the 125-foot water slide or the wave pool, Mokara spa, and Sports Training Complex. Of course WiFi is included as are complimentary shuttles to Walt Disney World. The Mokara spa includes face and body treatments like manicures, massages, pedicures, facials, and more. If you’re planning a wedding- don’t worry! Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate offers a wedding package that includes your entire wedding team. All of these phenomenal amenities and more come at the same low price year round! If you are looking for an affordable luxury vacation, try Omni at Championsgate.

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  • Average Price Winter:$229 per night
  • Average Price Summer:$229
  • Ways to Save:Book online ahead of time, choose a Deluxe room

15.)JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa is a great fit for any type of traveler- whether going along, travelling with family or on business, make your next stay in Phoenix at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. This is a great opportunity to maintain your fitness regime while out on vacation as you play around or two of golf at any one of their championship golf courses, get your cardio at the onsite fitness center or take a dip in any one of their five pools. When you need to unwind, take a tube down the lazy river or lay down and allow the massage therapist to rub your cares away in their luxury spa. For those one business, why not splash out a little at the JW Griffin club where you’ll enjoy concierge services from sun up to sun down. If you’re looking for ways to save, try coming in the Summertime. The heat is on, but the dry heat makes it much lighter than you’d imagine and the prices are cut in half. Escape from it all at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.

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  • Average Price Winter:$469
  • $189

  • Average Price Summer:
  • Ways to Save:Book a Summer stay

16.)Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

In the mid 1980s as Michael Eisner took over as CEO of Walt Disney World, the Grand Floridian Resort- one of Disney’s five flagship resorts- finally took shape. Over the years Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa have become known as one of the Disney icons. Though not as iconic as a pair of mouse ears, those who love Disney and its history will have dreamed to a stay at the Grand Floridian and for some very good reasons! Most all inclusive resorts boast 2 or three restaurants, but at Disney’s Grand Floridian you can enjoy fine dining at 8! This Resort and Spa is fully equipped with fine dining, dining on-the-go and cocktail hours galore. After a long day walking at the Walt Disney World parks, you’ll have plenty of options to chow down and unwind. The Grand Floridian is now also includes a world-class spa- Senses. At Senses enjoy aromatherapy, facials, massages, body wraps and more for a clear head and a rejuvenated spirit. Each night The Grand Floridian hosts a light parade on the water known as the Electrical Water Pageant- and the resort has its own viewing space. There’s something for all ages at this lavish Victorian-themed Disney resort.

17.)Carneros Resort and Spa

Are you a wine connoisseur looking to plan your dream vacation to the Napa Valley? Carneros Resort and Spa is one of the prime spots for an unforgettable trip to Napa. When you close your eyes and take your first sip of some of the region’s finest wines you’ll open them again overlooking some of the finest vineyards of the Sonoma. Carneros Resort and Spa is particularly romantic for couples and will happily house both grand and intimate elopement style weddings. The luxury spa includes a full menu of facials, massage, body treatments, beauty treatments, nail therapy, and fitness. Food and wine are the perfect pairing, and Carneros Resort and Spa offers a number of fantastic farm to table restaurants and gourmet meals- of course paired with the perfect bottle of wine. If you are looking for a dream getaway with your loved ones, or a chance to splash out in one of the most famous wine regions in the world, Carneros Resort and Spa is unbeatable.

18.)Lago Mar Beach Resort and Club

Fort Lauderdale is just slightly North of Miami and is home to some of the best beaches on the East Coast of the United States. Lago Mar Beach Resort and Club is a high value resort where you can experience phenomenal luxury and relaxation at an affordable price. This is a family-owned resort that prides itself on its homey and quaint decor that is understated yet refined. The city of Fort Lauderdale recognizes Largo Mar for its “Best Architectural Design.” Lago Mar offers deluxe one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites, executive suites, and a penthouse suite. Onsite you’ll find three fine dining restaurants as well as the soda shop, and wine cellar lounge. Lago Mar is a romantic setting as well and accommodates both large and small weddings as well as both indoors and outdoor beach weddings. Lag Mar also includes large and small meeting venues perfect for parties and other social events complete with banquet menus. If you are looking for a high quality affordable stay in Southern Florida, look no further than Lago Mar Beach Resort and Club.

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  • Average Price Winter:$345 per night
  • Average Price Summer:$215
  • Ways to Save:Book in Advance

19.)Wailea Beach Resort and Club

When the idea of a trip to Hawai’i comes crashing in head to the Island of Maui where you’ll find Marriott’s premium resort- Wailea Beach Resort and Club. This is a great option for families, groups, individuals, or couples. The resort is located right on the water’s edge overlooking the Pacific Ocean so is the perfect place to catch some waves and some zzzzs. For some more bright ideas, test out Wailea Beach Resorts many amenities like their championship-level golf courses, floating cabanas, and luau show. This resort is home to the largest water slide in Hawaii and situated right on the Pacific where you’ll often spot a humpback whale, is a great place to take the kids. Looking for something larger? No problem as this resort houses nearly 30,000 square feet of event space perfect for a grand beach wedding or a special business meeting. You’re only a coconut’s throw away from the Maui Tropical Plantation where you can learn about Hawaiian plants, tropical fruits and learn to husk your own coconut. Tuck yourself in to your room with an ocean view and a sundeck. Considering the location and supreme amenities, a stay in the Summer time is high value and affordable.

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  • Average Price Winter:$630
  • Average Price Summer:$455 per night
  • Ways to Save:Try to book in the Summertime!

20.)The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Putting on the Ritz in Sarasota has never been hipper! That’s right, in recent years Sarasota has hit the map with international cuisines, cool shops, and a great slice of pizza to boot. Really can you think of anything sweeter than a hip fun city right on the beach? The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota is the place to stay when you’re ready to see what we’re talking about. This happening town is welcoming to guests and so friendly- locals would love to show you around. Staying in a luxury resort doesn’t have to break the bank, either. In the Sunshine State the weather is good all year round so do consider booking during off-season to ensure an even greater value. In addition to beachside fun, Ritz-Carlton Sarasota has all of the amenities you could possibly dream of in a resort- like championship golf courses, a luxurious spa, and of course venu space for the perfect beach side wedding or happening meeting. If you don’t fancy stepping out of the resort for dinner, no problem. The Jack-Dusty is a breathtaking waterfront seafood restaurant located right on the beach and features local cuisine as well as local liqueurs. Ridley’s Porch is a great place to bring the kids and hold on to your seat when you sit down for a powerful tiki drink at the Ledo Key Tiki Bar. Are you ready for a hip adventure to the beach with luxury and 24 hour accommodation as well? try the Ritz-Carlton- Sarasota!

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  • Average Price Winter:$380 per night
  • Average Price Summer:$569
  • Ways to Save:The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota lists offers directly on their website.

How Do I Become a Food and Beverage Manager?

So we’re all on the same page, what is a food and beverage manager? A food and beverage manager position is simply a different phrasing of restaurant or bar manager. Sometimes food and beverage managers will manage restaurants, lounges, clubs, and bars. Basically, a food and beverage manager oversees operations in venues that are food or drink centered. Food and beverage managers are responsible for a variety of general managerial tasks including human resources, hiring, establishing protocols, scheduling, and revenue management, as well as food or beverage centered responsibilities such as overseeing quality products, pricing, and the satisfaction of customers.

Food and Beverage Manager Career Outlook

Food and beverage managers are required at nearly every food and drink establishment. As one might expect, this means there is a great deal of opportunity for food and beverage managers. Whether just moving into a managerial role, finishing school in hospitality management, or a veteran manager, prospects are good for food and beverage managers nationwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for food and beverage managers is $50,820 (or $24.43 an hour). As one might expect, this rate varies greatly along with the location of employment as well as the quality of the establishment managed. A general range of salaries that might be expected depending on location range from $45,000 to $90,000. Meanwhile, food and beverage managers who also own their on establishment can expect to earn much more contingent on the success of their business. For a position that often only holds a minimum requirement of a high school degree and experience, this is quite a lucrative position with great room for growth. Nationwide, the number of food and beverage manger jobs is expected in increase by 9% from 2016-2026 (even with the average expansion of all jobs nationwide).

Becoming a Food and Beverage Manager through Education

While technically many food and beverage manager positions only require high school degrees (and work experience), many more competitive positions do require further education in hospitality management, culinary arts, or general management. A wide variety of degree levels may be used to obtain a food and beverage manager. And while one can certainly quality for a food and beverage manager position with any degree, degrees that focus on restaurant and bar management will help applicants stand out even more. Such degrees can include associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or MBAs in hospitality management. Furthermore, some combination of certifications such as the Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) certification, continuing education credits through the National Restaurant Association, or online courses to enhance areas you do not have experience in will set you apart even further. If you’re interested in pursuing a flexible online degree for becoming a food and beverage manager, check out our rankings of online hospitality management degrees. If you’d like to look at a comprehensive list of online hospitality management courses, check out our comprehensive guide on the subject.

Becoming a Food and Beverage Manager through Experience

A second route to becoming a food and beverage manager is to start by working in an entry level position in a restaurant, bar, nightclub, or coffee shop. Entry level positions such as server, busboy, host, bartender, and so on often help by giving individuals experience with the exact sort of business conundrums that food and beverage managers help to solve. Generally more senior roles can be graduated to by individuals who work hard. And after several years the potential to jump into lower managerial ranks can present itself. Oftentimes individuals who work from entry level jobs into managerial ranks will be provided with a good deal of on the job training. There is more opportunity for working your way into a managerial position in some establishments than others. So if you are interested in this route, you may want to inquire about the ability to work your way to advancement when you interview with a new establishment.

Once you’ve worked your way into a food and beverage manager position, you’ll probably want to stick around to gain more experience in the role. Depending on the importance of food and beverage management positions, they often require that candidates have 1-5 years of experience in food and beverage manager positions. The longer one can stay in an initial food and beverage manager position, the likelier one may be able to advance farther, or have a wider choice of future positions at other establishments.

While the fact that many food and beverage manager positions require at least a year of experience in a similar role may seem like a catch-22, there are also other ways to make the leap from entry level to management level positions. Asking to gain experience in roles throughout a restaurant as well as showing initiative through taking online courses or pursuing certifications can help you stand out from competition. One of the most common certifications can be studies for with largely free online resources, and is called the Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) certification. Many associates-level programs in hospitality management also help to prepare students for certifications and are often cheaper and quicker than other degrees. If you’re just looking to enhance expertise in specific skills, a wide variety of free and paid online courses in hospitality management are also available. These courses often provide certificates of completion that may be added to resumes. While these courses are often not viewed as the equivalent of a degree in a hospitality-related discipline, with work experience they may often be enough to bypass formal education.

Sources:
[1]https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/food-service-managers.htm
[2]https://www1.salary.com/food-and-beverage-manager-salary.html
[3]https://study.com/articles/How_to_Become_a_Food_and_Beverage_Manager_Career_Roadmap.html

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A Comprehensive Guide to Online Hospitality Management Courses

There are many reasons to take online courses in hospitality management. Maybe you don’t have time or can’t afford a full degree. Perhaps you’re looking to increase a particular skill or knowledge set for a promotion or project. Or perhaps you’ve worked for others in hospitality and would like to start your own business. If any of those reasons ring true, you’re in luck. There are a wide variety of online courses available in hospitality management and related fields. Courses are available at many price points and expertise levels. A number of courses also provide preparation for certification exams as well as continuing education credits. Below we’ve gathered a list of all hospitality management courses online.

