With heading into the Memorial weekend and everyone planning fun trips + adventures with their families we thought it was only fitting to share one of our all time favorite vacations we have taken! We promise after reading this feature that “glamping” will be come a must on your list of things to do this summer!
A mashup of “glamorous” and “camping,” glamping is a world-wide phenomenon that combines the thrills of camping with the creature comforts of home. While the term glamping may only be a few years old, the concept has a venerable history. Centuries ago, Turkish Ottomans would set up extravagant tents—appointed with silk fabrics, expensive rugs, and furnishings—as mobile palaces for their sultan. In Africa of the early 1900s, wealthy Americans and Europeans arranged for their safari tents to be outfitted with such luxuries as Persian rugs, linen bedding and a chef to prepare meals.
Camping has been a long time tradition for many families during the spring and summer months and one that we have always loved creating memories with our little peanuts. When we spent time last summer at one of our favorite destination spots, Bear Lake, we instantly became obsessed with this fresh new take on camping when we stayed at the luxurious Conestoga Ranch. Ideal for families and small children, you can forget about the hassle of setting up your own tent and sleeping on the hard ground! This resort aims to make “camping” easy, cozy, and comfy by taking care of all the hard work! You still get to enjoy your favorite parts about camping, being in the great outdoors with your family, getting a little dirty + waking up to incredible views. The best part by far is getting a good nights rest in a comfy bed. If you have small children and even a baby, there really is no better way to keep them comfortable + camp stress free!
Bunk up in one of eight traditional-style canvas glamping tents, complete with en suite bathrooms (i.e. flushable toilets) and hot showers + electricity to charge those iphones… a must if you ask us! Or enjoy one of 16 custom-crafted conestogas, also known as covered wagons with an Old West ambiance. All accommodations feature soft beds and fresh linens.
We spent the day sitting outside our tent in adirondack lounge chairs while the kiddos played inside on the beds and on the wooden floors with their toys. The ranch also has an on-site playground, big grassy areas + a game tent for hours of entertainment. With the turquoise waters of Bear Lake located just a few short miles away from the resort it, makes for the perfect place to stay. Enjoy the fun water activities at the lake during the day and then head back to your luxury tent at night to indulge in the Campfire Grill Restaurant + smores for dessert right outside your tent!
Probably the most unique thing that Conestoga Ranch offers that other camp sites don’t is an on-site restaurant. The timber-framed, open-air restaurant maximizes views of Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains while guests enjoy impeccably prepared, gourmet cuisine comprised of fresh and local ingredients. The Campfire Grill Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to its visitors making it easy + convenient. We are still dreaming about their truffled french fries, hickory smoked salmon + crispy brussels sprouts! They also offer many great classic dishes for kids to enjoy.
Located just a few blocks from the town, Garden City, you also have access to lots of local restaurants + gift shops. If you’ve ever visited Bear Lake before, then you know that the area is known for it’s fresh, creamy raspberry shakes. A traditional must to try when you are in town. So we hopped on the complimentary bikes provided by the ranch (check out this fun tandem bicycle that the kids all took turns on) and took a little bike ride into town to enjoy some delicious raspberry shakes at La Beau’s Drive-in!