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Guide to the Best “Glamping” Sites in WA

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The word “glamping” means glamourous camping. Don’t want to pack up a tent, coolers of food, and come home smelling like a camp fire? Head to one of these opulent camping sites in Washington where you can get gourmet food, turn down service and fun camping activities in the beauty of the Northwest!

Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes
4313 Roche Harbor Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360.378.2350
http://www.lakedale.com

Once you leave Seattle, you can get to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands by Victoria Clipper, Kenmore Air or Washington State Ferry. When you arrive at Friday Harbor, the San Juan Transit can pick you up and deliver you to Lakedale Resort.

Featured on the Today Show, the resort is nestled on 82 acres between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on beautiful Orcas Island in the San Juans. You can choose your accommodations: family-friendly log cabins, canvas cabins and campsites are popular for glamping. Pre-order your gourmet dinner to be delivered to your camp site, where you can grill your meat, fish or chicken and enjoy all the sides on your camp fire. Your cabin, should you choose one, will be fully stocked with breakfast items. However, if you need a little jump start to your morning, head to the General Store, where you can purchase espresso, as well as groceries, wine, firewood, makings for s’mores and more.

The cabins can accommodate up to six guests, with two bedrooms and two full baths with a master bath en suite, a sofa bed, full kitchen and a dining nook, gas fireplace and large cedar deck. If you want to get a bit more “rustic”, the canvas cabins contain a queen bed and either a full-size sleeper sofa or two lounge chairs. Relax on the “front porch” with four chairs, a picnic table, umbrella and a fire ring perfect for toasting marshmallows. There is no electricity, internet service, or running water in the canvas cabins, however, it’s just a short walk to the shower facilities, and complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the Main Lodge and the Store.

Lakedale offers three different Gourmet Glamping weekend packages for you to choose from each with its own delectable menu: May 11-12, June 15-16 and September 21-22. Arrive at Lakedale on Friday, and ease into the weekend in your luxurious Canvas Cabin. Guests will gather around the campfire ring on Saturday afternoon, where Chef Kyle Nicholson of The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House will explain the menu and divide everyone into teams to prepare the entire meal over the grill. Chris Primus, winemaker at San Juan Vineyards, will be on hand to toast to the chefs and provide three tastes of wine with dinner, after which, you and your partner will be able to select your own bottle to enjoy with dinner.

The resort offers plenty of activities for kids and families – there’s no end of things to do. However, you’re more than welcome to take the time to relax, and enjoy the natural surroundings. It’s glamping, after all. The camp sites are pet friendly. Call or go online for more information and reservations.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars Glamping Under the Stars
158422 W. Sonova Rd.
Prosser, WA 99350
509.786.3497
http://www.ancglamping.com

Glamping at Destiny Ridge Vineyard has been voted #2 in “10 Great Things to do in Northwest Wine Country” by Wine Press Northwest. Come experience the adventure of spending the night under the stars in an estate vineyard overlooking the Columbia River. Experience the very beginnings of your favorite wine while enjoying the comforts of home. Your canvas platform tent will include a queen bed with a down comforter, towels, Persian carpets, electricity and running water. Each tent has its own bathroom set up – a beautifully enclosed porta pottie that you are sure to love, and a shower with a view of the sky. You’ll also receive a complementary bottle of wine and a “Smore Kit” complete with all the fixings for a fireside dessert! Bring in your own food for the duration, or pick up food in the quaint town of Prosser.

Head to the Alexandria Nicole Tasting Room in the town of Prosser between 12:00p – 5:00pm on the day of your arrival. You’ll be able to do some wine tasting and receive a map to the camp site. The camp sites are pet friendly. Call or go online for more information and reservations.

Kayak Point Regional County Park
15610 Marine Drive
Stanwood, WA 98292
360.652.7992
www1.co.snohomish.wa.us

Go glamping year round in style and comfort in a yurt near a spectacular salt water beach park located along the shores of picturesque Port Susan, WA. The yurt village at Kayak Point Park is located on a bluff above Port Susan and is adjacent to the campground. All 10 yurts are 16′ in diameter and can accommodate up to five glampers. The yurts have hardwood floors, electricity, screen windows and skylights. They are all enclosed in light-colored canvas with a locking door. The village features lighted walkways, a large group picnic shelter and a heated restroom with showers. Each yurt comes furnished with a bunk bed, futon and coffee table. All yurts have interior lighting, windows with screens and outside decks. There is a picnic table and firepit outside each yurt.

If you don’t want to cook over the campfire, the Kayak Point Golf Course Restaurant is just a few minutes away. Other activities include fishing, crabbing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, a playground and a boat launch. The yurt village is not pet friendly at this time. Reservations can be made online HERE.

Cave B Inn at Sage Cliffe
344 Silica Rd NW
Quincy, WA 98848
888.785.2283
http://www.cavebinn.com

The Cave B Inn is located on vineyard property and includes 15 stand-alone Cliffehouses, 25 Yurts, as well as Tendrils Restaurant, The Spa at Cave B Inn, award-winning Cave B Estate Winery, and a dramatic cliffside outdoor swimming pool. Complimentary cruiser bikes are available for guests, along with bocce ball and a horseshoe pit.
The Yurts provide a king sized bed, private in-yurt bathroom, modern sofa, table and chairs, mini-fridge, teapot, and Ipod docking station to play your own tunes. Modern colored cement floors will greet your feet (so bring slippers or warm socks!). Minimalist decor allows you to enjoy the beauty of the yurt architecture itself: the skydome for stargazing, the latticed walls, and the novelty of its curved shape. The Cliffehouses include central gas fireplaces to be enjoyed from the seating area or bedroom, flat screen televisions, bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate shower and toilet areas, featuring Italian slab granite. King sized beds, a sitting area, wood flooring and internet service are all part of the amenities.

Enjoy your meals at the Tendrils Restaurant in the main lodge with indoor and outdoor seating. Make an appointment for a spa treatment, do some wine tasting, or completely relax and enjoy a weekend by the pool. Currently there are no pets allowed to stay at Cave B. Call or go online for more information and reservations.

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