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Online Diploma in Hospitality Management
Free
Offered By:
Alison
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course, taken by over 25,000 other students takes 6-10 hours to complete and covers hospitality management basics. When it’s done, you can include the Alison online diploma on your resume.
Listening to the Customer
Free
Offered By:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This graduate-level course is provided by MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT’s MOOC platform). The course provides no video, though outlines a course of study and many read resources on marketing research related to “listening to your customers.”
Management of Services: Concepts, Design, and Delivery
Free
Offered By:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This graduate-level entrepreneurship course is offered as a MOOC by MIT. The course looks at a wide-range of industries that provide services, including hospitality and builds on conceptual frameworks and case studies to study how to best provide quality service. No videos are available, though assignments, a plan a study,and supplamentary materials are.
Marketing Management
Free
Offered By:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Topic:
Hospitality Management
MIT’s OpenCourseWare presents this graduate-level MOOC from among their entrepreneurship courses. Though no videos are available, assignments, lecture notes, projects, and supplamentary materials are. This course looks at how to perform marketing research and direct marketing strategies.
Organizational Change in Hospitality
Free
Offered By:
Study.com
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This free course offered by Study.com covers basic theories of organizational change and particularly focuses on hospitality.
Continuous Improvement Processes and Methods
Free
Offered By:
Study.com
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This free course offered by Study.com covers basic theories of project management, quality control, and testing. In particular the course focuses on lean six sigma management theories and process maps as they apply to hospitality settings.
Team Building Development in Hospitality
Free
Offered By:
Study.com
Topic:
Hospitality Management
Team building is particularly important for teams who are often on the spot and in the public eye (as in many hospitality settings). This free course by Study.com looks at team building best practices in hospitality settings. Additional coverage areas include looking at the benefits of successful teams, identifying successful teams and planning team building and creation.
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Free
Offered By:
Study.com
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This introductory level course provided by Study.com seeks to provide basic concepts and frameworks through which to think about hospitality and tourism management. A great sampler course for those looking to get their feet wet in hospitality management with no management schooling.
Accounting for Hospitality Managers
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute provides students with some prerequisite coursework (or accounting knowledge) an overview of accounting concepts and tools that hospitality managers should have some knowledge of. Coverage includes budgeting expenses, forecasting sales, and financial decision making.
Hotel and Restaurant Accounting
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
Provided by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute, this course is the introductory accounting course of this organization and is recommended before accounting for hospitality managers. Topics covered include taxation of business income, different governmental bodies that affect accounting in businesses and how to read financial statements.
Hospitality Industry Financial Accounting
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute offers this course as another introductory accounting course. In this course students will learn the pros and cons of different accounting methods, how to use inventory in calculating profits, and the responsibilities of a hotel accounting department.
Hospitality Industry Managerial Accounting
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course — offered by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute — tackles accounting for hospitality managers with updates for the 2010 tax law. The course also covers profitbaility indexes, revenue management, unsecured loans, how to account for gift cards, and dynamic pricing.
Food Safety: Managing with the HACCP System
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
Offered by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute, this course tackles the basics of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point method of food safety as well as basics on how to train staff in this method. Includes detailed checklists of responsibilities, and real world control points for food safety.
Management of Food and Beverage Operations
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course focuses on making sold preperatory and ongoing decisions in hospitality operations. Topics covered include effective marketing, meeting guest nutritional preferences, and monitoring and enhancing customer satisfaction.
Managing Beverage Operations
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course is a preperatory course for taking the Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively exam and includes product knowledge of beverage management, the duties and responsibilities of bartenders and wait staff, and how to effectively monitor risk in beverage operations.
Managing Service in Food and Beverage Operations
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course focuses on quality service in different food and beverage operation set ups. Teaching is often done through case studies and includes discussion of coffee shops, bars, restaurants, room service, banquets, and on-site food and beverage services.
Planning and Control for Food and Beverage Operations
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
Up-to-date control processes for reducing cost and waste in food management settings is the topic in this course. Complete with a reference website and textbook, this course aims to be a longterm resource for food and beverage managers.
Leadership and Management in the Hospitality Industry
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This leadership-centered course in hospitality management teaches students how to enhance their own leadership style as well as how to contstruct high-power teams and empower workers. This couse is offered by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute.
Contemporary Club Management
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course focuses on the world of private club management. Filled with case studies and interviews with managers of private clubs, the course offers insights, tips, and frameworks for eveything from customer expectations, providing quality service, to accouting practices.
Understanding Hospitality Law
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course focuses on the wide variety of legal issues that can concern hospitality establishements. Legal issues that are explored conceptually and through case studies include loss of property, guest safety, labor relations, franchising, internet legal issues, and more.
Managing Hospitality Human Resources
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
Hospitality management is filled with human resources issues. This course seeks to cover many pertinant topics such as US employment and workplace laws, as well as strategies for attracting employees, minimizing turnover rates, and increasing productivity.
Supervision in the Hospitality Industry
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
In hospitality management, oftentimes a component of human resources is supervision. This course seeks to provide some guidance for effective supervision of employees, as well as topics like recruiting, training, maximizing productivity, communication, control costs, and more.
Hospitality Today: An Introduction
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This survey course on hospitality management looks at a wide variety of hospitality settings including bars, casinos, restaurants, hotels, and others. It also provides a basic sketch of many common hospitality concerns including contracts, ethics, franchises, HR, marketing, and accouting.
The Lodging and Food Service Industry
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course is a great fit for new employees in lodging and hospitality settings who do not yet have a wide base of knowledge about hospitality. It tackles the different departments of hospitality ventures, covers different opportunities in lodging and food venues, and provides information on some of the issues facing many hospitality settings.
Convention Management and Service
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
One of the few courses online on the topic, this course seeks to provide an in-depth overview of conventions and meetings space hospitality management. Topics include group sales, marketing, and after sale services.
Hospitality Sales and Marketing
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course provides a wide range of tips and concepts based on how successful teams sell rooms, services, and food and beverage to travelers, agents, and meeting planners. An emphasis is placed on real-world tips as well as case studies.
Revenue Management: Maximizing Revenue in Hospitality Operations
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This more advanced course covers the pros and cons of strategic and tactical revenue management. The course also covers a wide variety of tools and concepts for maximizing profit, managing revenue, and outline risks of not managing revenue properly.
Hospitality Facilities Management and Design
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course covers major facility systems for food services and design. It attempts to supply the learner with frameworks to properly navigate facility design decisions and talk with both engineers and suppliers. Focal points of the course include tips and concepts for reducing costs, increasing efficiency, and keeping up-to-date with technological changes.
Managing Front Office Operations
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This course offers tips and concepts related to revenue management, sales, and incorporating technological advancements into your hospitality businesses’ front office. Case studies and real-world examples are provided throughout the course.
Managing Housekeeping Operations
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This thorough overview course takes a look at effective hiring, retaining, training, and organization of housekeeping forces within lodging businesses. This course if offered by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute.
Managing Technology in the Hospitality Industry
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
Information systems can seem a far cry from many hospitality jobs, but most hospitality settings rely on a great deal of technology. This course provides learners a grounding in the management of information systems including security, maintenance, e-commerce, and hospitality IT careers.
Security and Loss Prevention Management
50
Offered By:
American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute
Topic:
Hospitality Management
Security is a non-negotionable part of hospitality. If hospitality establishments can’t keep guests safe, they wont have guests in the future. This course provides a thorough grounding in loss prevention, emergency planning, and guest security.
Hotel Management Course
Free
Offered By:
Brentwood University
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This free university course requires around 20 hours to complete and provides a thorough overview of hotel management. The course is divided into sections on hotel management generally, the front office of a hotel, and housekeeping management and concerns.
Hospitality Management Intro Course
Free
Offered By:
Oxford Home Study College
Topic:
Hospitality Management
This free university course requires around 20 hours to complete and provides a thorough overview of hotel management. The course is divided into sections on hotel management generally, the front office of a hotel, and housekeeping management and concerns.
Guide to over 1,000 Online Cooking Courses
Varies
Offered By:
Online Course Report
Topic:
Culinary Arts
This resource provided by OnlineCourseReport.com provides a searchable database of over 1,000 online culinary courses. From knife technique, to specific cuisines, to expectations of wait staff, this is the definitive resource on culinary courses online.
Hotel Management Fundamentals: Kickstart Your Career Success
44.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This career planning course in hotel management is offered on Udemy. This course seeks to provide tips on planning careers, thining like a manager, and practicing skills that can get you ahead in the hospitality management workforce. While typically $44.99, Udemy often runs sales so it could be in your best interest to check back on the course from time to time.
Bar Manager Training Course – 8 Areas of Focus For Success
44.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Bar Management
This course, taken by over 1,250 students aims to present eight areas that bar managers can focus on to improve their bar outcomes. Focus areas include understanding marketing and promotion, creating an ambiance in your establishment, how to deliver your vision to your team, customer service, revenue management, and more.
Deaf Friendly Hospitality for Restaurants
11.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
Having staff trained to provide accomodations to hearing impaired customers can make your hospitality establishment really stand out to some customers. In this short course you’ll learn how to identify areas in your establishment that need improvement in accomodation as well as how to communicate with deaf customers.
Social Media Marketing : Hospitality & Travel Professionals
199.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
While there’s a lot to learn generally about what social media can do for your business, certain best practices have been established in hospitality fields. Let this course provide insight into your social media marketing and promotion strategies for your travel, hotel, of hospitality-based business.
Hotel Management – Hotel Marketing Strategies
109.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This highly ranked hotel marketing course takes a look at a wide variety of skills pertinant to hospitality managers. Namely, skills tackled include the ability to increase occupancy rate, obtain regular guests, hone feedback loops, increase your results from online travel agencies, and find the right chanel manager for social media marketing.
Hotel Management Fundamentals: Kickstart Your Career Success
44.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This hotel management fundamentals course is a great fit for an early-on hospitality manager without much formal schooling in the discipline. It covers the standard departments in a hospitality business, different management styles, how to organize tasks to remain productive, how to handle customer complaints graciously, and core traits needed to excel in hospitality management.
How your hotel can rank higher on TripAdvisor in 90 Days
Free
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
TripAdvisor is a behemoth in online travel booking. In this course, several hours of instruction focus on tactics to get better reviews, interact better with reviews, and ensure better “vibes” presented by customers who have reviewed your organization on the trip platform. Perhaps best of all, this course is free and offered on the Udemy platform.
How to use TripAdvisor to grow your hotel & travel business
24.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This bestselling course on using TripAdvisor to grow your travel or hotel business currently has close to 800 students. Topics covered include the TripAdvisor marketing tools, management center, how to navigate and respond to reviews, TripAdvisor implementation into your website, and more.
How to Review Your Independent Hotel or Bed & Breakfast
44.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This unique hospitality management course teaches learners how to take a step back and accurately appraise their properties. How does your property stack up to competitors? Is your property accesible? What can you change to get more referrals, repeat customers, and good reviews? If you’re in the market for a potential overhaul of branding and outreach, this Udemy course can be a great start.
Hospitality marketing: Help hotels get more direct bookings
34.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This course is for hospitality marketers looking to increase their offerings to hotels and book more clients. Course materials covered includes how to set up the GuestCentric eBooking platform in your campaigns, content marketing, ad marketing, the creation of VIP opportunities, and a wide variety of online marketing techniques and best practices.
How to Open an Independent Hotel
94.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This course is for students looking to open their own hospitality establishments. It helps students to lay the groundwork for a solid and well-researched business plan for their own hospitality business. Questions tackled in the lectures include choosing a location for your business, creating an organizational strategy, and creating an operations manual.
Hotel Motel Marketing – Expanding Online Visibility
39.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This course for hospitality managers and marketers explores the different ways in which you can increase organic search traffic and eventually bookings at your establishment. The course tackles both Search Engine Optimiation (SEO) as well as looks at results on booking or travel aggregator sites.
Deaf-Friendly Hospitality for Hotels
29.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
This course focuses on the accomodations and planning that are needed to successfuly create a deaf-friendly hospitality venue. This includes looking at challenges frequently faced by deaf customers, identifying problem points in your current establishment, and learning ways to communicate with deaf customers (including sign language).
Create a Hotel Booking Website And Accept Reservations
94.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
If you’re a hotel or property manager who would like to set up your own site that allows the acceptance of reservations online then this course could be for you. For non-technical students, this course outlines a way to set up your own hospitality site that can accept reservations to your venue without writing a line of code.
Revenue Management para Hoteles
29.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Hotel Management
The highest-rated Spanish language hospitality management course focuses on revenue management and accounting in hospitality venues. Particularly in markets with many Spanish languge hospitality workers, this course can be a great way to expand on hotel management and accounting practices in the native language of hospitality workers.
Restaurant Management – Human Resources Best Practices
39.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Restaurant Management
Restaurant management can be a very human resources heavy endeavor. For that reason, this course endeavors to provide learners with the best practices and frameworks through which to effectively manage your restaurant’s human resources. Key topics include simplifying the hiring process, maximizing ROI, retention of quality employees, and team motivation practices.
ODOO Restaurant Management
Free
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Restaurant Management
ODOO is an all-in-one management software with many hospitality applications. If you’re looking to explore the possibility of implementing ODOO in your business or would like to fine tune your set up, this course could be for you. Topics cover include configuring your ODOO posbox, configuring product types and categories, using loyalty and rewards, table planning, configuring sessions, and ODOO sales operations.
How To Choose the Right Location for a Restaurant
59.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Restaurant Management
Setting and location can make or break eating establishments. Developed by an industry-leading professional with over 10 years of restaurant planning experience, this course seeks to provide users with a toolkit for effectively choosing a location for their bar, coffee shop, or restaurant. Topics include negotiating prices and contracts, target customer analysis, premise analysis, and more.
How to Open a Restaurant
94.99
Offered By:
Udemy
Topic:
Restaurant Management
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Restaurant Marketing: the secret is in the sauce
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How to Start Your Restaurant and Turn a Profit Within 8 Weeks
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Start a Killer Restaurant- How to open a Restaurant Course
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Build a Restaurant Website
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How to Open a Successful Restaurant: the step-by-step method
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Harvard Bartending Course: Become a Master Mixologist!
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Bartending with Bobbi – Online Bartending School
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Bartending 101: Seven Simple and Delicious Drinks
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How to Become a Bartender With No Experience

