Archive for the ‘Destinations’ Category
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
We’ve teamed up with the folks over at Challenger Ridge Vineyard to offer our brand of luxury camping in Concrete, WA – cause for savvy sippers to rejoice! Glamping, or, glamorous camping, is everything you’ve always wanted camping to be. And now, it’s where you’ve always wanted it to be 100 miles Northeast of Seattle in a picturesque vineyard!
Scott Hale, our Chief Experience Officer, recognized “this collaboration is a great opportunity for Challenger, Wanderlust and all of our loyal patrons and guests who trust us both to deliver something fun and unique.”
We’ve equipped “Camp Challenger” sites with a classic canvas wall tent and tasteful furnishings including a cushy queen sized bed and real mattress appointed with luxury linens. Guests will get to choose between a vineyard overlook glamping spot and a glamping spot right along the shores of the mighty Skagit River.
Challenger Ridge Owners Doug Spady and Ryan Constanti added “Our ownership group of six guys started with a vision in 2006 of making Challenger Ridge a destination vineyard and winery. We’re getting there in a hurry with this launch.”
Challenger Ridge Vineyard and Winery is the 65 acre home to Washington’s finest pinot noir plants and has also produced barrels of top-notch medaling wines. In addition to Vineyard Glamping, Challenger Ridge offers traditional camping, artist fairs, live music and a spectacular backdrop for retreats and weddings. The vineyard’s location in the foothills of the Northern Cascades also makes it a spectacular basecamp for fishing, hiking, biking, rafting and birding.
In addition to Camp Challenger, our launches include ‘Camp San Juan’ which serves up glamping experiences in three different Washington State Parks throughout the summer of 2013. We specialize in redefining, reimagining and reinventing camping and the guest experience and also provides glamping tent rental for regional events.
To learn more about Vineyard Glamping and to book your adventure, visit www.WanderlustCamps.com or call 877-589-3226.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
We’ve equipped Camp San Juan sites with a classic canvas wall tent and tasteful furnishings including a cushy queen sized bed (and real mattress) appointed with luxury linens. You’re entire experience will be outfitted and provisioned including breakfast, lunch and a scrumptious dinner prepared on-site with locally sourced ingredients.
Looking for Adventure? We’ve got you covered from guided hikes, to guided bike rides and sea kayaking. It’s an effortless, authentic way to connect with nature.
We’re in three different Washington State Parks throughout the summer of 2013. That means you’ll have five different chances to get out in style. Each experience includes prime-time and opt-in adventures so you can chart your own course.
Heading out Memorial Day weekend for an annual adventure? How about the 4th of July? Glamping sites will be all setup in Moran State Park on Orcas Island for three-night/four-day experiences
• May 24th – 27th
• July 1st – July 4th
• July 5th – July 8th
Looking to officially celebrate the start of summer and end of school? Wanderlust will have glamping sites ready to go for another three-night/four-day experience in Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island June 21st – 24th.
If you’re more about capping off a summer of full-on old school camping with some glamping, your last chance will be in Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island for another three-night/four-day adventure August 30th – September 2nd.
If your schedule doesn’t jive with these dates, have no fear! We’ll help you setup camp like you’ve never seen before – on your schedule. Drop by Camp San Juan to fill out your Glamping on Demand request form.
For more information on these limited edition Washington State glamping experiences, just go to www.campsanjuan.com.
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
What better way to close out summer than to look back on all the fun you were searching for. While there are a variety of ways to distill the data, the folks over at imageshack have done it better than most with an in depth look into what your desired based on popular Google searches by country.
We’re pleased to announce that in Google searches for summer fun, camping ranked #1 in France, #2 in the USA, #3 in Canada and #4 in Spain, Italy and Great Britain. What could’ve possible ranked higher? Have a look below and start planning your 2013 experiences before it’s too late.
Without further ado:
Le camping est première en France!
