Yep, glamping has officially become a “thing”. I wouldn’t have thought glamping would have become as popular as it has today, but everyone has really taken to it. So what changed? For me, I’m enjoying spending more time outdoors, I’m constantly looking for ways to travel a bit closer to home (hello Texas road trips), and a change of pace plus a new way to vacation is always a good thing.
I jumped on the glamping bandwagon around 3 years ago. My initial reason was proximity, but now I can’t get enough! It was less expensive than jet setting elsewhere, but it still offered something new. I was cooking my own food AKA roughing it, enjoying quality time with family and friends, and finding new adventures around every turn. And the fact that the glamping sites take luxury to a new level, well, that’s just the icing on the cake!
If you’d like a bit of luxury while you enjoy the outdoors, here are the best glamping spots in Texas that will redefine the way you vacation.
Sinya on Lone Man Creek
Sinya on Lone Creek is the perfect place to go glamping when it’s just you and your bae. A single safari tent overlooking Lone Man Creek will serve as your romantic treat, and in true glamorous camping style, it is luxury all the way! You’ll find a plush king-size bed, goose down pillows, and a clawfoot tub on the inside, with a hot tub, hammock, grill, and shower on the outside.
Aside from relaxing and enjoying the fantastic views from your patio deck, you’ll be making S’mores in spa robes at the outdoor firepit equipped with firewood. And don’t worry, the tent does have heating and air conditioning, so it’s a perfect destination any time of the year.
Sinya is an adults-only retreat, so you’ll have to leave the kiddos (and the pets) behind this time. Since there is no food service, you can bring everything needed to cook your own meals, or you can plan to head into town to Wimberley for other dining and entertainment options.
Sinya on Lone Man Creek: Deer Lake Estates, Wimberley, TX 78676
Wahwahtaysee Resort is comprised of three separate safari tents (The Stargazer, The Little Dipper, and The Sanctuary), all within a short walking distance from each other. They are set on over 100 acres of land right off the San Marcos River and provide a feeling of complete seclusion.
Perfect for a family of four, each tent includes a king-sized bed, queen sleeper sofa, full bathroom, and a well-equipped kitchenette with everything you’ll need in this home away from home. Outside, you’ll find a Green Egg that will work wonders on a morning stack of pancakes or a cheesy cast iron pizza. You can also hire a chef or order a fully stock Yeti cooler with ingredients and instructions for the perfect meal.
The bonus is the golf cart that comes with each tent. That is a ton of fun in itself, so feel free to keep it simple and explore the nearby forest or go kayaking and book a fly fishing trip on the river. Read more about my experience at Wahwahtaysee Resort.
Wahwahtaysee Resort: 17062-17002, FM 20, Kingsbury, TX 78638
I love that Green Acres has so many types of accommodations. The Spartan Mansion is a retrofitted trailer with twin bunks and a full queen bed where you can experience tiny house living. The five Yurts, decorated with a blend of mid-century and southwestern decor, have a writing and lounge area. The restored Airstream is perfect for two, and the Lodge at Green Acres sleeps six and features a swinging porch bed.
Modern bathhouses are available to use for those accommodations without bathroom/shower amenities. And the LBJ Family Barn, a public meeting place, has a fully stocked kitchen, grills, and plenty of seating so you can enjoy a meal with friends or meet some new ones.
Green Acres is a low-key place where aside from the nature trails, there are ping-pong tables, hammocks, horseshoes, a trampoline, and a half-pipe skate ramp. Fun!
Green Acres Boutique Retreat: Highway 1704, Elgin, TX
Collective Hill Country
The only seasonal glamping spot on the list, Collective Hill Country, is selective about when it is open — and for a good reason. We are talking about Texas, and in the summer months, it can be almost unbearable. But don’t let the “no air-conditioning thing” stop you from visiting during any other season.
The retreat is high-end and is so much more than its beautiful tents, spa robes, and Turkish towels, although they are all fantastic. The food is equally great. Reserve a multi-course farm to table dinner under the stars or have dinner at the Three Peaks Restaurant where ingredients used are sourced from their on-site organic farm. Although breakfast is included in your rate, you can have them deliver it to your tent for $10.
Configure the bedding in the 12 Summit tents with one king or two twin beds. And when you rent the Family tent, you also get the adjacent Journey tent with two additional twin beds.
Activities, such as horseback riding, culinary classes, fly fishing, hunting, and more, can be booked directly with the resort. And you can always visit the nearby wineries for a tasty excursion.
Collective Hill Country, a Retreat at Montesino Ranch: 7431 Fulton Ranch Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
When I was looking for a glamping spot for a weekend away with another couple, Walden Retreats was the first one my list. Located on a private riverfront, you genuinely feel like you are staying in a luxury hotel room in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
The two safari fully-enclosed tents are decorated to the tee! The tents have king-sized beds, a private bathroom, refrigerator, a clawfoot tub, Breville Smart Oven (a countertop convection oven that can be used for baking, toasting or broiling), wood stove with a gas grill, and fire pit outside.
Most of the activities will take you to Pedernales Falls, which is a 10-minute walk from the tents. Activities include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, horseback riding, swimming, and tubing.
Walden Retreats Hill Country: 1388 Gibson Rd, Johnson City, TX 78636
Lake Bastrop North Shore Park
There are 5 Airstreams up for grabs at the Lake Bastrop North Shore Park located about 30 miles from Austin, Texas. When the park first rolled out their Airstream Glamping, I was one of the first to visit. It was my first glamping experience and it’s still one of my most memorable to date.
Let’s start with the Airstreams. They are temperature-controlled and can sleep up to four people. Each Airstream has a queen bed and two twins plus a private restroom with a shower, two TVs, a DVD player, and a full kitchenette. You can rent one of the Airstreams or all five — which makes this a great option for small family reunions or gatherings.
Outside, and steps away from your front door, is your own personal crushed granite terrace. This private space came equipped with its very own fire pit, super cool bright yellow Adirondack chairs, and an outdoor gas grill that was simple enough for anyone to use.
Around the 182-acre park, guests can swim, hike, mountain bike, picnic, fish, and kayak — every activity you would come to expect from the great outdoors. Or, just enjoy those moments of peace and tranquility and have some quiet time.
Lake Bastrop North Shore Park: 603 FM1441, Bastrop, TX 78602
Have you ever been glamping in Texas? Drop your favorite spot in the comments below!