Starting a job in any field can be intimidating, and that is especially true of bartending where you have to deal with public customers in a timely manner. Learning the trade of bartending will pay off, since bars and restaurants can be found almost everywhere, and their salary can sustain the cost of living in a major metropolitan area. In addition, bar management can be an interesting and dynamic job that places you in the middle of an exciting nightlife scene, but that also means the job presents unexpected scenarios, whether it is a customized drink order or an intoxicated and unruly customer, and the only way to navigate those scenarios appropriately is to have experience behind the bar. Because of these different scenarios, bar owners are often wary of new hires without experience. Often the best way to get your foot in the door is to know a bar or restaurant owner, though not everyone is so fortunate. Another route is to patronize the bar or restaurant you would like to work at, familiarize yourself with their operations, and ingratiate yourself to the staff. Before you start applying to bars and restaurants however, there are a number of preparatory steps to take so that you can make the most of an opportunity when it arises.

Study Specific Beverages

There are a lot of terms and information that bartenders are expected to know, like the names of cocktails, beers, wines, and basic customs. Acclimating yourself with the kind of bar where you would like to bartend will allow you to get a feel for the knowledge base that you will be expected to have a grasp of. For example, a bartender at a wine bar would be expected to have in-depth knowledge of different kinds of wines, and be able to describe wines in terms of their “astringency,” “oxidation,” or “tannins,” and they better know how to tell when a bottle is “corked” if a customer sends it back. A bartender at a cocktail bar would be expected to have all popular cocktails memorized, down to the proportions of each ingredient and garnish, as well as the special cocktails of the particular bar that they are working at. You can read up and study this information on your own time, but if you have the option, the best way to study bartending is to take classes. A good place to start would be with an Online Associates in Hospitality Management.

Study Hospitality

Beyond the specifics of making and serving alcohol properly, there are customs of service and hospitality that every server is expected to know. Treating customers with respect when they have had a few drinks, are spending money, and have high expectations can be a difficult proposition. Bartenders are often put in situations where they have to deal with patrons in a stern but appropriate manner, which often requires kicking patrons out of the bar. In fact, most states have laws that make it illegal to serve alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated. Deciding whether or not someone is “visibly intoxicated” is often a gray area, as bartenders want to stop customers from getting to a point of belligerence or passing out. Bartenders also have to know how to interact and banter with responsible patrons in a charming and appropriate manner. Learning the nuances of customer interaction, and where you must draw the line is difficult, and the best way to learn industry norms is to study at one of the best Hospitality Management Degree Programs.

Barback

Barbacking is like an internship in the bartending field, where you shadow an experienced bartender throughout their shift. Unlike many internships however, barbacks are usually compensated at the end of their shift by getting a percentage of the tips. If the shift is busy, a barback will have to do all of the tasks, like preparation and cleaning, that the bartender cannot take care of because they are busy making drinks. One of the main responsibilities of a barback is getting the bar ready for service before their shift, which includes stocking bar stations with napkins, straws, and coasters, putting away alcohol deliveries, and preparing drink ingredients like juice and garnishes. During the shift barbacks are some of the busiest people in the restaurant, as they change kegs, clean and refill glasses, clear tables and bar tops, and generally taking care of any little problem around the bar, so that the bartender doesn’t have to tend to it. After the shift is over, barbacks help the bartenders and staff break the bar down. While night shifts are often busier and therefore have larger tip pools, day shifts are usually less stressful and demanding than night shifts, so they can be great for new bartenders to learn the ropes without the stress and time constraints of a bustling nightlife scene. After learning the ins and outs as a barback, you will be ready to take the lead role behind the bar.

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Glamping Nationwide: Destinations for Every State


Relaxing under the trees, warming up by a campfire, falling asleep to the sound of crickets and waking up to the sound of birdsong… everyone loves camping out. If only there were a way to experience the magic of camping without all the discomfort and hassle- pitching unwieldy tents, hauling coolers, and sleeping on the cold, uneven ground. At last you can- all hail the “glamping” phenomenon!

For those of us with outdoorsy souls but indoor sensibilities, glamping combines “camping” and “glamor” into one cushy wilderness experience. The classic glamping setup entails a roomy, fully-furnished canvas tent with a traditional bed, lighting, and (best of all) a clean bathroom with a flushing toilet. Some glamping companies take the “glamor” idea one step further, with designer furniture, luxury bedding, and even spa services. Some provide lodgings in tipis, yurts or cabins. Some offer on-site outdoor adventures, like whitewater rafting or horseback riding. Other companies have introduced novel twists on traditional glamping, catering to every type of nature lover. Want to be a kid again? There’s a
summer camp for adults
, complete with canoeing, craft cocktails, and, yes, friendship bracelets. Want to be a cowboy? There’s a glamping destination on a working dude ranch. Want to be a farmer? There’s farm glamping, complete with chickens and ducks, waiting for you. Check out our guide to Glamping Destinations in Every State in the Nation and learn how you can sleep under the stars- in five-star accommodations- in your state.

Glamping in Alabama

Glamping in Alabama at The Yurt Garden

Instead of struggling with a tent stakes and mosquitoes at a traditional campsite, why not truly unwind and recharge in the great outdoors by glamping in Alabama at The Yurt Garden? This charming outdoor retreat is nestled on five acres of natural forest and permaculture gardens at the base of Keel Mountain. Just 30 minutes from Huntsville, guests can escape to this tranquil setting to recharge their batteries. The well-tended grounds have wildflower beds, a hidden garden, a small creek, wind chimes, a Japanese sand garden, and a large meditation labyrinth. The owner is a licensed massage therapist with over 20 years’ experience, and offers guests hot stone or Swedish massages, energy work, and life coaching. The large yurt on site is available for rental to host workshops, and accommodates up to 12. Overnight guests, however, will want to stay in the cabin on site, which has a shower, flush toilet, and kitchenette. A cozy queen bed has room enough for two. The surrounding wooden deck is even equipped with a hot tub, stocked with non-chlorinated water and chemical-free spa products. The property itself offers glamping guests a number of low-key activities. Attend an on-site yoga, tai chi, or wellness workshop, book a one-on-one bodywork session, meditate in the gardens, stroll along the banks of the Goose Creek through the forest. If you’re feeling energetic, try hiking, biking or fishing in nearby Hays Nature Preserve or explore Keel Mountain, with its clear streams and picturesque waterfalls.

  • Website
  • Rates: $100 per night
  • Location: Gurley, Alabama
  • At a Glance: a cozy cabin for restful and restorative glamping in Alabama

 

Glamping in Alaska

Glamping in Alaska at the Borealis Basecamp

Sleeping under the stars is magical. Sleeping under the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At Borealis Basecamp, you can lay back in your luxurious bed and gaze at the Aurora Borealis through the ceiling of your private designer igloo. The elegant domes feature simple, modern Northern-European style, with white walls and pale wood throughout. Each dome has a kitchenette, full bathroom and queen bed. A locally-crafted yurt on the premises serves gourmet meal. Guests can stay busy with on-site photography lessons, dogsledding and snowmobiling.

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  • Rates: $339 per night, two night minimum
  • Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
  • At a Glance: Glamping in Alaska under the Northern Lights

Glamping in Arizona

Glamping in Arizona at Cochise Stronghold Retreat

If you really want to get away from it all, drive 90 miles southeast of Tuscon to Cochise Stronghold Retreat. Located at a 5,000 feet elevation in the remote and rugged Dragoon Mountains, this glamping destination in Arizona promises absolute seclusion from modern life. Guests can stay in a 700 square foot woodland yurt, tucked in a secluded grove of juniper and oak trees. With three queen beds, there’s room for up to eight, and guests can make themselves at home with a full bathroom, kitchenette and heating/cooling system. The hosts serve decadent, locally-sourced and mostly organic breakfasts. Guests can try out world-class rock climbing on the neighboring cliffs of Coronado National Forest, soak in a the hot tub or take a tour of the local vineyards. Lovers of birds and wildlife will likely spot roadrunners, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, deer, javelina, coatimundi, and foxes.

