You know the feeling. The crisp fall air with warm sun on your face. Sipping a steaming mug of coffee while taking in the view. Cozy nights by the fire snuggled under a blanket and the stars. Glamping offers the creature comforts of a hotel while still giving access to the outdoors and the adventurous spirit. Check out these spots to enjoy the great outdoors without losing the comfort of a hotel.
The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel is located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga and is an eco-friendly, LEED-certified hostel. What sets this property apart from your regular glamping experience is its focus the on affordability and camaraderie of your typical hostel with the charm and cleanliness of a boutique hotel. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and several common areas to hang out, relax and get to know your fellow crashers/hostlers(?). Because of its downtown location, there are several food and drinks within walking distance, plus Chattanooga’s prime location in the Tennessee Valley, outdoor buffs can experience incredible places to hike, climb, raft and more.
Get with the extended family and plan a stay at this collection of six beautifully furnished and hand-crafted modern tiny homes. Or just book one for yourself, we’re not judging. Mountain’s Ledge gives the feel of luxury within a woodland retreat and is just a short drive from the amenities and attractions Chattanooga has to offer while staying in a secluded part of the Cumberland Plateau. From Little Rock City, which houses two guests, to the Leda, a 300-square-foot space that can sleep up to four people. All tiny homes have gorgeous hardwood floors, smart TVs, modern kitchen with coffee maker and all the upscale finishes.
The folks at Wauhatchie Woodlands don’t see why you can’t rough it and treat yourself at the same time. Another glamping community, this 14-acre property at the base of Lookout Mountain has been lovingly rehabilitated from an old trailer park. Soak in your own private hot tub, roast some s’mores by one of the fire pits – complete with fairy lights – or enjoy miles of private trails that connect to historic National Park land. Feel free to even bring the littles because there’s a playground on site.
Get your glamp on at this off-the-grid camping experience. Located on a functioning farm, the Glamporous Yurt is only 15-minutes from the creature comforts of downtown Chattanooga while still giving guests the opportunity for a quiet and relaxing stay. Equipped with a solar panel for limited power plus outdoor shower, tub and toilet, this is the most basic of the glamping experiences on our list. Some folks just want something a little more rustic. If you enjoy cooking on an open flame, a stunning view of the mountains from your tent and camp just feet from the farm animals, this is your place.
Ruby Falls has long been a destination for those visiting Chattanooga, but they have taken their hospitality to another level with the newly built Treetop Hideaways treehouses. The nostalgic, rustic charm of these cabins allows guests to be nestled in the enchantment of nature without sacrificing modern comforts. These boutique treehouses offer full climate control, comfortable bedding, a full bathroom and kitchenette. Located at the base of Lookout Mountain, the Treetop Hideaways are in a prime location to experience all Chattanooga has to offer with only a 15-minute drive to downtown plus close proximity to other well-known attractions like Rock City and the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.
This charming, rustic treehouse puts you in an excellent location between Chattanooga for those city-folk activities and two of the state’s most popular state parks, Fall Creek Falls State Park and Rock Island State Park. The Deer Camp was something the owners dreamed up on the back of a receipt and grew into the coziest cabin. Spend your evenings by the fire watching movies in the seasonal outdoor movie theater or cook a hearty meal on the outdoor stove, grill or campfire.
Just across the Sequatchie Valley from Chattanooga, The Goat Pen Hostel offers a unique space built to fulfill the need for comfortable and affordable lodging while visiting the South Cumberland Plateau area. This is a hostel with cozy vibes and options for a single bed or a private room, depending on your needs. You can’t miss the building while driving through town – the first full-scale mural in Tracy City is painted on the side of the blue building. The inspiration for “Lantern Light” by artist Megan Lingerfelt, is an homage to the mining town and how early residents of the plateau made a living.
Imagine coming back to your own cozy space after an epic night of live music at The Caverns. Offered as an add-on to any concert ticket, or available on their own for nights without concerts, the Yurt Village is a great way to getaway from it all without having to give it all up. The yurts are climate-controlled and available for three seasons out of the year. They offer a true escape with limited Wi-Fi near the check-in building on site, but with a king bed and futon in each, kitchenette, spacious bathroom and a private deck to soak in the serene ambiance before or after a show.
The beautiful cabins at Fall Creek Falls State Park situate guests on top of Fall Creek Falls Lake. Sip that hot cup of coffee early in the morning and watch a stunning sunrise over the lake. Or enjoy some outdoor cooking and sunbathing during the warmer months – you can even fish directly from the porch, which extends out over the water. Only about an hour from Chattanooga, guests can definitely make a day trip down to the big city while still enjoying the peace that being lakeside brings.
A playful take on the glamping experience, Grandview Camp at Lemon Lane Farm is situated on a 116-acre functioning farm on the Cumberland Plateau and has adorable glamping accommodations like the Cowgirl Glamping Cabin, the Happy Camper or Baloo the Skoolie – a converted 40-foot school bus. You know you’re in for a treat when the wooded, meandering driveway opens out into a private mountain dream.
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