Camping was second to…paintball in the US
Camping was just behind moving and the beach in Canada, eh
In the UK, folks just wanted more squash, parks, pubs bars and inns than camping. We heard it was pretty wet over there this year…
If you haven’t already, you might take glamping for a spin. We’re fast at work developing a variety of ways for you to take the easy way out, so, drop by our basecamp regularly or, go ahead and Google glamping next time. We’re pretty confident that you’ll wonder why you didn’t discover camping redefined sooner.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
We redefine camping and offer glamping solutions for campgrounds, special events and empty landholdings. Here’s a taste of what that looks like:
Friday, March 9th, 2012
A mild winter in much of the US has us dreaming of amazing meals, memories and s’mores ‘round the campfire. No starry summer sky matches the one at Yellowstone National Park. We’ve been there a few times and barely dipped our toe in the 3,468 square mile playground.
While the Yellowstone playground is tops, finding a spot to rest is sort of like hearing the “you better get back to class bell” right in the middle of an epic playground dare. Your after-recess course could be Algebra – a predictable hotel, or, maybe Economics – a traditional have it out with nature camping skirmish. Not much fun either way you slice it.
If you’ve got the right guidance counselor, you’d have another sort of a recess right after the regular one. We’ll call it Study Hall. That’s what Glamping is; the answers to the test all neat and tidy.
Copy everything you like about hotels and everything you like about camping and paste it smack in the essay section of your summer vacation exam. That’s precisely what the industrious folks over at Yellowstone Under Canvas have done – for you.
Jiffies from the West entrance of Yellowstone, it’s like you’re in the park. Get your fly fish on in the Madison River; dine, grill, picnic, paddle, fish, float, ride horseback, or take a game drive and a sun downer. All this recess while knowing you’ve got the luxury of a tipi or safari tent waiting for you at day’s end. No worries; the loos are close at hand.
Anxious to stay in the park? Take a tipi with you and have a field trip. Remember: no forging the permission slip signature.
Glamping venues attract the imaginative sort and that’s exactly who we get along with best. If you’ve got the hankering to launch your own unbelievable adventure, give us a ring. We’re that kid who gets straight A’s and will let you cheat off his paper.
Thursday, February 16th, 2012
GLAMPING HUB PUTS HIGH-END CAMPING ON THE MAP
Innovative Startup Introduces First Global Luxury Camping Reservation System
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
On February 15, 2012, GlampingHub.com launched the world’s first online reservation system that directs travelers to luxury camping (aka “glamping”) accommodations on five continents. Co-Founder and CEO David Troya says “Glamping Hub’s catalog of glamping sites has been informing and guiding holidaymakers since early 2011. Now travelers will be able to use our one-of-a-kind directory to select and reserve their own, unforgettable luxury camping experiences.”
Glamping Hub has been widely recognized as the industry leader of glamping directories by MSNBC.com, USA Today, Fast Company, ABC News, The Huffington Post and others. The website is a portal to all things glamping: Discover the world’s finest luxury camping accommodations, stay informed about trends through the Glamping Hub Blog, gain access to manufacturers of glamping structures and designers of glamping venues, and…now…book an extraordinary glamping holiday.
Glamping Hub’s integration of reservation functionality takes the platform to the next level, offering families, groups, couples and singles access to unique and off-the-grid destinations where they can enjoy their weekends and precious vacation time. No more homogenous hotel rooms or crowded resorts; on GlampingHub.com you will find anything but the ordinary: yurts, tent cabins, tipis, tree houses, safari tents, igloos, and much more.
A fast and intuitive interface allows users to immediately start creating their luxury camping experience; just select location, lodging type and length of stay and the adventure begins. Best of all, with Glamping Hub’s vast variety of locations, lodging types and price points, virtually anyone can find a glamping experience that fits their holiday wish list. “From the U.S. to Europe, to Asia, from picnic tables to personal chefs, Glamping Hub leaves no continent unexplored and no budget unheeded…that is what separates us from our competitors.”
These indeed are exciting times for rugged individualism. If you’d like to start a glamping spot, we’d like to help.
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
We bumped into the concept of glamping (then known as luxury camping) over a decade ago. From that point forward, we have completely abandoned the idea of choosing an experience. Rather than trade or replace, we amplify. While we’re not sure if our resultant perspective is akin those rose colored glasses; the world sure does seem brighter this way.
