Admittedly, I’ve never been much of an outdoorsman.
I probably reached that conclusion after failing miserably at assembling my tent during a 5th-grade camping trip. These spots, however, are definitely more my speed.
Here is a list of 7 cool “glamping” getaways, from treehouses to a vintage trailer, that are within four hours driving distance of Charlotte.
All photos are from respective listings.
Sleep under the stars in one of six geodesic glamping domes offered by Asheville Glamping. The snowglobe-like bubble is nestled up on a hill that overlooks the acres of wooded forests.
- Dome 1 – sleeps 2, $145+/night, dog-friendly, stargazing roof
- Dome 2 – sleeps 2, $200+/night, mountain views, super cozy
- Dome 3 – sleeps 8, $300+/night, family-friendly, two-story slide, great view
- Dome 4 – sleeps 2, $300+/night, romantic and rustic vibes
- Dome 5 – sleeps 2, $180+/night, dog-friendly, star gazing roof
- Dome 6 – sleeps 4, $355+/night, hot tub, gorgeous decor
Why we love them: Pet-friendly, kid-friendly (one model even has a slide)
Location: Asheville, NC 28804
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These fully furnished tents located at Lake Powhatan allow guests to experience nature without sacrificing the comforts of being at home. It’s 10 minutes from downtown Asheville and surrounded by one of the region’s best hiking and biking trail systems.
Specs: $120 per night. Can accommodate up to 4 guests. Has charging capabilities.
Why we love it: The site is pet friendly, and there’s plenty to do with downtown Asheville being only a 10-minute drive away.
Location: 375 Wesley Branch Road, Asheville, NC 28806
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This remodeled 1955 vintage trailer named “The Silver Bettie” is perfect if you’re looking for a retro glamping getaway. The 31-feet-long Bettie provides ample wiggle room and is equipped with two separate sleeping areas, a kitchen, and a small TV den area.
Specs: $135+ per night. Sleeps four. Private bathroom and shower.
Why we love it: There’s a hot tub that seats 4 people, and the campsite is a 5-minute drive from downtown Asheville.
Bonus vintage trailer: Asheville Glamping, the company that rents out The Silver Bettie, offers another glamping option called The Glaminal, which is a 1952 Royal Spartanette.
Location: Asheville, NC 28806
Walk down a swinging bridge to a cabin cradled in the trees. Site is 10 minutes from downtown Asheville.
Specs: 375+ per night. Sleeps 2. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a private balcony.
Why we love it: It’s basically a treehouse for adults.
Location: Asheville, NC 28804
When traveling in a campervan, it’s less about the destination and more about the journey. Urban Escape Vehicles offers three different types of campervans depending on your needs.
Specs: $145+ per night. Sleeps 2.
Why we love it: It’s a cozy cabin on wheels.
Inspired by the ancient dwellings once used by the Mongol’s, the yurts at Falling Waters Nantahala offer guests a unique alternative to traditional cabin rentals.
Specs: $99.95 per night. Sleeps 2-4. Private deck.
Why we love it: There are tons of fun excursions offered like rafting, jeep tours, and ziplining among other things.
Location: Located in the Nantahala River Gorge, fifteen minutes from Bryson City, NC.
Tucked behind big willow trees, you’ll find the picturesque guesthouse known as The Holler House. This quaint tiny house situated between Murphy, North Carolina, and Blue Ridge, Georgia, has become the perfect setting for intimate elopements, vow renewals, or just a relaxing getaway.
Specs: $126+ per night. Sleeps 4. The site has a floating yoga deck, hammocks, an outdoor dining area, and an outdoor shower among other amenities.
Why we love it: Kid-friendly and there’s a bobsled slide.
Bonus: There’s no need to bring bottled water because the mountain water can be enjoyed from the tap.
Location: 15 minutes from Blue Ridge, GA, and Murphy, NC.