As daylight savings creeps ever closer and the Pacific Northwest finally begins to melt away the biblical snowfall that a particularly ornery Father Winter dropped over the last few months, the longing for adventure intensifies. Every great spring day spent outside is capped with a warm beverage and a soft pillow, and so, we honor Glamping as the star of week nine of our #52AdventureChallenge.
Though some might argue that digging a snow cave or setting up a tent beneath a frigid March sky might ring truer to an adventure challenge, those who know the pure joy of waking up somewhere deep in the backcountry next to a warm, old cast iron stove might attest otherwise. “Glamping” is literally shorthand for “glamorous camping,” and we—a crew with an affinity for the outdoors—define “glamor” differently than most. Glamping, in our minds, is less throw pillows or steamed milk in our coffee and more about truly unique and sometimes historical lodging experiences nestled among mountains all along the West Coast and beyond.
Reserving an old fire tower or a cabin is no easy feat, especially on the weekends. Our best advice to you: plan your trip well in advance—in some cases, securing a weekend spot might even require planning as far as a year in advance. Recreation.gov is typically the best resource when it comes to planning and reservations. Or, skirt the process altogether and plan a weekend away at a resort like Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort or Patterson Lake Cabins. Truly, when you find yourself with a soft place to rest your head and the mountains situated at the foot of your bed, it’s hard to go wrong.
Arguably one of the most luxurious Glamping options on this list, the Journeyman Lodge in Callaghan Country is 15 kilometers from any roads and remarkably secluded. Yet the friendly staff serves three meals a day and the lodge provides amenities like hot showers, boot warmers, and pool tables. The best part: It’s privy to over 100 kilometers of cross-country, snowshoe, and alpine ski touring trails and routes that lead to some unbelievable terrain and stunning vistas.
Leavenworth is one of Washington’s premier year-round adventure destinations. All breeds of outdoorsy types revel in the terrain and sweeping views. Whether you’re a climber, a skier, a hiker, or a mountain biker, the Rustic Stone Cabin serves up an incredibly secluded, cozy experience in the heart of it all.
The Tilly Jane A-Frame is tucked up into the Mount Hood National Forest and is one of Oregon’s favorite and most coveted overnight destinations both in the heart of winter and the heat of summer. The 2.5-mile journey in, on a clear day, serves up staggering views of Mount Hood, and, incredibly, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and even Mount Rainier. The cabin itself is cozy, and perfect for bigger groups—the spacious A-frame sleeps up to 20.
The rustic Pear Lake Ski Hut is situated 6 miles from the trailhead and requires a whopping 2,000 feet of climbing to reach. But once you’re there, the cozy cabin can sleep up to 10 people comfortably (everyone gets their own bed!) and is a perfect base camp for a wealth of adventure within the craggy granite ranges of the Sierra high country.
Staying in a yurt is a wholly novel experience, and the Phoenix Ridge Backcountry Yurt nestled deep within the La Garita Mountains serves up a somewhat magical experience. Solar panels help to provide lights over the wood-burning stove in the cozy kitchen and a space big enough to accommodate eight people comfortably.
We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!