My sleepover at Long Point Eco Adventure
The king sized bed, complete with Fairmont brand linens, is calling my name. While I’m chilly from spending my last few hours outside at an observatory, my gorgeous nest is deliciously warm, as I had the clever foresight to turn on the electric blanket. I slip between the buttery warm sheets with a happy shiver, dipping into a bowl of snacks as I connect to Wi-Fi.
A minute later, I see a ferocious spider, inching towards me.
Welcome to glamping! Not quite camping, not quite a glamorous hotel, this unique hybrid form of accommodation is fast becoming a travel trend. But what is the experience like, who is it for, and – most of all – does it represent good value?
Glamping at Long Point Eco Adventures
My experience at Long Pont Eco Adventures in Norfolk County is in many ways typical of the glamping experience. While glamping accomodations can vary from yurts to log cabins, most consist of safari-style canvas tents. Those at Long Point Eco-Adventures are custom made by local craftspeople (a greenhouse company constructed the frame; a sailing company developed the canvas roofs). The result is a custom creation that is perfect for the local climate and a reflection of diverse, homegrown talent. No matter what the setting, glampers can expect a solid structure and protection from the elements, a waterproof roof, a soft, warm bed, and plenty of amenities – running water, electricity, and Wi-Fi are common features. You can also count on a comfortable bathroom. Long Point Eco Adventures' glamping suite had a modern flush toilet, a normal sink, and a private, outdoor “rain” style shower. And, yes, there is the occasional rogue bug that makes its way inside! Nothing that a well-aimed shoe can’t take care of!
Activities, Adventures, and Accommodations
Glamping is not so much a form of accommodation as it is an experience. If you simply wanted to explore nature, you could stay at a traditional campground at just a fraction of the cost. If you wanted a glamorous hotel experience, you could always go the traditional route and book a suite in the city. Glamping is an all-encompassing experience. At Long Point Eco-Adventures, guests can enjoy the observatory program, access to nature trails and their most famous activity: zip-lining! At other glamping locations elsewhere you might have the option to learn wilderness and survival skills, go on a safari, take a cooking class, or even have a spa treatment. Mornings at Long Point bring homemade, cooked to order breakfast from the on site chef in a special dining tent and in other locations you can expect a food component as part of your glamping experience.
Is Glamping For You?
I would highly recommend glamping for anyone who likes trying something new and is always on the lookout for unique travel experiences. I think it would also be a great option for a group or family with diverse interests, as it’s the perfect compromise between roughing it and having the creature comforts of the hotel world. It would also be the perfect solution for anyone with health concerns who would love to go camping but requires certain amenities and accommodations for their wellbeing.
Is Glamping Good Value?
Last but not least: Is glamping good value? Those who want more than just accommodations, who are seeking an entire travel experience, will find good value in glamping. However, if all you seek is a place to sleep and if you have little interest in the adventure activities (or a real aversion to the occasional bug), you are likely better off seeking traditional accommodations.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Would you try glamping?
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My stay at Long Point Eco Adventures was facilitated by Norfolk County Tourism. This did not affect my review and opinions remain my own.
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