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  • Rates: $115 per night
  • Location: Pearce, Arizona
  • At a Glance: remote desert glamping in Arizona in the Dragoon Mountains

Glamping in Arkansas

glamping in Arkansas at Stone Wind Retreat

Along with tipis and safari tents, yurts are among the most popular glamping rental accommodations. This round, domed structure hails from Mongolia, where nomads of the steppes used them for portable dwellings. The plush yurt cabins at Stone Wind Retreat are about as far from this ancient tradition as can be imagined. Each has a private deck with a hot tub, custom king or queen beds and full kitchens and baths. There are even sofas and TVs, so you can enjoy all the Ozark Mountains have to offer without missing the big game. There are qui gong and meditation classes available on site, as well as in-cabin massages and a one-mile walking path through the retreat’s stone gardens. This glamping destination is also adjacent to the Ozarks National Forest, where you’ll find horse trails, hiking, caverns and stunning foliage in autumn.

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  • Rates: $145-$195 per night
  • Location: Chester, Arkansas
  • At a Glance: Glamping in Arkansas in a cushy yurt

Glamping in California

glamping in California at Wellspring Ranch

Lovers of the outdoors who also appreciate creature comforts will be overwhelmed with options at Wellspring Ranch. This secluded and tranquil glamping destination offers an abundance of natural pleasures on 160 acres of pristine costal California. Guests can hike 20 miles of wooded trails sample fruit and herbs from the ranch’s garden, soak in a handmade cedar hot tub, cool off in an outdoor shower, or enjoy a bonfire (with s’mores) under the stars. Massages, and meditation and yoga classes help guests fully unwind. Few other sites for glamping in California can match Wellspring Ranch for choices in lodging, or for luxury amenities. There are three lavish yurts, a glamorous Airstream trailer and even an eco-friendly cabin hand-build entirely from adobe and bales of straw. Each has luxury linens, memory-foam mattress, fireplace, organic bath products, Turkish bathrobes and even a towel warmer.

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  • Rates: $390 per night
  • Location: Cayucos, California
  • At a Glance: elite wellness glamping in California near the beach

Glamping in Colorado

Glamping in Colorado at Dunton River Camp

The most refined glamping in Colorado can be found on the site of a former cattle ranch dating back to the late 1800s. Dunton River Camp occupies 500 pristine acres in the Rockies, on the banks of the West Fork of the Dolores River. There are eight spacious, safari-style tents available for glamping rental: four on the riverbank and four nestled in the ranch’s aspen forest. Each is sumptuously appointed, with covered decks, king beds, showers, oversize soaker tubs, and comes with two mountain bikes for exploring the area. There’s even an on-site spa offering body wraps, scrubs and massages. A new gourmet menu is created daily by the executive chefs from farm-to-table and foraged ingredients. All meals, cocktails and use of the sauna are included in the glamping pricetag, as is fly fishing and outdoor yoga class. After dinner, guests gather around the communal fire pit to savor s’mores… usually along with a fine bourbon.

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  • Rates: $1,500 per night, includes all meals and drinks
  • Location: Dolores, Colorado
  • At a Glance: princely glamping in Colorado, with fly fishing, yoga and spa

Glamping in Connecticut

Glamping in Connecticut on a family farm

Get back to the land by glamping in Connecticut, farm-style. This small, permaculture farm offers guests the chance to experience farm life, with simple and comfortable accommodations. Animal lovers can mingle with the livestock, which include goats, cows, ducks, chickens and even yaks. This glamping destination in Connecticut is for those yearning for a taste of outdoor country living, along with basic comforts, rather than extensive pampering. The glamping rental unit is simple but lovely, a white bell lotus tent set on a raised wooden platform at the edge of the woods. The tent offers humble yet attractive accommodations, and is appointed with a king size bed and seating. A composting toilet is located in a surprisingly cute adjacent outhouse. Outside, there’s a picnic table and campfire area. Guests can swim or fish in nearby Lake Waramaug on in the large pond on the property.

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  • Rates: $120 per night
  • Location:Washington, Connecticut
  • At a Glance:simple farm stay glamping in Connecticut

Glamping in Delaware

Glamping in Delaware at Massey's Landing

The Resort at Massey’s Landing is an ideal seaside glamping destination in Delaware for active families. The resort offers both tent camping and well-appointed beach-side cabins, which can sleep up to seven. Cabins have ocean views, screened porches, kitchens, and full bathrooms. The whole family will stay busy at this glamping destination; there’s stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking, biking, fishing and golf. Adults can enjoy cocktails at the beachside tiki bar or a swim-up splash bar in the resort’s enormous swimming pool.

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  • Rates: $45-$387 per night
  • Rates: Millsboro, Delaware
  • At a Glance: family-friendly glamping in Delaware at a beach resort

Glamping in Florida

Glamping in Florida at Westgate River Ranch

Play cowboy or cowgirl for your weekend getaway by glamping in Florida at the state’s largest working dude ranch. Just an hour south of Orlando, Westgate River Ranch is set in 1,700 acres of wooded Florida wilderness. The ranch offers more activities than guests can possibly sample in a single visit. There’s horseback riding, a mechanical bull, skeet shooting, archery, bungee jumping, swamp buggy, airboats, zip lines, fishing, and boating. Kids can try mini golf, hayrides, visit the petting zoo or take a pony ride. Every Saturday night, a rodeo takes place in the 1,200-seat arena, complete with bucking broncos, barrel racing and calf roping. Two types of glamping rental units are available: Glamping Safari Tents or a Luxe Tipi. Both feature air conditioning, a fireplace, kitchenette, luxury linens, shower and fire pit. The staff delivers juice and coffee each morning and fresh firewood every evening. A personal glamping concierge schedules daily activities and arranges any services required. Camping with a butler? That’s what we call glamorous.

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  • Rates: $169-$250 per night
  • Location: River Ranch, Florida
  • At a Glance: glamping in Florida on the state’s largest dude ranch

Glamping in Georgia

Glamping in Georgia at the Hostel in the Forest

The Hostel in the Forest is a miniature woodland utopia: a collection of geodesic domes and treehouses amid the dense, sub-tropical Georgia woods. This quirky glamping destination is set on 133 acres of forest and wetlands, with moss-draped oaks, magnolia trees and saw palmettos, and close to a Georgia seashore dotted with costal barrrier islands. Glamping guests might spot river otters, herons or alligators on the grounds. Natural harmony is everything at the Hostel in the Forest. The facility employs solar pumps, compost, recycles vegetable oil and solar lighting. The hosts prepare nightly, communal vegetarian meals from produce grown on the grounds and eggs from the hostel’s chickens and ducks, and professionally roast their own blend of coffee beans. The accommodations are simple; treehouses and domes have double beds, and there are composting toilets and outdoor hot showers. Guests are encouraged to meditate in the Glass House hermitage or participate in a Lakota style sweat lodge experience. For a crunchy and comfortable retreat from modern civilization, there’s no better glamping destination in Georgia.

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  • Rates: $30 per person per night, 3-night minimum
  • Location: Brunswick, Georgia
  • At a Glance: utopian treehouse or dome glamping in Georgia

Glamping in Georgia

Glamping in Georgia at the Martyn House

This bonus entry for Georgia is inspired by a luxury tent stay during a trip to India, the owners of the Martyn House decided to recreate the experience for guests of popular mountain farm retreat with this exotic glamping rental unit. The colorful, double-occupancy tents are imported from India and feature exotic antique furnishings. Guests can relax in style with luxury bedding, covered porches, and private bathrooms with hot water and composting toilets. The property has 18 acres of meadows, hills, streams and forests, as well as organic vegetable and flower gardens and chickens. Guests can swim in the pond, hike the forest trail or just curl up with a book in the garden or coffee shop located on the property.

Rates: $180 per night

  • Location: Ellijay, Georgia
  • At a Glance: an elegant wooded farmland glamping destination in Georgia

 

Glamping in Hawaii

Glamping in Hawaii at the Maui Eco Retreat

Many glamping destinations, especially glamping destinations in Hawaii, are built with sustainability in mind. The Maui Eco Retreat takes eco-conscious to a new level, though, with a deep, spiritual connection to nature built into every aspect of design, construction and operation. The founders based this paradise retreat on their “search for a universal Eco-Soul,” chronicled in their documentary “The Dance of Earth & Spirit,” The grounds feature lush jungle, native plant gardens with flowers and fruit trees, and overlook the sapphire-blue ocean. A short walk brings glamping guests to a waterfall, which flows into a natural pool for swimming. The retreat’s Bamboo Temple cabin was the first permitted bamboo structure in the entire United States, and is constructed in the shape of a nautilus, reflecting the principle of natural harmony. The cabin features stone staircases lead to a large deck, a wide expanse of windows offering panoramic views of the Hana coastline. Set in the center of the round ceiling, directly over the bed, is a prism-shaped window, allowing glamping guests to gaze up at the stars from the comfort of their four-post bamboo bed. A private outdoor shower, walk-in closet, private deck, and kitchen with gas stove make this among the most comfortable, as well as eco-friendly, places for glamping in Hawaii.

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  • Rates: $238 per night
  • Rates: Haiku, Hawaii
  • At a Glance: bamboo cabin glamping in Hawaii in an “Eco-Soul” paradise

Glamping in Idaho

glamping in Idaho at River Dance Lodge

Guests will stay busy- and comfortable- at the River Dance Lodge. This large retreat for glamping in Idaho offers horseback riding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. Families can also choose to spend the day on the nearby river beach, while outdoor history buffs can take a guided tour of the Lewis and Clark Trail. River Dance Lodge is the largest resort for glamping in Idaho, with small and large cabin rentals, and luxury tents for those who want a more outdoor experience. All luxury tents feature wood floors, claw-foot tubs, wood stoves, private porches, and wifi. An old-fashioned pitcher and wash basin stand in for a sink, and composting toilets are located adjacent to tents. About 100 feet away, glamping guests have shared access to flushing toilets, along with showers, charcoal grills and a campfire area. Attractive and comfortable accommodations, along with an abundance of wilderness activities, make River Dance Lodge the premiere destination for glamping in Idaho for both couples and families.

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  • Rates: $109 per night
  • Location: Kooskia, Idaho
  • At a Glance: comfortable tent glamping in Idaho with whitewater rafting and other wilderness activities

Glamping in Illinois

glamping in Illinois at Kinnikinnick Farm

If farm living is the life for you, book a weekend at Kinnikinnick Farm. This country site for glamping in Illinois is just a 90-minute drive from Chicago, yet feels like a different world. Guests visiting the city can get their hands dirty gathering eggs, feeding pigs and milking goats. Bed down for the night in the farm’s “Feather Down Tent,” which accommodates up to six. The wood and canvas tent has European linens, a water pump, an ice chest, and a fire pit. Showers and a flush toilet are located in the main farmhouse. You can dine on farm-fresh produce and meats or create your own pizza, provided by the hosts, over the farm’s outdoor wood-fired oven.

