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Glamping is a modern twist to traditional camping

Experience nature during an overnight trip, but still have access to amenities much like home?

If that sounds like a good combination, “glamping” could be your perfect storm of isolation, comfort and relaxation.

Glamping, also known as “glamorous camping,” gained some steam in the early 2000s, and is becoming quite popular in present-day America.

Kathy and Jim Henderson just opened their Carbon County glamping site.

“It’s not tent camping as you know it,” Kathy Henderson said. “We’re working on a shower house - a place where you can grab a shower; each site has its own. We’ll offer hot and cold running water, which usually isn’t done when you’re tent camping.”

The Hendersons’ local site, Camp Temike, features two glamping setups - 4 Oaks and Serenity.

“They’re not right next to each other. If you went to 4 Oaks, you’re on your own,” Henderson said. “When you go to a campground and you pull in, you’re right on top of each other. There’s no quiet, no peacefulness. You’re there and it’s noisy.”

Each glamping area features a canvas tent built on a platform. Additionally, there is a kitchen set up, fire ring and plenty of outdoor seating.

“We had some excavation work and site-prep work that had to be done,” said Henderson. “We had to improve the roadway that was already there. The fire chief wanted to make sure an ambulance could get into the tent sites in case there was an emergency, which was great.”

The Hendersons partner with a company called Tentrr, which lists over 1,000 countrywide glamping sites for rent.

“They actually contacted us about two years ago,” Henderson explained.

“We had looked at it, and we weren’t quite ready and weren’t quite sure if that’s what we wanted to do. … We started this process late last year and it just took us this long to get through zoning and we had to upgrade our homeowner’s insurance.”

The Hendersons plan to install a third primitive site in the future.

“For people how have their own tent and equipment who can come in at a good price to put their platform and tent on. We’ll will provide the fire ring and basic bathroom facility.”

They join Blue Mountain Resort, which has several glamping sites; Whippoorwill Woods, located near Lehighton starting at $150 a night; Stream Side near Kunkletown, starting at $135 a night, and several near Jim Thorpe.

Every glamping site offers a unique experience.

For example, further out in the Poconos, The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort offers riverside glamping.

“They have chefs come out and cook breakfast in the morning,” said Chris Barrett, president/CEO, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “And they (the patrons) can use all of all of the amenities of the resort. The tents are serviced as if they are a (hotel) room. That’s what really makes it successful, the experiences.”

Barrett said local glamping gained a ton of steam about five years ago. “It doesn’t really appeal to everybody,” said Barrett. “But there’s a definite market for it. It’s growing there’s no question about it.”

The cost of a two-night minimum stay at either 4 Oaks or Serenity is $125 per night, which includes other additional amenities.

“For people who need to get out and get into the nature, solitude and quiet, this is what they do,” Henderson added.

Part of an outdoor section of the Hendersons' glamping area. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
A look inside of the tent at one of the Hendersons' glamping sites in Carbon County. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO