Sure, in your younger days you were the queen of hard-nosed camping. After a 10-mile hike with a monster backpack, you’d throw your sleeping bag down on the cold ground and snooze until daylight. But then you had kids, and now you can’t imagine dragging the whole family into the woods to rough it for a few days even though you still love nature and could use a getaway. We say forget camping. Let’s go glamping! Also known as luxury camping, glamping is a way to enjoy the stillness and solitude of nature with the creature comforts of an upscale hotel. Glamping is growing in popularity and winter is a great time of year to try it. Imagine relaxing in a warm, luxurious king-sized bed after a day of hiking, mountain biking or geocaching, falling asleep to the soft glow of a fire while you listen to the crickets outside your window. In the morning there is fresh juice and warm muffins waiting outside your cabin door. Sign us up!
Rose River Farm
You don’t have to be an expert fly fisherman to enjoy the pristine beauty and first class luxury accommodations at this fishing resort. Rose River Farm features cabins designed and built like modern-day Mongolian yurts. If you’re not up on Mongolian culture, a yurt is a circular tent. Rose River Farm’s yurts are each 1,100 square feet of cedar, glass and steel, equipped with two bedrooms, two full baths, domed 17-ft ceilings, leather club furniture, a jumbo flat screen TV, a full kitchen and dining room, as well as sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to some of the best fly fishing in Virginia, Rose River Farm offers horseback riding, guided kayak trips, hiking at Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon, and visits to a number of nearby wineries.
3099 Old Blue Ridge Tpk. (Rt. 670) (Syria, Va)
The Depot Lodge
Depot Lodge is housed in a renovated historic train depot that dates back to 1909, when the town was the final stop off the Potts Valley Branch line of the Norfolk & Western Railway. The Lodge features four bedrooms each with a private bath and a fireplace, as well as a master suite with a private bath, living room and deck overlooking the Potts Creek. There’s also a large, cozy cottage next to the lodge, a two story house across the street, and a luxurious log cabin, located right on the creek. If you’d like something a little closer to camping, but still luxurious, try the lavishly appointed wall tent complete with three beds, full bath, fireplace and deck overlooking your own private pond. For activities at the lodge you can choose from white water rafting, hiking the Potts Valley Rail Trail or the Appalachian Trail, and touring a nearby buffalo farm, fish hatchery or the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory where you’ll get a good look at hawks, eagles, falcons and osprey.
Cost: From $129/night
Route 311 (Paint Bank, Va)
Take the family on a mountain getaway vacation like no other at this kid-friendly resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Primland features luxury accommodations and an eclectic array of outdoor activities, plus refined dining and world-class golf. Choose from guest rooms at the lodge, cottages along the fairway, river view chalets, Blue Ridge Mountain cabins, or intimate tree houses with a bird’s eye view of the valley. In addition to unique accommodations, Primland features an endless list of activities that includes bird watching, fly fishing, geocaching, mountain biking, shooting sports, stargazing and much more. Whatever you do at Primland, you’ll do it against the stunning backdrop of Virginia’s breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.
Cost: From $315/night
2000 Busted Rock Rd. (Meadows of Dan, Va)
Savage River Lodge
Savage River Lodge sits on 45 acres of land and is surrounded by 750 acres of the glorious Savage River State Forest. It is an oasis of relaxation and indulgence with a high-end restaurant, and numerous recreational activities to choose form. This is probably the best place for a luxury winter getaway. Choose from eighteen private, two-story cabins that offer exceptional comfort and amenities, including in-cabin fireside dining. In the morning you wake to fresh juice and muffins waiting outside your cabin door. If grandma has the kids and it’s just you and your partner for the weekend, you can rent one of eight adult-only yurts, round wood-framed cabins covered in lattice work and surrounded by a canvas outer covering. Each yurt has a gas-log fireplace and heated flooring. There are several winter activities to participate in at Savage River Lodge. Serious stargazers know that winter offers the clearest night sky for viewing, and considering that the lodge is at the center of 700 acres of forest you’ll find one awesome star-studded sky. Other winter recreation activities include cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow-shoe hiking, carriage and sleigh rides.
Cost: From $200/night
1600 Mt. Aetna Rd. (Frostburg, Md)
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