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  • Rates: $650-$750 for two nights
  • Rates: Caledonia, Illinois
  • At a Glance: a centrally-located farm for country-style glamping in Illinois

Glamping in Indiana

Glamping in Indiana at Mary Rose Herb Farm

The beautiful Cattail Valley is a splendid destination for glamping in Indiana, and Mary Rose Herb Farm makes the most of this bucolic setting. This organic herb farm and holistic retreat is set on rolling hills, interspersed with pastures, ponds and hardwood forests, and is especially idyllic in spring and autumn. There are two glamping rental yurts, which share a deck between them. Each is equipped with two double beds, wood stove, central heat and cooling, a kitchenette, stereo and mini-library. Toilets are found outside, as is a fire pit. A Japanese-style bromine soaking tub is located outdoors, and must be reserved in advance. Birds and frogs wake guests each morning, followed by a farm-fresh breakfast served by the glamping hosts on the deck. Guests who venture off the property can hike the surrounding hills or visit the Benedictine monks at the nearby Saint Meinard Abbey. This secluded and quiet glamping destination would be a picture-perfect setting for a romantic couple’s weekend.

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  • Rates: $90 per night
  • Location: Bristow, Indiana
  • At a Glance: tranquil and secluded country glamping in Indiana

Glamping in Iowa

glamping in Iowa at Country Side Caravans

Country Side Caravans is a small resort for simple glamping in Iowa. Families will appreciate the opportunity to savor classic camping experiences, such as hiking, fishing and toasting marshmallows around a campfire, while enjoying the comforts of home in their own caravan. Each glamping rental units is climate controlled, and has showers, electricity and wifi. There are BBQ grills, a playground, and a Jacuzzi on site, as well as a large patio. Guests can take a scenic, five-minute stroll to Red Haw State Park for fishing, boating or hiking. Another four miles away is the town of Chariton, where guests can shop and dine, and enjoy drinks and square dancing at the Trading Post. For families who want to enjoy the outdoors without roughing it, Country Side Caravans is family-friendly glamping in Iowa at its best.

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  • Rates: $192 per night
  • Location: Chariton, Iowa
  • At a Glance: family-friendly caravan glamping in Iowa

Glamping in Kansas

glamping in Kansas at Hoot Owl Hill

It’s hard to imagine a more pretty and tranquil setting for glamping in Kansas than Hoot Owl Hill. This charming glamping destination is nestled on a 14 acres, overlooking the Marais de Cygne river valley. The property has vineyards of Concord and Frontenac gris grapevines, an espaliered fruit tree garden, berry patches, raised bed vegetable gardens, butterfly gardens, and a native wildflower meadow. Just as magical as the setting are the accommodations- spacious elevated bell tents, with air beds and vintage furniture, handmade quits and pastel textiles, with a campfire area located just outside. A fresh breakfast, including eggs from Hoot Owl’s own chickens and ducks, is included in the price of the glamping rental, and the hosts will provide a farm-to-table dinner or lunch for an additional fee. The hosts also create their own line of natural bath and body products, with which the tents are stocked. Those who venture off the property can tour the nearby Louisburg Cider Mill, visit rescued tigers at the Cedar Cove Big Cat Sanctuary, or explore the region’s wineries.

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  • Rates: $99 per person per night
  • Location: Paola, Kansas
  • At a Glance: serene and picturesque glamping in Kansas in the countryside

Glamping in Kentucky

glamping in Kentucky at Paris Landing

With luxury accommodations and wilderness adventures, Paris Landing is the ultimate destination for sophisticated glamping in Kentucky. The resort has several cabins, as well as five luxury tents. Each spacious tent has vintage furnishings, and a double bed with luxury linens and quilts made by local artisans. Outside, visitors have their own fire pit, with firewood provided. Want to elevate your campfire experience? The resort can arrange for your family to hear ghost stories from a local storyteller, campfire songs with a local musician, or have a local astronomer give you a personal tour of the night sky. The price of glamping rental includes access to all resort activities, including waterbiking, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing from the property’s landing on Stoner Creek. Off the grounds, horse enthusiasts can tour Kentucky Horse Park, a breeding ground for multiple champions. Those who appreciate fine spirits can venture a bit further to explore distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. With style and adventure, this riverside gem is our top choice for glamping in Kentucky.

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  • Rates: $125 per night, two night minimum
  • Rates: Paris Landing, Kentucky
  • At a Glance: glamping in Kentucky with waterfront adventure and relaxation

Glamping in Louisiana

Glamping in Louisiana on the grounds of the Cajun Mansion

Visitors can enjoy an authentic Cajun experience by glamping in Louisiana in the Alligator Tent on the grounds of the Cajun Mansion. The tent is decorated with festive Mardi Gras colors and alligator decor throughout, and sleeps up to four on air mattresses. There’s air conditioning for the evenings, an essential for any glamping in Louisiana, with its famously humid climate. A tin-roofed deck provides shelter from the elements, along with deck space for lounging. At night, there are tiki torches, a BBQ and a fire pit to keep the party going. The ten is located on the grounds of the historic Cajun Mansion, a historic bed and breakfast, and visitors glamping in the tent can enjoy the dame perks ass bed and breakfast guests, including a continental breakfast and extra services, such as painting classes, candle making workshops, spa services and traditional Cajun cookouts. The hosts can also arrange for a number of day excursions, with guided visits to local attractions such as swamp tours and plantations.

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  • Rates: $160 per night
  • Location: Youngsville, Louisiana
  • At a Glance: a simple and authentic destination for Cajun glamping in Louisiana

Glamping in Maine

glamping in Maine at the Sandy Pines Campground

If you want sophisticated style along with family-friendly activities, head to Sandy Pines Campground in the popular costal resort town of Kennebunkport. This resort offers cabins, RV and tent space rentals, along with the finest luxury tent glamping in Maine. The glamping tents are nestled in a secluded beach forest and bordered by salt marsh, with ocean views and shaded by pine trees. Each tent features a king bed, mini fridge, and an outdoor wood deck with seating. Inside, visitors will be surrounded by chic, high-design furnishings with a rustic flair, including cowhide and steel furniture and a gauzy canopied bed with posts made from floor-to-ceiling birch tree branches. Sparkling clean bathrooms are a short walk away. The Sandy Pines Campground itself offers every activity typically found in an upscale resort, including a beach, saltwater pool, snack bar, shuffleboard, volleyball, kayaking, biking and stand-up paddle boarding. Visitors can even place an order through the resort to have a steamed lobster dinner delivered to their tent, a luxury which surely elevates glamping in Maine to a whole new level.

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  • Rates: $179 per night
  • Location: Kennebunkport, Maine
  • At a Glance: family-friendly glamping in Maine with abundant activities and sophisticated style

Glamping in Maryland

glamping in Maryland at the Wild Yough Glamping Huts

The Youghiogheny River runs through the heart of this scenic destination for glamping in Maryland, hence the name “Wild Yough.” The glamping rentals sit on 350 private wooded acres, and the grounds lie adjacent to thousands of acres of state park and forest, including Garrett State Forest. Glamping rental options include several simple wooden huts or an attractive Delta Tipi. Each unit has a campfire area, picnic table, wood stove, and BBQ grill, along with access to shared bathhouse and pavilion. Visitors staying in the glamping rentals can paddle or swim in nearby Bear Creek, hike the mountain trails, try out geocaching on the property, visit the state parks or watch for local wildlife, including songbirds, deer and coyotes.

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  • Rates: $75-95 per night
  • Location: Oakland, Maryland
  • At a Glance: simple tipi hut glamping in Maryland on an expansive forested property

Glamping in Massachusetts

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For many, summers spent at sleepaway camp were the backdrop for their most treasured childhood memories. Why, one might ask, does it ever have to end? The folks behind Camp No Counselors clearly believe that it shouldn’t. They’ve made it their mission to bring the simple joy of summer camp to adults, by hosting periodic sleepaway camp weekends for adult across America, including outside of Boston. Camp No Counselors rents out upscale summer camp sites during the off season, and introduce a few essential adult options, like yoga and cocktails. The company motto is “play like a kid, party like a grownup.” As such, weekends include traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, tubing, zip lines, water balloon wars, and hiking, followed by a pumped-up nightly theme party, complete with a DJ or band and an open bar. At night, adult campers can gather around a campfire before bedding down in sleeping bags in newly-renovated dorms. And, because this is glamping, meals are prepared by an executive chef, who serves up smoked ribs, fish tacos and other adult gourmet meals in the camp’s dining hall.

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  • Rates: $725 for three nights, includes activities, meals and open bar
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • At a Glance: adult glamping in Massachusetts at a kids’ summer camp site

Glamping in Michigan

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Snow sports lovers will be in heaven at Mount Bohemia Adventure Resort. Visitors ready for serious winter glamping in Michigan can stay in a yurt or waterside log cabin at night, and try out downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling by day. Not a snow lover? Visit during the warmer months and try hiking, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking and fishing on the sprawling 1,1000-acre property. There’s a hot tub, sauna, and yoga available year round. All meals are included, and feature appetizing, hearty fare for active guests. The log cabin glamping rentals sleep up to five in bunk beds, and have a screened porch and private deck, along with heating and full bathrooms. Visitors will love the cozy, rustic look of the cabins, with their log construction, heavy wood and leather furniture, and antler chandeliers. The trailside yurts are more basic, with heating, bathrooms and beds but without provided bedding or outdoor lounging areas. What the yurts lack in indoor amenities, though, they make up for in outdoor access; they are located directly on a ski-able mountain slope, allowing lodgers to ski right out their doors in the morning. For a true winter sports fanatic, there’s no better glamping in Michigan.

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  • Rates: $192-285 per night, two night minimum
  • Location: Houghton, Michigan
  • At a Glance: glamping in Michigan in the heart of ski heaven

Glamping in Minnesota

glamping in Minnesota at Riverside Island Campsites

The “Land of Many Lakes” has no shortage of beautiful lakeside camping and glamping destinations. For true seclusion and serenity while glamping in Minnesota, why not stake out your own private island? Riverside Island Campsites rents two rustic glamping lodgings on Ely’s White Iron Lake on a private, 10-acre island. The spacious tents are true, outdoor tents free from high-end trappings, though thoroughly well-appointed. The 12′ by 20′ tent features a king bed or two twins with linens, lanterns and carpet, along with cooking supplies and utensils- right down to the wine bottle opener you’ll be using to enjoy your fireside libations in the evening. The nearby screened-off cooking area has picnic table seating and a Weber grill. Visit in the warmer months, and you’ll be able to hike, golf and mountain bike in Ely and have access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for canoe and kayak day trips or even overnight excursions. The lake also has some of the area’s best fishing for walleye, northern and trout. Wintertime visitors will be able to try out snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Guests who want to have the place all to themselves can even rent out the entire island, for the ultimate in secluded glamping in Minnesota.

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  • Rates: $175 per night, 3-night minimum or $1050 per week. Entire island, $2,000 per week.
  • Rates: Ely, Minnesota
  • At a Glance: rustic glamping in Minnesota on a private island

Glamping in Mississippi

glamping in Mississippi at Little Black Creek Campground and Park

Families will appreciate the many waterside activities and laid-back vibe at Little Black Creek Campground and Park. This large and tranquil campsite offers both traditional RV and tent camping, along with cozy cabin glamping in Mississippi, all surrounding a 640-acre lake. There are 20 tin-roofed cabins, built for family-style comfort and boasting full bathrooms and kitchens, along with large porches with Adirondack chairs. About half have waterfront views, the remainder are nestled in the woods. Active families will appreciate the abundance of on-site outdoor activities. Glamping visitors can try out fishing, swimming, bike riding, kayaking, canoeing, pontooning, frisbee golf, motorboating, annd zip lining. Guests can even rent a golf cart to get around the expansive property.

