If you love the idea of camping but can’t give up your creature comforts even for the weekend, that’s OK. That’s why glamping exists. Already popular across Europe, glamping is starting to make inroads in the U.S., and in particular, Texas has really stepped up to the plate. With vast expanses of outdoors and a history of Southern hospitality, it’s only natural that glampsites are popping up across the state. From yurts to trailers complete with restrooms and kitchens, outdoor luxury is now a very real and attainable concept.
Glamp and commune with nature in a yurt at Green Acres. | © Sean Mathis / Green Acres
Elgin is home to Green Acres, a property with charming yurts decorated in upscale Southwestern décor. Organic bedding on queen beds, writing desks, and air-conditioning create a glamping atmosphere within the yurts. There’s a modern bathhouse that supplies toiletries and towels for guests, as well as a barn, outdoor kitchen, hammocks, and outdoor activities like bocce balls. While the yurts are the most popular accommodation, Green Acres also offers a chic 1965 airstream with hip décor, like a vintage record player, furnishings by The Citizenry, and a cocktail-supply section. Green Acres is touted as an artsy retreat for creatives, so be prepared to be without Wi-Fi, as they like to foster connections between guests and encourage them to get in tune with nature (in a luxurious way).
The Imperial Mansion Trailer and teepees are two of many accommodations at El Cosmico. | © Nick Simonite / El Cosmico
El Cosmico, a nomadic 21-acre hotel and campground, merges Buddhist ethos with hippy-inspired bohemianism to formulate a contemplative space detached from everyday chaos in the oasis of Marfa. This tranquil retreat has teepees, yurts, trailers, and safari tents that offer unique outdoor stays, as well as accommodations in a main building for a more traditional hotel experience and space for folks to set up tents for traditional camping. With a quirky design and great amenities like a hammock grove, outdoor kitchen, stylish bathhouses, and wood-fired Dutch hot tubs, El Cosmico is the place to stay in Marfa, Texas.
Geronimo Creek Retreat
Seguin, Texas is home to Geronimo Creek Retreat, a wonderful spot that provides a camping experience — with an upscale twist. The property is filled with a game room, a creek with a rope swing and free kayaks, and teepees, treehouses, and cabins for rent. The teepees, placed along the creek, have kitchenettes and comfy beds, as well as private bathrooms with showers. The elevated treehouse cabins are furnished with full kitchens, two bedrooms, an outdoor deck, and flat-screen TVs. The getaway cabins look like elevated cabins with a front wall that opens to the front deck, great for allowing a cool breeze into the chic, rustic-style interior of each cabin.
Sinya on Lone Man Creek
Glamp in style and comfort at Sinya on Lone Man Creek. | © Sinya on Lone Man Creek
Safari tents have made their way deep into the heart of hill country in Wimberley, Texas at Sinya on Lone Man Creek. The safari tents sit on a ridge over the swimmable Lone Man Creek and include a luxurious interior with a king-sized bed, clawfoot tub, kitchenette, and patio with stunning views. An outdoor shower and hot tub are added perks, though Sinya really blows visitors away with Nespresso coffee, spa robes, firewood, and S’mores ingredients. With heating and air-conditioning, Sinya on Lone Man Creek is a luxurious year-round accommodation.
Son's Island at Lake Placid
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Son's Island cabanas | © Best Texas Travel
Also up in Seguin is an island. Yes, a real island surrounded by water where you can camp and enjoy the great outdoors. At three and a half acres, this slice of land is chock full of daytime fun including volleyball, horseshoes, kayaking, paddle boarding, and rope swings. When night settles over Lake Placid, however, you can cozy up under thatched roofs or vintage RV trailers. Each cottage includes water, electricity, a barbecue pit, and a floating boat dock, making this a great spot for families and water lovers. The island shuts down between 5:30 and 7 p.m. depending on the season, and only those who are renting a spot are allowed to stay overnight. So make sure you grab a spot before they’re all gone!