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From Camping to Glamping: 4 Tips for Great Glamping Experience
Goodbye camping, hello Glamping. Glamping seems to be a hot thing nowadays. More and more glamorous sites, posh camping resorts, and experiences are popping up in different parts of the country.
The rise of Glamping is no surprise. It has emerged to attract people who get excited by camping without sacrificing the comfort and luxury of a regular vacation. In the outdoor world, glamorous camping itself has always existed on a spectrum, and it's going to be bigger than the typical tent experience.
What is Glamping?
The word "glamping" is a portmanteau of "glamorous camping" and has emerged as an alternative to camping outdoors. Glamorous camping means getting the best of both worlds—all the benefits of camping and the luxuries of staying in a five-star resort. The thing about glamping is that it extends the possibilities of your campsite by offering more comforts even if you are out in the woods or far away from civilization.
If you're a seasoned camper or a hunter of the outdoors, glamping is something you need to give a try. Here are four tips for a great glamping experience:
Choosing the perfect accommodation.
Finding the best accommodation is one of the most important things to consider. The key to a fantastic glamping experience is having a comfy bed to kick in at the end of the day. A tiny camping tent won't fit the luxuries of glamourous camping. It's best if you have a large tent enough to accommodate a bed, table, chair, lighting, heating, or anything that you think would make your experience better. Sometimes large tents can be expensive. So if you don't want to spend a massive chunk of money, you can either look for rentals or used ones on marketplaces online. If you're feeling lucky, you can rent an RV with all the amenities built-in to strip off the hassle of bringing everything with you.
Keep everything cozy.
Whether it's bringing an air mattress, pieces of furniture, lights or anything alike, make sure that it contributes to keeping your space or site cozy. If you're bringing an air mattress, make sure you have blankets and comforters to keep your sleeping area soft and homey. Adding lanterns, mini LED lights, or candles around your site provides the maximum glamping feel with minimum effort. Remember, you're in the forest or at a glamping resort, so create a space that's warm, inviting, and safe.
Bring the entertainment with you.
Glamping is the perfect antidote to the hectic pace of everyday life, so most out of it. Forget your gadgets for a minute and explore outdoorsy activities. It's easy and enjoyable to get back to nature while you're outside. You can start by exploring the surrounding fields and woodlands and wonder from your tent views. Let your children get creative by hosting a game that lets them experience nature's colors on the ground, in the sky, or on the trees. You can also show them how to make a collage from all the beautiful leaves they find. With bringing in the entertainment, anything is possible.
Gourmet meals are a must
Making meals at home is fun, but making meals while glamping is a lot more fun. Since you're already having a luxurious getaway, it's important to think about the best meals you could cook—open flame grilled dishes are our best bet—after all there’s no limit on what you can carry into the woods.
There are so many things you can do when glamping, the above are just a couple of things. So release those creative juices and start planning out your net glamping trip.
On the side note, if you're feeling adventurous and want to be a master griller if ever you'll go glamping, why not hop on to one of our live experiences this Labor Day Weekend? Yes!! We're embracing the great outdoors with a Labor Day Glamping Cookout!! We're grilling truffle marinated chicken kebabs with fresh summer vegetables and making our signature yogurt dipping sauce, all while sipping on Sarah's original Forest Foraged Mojitos. Sounds like fun right? Book your experience now and join the fun.
Truffle Marinated Chicken Kebabs
*Please keep refrigerated before class
- 1 English cucumber *
- 1 red onion
- 1 zucchini *
- 1 gold bar squash *
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes *
- 1 jar Truffle Kebab Marinade *
- 1 bunch mint *
- 1 cup Greek yogurt *
- 1 lemon
- 1 packet Balinese Truffle Salt
- 1 pound chicken thighs *
- 1 jar Truffle Carpaccio
- 1 jar Brown Butter Truffle Honey
- 13”x9” Pyrex container (or extra sheet tray)
- Sheet tray
- Cutting board
- Paper towels
- Kitchen towels
- S’mores sticks & fixings
- Pocket knife
- 3 Mixing bowls
- Box cheese grater
- Kosher salt
- Firepit with grill grates
- Plenty of clean water
- Metal spoon
- 1¾ tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped Black Truffle Carpaccio
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1½ teaspoons za'atar
Mise en Place
Truffle Kebab Marinade
- Place the skewers into the Pyrex container or sheet tray and cover with water to soak. This prevents burning when cooking directly over fire.
- Peel and deseed the cucumber. Using the large side of a cheese grater, grate the remaining flesh into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with kosher salt, press against the sides of the bowl, and set aside.
- Meanwhile, dice the squash, zucchini into 1” pieces. Peel and quarter the onions. Transfer the vegetables, along with the whole cherry tomatoes, to a sheet tray and dress with half of the Truffle Kebab Marinade. Use your hands to massage the marinade into the vegetables.
- Pick and chiffonade the mint.
- Pour the cucumber’s liquid into a separate bowl to reserve. In the bowl with the grated cucumber, add the Greek yogurt, zest in the lemon, and add a pinch of Balinese Truffle Salt. Stir to combine, adding a splash of cucumber water to thin if necessary. Set aside in your cooler or refrigerator.
- Remove the chicken from its packaging, pat dry with paper towels, and dice into large pieces. Transfer to the sheet tray, along with the remaining Truffle Kebab Marinade and a pinch of Balinese Truffle Salt. Toss to coat.
- Very thoroughly clean your cutting boards, knives, and wash your hands before moving on to the next steps.
- Drain and dry the skewers and start making the kebabs. Start with a piece of chicken, then some vegetables, then more chicken, and continue until the skewer is full. Lay the finished skewers in the Pyrex container until you’re ready to cook.
- Again, take the time to wash your hands and clean all of your surfaces.
How to Cook
- Make sure that the fire is ripping hot and get your grill grate pre-heating!
- Clean those grill grates before cooking.
- Place the kebabs onto the hot grill grates and cook, rotating from time to time, until the chicken is cooked through and the kebabs are nicely grilled. This will take around 10 minutes depending on the heat of your fire.
- Finish the grilled kebabs with a sprinkle of Balinese Truffle Salt and the Truffle Carpaccio and its oil.
- Lay the skewers onto your favorite glamping platter alongside the cucumber yogurt dip, mint, and lemon wedges.
- Now it’s time to dig into those delicious kebabs and congratulate yourself on “roughing” it out there in the wilderness!!
- Have fun making yourself some Brown Butter Truffle Honey S’mores for dessert!!
To Make Truffle Marinade
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until combined.