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  • Rates: $110-$160 per night
  • Location: Lumberton, Mississippi
  • At a Glance: active outdoor glamping in Mississippi beside a large lake

Glamping in Missouri

Glamping in Missouri at the Outpost in Lake of the Ozarks State Park

State parks, while offering the utmost in natural beauty and a minimal cost, rarely offer more for the overnight camper than a clear area to pitch a tent and a shared bathroom facility. When glamping in Missouri at the Outpost in Lake of the Ozarks State Park, however, you’ll have more than a roof over your head. The park has two yurts available for glamping rental. Each yurt sits on an elevated wooden platform, and features a wraparound deck, dome skylight, a log futon, log bunk bed, mini-refrigerator, microwave, heater and air conditioner. Outside, a picnic table, fire ring and grill are available for picnicking, barbecuing or campfires. Clean shared bathrooms, with showers and flush toilets, are a short walk away. These cozy and well-appointed glamping rentals are avaible at a highly affordable rate, and the many activities available at Lake of the Ozarks State Park only add to this impressive value. Glamping guests can hike, mountain bike, fish, or swim in one of the state’s largest lakes. History buffs can also take guided or self-guided tours of local historical homes and Civil War battlefields.

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  • Rates: $50-$55 per night
  • At a Glance: budget-friendly yurt glamping in a Missouri state park

Glamping in Montana

glamping in Montana at Paws Up Resort

With a booming tourism industry, rugged beauty and famous outdoor recreation, Montana is a natural destination for glamping. Though there are a wealth of options for enjoying luxury amid the wilderness, the Resort at Paws Up is something of a legend for glamping in Montana. The 37,000-acre wilderness retreat is set on the Blackfoot River, and is home to a sprawling cattle ranch, nature preserve, haute cuisine restaurant and spa. Guests can try out outdoor nature adventures, such as horseback riding, canoeing, rafting, canoeing, fly fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking and rapelling. There’s also paintball, skeet shooting, yoga, golf and ATV tours. Safari-style tents, tricked out with designer furniture and luxury bedding, are pitched along the river every summer, for the finest, and most pampered glamping in Montana. Camps, canvas-sided and Ðroofed cabins, are available year round, and come with wood burning stoves and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests are provided with everything they could want- from a camp chef, to nightly bonfires and s’mores, to a personal glamping butler, who caters to their every whim. It’s no wonder that this stunning location for glamping in Montana has been featured in premiere sources like the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, the Travel Channel and many more.

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  • Rates: $1215-$3434 per night
  • Location: Greenough, Montana
  • At a Glance: princely tent glamping in Montana, complete with spa and butler

Glamping in Nebraska

glamping in Nebraska at Oak Haven Vineyard

The chirp of crickets in the country air, a picnic dinner, and marshmallows toasting on the campfire… plus a flight of local wines. If you’ve ever imagined revisiting simple childhood pleasures, updated with adult sensibilities, try glamping in Nebraska at Oak Haven Vineyard. This working vineyard has two lovely glamping rental tents for overnight guests. Each is 12′ by 14′, set on an elevated platform with a shaded deck and Adirondack chairs. Inside, both are furnished with attractive antiques and queen size bed. Fires are kindled nightly in the shared fire pit, and guests are provided with s’mores. Guests can have foil dinners for campfire cooking delivered in the evening, or order breakfast served in their glamping tent. The vineyard offers tours, tastings and education. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect couple’s weekend

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  • Rates: $55-$75 per night
  • Location: Plattsmouth, Nebraska
  • At a Glance: tent glamping in Nebraska on a working vineyard

Glamping in Nevada

glamping in Nevada at Mustang Monument

If you love horses (and, really, who doesn’t?), you’ll fall hard for the utterly unique experience of glamping in Nevada at Mustang Monument, an eco-preserve unlike any other. The property occupies a majestic 900 square miles of painted desert and soaring bluffs, where 650 rescued wild horses roam free. Guests will be awestruck by the view from the mountain, the wide-sky sunsets and herds of grazing mustangs, as they embark on outdoor adventures like range shooting, archery, wagon rides, ropes courses, rappelling, mountain climbing, and the resort’s signature American Mustang Safari tour. As if that weren’t unusual enough, glamping guests can stay overnight in luxury tipis, which boast fine furniture, hardwood floors, custom beds, Native American textiles, and over 300 feet of living space. In-tipi spa treatments like massages and facials are even offered, and gourmet meals are served in the main lodge. For lavish living in a pristine patch of American Wild West, nothing could beat glamping in Nevada at Mustang Monument.

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  • Rates: $165 to $345 per night
  • Location: Tahoe City, Nevada
  • At a Glance: a lavish eco-retreat for glamping in Nevada, with mustangs, tipis, and outdoor activities

Glamping in New Hampshire

glamping in New Hampshire at Huttopia

Leave it to the French to bring a civilized touch to the rough-and-ready experience of camping. Huttopia was founded in 1999 in Lyon, France, and comprises a network of over 30 outdoor getaways in France and Canade, designed to take the grime and discomfort out of a night in nature. The Huttopia location in the White Mountains is the company’s first stateside location, and offers some of the finest glamping in New Hanpshire. Here, guests can stay in a cabin or charming wood and canvas tent set against a quiet, forested lake and bounded by two babbling streams. Swimmers can dive into the lake or take a dip in the resort’s heated pool. Canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, Frisbee golf, volleyball, hiking and fishing are also available. Local bands, storytellers and performers entertain guests on the weekends, and the resort also hosts sports tournaments. Meander over to the dining area at mealtimes, a spacious deck with cafe seating, where fine yet casual French food is served from a retrofitted Airstream trailer. You can even enjoy a glass of beer or wine with your croissants and crepes. With European style amid the great outdoors, Huttopia is certainly the best of both worlds.

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  • Rates: $39-$220 per night
  • Location: North Conway, New Hampshire
  • At a Glance: casual glamping in New Hampshire with French style and sophistication

Glamping in New Jersey

glamping in New Jersey at Holly Shores

Family-owned Holly Shores packs in plenty of recreation for young and old. This fun-filled camping resort is also a glamping destination- guests can not only rent homelike cabins or tenst spaces, but beautiful and well-appointed safari tents. Each bright white canvas safari tent is 16′ by 20′ and comes with a king bed, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, flush toilet, heating and cooling. Outside, each has a deck, grill, picnic table, and fire ring. On the grounds, guests have access to a heated pool with two hot tubs, bathhouses, a camp store and a playground. Activities are included in the price of rental, and are scheduled throughout the summer. Choices include Bingo, Arts and Crafts, Wet & Wild and Glow Stick Hayrides, Ceramics, Poolside Adult Bingo, Poolside Dance Parties, and Karaoke. Guests can also opt for extra activities by booking kayaking, biking or fishing. This destination for glamping in New Jersey not only welcomes kids of all ages, but is great for older family members, with wheelchair-accessible facilities and golf cart rentals for added mobility. Families can even bring their pets- there’s a fenced dog park right on the grounds.

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  • Rates: $100-$181 per night
  • Rates: Cape May, New Jersey
  • At a Glance: glamping in New Jersey in a casual and family-friendly environment

Glamping in New Mexico

Glamping in New Mexico at Fishtail Ranch

Fishtail Camp, situated in the mountains of Chama, offers wilderness adventures and glamping in New Mexico. Expert guides instruct guests in the fundamentals, ethics, and safety rules associated with basic horsemanship, fly fishing, archery, and hunting. All activities, snacks and meals are included in the cost of the glamping rental. Fishtail Ranch specializes in the “fair chase” hunting of free-ranging elk, which entails the sportsmanlike pursuit of wild animals, guided by ethical and legal principles. At night, log-and-canvas safari tents welcome visitors to bed down in comfort, with queen beds draped in gauzy netting, covered decks with seating, a fire pit, BBQ and lanterns. Bathrooms are located nearby in a shared facility. Glamping is available only during the summer months, when Fishtail Camp also hosts wilderness guide training camp for kids who want to learn tracking and outdoor survival skills.

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  • Rates: $435 per night
  • Location: Chama, New Mexico
  • At a Glance: glamping in New Mexico for hunters and nature lovers

Glamping in New York

glamping in New York at Firelight Camps

New Yorkers are a famously sophisticated bunch, and any glamping in New York worth its salt would have to meet some pretty high standards in hipster style. Firelight Camps fits the bill. This chic and charming glamping destination is set on the 70-acre grounds of La Tourelle Resort and Spa in Ithaca, in New York’s beautiful Finger Lake’s region. Ithaca is famous for its stunning gorges and waterfalls, and glamping guests will be camped right beside the Upper Buttermilk Falls hiking trails. The tents themselves feature stylish furnishings and queen beds with high thread-count sheets. Most are lit by battery power, while a few have electricity. Outside, a private campfire is lit twice daily by staff, who also furnish s’more supplies. Adjacent bathhouses have organic bath products. Firelight Camps caters to guests with an innovative “lobby tent”, where guests can check in, enjoy their complimentary breakfast (gluten free and vegan options available!), and sip coffee-snob quality, pour-over java, custom-roasted for Firelight. In the nearby lounge, games like bocce and corn hole are available, along with classic board games, and a bar serves an array of Finger Lakes craft beverages. In the morning, a local yogini leads an invigorating series of asana yoga flows outdoors. It’s hard to envision a more ideal spot for upscale hipster glamping in New York.

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  • Rates: $189-$259 per night, two-night minimum
  • Location: Ithaca, New York
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  • At a Glance: upscale hipster glamping in the New York Finger Lake region

Glamping in North Carolina

glamping in North Carolina at Blue Bear Mountain

With just two glamping rentals on the entire 150 acre property, Blue Bear Mountain gives visitors glamping in North Carolina exceptional seclusion and tranquility.
The cabin and tipi both feature eco-friendly construction, and have a deck with a rocking chair and a fire ring with log benches for outdoor relaxation. The cabin, which sleeps up to four, is solar powered and has a flush toilet and gas grill. The hand painted tipi, also solar powered, features a queen bed with fine linens and has an impressive mountain view. Guests can fish in the trout pond or hike in the surrounding area, exploring trails various that lead to sweeping mountain views or small waterfalls. Quiet and comfort in a beautiful mountain setting makes for simple and peaceful way to experience glamping in North Carolina.

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  • Rates: $80-$136 per night, 2 night minimum
  • Rates: Todd, North Carolina
  • At a Glance: secluded tipi or cabin glamping in North Carolina

Glamping in North Dakota

glamping in North Dakota at Custer's Cottage

The city of Medora is the #1 vacation destination in the state of North Dakota, with the nation’s largest grassland, the beautiful Badlands, and many historical sites. It’s also a great destination for history buffs to try out some unusual glamping in North Dakota- by spending the night in an authentic covered wagon. The owners of Custer’s Cottage, a bed and breakfast in Medora, have a total of five genuine shepherds’ covered wagons (“Wooly Wagons”) on their property, which serve as glamping rentals. Each is made from canvas and wood, and the snug quarters a lamp, table, coffee maker, and a cozy twin bed with a charming handmade quilt. Outside, guests can roast hot dogs over an open fore and relax around the tree-shaded picnic tables. Clean bathroom and shower facilities are located adjacent to the circle of wagons. Off site, visitors can explore the prairie dog towns, painted canyons and stunning rock formations of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, or follow in General Custer’s footsteps along Custer’s Trail.

