It’s no secret that glamping is on the rise. More and more people are looking for unique places to stay that become part of the experience instead of just a place to rest your head. It’s the perfect way to bridge the gap between roughing it and escaping the hustle and bustle of a city. Now, bridging that gap is even easier with the use of Glamping Hub.
What is Glamping Hub?
Glamping Hub is a third party site that puts travelers in contact with hosts of various glamping sites across the world. Think AirBNB but for gorgeous glamping spots.
Their website is beautiful and, more importantly, easy to use. Simply search a city, state or country to find a wide variety of options laid out in front of you. You can choose between tipis, safari tents, tree houses, yurts, tiny houses and more. There are filters to help you get exactly what you’re looking for including price, number of guests, and more.
When you find a property you want, you simply fill out the dates and send out a request. Once your request is confirmed you make a payment and you’re ready to get glamping. You’re put in direct communication with your host and they can answer any questions that you may have.
My Experience With Glamping Hub
The adorable 98-square-foot tiny house that my mom and I stayed in.
When my mom and I decided to take a girls trip to Asheville, we immediately jumped on Glamping Hub to check out where to stay. We found this tiny house, and decided we just had to give it a go. (We’ve both been intrigued by the idea of tiny-house-living.) The glamping site I booked was in the process of being moved from a more secluded area just outside of Asheville to inside the city near a beautiful lake. My host was always very quick to respond and was very open about the fact that they were still in a setup process after the move to the new location. I was so smitten with the tiny house, so I didn’t mind at all.
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Even though this tiny house was in a backyard, it still felt secluded. It was in a gorgeous part of town and the tiny house had its own tiny yard to unwind in. Our host made the perfect space to enjoy a craft beer, grill something or even make a small bonfire.
Inside, there’s a sofa bed immediately to a the left (aka, my mom’s “room”), a loft bed up top (aka, my “room”). All the way to the back was the kitchen and bathroom. The 98 square feet of this glamping site was utilized perfectly.
The kitchen has a small gas stovetop, all the cooking/eating utensils you would need, a mini-fridge, a microwave and loads of staples to help you make a meal or two. As a budget traveler, I really loved this as it helps travelers keep their funds in check.
In addition to spices and other cooking supplies, there is vast selection teas, coffees and fixings. It’s perfect.
The bathroom has it all. There is a compost toilet and the tiniest shower I’ve ever seen. Everything in the house is well-labeled with very clear instructions of how to use it.
The loft bed was cozy, but very tiny. It was perfect for my 5-foot-3-self.
In the evening our tiny house’s tiny yard became magical-looking from the glow of the perfectly placed cozy lights. I truly loved the tiny house and its perfect layout. It makes the best glamping spot for anyone wandering through Asheville.
Let’s Get Real:
While I had an incredible experience with Glamping Hub, there are a couple things I wish I would’ve known when booking.
First of all, the price that’s listed on the listing isn’t the definite price. While this booking lists for $79.18, that’s not what I would’ve had to pay for each night because it differs depending on the date selected. I don’t mind that this is the case. However, as a user I would like to see something that says “starting at” or a scale of what the prices could be. Plus, don’t forget, like other sites, there’s also the possibility of an additional cleaning fee.
Secondly, I didn’t think that my listing was very clear on one subject: air conditioning. Our tiny house was without a/c. This was a bit of a surprise when we showed up on a 93 degree day. However, my host was really gracious and checked in multiple times to make sure we were okay. She also gave us multiple tips on how to cool down the house. While I know there’s a listing of all the things included in the tiny house, I just assumed that along with the gas fireplace, there would probably be a small a/c unit. It was something that I felt should maybe have been stressed a bit more. In the end it all worked out, but I would just make sure to ask hosts about amenities if it’s unclear. This is especially important if certain things would be deal-breakers for you.
Why Asheville is the Perfect Glamping Location
One of the things I love about glamping is that you can make your experience completely your own. You can pick a place way out in a secluded area or you can stay in a natural spot within a town. Because of this, Asheville is perfect. Asheville, like glamping, is the perfect combo of nature + culture and you can make a trip there unique to you.
My mom and I used our tiny house as a jumping off point for day trips to Black Mountain and Highlands. Plus, being in the city meant that I had plenty of opportunities to show my mom my favorite things in Asheville.
* Although I stayed in this tiny home courtesy of Glamping Hub, my opinions, as always, are my own.
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