Choosing means elimination and, while a stop doing list sure helps some businesses and individuals, a synergistic approach to the world affords a business or a person the ability to augment success choicefully adding. In our world, this translates into creating accommodations and venues by applying what we learned so many years ago; replace every or with and.
Rather than ask guests if they would prefer a hotel or campground or resort, we develop a real crowd-pleaser by offering guests a hotel and campground and resort all rolled into one slick experience. Enter sigh of relief – the formalization of a new vacation experience doesn’t mean you have to choose sides. Those unequivocally attached to traditional camping may carry on as they please and those all about the conveniences of glamping may indulge as they see fit, too.
You could enjoy the entrepreneurial spoils of your own creation and the reassuring guidance of a professional. Go ahead, have your s’more and eat it, too.
Monday, December 26th, 2011
We love a good recap. The top photos, top moments, top stories, biggest mistakes and the rest bundle what we might have missed motoring through the last twelve months into a tidy to-go capsule. That said; we much prefer looking through the windshield than in the rear-view mirror.
This Windshield v. Mirror philosophy is great for life and business. We all need a reassuring glance in the rearview, but realize that’s not where we should focus while speeding down busy byways. Thus, the windshield is bigger.
Here’s how to manage a year through a windshield:
Check the forecast.
Knowing what you might be driving into will help you gear up. Double and triple check your route and destination by more than one source to be certain that where you want to go is where you should be going.
Watch your speed.
Speed is critical (most times) to success. A sense of urgency heightens your focus and helps close a deal or launch a project. However, if you’re going too fast, you might miss warning signs or an opportunity far better than the one you were racing toward.
This is a handy trick to keep you from fixating on that pesky little rearview mirror. If something you sped by is really that captivating and haunting; shift your schedule, spin around and have a better look at it – through the windshield. Changing directions doesn’t mean you were going the wrong way.
Bring a wingman.
A trusted partner riding shotgun is the best way to move forward. We’re fiercely loyal and can help monitor the forecast, your speed and your course to help you keep moving.
Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Thank Gladys Montgomery and the Adirondack Museum for recounting the stories behind Gilded Age Industrialist retreats when escape routes for solace went straight from New York City to the Adirondack Mountains. The uber wealthy rejoiced in the remote and were free to do as they wished – something not so possible at the other upscale resorts of the time. Women could lose corsets and cast a line while kids could be kids and titans could be anonymous.
These camps were, and remain, the epitome of wilderness style. Two-story fireplaces, dozens of bedrooms and elegant boathouses allowed the likes of Collis P. Huntington, J. Pierpont Morgan, Otto Kahn, Levi Morton, Teddy Roosevelt and William James to enjoy nature on their own terms. Perhaps these lads were the original grandiose glampers.
The good news: you need not be flush from the gilded age nor a tycoon of anything to dive into luxurious backcountry digs. Our style of luxury camping serves up the brand of outdoors everyone will enjoy. Good food, good company and plenty of woodsy fun. C’mon over and learn about where nature meets nurture™ these days.
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
Small brands are big these days. What was once the shield for Goliath is now the sword for David. The tables have turned and a brand promise made to a consumer better have a healthy dose of personality if the big guys expect to stick around much longer. After all, personality is delivered by people, not suits.
A brand is formulated through a variety of mechanisms all pointed at differentiation. That said, most of what a brand promotes is intangible. Sort of a tricky concept, but we firmly believe that a brand should be pointed at experience share, not market share. If a guest truly engages in an exceptional experience with a particular collection of venues, then that collection of venues has attained what most would love to have – a brand ambassador.
There’s no better brand ambassador than your guests. In other industries, guests may get confused with clients, customers, tenants, covers, etc. but those who enter your place of business either electronically or through your front door are your guests. The better the guest experience you provide, the higher the cost of switching (what the guest has to give up with you to go somewhere else) becomes.
Raise your cost of switching, not your rates. If you deliver our brand promise, we’ll stick with you just like your guests will. Give us a call, Goliath is nearly down for the count.