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  • Rates: $28-$40 per night
  • Rates: Medora, North Dakota
  • At a Glance: cozy quarters for wagon glamping in North Dakota, close to historical sites

Glamping in Ohio

Glamping in Ohio at Burnt Toast Farms

Burnt Toast Farms,Êa biodynamic farm which raises flowers, heirloom vegetables and alpacas. The owners, back-to-the-land professionals turned farmers, are thoroughly versed in the French tradition of biodynamics and regenerativeÊagriculture, ethical stewardship, ecology, organic practices, and biointensive cultivation. Needless to say, Burnt Toast is a labor of love, and every part of the charming grounds reflects passion, idealism, and expertise. The glamping rental site is situated on three acres of prairie meadow, bordered by lush flower fields, and pastures dotted by grazing alpacas. The glamping rental unit is rotated based on the season- a tipi or tent in summer, a yurt in the colder months, and each is furnished with colorful and eclectic boho furniture and decor. Guests will enjoy a wood deck with seating, fire pit, gas grill, dual climate shower, restrooms, changing areas, daily Champagne breakfasts, and, of course, fresh-cut flowers and farm-fresh egs and produce. Out and about, visitors can try activities in the area such as kayaking, horseback riding, nature hikes, farm tours and wine tastings. Burnt Toast Farms frequently hosts weddings, and it’s easy to see why- the bright and charming atmosphere is photo-perfect. For couples’ glamping in Ohio, we vote for a relaxed and romantic agrotourism weekend at Burnt Toast.

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  • Rates: $110 night
  • Location: Paris Township, Ohio
  • At a Glance: idyllic agrotourist glamping in Ohio on a flower and alpaca farm

Glamping in Oklahoma

glamping in Oklahoma at Elephant Rock Nature Park

There are decidedly few destinations for glamping in Oklahoma. Fortunately for those looking to connect with nature in comfort, Elephant Rock Nature Park is not only one of the state’s only options, but an excellent one. Here, visitors can rent yurts, a classic of glamping lodgings, in the middle of 210 acres of the beautiful Ozark foothills. The units have room for the whole family, with two full beds and a futon of the same size. There’s also a complete kitchen with stove, oven and microwave, and a bathroom with shower. Unlike most campgrounds in the state, the Elephant Rock yurt is open year-round, thanks to great insulation and climate control. A five-foot glass widow at the peak of the domed ceiling, allows guests to gaze up at the stars from the comfort of their yurt. Outside, glamping guests can grill on the BBQ, warm up by a campfire, eat at a picnic table or relax in the hammock. There are miles of mountain trails and guided nature hikes avaible for daytime excursions, but the main attraction is the park’s stretch of the Illinois River. Bordered by limestone bluffs and gravel shoals, with occasional whitewater, the Illinois is Oklahoma’s premier scenic floating river, and visitors can rent kayaks, canoes or rafts to experience it. Don’t miss the park’s namesake rock formation, a prominent outcropping of elephant-head-shaped limestone that can be spotted as you float down the river.

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  • Rates: $120-140 per night
  • Location: Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • At a Glance: relaxing yurt glamping in Oklahoma on the Illinois River

Glamping in Oregon

glamping in Orgeon at Camp Dakota

There are almost too many fun things to do at Camp Dakota. There’s zip lines, a high ropes challenge course, archery, tomahawk throwing, paintball, a rock climbing wall, gold panning, treasure hunting and an 18-holes of Frisbee golf, for starters. Many visitors come for outdoor group challenges or team building activities. Some spend the night in RVs, cabins or pitch tents. But you’re here, no doubt, for some of the best glamping in Oregon, so head straight to the resort’s large and comfortable tipis, yurts and safari tents, which sleep between 4 and 9 people. The fun doesn’t stop once you unpack in your glamping rental unit- each is equipped with indoor games like foosball, pool, air hockey and darts. Glamping rentals are also party-friendly; the tents and yurts have decks and gas grills perfect for a BQ dinner, or you can order catered meals or pizza delivery. Want some downtime? Relax by the campfire, take the kids to the playground or just wander around the 45 forested acres. This adventure-packed glamping destination is also surprisingly convenient- just one hour from about an hour from Portland or Salem, Oregon.


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  • Rates: $170-$185 per night
  • Location: Scotts Mills, Oregon
  • At a Glance: group glamping in Orgeon on a fun-filled outdoor adventure resort

Glamping in Pennsylvania

Oz's Homestay in Pennsylvania

You’d love to go glamping in Pennsylvania, if only that didn’t mean having to give up golfing and massages for hiking and campfires. Fortunately, there’s Shawnee Inn. Set at the foot of the Pocono Mountains, this majestic and historic retreat has welcomed patrician nature lovers since 1911. On the grounds of this magnificent golf resort, you’ll find four glamping rentals, outfitted in comfort and style, where you can access the best of both worlds. In and around the manor, there’s award-winning, world-class golf and yoga, spa treatments, concerts and an onsite brewpub. Out on the grounds of the estate, there’s rafting, bocce, archery, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. At night, you’ll return to your glamping rental- a cushy safari tent pitched alongside the river or out on a small island accessible only by guided canoe, where an island attendant serves as nature guide and concierge. Each tent has electricity (even wifi), a private deck, hammock, fire area, luxury bedding and, of course, splendid views of the water. Your gourmet breakfast is included, andfie, farm-to-table dining can be had in the resort’s cafe, brewpub or dining room.  You only have to visit The Shawnee Inn once to be captivated by its majestic mountain scenery and historic charm. Just two miles from the Delaware Water Gap and I-80, this landmark resort sits at the rolling foothills of Pennsylvania’s magnificent Pocono Mountains just 70 miles from New York City and 100 miles from Philadelphia. If your fantasy for glamping in Pennsylvania includes a facial, steak and craft ale, look no further than Shawnee Inn.

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  • Rates: $269 per night
  • Rates: East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • At a Glance: golf and glamping in Pennsylvania on the grounds of a stately historic resort

Glamping in Rhode Island

glamping in Rhode Island at Dyer Woods Campgrounds

You’ve tried glamping in yurts, tents, trailers, tipis and treehouses. So why not try something truly different by glamping in Rhode Island in a cozy cabin… in a nudist resort? If your idea of getting natural means ditching your clothing along with your smartphone, look no further than Dyer Woods Campgrounds. For over 50 years, Dyer Woods has offered the finest clothing-free camping and glamping in Rhode Island. The grounds have a spring-fed swimming pond with water slide, a wood-fired sauna, picnic area, and abundant wooded hiking trails. Guests can play volleyball, tetherball or Frisbee golf as well. While the majority of visitors choose to stay in tents or RVs, Dyer Woods also has a small cabin available for glamping rental. The cozy cabin, set in a little wooded glen, has room for four with a queen bed and futon, along with a kitchenette, grill, and shady deck. The bathhouse, with showers and toilets, is a short walk away. If you’re ready to strip off your stress and inhibitions, you’re bound to have a weekend of freedom and fun by nude glamping in Rhode Island at Dyer Woods.

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  • Rates: $105 per night
  • Location: Foster, Rhode Island
  • At a Glance: a modest cabin for nudist glamping in Rhode Island

Glamping in South Carolina

glamping in South Carolina at Happy Earth Farm

Wake up to the rooster’s crow and savor a lazy morning in your luxurious tent at Happy Earth Farm. This charming organic farm welcomes agrotourists for laid-back glamping in North Carolina, just eight miles from the quaint country town of Aiken. The 14′ by 16′ safari tent is set on a wooden platform and has electricity, a covered porch with Adirondack chairs, two queen beds and a futon. The simple and charming decor is all white canvas, natural wood, and pops of sunny color, including a multicolored glass chandelier. A nearby shared bathhouse has a flushing toilet and sink, plus an outdoor shower. Glamping guests can also share the use of a gas grill and swimming pool. If you’re staying on the farm, you’ll want to tour the fields of organic fruit and vegetables, and meet the farm’s many animals, including beef cattle, egg laying chickens, meat chickens, turkeys and guinea fowl. Guests who want to get their hands dirty are welcome to try their hand at gathering eggs from the chickens, feeding the turkeys or various other farm chores. The quaint country town of Aiken has a number of cute restaurants, antique stores and historical attractions as well. Don’t miss the chance to try out a local craft beer at the Aiken Brewing Company. But plan of having your morning meal on the farm; breakfast is included and- with eggs, honey and produce straight from the farm- not to be missed.

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  • Rates: $53 per night
  • Rates: Aiken, South Carolina
  • At a Glance:glamping in South Carolina with country charm on a working organic farm

Glamping in South Dakota

glamping at Allen Ranch Campground in North Dakota

With its natural rugged beauty, caves, rock formations and ancient forests, the Black Hills are the ideal location for glamping in South Dakota. Here, Allen Ranch Campground hosts glamping rentals and a tipi village on the banks of gentle, hot-spring-fed river called “Minnekahta”, the river of warm water. The campground has been owned by the same family for five generations, and guests glamping on the property will immediately feel like family themselves. The hosts serve up hearty, family style cowboy fare at dinnertime, such as barbecue with beans and grilled corn. The Allen Ranch is deeply immersed in the area’s rich history of mountain men and the Lakota Sioux Nation, and shares this with visitors through demonstrations, reenactments and authentic touches, like the accurate styling of the tipi village. The canvas glamping tents have wood flooring, hotel-style queen beds with gauzy netting, attractive furniture and electricity. Guests can swim or tube on the river, hike, or watch for wildlife like wild turkeys, deer and flying squirrels. Venture off the property, and you can visit natural wonders such as Evan’s Plunge a giant natural mineral hot spring with water slides and a plunge pool, and Mammoth Site, the world’s largest deposit of mammoth remains on earth.

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  • Rates: $50-$120 per night
  • Rates: Hot Springs, South Dakota
  • At a Glance: glamping in South Dakota with tubing, cowboy dinners and historical reenactments

Glamping in Tennessee

glamping in Tennessee at the Grandview Mountain Cottages

Some glamping destinations focus on providing indoor-style pampering with outdoor styling (think traditional hotel room with tent walls and outdoor decor). But the Cowgirl Cabin at Grandview Mountain Cottages is just the opposite- a homelike cabin with pretty furnishings that’s fully off the grid. No plumbing or electricity here; guests can use collected rainwater and LED lanterns instead, along with what must be the world’s cutest outhouse. Heat is supplied by a wood-burning stove, an outdoor solar-heated shower serves for cleaning, an outdoor grill over an open fire or charcoal pit provides a way to cook. Though the lifestyle recalls a simpler time, the decor is thoroughly refined, with white, pastel, understated floral and shabby-chic decor throughout. Eco-friendly principles dictated the cabin’s construction and maintenance- low-VOC paint, salvaged materials and natural cleaning products are used throughout. There are beautiful forest and mountain views from the cabin’s balcony, and guests can look for wildlife passing by, such as deer, red fox, and possums. The 145-acre grounds have miles of hiking trails and a spring fed fish pond. The Grandview Mountain Cottages grows heirloom, organic berries, fruit, vegetables and herbs, all of which are used in the on-site farmhouse kitchen, which serves baked goods and artisan pizzas, along with farm eggs, butter and homemade jams. Venture off the property to visit nearby orchards and farms, and you’ll see cows, donkeys, goats and chickens. Hikes in the surrounding area can take you to a number of scenic waterfalls, as the grounds are located the center of Cumberland Trail System. For stylish, off-grid glamping in Tennessee, you won’t find a more charming choice than the Cowgirl Cabin at Grandview Mountain Cottages.

