Camping as a kid is an experience that I will always cherish. The excitement of sleeping outdoors, cooking on a campfire, and fresh air was hard to beat. Even now that I am older I still enjoy spending a relaxing night outside with nothing but the sounds of cicadas and frogs humming along, but these days I’d really rather not have to go through the motions of setting up a tent or having to sleep on the hard ground. Fortunately, there are all sorts glamping sites within a short drive of Charlotte that range from luxury cabins and tents to yurts and tiny houses.
Who wouldn’t want to spend a night or two in a luxury tent, treehouse, or yurt? Here are a few of the best places to glamp near Charlotte:
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Glamping offers the most diverse choices when it comes to glamping in the Tarheel State. Their options include safari and bell tents, vintage trailers, airstreams, yurts, and even a massive dome tent that has a 9 ft. slide in it. Yep, you read that correctly. A dome tent with a 9 ft. slide. The company is extremely active on social media and do a wonderful job showcasing all of their glamping options — follow them here.
Boone, North Carolina
For a the ultimate glamping adventure spend the night in a 22 ft. solar-powered tepee at the Blue Bear Mountain Campground, which is located only 10 minutes from downtown Boone. Each teepee has a queen-size bed, bistro table, and chairs inside. If a tiny cabin is a little more your speed than a teepee, then you’re in luck. Blue Bear Mountain also has cabins on-site that are available for rent. Whether you’re renting a teepee or cabin, there are shared bathrooms nearby that have private toilets and showers. There is a two-night minimum for reservations and rates vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. The camp is pet-friendly.
Franklin, North Carolina
Situated on the Little Tennessee River, Carolina River Ranch has 12 glamping tents that each come with simple amenities that include a queen-size bed, fan, Adirondack chairs, a small table, and charcoal grill. The bath house, kitchen, and hot tub are communal. Once you’re settled in take advantage of the free kayaking and tubing the ranch offers.
Bryson City, North Carolina
Soak up the great outdoors while glamping in style in a comfortable yurt at Falling Waters Resort. Each yurt can fit up to four people and is furnished with a queen-size bed, futon, fridge, coffee maker, space heater, and charcoal grill. The property’s Yurt Village offers a shared bathhouse. For visitors who want to do a little exploring, there are nearby canopy tours, fishing and hiking options, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only 20 minutes away.
Asheville, North Carolina
Probably the most coveted glamping spot in the entire state, The Sanctuary Treehouse, gives guests the chance live out all their childhood dreams in a two-story treehouse that overlooks the valley below. The house can accommodate up to three people, with one double-bed and a fold out couch. The main level boasts a cozy living room and small kitchen, which is fully-equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, and two burner hot plate. The two decks offer outstanding mountain views and the perfect spot to enjoy the fresh air and peacefulness of the woods. With countless 5-star reviews on AirBnb it’s extremely hard to snag a night at the treehouse, but it’s always worth a shot! You never know when someone might cancel their reservations.
Charlotte, North Carolina
If you don’t have the time to drive all the way to the mountains for a quick getaway, then consider a stay at Long Cove Resort located on Lake Wylie. Long Cove offers 17 tiny houses that range in price, space, and amenities. Options range from a lakefront cabin that can accommodate up to six people to a tiny one-bedroom cove cabin that’s perfect for couples.
Monroe, North Carolina
Other glamping options that are close by include the treehouses at Treehouse Vineyards, where you can enjoy a wine tasting and tour during the day and retire to a charming cabin in the woods at night. There are three treehouses on the property, but only two are available for overnight stays. The vineyard’s newest treehouse, Horsefeather’s Hideaway, can hold up to eight people, while the Papa’s Dream cabin can accommodate two. Both treehouses have heating and air, bathrooms, and outdoor decks with fantastic views of the vineyard.