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  • Rates: $125 per night
  • Rates: Grandview, Tennessee
  • At a Glance: a quaint, off-grid cabin for glamping in Tennessee

Glamping in Texas

glamping in Texas at El Cosmico

Founded in the early 1880s as a railroad water stop, the small, desert city of Marfa is a today a major hub for large-scale minimalist art. A town with cutting-edge museums and galleries like Building 98, cool festivals like Marfa Myths, and trendy stores like Cobra Rock, it’s no surprise that El Cosmico, the town’s premiere glampground, is the hippest place for glamping in Texas. This 21-acre “nomadic hotel” is home to such glamping rental units as vintage trailers, scout tents, Mongolian-yurts, and Sioux-style tepees. Needless to say, all are created with the most refined and eye-popping bohemian-modern aesthetics, and feature rugged iron, weathered wood, leather, industrial materials, and indigenous textiles. Each room has electricity and climate control, and guests have access to a bath house, wood-fired hot tubs, and bikes, as well as a shaded hammock grove for lounging. Craft cocktails, food, and artistic gifts and provisions can all be purchased on site and enjoyed outdoors in the picnic area. El Cosmico regularly hosts events like outdoor culinary instruction, songwriting workshops and art classes. After a day visiting the local museums and galleries, head out to the city limits and you may get a look at the mysterious Marfa Lights, otherworldly glowing orbs sometimes reported in the area’s night sky.

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  • Rates: $65-$185 per night
  • Location: Marfa, Texas
  • At a Glance: an ultra-stylish “nomadic hotel” for glamping in Texas

Glamping in Utah

glamping in Utah at Capitol Reef Resort

Glamping in Utah is bound to be a delight. The state has wide skies, sunny weather and a stunning landscapes, including some truly spectacular rock formations. Even among glamping destinations in Utah, Capitol Reef Resort stands out. The 58-acre resort is set in the midst of the “Grand Circle of National Parks,” close to Grand Staircase, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Zion National Park. The resort offers outdoor adventures to day visitors as well as overnights guests, including guided hikes, horseback riding, and llama excursions. There are elegant cabins for rent, but we prefer the glamping rentals- glamorous tipis and luxurious Conestoga covered wagons. Both are situated at the foot of the magnificent Red Cliffs, and feature pillow-top king beds, large flat screen TV, and wifi, and are steps away from a shared bathroom. On the grounds, glamping guests have access to a pool, jacuzzi and gym, as well as laundry facilities. At mealtimes, western comfort fare, like skirt steak and grilled trout, is served up at the resort’s “Pioneer Kitchen.”

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  • Rates: $149 per night
  • Location: Torrey, Utah
  • At a Glance: covered wagons and tipis for glamping in Utah near multiple national parks

Glamping in Vermont

glamping in Vermont at Cabinsense

Cabinsense is the place for glamping in Vermont for those who want rugged beauty and a few simple comforts, without excessive coddling and pampering. The glamping rental is a picture-perfect, classic log cabin, built from massive, full-scribed (Swedish Cope) white pine logs. The beautiful premises are entirely without cell phone reception, indoor plumbing or electricity. Nonetheless, guests will stay warm, thanks to extensive, recycled-fiber insulation, a wood-burning stove, and an outdoor campfire ring. Guests can roast hot dogs over the open fire, use the indoor stove griddle, or have a full cookout on the BBQ grill. (dare we say) quaint outhouse is located a short distance from the cabin. This rustic setting is about as primitive as glamping gets, yet the beauty and thoughtful design of the lodgings elevates this above your average campground. The cabin is furnished with antiques, and furniture handmade from branches. The cleverly design wood-burning stove acts as a heater, griddle, hot water boiler and even as oven. The covered porch looks directly out onto one of three spring-fed ponds on the property. The 175-acre grounds are the biggest draw- mossy ledges and pristine old-growth forests with scenic hiking trails leading to springs, bogs and elevated views. There’s even a rope swing that swings out over the pond for some serious plunges. Guests are likely to spot wildlife such as owls, ducks, deer, foxes and even black bears. Activities include hiking, swimming, kayaking, or just resting in the shaded hammock and appreciating the quiet. With no cell phone service, you’ll be truly unplugged when glamping in Vermont at Cabinsense.

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  • Rates: $150 per night
  • Location: Fairlee, Vermont
  • At a Glance: rustic, off-grid glamping in Vermont in a fabulous log cabin

Glamping in Virginia

glamping in Virginia at Storybook Stays

Two luxury tipis are available for glamping rental: one with a queen bed, and a slightly larger one with an additional pull-out couch. Both have indoor sinks and fireplaces, and are decorated with a rustic-chic vibe. Heated outdoor showers and a clean outhouse can be found a few steps away. Outside, guests can cook on the camp stove, toast marshmallows over the fire pit, snooze in their own hammock, or gather for a meal around the picnic table. There are plenty of on-site, outdoor activities for active families. Glamping guests can stay busy playing games in the rec fields, hiking the 3 miles of trails, fishing the stocked lake, and taking horse back riding lessons or group trail rides. If you’re visiting with the kids, make time for a trip into town to visit Amazement Square, an educational kids museum packed with hands-on activities, including a climbing wall, slide and zipline. This glamping destination is also located close to Liberty University, making it a great weekend getaway for overworked students to de-stress with friends in the great outdoors.

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  • Rates: $75 per night
  • Rates: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • At a Glance: tipi glamping in Virginia with trail rides and a petting zoo

Glamping in Washington

 Glamping in Washington at Contentment Acres

If your idea of “contentment” includes tranquil scenery, comfortable lodgings and low-key outdoor activities, you’ll find it at Contentment Acres. This is the ideal place for glamping in Washington when you want a quiet place to unwind with the family. The 20-acre property has a pavilion, a bar/cook area, propane fire rings (regulations prohibit wood fires), tidy outhouses, water spigots, horseshoes, and hammocks. Glamping rentals are 16′ by 20′ safari tents pitched beneath a pavilion-style roof on an elevated platform. Inside, the homelike furnishings are both attractive and cozy, with armchairs, a king bed, wood-burning stove, full kitchen, composting toilet, and indoor solar shower. Each glamping rental tent has a covered outdoor porch, equipped with seating and a propane BBQ grill, as well.The 20-acre property is deeply wooded and set on the border of Pinchot National Forest, with its stunning forests, mountains, river valleys, waterfalls, and volcanoes. Visit the nearby White Salmon River for white water rafting, or drive to the Columbia River and try your hand at wind surfing and kite boarding, or just hike through the beautiful Glamping guests can explore the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

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  • Rates: $125 per night
  • At a Glance: quiet, comfortable and cozy tent glamping in Washington

Glamping in West Virginia

glamping in West Virginia at Three Otters eco-Retreat

You’re more than likely to experience decision paralysis when faced with the many fabulous and unusual options for guests at Three Otters Eco-Retreat. This remarkable getaway for glamping in West Virgina offers luxury yurts, cabins, vintage trailers, traditional tents, bell tents, pop-up campers, and tent cottages. Feeling even more daring? You can also rent a “floating tree tent,” a hammock-like, clear-sided, three-person tent suspended 4 feet off the forest floor. With so many options, there’s a glamping rental unit for every budget, group size and desired level of comfort. For the most glamorous glamping, we recommend the yurts and tent cottages, which are furnished with cute furniture and snug beds, and have electricity, fans, heaters, area rugs, and coffee pots. On-site, glamping guests will have access to a bathhouse, campfire area, organic garden, cafe, forest trails, grill pavilion, picnic area, and a dock on the Potomac River. Three Otters’ mission is to connect modern people to the Great Outdoors, and the resort offers a number of outdoor adventures, like tubing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. The center also hosts workshops, classes and retreats on yoga, permaculture, cooking and creative arts. For a little extra rest and relaxation, visit nearby Berkeley Springs, the nationÕs first spa town, for a mineral water soak.

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  • Rates: $40-$165 per night
  • Location: Great Cacapon, West Virginia
  • At a Glance: back-to-nature glamping in West Virginia on the Potomac River

Glamping in Wisconsin

glamping in Wisconsin at Justin Trails

Glamping in Wisconsin is as pretty as a picture when you’re curled up in the “Wisconsin Camping Cabin” at Justin Trails. This cheery little azure cabin has all the basics, plus room enough for a large family. You’ll be able to sleep up to six with three plus beds: a king, a queen, a Select Comfort full, plus an optional cot. There’s a refrigerator, climate control, and plenty of seating indoors and outside on the private deck. Bathrooms and showers are located 35 feet away in a rather elegant, renovated barn. A small garden surrounds the cabin, which abuts one of the resort’s two Frisbee golf courses. If you prefer a more rustic dwelling, Justin’s Trails also has a hand-crafted, Sioux-style tipi for rent. A hearty farm-to-table breakfast is included in the price of glamping rental, and lunch, wine and cheese and desserts are available as well. On the grounds, there’s plenty to see and do; Justin Trails has 50 acres of organic farmland as well as 150 acres of oak savanna and woodland forest. Take a farm tour, a yoga class or participate in a Frisbee golf tournament. In the colder months, try sledding, snow tubing, snow shoeing, or cross country skiing on the property. With such a charming setting and so much to do year round, its no surprise that this destination for glamping in Wisconsin was ranked in the state’s Top Ten Eco-Luxury Inns by the state’s Department of Tourism.

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  • Rates: $129 per night
  • Location: Sparta, Wisconsin
  • At a Glance: a charming setting for tipi or cabin glamping in Wisconsin

Glamping in Wyoming

glamping in Wyoming at Brush Creek Ranch

For truly elite glamping in Wyoming, Brush Creek Ranch Resort and Spa is without peer. The resort is consistently rated as among the nation’s very best by such discriminating sources as Conde Nast, Forbes and Elle. Brush Creek occupies 30,000 acres of pristine land in the heart of the Platte River Valley, surrounded by sweeping views of the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountains. Here, guests enjoy superlative luxury, from fine libations to spa pampering, while also indulging in outdoor adventures. Here, you can try fly fishing on 20 miles of private river, hut elk, deer, and moose, or hike, bike or ride on horseback over 100 miles of scenic trails. In winter, try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. Adventurous souls can try rock climbing, paintball, an elevated ropes course or zip lines. All lodgings are sumptuous, from the restored log cabins to the opulent lodges on the property, but our pick for glamping is the resort’s luxury yurt. A wilderness guide and wrangler personally lead glamping guests on horseback to the 700-foot yurt, which is located in the more remote reaches of the resort’s property. Though far afield, guests will feel pampered amid sumptuous furnishings and spacious digs. Your guide will personally prepare your gourmet meals during your stay, and might your campfire in the evening (s’mores fixings provided, of course). You won’t find a more elite way to experience glamping in Wyoming.

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  • Rates: $800 per night
  • Rates: Saratoga, Wyoming
  • At a Glance: opulent glamping in Wyoming, with spa, dude ranch and everything in between